Debra A. Hunter, a shareholder at Hunter Hagan & Co. Ltd., Scottsdale, has been elected president of the Americas Region of the International Association of Practicing Accountants.


John Dunleavy, who led both the California CPA Education Foundation and the California Society of CPAs, died on Aug. 6, at 68. Dunleavy served as executive director of the California CPA Education Foundation from 1993 to 2006, and as interim chief executive officer of both CalCPA and the Education Foundation in 2000 and again in 2004. In 2007, he received CalCPA's Distinguished Service Award. ... Walter O'Haire has joined the San Francisco office of Valuation Research Corp., where he will focus on business development on the West Coast. ... Mikhail Reider-Gordon, a senior manager at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, Los Angeles, has been appointed 2009-2010 vice chair of the Anti-Corruption Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law. ... Ward Connolly has joined the transfer pricing practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, San Jose, as a principal. He was previously a partner at the law firm of Fenwick & West. ... Anthony Leung and Amy Lockyer have been named partners in the audit practice of the San Jose office of Grant Thornton LLP. ... Greg Pond has joined BlackLine Systems, Calabasas, as executive vice president. ... Jon Huckabay has been promoted to senior manager in the Tax Department of Haskell & White LLP, Irvine, while Christina Kuno and Ryan Lewis have been promoted to audit senior in the Audit and Business Advisory Services Department, and Jorge Sandoval has been promoted to tax senior accountant.


Ann P. Rousseau and Sarah Banever have joined Nathan Accounting Group, Avon, as a manager and a bookkeeping consultant, respectively.


Berkowitz Dick Pollack & Brant, Miami, announced a number of promotions: Adam Cohen and Anthony Gutierrez have been promoted to associate director in the Tax Department; Shea Smith and Lee Ann Scarpaci to manager; Megan Diaz, Rita Kuan, Rhiannon Bebout and Jose Cuneo to supervisor; and Tomoko Shoji, Nuria Huillca, Flor Escudero, Andrew Leonard, Laurence Bern¬stein and Julio Modia to senior. ... Chris Smith has joined Kirkland, Russ, Murphy & Tapp PA, St. Petersburg, as a senior manager in the Tax Department. ... Nisad Hack has joined Daszkal Bolton LLP, Boca Raton, as a senior associate in the Audit Department, while Dominick Tubito has joined the firm as controller.


Raygan Evans has been promoted to tax manager at Bennett Thrasher, Atlanta. He has been with the firm since 2003. ... Bert M. Carmody, director of consulting for Fiduciary Risk Management LLC, a subsidiary of Habif, Arogeti & Wynne LLP, has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies.


Lee Graul has been named national director of accounting at BDO Seidman, Chicago, succeeding the late Ben Neuhausen. Graul has been with the firm since 1986. ... Matt Bialecki has joined Alvarez & Marsal, Chicago, as a managing director in the Dispute Analysis & Forensic Services Division.


Stephen F. Dobias, a principal with the Health Care Team at Somerset CPAs PC, Indianapolis, has been named one of the top 170 People to Know in the ASC Industry for the second consecutive year by Becker's ASC Review while Robert L. Anderson has joined the firm as a consultant on the Construction and Architectural & Engineering Team.


Sean C. Griffin has been promoted to audit supervisor at Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, Bethesda. He joined the firm in 2004. ... Seth Marshall, Rebecca Moore and Mark Tessar have joined the Audit Department of Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman, Bethesda, as staff accountants. All three recently graduated from college. ... Jeffrey W. Cramp, a staff accountant with Bond Beebe, Bethesda, has earned the Certified Fraud Examiner designation from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.


Kristi A. Reale has been promoted to senior manager in the Audit and Accounting Division and Business Valuation Department of Meyers Brothers Kalicka PC, Holyoke. In addition, partner James W. Barrett has been named to the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Chamber of Business and Industry as treasurer, while partner and director of audit services Howard Cheney has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Westfield. ... Alison Simons, director of marketing at Braver PC, Newton, has been named to the Boston Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list.


Plante & Moran PLLC, Southfield, announced nine new partners: Jim Baird, chief investment strategist for Plante Moran Financial Advisors, in Kalamazoo; Scott M. Chaudoir, in Toledo, Ohio; Paul Edwards, in Macomb; Dean Feenstra, tax leader for the service industry and Greater Michigan tax leader for the financial institution practice, in Grand Rapids; Michael Johnson, in Southfield; Kirsten Lescher, primary technical specialist for the not-for-profit industry group and leader of the Chicagoland employee benefit plan audit practice, in Elgin, Ill.; Jason Marvin, in Grand Rapids; and Scott Sneckenberger and Jason Thomas, in Auburn Hills.


Kenneth P. O'Brien has joined Schowalter & Jabouri PC, St. Louis, as an accountant in the Audit Department.


Deborah M. Cordivari, a manager in the Healthcare Services Group/Dental Consulting Division of Cowan, Gunteski & Co., Toms River, has earned her CPA designation, while senior accountant Erin L. Monahan has earned the Certified Healthcare Business Consultant credential from the National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants. ... Lee M. Reingold has joined Steven Sewald & Co., Morganville, as a principal in the Accounting and Business Consulting Groups.


Katrina B. Lucero, a tax manager with the Albuquerque office of Grant Thornton LLP, has been named to the New Mexico Business Weekly's 2009 40 Under 40 list.


Jerry O'Neil has joined O'Connor Davies Munns & Dobbins LLP, New York City, as a partner in the Not-for-Profit Practice Group. ... Melissa Jurgensen, marketing coordinator at Gettry Marcus Stern & Lehrer CPA PC, Woodbury, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Public Relations Professionals of Long Island. ... Austin Franzoni and Craig S. Maurer have joined Grassi & Co. CPAs, Lake Success, as audit managers. Franzoni was previously with BDO Seidman, and Maurer with Weiser. ... Wade G. Becker will become managing partner of the Syracuse office of Beard Miller Co. LLP, effective Jan. 1, 2010, succeeding Donald R. Taylor. ... Jan Carnevale has joined J.H. Cohn LLP, New York, as a director in the International Tax Services Group. ... Raymond G. Russolillo has joined Eisner & Lubin LLP, New York, as a partner to lead its family wealth services practice. He was previously with Merrill Lynch. ... Friedman LLP, New York, announced a number of promotions: Michael McDonald has been promoted to tax director; George Dansky and Frans van der Berg to senior manager; and Trisha Cheung, Rachel Commer, Thomas Doherty, Jaclyn Dominguez, John Fletouris, Jerald Jacobik, Seth Marin, John Mikuljan, Scott Musmeci, Alexandre Rodrigues, Justin van Fleet and Lydia Zhang to manager.


Carolyn Strickland, office manager and director of client services at Hughes Pittman & Gupton LLP, Raleigh, has been named a 2009 Women in Business Award winner by the Triangle Business Journal, while firm partner Brooks Malone has been appointed to the North Carolina State University Department of Accounting Advisory Council, audit manager Susan Martin has been named an at-large member of the Board of Directors of the United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County for a three-year term, and partner Heather Dean has been appointed to a second term as treasurer of the Leadership Raleigh Alumni Association. ... D. Scott Showalter, a teaching professor in the Department of Accounting at the North Carolina State University College of Management and a retired partner at KPMG LLP, has been appointed to a five-year term on the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board.


Skoda Minotti, Cleveland, announced a number of promotions: Daniel D. Golish has been promoted to senior manager; Herzl Ginsburg and Krystina Le to manager; William Lally, Jeremy Long, Nick Marazza, Brent McWhorter and John Siemborski to senior staff accountant; and Bob Goricki to senior public relations specialist. In addition, Golish has earned the Certified in Financial Forensics credential from the AICPA. ... Kevin L. Cash has joined Baker Hostetler, Cleveland, as chief financial officer. He was previously managing partner of Ernst & Young's Northeast Ohio advisory services practice. ... Brian Marita, managing partner of Ciuni & Panichi Inc., Cleveland, has been named vice chair of finance of the Ohio Society of CPAs' Executive Board, while Jason Ice and Dane Wilson have joined C&P Wealth Management LLC as director of financial services and an associate financial advisor, respectively. ... Robert Williamson has joined the audit team of Brady Ware, Dayton.


Michael R. Breininger, a senior accountant in the Accounting and Auditing Department at Herbein + Co. Inc., Reading, has passed the CPA Exam. ... Paul D. Kinmartin Jr., a principal in the Commercial Enterprise Group of Parente Randolph LLC, has been named regional principal-in-charge of the Philadelphia region. ... Jim Mack has joined the Jenkintown office of Amper, Politziner & Mattia LLP as a partner in the Financial Services Industry group. He was previously president and founder of West Valley Group.


Chanda D. Horne has been promoted to manager in the tax and consulting practice of the West Columbia office of Moore Beauston & Woodham LLP, while Donald G. Persohn has been promoted to manager in the audit and assurance services practice of the Hartsville office.


James D. Woods has been named managing director of the forensic, litigation and valuation services practice of UHY Advisors, Houston, while Janet Smith Sanov has joined the firm as a senior manager in the Enterprise Risk Advisory Services Department. ... Former IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson has joined alliantgroup, Houston, as vice chairman. ... Kristen Halls has joined Karlins & Ramey LLC, The Woodlands, as a senior accountant. ... Bill Kuhlman has joined the Specialty Tax Area of Lane Gorman Trubitt LLP, Dallas, as a tax manager. ... Dianne Peckham has been admitted as managing shareholder of Weinstein Spira & Co. PC, Houston, succeeding Ben Rosenberg, who will continue an active management role as senior tax shareholder. In addition, Amy Sbrusch and Kristoffer Ponnequin have been promoted to tax manager. ... Michael H. Granoff, Ernst & Young Distinguished Centennial Professor of Accounting at the University of Texas at Austin, has been appointed to a five-year term on the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board.


The Accreditation Council on Accountancy and Taxation, Alexandria, announced the names of those who had earned its Accredited Business Accountant and Accredited Tax Preparer designations by passing the relevant exams in the May-June period. Those qualifying for the ABA include: William R. Silzer, Sterling, Va.; Christine Pinheiro Silva, Sacramento, Calif; Christal Artree Anderson, Minneapolis; David Anthony Felix, Colton, Calif.; Paula Ann Leavitt, Dixmont, Maine; Nikita O. Walker, Swansea, S.C.; Lynn A. Versteegt, Penrose, Colo.; Gina Weller, Alpharetta, Ga.; Lisa L. Bomhoff, Norman, Okla; Shannon Dalton Byrd, Anderson, S.C.; Robert D. Ogg Jr., Zanesville, Ohio; and Nadine Crystal Pikula, Saint Francis, Minn.Those who passed the ABA Exam but have not completed the three-year experience requirement for the designation include: Sherry Blasko, Moore, Okla.; Jamie Lee Rarick, Cold Spring, Minn.; Tara B. Thorson, Sheldon, Iowa; Jacob Anthony Borash, Rice, Minn.; Matthew Breitbach, Waite Park, Minn.; Jaime Lee Hanson, Princeton, Minn.; Terry James, Pine City, Minn.; Shelley Green Robinson, Honea Path, S.C.; John P. Vogel, Upper Sandusky, Ohio; Jeffrey Alan Ward, Andover, Minn.; and Diane Yantz, Sedalia, Mo. Borash and Ogg recorded the highest scores on the ABA Exam. Those who earned the ATP designation include: Maria Juega, Princeton, N.J.; Joshua L. Kelly, Raleigh, N.C.; Carrie Sekelsky, Mount Morris, Mich.; and Greg Yokell, Houston. ... The National Society of Accountants Scholarship Foundation, Alexandria, announced the students who will receive scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 for 2009: Shruti Agrawal, Michigan State University; Kristen Beasley, Wayne Community College; Cody Bjorklund, University of Oregon; Hattie Bollom, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College; Christina Cianflone, St. John's University; Stephanie Cunningham, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Sarah Darnall, Northern Illinois University; Sara Fultz, Rogers State University; Karen Kruse, Capella University; Rachel Larrabee, Thomas College; Jennifer McIntare, Arkansas Tech University; Alyssa Miller, North Dakota State University; Krista Nussbaum, Goshen College; Jake Phillips, Eastern Washington University; Kristina Pontious, Texas A&M University; Katheryn Reynolds, Aims Community College; Julie Rohrman, Franciscan University of Steubenville; Judy Shackelford, Mississippi State University; Veronica Sierra, St. Leo University; Kimberly Silver, Boise State University; Aislinn Sweeney, Salisbury University; Myriah Sylvester, Gonzaga University; Nancy Theobald, Lakeshore Technical College; Nancy Todaro, University of Delaware; Jennifer Viens, State University of New York at Binghamton; and Nathan Weaver, Messiah College. ... John Sterner has joined Halt, Buzas and Powell Ltd., Alexandria, as a tax manager. He was previously with RSM McGladrey.


Scott Davison has been promoted to managing partner of Grant Thornton LLP's Pacific Northwest cluster, which consists of its Seattle and Portland, Ore., offices.


Norman Mosrie has joined the Charleston office of Dixon Hughes PLLC as a member.


Vrakas/Blum SC, Brookfield, has promoted Buffy Lubinski and Jennifer M. Schultz to manager, and Rebecca L. Hollinger and Mike R. Scott to senior. ... Carrie Gindt, Patrick Hoffert, Joel Joyce and Brian Mechenich have been admitted as partners at Reilly, Penner & Benton LLP, Milwaukee.

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