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Here’s the AICPA’s 2013 Leadership Academy Class

Hot off the presses from the AICPA:

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has announced the 2013 Leadership Academy class. This group of 38 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 38 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.

Congratulations to this year's attendees. If any of you actually see this would someone please get in touch with us? We'd love to have a first-hand account of the 5-day shebang. In exchange for your "(wo)man on the ground" report, you'll receive notoriety, our eternal gratitude and — if you're really greedy — I'll throw in a handful of vintage Going Concern luggage grips for your trouble.

Check out the entire list of the AICPA Leadership Academy Class on the next page.

Here's the 2013 Leadership Academy class 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
  • Melissa Dunn, BBD LLP, Philadelphia, PA
  • 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