St. Louis-based Brown Smith Wallace (FY14 net revenue of $32.4 million) has announced that Jen Vacha, manager in the tax services practice, has been recognized by the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) as a Woman to Watch in the Emerging Leader category.
“Jen exemplifies all the characteristics of a Woman to Watch, and we are very proud of her accomplishments throughout the years,” says Cathy Goldsticker, partner and previous recipient of the Women to Watch award. “She’s a shining example that women can look to for inspiration on how to be a successful CPA.”
In 2007, Vacha was instrumental in initiating a shift in the firm’s approach to not-for-profit clients. Since then, Vacha has changed the way NPOs address Form 990, leading all NPO tax engagements at Brown Smith Wallace.
She is a member of the MSCPA, and was recently selected to chair the MSCPA Not-For-Profit Committee through June 2016. Vacha joins the list of fellow Brown Smith Wallace Women to Watch award winners: Anne Ritter, Karen Stern, Cathy Goldsticker and Robin Bell.
The MSCPA Women to Watch program recognizes women who have made significant contributions as leaders in the accounting industry. Criteria include demonstration of leadership, contribution to the profession, creation and implementation of unique initiative in the workplace, public or community service and involvement with their alma mater or other local universities.