David Roberson will assume the role of CEO at RoseRyan effective Jan. 1. Roberson, who joined RoseRyan as vice president last year and is chief executive of RoseRyan subsidiary Kukuza Associates, will take over the role from Kathy Ryan, who will transition from CEO to chair while retaining ownership of the firm she co-founded 26 years ago. She will also serve as director of Bizinta, a SaaS company spun out of RoseRyan.


Kelly Johnson was appointed chair of the board of BDO USA, Chicago, while Mark Ellenbogen, Hoon Lee and Steven Shill were named directors, and Tony Lawrence was re-elected as a director for his second three-year term. With the appointment, Johnson becomes the first woman board chair at BDO.


Aki Fujinuma, past president of the International Federation of Accountants (from 2000-2002), received the Global Leadership Award from IFAC.


Bruce Lavigne
Bruce Lavigne was hired as a director of tax at QRGA, Norwood.


Tony Caleca (pictured), managing partner at Brown Smith Wallace, has been named chair of Moore North America, Eden Prairie, while three new members joined the Moore NA executive board, effective Jan. 1, 2020: Matt Armanino, CEO of Armanino; Alan Badey, president and New York City managing partner at Citrin Cooperman; and Greg Hutchins, partner at HCVT.


Annie Scionti Brett was hired as a senior at Nathan Wechsler, Concord. In other firm news, principal Julie Greenwood (pictured) was named chair of the board of Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services in Keene.


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The National Conference of CPA Practitioners, Woodbury, named two Gold Award Winners for 2019, recognized for their lifetime achievements as CPAs and within the organization: Karen Giunta and Sandy Zinman. (Read the full story.)


Rhonda Collins
Rhonda Collins (pictured) was hired as a tax manager in the tax department at Ross Buehler Falk & Co., Lancaster.

Christopher Merkey was hired as a manager in the dealership service group at Boyer & Ritter CPAs and Consultants, Camp Hill.


Jessi Blackwell
Jessi Blackwell (pictured) was hired as firm controller, Chase Lloyd as a manager in the accounting and assurance department, and Ryan McGowan as a staff accountant, at HHM CPAs, Chattanooga.

The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy recognized the leadership efforts of three individuals honored with awards at its 112th annual meeting in Boston in late October. Michael Daggett, of Phoenix and former chair, vice chair and director-at-large of NASBA, received the William H. Van Rensselaer Award, which recognizes individuals who have contributed to the development of a new program, improvement of a current program for the boards of accountancy, or who have influenced passage of rules or statutes to strengthen accountancy regulations. Michael Weinshel, of Fairfield, Connecticut, posthumously received the NASBA Distinguished Service Award, which honors individuals who have demonstrated an unswerving commitment and dedication to enhancing the mission of NASBA. Jimmy Corley, of Little Rock, Arkansas, was honored with the Lorraine P. Sachs Standard of Excellence Award, which recognizes a current state board executive or administrator who has shown outstanding service to improving the effectiveness of accounting regulation on local and national fronts. Corley has served as executive director of the Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy since 2010.


Paul Munter was appointed deputy chief accountant (international) in the Office of the Chief Accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Munter joins the SEC with experience in academia, including as an academic fellow at the SEC, and as a partner at KPMG. Additionally, John Vanosdall was appointed deputy chief accountant (Accounting Group) in the Office of the Chief Accountant. Vanosdall was most recently a partner in the mergers and acquisitions practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers and previously served as a professional accounting fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant.