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New VSCPA Council To Address Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

September 22, 2020

To follow up on our June 5, 2020, Statement on Racial Injustice, the VSCPA has established a new Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Council. The Council is tasked with advising the VSCPA Board of Directors and staff on programs and policies related to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice; engaging with leaders, schools and other stakeholders to increase students of color entering the CPA profession; and identifying resources to educate members and their organizations about these issues. The Council is made up of a mix of members and nonmembers with diverse backgrounds, organizations and industries represented:  

  • Chair: Anne Hagen, CPA, Masonic Home of Virginia, Richmond (VSCPA Board Chair-elect)
  • Vice Chair: Krystal McCants, CPA, YHB CPAs & Consultants, Fairfax
  • Courtney Arrington, CPA: Genworth, Richmond (National Association of Black Accountants, VSCPA Young Professionals Advisory Council)
  • Marijia Bailey, CPA: Marcum LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • George Crowell, CPA, CITP: Harris, Hardy & Johnstone, PC, Richmond (VSCPA Board Member)
  • Damon DeSue, CPA: PRA Group Inc., Norfolk
  • Kelci Dixon: North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, N.C. (VSCPA Student Member)
  • Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA, CISA: Oracle, Reston (AICPA National Council on Diversity & Inclusion)
  • Jake Greene, CPA: Marcum LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Cassie Hartogs, CPA: BDO USA, LLP, McLean
  • Dylan Hendrickson: WellsColeman, Richmond (VSCPA Young Professionals Advisory Council)
  • Jennifer Lehman, CPA, CGMA: Hantzmon Wiebel LLP, Charlottesville (VSCPA Board Member)
  • Wendy Lewis, CPA: KPMG, McLean (Virginia Board of Accountancy)
  • Carlos Otal, CPA: Grant Thornton, Alexandria
  • Darry Newbill, CPA: Deloitte & Touche LLP, Richmond 
  • Vivian Paige, CPA, CGMA: Christopher Newport University, Newport News
  • Jim Phillips, CPA: KPMG, Richmond
  • Danish Qureshi, CPA: RSM US LLP, McLean
  • Ex officio member: VSCPA Chair of the Board Henry Davis III, CPA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (VSCPA Board Chair)

The Council held its first meeting on Sept. 22. More information on the Council’s activities will be posted in the VSCPA’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resource Center. Questions or feedback? Email us anytime at [email protected]