Young Leader Awards

PICPA Members to Watch

The PICPA annually recognizes its members under the age of 40 who demonstrate a extraordinary commitment to the accounting profession through PICPA or community service.

In addition to climbing the ranks quickly at their organizations, past winners have gone on to serve as chapter presidents, committee chairs, and speakers at conferences. Nominees for the 2017 Young Leader Awards must be born on or after Jan. 1, 1977.


2017 Nominations Closed

The deadline for 2017 nominations has passed. Winners will be announced in June, featured in the fall 2017 issue of the ​Pennsylvania CPA Journal​, and honored at the PICPA Leadership Conference in September.


2016 Young Leader Award Recipients

Barnes,-Thomas

Thomas E. Barnes

Southwestern Chapter

Tom is a senior accountant at Clay & Gascoine LLC in Indiana. He is a member of the Southwestern Chapter's Executive Committee and Emerging CPAs Committee.

Bishop,-Amy

Amy L. Bishop

Southwestern Chapter

Amy is tax and accounting manager at Delisi, Keenan & Associates PC in Greensburg. She is a member of Southwestern Chapter's Executive Committee and Emerging CPAs Committee.

Blackwell,-Ireena

Ireena Blackwell

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Ireena is an associate at Keane Unclaimed Property in King of Prussia. She is a member of PICPA’s CPA Voice.


Bonus,-Kenneth

Kenneth E. Bonus

Pittsburgh Chapter

Kenny is a principal with Bonus Accounting LLC in Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Marcellus Shale Committee and Pittsburgh Chapter’s Emerging CPAs Committee.

Buchakjian,-Jeffrey

Jeffrey M. Buchakjian

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Jeffrey is a director with EisnerAmper LLP in Philadelphia. He is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s Cooperation with the Bar and Other Professionals Committee.

Buschman,-Justin

Justin A. Buschman

Erie Chapter

Justin is the chief financial officer with Wire Weld Inc. in North East. He is a member of Erie Chapter’s Executive Committee.


Caputo,-Veronica

Veronica A. Caputo

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Veronica is senior manager of state and local tax with Grant Thornton LLP in Philadelphia. She is a member of Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s Annual Tax Forum and Planning Meeting Committee.

Catalano,-F

F. Rocco Catalano

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Rocco is a senior accountant with Brinker, Simpson & Co. LLC in Springfield. He is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s Emerging CPAs, Federal Taxation, and Schools and Colleges committees.

Chisolm,-Shekeria

Shekeria Chisolm

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Shekeria is a senior associate with FD Fund Administration in Philadelphia. She is a member of Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s Community Involvement Committee.


Demshock,-Heather

Heather M. Demshock

North Central Chapter

Heather is an assistant professor of accounting at Lycoming College in Williamsport. She is an active member of North Central Chapter’s Executive Committee.

Desiante,-Michael

Michael Desiante

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Michael is a senior tax accountant with KPMG US LLP in Philadelphia. He is a member of Reading Chapter’s Emerging CPAs Committee.

Farrow,-Curtis

Curtis A. Farrow

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Curtis is a manager of valuation services at GBQ Consulting LLC in Philadelphia. He is a member of Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s Cooperation with the Bar and Other Professionals Committee.


Gary,-Lynnetta

Lynnetta Gary

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Lynnetta is an accountant at Medical Alert in Bala Cynwyd. She is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter Community Involvement and Schools and Colleges committees.

Granito,-Arthur

Arthur J. Granito

South Central Chapter

A.J. is a partner with Flowers & Flowers CPAs in Harrisburg. He is a member of South Central Chapter’s Executive Committee.

Hartzel,-Adam

Adam P. Hartzel

North Central Chapter

Adam is a senior manager with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP in Williamsport. He is a member of the statewide Professional Ethics and Local Government Accounting and Auditing committees.


Katona,-John

John Katona

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

John is a senior accountant with Kreischer Miller in Horsham. He has been active with the Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s Schools and Colleges Committee.

 

Kelly,-Eric

Eric J. Kelly

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Eric is a director of financial reporting and controls with Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company in Horsham. He is an active member with PICPA’s Insurance Committee.

 

Koscil,-Keith

Keith M. Koscil

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Keith is a senior tax analyst with Penn National Gaming Inc. in Wyomissing. He is a member of Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s Emerging CPAs Committee.




Elizabeth G. Leah

Central Chapter

Elizabeth is a staff accountant with Pennsylvania Certified Organic in Spring Mills. She is active with the statewide Agribusiness Committee.

 

Leshak,-Roman

Roman Leshak

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Roman is a director of audit and accounting with Kreischer Miller in Horsham. He is a member of the statewide Employee Benefits Plan Committee and EBP Conference Planning Subcommittee.

 

Lewis,-Deborah

Deborah M. Lewis

Erie Chapter

Debbie is a supervisor with McGill, Power, Bell & Associates LLP in Erie. She is a member of Erie Chapter’s Executive and Schools and Colleges committees.

 


Lockwood,-Ross

Ross A. Lockwood

Northwestern Chapter

Ross is a manager with Kreider & Company LLC in Meadville. He is active with Northwestern Chapter’s Executive Committee. 

 

Malachowski,-Jamie

Jamie L. Malachowski

South Central Chapter

Jamie is an international internal auditor and analyst for Dentsply Sirona Inc. in York. She has been active in her community, serving as a resource for students preparing for the CPA Exam.

 

Mann,-Gary

Gary M. Mann

Northeastern Chapter

Gary is a director of accounting with Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. in Exeter. He is active on Northeastern Chapter’s Executive and Taxation and Annual Tax Meeting committees.

 


McGarry,-Kevin

Kevin M. McGarry

Central Chapter

Kevin is a partner with Urish Popeck & Co. LLC in State College. He is active with the State Taxation Committee.

 



Jennifer A. Meehan

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Jenn is a managing member of JAM Services in Meadowbrook. She is a member of Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s Emerging CPAs and Women of PICPA committees.

 

Olree,-Marybeth

Marybeth C. Olree

Reading Chapter

Marybeth is a manager of accounting and auditing services with Herbein + Company Inc. in Reading. She is a member of the statewide Not-for-Profit Committee, Not-for-Profit Tech Issues Subcommittee, and Not-for-Profit Conference Planning Committee.

 


Ottolini,-Nicholas

Nicholas A. Ottolini

Lehigh Valley Chapter

Nicholas is an in-charge accountant with Campbell, Rappold & Yurasits LLP in Allentown.

 

Pabellon,-Alex

Alejandro X. Pabellon

Reading Chapter

Alex is an accounting policy and SEC reporting manager with Customers Bancorp Inc. in Wyomissing. He is a member of the CPA Image Enhancement Committee.

 

Reiste,-Timothy

Timothy D. Reiste

South Central Chapter

Tim is an internal auditor with Burnham Holdings Inc. in Lancaster. He is active with South Central Chapter’s Emerging CPAs Committee. 

 


Scheibelhut,-Jeremy

Jeremy J. Scheibelhut

South Central Chapter

Jeremy is a supervisor with Boyer & Ritter LLC in Camp Hill. He is an active member of South Central Chapter’s Emerging CPAs Committee.

 

Smith,-Alyzabeth

Alyzabeth R. Smith

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Alyzabeth is a tax advisor with Wipfli LLP CPAs and Consultants in Philadelphia. She is a member of the CPA Image Enhancement Committee, Pennsylvania CPA Journal Editorial Board, and Greater Philadelphia Chapter Schools and Colleges Committee.

 

Starr,-Dustin

Dustin D. Starr

Pittsburgh Chapter

Dustin is an audit manager with Maher Duessel in Pittsburgh. He is a member of Pittsburgh Chapter’s Local Taxation and Government and Schools and Colleges committees.

 


Stunkel,-William

William L. Stunkel

Southwestern Chapter

Wil is president of Stunkel Tax & Accounting PC in Lower Burrell. He is active with the CPA Image Enhancement Committee.

 

Tabar,-Derek

Derek Tabar

Erie Chapter

Derek is a senior audit associate with BKD LLP in Erie. He is a member of Erie Chapter’s Emerging CPAs and Executive committees.

 

Talone,-Corey

Corey M. Talone

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Corey is a partner with Henry Frank & Company in Bala Cynwyd. He is active with Greater Philadelphia Chapter’s Executive Committee.

 


Walck,-Rebecca

Rebecca S. Walck

South Central Chapter

Rebecca is a manager with Simon Lever LLP in Lancaster. She is a member of the Accounting and Auditing Procedures Committee.

 

Winter,-William

William J. Winter

Pittsburgh Chapter

William is a tax manager with Wilkes & Associates LLP in Carnegie. He is active with Pittsburgh Chapter’s Emerging CPAs, Executive, Technical Tax, and Western Pennsylvania Tax Conference committees.

 

Zeigler,-Jonathan

Jonathan L. Zeigler

Reading Chapter

Jonathan is a partner with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP in Wyomissing. He is active with the statewide Insurance Committee.