AICPA Selects 2014 Leadership Academy Class

July 16, 2014

Contact: James Schiavone, 212-596-6119,

New York (July16, 2014)
 — The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has announced their selection of the 2014 Leadership Academy class. The group of rising stars in the accounting profession will participate in the 6thannual Leadership Academy in Durham, N.C. this fall.

During the intensive five day program, participants will learn strategic planning techniques and develop personal success skills 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  Bill Balhoff, CPA, CGMA, and Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, the Institute’s president and CEO.

“The AICPA’s Leadership Academy annually selects promising young CPAs and gives them the tools they need to continue to make an impact in the accounting profession,” said Balhoff. “As these CPAs continue to develop their careers, both the connections they make and the training they receive at the Leadership Academy will help guide them along the way.”

The AICPA selected the attendees of the Leadership Academy from more than 100 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.

The selection process for the 2014 class involved the AICPA reviewing each submission in detail. The submission included a statement provided by the candidate explaining why their participation in the Leadership Academy would be personally important to them.

The American Institute of CPAs’ Leadership Academy will be held from Sept. 28 – Oct. 2 at the Washington Duke Inn – Durham, NC. Additional information is available on

The 2014 Leadership Academy class is listed below in alphabetical order:

·         David Almonte, LGC&D, Providence, RI

·         Bryan Carpenter, LevitZacks, San Diego, CA

·         Jessica Cormier, Horne LLP, Baton Rouge, LA

·         Roseleen Dello Russo, Rucci, Bardaro & Falzone PC, Malden, MA

·         Kenneth DeSouza, Ernst & Young, Nashville, TN

·         Marisa Doras, Department of Education, St. Thomas, VI

·         Julian Dozier, Thomas Howell Ferguson, PA, Tallahassee, FL

·         Lacy Ferguson, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA

·         Robyn Fuller, General Motors Finance, Detroit, MI

·         Melisa Galasso, Cherry Bekaert LLP, Charlotte, NC

·         John Gleason, Grant Thornton LLP, Boston, MA

·         Hillary Harding, Excelsior College, Albany, NY

·         Alexis Hassell, PricewaterhouseCoopers, New York, NY

·         Kristin Howard, Palazzo & Company LLC, Biloxi, MS

·         Michelle Kaneshiro, MW Group, Ltd., Honolulu, HI

·         Douglas Kauffman, Douglas C Kauffman, CPA, Lancaster, PA

·         Kevin Koven, L.M. Henderson & Company, LLP, Indianapolis, IN

·         Brian Loose, Diel & Forguson, LLC, O’Fallon, IL

·         Patrick Lytle, SM Energy Company, Denver, CO

·         Robert Maya, Kaufman Rossin, Co., Miami, FL

·         Katherine McNair, O’Connor Davies, LLP, Wethersfield, CT

·         Eboni Moss, Berkowitz Pollack Brant, Miami, FL

·         Jenny Ng, Gray, Blodgett & Company, Norman, OK

·         Stephanie Pickering, McGee, Hearne & Paiz, LLP, Cheyenne, WY

·         James Pierce, Frost, PLLC, Fayetteville, AR

·         Aaron Saito, Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, OR

·         Katherine Sedgwick, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Dallas, TX

·         David Shibli, KPMG, George Town, Grand Cayman

·         William Titera, Apollo Global Inc., Phoenix, AZ

·         Christopher Tkach, RubinBrown, St. Louis, MO

·         Melanie Tuttle, Tuttle & McCullough, PA, Lenexa, KS

·         Alison VanOtterloo, Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company, Algona, IA

·         Kelly Ward, Robinson & Associates, PC, Fairbanks, AK

·         Ryan Warren, BerryDunn, Manchester, NH

·         Andrew Welfle, Payne Nickles & Company, Norwalk, OH

·         Christopher Wittich, Boyum & Barenscheer, PLLP, Minneapolis, MN

·         Jamie Wohlert, Navigant Consulting, Arlington, VA