EY appoints global leader of fraud investigation and dispute services; Grant Thornton hires chief economist; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.


REDW, Phoenix, promoted nine people: to audit & assurance senior manager, Wesley Benally; to senior audit associate II: Michael Dierlam; to senior audit associate I: Carlos Aguilera, Marcus Benally and Colaine Curtis; to audit associate II: Justin Janssen; to audit associate I: SaVonnah Osmanski; to tax manager: Ryan Hart; and to manager of forensic and litigation services: Jennifer Mandrick.

Mike Shields, professor and Schaberg Endowed Chair in Accounting emeritus, Michigan State University, was named a recipient of the Association of International CPAs and the American Accounting Associations’ Lifetime Contribution Award, recognizing professionals who have made a significant contribution to management accounting education, research and practice. (Read the full story.) Additionally, S. Mark Young of the University of Southern California, Fei Du of the University of Hong Kong, Kelsey Kay Dworkis of the University of Denver, and Kari Joseph Olsen of Utah State University, were presented with the 2018 Greatest Potential Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award for their paper, “It's All about All of Us: The Rise of Narcissism and Its Implications for Management Control System Research.”


Andrea Cope, retired partner at BPM, was named deputy executive director of the California Society of CPAs, Burlingame, where she was chair from June 2009 to May 2010.

Armanino, San Ramon, promoted 11 professionals to partner: audit partners Brooke Bruns, Patrick Hall and Heather Moore; business management partner Lynell Chun; tax partners Ivan Georgiev and Bill Hattox; and consulting partners David Miller, Jeff Nichols, Jeff Russell, John Schweisberger and Carmel Wynkoop.

SD Mayer & Associates, San Francisco, added five new partners: Rick Hillsbery, wealth management partner; Mark Magel, technology partner; Lisa Slater, outsourced accounting partner; Jeff Stephens, wealth management & retirement planning partner; and Elias Tarabay, audit & assurance partner.


Diane Swonk was hired as chief economist at Grant Thornton, Chicago. An experienced economic advisor, Swonk will enhance client services with her experience in economic forecasting and advising U.S. policy makers, central banks, multinational corporations and C-suite teams.

John Stomper was appointed partner in the accounting and assurance department of CohnReznick, Chicago.

Caleb Lendy was named partner at Bronswick Benjamin, Buffalo Grove.


Jennifer Briggs was promoted to president and CEO of the Indiana CPA Society, Indianapolis, where she has been on staff since 2002. She will be the fifth CEO in the organization’s 103-year history.


Marc Staut was admitted as a shareholder and Amanda Wilkie was hired as a consultant at Boomer Consulting, Manhattan.


Celeste McDonald, associate director at Postlethwaite & Netterville, Baton Rouge, was named one of the “Ones to Watch” by City Business, which recognizes rising professionals in their fields.


Amber McPherson was promoted to manager in the tax department; Clayton Stiffler was promoted to manager in the accounting and outsourced solutions department; Courtney Laban was promoted to manager in the audit department; and Timothy Zylstra was promoted to a manager role in the audit department, of Maner Costerisan, Lansing.


Greg Smith was promoted to partner in the advisory services practice at Brown Smith Wallace, St. Louis.

Mike Stafford was promoted to chief operating officer; Dave Finklang and Brent McClure were promoted to principal; and Jason Gotway was promoted to solutions architect at Anders CPAs + Advisors, St. Louis.


Wilkin & Guttenplan, New Brunswick, added three new principals: Joseph A. Chorba, Maureen Jasper and Thomas Pedersen.

Christopher Perrotta, member of the commercial group, was promoted to partner; and Raymond Sarinelli, member of the governmental entities group, and Glenn Schwier, who specializes in personal tax matters, were promoted to principal, at Nisivoccia, Mount Arlington.


REDW, Albuquerque, promoted 13 people: to senior audit associate II, Daniela C. Moya; to senior audit associate I: Steven Jaramillo, R. Neil Mortensen, Yvette Nunez, Steven Purwin and Kristen Rodriguez; to audit associate II: Jacob Morrison, Cole Schnoor and Rebecca Stamp; to manager of business software: Antonio Flores; to tax manager: Leslie Jiron and Brandon Remley; and to manager of valuation and forensic services: Mike Pattengale.


James Turgal, former executive assistant director for the Federal Bureau of Investigation Information and Technology Branch, was appointed managing director of the cyber risk services practice of Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory, Deloitte & Touche, New York. Turgal, who recently retired from the FBI after 21 years of service, will primarily focus on advising clients on cyber incident response, cyber war-gaming and cyber resilience.

John Ruckstuhl was hired as a managing director in the transaction advisory services group at EisnerAmper, New York.

Christopher Cannucciari was promoted to partner at LCS&Z, Latham.

Friedman, New York, promoted four to partner and nine to principal in its New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey offices. To partner, the firm promoted Corrie Cristaldi, Jo Anna Fellon and Willem van der Berg in New Jersey, and Marie DeCicco in Philadelphia. The firm added as principals: Bruan Amsterdam, Erasmo Bruno, Alan Goldenberg, Thomas Miranda, Brian Nuzio and David Shuster in New York; and Hal Feldbaum, Erin Liu and Aleksey Tsymbalov in New Jersey.


Skoda Minotti, Cleveland, hired five employees: Jesse Malcmacher as a web developer/graphic designer in the strategic marketing group; Jusy Luca as a senior manager in the tax group; Donéa Boiner as marketing manager in the strategic marketing group; Joseph Kabana as an associate in the risk advisory services group; and Luke Schmidt, returning to the firm as staff accountant in the accounting and auditing group.

Sarah Yost and Alex Ferrara were promoted to supervisor and Jordan Knapp was hired as a staff accountant at Hall, Kistler in Canton.

Bober Markey Fedorovich, Akron, announced four promotions: Bryant Petersen to senior manager, business valuation/litigation support services; James Skakun to manager, taxation services; Christa Seikel to senior accountant, assurance and advisory services; and Cheryl Myers to team lead, administrative services.


Cheri Aiello was hired as chief financial officer at Kernutt Stokes, Eugene.


RKL, Lancaster, announced six professionals who joined the firm as part of its merger with Padden, Guerrini & Associates, to be primarily located in its Mechanicsburg office: H. David Padden as a partner in the tax services group; Karin Guerrini and Allyson Hornbaker as partners in the audit services group; Stefanie Knaub as a partner in the senior living services consulting group; and Rick Miller and Nathan Babinsack as managers in the audit services group.

Brent Musselman was promoted to supervising senior accountant in the tax services department at Dunlap & Associates, Chalfont.

Bernadette Harris, author, entrepreneur and tax and forensic accountant was named Carlow University’s 2018 executive-in-residence for its MBA, master’s in fraud and forensics program, and The Atkins Endowed Center for Ethics, Pittsburgh.

Nathaniel Fissel was admitted as a member of Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., Hanover.


Mark Puckett was hired as a tax partner at Alexander Thompson Arnold, Memphis.


Andrew Gordon was appointed the new global leader of fraud investigation and dispute services (FIDS) at EY, London, where he will serve corporate and sovereign clients while driving the strategy of FIDS, a globally integrated service offering with 4,500 fraud investigation and dispute professionals across more than 75 countries.