Award recipients

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Distiguished Achievement Award Recipient, Douglas P. Roosa, CPA, CGMA – State of Michigan

Distinguished Achievement Award

The Distinguished Achievement Award honors CPAs who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, leadership and service in such areas as commerce or industry, governmental or public service, education and civic or social endeavors.

Douglas P. Roosa, CPA, CGMA – State of Michigan

Past MICPA chair and current member of the president’s advisory council, Doug Roosa has been, and remains, a passionate and committed leader of the association, having served more than ten years on the MICPA board of directors, including his service on the executive committee. Most recently, Doug was appointed to the role of AICPA board member in 2017, extending his leadership and service to the national level.

As a CPA in business and industry, Doug has continued to build awareness and recognition for accounting professionals working in all aspects of business and has worked to tackle issues specifically affecting this diverse segment of the profession.

In his current position as Director, Chief Internal Auditor Finance & Economic Development for the Office of Performance and Transformation, Doug works diligently to improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of the State of Michigan’s operations, identifying key business risks, conducting financial reviews and improving processes to continue the state’s forward momentum.

During his time as MICPA chair, Doug was instrumental in forging the relationship between the MICPA and Western Michigan University and today, he serves on the WMU Accounting Advisory Board.

Doug has created a model of involvement that has made an incredible difference for the MICPA and for the future of the profession.

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Peggy A. Dzierzawski Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Robert M. Johnson, CPA, CGMA – Shift Digital

Peggy A. Dzierzawski Distinguished Service Award

The Peggy A. Dzierzawski Distinguished Service Award honors those who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the CPA profession. It is traditionally given to the immediate MICPA Past Chair.

Robert M. Johnson, CPA, CGMA – Shift Digital

Robert M. Johnson has made continual significant contributions to the MICPA Board of Directors for almost ten years, serving as board chair during 2018-2019. He is the chief financial officer of Shift Digital, a digital marketing and technology company based in Birmingham. There, Rob is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s accounting and finance functions.

As chair of the MICPA, Rob concentrated on growing member value, tying strategy and relationship building together which ultimately resulted in the launch of the MICPA Connect platform – virtually uniting our diverse membership across the state as never before. The online community facilitates peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, networking and Q&A. He focused on the future, engaging emerging leaders and students as well as overseeing new social media, digital and video initiatives to communicate changes or demystify the profession. He also oversaw the organization’s move to a new office space which features collaborative meeting spaces ready to serve the membership for years to come.

As chair of the MICPA, Rob concentrated on growing member value, tying strategy and relationship building together which ultimately resulted in the launch of the MICPA Connect platform – virtually uniting our diverse membership across the state as never before. The online community facilitates peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, networking and Q&A. He focused on the future, engaging emerging leaders and students as well as overseeing new social media, digital and video initiatives to communicate changes or demystify the profession. He also oversaw the organization’s move to a new office space which features collaborative meeting spaces ready to serve the membership for years to come.

Rob is an active member on a committee at Walsh College, his alma mater, to raise funds for student scholarships. He joined the MICPA board of directors in 2011 and became a member of the executive committee in 2015 serving in every capacity. He has also served on several committees including audit, finance and bylaws.

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Outstanding Visionary Award Recipient, Bill Reeb, CPA, CITP, CGMA – Succession Institute

Outstanding Visionary Award

The Outstanding Visionary Award is given in recognition of extraordinary leadership. This award is given to state and national leaders with outstanding leadership and vision.

Bill Reeb, CPA, CITP, CGMA – Succession Institute

William (Bill) Reeb CPA, CITP, CGMA, is the current chair of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). Bill’s unique vision and passion for the profession give him an uncanny ability to connect the dots and bridge today with tomorrow. Currently the CEO of the Succession Institute, a management consulting firm based in Austin, Texas, Reeb has had a lengthy career consulting for businesses of all sizes, primarily in the areas of organizational structure and governance, operations and accountability. He has founded six small businesses, including a CPA firm, prior to starting the Succession Institute.

Bill’s generosity of spirit was on display during his year as AICPA Chair, when he traveled to Michigan to meet with accounting students, speak with the MICPA board of directors and hold a summit to discuss the ABV credential with key stakeholders.

A true renaissance person in the world of professional accounting, he has authored seven books on the subject—four of which are published by AICPA—started businesses ranging from women’s clothing to software development, served as a partner for a CPA firm and built/taught leadership programs for state associations.

With an extreme depth of experience and commitment to the evolution of the accounting profession, Bill Reeb is one of our foremost champions and a clear choice for the MICPA Outstanding Visionary Award.

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Accounting Teaching Excellence Award Recipient, Anthony D. Kurek, CPA – Eastern Michigan University

Accounting Teaching Excellence Award

The Accounting Teaching Excellence Award recognizes educators who excel in teaching accounting and promoting the CPA profession. The stellar individuals who receive this award not only emphasize the importance of accounting education to the profession, but the role professors play in supporting CPAs.

Anthony D. Kurek, CPA – Eastern Michigan University

Anthony Kurek, experienced CPA and full-time lecturer at Eastern Michigan University since 2008, is both a dedicated educator and an invaluable advisor to his students. As program advisor for the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting program, Tony regularly assists students with tracking academic programs, career options and job searches. He frequently provides resume reviews and revisions and coaches students on interviewing techniques, having gone so far as to co-create a short film on resume writing for the Accounting and Finance Department and Business Career Services websites at EMU.

In the classroom, Tony is considered by his peers to be one of the best teachers in the department. Further, his student evaluations are consistently well above average. According to his former students, he is among the most sought after and respected professors in EMU’s College of Business, willing to help his students meet their potential by encouraging them to join student organizations to advance their network and by writing letters of recommendation, mentoring and advising.

Beyond the classroom, Tony is an active member of several organizations. He is the current Treasurer of the Easter Michigan University Federation of Teachers Lecturers’ Union, is the Faculty Advisor to the EMU chapter of the National Association of Black Accountant, a member of the College of Business Professionalism and Ethics Development Committee and the Department of Accounting and Finance’s Professionalism sub-committee. Tony has served as College of Business Representative during past summer admission events, developed multiple education modules for graduate students, served as a keynote speaker and volunteered as a representative of the university to multiple functions, to name but a few of his many contributions.

To further the profession, Tony delivers promotional presentations on accountancy to high school and college students. He follows through by coordinating an in-house lunch program which allows for enhanced interaction between recruiters and department faculty to promote the skills of the department’s students. In this, he is not only an educator but a key component in his students’ transition from the classroom to the career path.

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Chair’s Service Award Award Recipient, Stephanie W. Bergeron, CPA, CGMA – Bluepoint Partners

Chair’s Service Award

The Chair’s Service Award recognizes those whose service to the MICPA exceeds the traditional level of volunteerism during the current Chair’s term.

Stephanie W. Bergeron, CPA, CGMA – Bluepoint Partners

A true leader with great passion for the profession, Stephanie Bergeron has served the association at the highest level, having served on the Michigan State Board of Accountancy and a total of 11 years on the MICPA board of directors.

When MICPA President & CEO, Peggy Dzierzawski, announced her plan to retire in March 2020, the executive committee worked to establish a search committee who would be charged with the challenging goal of identifying her successor. Stephanie stepped in without hesitation to lead the effort as chair of the search committee. Countless hours and a tremendous amount of work have gone into this effort, to date. Stephanie has been a strong force through every aspect, guiding the way and confidently managing this great responsibility. She has truly gone above and beyond to help ensure a bright future for the association and the profession.

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Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award

The Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award nominee is recognized as a full-time college accounting educator for excellence in teaching, curriculum development, and for national prominence in the accounting profession.

Dr. Denise M. de la Rosa – Grand Valley State University

Described as an unrelenting student advocate, Dr. Denise de la Rosa has been a valued professor at Grand Valley State University for 17 years. Truly a visionary, Denise is praised among her peers for developing juried presentations, wherein students deliver presentations to their class, which are evaluated by a jury of local public accounting professionals. The presentations are noted as invaluable opportunities for her students to demonstrate their capabilities in a non-interview setting.

Outside the classroom, Denise further shows her dedication by serving on the University Academic Senate, as well as the accounting internship coordinator and as the faculty advisor for Beta Alpha Psi. Alumni frequently express their appreciation for her role in their preparation for not only graduate school, but the CPA exam and their careers.

Beyond the basics of educator, Denise is known for breaking barriers. She is among the first female Hispanic PhD’s in accounting and one of the first members of KPMG’s PhD Project, the mission of which is to increase the diversity of corporate America by increasing the diversity of business school faculty. She is considered a champion of diversity among her colleagues, known as a frequent mentor to minority, foreign and other at-risk students and their organizations. Denise makes it a priority to go above and beyond expectation to support the needs of her diverse students, and was voted Outstanding Faculty by the International Student Organization from 2007-2008, was voted by the Kappa Beta Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi’s Outstanding Accounting Professor in 2008 and consistently contributed published research to several quality journals, maintaining a scholarly academic status.

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Diversity & Inclusion Award Recipient, Alan C. Young, MST, CPA, CGMA – Alan C. Young & Associates, P.C.

Diversity & Inclusion Award

The Diversity & Inclusion Award recognizes an individual who represents the profession’s immense diversity and richness, and embraces the Association’s diverse culture in its leadership, its professional staff, its student recruitment initiatives and in the services provided to its constituents.

Alan C. Young, MST, CPA, CGMA – Alan C. Young & Associates, P.C.

Alan C. Young is the founder and Managing Director/CEO of Alan C. Young & Associates, P.C., one of the largest minority CPA firms in Michigan (located in Detroit), and listed by Crain’s as one of the 20 largest CPA firms for the past several years. Founded in 1983, the firm employs over 30 professionals with a diverse clientele which includes churches, municipalities, school boards, media personalities, professional athletes along with several non-profit organizations and foundations.

Alan has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to diversity and inclusion and began his concentration on this effort long before D&I was an embraced focus. He has assembled a firm with a diverse staff and provides them with every opportunity for contribution. He is an active member of the National Association of Black Accountants and several other notable organizations allowing him to constantly put an emphasis on these initiatives. In 2018, he presented a Richard Austin Lecture of Accounting Excellence which is just one example of how he interacts with diverse groups of individuals to shape their views and encourage the pursuit of an accounting career. His firm was recognized by Corp! Magazine as a Diversity Focused Company in 2015 for its strong dedication to diversity of staffing and overall philosophy.

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Emerging Leader Award Recipient, Matthew S. Kidd, CPA – Blunden & Kidd Accounting & Consulting

Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award recognizes new professionals who are committed to the accounting profession. They have stepped forward to share their perspectives; their time and their interest in helping others understand the value of becoming a CPA. In addition, they have contributed to the strategic mission that addresses the succession of the profession.

Matthew S. Kidd, CPA – Blunden & Kidd Accounting & Consulting

Matthew Kidd, CPA and partner at Blunden & Kidd Accounting & Consulting exudes dedication to the profession by serving as a leader in several domains. As the chair of the MICPA Emerging Leaders Task Force, Matthew has fostered and planned Emerging Leaders networking events, engaging with young professionals to expand attendance and encourage participation. A spokesperson for emerging talent in the organization, Matthew represented young professionals as a panelist at the MICPA Board of Directors Meeting and volunteered as a mentor for student members.

Outside of the organization, Matthew represents the best of the MICPA and the profession when he dedicates time to speaking in college accounting classrooms. Known for his dedication to building meaningful relationships, both professionally and personally, Matthew’s many contributions to the organization and the profession earned him the MICPA Chair’s Service Award in 2019.

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Firm Appreciation Award Recipient, Echelbarger Himebaugh Tamm & Co PC

Firm Appreciation Award

The Firm Appreciation Award acknowledges the firm of MICPA’s Outgoing Chair of the Board for their support of the profession and the Association.

Echelbarger Himebaugh Tamm & Co PC

EHTC is nominated for supporting Dave Echelbarger’s role as 2019-2020 MICPA Chair of the Board.

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Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award Recipient, Bridgette Grandsen, CPA

Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award

The Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award has two major purposes. The first is to recognize the achievements of individual CPAs employed in federal, state, or local government. The second is to promote the CPA designation as the premier professional credential for accounting, auditing and finance professionals in government.

Bridgette Gransden, CPA – County of Midland

Bridgette Gransden, since 1994, has served the County of Midland and most recently applied her experience and expertise to the Midland County Emergency Management team, providing early notification to residents, ensuring the safety of residents and first responders. Following the dam breaches in Gladwin and Midland counties, Bridgette led efforts for mandatory evacuations in a timely manner applying State and National Disaster Declarations. She worked with the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance to identify ongoing and immediate needs in Midland County to provide support to those impacted by the flood.

Throughout her tenure, Bridgette has gone above and beyond by identifying community needs and working with citizens to address those needs. She has created collaborations with nonprofits, schools, small business, large corporations and other local government to ensure needs are met and Midland is a place where everyone can thrive. Some examples of collaboration include United Way, Dow, Greater Midland, the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance and others in addressing community needs.

Taking her care and courageous efforts a step further, Bridgette advocated for a change in polices to allow Midland County workers to get paid sick leave if they were/are affected by COVID-19. There is no stopping this mission driven, energetic, intelligent, action-oriented CPA from making lives better and making a difference.

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Outstanding High School Teacher Award Recipient, Karen Hanchett

Outstanding High School Teacher Award

The High School Teacher Award honors talented teachers who expend uncounted hours inspiring students to dream big dreams, work to accomplish them, and to think rigorously about what they want their future to be. They have given them the opportunity to discover the Accounting Profession.

Karen Hanchett – recently retired from Plymouth High School

As a high school educator, Karen Hanchett provided her students with a career-focused accounting class that better prepared students for the college experience. Driven to deliver a meaningful experience and higher quality education to her high school accounting students, Karen trained numerous times under the AICPA’s Accounting Program to Build the Pipeline.

A champion for the profession, Karen took the time to organize her students’ attendance to the MICPA/MAF Wayne State University High School Leaders Conference. She coached students in the importance and value of professionalism in business, impressing upon them the real-life expectations of accounting professionals. For her many contributions to the success of her students, she has been recognized by an MICPA emerging leader as an important influencer.

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Outstanding Student Member Award Recipient, Elizabeth Randall – University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Outstanding Student Member Award

The Outstanding Student Member Award recognizes a student’s contributions, involvements and achievements with the Michigan Association of CPAs and with the CPA profession. Candidates are nominated by the MICPA Awards Committee and approved by the MICPA Board of Directors.

Elizabeth A. Randall – University of Michigan Ann Arbor

A two-year MICPA Student Champion, Elizabeth Randall, works hard to build the pipeline by arranging and hosting a high school conference through the University of Michigan Ross – Accounting Club, which provides more than 60 students a realistic view of the profession. She actively promotes MICPA student membership and other MICPA student events to UM students.

As an active member in the organization, Elizabeth has attended the student reception with the Incoming Chair of the AICPA, a board meeting and breakfast with Barry Melancon, an opportunity which saw her provide responses and input on the view of the profession from the student perspective. She is excited about attending future board meetings and networking opportunities as they occur and plans to continue in her activities as a Student Champion through graduation.

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Outstanding Task Force Award

The Outstanding Task Force Award recognizes those who go above and beyond in lending their expertise and time collectively to provide key information for the advancement of the CPA profession.

Special Tax Task Force

Task Force Members:

Leon C. LaBrecque - Sequoia Financial Group

Chair – Leon C. LaBrecque – Sequoia Financial Group

Steven C. Dilley – Federal Tax Workshops

Steven C. Dilley – Federal Tax Workshops

Lynn A. Gandhi – Foley & Lardner

Lynn A. Gandhi – Foley & Lardner

Samuel L. Hodges – Hodges Accounting & Advisory Services

Samuel L. Hodges – Hodges Accounting & Advisory Services

Jared Johnson – Deloitte

Jared Johnson – Deloitte

Tammy J. Moncrief – Yeo & Yeo

Tammy J. Moncrief – Yeo & Yeo

Stuart Sakwa - Silverman, Kaplan & Sakwa

Stuart Sakwa – Silverman, Kaplan & Sakwa

Gary Schwarcz - Couzens, Lansky, Fealk, Ellis, Roeder & Lazar

Gary Schwarcz – Couzens, Lansky, Fealk, Ellis, Roeder & Lazar

Audrey M. Victor – Rehmann

Audrey M. Victor – Rehmann

Bob Weins – Insights3

Bob Weins – Insights3

The Special Tax Task Force made the “special” truly apply to them and their work. They began BEFORE tax reform was a reality and stayed on the pulse of its development and implementation. The group created communications and programming that rode the wave through implementation with members. They continued to interpret the Act and explain corrective legislation. Included in their deliverables was the Tax Reform Toolkit and content for the #MICPATAXTEAM. The task force enhanced its work by creating the SECURE Act webinars and on-demand programs. These educational vehicles were picked up by other states and sold across the country. Even now these volunteers make recommendations for further education based on various legislation. The leaders in this group have spoken at various programs on Tax Reform over the past year. Their knowledge and activity have created valuable member benefits for the MICPA.

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Public Service Award Recipient, Deborah L. Habel, CPA, CGMA, PMP, CITP – Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business

Public Service Award

The Public Service Award honors CPAs who have attained a high level of public service; inform the public of the contributions CPAs are making to their communities; and encourage CPAs to become involved in public service activities.

Deborah L. Habel, CPA, CGMA, PMP, CITP – Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business

A dedicated member, Deborah Habel is the current chair of the MICPA’s Educator Task Force. She is instrumental to keeping Wayne State student members connected with the organization. As the faculty advisor for the Wayne State chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, she shows careful consideration when advising students on important decisions.

A leader by example, Deborah inspires students both past and present to give back to their communities by raising and maintaining awareness for community events while remaining very active herself. As an educator, Deborah makes time to meet personally with students in need, connecting them with people that will benefit them professionally.

Her colleagues describe her as enthusiastically supportive and innovative, driving student volunteerism through Accounting Aid’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at several levels for more than 12 years. By making her Wayne State students an integral part of VITA’s success, more than $7 million was returned to struggling families in the community. Consistently putting others needs above her own, Deborah has been known to aid organizations of which she isn’t a member if it means a student or colleague will succeed for her involvement.

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Women to Watch Awards – Experienced Leaders

The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, in partnership with the Women’s Initiatives Task Force and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, present this award to female CPAs who have established their roles as leaders in their organizations by advancing to the highest levels of management or ownership, and by mentoring those following in their footsteps.

Julie Bogas, CPA, PMP – PwC
Susan E. Bos, CPA – Washtenaw County Treasurer’s Office
Astrid Braeuer, CPA – BDO
Lisa L. Howze, CPA – Davenport University

Women to Watch Awards – Experienced Leaders Recipent, Julie Bogas, CPA, PMP – PwC

Julie Bogas, CPA, PMP – PwC

Advisory Partner in PwC’s Portfolio and Program Management practice, Julie Bogas is a study in dedication. Beginning her career as an intern at PwC in 1999, these past 20 years have seen Julie rise above and beyond the call of duty. She serves as a mentor across PwC, a Solemate and Advisor to Girls on the Run of Greater Detroit, member to the Michigan State University Department of Accounting and Information Systems External Advisory Board and contributes to Impact100 of Metro Detroit.

Beyond work and volunteerism, Julie is an advocate for women professionals. Each year, she leads popular programs dedicated to improving female team members’ focus on career planning and ambition, self-confidence and internal and external networks. She also mobilizes teams to participate in the Detroit Women’s Marathon events, hosts office-wide women’s tea focused on personal branding and sponsors virtual networking circles to support other women in the industry. Unafraid to reach across the aisle, Julie engages with male Detroit office members as well, to discuss and engage with PwC’s research on changes necessary to support female advancement and unconscious bias.

Julie has also invested significant time in PwC’s financial literacy programs in Detroit schools and has been selected twice to represent the firm in its Project Belize, where she mentored high school students competing in a case competition in Belize City. She is always among the first called upon to represent PwC’s brand to alumni, clients and community stakeholders. Once only an intern herself, now it is Julie that meets with the firm’s START interns, part of a PwC diversity summer internship program which increases the pipeline of traditionally underrepresented minority groups in the professional services industry.

Women to Watch Awards – Experienced Leaders Recipent, Susan E. Bos, CPA – Washtenaw County Treasurer’s Office

Susan E. Bos, CPA – Washtenaw County Treasurer’s Office

As Chair of the MICPA’s Professional Ethics Committee, member of the Alumni Board of Eastern Michigan University (EMU), Advisory Council at EMU’s COB and active board member at Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), Susan E. Bos is a powerhouse public servant. During her 24 years of service within Washtenaw County Government, Sue was promoted five times on the way to her current title as Deputy Treasurer where she is steward to the county’s municipal finances.

In addition to her duties as Deputy Treasurer, Sue reaches out to unemployed accounting professionals to offer encouragement, gives job-seeking advice, provides recommendations and helps to identify opportunities. Her colleagues consider her a tireless accounting diplomat and ambassador, a one-woman “United Nations” of accounting.

She is a natural leader, skilled at networking and has a gift for facilitating collaboration, embracing inclusiveness to enriching the energy and character of every organization she serves. Sue’s efforts have not gone unnoticed, having been featured in Trust! Magazine of Trust Across America-Trust Around the world and winning the IMA Global Exemplary Leadership Award in 2015 for her outstanding service to the organization as chair of their Ethics Committee and providing mentorship, guidance and thought leadership in her multiple roles within the organization.

Women to Watch Awards – Experienced Leaders Recipent, Astrid Braeuer, CPA – BDO

Astrid Braeuer, CPA – BDO

Astrid Braeuer, CPA, EP, of BDO USA is a certified German tax adviser and has extensive experience with international tax planning for high-net worth individuals. She serves privately owned businesses and their owners, but most importantly, she serves those around her in ways that transcend expectation.

Astrid is a crucial component of the BDO Detroit office culture, raising up those around her to meet their potential. Astrid has a knack for identifying the strengths in others, fostering their growth and passion by creating an environment conducive to learning and creativity. She facilitates regular dialogue for professionals at all levels to discuss workplace inclusion, firm culture and personal as well as career growth.

As well as being an outspoken advocate for women, promoting inclusion and engagement, Astrid is a highly engaged member of the Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Planned Giving Advisory Committee. As a member of the committee, she is a bastion of leadership, mentorship and philanthropy.

Women to Watch Awards – Experienced Leaders Recipent, Lisa L. Howze, CPA – Davenport University

Lisa L. Howze, CPA – Davenport University

Accolades accumulate only where hard work and dedication manifest, a statement which Lisa Howze, VP of Davenport University in Detroit, exemplifies. Not only is Lisa an experienced accounting and finance professional, but she also served two years as a Michigan State Representative, with eight years of government sector experience overall, and has two years’ experience in higher education leadership. With a highly developed and varied set of skills, Lisa is a force to be reckoned with.

As an MICPA board member, former President of NABA’s Detroit Chapter, board member and vice chair of the Accounting Aid Society and the Vice President of Detroit’s Davenport University campuses, Lisa is an advisor to many young professionals in Metro Detroit. An accomplished public speaker, she knows how to connect with others and inspire those around her to reach ever higher. This ability has allowed her to inspire young professionals all over Michigan to pursue the accounting profession. As a board member for the Chandler Park Conservancy, for example, Lisa advises on finance, helping to ensure the organization can continue to provide youth and people of all ages with exceptional education, recreational and conservation opportunities.

It will come as no surprise, with so many accomplishments, that Lisa has received not one, but four previous awards for displaying excellence in so many different arenas. Last year, she was awarded the Notable Women in Education and Leadership Award (Crain’s), Habitat for Humanity named her Public Official of the Year in 2011 and from the MICPA she received the award for Outstanding CPA in Government in 2017, the Chair’s Service Award in 2014 and the Diversity and Inclusion award in 2010.

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Women to Watch Awards – Emerging Leaders

The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, in partnership with the Women’s Initiatives Task Force and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, present this award to female CPAs who are up-and-coming stars in their organizations.

Jennifer Fiebelkorn, CISA – Plante Moran
Kathryn L. McEachin – BDO
Victoria A. Mundinger, CPA – Rehmann

Women to Watch Awards – Emerging Leaders Recipient, Jennifer Fiebelkorn, CISA – Plante Moran

Jennifer Fiebelkorn, CISA – Plante Moran

Perhaps in one of the most essential developing roles in the accounting industry today, Jennifer Fiebelkorn, CISA, at Plante Moran takes the initiative on cybersecurity. With over a decade of experience in information systems security and information technology auditing within financial institutions, Jennifer is the woman you want on your team in today’s tech-driven environment. Of course, having the knowledge is one thing, but what makes Jennifer stand out is her willingness to share that knowledge.

Leader of the Internal Women in Leadership Initiative, Jennifer helps young professionals grow their careers and understand the importance of work life balance for achieving both professional and personal fulfillment. She is a guide and coach to the younger members of Plante Moran’s staff, developing opportunities and networking solutions for their young female employees. Additionally, in order to generate interest in the cybersecurity arena, Jennifer created a two-day training program for interns.

Jennifer has contributed to insightful thought leadership pieces aimed to inspire and inform current and potential clients. She is regularly asked to represent the firm within the Michigan Council of Women in Technology and participates in speaking engagements for trade association groups.

Women to Watch Awards – Emerging Leaders Recipient, Kathryn L. McEachin – BDO

Kathryn L. McEachin – BDO

Katie McEachin, CPA at BDO, has a knack for thinking outside the box, balancing her professional ambition and sincere passion to lift others up. She leaps at new challenges and is the first to step up when an opportunity to help arises, be it training committees, recruiting or digital transformation. Katie is known at her organization for taking the initiative to improve the dynamics of the tax practices both internally and with external relationships.

A role model for both men and women within the firm, Katie’s dedication has been recognized locally and nationally. In 2013, she was awarded the MAF Scholarship by the MICPA and was chosen to participate in BDO’s 2019 National Data Analytics program which brainstorms and pitches innovative ideas designed to grow BDO’s business.

When Katie isn’t working hard as BDO’s Core Tax Services Experienced Senior Associate, she enjoys working as a Horse Program Instructor at Friends of Bowers Farms Community. A former Assistant Director at 4-H Green Science Adventure Camp, Katie is no stranger to the great outdoors, and works to make horses accessible to the public through learning, hands-on experience and on-going animal care.

Women to Watch Awards – Emerging Leaders Recipient, Victoria A. Mundinger, CPA – Rehmann

Victoria A. Mundinger, CPA – Rehmann

The go-to person for Rehmann’s international tax questions and Co-leader of the firm’s IC-DISC practice, Victoria Mundinger, CPA, has advanced from intern to invaluable in less than a decade. Former Chair of the MICPA Emerging Leader Task Force and a Trustee of the Michigan Accountancy Foundation, Victoria is seen as a leader not only by those she supervises, but by her peers and those in senior management roles.

Victoria is committed, not only to her profession, but to developing the young women professionals around her, dedicated to encouraging and elevating other women within the accounting profession. A seasoned mentor, her mentees have been known to sing her praises and is considered a shining star to young professionals.