Young Leader Awards

PICPA Members to Watch

Through the Young Leader Awards, the PICPA annually recognizes its members under the age of 40 who demonstrate a commitment to the accounting profession through active PICPA or community volunteer activities. Keep an eye on this group. They are the future of the accounting profession and the PICPA.

In addition to climbing the ranks quickly at their organizations, past winners have gone on to serve as PICPA leadership, committee chairs, and respected speakers at conferences.

Those who were nominated, and eventually chosen, for this year's award were born on or after Jan. 1, 1982.

2022 Young Leader Award Recipients

Cassie Bennett

Cassie Bennett

Cassie is an assistant professor of accounting at Bloomsburg University. She is a member of PICPA Council, Pennsylvania CPA Journal Editorial Board, and Schools and Colleges Thought Leadership Committee.

Brandon Caine

Brandon Caine

Brandon is a tax associate at Armanino LLP.

Chidinma Chioke

Chidinma Chioke

Chidinma is a business analyst at McKinsey & Company.

KyleEvans

Kyle Evans

Kyle is a manager at Boyer and Ritter LLC.

Emily Gallagher

Emily Gallagher

Emily is a member of the Public Accounting Technology Thought Leadership Committee and Young Professionals Thought Leadership Committee.

Chris Kosty

Chris Kosty

Chris is a manager of digital transformation and data analytics at Schneider Downs & Co. Inc. He is a member of the Public Accounting Technology Thought Leadership Committee.

Aaron LeRoy

Aaron LeRoy

Aaron is a senior manager at Deloitte LLP. He is a member of the Tax Administration Thought Leadership Committee, the Local Tax Thought Leadership Committee, the State Taxation Steering Committee, and the Pennsylvania Corporate Tax Thought Leadership Committee.

Kyle Levengood

Kyle Levengood

Kyle is a partner at Herbein + Company Inc. He is a member of the Accounting & Auditing Steering Committee.

Chris Maida

Christopher Maida

Christopher works at CBIZ Private Equity. 

Allison Minnis

Allison Minnis

Allison is a senior manager at Crowe LLP. She is a member of the Financial Institutions Planning Committee.

Alexa Musser

Alexa Musser

Alexa is an assurance senior at Ernst & Young LLP. She is a member of the South Central Local Connection Committee.

Katelynn Nichols

Katelynn Nichols

Katelynn is a partner at Cawley, Johnson & Sanders PC.

John Oswald

John Oswald

John is a financial accounting advisory services manager at Ernst & Young LLP. He is a member of the Schools and Colleges Thought Leadership Committee.

Brad Palmer

Bradley Palmer

Bradley is a controller at Aqua Pennsylvania Inc. He is a member of the Education Committee and Education Committee Foundation Board.

Harrison Pereira

Harrison Pereira

Harrison is a tax senior manager at Tait, Weller & Baker LLP.

Jordan Russell

Jordan Russell

Jordan is a senior tax associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He is a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Steering Committee.

Rene Shang

Rene Shang

Rene is an audit manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP. She is a member of the Financial Institutions Committee.

Rebecca Shirk

Rebecca Shirk

Rebecca is a supervisor at Trout CPA.

Joseph Sutter

Joseph Sutter

Joseph is a senior manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP. He is a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Steering Committee and the South Central Local Connection Committee.

James Tomak

James Tomak

James is an External Reporting Analyst and Technical Accountant at The Hershey Company. He is a member of the Young Thought Leadership Committee.

Tom Trimback

Thomas Trimback

Thomas is an assistant global controller at Endo Pharmaceuticals. He is a member of the Corporate Finance Steering Committee.

Kaley Walker

Kaley Walker

Kaley is a tax manager at Grant Thornton LLP.

Michael Weber


Michael Weber

Michael is a partner at Grossman Yanak & Ford LLP.

Alonna Whittle

Alonna Whittle

Alonna is an internal auditor at First American Title Insurance Company. She is a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Steering Committee.

MattZinna

Matthew Zinna

Matthew is a partner at McGill, Power, Bell & Associates LLP.