Citrin Cooperman promotes 40 executives; Withum welcomes nine new partners; and other recent hires, promotions and personnel news from firms across the country.
Kathy Johnson, owner of CPA Forensics Plus, San Bernardino and previous California Society of CPAs vice chair, was elected chair of the CalCPA for 2017-18.

Okorie Ramsey was elected president of the California Society of CPAs Education Foundation, Burlingame, for 2017-18 by the CalCPA Council.

David Burnett, Wesley Snyder and Nicole Racine were hired as audit juniors and Gigi Lee as an audit senior at White Nelson Diehl Evans, Irvine.
Shellman, Tampa, announced several promotions that included, to principal: Justin Dykes, Lauren Edmonds, Steve Halbrook and Doug Kanney, and to manager: Jared Daniels, Justin Davis, Stutay Monga, Dan Paulson and Josh Tomkiel.

Lori Kelley, member of Warren Averett, was named president of the 2017-18 board of directors for the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance.
Jeff Askey and Sarah Dekutowski have been appointed partners at Draffin & Tucker, Albany and Atlanta offices, respectively.
Scott Soptick, senior associate in the tax and audit department at Lewis, Hooper & Dick, Garden City, received his CPA license.
Jennifer Harnish, director of human resources at Baker Newman Noyes, Portland, was awarded the 2017 Maine HR Director’s Award by the Society for Human Resource Management Maine State Council in recognition of her leadership and contributions to the HR profession.
Jim Proppe was appointed managing partner of Plante Moran, succeeding Gordon Krater. He joined the firm in 1984 and served as a firm group managing partner for more than 12 years. (Read the full story.) Proppe selected partners to lead the new management team: Frank Audia, group managing partner, assurance and tax services and Plante Moran’s chief risk officer; Beth Bialy, group managing partner, nonprofit and public sector industries; Dennis Graham, group managing partner, management consulting services; Chris McCoy, group managing partner, firm administration; Teresa Pollock, group managing partner, offices; Brad Virkus, group managing partner, commercial industries.

Maner Costerisan, Lansing, announced five promotions: Stephanie Calver to tax manager, Jessica Elliott to accounting manager, Nick Kossaras to audit manager, Joel Korson to audit manager, and Toni Horsch to senior accounting specialist in the accounting and outsourced solutions department.
Russell Oberhelman was promoted to tax manager, and Anthony Aguila and Kellee Pigeon were promoted to senior staff accountants at Johnson Advisors, Las Vegas.
Briana Carlson, Maria Laperle, and Heather Murphy were hired as associates at Nathan Wechsler & Co., Concord.
John Culbertson was elected partner of Bowman & Co., Voorhees, where he has worked for 10 years.

Withum, Princeton, promoted nine staff in six offices to partner: Brad Caruso and Nina Chmura in New Brunswick; Jarrod Rhen in Princeton; Mark Deters and Donna Nevolo in Whippany; Phil Antico and Pete Lubcker in New York City; Adrienne Anderson in West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Ray Bastin in Orlando, Fla.

Reynold Cicalese and Julie Strohlein were promoted to associate partners and Christopher Cicalese was promoted to manager at Alloy Silverstein, Cherry Hill.
AICPA chairman Kimberly Ellison-Taylor and president and CEO Barry Melancon at Engage 2017
Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, chairman of the American Institute of CPAs and global accounting strategy director for Oracle America, was named chairman of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, New York and London, for a one-year term.

Lumsden McCormick announced that Stephanie Bottomley became a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association; Kaitlyn Toczek completed requirements to practice as a CPA and passed the CPA exam; and Angela Vacanti was appointed to the B Team board of directors.

Citrin Cooperman, New York, promoted chief marketing officer Laura Kucera to principal. The firm also promoted 12 directors to partner and 27 managers to director. The newly admitted partners and principals include: Popi Barrett, partner, Boston; Jim Capasso, partner, Philadelphia; Louise Cody, partner, New York City; Alberta Costanzo, partner, New York City; Scott Derco, partner, New Jersey; John Giordano, partner, New York City; Mark Henry, partner, Boston; Laura Kucera, principal, New York City; Eddie Rivera, partner, New Jersey; Danielle Russo, partner, New York City; Matt Segreto, partner, New York City; Edward Witkowski, partner, New York City; and Michael Zyborowicz, partner, Philadelphia. Promotions to director were: Tade Akinkugbe, New York City; Jeffrey Alvanas, Boston; Michael Bruno, Philadelphia; Michael Carr, Boston; Raj Chawla, New York City; Brian Criscio, Connecticut; Angela DeOliveira, New York City; Jordan Epstein, New York City; Robert Gilbert, New Jersey; George Guzman , White Plains, N.Y.; Michael Jaeger, New York City; Benny Liu, New York City ; Alan Meister, White Plains, N.Y.; Alisa Morris, New York City; Heather Oboda, White Plains, N.Y.; Jaime Reichardt , Philadelphia; Kevin Ricci, Providence, R.I.; Emily Bassett Richi, Boston; Jessica Savocchi, New York City; Jigar Shah, India; Vidyut Shukla, New York City; Corey Smith, Providence, R.I.; Ann Monica Torno, New Jersey; Svetlana Troyakov, New York City; Taso Valaouras, New York City; Maryann Veytsman, New York City; and Anagha Vartak, India.
Skoda Minotti, Cleveland, announced five appointments: Ben Dalesandro joining the firm as a senior state and local tax consultant in the tax group; Monica Koch joining as an associate in the risk advisory services group; Lauren Golick returning to the firm as a staff accountant in the accounting and auditing group; and Wendy Weinberg joining as an administrative assistant.
Jared Holum, shareholder and current director of assurance, was appointed to president of Perkins & Co., where he has worked since 2003.
Anthony Creamer was named managing director, Christopher Hanson and Brian Sullivan were named directors and Scott Peoples was named senior manager of the forensic advisory services practice of Grant Thornton, Philadelphia.

Barry Pelagatti was appointed partner, leading the financial services industry group, at RKL, Radnor.
Matthew Aguilar was hired as an associate accountant in the tax and advisory services department at Scott and Co., Columbia.
LBMC announced several promotions. In the Knoxville office: Jordan Enix to manager in the litigation valuation mergers and acquisitions department, Devan Wolf to senior in the tax department, Alex Ventura to senior in the accounting services department and Thea Carter to senior in the accounting services department. In the Chattanooga office: Christina Edwards to senior manager in the audit department, Joyce Ann Williams to manager in the tax department, Kori Botting to senior in the audit department, Kim Pace to senior in the audit department and Lauren Hawk to senior in the tax department. In the Nashville office: Matt Denney to senior manager in the tax department, Laura McGregor to senior manager in the audit department, Lee Tabor to senior manager in the litigation valuation mergers and acquisitions department, Katie Tarr to senior manager in the litigation valuation mergers and acquisitions department and Brian Willis to senior manager in the risk services department.
Amanda Adams was appointed managing director and national leader of nonprofit tax services at Cherry Bekaert, Richmond.