A roundup of recent hires, promotions, awards and other personnel news from firms across the country.

CALIFORNIA

Raquel Castro and Michael Glaab, audit managers at White Nelson Diehl Evans, Irvine, have earned Advanced Defined Contribution Plans Audit Certificates from the American Institute of CPAs


GEORGIA

Barbara J. Evans has been named chair of the Georgia Society of CPAs’ Board of Directors for the 2016-17 fiscal year. … Draffin & Tucker LLP announced a number of promotions: Valerie Bowron and Kate Randall have been promoted to manager in the healthcare practice; Darin Lane to supervisor in the healthcare practice; and Merrit Garnto to senior in the commercial practice.

 

IOWA

Mike Campana has joined Honkamp Krueger & Co. PC as a partner.

 

KANSAS

Tandra R. Johnson has joined Lewis, Hooper & Dick LLC, Garden City, as a staff accountant.


LOUISIANA

The Society of Louisiana CPAs announced a number of awards: Stephanie Anderson, executive vice president and COO of Woman's Hospital in Baton Rouge, received the Outstanding CPA in Business and Industry Award; William Balhoff, managing director and CEO of Postlethwaite & Netterville, received a Special Recognition Award for his service as chair of the AICPA; Michael Bruno and Mark P. Harris received Special Recognition Awards for their service on the State Board of CPAs of Louisiana; Grady Hazel received the Outstanding Discussion Leader Award; J. Michael Inzina received the Distinguished Service Award; Jean Meyer, a visiting assistant professor of accounting at Loyola University, received the Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award; Melvin Pechon, a partner with Pechon & Pechon LLC, received the Life Membership Award, as did sole practitioner Robert Perez, and Austin G. Robertson, of counsel to the firm Cole, Evans & Peterson; Michael Tham received both a Special Recognition Award, for his service on the State Board of CPAs of Louisiana, and a Life Membership Award; Candace Wright, chair of the Private Company Council and a director with Postlethwaite & Netterville, received a Distinguished Service Award; and Joseph Zanco, CFO of Home Bank, received the AICPA-LCPA Distinguished Public Service Award.

 

MARYLAND

Steven Kurinsky, of DeLeon & Stang CPA, has been accepted to the American Institute of CPAs’ Leadership Academy.


MASSACHUSETTS

Charles R. Kennedy has joined G.T. Reilly & Co., Milton, as a tax director.


MICHIGAN

Kevin Judge, Zikora Okafor and Haley Powers have joined Maner Costerisan, Lansing, as audit associates.

 

MISSOURI

Melanie Dullum has been named human resources coordinator at KPM CPAs & Advisors. She has worked at the firm since 2011 as an administrative assistant


NEW JERSEY

Paul Helderman has joined WithumSmith+Brown PC, Morristown, as a partner in the tax services practice.

 

NEW YORK

Prof. Robert Katz, of the Department of Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business at the Frank G. Zarb School of Business of Hofstra University, has died. He was on the faculty since 1975, and served for many years as the Chaykin Distinguished Teaching Professor of Taxation. He was also a senior partner and founding member of Katz, Bernstein & Katz LLP. … Carl Oliveri, partner-in-charge of the construction practice of Grassi & Co., has been named secretary/treasurer of the Construction Industry CPAs/Consultants Association. … Dawn V. Perri has joined PKF O’Connor Davies LLP, New York, as chief human resources officer. … Kenneth Lamar, former head of the statistics function and senior advisor to the director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, has been named an independent senior advisor to the Deloitte Center for Regulatory Strategies.


OHIO

Marilea Campomizzi has been promoted to principal in the Accounting & Auditing Department of Skoda Minotti, Cleveland, while Bob Goricki has been promoted to director of digital marketing. … Tabitha Tolliver, a manager in the Cincinnati office of Blue & Co., has been elected treasurer of the Board of Directors for the WAVE Foundation at the Newport Aquarium. … Sandra Orcutt has been promoted to supervisor at Hall, Kistler & Co., Canton, and Alex Ferrara to senior accountant, while Michael Grafton and Alexandra Smith have joined the firm as staff accountants. In addition, the firm’s Sarah Yost and Kelley Auvil have completed their QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Pro 2016 online certifications.


PENNSYLVANIA

Curtis A. Farrow has been promoted to manager in the business valuation practice of GBQ Consulting LLC.

 

TENNESSEE

Janice Sansing has joined LBMC from Elliott Davis Decosimo, along with a team of six. In addition, the firm named several new shareholders: healthcare services audit expert Brad Bonde, tax wealth management specialist Brianna Mullenax and tax outsourcing experts Brett Kennedy and Justin Follis. In addition, LBMC Information Security named managed security practice leader Jason Riddle to partner, while LBMC Staffing Solutions named financial recruiting specialist Britt Cumbie director of contract accounting services.

 

TEXAS

Matt Rhodes has joined Rylander, Clay & Opitz LLP, Fort Worth, as audit associate.


VIRGINIA

Matthew Brady has been promoted to tax partner at Cherry Bekaert LLP. He shares time between the firm’s Richmond and Virginia Beach practices.

 

WASHINGTON

Rich Croghan has been named national practice leader of the life sciences and medical devices practice at Moss Adams LLP, Seattle. … Donald Corbett has been named market territory managing partner for the Pacific Northwest practice of Grant Thornton LLP, which is composed of offices in Seattle; Bellevue, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; and Anchorage, Alaska. 


WASHINGTON, D.C.

Brian T. Croteau is leaving his position as deputy chief accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission. … Michael L. Somich, former executive director of the Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance at Duke University and Health System, has joined the advisory practice of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP. … John Riggi, a 28-year veteran of the FBI, has joined the technology advisory services practice of BDO Consulting as a managing director and head of BDO’s Cybersecurity and Financial Crimes Unit.

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