Press Release



Mitchell Slepian

AICPA Announces 2011 Leadership Academy 

Published August 02, 2011

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is pleased to announce that it has selected 34 young CPAs to participate in the Institute’s third annual Leadership Academy. This diverse group of CPAs will attend courses, lectures and mentoring sessions to develop the skills necessary to become the next generation of leaders in business, industry, government and the accounting profession.


“The AICPA takes its commitment to diversity and the development of young leaders within the accounting profession very seriously,” said Paul Stahlin, CPA, AICPA chair. “Within the last three years, we’ve happily witnessed a surge in the amount of highly qualified young people choosing to become CPAs. The young CPAs selected to participate in this year’s Leadership Academy have demonstrated, their commitment to the profession, to their communities and their potential to become future leaders.”


The participants attending the AICPA’s Leadership Academy represent a cross section of the profession’s role in the American capital market system. Some work in public accounting and others in business, industry, government or academia. The 2011 class has twice the number of business, industry and government participants as the classes of 2009 and 2010. The tax and audit split is 50 / 50 and 11 states have first time candidates. On an ethnic, gender and geographic basis, this year’s Leadership Academy is as diverse as America. They are equally divided between men and women and include CPAs of Asian, African American, Caucasian, Hispanic / Latino, Native American and Pacific Islander descent from all over the United States.


“The Leadership Academy is a great example of how the AICPA works to achieve its  vitally important mission to develop young CPAs to lead the accounting  profession and help meet its obligation to serve the public interest,” said Barry Melancon, CPA, AICPA president and CEO, who will address the Leadership Academy. “These ambitious, talented professionals are the future of the accounting profession. And through the AICPA’s Leadership Academy, the future begins now.”

The Institute selected the participants from a large pool of candidates sponsored by either their employers and/or state CPA societies. Candidates, who must be under 35 years of age, were selected on the basis of their work history, licensure information, professional volunteer activities, community service and awards and honors. In addition, each candidate supplied a statement explaining why participating in the academy would be important personally.  AICPA senior leadership reviewed and evaluated each submission and a selection committee recommended the participants. All finalists were personally approved by both the AICPA Chair and CEO.


Upon graduation from the Leadership Academy, the AICPA will assign each attendee to either an AICPA volunteer committee or a state society volunteer committee in the participant’s home state. Former Institute chairs, members of its board of directors and governing Council will serve as personal mentors.


The workshop will be held in Durham, Oct. 3-5.  The following CPAs comprise the 2011 Leadership Academy:


Brandon M. Allfrey, CPA, Squire and Co., PC, Orem, Utah

Zeeshan Baig, CPA, CMA, MBA, Uponor, Inc., Apple Valley, Minn.

Anna L. Barnes, CPA, CFSA, Regions Financial Corporation, Birmingham, Ala.

James Boomer, CPA, Boomer Consulting, Inc., Manhattan, Kan.

Marie Brilmyer, CPA, SS&G - CPAs and Advisers, Akron, Ohio

Rachel Flaskey-Buse, CPA, ABV, CFF, MBA, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Valarie Davis, CPA, Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, PA, Columbia, S.C.

Mandy Kay French, CPA, CIA, CFE, HoganTaylor LLO, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Linda Marie Gieringer, CPA, JPMS Cox, PLLC, Little Rock, Ark.

Gerardo Godinez, CPA, Moss Adams, LLP, San Diego, Calif.

Keith R. Hoffman, CPA, Herbein + Company, Inc, Reading, Penn.

Audrey J. Jaramillo, CPA, Moss Adams, Albuquerque, N.M.

Darwin C. Jones, Apax Partners, New York, N.Y.

Ernest Dominique Kammogne, CPA, MAE, MSA, CTA, Cargill, Mt. Vernon, Ind.

Deborah Krambeck, CPA, CFE, Frankel Zacharia, LLC, Omaha, Neb.

Luke Lammer, CPA, Loras College, Marion, Iowa

Raelynn Mackenzie, CPA, MBA, Amkor Technology, Chandler, Ariz.

Elizabeth McGinn, CPA, L.L. Bean, Inc., Freeport, Maine

Dana M. McIntire, CPA, Trout, Beeman & Co., P.C., Harrisonville, Mo.

Amber Marie Nuse, CPA, MSBA, McGree, Hearne & Paiz, LLP, Cheyenne, Wyo.

Dominic R. Ortiz, CPA, Prairie Band Casino & Resort, Mayetta, Kan.

Joshua W. Partlow, CPA, Johnson Lambert & Co. LLP, Burlington, Vt.

Andrew Powell, CPA, MBA, VA Auditor of Public Accounts, Richmond, Va.

Ed E. Ramos, CPA, Dywer Pembetron and Coulson, P.C., Tacoma, Wash.

Alfonso Rossy-Raices, CPA, Deloitte & Touche, LLP, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Jeremiah L. Rouance, CPA, First Interstate Bancsystem, Billings, Mont.

Robert H. “Bobby” Schroeder IV, CPA, Weaver, Houston, Texas

Robert Smalley, CPA, BerryDunn, Manchester, N.H.

Leisa A. Stanberry, CPA, Stanberry CPA, Cookeville, Tenn.

Shannon Stith, CPA, MBA, Boise, Inc., Boise, Idaho

Christine D. Sturtevant, CPA, CEO, Premier Medical Group, Inc., Clarksburg, W. Va.

Alicia Sweeney, CPA, Ernst & Young, Denver, Colo.

Gordon Tom, CPA, KMH LLP, Honolulu, Hawaii

Jennifer Zerangue, CPA, MBA, Broussard Poche Lewis & Breaux, Carencro, La.

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