2018 Experienced Leader Nominees
Louise Anderson is the partner of the St. Augustine office of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC (CRI). Louise has been in the accounting industry for over 30 years.
Louise has been employed in both private and public accounting positions. Prior to joining CRI, she was controller of two multi-unit fast food franchises, both in the United States and England, as well as controller for a financial services group. Her public accounting experience includes a partnership in an accounting firm in Sarasota, Florida, specializing in restaurants ranging from fast-food chains to full service restaurants. She also has experience in sales tax, bankruptcy, accounting system design, and computer software installation.
Tommye E. Barie, CPA, Barie has an extensive history of service to the accounting profession. From 2003- 2006 and 2009-2013, she served as a member of the AICPA’s governing Council and from 2010-2013, she was a member of the AICPA’s Board of Directors. She served as Chair of the AICPA’s Finance Committee from 2011-2013 and the National Accreditation Commission from 2008-2011. She has additionally been a member of the Institute’s Compensation Committee, Audit Committee and Strategic Planning Committee, as well as the Member Advisory Panel and the Nominations Committee. Tommye served as President of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants from 2004-2005. She is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association and the Florida Government Finance Officers Association. Barie is a partner with Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC and a member of the Firm’s Audit and Accounting Committee. Since starting her career in 1983, her focus has been serving governmental entities and not-for-profit organizations by providing them financial and compliance audits, compilations, reviews, internal audits, and consulting services. Barie received her BBA in Accounting from Stetson University.
Dana joined CBIZ & MHM in 2000 and has experience with clients in a number of industries including domestic publicly traded companies.
Dana has worked actively in all aspects of audit, review and compilation services, as well as SEC reporting. She has also advised clients on reporting requirements for defined contribution and defined benefit plans. Dana is well versed in complex transactions including the implementation of new accounting pronouncements, capital raises, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and financings.
Jaime Campbell, CPA, CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant), MBA, is co-owner and CFO of Tier One Services, LLC. Jaime’s passion is to combine her analytical, proud-to-be-a-geek mind with her creative, musical side to deliver accounting information in such a way that clients see their business future in a whole new light. She enjoys creating and nurturing fulfilling relationships with clients that help them achieve their dreams.
Dr. Chambers is an Associate Professor of Taxation and Accounting Interim Chair of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. Institute for Tax and Accountancy Stetson University, Deland, FL.
Prior to receiving a Ph.D. concentrating in taxation in 2000, she had over a decade of public accounting experience as owner/partner-in-charge of a CPA firm in Houston that had a concentration in accounting issues for small business owners. Dr. Chambers has been published articles in such journals as Journal of Accountancy, Journal of Legal Tax Research, Tax Notes and Tax Adviser.
Laura Chirichigno, CGMA, CPA, is the founder and president of Ellenton CPA, LLC, a boutique Accounting and Tax firm specializing in outsourced executive leadership in the areas of Finance, Tax, Accounting, & Strategy. With keen entrepreneurial instincts and clarity of vision, Laura uses her varied skills to carry clients through rapid and continuous growth. Companies include large multi-national manufacturers, national contractors, and various small businesses for which she has served as CFO and Chief Financial Strategist.
Marianela Collado, CPA/PFS, CFP®, joined Tobias Financial Advisors in October 2015 as a Senior Financial Advisor and has recently become a co-owner of the firm. Marianela serves clients in a team setting by collaborating with clients and their professional advisors to ensure the client’s overall financial planning objectives are pursued in the most tax efficient manner. Marianela has over 15 years of experience in the tax and financial planning arena. She has worked with many ultra-high net worth families and assisted with the implementation and reporting of complex income and wealth transfer strategies.
Yaury A. Jattin is a principal in Kaufman Rossin’s tax services practice and the leader of the firm’s public companies industry advisory group. She works with public companies, private businesses and high-net worth individuals providing tax planning, compliance and consulting services.
In addition, she provides support to our financial services department reviewing and supervising ASC 740 calculations and disclosures.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Master of Science in Taxation degree from Florida International University. Yaury is a Certified Public Accountant in Florida and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
She is a member of Junior League of Miami. In the past she served as the Treasurer and Finance Committee Chairperson for National Voices for Equality Education and Enlightenment.
Kathlyn C. Jordan graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in 1998. She earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The University of North Florida in December of 2004.
Ms. Jordan has been a Certified Public Accountant and licensed within the State of Florida since 2001. She started her public accounting career with Adams & Harper, PA in November 2002. Before joining Adams & Harper, PA, Ms. Jordan worked in governmental accounting, as an internal auditor and in corporate accounting. She is currently a partner with concentration in the tax division of the firm, preparing corporate, partnership, trust/estate, and personal income taxes. She also contributes to the firm’s litigation support services and all areas of accounting and payroll processing.
For nearly 20 years, Karen Lake has focused on helping businesses and individuals develop their tax structure and navigate complex state and local scenarios. She has specialized experience in state tax risk, improving cash flow and federal and state credits and incentives.
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 a state auditor, she understands the full range of tax issues most businesses face.
Diana Rivera, CPA, CGMA, is a director in the Audit Department at MBAF in the Kane Condominium and Association Services Division. She specializes in financial auditing and forensic examinations. Diana has been in the public accounting profession for fifteen years.
Diana provides direct supervision to the firm’s professional staff in the conduct of audits and reviews of financial statements, and specializes in condominium associations, mixed-use developments, cooperative housing corporations, and timeshare and resort associations. In addition, Diana frequently conducts and supervises consulting, litigation support and agreed-upon procedures engagements.
Laura Is Chief Financial Officer at Bay Haven Charter Academy, Inc. Panama City, FL.
After receiving Bachelors of Science Degree and Master of Business Administration Degree she worked briefly at a CPA firm in Mobile, Alabama. She found her true calling in governmental accounting and pursued an opportunity to work directly in governmental accounting. She was Employed by McAleer Computer Associates, Inc. where she served as a support analyst, trainer, and user group presenter.
This software was written for governmental entities so she was able to assist a plethora of governmental units in accounting and financial reporting. She received her CPA certificate from Alabama in 2000, relocated to Panama City, FL and focused on family. She re-entered the workforce in 2009 and restarted her career in accounting.
Wendy Y. Terry, CPA, CGMA, Partner, Prior to joining Withum, worked as partner of a large national Firm, leading the Southeast region’s manufacturing and employee benefit plan audit practices. Extensive experience working with multinational clients and deep understanding of cost accounting standards (CAS) and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). Presented and developed numerous continuing education programs for all levels both externally and internally. Reviewer and contributor of the AICPA Audit and Accounting Guide to Employee Benefit Plans. Editor and author of Wiley Guides’ Wiley Advantage Audit 2016—Defined Benefit Pension Plan.
Elizabeth S. Varhalla, CPA Senior Manager, Beth is a senior manager in the Tax & Accounting Services Department of Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund. Beth joined Saltmarsh in 1987 and her areas of experience include individual, corporate, and partnership tax services, along with financial accounting and QuickBooks services. Areas of specialization include law firms and healthcare companies.
Misty L. Weinger is a Partner/Shareholder at Kofsky Weinger, PA and is managing partner for the firm’s tax practice. Her clients are comprised of small businesses, trusts and individuals. Misty has the unique ability to see the big picture assisting the clients she serves in maximizing their financial well-being.
Misty provides monthly, quarterly and annual accounting services, assisting clients in implementing directives that contribute to the sustainable fiscal health for their corporations and/or individual households. Misty’s exceptional client relationships allow her to intimately know her client’s financial goals and has gained her a track record of integrity, leadership, and results supporting tax compliance. She effectively develops strategies which are crucial to ongoing success.
Misty focuses her resources helping clients anticipate the changing tax and regulatory environments in which they operate, comply with those regulations and provide advice on a variety of business and personal decisions. In addition to her impressive track record, she has earned respect among her peers and the community as a trustworthy, compassionate, and dedicated professional.
Emerging Leader Nominees
Alicia Brown, CPA, Alicia Brown is a Tax Manager in the Tampa Bay practice. She has six years of experience in public accounting, all with CBIZ & MHM. Alicia focuses on providing tax planning, compliance, and consulting services to her clients.
Alicia is also prominently involved in new-hire training and on-campus recruiting.
Monique Bustamante, CPA, Auditor in Charge for Financial Statement audits, reviews, compilations, and agreed upon procedures for a variety of clients and industries Preparation of financial statements and financial statement reports Analyze and test financial records in order to ensure they are in accordance with GAAP and/or IFRS in all material aspects. Perform analysis of internal control procedures for a variety of clients in connection with the audit Communicate, discuss, and document financial and internal control findings and recommendations with client management. Perform risk assessments and determine testing to be performed by the engagement team Supervise and review work performed by staff, senior, and supervisor level auditors Train associates on preparation of financial statements and applicable audit procedures. Strong understanding and knowledge of GAAP and IFRS.
Chandra is a senior in the Tax & Accounting Services Department of Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund. Prior to joining Saltmarsh in July 2016, she had worked for an aviation consulting firm with specialized taxation experience serving the aircraft industry.
Tiffany Mangold is an Audit Manager that works out of the Sarasota office of Purvis, Gray and Company and has over 5 years of accounting experience.
Tiffany’s experience includes providing auditing services to not-for-profit organizations, public utilities, and governmental entities including cities, counties, school boards, and special districts.
Tiffany earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida. She is licensed as Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida. She received her Intermediate Single Audit Certificate from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Tiffany is a member of the AICPA, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Inc. (FICPA), and the Florida Governmental Finance Officers Association (FGFOA). She is also a member of Leadership Sarasota County, Class of 2016.
Amanda M. Porupski is a Senior Analyst in the Forensic Financial Services/Litigation Support department in the Tampa office of CBIZ MHM. She is a licensed CPA in the state of Florida. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Masters of Accountancy from the University of South Florida. Porupski has worked on a number of high profile cases involving complex financial matters across a variety of disciplines. Her practice areas include dissolution of marriage, business damages, shareholder disputes, business valuations and appraisals, pension valuations, economic damages and fraud investigations.
Porupski is a member of the FICPA’s Valuation, Forensic Accounting and Litigation Services Committee, Young CPAs Committee and the University of South Florida Accounting Conference Committee. Amanda is also a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, Clearwater Bar Association, and Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers. She serves on the board of directors of the American Woman’s Society of CPAs, Tampa Bay and the University of South Florida Accounting Circle.
Katie Riley-Drees, CPA is one of those local girl makes good stories here in Central Florida.
Katie joined Grennan Fender Hess & Poparad as an undergraduate intern of the University of Central Florida in 2007. In 2009, upon graduation with a BS degree in Accounting, she became a full-time associate of the firm where she spent three years in the Tax Department. Then in 2012, the firm made a strategic decision to promote a new service line. The Outsource Accounting Department was born with Katie as its sole employee and leader. Today, Katie leads a department of 15 people that generates over 30% of firm revenues. With Grennan Fender now in the top 15 Central Florida CPA firms (according to the Orlando Business Journal), she runs a sizable small business in itself. “Katie has always demonstrated a desire and aptitude to run her department like a business”, says firm founder Jed Grennan, CPA. “This resonates with the millennial generation workforce she manages and certainly the many clients who rely on her to deliver the vital accounting services that run their businesses.”
Cary Valdes-Perez joined Kaufman Rossin in 2007 as an intern and is now a manager in the assurance and advisory services department. She participates in consulting and audit engagements for clients ranging from start-up to large-sized companies in a variety of industries.
Cary is experienced with employee benefit plan audits and works on many of the Firm’s engagements. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Miami. She is a Certified Public Accountant in New Hampshire, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.