Next generation of CPA leaders hone skills


Twenty-nine young CPAs graduated from the 2020 AICPA Leadership Academy, a program to inspire, nurture, and empower the next generation of CPA leaders.

Graduates participated virtually in workshops for advanced leadership training, networking activities, and presentations from some of the profession's top thought leaders, including Tracy Golden, AICPA chair; Sue Coffey, AICPA executive vice president—Public Practice; Tom Hood, CEO of the Business Learning Institute; and Barry Melancon, president and CEO of the AICPA and CEO of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.

The 2020 participants were:

  • Michael Bridges, Sullivan Bille PC, Tewksbury, Mass.
  • John Confrey, Mazars USA LLP, New York
  • Nicole Cooper, University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha, Neb.
  • Kerry Duda, WilkinGuttenplan PC, East Brunswick, N.J.
  • Jodi Eckhout, Woods & Durham, Chartered, Holdrege, Neb.
  • KieLee Ellsworth, Porter, Muirhead, Cornia and Howard, CPAs, Casper, Wyo.
  • Matthew Faircloth, Berg Faircloth & Company, Leesburg, Va.
  • David Gantos, BDO USA LLP, Denver
  • Kellen Garrison, Eide Bailly LLP, Sioux Falls, S.D.
  • Teresa Giese, RMS Energy Co. LLC, Randall, Minn.
  • Jessica Gluck, Alexander & Baldwin Inc., Honolulu
  • Mason Groves, People's Electric Cooperative, Ada, Okla.
  • Chase Haynes, Landmark PLC, Little Rock, Ark.
  • Emily Stahlin Hoffman, Remington Worth LLC, Princeton, N.J.
  • Scott Hoppe, Why Blu, San Francisco
  • Samuel Kramer, 14 West, Baltimore
  • Matthew Labernik, Eide Bailly LLP, Fargo, N.D.
  • Natalie Ladd, NiSource Inc., Merrillville, Ind.
  • Jessica McClain, Brand USA, Washington, D.C.
  • Katherine Moline, Weber Clark, Toledo, Ohio
  • Luci Roseman, Cover & Rossiter, Wilmington, Del.
  • Joshua Russell, Patterson, Prince & Associates PC, Florence, Ala.
  • Seth Serhienko, Widmer Roel, Fargo, N.D.
  • Amy Swartzfager, Maloney, Reed, Scarpitti & Co. LLP, Erie, Pa.
  • Joshua TeBeest, Huberty & Associates SC, Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Jennifer Troutman, Beck Flavors Inc., Maryland Heights, Mo.
  • Lauren Ursaki, StoneTurn Group LLP, New York
  • Kelly Watson, Watson Coon Ryan LLC, Greenwood Village, Colo.
  • Chérie Williams, Windes Inc., Long Beach, Calif.

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