Young CPAs Committee Bios

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David White – Chair
David White

David is a senior accountant in the Tallahassee office of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC. He has three years of experience in the tax department providing clients with tax preparation and planning services and guidance. David received his Bachelor's degree in Accounting as well as his Masters of Accounting from Florida State University, and he earned his CPA certification in 2009.

This will be David's first year serving on the committee and he is excited to help further the social networks, professional benefits, and resources available to young CPAs around the state.

David enjoys the outdoors, traveling and spending free time with his wife, daughter and friends. He can be reached at djwhite@cricpa.com.


Azuree Ashby – Vice Chair
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Azuree Ashby, CPA

Azuree is the managing partner and shareholder at Ashby Consulting PLLC. She has a Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Miami, and a Bachelors of Arts in Accounting from the University of South Florida. She completed her accounting education with a Masters of Accountancy from the University of South Florida. Azuree started her career as a CPA working for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and later went on to join a well-established local Tampa/St Petersburg firm learning the ins and outs of tax planning and compliance and business advisory services.

Throughout her career, Azuree has advised clients ranging from individuals to small businesses to large multi-national corporations. Personal integrity, professionalism and compassion are values that truly define her service to the clients. No matter how large or small, she takes a personal stake in her clients. She believes "many CPAs do tax returns, but a few actually take ownership of their clients' success." She can be reached at azureecpa@gmail.com.


K. Maclain Benton

Maclain is the Accounting Manager for University Housing at Florida State University.  This is her third year serving on the YCPA committee and she is very excited to serve as the Chair this year.

Maclain is a proud Seminole, having received her undergraduate degree in Accounting at Florida State University. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, running, and traveling. Fun fact: Maclain spent a summer in college living with a family in Costa Rica. maclainbenton@gmail.com.


Kirsten Burbridge

Kirsten is a senior associate in the assurance practice in the Orlando office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has been with the firm five years and her primary industries are real estate and entertainment. Kirsten received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University, and she earned her CPA certification in 2008.

This will be Kirsten’s third year serving on the committee. In addition to the state committee, Kirsten serves as Chair of the Central Florida YCPAs and is an AICPA Leadership Academy alumnus. Kirsten is excited to see how the Florida YCPAs can make this year better than the last. She can be contacted at kburbbs@gmail.com.


Ashley Maher Fagan
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Ashley Maher Fagan, CPA

Ashley Maher Fagan, CPA is a Tax Senior Manager for KPMG, LLP based in the Fort Lauderdale office with the firm's Federal Tax practice, providing federal and state income tax compliance for corporate and pass-through entities, income tax provision preparation and review and tax consulting services. Her experience includes servicing clients over a multitude of industries including manufacturing, distribution and consumer markets. Her professional background includes an international assignment where she worked three months for KPMG Dublin, Ireland, providing tax consulting and advice to large multinational clients.  Ashley serves as a national instructor with KPMG, educating the firm's new federal tax associates and interns as they prepare themselves for careers with KPMG.  She is actively involved with the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) Young CPAs committee from 2008 through 2011.  Ashley is a member of Leadership Broward Foundation and a member of the south Florida chapter of KPMG's Network of Women (KNOW).  KNOW is a diversity network geared towards enhancing involvement of women both inside and outside of KPMG.

Ashley received her undergraduate degree in Accounting and later completed a Master of Science in Taxation at the University of Central Florida.  She served four terms as Accounting Chair for the American Cancer Society's Winter Park Relay for Life annual fundraiser to raise money for cancer research, advocacy and education. 

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. We operate in 144 countries and have more than 137,000 professionals working in member firms around the world.  Our purpose is to turn knowledge into value for the benefit of our clients, our people, and the capital markets. Our member firms aim to provide clients with a globally consistent set of multidisciplinary financial and accounting services, based on deep industry knowledge.  Our values determine how we behave, with clients and each other. They define what we stand for and how we do things, helping us to work together in the most effective and fulfilling way. This enables us to create a strong organizational culture—consistently—throughout the network.  We play an important role in the capital markets, and are highly active in supporting positive reform within our industry to strengthen credibility and confidence. We believe corporate social responsibility is at the heart of all great organizations, and are committed to making a real difference to the communities in which we operate.


Delia Fernandez

Delia is a senior auditor at Law, Redd, Crona & Munroe, P.A., in Tallahassee, Florida. She has over five years of experience providing clients, from various industries, with audit and consulting services. Delia graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance, as well as, a Masters of Accountancy degree from Florida State University. She is a licensed CPA in the state of Florida.

This will be Delia's first year serving on the committee and she is excited for the opportunity to become more involved with the association and fellow CPAs across the state. Outside of work, Delia enjoys traveling, laughing, any activity outdoors and spending time with her friends and family. Delia can be reached at dfernandez@lrcm.com.


Sarah Funk
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Sarah Funk

Sarah is an accounting Director with Trilogy International Partners, LLC, which invests in wireless telecommunication operations in international markets that exhibit strong opportunities for significant growth. She is responsible for finance and accounting oversight of two subsidiaries, including budgeting, cash flow management, financial reporting and analysis.

Sarah began her career working in public accounting with Berntson Porter & Company, PLLC in Bellevue, WA from 2001-04. She worked with Western Wireless International and Coinstar, both based in Bellevue, WA, prior to joining Trilogy in 2006.

In addition to serving on the FICPA Young CPAs and Financial Literacy Committees, Sarah is currently the Treasurer for Voila Foundation. Her past experience includes serving as a member of the Board of the WSCPA Bellevue Chapter and Chair of the WSCPA New Professionals Committee. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in both Florida and Washington states and a graduate of Washington State University. She can be contacted at sarah.funk@trilogy-international.com.


John Kirk
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John Kirk

John joined Thomson Brock Luger & Company in March 2008 as an intern. Upon graduating in August 2009 he was offered a staff accountant position. He works on various tax and audit engagements.

Education
Bachelor of Science in Accounting – Florida State University
Bachelor of Science in Finance – Florida State University

Professional Affiliations
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
FICPA Young CPA’s Committee
FICPA Accounting & Auditing Committee

Certifications
Certified Public Accountant

Personal
John spent most of his life growing up in Venice, FL where he attended Venice High School. He enjoys playing softball, racquetball, and fishing. He is also an avid fan of Florida State football. He can be contacted at jkirk@tbl-cpa.com


Jessi Levine

Jessi Levine is a Senior Associate in Audit with Crowe Horwath, LLP in Tampa.  She has 2 years of audit experience working primarily with retail dealership clients.  Jessi received a Bachelors in Accounting and her Master in Business Administration with a concentration in Forensic Accounting from the University of South Florida.  She is a licensed CPA in the state of Florida and is looking forward to obtaining her CFE certification later this year. 

Jessi is excited to be meeting individuals from around the state and working with the Young CPA committee.  In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, live music, and spending time with friends, family, and her Greyhound, Ella.  She can be contacted at Jessi.Levine@CroweHorwath.com.


Racquel McIntosh

Racquel is an Audit Manager with Grau & Associates in Boca Raton. She has been providing auditing services, primarily to governments and non-profits, for over 7 years. She is also responsible for overseeing client relations, staff training, firm peer reviews, organizing the firm's charitable efforts and is working on expanding and strengthening the volunteer culture within the firm, to name a few.

Racquel received her Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance as well as a Masters of Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. This will be her first year serving on the committee and she will also serve on the Accounting Careers Committee.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, playing dominoes and spending time with family and friends. She is committed to helping the Committee succeed in getting other YCPAs involved with the FICPA. She can be contacted at rmcintosh@graucpa.com.


Patrick D. Osborn
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Patrick D. Osborn

Patrick is a Tax Manager at Berkowitz Pollack Brant in their Miami office and a licensed CPA in Florida. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his Master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University. Patrick has over six years of tax experience with a strong focus in real estate, international tax, and high net worth individuals.

This is Patrick’s first year serving on the YCPA committee. He can be reached at Patrick.osborn@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 


Chris Parra

Chris is the manager of finance and corporate development for Tower Cloud, a telecommunications startup located in St. Petersburg. Tower Cloud is a leading provider of wholesale telecommunications services with a specialization in cell site backhaul solutions for wireless carriers. As the finance manager, Chris determines short and long-term strategic financial and operational objectives to drive shareholder value. He develops all external presentations for debt and equity capital raises and acts as the liaison for credit markets and potential investors. Chris also evaluates divestiture and acquisition opportunities.

Prior to Tower Cloud Chris worked for Deloitte and Touche in their New York, NY office and then as a controller after leaving public accounting. He received his undergraduate accounting degree from the University of Kansas and his masters from the University of Florida. Chris can be contacted at cparra@towercloud.com.


Cheri Swain
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Cheri is a supervising senior auditor with Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC in Winter Park. She has eight years of experience with the firm providing accounting and auditing services, specifically to non-profits and educational industries. Cheri earned her Bachelors degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Public Accounting as well as her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida.

In addition to serving on the FICPA Young CPAs committee, Cheri serves as the Accounting Careers Chair for the FICPA Central Florida Chapter. Cheri enjoys the outdoors, traveling and spending time with her family. She can be contacted at

cswain@cricpa.com.