People

California
John Menchaca, a principal at Vasquez & Co. LLP, Los Angeles, has been named to the board of the Variety Boys’ and Girls’ Club in Boyle Heights. ... John Brogan has joined the Tax Group in the San Francisco office of Stonefield Josephson. Prior to this, he had spent 15 years on the adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Taxation of Golden Gate University, and was a tax partner at Ernst & Young. In addition, Randy Odenbrett has joined the firm in its Walnut Creek office, as an audit manager, and Tamara Garrett has joined the Irvine office as a tax manager. ... Gumbiner, Savett, Finkel, Fingleson & Rose Inc., Santa Monica, announced a number of promotions: Don Carobine, to vice president and shareholder; Kevin Yardumian, to principal; Shreedhar Kothari, to senior audit manager; and Pradeep Budhiraja, to audit manager.

Connecticut
Brett C. Bushnell has been appointed a partner in the Audit Department of Carlin, Charron & Rosen LLP, Glastonbury. He has 10 years of experience in audit and financial consulting, and joined CC&R in a merger in 2002.

Florida
Andrew C. Bernstein has joined Berk­o­witz Dick Pollack & Brant LLP, Miami, as a director in Litigation Services. Before this, he was a director in the forensics practice of KPMG. ... The newly formed Bloomer, Geri & Co., Pensacola, has promoted Martha J. Cobb to manager, and hired Rebecca Parker-Ingram as a staff accountant. ... Iva Hauck Girtman, owner of Divorce Solutions, Lakeland, has been appointed finance director for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. ... Shan Shikarpuri, founding principal of Shan Shikar­puri & Associates PA, Palm Harbor, has been named Palm Harbor Citizen of the Year by the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce, in recognition of his contributions to the community.

Georgia
Phil Moore, managing partner of Porter Keadle Moore LLP, Atlanta, was elected chairman of the Accounting Advisory Council for the School of Accountancy at Georgia Southern University.

Illinois
Tom Ochsenschlager, National Tax Office partner at Grant ThorntonLLP, has been appointed vice president of taxation by the American Institute of CPAs. He had been with the firm for over 20 years. ... Elizabeth Goeckel has joined the accounting team of Brady Ware, Dayton. She brings five years of experience in private accounting, and two years of public accounting experience. ... Leonard Dam, a founding partner of Dam, Snell & Taveirne Ltd., Fox Lake and Libertyville, has been appointed vice chair of the General Advisory Council of the College of Lake County.

Iowa
Bruce Webb, a partner in McGladrey & Pullen’s National Office of Audit & Accounting, Des Moines, has been named chair of the Professional Ethics Executive Committee of the American Institute of CPAs. He served on the committee from 1998 to 2001, and on the Auditing Standards Board from 2000 to 2003. ... Stephen M. Lacy, of Meredith Corp., Des Moines, has been named Publishing Executive of the Year by Advertising Age. ... Anderson Gabelmann Lower Whitlow PC, Bettendorf, has promoted Gera L. Beideck to manager in the Tax Department, and Jacqueline S. Nolte to manager in the Audit and Accounting Department. ... Harold E. Williams has joined Short Harris & Co. CPA PLC, Des Moines, as an office manager. In addition, Brian G. Oxley has joined the firm’s Ames office as a senior manager. ... Mark J. Ellsworth, of Cain Ellsworth & Co. LLP, Sheldon, was recently the guest speaker at the Missouri Association of Mutual Insurance Companies’ annual convention.

Maryland
Thomas W. Hudson has joined the Baltimore office of Reznick Fedder & Silverman PC, as a senior manager in the Audit Department. He brings 16 years of experience in business advisory, financial, tax and management consulting. ... Paul Calamita and Donald P. Keninitz have joined the mid-Atlantic regional office of American Express Tax and Business Services Inc., Timonium, as managing directors.

Massachusetts
Patrick Riley has been appointed managing shareholder of Braver & Co. PC, Newton, succeeding Martin Margolis, who will continue as a shareholder. Riley joined the firm in 1986, and became a shareholder in 1991. ... Lynette Greenlay-Bucuzzo has joined the internal audit team of Vitale, Caturano & Co. PC, Boston, as a senior associate. She brings five years of experience, and will work with clients on internal controls and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. ...  Ziner, Kennedy & Lehan LLP, Quincy, announced a number of promotions: Marianne Heard, to director; Bradford Carlson, to senior manager; Dana Arthur, Christopher Caswell, Melissa Lacey, Pascal Soccol and Mark Snyder, to supervisor; Taro Kagawa and Jay Wandtke, to senior; and Nashua Callwood, Theresia Canniff, Kevin Corcoran, Paul Eldredge, Sandra Matias and Andrew Poston, to semi-senior. ... Martin M. Caine has been admitted as a principal in the Commercial Accouting and Audit Group of Wolf & Co. PC, Springfield. ... Bruce W. Levine has joined Walter & Shuffain PC, Norwood, as an audit manager. He brings over 20 years of experience. In addition, Jill S. Blumen, a senior accountant with the firm, has earned her CPA designation.

Minnesota
Bob Dohrer, a partner in the National Office of Audit and Accounting of McGladrey & Pullen LLP, Bloomington, has been appointed to the Auditing Internal Control Implementation Issues Working Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Missouri
Robert C. Neu has joined Rubin, Brown, Gornstein & Co. LLP, St. Louis, as a manager in the firm’s State and Local Tax Services Group. He brings 25 years of experience in tax issues. In addition, Thomas B.  Zetlmeisl has joined the Litigation and Consulting Group as a manager.

Nevada
Joe Bortolussi and Kristine Rose have joined Johnson Jacobson Wilcox, Las Vegas, as staff accountants.

New York
Frank Piantidosi has been named to lead the Financial Advisory Services Practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP, New York. He will continue in his role as global and U.S. managing partner of Dispute Consulting and Forensic Investigations. ... Edmund Weiss Jr. has joined Protiviti Inc., New York, as managing director of internal audit services. He brings 25 years of experience in the area, primarily at Summit Bank. In addition, Kyle S. Furtis has joined the firm as director of Internal Audit Services. ... Mark Fagan has joined the White Plains office of Citrin Cooperman & Co. He most recently served as partner-in-charge of BDO Seidman’s Westchester office. ... William J. Harmatuk, a partner with Grimaldi & Associates CPAs PLLC, Syracuse, has been appointed treasurer of the Food Bank of Central New York. ... Alfred Erdmann has been named a partner of Eisner & Lubin LLP, New York. He joined the firm in 1994, and specializes in accounting and auditing services for public and private companies, as well as high-net-worth individuals. ... Woody Levitan, managing partner at Levitan, Yegidis & Goldstein LLP, Middletown, has been named to the Finance Committee of the New York State Society of CPAs. In addition, partner Phillip Goldstein has completed a performance measurement training program fromMentor Plus. ... Mark S. Warshavsky, of Gettry Marcus Stern & Lehrer CPA PC, Woodbury, has completed the process to earn the Certified Forensic Financial Analyst designation from the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. ... Rebecca Tamm, a junior accountant in the Poughkeepsie office of Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP, has passed the audit portion of the New York State Society of CPAs Exam. ... Holtz Rubenstein & Co. LLP, Melville, announced a number of appointments in professional and community groups: Audit partner Barry H. Greenfield has been named vice chair of the Accounting and Auditing Committee of DFK/USA; not-for-profit partner Beatrix McKane is the chair of the Nominating Committee of the Suffolk Chapter of the New York State Society of CPAs; and tax manager Joel Ackerman is the multi-disciplinary chair for DFK/USA. In addition, audit manager Paul Becht is on the Executive Board and chair of the Accounting and Auditing Committee of the Suffolk Chapter of the NYSSCPA; senior audit manager Jerome Hehir is chair of the chapter’s Small Business Committee; and audit managerPatrick Yu is chair of the chapter’s Not-for-Profit and Government Accounting and Auditing Committee.

North Carolina
Lane Dinkins Rierson has joined DMJ Healthcare Management Group LLP, Greensboro, as manager. She brings 20 years of experience in health care.

Ohio
Karen S. Goins has rejoined Mellott & Mellott PLL, Cincinnati. She had previously worked at the firm for seven years before leaving to serve as a controller for Fischer Home. In addition, the firm hired Aaron Ledbetter and Prashant Gangwal, both 2003 graduates. ... Cohen & Co., Cleveland, announced the following: Jami Blake, Marlene Bruns and Danielle Kimmell have been promoted to senior manager in the Accounting and Auditing Department; Kevin Noss to senior manager in the Tax Department; Jim Stobe to controller; and Dave Victor to assistant controller. In addition, Steve Piatak joined the firm as a manager in the Litigation Services Department, and Dan Gold as a consulting associate in the HR Consulting Department.

Oregon
Brent Goodfellow, president of OneTech LLC, Hillsboro, was a featured speaker at the 51st Annual Texas Tech TaxInstitute in Lubbock, Texas.

Pennsylvania
Clint M. Rider has been named a partner in the Tax Services Group of Reinsel & Co. LLP, Wyomissing. He joined the firm in 2001 as the result of a merger. ... Texas state legislator Eugene J. Seaman was presented with the Samuel H. Weese Award by the American College, Bryn Mawr. The award recognizes long-term generos­ity and service to the college’s development efforts. ... Elizabeth K. Clark has joined Ellenoff, Underwood & Norman, Doylestown.

Virginia
Paul Halstead, Marc Pratta and Jasmin Shen have joined the staff of Langan Associates PC, Arlington. ... The National Society of Accountants, Alexandria, announced that past president Jeffrey A. Adelstone has been appointed chair of the Internal Revenue Service’s Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee, while former state director for Florida Martha Bell has been named to a three-year term on the committee, and past president Gary C. Rohrs has been named a member of the IRS Advisory Council.

Washington
Clark Nuber, Bellevue, announced a number of new hires: Lisa Downs has joined the firm as manager of learning and development; Julie Eisenhauer as audit senior; Debra Mac­Leod, Jennifer McKee, Mike Monroe, and Eline Nelson as audit staff; and Jeri Wilkes as MIP and Abra software consultant.

Firms

California
Financial Visions, Lafayette, teamed with The Starlight Children’s Foundation to launch a Web-based program to raise money for the foundation’s Holi-Bear program, which delivers teddy bears to hospialized children. ... The offices of Joseph A. Deledonne, Riverside, have joined with Teaman, Ramirez & Smith Inc.

Delaware
After 25 years, Belfint, Lyons & Shuman PA, Wilmington, is relocating its corporate office to 1011 Centre Road, Suite 310, in the Delle Donne Corporate Center. The firm’s new phone number will be (302) 225-0600.

Florida
Geller, Ragans, James, Oppenheimer & Creel, Orlando, is celebrating its 25th anniversary of providing accounting service to central Florida. ... Donna M. Bloomer & Associates and Jeanette S. Geri have joined to form Bloomer, Geri & Co., Pensacola, in order to grow the firm and provide new services.

Massachusetts
Patterson & Gerry CPAs LLC, Framingham, was named the 2003 Small Business of the Year by the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council. In the past year, the firm has grown from 12 employees to 20, and increased revenues by 20 percent.

Minnesota
RSM McGladrey, Minneapolis, has combined Bustamente Nunez & Co., Miami, into its operations. The firm’s 19 staff  members will join RSM’s South Florida practice.

Missouri
Swink, Fiehler & Co., St. Louis, has passed its peer review examination, conducted by Mann, Weitz & Associates LLC.

New Jersey
Global Investment Services Ltd., Hackensack, has acquired FutureFirst Software Inc., a Chicago-based hedge fund and alternative investment software company.

Singapore
Matson, Driscoll & Damico LLP has opened an office here to provide forensic accounting services in Asia and Australasia. Phillip Taylor will head up the office as a director.

Texas
Accounting Group International, Dallas, admitted a number of firms to membership at a meeting in Cyprus: CBM & Partners — Studio Legale, Milan, Italy; Fiduciare Eurolux, Luxembourg; Boyan & Dodd, Dublin, Ireland; and MAG Consultancy and Research Group Inc., Istanbul, Turkey.

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