Melanie Shores, a supervisor at Barfield Murphy Shank & Smith PC, Birmingham, has been elected secretary of the Birmingham Chapter of Young CPAs.



Roxanne Benincosa, Brian Hall, Katie Lejong and Josh Masters have been promoted to senior manager at Beall Barclay, Fort Smith.



Jack Parsons has joined the San Francisco office of LECG as a managing director in the forensic accounting practice.



Ramon Hanna has been promoted to senior at Bondi & Co., Denver.



Chad Polak has joined Jones Lang LaSalle, Chicago, as the lead for the recently established tax administration service offering.



Sarah Castro has joined the Portland office of Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker as marketing data coordinator.



Steven O'Brien, a senior staff auditor at Gorfine, Schiller and Gardyn PA, Owings Mills, has been selected to participate in the 2011 class of Business Volunteers Unlimited Maryland's Getting Involved with Volunteer Experience program.



Maner Costerisan, Lansing, announced a number of promotions: Joe DeLuca and Dana J. Garwood have been promoted to senior manager, and Kristy Moore, Katie A. Sterling and Jeffrey L. Straus to manager.



Patrick Duffany has been appointed to lead the state and local tax practice at J.H. Cohn LLP, Roseland.



Steven Barranca has joined Friedman LLP, New York City, as a tax principal.



David D. Naugle has joined Herbein + Co. Inc., Reading, as a senior accountant in the Tax Department, while Erica J. Houck and Jeremy T. Kirkoff have joined as staff accountants in the Tax and Small Business Department. ... Michael Stuhltrager, a senior accountant at Wouch, Maloney & Co. LLP, Horsham, has been renewed in his term on the Board of Directors of the Home Builders Association of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. ... Vincent Burke has joined the Philadelphia office of WeiserMazars as a partner with the Financial Services Consulting Group.



Sabeen Pirzada and Aamir Maniar have been admitted as partners at HRSS CPAs & Advisors, Houston. Pirzada will oversee the Business Services Tax Group, and Maniar will lead assurance services. ... Michael Bennett has been named managing partner of the Houston office of Grant Thornton LLP, succeeding the retiring Justin Gannon.



Edward J. Mazur, a senior advisor for public sector services at Clifton Gunderson LLP, received the Private Sector Financial Excellence Award from the Association of Government Accountants, Alexandria, at its 9th Annual National Leadership Conference.



New tax policy assignments for the minority staff of the Senate Committee on Finance were announced: The team will be led by Mark Prater, chief tax counsel and deputy staff director on the minority staff of the committee; Curt Beaulieu will serve as tax counsel focusing on energy, estate, and gift taxes; Tony Coughlan as tax counsel focusing on corporate, international, and select individual income tax issues; Christopher Hanna as senior policy advisor for tax reform; Jim Lyons as tax counsel; Preston Rutledge as tax and benefits counsel focusing on employee benefits, employment taxation and tax-exempt organizations; Aaron Taylor as a professional staff member; and Nick Wyatt as tax and nominations professional staff member. ... Lona Nallengara has joined the Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C., as deputy director for legal and regulatory policy in the Division of Corporation Finance. ... Seth Green, Patrick Jackman and Howard Wiener have joined KPMG LLP as principals in its Washington National Tax Practice.

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