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 2018 Young Leader Awards must be born on or after Jan. 1, 1978.

2018 Young Leader Award Recipients

Barrick_Jennifer

Jennifer L. Barrick

South Central Chapter

Jenny is a senior associate with Rotz & Stonesifer PC in Chambersburg. In addition to training interns and new staff at her firm, she is an active volunteer in her community, specifically with her local rotary club in Shippensburg.

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Amanda J. Bernard

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Amanda is a principal with Maillie LLP in Mont Clare. She was a speaker at the 2018 Pennsylvania School District Conference, 2018 Government Accounting Conference, and the 2017 Reading Chapter Accounting and Auditing Conference.

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Alyssa Brunatti

Pittsburgh Chapter

Alyssa is a business advisory senior associate with Schneider Downs & Co. Inc. in Pittsburgh. She serves on the Pittsburgh Chapter Women in Accounting Committee.

 


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Nicole T. Buckman

Northeastern Chapter

Nicole is a senior tax accountant with Jones Kohanski Certified Public Accountants in Sugarloaf. She is president-elect of the Northeastern Chapter and is an active member of its CPA Voice volunteer group.

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Lauren G. Carrig

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Lauren is a financial reporting and controls senior analyst with Penn Mutual in Horsham. She serves on the Greater Philadelphia Chapter Women of the PICPA Committee.

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Elizabeth C. Cuthbert

Pittsburgh Chapter

Liz is the director of general accounting with Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in Pittsburgh. She serves on the Pittsburgh Chapter Member Services Committee.


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Nathan DeFilippi

Pittsburgh Chapter

Nate is a senior tax associate with H2R CPA in Pittsburgh. He has assisted with PICPA’s online “Ask a CPA” consumer service.

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Christopher Fadule

Northeastern Chapter

Chris is a senior accountant with Jones Kohanski Certified Public Accountants in Sugarloaf. He cochairs the Northeastern Chapter Emerging CPAs Committee.

 

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Cara M. Ferrante

Central Chapter

Cara is a supervising senior with Wessel & Company in Johnstown, where she coaches new staff. She is active in her community, serving as treasurer for Beaverdale Public Library and the Cambria County Library.


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Krista M. Gardner

South Central Chapter

Krista is a principal with Stambaugh Ness in York, providing services in the not-for-profit/governmental practice area. She serves on the Local Government Accounting and Auditing Committee and the Not-for-Profit Conference Planning Committee.

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Shane M. Gastecki

Pittsburgh Chapter

Shane is a senior audit manager with Schneider Downs & Co. Inc. in Pittsburgh. He serves on the Pittsburgh Chapter Cooperation with the Bar Committee.

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Jacob P. Habel

Pittsburgh Chapter

Jake is an assistant controller with Penn United Technologies Inc. in Saxonburg. He is a past member of PICPA Council.


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Christopher N. Herr

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Chris is a principal with Maillie LLP in Mont Clare. He has spoken at multiple Pennsylvania School District and Government Accounting conferences.

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Leslie A. Hoover

South Central Chapter

Leslie is an accounting officer with AgChoice Farm Credit in Mechanicsburg. She serves on the Agribusiness Committee.

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Kayla M. Kale

South Central Chapter

Kayla is a senior accountant in the tax services group of RKL LLP in York. She serves on the South Central Chapter Emerging CPAs/Member Services and Schools and Colleges committees.


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Jennifer L. Kintz

Northeastern Chapter

Jenn is the U.S. controller for Bridon American in Ashley. She is a member of the Northeastern Chapter Executive Committee, the statewide Professional Ethics Committee, and the Corporate Finance Cabinet.

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Christopher S. Kunkle

Reading Chapter

Chris is a manager with Herbein + Company Inc. in Reading. He is a member of the Reading Chapter Accounting and Auditing Procedures Committee.

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Lauren M. Lear

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Lauren is a manager with RSM US LLP in Blue Bell. She is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter Emerging CPAs Committee and the Pennsylvania CPA Journal Editorial Board.


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Erin M. McConnell

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Erin is a tax analyst with UNISYS in Blue Bell. She serves on the Greater Philadelphia Chapter Women of the PICPA Committee.

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Jeremy D. Medernach

South Central Chapter

Jeremy is a director with Boyer & Ritter Certified Public Accountants & Consultants in Camp Hill. He was a speaker at the 2017 and 2018 Government Accounting Conferences.

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Cara L. Nicoletti

Pittsburgh Chapter

Cara is an audit manager with Maher Duessel in Pittsburgh. She serves on the Pittsburgh Chapter Member Services Committee.


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Matthew R. O'Brien

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Matt is a state and local tax senior manager with Urban Outfitters Inc. in Philadelphia. He serves on the Greater Philadelphia Chapter Annual Tax Forum and Planning Committee and Legislation and Local Taxation Committee, as well as the state-level State Taxation Committee.

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Daniel J. Painter

Southwestern Chapter

Dan is a controller with Adam Eidemiller Inc. in Greensburg. He is a member of the Southwestern Chapter Emerging CPAs and Executive committees.

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Jessica L. Phillips

Northwestern Chapter

Jessica is a manager with McGill Power Bell & Associates in Grove City. She is a member of the Northwestern Chapter Executive Committee.


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Michael G. Radich

Pittsburgh Chapter

Michael is a tax manager and small-business adviser with Wilke & Associates LLP in Pittsburgh. He is vice chair of the Federal Taxation Committee.

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Katelyn H. Reese

North Central Chapter

Kate is a senior accountant with UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport. She is an active member of the North Central Chapter Executive Committee.

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Scott T. Rice

Pittsburgh Chapter

Scott is a tax manager with II-VI Inc. in Warrendale. He is viewed as a leader to his client base and has attended PICPA conferences such as the Conference on Pennsylvania Taxes and the Multistate Tax Conference.


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Megan L. Roswick

Reading Chapter

Megan is the owner of Roswick & Company LLC in Cumru Township. She serves on the Reading Chapter Community Engagement Committee.

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Erik D. Sharkey

Northeastern Chapter

Erik is a senior accountant with Jones Kohanski Certified Public Accountants in Moosic. He is an active member of the Northeastern Chapter Executive Committee.

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Michael D. Shipman

North Central Chapter

Mike is an instructor of business administration/accounting with the Pennsylvania College of Technology. He serves on the North Central Chapter Schools and Colleges Committee.


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Dean J. Solis Jr.

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Dean is a manager with EisnerAmper LLP in Philadelphia. He serves on the Greater Philadelphia Chapter Emerging CPAs Committee and the statewide Not-for-Profit Committee.

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Amanda M. Spaeder

Erie Chapter

Amanda is a senior associate II with BKD in Erie. She is an active member of the Erie Chapter Emerging CPAs Committee.

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Anthony J. Stranix

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

AJ is a partner with Mazars USA LLP in Fort Washington. He serves on the Greater Philadelphia Chapter Schools and Colleges Committee, as well as the statewide Insurance and Relations with Schools and Colleges committees.


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Oksana K. Sweeney

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Oksana is a partner with Deloitte in Philadelphia. She serves on the Financial Institutions Committee.

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Kathleen Q. Valentine

Central Chapter

Kathleen is a supervising senior with Wessel & Company in Johnstown. She provides audit and accounting services for government entities, and has attended several PICPA conferences such as those on government accounting, local government, and employee benefit plans.

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Sean E. Vanderhoof

Erie Chapter

Sean is an audit senior associate II with BKD in Erie. He serves on the Erie Chapter Emerging CPAs Committee.


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Elizabeth A. Wilson

Lehigh Valley Chapter

Elizabeth is assistant vice president of finance and accounting with Valley National Financial Advisors in Bethlehem. She serves on the Lehigh Valley Chapter Executive and Schools and Colleges committees, as well as the statewide Relations with Schools and Colleges Committee.

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Jennifer R. Witt

Southwestern Chapter

Jennifer is the assistant vice president and senior internal auditor with S&T Bank in Indiana. She serves on the Southwestern Chapter Schools & Colleges Committee, as well as the statewide Financial Institutions and Not-for-Profit committees.

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Cristi R. Work

Pittsburgh Chapter

Cristi is a general accountant with Patriot Exploration in Butler. She serves on the Southwestern Chapter Women in Accounting Committee.


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Vanessa A. Zang

Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Vanessa is a director with Kreischer Miller in Horsham. She is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter Accounting and Auditing Committee and the statewide Accounting and Auditing Procedures Committee.