AICPA Announces 2013 Leadership Academy Class

July 15, 2013

New York (July, 15, 2013) — The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has announced the 2013
Leadership Academy class. This group of 37 up and coming stars in the profession will participate in the 5th annual Leadership Academy in Durham, N.C. this fall.

During the intensive five day program, the participants will learn leadership theory and strategic planning techniques while developing tools for handling complex management challenges. Leadership Academy participants, all under age 36, will discuss pressing issues facing CPAs and the accounting profession with some of the profession’s most influential leaders, including AICPA Chairman Richard Caturano, CPA, CGMA, and Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, the Institute’s president and CEO.

“Being selected for the AICPA’s Leadership Academy means being part of an elite group of the best and brightest young minds in the accounting profession,” said Caturano. “These young CPAs are poised to make a positive impact in the profession, and the training they will receive will serve them well as they take the next steps in their careers.”

The AICPA selected the 37 attendees of the Leadership Academy from more than 120 candidates recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both. Candidates submitted resumes which included work history, licensure information, professional volunteer activities, community service, and awards and honors.

Before selecting the 2013 class, the AICPA reviewed each submission, including a statement provided by the candidate explaining why participating in the Leadership Academy would be important to them personally.

The American Institute of CPAs’ Leadership Academy will be held from Sept. 29 – Oct. 3 at the Washington Duke Inn – Durham, NC. Additional information is available on

The 2013 Leadership Academy class is listed below in alphabetical order:

  • Mohamad Al-kawafha, PKF, Houston, TX

  • Chad Allen, Acord Cox & Company, Lenexa, KS

  • Tracy M. Allen, AKT LLP, Lake Oswego, OR

  • Victor A. Amaya, ClearPath Accountants LLC, Littleton, CO

  • Jaclyn T. Badeau, Tempur-Pedic North America LLC, Lexington, KY

  • Jennifer J. Brown, GSC Agribusiness, Carroll, IA

  • Tessa Carr, Arnett Foster Toothman PLLC, Charleston, WV

  • Erik M. Causey, KPMG LLP, Washington, DC

  • Harris Darver, McGregor & Company LLP, Columbia, SC

  • Christine DeAngelis, Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, PA, Wolfeboro, NH

  • Michelle B. Dooley, ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, Calvert AL

  • David M. Finklang, Brown Smith Wallace LLC, St. Louis, MO

  • Kathryn M. Fletcher, Draffin & Tucker LLP, Atlanta, GA

  • Misty L. Geer, Halliburton Energy Services, Lafayette, LA

  • Amber K. Goering, Amber K. Goering, CPA, P.A., Olathe, KS

  • Dena Jackson Lester Harrison, Protiviti, Orlando, FL

  • Jason H. Hunter, Mantyla McReyolds, Salt Lake City, UT

  • Curtis M. Johnson, Mutual of Omaha, Omaha, NE

  • Brett J. Jordan, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Seattle, WA

  • Heather N. Lenardson, Lenhart, Mason & Associates LLC, Casper, WY

  • Rachael K. Lloyd, Emdeon, Inc., Nashville, TN

  • Satyasomeswar Maruvada, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Raleigh, NC

  • Elizabeth N. Mason, BeachFleishman PC, Phoenix, AZ

  • Jose L. Navarro, City of Bakersfield, Bakersfield, CA

  • Joshua Norris, Corkern & Norris PLLC, Jackson, MS

  • Elizabeth S. Pittelkow, ArrowStream, Inc., Chicago, IL

  • Iralma Pozo, Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp., Bronx, NY

  • Craig S. Ralston, StoneTurn Group, Boston, MA

  • Joseph M. Rugger, Jonesboro Prosthetic & Orthotic Lab, Jonesboro, AR

  • Kala O. Sharp, ONEOK, Inc. and ONEOK Partners L.P., Tulsa, OK

  • Kelly M. Sics, Wisconsin Dental Association, West Allis, WI

  • Scott Smith, Smith, Kunz & Associates PLLC, Rexburg, ID

  • Justin Thomsen, Muckel Anderson CPAs, Reno, NV

  • Jeff W. Wilson, National Credit Union Administration, Alexandria, MD

  • Jayme Woehl, Array Services Group, Inc. Sartell, MN

  • Mary Yeager, Plattenburg & Associates, Cincinnati, OH

  • David Zuidema, Dennen Steel Corporation, Grand Rapids, MI