PICPA Volunteer Leadership 2021-2022

Officers

Franki Aitken

President
Franki Aitken

Berks County Community Foundation
Chief Operating Officer
Reading

Franki Aitken oversees the management of Berks County Community Foundation’s assets as well as its building operations. She also works with local estate and financial planners on complex planning functions and assists their clients with designing charitable legacies. She previously served as a senior audit manager specializing in nonprofit audits for KPMG in Philadelphia.

As PICPA president, she plans to ensure the PICPA has the resources available to its members to help them navigate a post-COVID accounting profession and to promote the work the Pennsylvania CPA Foundation is doing to ensure a fully stocked CPA pipeline.
Aitken views the turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity for CPAs to embrace the changes happening (and which will continue to happen) within the profession. “In some ways, the pandemic accelerated changes in our industry that were becoming inevitable,” Aitken says. “Now it is up to all of us to ... continue with the positive ones for the good of the profession.”

When it comes to the Pennsylvania CPA Foundation, Aitken believes that the innovation firms are undertaking as a result of COVID-19 will help them attract the talent groomed for success in part by the Foundation’s work. According to Aitken, “We learn a lot from our conversations with college and high school students. They want to work for firms and organizations that will challenge them intellectually, provide growth opportunities and a work environment that makes them feel comfortable and welcome, ... and offer flexible work arrangements.”
Aitken is a member of PICPA’s Budget and Finance Committee, the Pennsylvania CPA Foundation Board, the PICPA Not-for-Profit Thought Leadership Committee, and the Corporate Finance Cabinet. She is also a trustee of the Law Foundation of Berks County

 

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President-Elect
Aaron R. Risden
VBA 
Chief Financial Officer 
Carnegie

LAFFERTY_RYANVice President

Ryan G. Lafferty
Attolon Partners LLC 
Partner
Philadelphia

Tom Flowers
Vice President

Thomas H. Flowers
Flowers & Flowers CPAs
Managing Partner
Harrisburg

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Treasurer
Elizabeth Krisher
Maher Duessel
President
Pittsburgh

  

Board of Directors

Thomas Barnes
Thomas E. Barnes
Serving 2021-2023

Chemstream Inc.
Operations Controller
Homer City
Cynthia R. Bergvall
Cynthia R. Bergvall
Serving 2021-2023
Bee Bergvall & Co.
Director
Warrington
Raman Mahadevan
Raman Mahadevan
Serving 2021-2023
EY
Partner
Philadelphia
Matthew Melinson
Matthew D. Melinson
Serving 2021-2023
Grant Thornton LLP
Partner
Philadelphia

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Cory Ng
Serving 2020-2022
Temple University
Associate Professor of Instruction in Accounting 
Philadelphia
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Shea S. Saman
Serving 2020-2022
Feeding Pennsylvania
Chief Financial Officer
Camp Hill
Christopher Turtell, CPA
Christopher M. Turtell
Serving 2020-2022
Herbein + Company Inc.
Partner
Reading


Council At-Large Representatives 

Ayres, Arthur
Arthur M Ayres Jr.
Serving 2020-2022
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Vice President - Finance
Philadelphia
Balistrieri, Mark
Mark Balistrieri
Serving 2020-2022
KPMG US
Senior Manager  - State and Local Tax
Pittsburgh
Cassie Bennett
Cassie Bennett
Serving 2021-2023
Bloomsburg University 
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Bloomsburg
Jay Brower
James M. Brower Jr.
Serving 2021-2023
Marks Paneth LLP 
Partner
Philadelphia


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Nicole T. Buckman
Serving 2020-2022
Kohanski & Company PC
Senior Tax Accountant
Scranton
Laura Burkett
Laura A. Burkett
Serving 2021-2023
Baker Tilly US LLP 
Senior Manager
Allentown
Jessica Hildebrand
Jessica Hildebrand
Serving 2020-2022
King's College
Instructor of Accounting
Wilkes-Barre
Hollick, Stephanie
Stephanie M. Hollick
Serving 2020-2022
Geisinger Health System
Director of Finance
Jersey Shore


Breana J. Liberoni, CPA
Breana J. Liberoni
Serving 2020-2022
Sisterson & Co. LLP
Tax Associate
Pittsburgh
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Timothy Martin
Serving 2021-2023
Schneider Downs & Co. Inc.
Audit Senior
Pittsburgh
Amy M. Swartzfager
Amy M. Swartzfager
Serving 2021-2022
Maloney Reed Scarpitti & Company LLP
Manager
Erie
LaDawn Yesho
LaDawn D. Yesho
Serving 2021-2022 (Filling unexpired term)
S&T Bank
Executive Vice President and Chief Audit Executive
Indiana
  

Council Representatives 2021-2022

Central Chapter
Thomas K. Dean
Amanda R. Oechler

Erie Chapter
Gregory T. Bastow
John M. Kuhn
Greater Philadelphia 
Chapter

Christopher J. Jud
R. Charles Waring
Lehigh Valley Chapter
Jeremy M. Spencer
William K. Velekei

North Central Chapter
Ralph E. Diodata
Katelyn R. Hoover
Northeastern Chapter
Marguerite M. Donato
Jennifer L. Kintz
Northwestern Chapter
Padraic D. McGrath
Ashley N. Mocker
Pittsburgh Chapter
Jeffrey W. Kent
Richard L. Ward

Reading Chapter
Cory Eisenhofer
Jacqueline A. York
South Central Chapter
Jordan A. Hileman
Marc C. Weber
Southwestern Chapter
Amy L. Bishop
Ronna S. Colland


Members Serving on AICPA Council

Franki Aitken
Franki A. Aitken
Serving 2021-2022
Berks County Community Foundation
Chief Operating Officer
Reading
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Ryan Brosius
Serving 2020-2023
Roberts Trucking 
CFO
Erie
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Stephen W. Christian
Serving 2019-2022
Kreischer Miller
Director
Horsham
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Jeffrey A. Ford
Serving 2019-2022
Grossman Yanak & Ford LLP
Partner
Pittsburgh
 
  
Gilbert, Jill
Jill E. Gilbert
Serving 2021-2024
RKL LLP
Audit Partner
Lancaster

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Martin C. Levin
Serving 2020-2023
RLB Certified Public Accountants
Managing Partner
Allentown
Stephen Mankowski
Steven Mankowski 
Serving 2021-2024
Mankowski Associates CPA LLC
Owner
Chalfont
Matthew Melinson
Matthew D. Melinson
Serving 2021-2024
Grant Thornton LLP
Partner
Philadelphia

Immediate Past President


Gilbert, JillJill E. Gilbert
RKL LLP
Audit Partner
Lancaster


2021 Bylaws Referendum

Due to significant changes within the profession, PICPA leadership evaluated the PICPA bylaws and recommended changes be made to ensure continued relevancy and viability. PICPA Council approved these bylaws amendments, which were then approved by two-thirds of voting members. They are effective immediately.

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