For Immediate Release
Richmond (June 27, 2017) — The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) held the 11th Anniversary Leaders’ Institute for Virginia’s brightest accounting students May 24–25 at the University of Richmond.
The VSCPA established the Leaders’ Institute in 2007 following a gift from accounting and consulting firm Baker Tilly. Specifically designed for the top college accounting students in the Commonwealth, the Leaders’ Institute provides a hands-on workshop program for young aspiring CPAs. The Institute is the only development program of its kind in Virginia and provides rising college juniors and seniors the opportunity for vital leadership training and real-life skills to successfully transition into the competitive marketplace.
More than 40 accounting students from 15 Virginia colleges and universities who have displayed exceptional academic achievement and a keen interest in business and professional services attended the event, which focused on career-building skills and tools of the accounting trade, offering insightful perspectives from seasoned professionals.
“Baker Tilly is proud to be the founding sponsor for the VSCPA Leaders’ Institute. We enjoy the opportunity to interact with these talented future leaders and provide them valuable insight into this great profession. It continues to be a rewarding partnership with the VSCPA,” Brad Nicklin, CPA, of Baker Tilly, said.
In addition to Baker Tilly, the VSCPA would like to thank the following sponsors of the Leaders’ Institute for their support of accounting and business education: Becker, Brown Edwards, Brown Edwards, Deloitte, Cherry Bekaert, Dixon Hughes Goodman, Huey & Associates, Johnson Lambert, Keiter, KPMG, Mitchell Wiggins & Company, PBMares, Roger CPA Review, Surgent CPA Review, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts, the Virginia Board of Accountancy, the VSCPA Educational Foundation, Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer and WellsColeman.
The following accounting students participated in the 2017 Leaders’ Institute:
Emily K. Auguer, of North Kingstown, R.I., American University
Joseph L. Barden, III. of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech
LaShay B. Boone of Petersburg, Virginia State University
Brittney Brandt of Gretna, Lynchburg College
Kasey M. Conrad of Lewisburg, Pa., James Madison University
Matthew Conte of Washington, D.C., American University
Ashley Crickenberger of Grottoes, Bridgewater College
Carrie E. Davenport of Chesapeake, Old Dominion University
Alseny Diawara of Arlington, University of Mary Washington
Nam H. Doan of Arlington, Marymount University
Casey Gaffney of Chesterfield, Bridgewater College
Benjamin A. Gardner of Fairfax, Longwood University
Alexander Holland of Burke, Longwood University
Jason M. Javier of Bethesda, Md., American University
Chris Jeffries of Bridgewater, Bridgewater College
Yun Ji Kim of Burke, Northern Virginia Community College
Austin J. Krug of Colorado Springs, Colo., American University
Randall E. Lama of Washington, D.C., American University
Megan J. Mansfield of Suffolk, Longwood University
Brendon A. Maturey of Bridgewater, Bridgewater College
Jose G. Merino Brito of Sterling, Northern Virginia Community College
Bethany L. Montrose of Cloverdale, Roanoke College
Katrena L. Njiki, of Richardson, Utah, American University
Miroslav Pejcic of Reston, George Mason University
Jiayi Peng, of Washington, D.C., American University
Ellen L. Petrovich of Chesapeake, James Madison University
Katelyn A. Potter of Richmond, Christopher Newport University
Chaitanya Raju of Falls Church, Northern Virginia Community College
Sydney E. Rampey of Fredericksburg, Lynchburg College
Kyleel Roberson-Cosby of Washington, D.C., American University
Jocelyne F. Rukomeza of Alexandria, George Mason University
Madison N. Sanders of Midlothian, Virginia Wesleyan College
Amber Schaar of Gordsonsville, Bridgewater College
Edward Schiano of Washington, D.C., American University
Daniel Schultz of Midlothian, Longwood University
Brian Shea of Fairfax Station, Longwood University
Doreen N. Tetteh of Alexandria, Virginia Tech
Khongorzul Tumurbaatar of Washington, D.C., American University
Alison Turek of Lynchburg, Lynchburg College
Ashley Wandersee of Newport News, Old Dominion University
Heather Weaver of Amelia, Longwood University
The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) is the leading professional association in the Commonwealth dedicated to enhancing the success of all CPAs. Founded in 1909, the VSCPA has 12,500 members who work in public accounting, industry, government and education. For more information, please visit the News Room on the VSCPA website at vscpa.com, email [email protected] or call (804) 612-9440. To search for a CPA in your geographic region, visit www.vscpa.com/FindaCPA.