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Young CPAs Committee Bios
Ashley Maher Fagan – Chair
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.
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.
David White – Vice-chair
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
David is a Senior Associate at Ernst & Young, LLP in Miami in the Transaction Advisory Services practice where he advises clients on Mergers and Acquisitions. He is a licensed CPA in Florida.
David graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006 with Bachelor's Degrees in Business Administration and Latin American Studies. After a summer in Rio de Janeiro on an MBA Business in Brazil program through the University of Florida, he spent two years managing a floral exportation company in Bogota, Colombia before pursuing his Master in Professional Accounting Degree from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating from Texas in 2009, David moved to Miami where he currently resides.
He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and can be contacted at email@example.com. In addition to the FICPA, David is a member of the AICPA and of ALPFA. This is his second year on the YCPA Committee.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Adam is a supervisor with Matson, Driscoll & Damico Forensic Accountants in Orlando, Florida. He has seven years of experience with MDD and is a licensed CPA in the state of Florida. Adam specializes in economic damage quantification including insurance loss accounting, litigation support and forensic investigation. He has worked on numerous losses encompassing a wide variety of industries in the U.S., South America, Caribbean, Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Rim.
Adam earned his Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Masters of Science in Accounting from the University of Central Florida. Adam enjoys golf, fishing, and the outdoors. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
Chris Marzuk is a senior auditor with Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC in Melbourne. He has almost four years of public accounting experience specializing in government audits and non-profits. Chris earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and earned his Master's degree from the University of North Florida.
Chris enjoys mountain biking, playing hockey and watching football on weekends. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monica Ospina is a Manager in the Litigation Support Services Practice of Cherry Bekaert & Holland. She has over six years of experience in providing litigation support services and is qualified as an Expert testifying in matrimonial cases in Dade County.
She is also experienced in income tax return preparation and related work. Her specialty is in forensic accounting and valuation matters for high net worth individuals in marital dispute cases.
This is Monica's third year serving on the YCPA committee and she hosts an annual networking event with the Young Lawyer's Section of the Dade County Bar Association that draws over 150 young CPA's and young attorneys.
Lauren Otradovec is a Senior Tax Accountant with Ennis, Pellum & Associates, CPAs in Jacksonville, FL. She has 2 and a half years of tax experience working with corporations and high-wealth individuals and over 6 years of small business accounting experience.
Lauren received her Bachelors in Accounting from the University of Florida and her Masters of Accountancy with a concentration in Tax from the University of North Florida. She is a licensed CPA in the State of Florida. Lauren is on the Service & Giving Committee for IMPACTjax, a local young professional organization and looks forward to a great year with the FICPA YCPA Committee.
Outside of work, Lauren enjoys boating, reading and spending time with friends and family.
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 email@example.com.
K. Drew Pfeifer
Drew is a risk assurance senior associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. He has over 5 years of public accounting experience working in attest and internal audit services. Drew graduated from the Florida State University with Bachelors degrees in Accounting and Finance, and became a CPA in 2007. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Jacksonville FICPA chapter. In his free time, Drew enjoys cycling, playing golf, and scuba diving. Drew can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Caridad Vasallo is a Manager in Cherry, Bekaert & Holland's Consulting and Advisory Services Practice. Ms. Vasallo has over six years of experience in providing litigation support services to clients. She is also experienced in audits and agreed upon procedure consulting services.
Ms. Vasallo's specialty is in forensic accounting and valuation matters where she has worked closely with legal counsel to assist with services to high net worth individuals in marital dispute matters, commercial litigation matters requiring lost profit calculations, damages calculations, business interruption claims, and fraud investigations. Ms. Vasallo possesses the ability to communicate valuation and litigation issues in both English and Spanish.
Ms. Vasallo earned her Bachelors in Science in Accounting from Barry University and Masters in Accounting from Nova Southeastern University. Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Florida, Ms. Vasallo is also a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Forensic Consultant (CFC), and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
Ms. Vasallo joined Cherry Bekaert & Holland from Kaufman, Rossin, & Co. in Miami, Florida, where she was a member of their litigation and business valuation department.