Sasha Baluka was promoted to partner at Bessolo Haworth, Sherman Oaks.


Marie Benedetto
The Connecticut Society of CPAs elected and installed its board of directors for the 2020-21 year: Marie Benedetto (pictured), owner of Innovative Business Solutions, as president; Brain Reilly, senior vice president and chief auditor for Travelers, as president-elect; Timothy Hedley, adjunct faculty member at Fordham University and retired partner with KPMG, as treasurer; Michael Maksymiw Jr., partner at Marcum, as secretary; Amber Moore, manager at Goldblatt Bokoff, as advisory council chair; and Katherine Patnaude, senior manager at PKF O’Connor Davies, and Katherine Donovan, assurance manager at Whittlesey, as members-at-large.


Angela MacPhee
Angela MacPhee (pictured) was appointed managing partner, consulting, of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, Chicago, succeeding Ethan Bach, who now leads the firm’s innovation and solutions. MacPhee has led Baker Tilly’s global forensics consulting practice since RGL Forensics, where she was CEO, combined with Baker Tilly in 2018.


KatzAbosch, Baltimore, released a medical community COVID-19 survey to examine how medical practices are responding to the crisis by asking medical clients and contacts to participate in the peer survey.


Joshua Legant was hired as an intern at Lewis & Knopf CPA, Flint.

Melissa Reeves was hired as a bookkeeper at Cole Gavlas, Kalamazoo.


BKD building
BKD CPAs & Advisors, Springfield, developed and launched a new tool, BKDTrackForward, to help health care organization leaders monitor CARES Act Provider Relief Funds.


Bud Jones was named managing partner at Nisivoccia, Mt. Arlington, succeeding Timothy Mehaffey to become the fourth MP as the firm celebrates its 50th anniversary. Jones joined Nisivoccia in July 1981 as a member of the government team.

Financial Executives International, Morristown, elected new executive officers and members to the board of directors: Andreas Rothe as national board chair; Kevin McBride, principal accounting officer and corporate controller of Intel Corp., as vice chair; Bret Lawson to continue serving as treasurer; Alice Jolla, corporate controller of Microsoft, as secretary; and Ellen Boyer as immediate past chair. Serving on FEI’s board of directors are: Michael Bryant, Nicole Phelan, Frank Cesario, Jay Peterson, Heather Cole, Caroline Sullivan, Paul Hensley, James Walbom, Shawn Husband, John White, Mark Hoeltzel and Jason Yager.


Nicholas Bennett
Nicholas Bennett (pictured) was promoted to partner in audit services at Crowe, New York.

The New York State Society of CPAs announced the winners of its inaugural 40 Under 40 Awards. (Read the full story.)

Philip Marciano, former senior manager in the professional standards group at Marks Paneth, New York, was promoted to director in the nonprofit, government & health care group. In other firm news, Abe Schlisselfeld, partner-in-charge of the real estate group, was selected as one of the Top 25 Opportunity Zone Influencers in the tax Specialist category by Opportunity Zone magazine, based on an evaluation of his vision, influence and industry experience.

James Aronoff was hired as managing principal in the forensic accounting, litigation support and valuation services practice at Friedman, New York.

Amy Joyce was hired as a partner on the trust & estate services team at Grassi, Jericho.


The atrium at Dixon Hughes Goodman's headquarters in Charlotte, N.C.
The atrium at Dixon Hughes Goodman's headquarters in Charlotte, N.C.
Dixon Hughes Goodman, Charlotte, will be hosting a live-streamed panel discussion July 14 addressing racial injustice and what businesses can do to make a difference. The live broadcast, “An Overview of Racial Injustice: Listen, Learn, Be Courageous,” will feature DHG leaders Fran Randall, partner, and Norlin Evans, director, sharing their perspectives on racial injustice and how to create compassionate change. Effin Logue, DHG chief people officer and Kevin Price, inclusion and diversity leader will also participate in the panel. (Read the full story. )


Eide Bailly, Fargo, elected to its board of directors: Brian Callahan to chairman of the board to serve for one year; Ben Ellingson to vice chair of the board for a one-year term; and Derrick Larson and Shilo Gorospe as board members for three-year terms.


Andrew Bissonnette
Andrew Bissonnette (pictured), health care audit and assurance shareholder, was appointed leader of the health care practice at LBMC, Nashville. He succeeds Greg Eli as part of the firm’s formal transition plan.

Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck, Memphis hired as interns to the audit team: Abby Eubank, Alexis Lowe, Nicholas Morris and Janae Westbrook.


Felix Lozano
Felix Lozano, partner-in-charge of Whitley Penn’s Dallas office, director of the audit department, and member of the firm’s executive committee and compensation committee, was elected to chair the International Digital Committee for Nexia International.


The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, London, and PrimeGlobal signed an agreement to work together on several projects. (Read the full story.)

Tim Morris was appointed worldwide CEO of BKR International, effective Jan. 1, 2021, assuming responsibilities from Howard Rosen, retiring at the end of 2020.


IRS Criminal Investigation Chief Don Fort announced his retirement, effective Sept. 30, 2020, after serving in the position since June 2017. A replacement for Fort has not yet been named.


BH Auditing joined MGI Worldwide with CPAAI as a member firm of the global accountancy network.