A roundup of new hires, promotions, awards and other personnel-related news from accounting firms around the country.

CALIFORNIA

Richard C. Gordon, of Lindquist LLP, San Ramon, has been accepted into the fall 2015 FBI Citizens Academy, a six-week program that gives business, religious, civic, media and community leaders an inside look at the FBI. … Tami Sipos, a partner at Gallina LLP, Roseville, has been named a “Champion” by the Community Foundation serving the counties of Riverside and San Bernardino in California, which she has been involved with for over 25 years. She joined the board at the beginning of this year.

CONNECTICUT

Irene McDonnell has joined the Stamford office of TaxOps as a tax manager. … Paul A. Beswick, a partner with Ernst & Young LLP and former chief accountant for the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Robert B. Malhotra, a partner at KPMG LLP, have been named to the Emerging Issues Task Force of the Financial Accounting Standards Board, Norwalk.

FLORIDA

Top 100 Firm MBAF, Miami, announced a number of promotions in the Audit, and Tax & Accounting Departments: Lisette Rodriguez, Craig Corak and James Wachman have been promoted to senior manager; and Natalie Bello, Diana Cuesta, Javier Orozco and Juan Peña have been promoted to manager.

KANSAS

A number of Mayer Hoffman McCann PC shareholders have been appointed to national committees within the accounting profession. Cindy Dwyer is now a member of the American Institute of CPAs Employee Benefits Technical Resource Panel. Hal Hunt is now a member of the AICPA’s Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center ESOP Taskforce and Practice Monitoring Taskforce for Employee Benefit Plans. Mike Loritz is now a member of the AICPA’s Auditing & Attestation Subcommittee. Bill Mann is now a member of the AICPA’s Professional Ethics Committee. Mark Winiarski is now a member of the AICPA’s Financial Accounting & Reporting Subcommittee. And Barry Berkowitz now serves on the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy Ethics and Strategic Issues Committee, Board of Examiners, and Nominating Committee, and as chair of the Financial Oversights Group.

MASSACHUSETTS

G.T. Reilly & Co., Milton, has added three staff accountants and auditors to its Accounting & Auditing Department: Haley R. Arsenault, Julie M. Malone and Jonathan M. Sanders.

MICHIGAN

Nina Wang has joined the management team of Clayton McKervey PC, Southfield, after seven years with the firm. She specializes in corporate income and international tax.

NEVADA

Amber Beason has been promoted to director at Johnson Advisors, Las Vegas.

NEW YORK

Dora Dvir has joined CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann PC as a managing director of the MHM Audit Practice in New York. She will have responsibilities with middle market companies within the consumer products and financial services groups. … Mehmet Sengulen has been named a partner and managing director of audit and assurance in the New York City office of UHY LLP. … Fabio Pires and Alvaro Araujo have joined Alvarez & Marsal as managing directors; Pires is based in Los Angeles and Araujo in Miami. In addition, Sergio Aguilar and David Arrabito have joined the firm as senior directors in Miami and Los Angeles, respectively. … Stuart Kertzner, partner-in-charge of Health Care Group of Gettry Marcus CPA PC, Woodbury, has joined the board of the Long Island Children’s Choir. … Ian Carruthers has been appointed chair of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board for a three-year term commencing Jan. 1, 2016. He has served on the board since 2010.

NORTH CAROLINA

Paige Myria Otos has joined Blackman & Sloop CPAs, Chapel Hill, as a senior manager in the Tax Department. … Rod Sides has been appointed vice chairman of Deloitte LLP and leader of the retail and distribution practice in the United States. He succeeds Alison Paul, who will continue serving Deloitte's leading global retail clients. Sides is based in Charlotte.

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