Young CPAs participate in 10th interactive Leadership Academy


Forty-one young CPAs attended the 2018 AICPA Leadership Academy, a four-day program designed to strengthen and expand the leadership skills of promising professionals and allow them to network with a peer group of talented and motivated CPAs.

The interactive workshop features advanced leadership training, networking activities, and presentations from some of the profession's top thought leaders. This year's class interacted with influential leaders such as Eric Hansen, AICPA chair and Association of International Certified Professional Accountants chair; Barry Melancon, AICPA and Association president and CEO; and Mark Koziel, Association executive vice president—Firm Services.

The graduates of the 2018 class are:

Paul Arab, Home Federal Bank of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.

Chris Bell, Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc., Little Rock, Ark.

Ashley Bryan, Threaded Fasteners Inc., Mobile, Ala.

Joseph Caplan, Mazars USA LLP, Edison, N.J.

Jenna Christensen, Eide Bailly LLP, Mankato, Minn.

Kenesha Coleman, AbbVie Inc., North Chicago, Ill.

Sara deJuliis, Albero, Kupferman & Associates LLC, Wilmington, Del.

Audra Dixon, Ernst & Young LLP, Denver

Samantha Doe, Kositzka, Wicks & Co., Alexandria, Va.

Kamal Eko, Aronson LLC, Rockville, Md.

Josh Elder, Peters & Chandler PC, Oklahoma City

Ben Field, Benjamin H Field CPA PC, Phoenix

Verenice Flores, Fair, Anderson and Langerman, Las Vegas

Kyle Graham, Tanner LLC, Salt Lake City

Natalie Heacock, Patrick Lumber Co., Portland, Ore.

John Hermus, Sheehan & Co. CPA PC, Brightwaters, N.Y.

Chris Hervochon, Strategic Operational Accounting Resources, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Ryan Johns, Altman Rogers & Co., Anchorage, Alaska

Deena Keasler, Topp McWhorter Harvey PLLC, Hattiesburg, Miss.

Alexandrea Keller, Williams & Co. PC, Onawa, Iowa

Katie Krblich, Charles A. Krblich PA, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Lijah Lokenauth, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, Fla.

Danny Manimbo, Schellman & Co. LLC, Broomfield, Colo.

Kelly Mann, Seim Johnson LLP, Omaha, Neb.

Damien Martin, BKD LLP, Springfield, Mo.

Ashley Miller, Plodzik & Sanderson PA, Concord, N.H.

Maddie Miller, Wipfli LLP, Bozeman, Mont.

Bayaan Oluyadi, CohnReznick LLP, Roseland, N.J.

Kenneth Omoruyi, Schlumberger, Houston

Sarah Peltakian, Raimondo Pettit Group, Irvine, Calif.

John Perkins, Accuride Corp., Evansville, Ind.

Aaron Peters, Peters & Associates PC, Falls Church, Va.

Leanna Polidoro, Matrix Financial LLC, Wellesley, Mass.

Byron Porter, PwC, Houston

Michelle Schumacher, Microsoft, West Fargo, N.D.

Andrew Somich, Rea and Associates, Cleveland

Garrett Stenhouse, DiSanto, Priest & Co., Warwick, R.I.

Melanie Urwiller, Lenhart, Mason & Associates LLC, Casper, Wyo.

Lauren Williams, Johnson Lambert LLP, Raleigh, N.C.

Gary Wood, Compere Robinette CPAs, Ozark, Mo.

Katie Zahner, Brown Smith Wallace, Creve Coeur, Mo.

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