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Grant Thornton holds partnership board elections, Prager Metis' co-MP is elected to chair a charity's chapter, and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.
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CALIFORNIA
Tom Barry was appointed managing partner of Green Hasson Janks, Los Angeles, to succeed Leon Janks. The promotion of Barry, who has been a partner for 10 years and leads the waste management and environmental services niche practice, was part of a rigorous strategic planning process by the partner group that will also transition Leon into a continued, consulting role with the firm.
ILLINOIS
Brad Preber, national managing partner for business risk services, and Jim Wittmer, partner and East region practice leader for corporate strategic tax services, were re-elected to the partnership board of Grant Thornton, Chicago, and Bob Taylor, office managing partner in Cincinnati, was elected to the partnership board.

Victoria PItkin has joined the Quality Control Department of Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams Ltd., Chicago, while Jonathan Efrem Joseph has joined the Audit/Tax Department, and Kristin Harrigan and Jessica Wu have joined the Audit Department.
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KENTUCKY
Nick Porter, manager at DMLO CPAs, Louisville, earned the Accredited in Business Valuation credential from the American Institute of CPAs.
MAINE
BerryDunn, Portland, announced a dozen new hires: in the audit and accounting group, accountants Stephanie Chaca and Alexandra Hall, and auditor Morgan Hilow; in the government consulting group, consultants Nicole Fellows, James Quentin, Joseph Shagoury and Matthew Tremblay, senior consultant Susan Gard-Smith, cyber security consultant Louis Krupp, and senior content editor Benjamin Smith; in the tax group, tax specialist Kacie McNichol; and in the marketing group, event market coordinator Emily Marquis.
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MICHIGAN
Emily Glover was promoted to manager in the audit department of Maner Costerisan, Lansing.

Kenneth W. Rappuhn has joined Lewis & Knopf CPA PC, Flint, as a junior staff accountant. He interned with the firm in 2016.
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NEW HAMPSHIRE
Melissa Biron, a manager at Nathan Wechsler Accountants & Business Advisors, Concord, has joined the Board of Directors of Penacook Community Center, which offers social, educational and recreational activities to citizens of Penacook and the surrounding towns.
NEW JERSEY
Diahann Lassus, Clare Wherley, Jodi Cirignano, Patricia Daquila, Cynthia Fusillo, Lisa McKnight, Charles Pawlik, Betty Thomas, and Laurie Wolfe, advisors at Lassus Wherley, New Providence, were named 2017 Five Star Professional award winners.
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NEW YORK
Glenn Friedman, co-managing partner of Prager Metis CPAs, New York, was elected as chair of the Alzheimer’s Association New York City Chapter. Friedman accepted the voluntary responsibility of driving community concern and awareness, care and support, advocacy and public policy, diversity and outreach, research, and financial support of the Alzheimer's Association.

Steven Morse was hired to launch and lead the higher education internal audit team for The Bonadio Group, Rochester, serving as principal.

David Rottkamp, audit partner, not-for-profit practice leader and partner in charge of the New York City office of Grassi & Co., was elected as incoming board chair for 2017 of the New York Council of Nonprofits.

Shawn Anderson has joined the New York office of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause as a partner in the assurance practice.
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OHIO
Jeffrey S. Tate, a partner at Midwest CPA Inc., Cincinnati, has earned the Certified in Financial Forensics credential from the American Institute of CPAs.

Brian Palisin has joined the tax group of Skoda Minotti, Cleveland, as a principal.
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PENNSYLVANIA
Bryan Pennock was promoted to senior manager at Duane Morris Tax Accounting Group, Philadelphia.

Ryan Hurst was hired as manager in the business consulting services group of RKL, Wyomissing.

Amanda Bernard, Chris Herr and Diane Heyde have been promoted to principal at Maillie LLP, Mont Clare.
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SOUTH CAROLINA
Tyler Deese was hired as a staff accountant in the assurance and advisory services department of Scott and Company, Columbia.