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Withum anoints lead for digital currency and blockchain practice; Grant Thornton names chief people and culture officer; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.
Ashley Caldwell, Kristi Cerice, Melanie Shores and Mark Underhill were promoted to senior managers at Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith, Birmingham.
Hidehito Kanai was hired as a partner at SingerLewak, Torrance.

Sanjay Agarwal and Amy Miller were admitted as partners, and Sumit Pal was hired as an audit principal, at Seiler, San Francisco.
Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, Wilmington, announced five promotions: Tyler Dorso to senior accountant in the tax and small business department; Emily Schmidt to senior accountant in the accounting and auditing department; Tyler Starr to staff II accountant in the rotational development program; Val Allston to lead bookkeeper in the tax and small business department; and Sinclair Gibore to senior IT specialist at firm subsidiary BL&S Technologies.
Brenda Wagner was appointed chief people and culture officer at Grant Thornton, Chicago.

Brian Hagene was promoted to partner at Mathieson, Moyski, Austin & Co., Wheaton.

Adam Pechin and Thomas Vance were promoted to directors at Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams, Chicago.

Mark Schneider and Robert Zeman were promoted to audit managers; and Sarah Majewski, Kathryn Merkle and James Wrona were promoted to seniors, at Selden Fox, Oak Brook.

Knutte & Associates, Darien, hired seven staff auditors: Samantha Bolda, John Connelly, Alexander Madrigal, Brian Tsogoo, Shah Priyank, Bryan Mendoza and Jessica Mohnke.
Tina Perez was hired as an audit partner at Sikich, Indianapolis.
Brad Smith, assurance services team leader, was appointed managing partner at MCM CPAs & Advisors, Louisville, succeeding Diane Medley, who will remain with the firm in the full-time role of chair, as part of MCM’s intended succession plan. Smith, who has been with MCM since 2002, will work with Medley over the next year to transition the role across all seven of the firm’s offices.
Alex Courtney, Brianne Dickinson and Juliette Wallace were promoted to senior associates, and Paul Previti was promoted to staff associate, at Smith Elliott Kearns & Co., Hagerstown.

Sheri Winegardner, wealth management advisor at HeimLantz, Annapolis, earned her Certified Private Wealth Advisor certification.
Anders CPAs + Advisors, St. Louis, announced several promotions; to supervisor: Kenneth Allen, Zoltan Baker, Erin Beyer, Nicholas Eaker, Tracy Hutter, Stephanie Jones and Natalie Schmidt; to senior managers in tax services: Dan Beller Lucas Luckett and Justin Marty; and in technology services: Dan Kloeppel to systems engineer and Dalton Ackerson and Dalton Reeves to senior systems administrators.
Chris DeMayo, partner at WithumSmith+Brown, Princeton, was named team leader of the firm’s new digital currency and blockchain technology services group. (Read the full story.)
Michele Amato was promoted to partner-in-charge of the professional standards group at Marks Paneth, New York.

Chelsea Belmonte was hired as a manager in the internal audit, risk and compliance practice at UHY, Albany.

Jenny Chen was hired as a principal, leading the China team of the international group, at Prager Metis, New York.

Lisa Knee, partner at EisnerAmper, New York, was appointed national leader of the firm’s new real estate private equity group, assisted by partner Todd Hankin, leading the West Coast real estate private equity practice in San Francisco; and partner Maureen Blair, leading the east coast real estate private equity practice in New York.

Citrin Cooperman, New York, promoted eight to partner or principal and 33 to director or associate director. To partner, the firm promoted: Kenneth Burstiner, Brian Lomasky in New York City; Anthony Cilibrasi and Blake Spina in White Plains; and Michael Crawley and Corey Smith in Providence; and to principal: Thomas Walsh and Jennifer Sklar-Romano, New York. In White Plains: Michael Arcure, Joseph Esposito and Chelsea Rosen. To director, the firm promoted, In New York City: Joseph Barreca, Christopher Brennan, Nichol Chiarella, Laura Crowley, Christopher DeFilippis, Steven Kane, Edward Kim, Jennifer Kim, Kimberly Kraemer, Karen Li, Corey McCusker, Richard McDonald, Joseph Neri, Jae Pi, Patrick Sacchetti, Brian Sosa, Annette Tolentino, Jessica Tsang, Lisa Yee; in Boston-Metro: Kristine Demaino, Dennis Finnegan, Conor Flanagan and Erin O’Connell; in New Jersey: Marilyn Garcia; in Philadelphia: Galina Morgovsky; in Connecticut: Mayke M. Prezkop; in Long Island: Tara Russell, in DC-Metro: Lilibeth Salcedo; and in Providence: Tracy Tavares. Additionally, Vicki Dell was promoted to associate director in New Jersey.
Skoda Minotti, Cleveland, announced three hires: Alex Bester as an associate in the risk advisory services group; Alyson Fieldman as the director of marketing in the strategic marketing group; and Amanda Wilczewski as an accounting assistant in the charter schools treasury services group.
Gabe Nachand was named national practice leader in the financial institutions practice in the Portland office, and Brad Smith was appointed partner-in-charge of the Eugene office, at Moss Adams.
Shane Kraynik was hired as a staff accountant in the accounting services department at Dunlap & Associates, Chalfont.
LBMC, Nashville, announced several promotions; promoted to senior in the audit department: Brandi Chitwood, Will Ferrelli, Mike Gracey, Tyler Hoffman, Hannah Horton, Jamhal Kelly, Joey Macourek, Kimberly Quick, Kyle Stoney, Jeff Taylor and Maggie Thomas; to senior in the tax department: Caleb Alexander, Sylvester Baines, Alex Gomer, Ben Risteen, Jonathan River and Annie Talley; and to analyst in the transaction advisory services department: Wade Nelson. In the firm’s Knoxville office, LBMC promoted: in the tax department, Colton Clark to manager and Matthew Human to senior; in the audit department, Matthew Shillington to manager and Wesley Blosser to senior; and in the accounting services department, Tatyana Aleksandrova and Connie Leggett to seniors.
Mark Thoma was named partner-in-charge of the Tacoma office and Craig Sanders was named partner-in-charge of the financial services consulting practice, in the Spokane office, at Moss Adams.