* Califoria

Gale Moore has joined Singer Lewak Greenbaum & Goldstein LLP, Los Angeles, as a partner and member of the firm's SEC Practice Group. She will work out of the firm's Orange County office, and was previously with Deloitte & Touche. ... Marc Griffin has been appointed senior vice president and general manager for the Nonprofit Solutions unit of Best Software. He joins the vendor from Automatic Data Processing, where he spent 20 years in management and executive positions.

* Colorado

Chantel Hobbs has joined the Boulder office of Marty, Lyle, Doty and Jones as a staff accountant. In the Longmont office, Danny Vena has passed all of the CPA exam, and Patti Nixon has received her accounting degree from Regis University.

* Connecticut

Vanessa E. Rossitto has been elected partner at Blum Shapiro, West Hartford. Since 2003, she has served as director of the Governmental Services Group. She has been with the firm for 12 years.

* Florida

Hortensia Sampedro Hacker has joined Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra LLP, Miami, as director of marketing. She brings 30 years of experience, including 20 years at Chase Manhattan Bank, where she served as chief executive officer of Chase Bank International and vice president of private banking. ... Walter "Butch" Gelnovatch has been named managing partner of Berenfeld, Spritzer, Schechter & Sheer, Miami, succeeding Carl Margenau, who recently retired. Gelnovatch joined recently; previously, he was chief operating officer of Rachlin, Cohen & Holtz. ... Tori Sizemore Lehman has been promoted to shareholder at Carter, Belcourt & Atkinson PA, Lakeland, and C. Brett Cooper has joined the firm as a shareholder and a leader of the Business Valuation and Litigation Suppport Services Practice Group. Lehman leads the client service team for the firm's nonprofit, governmental and financial institutions team. Cooper was previously a shareholder and a business valuation/litigation support leader at another accounting firm.

* Georgia

Tim Keadle, a partner at Porter Keadle Moore LLP, Atlanta, has been appointed to serve a second term on the Financial Institutions Committee of PKF North American Network, and PKM partner Sal Inserra will serve on the association's Sarbanes-Oxley Task Force.

* Illinois

Nahrain Mikhael and Michelle Rhodes have joined the professional staff of Steinberg Advisors, Northbrook. Mikhael previously worked at McGladrey & Pullen as a supervisor, and Rhodes was a tax manager at Deloitte & Touche. ... Brian Lucas, partner-in-charge of the Chicago tax practice of Grant Thornton LLP, has been elected to the firm's Partnership Board for a three-year term. In addition, Loleta Knight has joined the firm as a senior manager in the State and Local Tax Group. Prior to joining the firm, she spent 11 years at KPMG, and three at Price Waterhouse.

* Massachusetts

Kevin Corey has been named chief operating officer of Carlin, Charron & Rosen LLP, Westborough. He began his career with the firm in 1984, most recently serving as partner-in-charge of the Entrepreneurial Services Department, where he will be succeeded by Alan Osmolowski, who joined the firm in 1990. In addition, the firm has added four new partners: Carolyn E. Carpenter and Dennis O'Toole, based in Westborough, who joined the firm in 1996 and 2002, respectively; Lynda M. Gilbert, based in Providence, R.I., who joined the firm in 1995; and Robert H. Howard, in Glastonbury, Conn., who joined the firm in 2002. ... Sandra LeDuc, managing partner of LeDuc and Sikowitz, Boston, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Patriots' Trail Girl Scout Council as a member-at-large.

* Michigan

Connie Ku and David Lanni have been promoted to manager at UHY Advisors, Southfield. Ku works with automotive, manufacturing, real estate and service industry clients, and provides financial consulting services; Lanni specializes in tax accounting services, audits, reviews and compilations, and has been with the firm for 10 years. In addition, Eric Lloyd has been promoted to senior accountant, and Jennifer Phillips to senior staff accountant. Lloyd has been with the firm for six years; Phillips for two.

* Missouri

Dawn E. Trautmann has joined Rubin, Brown, Gornstein & Co. LLP, St. Louis, as a manager in the Assurance Services Group. She brings ten years of experience, most recently as a fund consultant and director of client development for The Crossroads Group. ... Michael Kohlenberger has joined Brown Smith Wallace LLC as a senior accountant in the Tax and Accounting Services Group. He previously worked as a senior accountant at Boeing and a tax specialist at Ernst & Young.

* New Jersey

WithumSmith+Brown announced a number of promotions: Beverly H. Linane, previously a manager in the firm's Red Bank office, has been promoted to director of nonprofit accounting and auditing; while in the Princeton office, Michael Hoffman and Christine Pronek have been promoted to director of tax, and Robert Benke to tax manager.

* New York

Accounting Today columnist Robert Rywick will receive the Youth Service Award of the East Elmhurst-Corona Civic Association, Queens, at their 53rd Annual Fundraiser in March. ... Grimaldi & Nelkin CPAs PLLC, Syracuse, has promoted John B. Dubiel, Karen A. Hovey, Kimberly A. Hunter and Carolyn J. Lawless to director. Dubiel and Hovey have been with the firm for ten years, Hunter for five, and Lawless for over ten. ... Roy M. Martin has been appointed president and chief executive of Thomson Tax & Accounting, New York. He succeeds Peter Warwick, who has been named president and CEO of Thomson West. Martin was previously president and CEO of Dialog. ... Barry E. Berg, managing partner of Berg Klein Salomon LLP, Jericho, has joined the Board of Trustees of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. ... Isaac Braun has become a manager in the Tax Department at Roth & Co. LLP, Brooklyn. He previously worked in the firm's Special Projects Division.

* Ohio

Julie Ware and Patricia Werst have joined the accounting staff of Kentner Sellers, Vandalia. Ware is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati; Werst of Boston College. ... Susan R. Bridgman has been appointed director of business development at Brady Ware, Dayton. Previously, she practiced law at a leading local firm. ... SS&G Financial Services announced a number of additions: In its Akron office, Emily M. Anderson, Joanne M. Bruegman and Jennifer L. Rickenbacker have joined Saltz, Shamis & Goldfarb Inc. as administrative assistants, while Christopher J. White has joined as an associate in the Accounting and Auditing Department, and Tamara A. Ertley has joined SS&G Investment Services as an associate. In the Cleveland office, Mary Jo Avalon and Claudia Ludu have joined Saltz, Shamis & Goldfarb Inc. as associates in the Entrepreneurial Services Group/Outsourcing Department and the Accounting and Auditing Department, respectively. And in the Cincinnati office, four new associates have joined SS&G: Brenda J. McElfresh, Tracy Lee Hope and Lynda L. Snedeker in the Franchise Accounting Department, and Alexis S. Becker in the Entrepreneurial Services Group.

* Oregon

David E. Adams and John T. Lorenz have been promoted to shareholder at Geffen Mesher & Co. PC, Portland. Adams joined the firm in 1993, Lorenz in 1990. In addition, Blake S. Salamon has been promoted to senior tax manager; Max A. Schwartz and David J. Brown to manager; and Brian K. Annand and Michael L. Lortz to senior accountant. Finally, Daniel M. O'Leary has joined the firm as a senior tax manager, and Marianne E. Brams has joined as a tax manager.

* Pennsylvania

Susan Kilby and John Rowe have been promoted to partner in the Advisory Business Services Group of Smart and Associates LLP, Philadelphia. Kilby is the firm's Chicago practice leader for IT audit, while Rowe leads several of the firm's largest internal audit and SOX engagements. ... Carbis Walker LLP, Pittsburgh and New Castle, has elected three new owners: Judy L. Chin, the firm's CFO; Michael F. Garczynski, in the health care services practice; and Thomas M. Kublack, in the Tax Department. In addition, partner Eric P. Wallace was recognized by the Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania, for his efforts on behalf of the industry. ... David A. Anderson and principal Joe Barbagallo of the Litigation Support Services Group of Margolis & Co. PC, Bala Cynwyd, have earned the Certified Fraud Specialist designation from the Association of Certified Fraud Specialists.

* Tennessee

Allen Hovious has joined Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, Nashville, as leader of LBMC Planning Services, a new affiliate. Hovious previously was an independent consultant.

* Texas

Nada J. Farless, director of international services at Weaver and Tidwell LLP, Fort Worth, has been selected to serve on the International Business Development Task Force of PKF North American Network. ... Dan Ramey, strategic business solutions director at Harper & Pearson Co., Houston, has been selected to serve on the Sarbanes-Oxley Task Force of PKF North American Network. ... In January, the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs celebrated 75 years of professional affiliation and service.

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