Vision & direction for the road ahead.
FICPA leadership consists of the Board of Directors, Council, and Chapter leaders. The Board of Directors includes the FICPA chair, chair-elect, nine directors, and the FICPA President/CEO, who serves as the secretary-treasurer (non-voting). Together, the Board implements the Council’s policies and oversees the Institute’s activities. Each officer, with the exception of the President/CEO, serves a two-year term that runs from July 1 to June 30.
Gary Fracassi, CPA, CGMA
Gary Fracassi started his career with a small local firm in Pennsylvania while still in school. The local firm later merged with a large regional firm, where he served as manager of client accounting services. Later career opportunities included serving as controller for a chain of fast-food restaurants and an insurance agency group, and as director of IT for a large employee-benefits administration company. His current practice primarily focuses on tax and accounting/controller services for new and emerging small businesses, as well as several non-profit groups.
Fracassi has been honored as an FICPA outstanding discussion leader in the area of ethics. He serves on the FICPA Nominations and Compensation committees and is a member of the AICPA Council.
Abby Dupree, CPA, CGMA
Abby Dupree has been a partner with Carroll and Company, CPAs since 2002 and has been with the firm since 1994. She became the managing partner in January 2015.
Dupree graduated from Florida State University in 1992, became a CPA in 1996, and has been actively involved in the FICPA since 2002. She is a past chair of the Finance & Office Advisory Committee and has served on the FICPA Council since 2011. She has served in each of the Tallahassee Chapter officer positions, as a member of the State Legislative Policy Committee and as chair of the FSU Accounting Conference Committee. She is a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee Class 29, serves on the FICPA Compensation Committee and is a member of the AICPA Council.
Deborah Curry, CPA, CGMA
Deborah Curry is President/CEO of the Florida Institute of CPAs. She is the FICPA’s fourth President/CEO in the organization’s history.
Curry is a Certified Public Accountant in Florida and Texas. She worked with the Georgia Society of CPAs for six years, serving first as CFO, then as COO. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Curry’s previous experience includes finance positions with Turner Broadcasting System, Time Warner and Pacific USA Holdings Corporation.
Kristin Bivona is the managing partner of GellerRagans, CPAs and Advisors in Orlando. Her primary practice areas include accounting, auditing and taxation for large and small engagements. Her primary emphasis is on medical companies; professional-service companies; employee-benefit plans; A-133 engagements; and wholesale and retail industries. Her practice areas also include individual taxes and personal financial statements.
Bivona graduated from the University of Central Florida and has been actively involved in the FICPA Central Florida Chapter since 2009. She has served in each of the chapter’s officer positions and has chaired its Young CPA Committee. Bivona was an FICPA 26 Under 36 honoree in 2013. In October, she will begin a three-year term on the AICPA Council.
Julian D. Dozier, CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE is a graduate of Florida State University. He is a director in the assurance services practice of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs. In addition to overseeing traditional audit and consulting engagements, Julian serves as an expert witness and forensic accountant for a variety of litigants – his true professional passion. He and his daughter live in Tallahassee where they enjoy bicycling and spending time at nearby Alligator Point.
Sarah Funk is the director of compliance with Trilogy International Partners, Inc. Trilogy, a multinational company generating over $750 million in annual revenue with 1,800-plus employees, has operations in South America and New Zealand. Funk is responsible for corporate and international subsidies compliance and internal audit operations. She also has led initiatives in the areas of mergers and acquisitions; project management for software-implementation projects; Haiti earthquake rebuilding projects; and improving business operations.
Funk is a director of the Broward Chapter and a member of the AICPA Council. She was an FICPA 26 Under 36 honoree in 2013 and 2015.
Brad Gould is a shareholder in the tax and estate and succession planning departments of the law firm of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer. He practices in the areas of tax law and business succession planning and concentrates on issues involving closely held businesses and their owners. He routinely counsels business owners and other clients on estate and asset preservation planning matters. In addition, he represents individuals, businesses and fiduciaries before the IRS and trustees, personal representatives and family members in disputes over wills, trusts and estates.
Gould speaks extensively on tax and estate planning issues, including S corporations, business succession planning and IC-DISCS. He is a member of the Florida Bar and of the American Bar Association, where he serves as vice chair of the S Corporations Committee of the Tax Section. Gould is a member of the Fisher School of Accounting Advisory Board and a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. He serves on the FICPA UF Accounting Conference Committee.
Tarsha Jacobs is the owner of Tarsha R. Jacobs, CPA, PLLC. After working for local CPA firms in Central Florida for 15 years, she began her own practice in 2013. She has more than 20 years of experience including 15 years in public accounting, providing services for clients in a range of industries including charter schools, construction, health care, manufacturing, not-for-profit, professional services and retail.
Jacobs serves on the FICPA Audit and Compensation committees and has served on the FICPA Council for six years, including four years as the regional representative for Region 4. She is a past president of the Central Florida Chapter and chair of its Special Projects Committee. She is a member of the Greater Orlando Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants.
With more than 20 years of experience in public accounting, Alan Jowers focuses on providing audit and other assurance services for local governmental entities, condominium and homeowner associations, privately held businesses and not-for-profit organizations. He also has experience working with a variety of insurance companies and community banks. He currently has primary engagement responsibility for a significant number of association audits, as well as engagements for more than 60 community development districts.
Jowers serves on the FICPA State and Local Government Committee and State Legislative Policy Committee and is a member and past chair of the Common Interest Realty Association Committee. He is a member of the Florida Government Finance Officers Association, the North Gulf Chapter of the Community Association Institute (CAI) and the CAI Florida Legislative Alliance.
For nearly 20 years, Karen Lake has placed her focus on helping businesses and individuals develop their tax structures. Through reducing their state tax risk, improving cash flow and obtaining federal and state credits and incentives, Lake is successful at resolving tax controversies in a favorable manner. Prior professional opportunities enable her to present a 360 degree perspective to her clients. With experience as a senior advisor in Big 4 public accounting firm, a member of corporate tax department and state auditor, she understands the full range of tax issues most businesses face.
W. G. Spoor joined Spoor Bunch Franz in 1997 and became a partner in 2007. He is responsible for the firm’s domestic and international individual and entity tax practices. Spoor specializes in helping clients with tax compliance and consulting issues. He has extensive experience with business acquisitions, succession planning, retirement planning and representation before the IRS and the Florida Department of Revenue.
Spoor earned a master’s in accountancy from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s in accounting from Florida State University. He is a Personal Financial Specialist, Registered Investment Advisor and QuickBooks ProAdvisor. He is an AICPA member and has served on the AICPA Uniform Accountancy Act Committee. He has served on the FICPA’s Finance & Office Advisory, Accounting Careers, Nominations, International Tax and Young CPAs committees.
Caridad “Carey” Vasallo is a Partner at VMBG Accounting, and practice leader for the firm’s Consulting Services division. With over a decade of experience providing litigation support services, including agreed-upon procedure and consulting services, Vasallo specializes in assisting high net-worth individuals in marital dispute cases.
Vasallo serves on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the 11th Judicial Circuit Court. She was a nominee for the 2015 AICPA/FICPA Women to Watch Award, an FICPA 2015 26 Under 36 honoree and a 2017 FICPA Horizon Awards honoree. She serves on the FICPA Valuation, Forensic Accounting & Litigation Committee and spoke at this year’s FICPA Mega CPE Conference. She also will speak at the Accounting & Business Leadership Program in September.