Karen Mayer Dwyer Receives AICPA's 2009 Public Service Award
Published October 17, 2010
New Orleans (Oct. 17, 2010) – Karen Mayer Dwyer, CPA, is the 2009 recipient of the Public Service Award from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The annual award recognizes members of the AICPA who have made significant contributions to their communities. Dwyer received her award at the fall meeting of the Institute’s governing Council in New Orleans.
Olivia Kirtley, chair of the AICPA Awards Committee and former AICPA chair, presented the award.
“Compassionate advocate, tireless volunteer, CPA ─ in all these roles Karen has improved the lives of people she has come into contact with,” said Kirtley. “She’s a credit to the profession, her community and her country.”
As a passionate supporter of the charter school movement Dwyer demonstrates her strong commitment to give each child an opportunity to learn and succeed. Following Hurricane Katrina she was instrumental in the rebuilding of the International School of Louisiana by addressing state and local government officials, working with school administrators and parents. She worked tirelessly to secure a new facility and to address budgetary concerns. Her efforts enabled ISL to be the first Orleans Parish-based public charter school to reopen post Hurricane Katrina.
Dwyer’s firm belief in the future of international education in New Orleans has been a driving force in both the success of ISL and in the creation of the new charter school, the International High School of New Orleans. IHS is the first language immersion high school in Louisiana to offer both French and Spanish immersion programs and an International Business Program. It is currently an applicant for the International Baccalaureate Programme.
Dwyer serves on the board of A Child’s Wish of Greater New Orleans, which grants wishes to children between the ages of 2 years old to 18 in Louisiana who have life-threatening or catastrophic illnesses.
Dwyer is the owner of Karen Mayer Dwyer CPA, located in Metairie, La. She holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Nicholls State University.