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October 2, 2023

Promotion Watch ’23: The Baker Tilly Partner Bench Is Now 44 People Deeper

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Tomorrow, 44 people will ascend to partner status at Baker Tilly, a slight decrease from last year’s record partner class of 46. There is, naturally, a press release and a quote from Jeff Ferro who stepped into the chairman shoes in March when Alan Whitman abruptly left his post.

“Our incoming partners inspire our team members with their passion for our profession and deep commitment to our mission,” said Baker Tilly CEO Jeffrey Ferro. “With their leadership, I look forward to our continued journey creating the advisory CPA firm of the future, today.”

In alphabetical order, Baker Tilly’s newest partners are:

  • Marsha S. Ackerman, CPA Assurance – Real Estate and Construction (Washington, D.C.)
  • Nirav H. Badani, CPA Assurance – Financial Services (Irvine, California)
  • Ashley R. Barber, CPA Tax – Commercial (Iselin, New Jersey)
  • Jason M. Carter, JD Tax – Manufacturing and Distribution (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Lindsay N. Coffey, CPA Consulting – Client Accounting Services (Dallas, Texas)
  • Kevin Coonan, MBA Consulting – Healthcare Solutions (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Matthew J. Damone, JD Tax – Transfer Pricing (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Bishesh Devkota, Consulting – Baker Tilly Digital (Washington, D.C.)
  • Jonathan K. Drysdale, CPA Tax – Private Client Services (Dallas, Texas)
  • Heather M. Dwyer, CPA Tax – Private Wealth (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Victor Geagla, CPA Assurance – Commercial (Washington, D.C.)
  • Laura K. Groppoli, CPA Assurance (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Sheanne M. Hediger, CPA Assurance – Public Sector (Eau Clare, Wisconsin)
  • Caroline H. Hipple, CPA Assurance – Higher Education and Not-for-Profit (Iselin, New Jersey)
  • Kirk J. Jirak, CPA Tax – Commercial (Tampa, Florida)
  • Christopher M. Kassay, CPA Assurance – Real Estate and Construction (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Trenton J. Kleist, CPA Assurance – Real Estate and Construction (Madison, Wisconsin)
  • Andrew J. Koelbl, Consulting – Real Estate Advisory (Madison, Wisconsin)
  • Katie E. Kral, MSA Consulting – Client Accounting Services (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Meghan C. Loomis, PHR Consulting – Baker Tilly Digital (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Michael T. Maguire, JD, CPA Tax (Tampa, Florida)
  • Shabinaaz F. Mahdi, CPA Tax – Professional Services (Washington, D.C.)
  • Carla M. Mattsson, CPA Tax – Commercial (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Andy P. McCarty, CPA Tax – Baker Tilly Advantage (Appleton, Wisconsin)
  • Andrew J. McCauley, CPA, CISA Consulting – Risk Advisory (Dallas, Texas)
  • Randal S. Nachenberg, CPA Tax (Encino, California)
  • Joseph C. Pellerite, CPA Consulting – Client Accounting Services (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Brad J. Polizzano, JD, LLM Tax – Commercial (Manhattan, New York)
  • Claire E. Pugh, CPA, MBA Assurance – Real Estate and Construction (Dallas, Texas)
  • Sara A. Rebman, CPA, MSA Tax (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Raluca G. Romonti, CPA Tax – Commercial (Tampa, Florida)
  • Bill Ruscitti, CPA, MAS Assurance – Real Estate and Construction (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Michael A. Schmittlein Jr., CPA Tax – Real Estate and Construction (Washington, D.C.)
  • Sherry Sedighi, CPA Assurance (Los Angeles, California)
  • Deana L. Serracino, CPA Tax – (Dallas, Texas)
  • Russell J. Sommers, CPA, CISA Consulting – Risk Advisory (Iselin, New Jersey)
  • Michael W. Sullivan, CPA, MBA Consulting – Client Accounting Services (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Richard J. Thompson, CPA Assurance – Commercial (Washington, D.C.)
  • Jack K. Torpey, FCA Consulting – Forensics, Litigation and Valuation Services (London, United Kingdom)
  • Nuwandi G. Trahan, CPA Consulting – Real Estate Advisory (Austin, Texas)
  • Michael W. Wascura, CPA Assurance – Higher Education and Not-for-Profit (Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania)
  • Brooke M. Weitzer, CPA Tax – Commercial (Madison, Wisconsin)
  • Kevin M. Welch, CPA Assurance – Manufacturing and Distribution (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Jason C. Winterburn, CPA Consulting – Transactions and Financial Advisory (Washington, D.C.)


If you’re playing along at home, that’s 35 CPAs, or a hair under 80% of the total incoming partner class. Tax saw the most partners at 16, followed by 15 in Assurance and 13 in Consulting.

Congratulations to all, you made it!

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