The AICPA recently graduated 29 CPAs from around the country from its annual (and, for the first time, virtual) Leadership Academy, a program that uses interactive workshops to provide prospective leaders with advanced leadership training, networking activities and presentations from some of the profession’s top thought leaders.
Attendees were recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both, and each candidate submitted a resume and a statement explaining how participating in the Leadership Academy would affect them personally and professionally. This year’s class was split nearly evenly between males and females (with an average age of 33) and included representatives from public accounting firms of all sizes, business and industry, academia and consulting firms.
The 2020 Leadership Academy graduates are:
- Michael Bridges, Sullivan Bille PC
- John Confrey, Mazars USA LLP
- Nicole Cooper, University of Nebraska at Omaha
- Kerry Duda, WilkinGuttenplan PC
- Jodi Eckhout, Woods & Durham
- KieLee Ellsworth, Porter Muirhead Cornia and Howard CPAs
- Matthew Faircloth, Berg Faircloth & Company
- David Gantos, ACM LLP
- Kellen Garrison, Eide Bailly LLP
- Teresa Giese, RMS Energy Co. LLC
- Jessica Gluck, Alexander & Baldwin
- Mason Groves, People’s Electric Cooperative
- Chase Haynes, Landmark PLC
- Scott Hoppe, Why Blu
- Samuel Kramer, 14 West Administrative Services LLC
- Matthew Labernik, Eide Bailly LLP
- Natalie Ladd, NiSource
- Jessica McClain, Brand USA
- Katherine Moline, Weber Clark
- Luci Roseman, Cover & Rossiter
- Joshua Russell, Patterson Prince & Associates PC
- Seth Serhienko, Widmer Roel
- Emily Stahlin Hoffman, Remington Worth, LLC
- Amy Swartzfager, Maloney Reed Scarpitti & Co. LLP
- Joshua TeBeest, Huberty & Associates SC
- Jennifer Troutman, Beck Flavors Inc.
- Lauren Ursaki, StoneTurn
- Kelly Watson, Watson Coon Ryan LLC
- Cherie Williams, Windes Inc.
“This is an interesting time to be a young leader in the accounting profession,” says AICPA chair Tracy Golden. “The global pandemic is changing how we work, and this year’s Leadership Academy class is an impressive group of diverse professionals readily adapting to new circumstances. These talented CPAs are great examples of the forward-thinking leaders who will find solutions to the challenges the profession faces now and in the years to come.”