The Florida Institute of CPAs announced this year’s “26 Under 36” honorees, recognizing FICPA members under the age of 36 that have made notable accomplishments in service to the organization, profession and community.

“We congratulate the honorees on being selected as the best and brightest young members of the FICPA,” said Deborah Curry, FICPA president and CEO, in a statement. “We applaud their accomplishments and truly appreciate their service to the Institute and to the CPA profession.”

Selection criteria included professional experience; both FICPA and non-FICPA accounting-related volunteer activities; and charitable activities.   

More information and profiles on the honorees, listed below along with firm/organization and city, are available at

Adrian Alfonso, Perez-Abreu, Aguerrebere, Sueiro, Torres, Coral Gables

K Maclain Benton, Florida State University, Tallahassee

Kristin Bivona, Geller, Ragans, James, Oppenheimer & Creel, Orlando

Amanda Bonifay, Goldstein, Schechter, Koch, PA, Coral Gables

Michael Borkowski II, Ahearn Jasco + Company, PA, Pompano Beach

Kirsten Burbridge, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Orlando

Jeannine Busch, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, Tallahassee

Bethany Carr, Cavanaugh & Co, LLP, Sarasota

Jason Chorlins, Kaufman, Rossin & Co., PA, Miami

Julian Dozier, Thomas Howell Ferguson PA, Tallahassee

Ashley Maher Fagan, KPMG, LLP, Fort Lauderdale

Chris Farmand, Chris Farmand + Company, Jacksonville

Sarah Funk, Trilogy International Partners, LLC, Fort Lauderdale

Allison Harrell, Thomas Howell Ferguson PA, Tallahassee

Dena Lester, KPMG LLP, Orlando

Jennie Muniz, Dixon Hughes Goodman PLLC, Jacksonville

Patrick Erin Murphy, Coastal Construction Group, Miami

Monica Ospina, Cherry Bekaert & Holland, Coral Gables

Joshua Rader, Appelrouth & Farah, Co., PA, Coral Gables

Hema Rupnarain, Hema Rupnarain CPA, PA, Ocala

Eric Santa Maria, Paul A. Garcia, PA, Coral Gables

Brian A. Schlang, Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC, Fort Lauderdale

Cheri Swain, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, Winter Park

Octavio "Tab" Verdeja, Verdeja & De Armas, LLP, Coral Gables

J. Adam Watson, Watson & Associates, PA, CPAs, Tallahassee

David White, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, Tallahassee