Cherry Bekaert appoints chief HR officer; Lumsden & McCormick promotes a marketing specialist; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.
Steven Barranco, member of the health care consulting division and the health care reform advisory team at Warren Averett, Montgomery, was appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Alabama Senate, to serve a four-year term on the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy.
Cindy Hannafey was promoted to managing director at UHY Advisors, Atlanta.
Jianqiao Lu, director of the accounting regulatory department and in charge of Chinese accounting standard-setting at the Chinese Ministry of Finance, was appointed as a board member of the International Accounting Standards Board by the trustees of the IFRS Foundation.
Peter McDonald, member of Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., Hagerstown, was named Maryland’s Accountant Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Steve Rodman, president of Rodman CPAs, Newton and Waltham, was appointed to serve on the Alliance Partners’ Advisory Council for BDO USA, of which Rodman CPAs is an independent member.
Marc Altena, an experienced consultant in business and technology transformation solutions, was appointed EMEA advisory services leader and leader of CohnReznick's newly formed European subsidiary, CohnReznick Netherlands B.V., based in The Hague. Altena most recently served as managing partner at a Netherlands-based consulting firm, working with clients throughout EMEA in the real estate, insurance and banking sectors. The new CohnReznick practice serves real estate, private equity, and life sciences businesses.
Lindsay Evans was promoted to marketing specialist at Lumsden & McCormick, Buffalo. In other firm news, partner Sherry DelleBovi was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by the Buffalo Chapter of the New York State Society of CPAs at the association’s annual Education Night dinner April 18. The award salutes CPA members who have distinguished themselves through model service in the NYSSCPA and the profession.

Stephanie Perez was appointed to lead the private client services practice for CohnReznick, New York.
Eide Bailly, Fargo, accepted 15 staff members into the partnership, bringing the total number of partners to 255. The new partners, in various offices, are: Brad Berls, in Boise, Idaho, who joined Eide Bailly in 2006; Ashley Brandt-Duda, who joined in 2005 and is in Fargo; Blake Crow, who joined in 2008 and is in Sioux Falls, S.D.; Chris Gracey, who joined in 2013 and is in Phoenix; Tara Engquist, who joined in 2006 and is in Aberdeen, S.D.; Tom Fogarty in Sioux Falls; Janel Keenan, who joined in 2000 and is in Billings, Mont.; Joe Monty, who joined in 2012 and is in Fort Collins, Colo.; Andrew Mouw in Minneapolis; Debbie Potter, who joined in 2007 and is in billings, Mont.; Mitch Rasmussen in Spokane, Wash.; Maria Schwingler, who joined in 2005 and is in Minneapolis; Jerad Suess, who joined in 2013 and is in Williston, N.D.; Shauna Shafer in Denver; and Adam Vonachen in Denver.
Ryan Perez, staff accountant at Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz, Camp Hill, was one of 58 people honored with an Elijah Watt Sells Award, recognizing those who scored above a 95.50 across all four sections of the CPA Exam, passed the four sections on their first attempt, and completed their testing in 2016.

Donna Massanova, partner and employee benefit plan audit practice leader at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, Philadelphia, was named a 2017 Woman to Watch by the American Institute of CPAs and Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs. Massanova was recognized for personal success and her mentoring efforts, which include women colleagues in Baker Tilly’s Growth and Retention of Women program, accounting students at La Salle University, and young professionals through her work with the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Jeff Gramlich was named vice president of business development at cloud-based financial data sharing company Validis, Austin.
Stephanie Neal was named chief human resources officer at Cherry Bekaert, Richmond.
William Hinman was named director of the division of corporation finance at the Securities and Exchange Commission.