Washington (May 2, 2003) -- CPAs Mary Montoya of Sioux Falls, S. D. and William Holder of Newport Beach, Calif. were each honored with awards by the American Institute of CPAs at this week’s Spring Council meeting.

Montoya received the AICPA’s Public Service Award, which recognizes members of the AICPA who have made significant contributions to their communities. She has been helping the state’s Native American prison inmates for more than a decade by providing assistance ranging from preparing their tax returns and giving financial advice to transforming a prison auditorium into a chapel.

Montoya is a partner in the firm Klanderud, Montoya, Wuebben & Feehan in Sioux Falls. She was the fourth woman licensed as a CPA in the state of South Dakota. She served eight years on the South Dakota Board of Accountancy and was the first woman president of the board. She has also served on the board of the South Dakota CPA Society.

The institute bestowed its Award for Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education to William Holder. Holder is the Ernst & Young Professor at the University of California’s Leventhal School of Accounting, where he served as director of USC’s Master of Accounting Program from 1983 to 1988.

Prior to joining USC in 1979, Holder taught at the University of Oklahoma, University of Tennessee, and Texas Tech University. He has served as Director of the SEC and Financial Reporting Institute since 1994. Holder is also the author of numerous accounting textbooks and has served in leadership roles for a number of national and state professional accounting organizations, including the AICPA, the California Society of CPAs and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.

-- WebCPA staff

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