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John Kirk – 2016-17 Chair
John Kirk, CPA, is an Audit Manager with Thomson Brock Luger & Company, working primarily in attestation engagements in non-profit, governmental and construction industries. John graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Florida State University. This is John’s 5th year serving on this committee and is also volunteering on the FSU Accounting Conference Committee and is the CPE Liaison for the Tallahassee Chapter of the FICPA. John is also a current member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. 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. JohnKirk@tbc-cpa.com
Tabitha Branch – 2016-17 Vice Chair
Tabitha Branch, CPA, is a Senior Manager of Audit and Attest Services with Berkowitz Pollack Brant, Advisors and Accountants, specializing in creating compliance programs and conducting audits in regulated in regulated industries and non-for-profit organization. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Accounting and a Masters in Taxation from Florida International University. This is Tabitha’s third year on the YCPA committee and has also served as an officer for the FICPA Broward Chapter. Tabitha is also involved with Partners in Education, serving as treasurer on the board. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tunde Akanni, CPA, is a Staff Auditor at Keefe, McCullough, & Co, LLP, CPAs with one year experience. He specializes in audits of local governments, not-for-profit entities and employee benefit plans. Tunde graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy from Mercer University in 2015. He was appointed to serve on the Not-For-Profit Conference and Young CPA committees beginning July 1st , 2016. Tunde enjoys volunteering, playing and watching soccer (my favorite team is Arsenal F.C.), and vacations. Tunde.Akanni@kmccpa.com
Ryan Barnes, CPA, is employed with Thomas Howell Ferguson located in Tallahassee, FL as a staff auditor. He has approximately two and a half years of experience in assurance and auditing work. Ryan’s work experience includes a variety of not-for-profit, governmental, and insurance entities as well as performing compilation, review, and agreed upon procedures services in addition to audits. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Florida State University. This is Ryan’s first year serving on an FICPA committee. Outside of the office, he enjoys playing music and participating in outdoor activities such as rock climbing, cycling, and running.
Allyse Carter, CPA, is currently a Tax Senior at Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from Florida State University and her Masters in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. Allyse currently serves as committee chair for the FICPA Accounting Careers Committee. In her spare time, she volunteers for various charitable organizations and enjoys traveling.
Serge W. D'Haiti
Serge W. D'Haiti, CPA, is a Revenue Administrator with Florida Department of Revenue. He has attained a Master's degree with a concentration in Accounting from Nova Southeastern University. Also, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. Serge has acquired an Associate's degree from Palm Beach Community College. He has held various positions during his career ranging from customer service, entertainment, public service, and entrepreneurship. Besides participating on the Young CPA committee, he also serves on the Business Technology Committee. Currently, Serge holds a Director position on the board of the FICPA Atlantic Chapter. Serge is also an active member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. When Serge has downtime, he enjoys spending time with family, relaxing, visiting social spots, as well as entertainment and relaxation. email@example.com
Jessi (Levine) Engelhard, CPA, CFE, is an Assurance Manager with CBIZ MHM, LLC in Clearwater. She has almost 6 years of experience providing commercial clients with audit, forensic, and transaction advisory services. Jessi received a Bachelor degree in Accounting and her Master in Business Administration with a concentration in Forensic Accounting from the University of South Florida. Jessi is the Committee’s past chair and has been on the YCPA Committee for five years. She loves the peer networking opportunities, joint brainstorming, event planning, and professional relationships created over the years that are made possible through the committee involvement. Outside of the YCPA Committee, Jessi has volunteered with the FICPA Women in Leadership committee and Junior Achievement, and is part of the Association for CFEs. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, traveling, live music, and spending time with friends, family, and hey Greyhounds. JEngelhard@cbiz.com
Delia Finnerty, CPA is an Audit Manager with Law, Redd, Crona & Munroe, P.A. in Tallahassee, Florida. Delia has been with the firm for ten years providing accounting and auditing services to not-for-profit, governmental and private for-profit entities. Delia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance, as well as, a Master’s of Accountancy from Florida State University. Delia is a member of the AICPA and is actively involved with the FICPA. This is Delia’s fourth year serving on the Young CPA Committee and she is also a member of the FSU Accounting Conference Committee and the Chair of the Membership Committee. Delia enjoys being outdoors, traveling and spending time with friends and family. deliaFinnerty83@gmail.com
Ali Gorman, CPA, is an audit manager with Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC. She has been with the firm for seven years, specializing in accounting and auditing services to non-profits and local governments. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in accounting at Florida State University. She is a member of the FICPA’s Young CPA Committee and serves as Treasurer for the FICPA’s Emerald Coast Chapter. Gorman volunteers with numerous charitable organizations and is the Vice President of Finance for the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. She is a graduate of Leadership Walton 2013. firstname.lastname@example.org
Taylor Harmon, CPA, is employed as a Senior in the Assurance Services department with Thomas, Howell Ferguson, PA in Tallahassee. His experience includes auditing for-profit entities, nonprofits and governmental entities; and tax preparation for corporations, partnerships, individuals, and nonprofits. Taylor earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Florida State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Finance. He has been a member of the YCPA Committee since 2015 and is also involved with the Florida Society of Association Executives and Access Tallahassee. During his off hours Taylor enjoys enjoy playing sports, reading, socializing/networking, debating, and spending time with his family and friends. Tharmon@thf-cpa.com
Andrew Hetzel, CPA is an Experienced Associate in the Risk Assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Andrew is an alumnus of the University of North Florida with Bachelor degrees in Accounting and Finance. Based out of Jacksonville, Florida, Andrew has spent two years in public accounting. Andrew is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and this is his first year serving on this committee. In his free time, Andrew enjoys reading, birdwatching, and coffee. Andrew.S.Hetzel@pwc.com
Katie Krblich, CPA, is a Senior at Charles A. Krblich, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale. She has been with the firm for five years. Her experience includes individual and corporate income tax preparation and audit services for CIRAs, nonprofit organizations and charter schools. She received her undergraduate degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Florida State University and her Masters of Accounting with Nova Southeastern University. This is Katie’s third year serving on the Young CPA State Committee. Katie enjoys participating in running events such as the Tough Mudder, The Color Run, and the FICPA’s 1040K. Katie@krblichcpa.com
Veronica Larriva, CPA is a Forensic Accountant at McHale, Caruso, Scullion, and Knox in Fort Myers. She has over 8 years of experience with the firm, focusing in forensic accounting, litigation support, receivership administration, and bankruptcy analysis. Veronica received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in Business Administration as well as her Masters in Accounting and Taxation from Florida Gulf Coast University. She is a licensed CPA in the State of Florida. This is Veronica’s second year serving on the YCPAs committee, she also serves as the Chair for the FICPA Southwest Florida Chapter, the vice-chair for the FGCU accounting and tax conference, and she is a member of the Valuation Litigation Support conference committee. During her free time, Veronica enjoys training for triathlons, going to the beach, and spending time with her family and shih-poo, Joaquin.
Ana Long, CPA, is a Manager for KPMG, LLP based in the Miami office with the firm’s Federal Tax practice, providing federal and state income tax compliance for corporate and pass-through entities, individuals, fiduciaries, income tax provision preparation and review and tax consulting services. She has been with KPMG, LLP since starting her professional career in 2009. Ana earned her undergraduate degree in Accounting at the University of Miami and later completed a Master of Science in Taxation at Florida International University. She has been actively involved with the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) Young CPAs committee since 2013 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Ana enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. along@KPMG.com
Jessica Mason, CPA, is a Senior Associate at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in the Jacksonville office. She started her career within the transportation and later the financial services industry, specifically in Internal Audit, SEC Reporting, and Portfolio Accounting prior to joining the Big 4. Jessica received her Bachelor's degree in Accounting as well as her Masters of Accounting from the University of North Florida, and she earned her CPA certification in 2011. This will be Jessica's second year serving on the committee. Jessica enjoys playing golf and spending free time family, friends and her pug, Suki and cat, Stella. Jessica.Mason@pwc.com
Brian Manuel, CPA, CFE, is an audit manager in the Tallahassee office of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC. He has 6 years of experience in public accounting providing small business and individual tax preparation and planning services while specializing in conducting audits of governments, non-for-profits, and local for-profit businesses. Brian obtained his Bachelors of Science and Master of Accounting degrees from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and is a licensed CPA in Florida and North Carolina. This is Brian’s first year serving on the FICPA’s Young CPA Committee, and he also serves on the FICPA’s Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards Committee. Brian contributes time to the Florida State University College of Business, to help develop the skills of entrepreneurial-minded students in the School’s business incubator, as well as conducting seminars and round table discussions on accounting and financial best practices for small and startup businesses. He also volunteers his time to the Boy Scouts of America where he is involved in the organization’s local and national leadership and youth development programs. BManuel@cricpa.com
Jill McSpadden, CPA is an associate at Prida Guida & Company in Tampa, FL. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and her Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Taxation from the University of Florida. This is her second year serving on the YCPA committee. She also is involved with the West Coast Chapter of the FICPA and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. JMcspadden@pridacpas.com
Brad Myers, CPA is a Senior Associate in the audit practice of KPMG in Tampa, Florida. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Florida State University, and a Master’s in Accounting from University of Connecticut. His auditing experience on public and private corporations ranges across many industries, including healthcare, financial services, not-for-profit entities, and agriculture. Brad is a new member of the Young CPA Committee this year. Outside of work, Brad enjoys traveling, major league baseball games, golf, and Florida State Seminole football. email@example.com.
Ryan Myers, CPA is an Audit Supervisor with WithumSmith+Brown in Orlando specializing in engineering and construction companies as well as non-profit organizations. Ryan graduated with his Bachelors and Masters degrees in accounting from Iowa State University. In addition to the Young CPA Committee, Ryan serves on the FICPA's Editorial Committee and Membership Committee. He also serves as the chair of the Orange County Citizens' Review Panel for Human Services.
Natasha Novikov, CPA/CFF, CFE is a Forensic Accountant with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Tampa division’s Orlando Resident Agency. Natasha investigates federal violations covering multiple programs and is a member of the FBI’s Corporate Fraud Response Team. She is the Tampa division’s Forensic Accountant Program Coordinator and manages the division’s resource allocation of nine forensic accountants and financial analysts. Natasha graduated from the University of Virginia with a Master of Science degree in Accounting and from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance and a minor in Criminology. Natasha is a licensed CPA in the state of Florida. She is a member of the FICPA, AICPA, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). She is a Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credential holder from the AICPA and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) as designated by the ACFE.
Leah Nowak, CPA, is an Assurance Senior Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Jacksonville. She has 4 years of experience providing private companies with audit services. Leah received her Bachelor's degree in Accounting as well as her Masters of Accountancy from the University of North Florida. Leah is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and this is her first year serving on this committee. Leah enjoys spending her free time with family, friends and her cat, Forrest. firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Overstreet, CPA is an accountant at Okaloosa Gas District, an Independent Special District in Northwest Florida. She has a decade of tax experience in public accounting, still operating her own small tax practice, and several years’ experience in the utility sector. Stephanie was born and raised in Northwest Florida, earning both a BSBA and a Masters of Accountancy from University of West Florida. Her other hobbies include hiking, traveling, yoga, and reading, usually with her energetic five-year-old son by her side. Stephanie is excited to serve on the committee for her first year, and cannot wait for the professional growth guaranteed to follow. email@example.com
Amanda M. Porupski
Amanda M. Porupski, CPA is a Senior Analyst in the Forensic Financial Services/Litigation Support department of CBIZ MHM Tampa Bay. Amanda earned both her Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Masters of Accountancy from the University of South Florida, Tampa. She is a CPA licensed in the state of Florida. Amanda has 5 years of experience providing expert witness services, accounting and business valuation support for litigation involving complex financial matters, including but not limited to Family Law, Collaborative Divorce, Business Damages, Shareholder Disputes and Business Appraisals. Amanda also serves on the FICPA’s Valuation, Forensic Accounting and Litigation Services Committee and the University of South Florida Accounting Conference Committee. She serves as a board member on the University of South Florida’s Accounting Circle Board and the Tampa Bay Affiliate of the American Woman’s Society of CPAs. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with several local organizations as well as traveling, going to concerts, camping, hiking and ATV-riding with her friends and family. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sophia Schneider, CPA, is a Senior Tax Associate with Crowe Horwath in Miami. She has more than three years of public accounting experience providing tax consulting and compliance services. During her career, Sophia has gained experience in federal and state income tax returns for C Corporations, S Corporations and Partnerships, as well as ASC 740 tax provisions in compliance with GAAP and SEC requirements. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Miami as well as her Master of Science in Taxation. This is Sophia’s first year serving on the Young CPA State Committee. In addition to work, she enjoys yoga, bike riding and the beach. Sophia.Schneider@CroweHorwath.com
Gabe Shibly, CPA is the Accounting Manager for Orlando City Soccer Club. He manages all financial activities for the club which includes oversight of the Orlando City (men's professional team), the Orlando Pride (women's professional team) and Orlando City B (USL team). Prior to joining Orlando City Soccer Club, Gabe served as Audit Manager for Saltmarsh Cleaveland & Gund in Orlando, Florida. Previously, he was Senior Auditor for Carr, Riggs & Ingram in Melbourne, Florida. In his auditor roles his primary areas of focus included financial institutions, employee benefit plans, not-for-profit, manufacturing, construction, 990s, governmental entities, compilation and review engagements and internal audits. He obtained his Master of Accountancy and BSBA in Accounting Information Systems from Stetson University and is a licensed CPA in the State of Florida. While at Stetson, Gabe was an NCAA Division I Scholar Athlete helping his men’s soccer team to its first ever visit to the NCAA National Tournament. Although Gabe thoroughly enjoys traveling the world (over 20 countries so far), he has lived most of his life in Central Florida. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer and basketball and spending time with his family. Gshibly@orlandocitysc.com
David White, CPA, is a Manager in the Tallahassee office of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC. He has 9 years of experience in CRI’s tax department providing businesses and individuals with tax preparation and planning services. David enjoys assisting new businesses in the Tallahassee community with navigating the many accounting and compliance issues and decisions that face all start-ups. David originally hails from Eugene, OR, and spent time in Texas, Massachusetts, and Gainesville, FL before arriving in Tallahassee to attend Florida State University for his Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Masters of Accounting. Outside of the tax arena, David enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. This will be David's sixth 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. email@example.com