Grant Thornton appoints infrastructure advisory lead; Centage announces interim CEO; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.


Rudolf Bless, chief accounting officer at Bank of America and lead of its Global Financial Control organization, was appointed to the board of directors of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, San Francisco, to serve a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2018.


Joel Alzola was hired as a business assurance senior manager at Moore Colson, Atlanta.


Carol Katz was hired as a senior tax specialist in the tax department at HeimLantz, Annapolis.


Centage Corp., Natick, announced that its president and chief executive officer Barry Clapp died on Nov. 16. Clapp spent five years of his 30-plus year career in technology sales, marketing, and business management at Centage. (Read the full story.) The company also announced that Ken Marshall was appointed interim CEO. Marshall started working as an advisor with Centage six years ago and has more than 20 years of experience as chairman, CEO and board member of many technology companies.


Maura Alling was hired as a tax associate at Blackman & Sloop, Chapel Hill.


Sherry Ziesenheim was hired as a senior manager in the forensic, valuation and litigation support services groups at Boyer & Ritter, Camp Hill.


The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy announced the members of its 2017-18 board of directors, installed at the NASBA 110th annual meeting in New York: Theodore Long, retired partner at Ernst & Young, as chair; Janice Gray, managing member of Gray, Blodgett and Co., as vice chair and member of the administration and finance committee and strategic planning task force; C. Jack Emmons, current chair of the New Mexico Public Accountancy Board and retired accountant, as Southwest regional director and CBT administration committee chair; James Ladd, secretary of the Washington State Board of Accountancy and retired accountant, as Pacific regional director and bylaws committee chair; Casey Stuart, current chair of the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy, as Southeast regional director and accountancy licensee database/CPAverify committee chair; and Randall Ross, executive director of the Oklahoma Accountancy Board and mayor of Choctaw, Okla., as the executive directors’ liaison to the NASBA Board of Directors and as chair of NASBA’s executive directors committee. NASBA also announced these continuing board members: Catherine Allen, Northeast regional director; Ken Bishop, (ex-officio) president and CEO of NASBA; Jimmy Burkes, director-at-large and treasurer; W. Michael Fritz, director-at-large and secretary; Sheldon Holzman, Great Lakes regional director; Sharon Jensen, central regional director; Telford Lodden, past chair; Nicola Neilon, mountain regional director; Stephanie Saunders, Middle Atlantic regional director; and J. Coalter Baker, Maria Caldwell, John Dailey, Jr. Tyrone Dickerson, E. Kent Smoll and Richard Reisig, directors-at-large.


Wipfli partner Shereen Mahoney, leader of the Reston office, was named to DCA Live’s Trending 40 – The New Power Women of Tech List, an annual ranking of women technology leaders in the Washington, D.C. metro.

Brien Desilets was hired to lead the infrastructure advisory practice in the United States of Grant Thornton, Alexandria. In this role, Desilets, who has more than 20 years of experience in infrastructure finance and management, will collaborate across Grant Thornton’s federal, state and local public sector and commercial advisory services businesses to deliver infrastructure strategy, planning, and financial modeling and analysis solutions to both public- and private-sector clients.