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Alumni in the News

Fisher Alumnus appointed to the AICPA Auditing Standards Board

Steven Morrison (BSAc ’99, MARE ’01), principal in the audit department of Miami-based MBAF, has been appointed to the AICPA Auditing Standards Board for 2015-2016. (11/10)

Fisher alumna shares journey from Big 4 accounting to entrepreneur

Lissette Penrod’s introduction to corporate recruiting seemed ill-timed, to say the least. She entered the field in 2009—just as the Great Recession was decimating the U.S. economy. Despite the unenviable job climate and lack of recruiting experience, Penrod thrived in her role. More importantly, she found a truly fulfilling career. (10/8)

Fisher School mourns passing of Bob Lowe

Robert N. Lowe, Jr. (BSAc ’80, MAcc ’81), an alumnus and proud supporter of the Fisher School of Accounting, passed away September 7. (9/15)

Fisher School mourns loss of alumnus

C. Harold Hippler, Jr. (BSBA '55), an emeritus member of the Fisher School's Advisory Board, passed away on June 13. (7/13)

Fisher graduate begins exclusive internship program

Cassidy Kallner (BSAc ’15, MAcc ’15) was one of only six students in the nation to be selected for a yearlong postgraduate technical assistant program with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), the premier institution that establishes financial accounting standards for business in the United States. (7/10)

Two Fisher grads winners of the 2014 Elijah Watt Sells Award

Fisher grads Kenneth Wilbur (BSAc '14, MAcc '14) and Robert Waldbillig (BSAc '13) are winners of the 2014 Elijah Watt Sells Award. The award is bestowed upon candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, passed all four sections of the Examination on their first attempt and completed testing in 2014. A total of 91,384 individuals sat for the Examination in 2014, with 60 candidates meeting the criteria to receive the Elijah Watt Sells Award. (3/31)

Fisher alumnus promoted to Principal

Steven Morrison (BSAc ’99, MARE ’01) was promoted to Principal in the Audit Department of MBAF, Certified Public Accountants. (2/18)

Fisher School mourns loss of loyal alumnus

Luciano Prida Sr., a devoted alumnus and supporter of the Fisher School of Accounting, passed away Saturday. He was 90 years old. “We are very proud that Luciano Prida Sr., was an alumnus of the University of Florida’s Fisher School of Accounting,” said Dr. Gary McGill, Associate Dean and Director of the Fisher School. “His dedicated service to the community and the accounting profession represents the very best of our ideals.” (1/5)


Alumnus Michael Balter joins top firm

Michael Balter (BSAc ’88) has been named Partner-in-Charge, Florida Region of Marcum LLP—one of the nation’s largest independent public accounting and advisory services firms. (11/21)

Alumna Dara Simon named Partner

Dara Simon (BSAc ’94) was admitted to Cherry Bekaert’s Partner group effective November 1, 2014. Currently serving as Campus Lead for the University of Florida’s campus recruiting team, Dara is also on the Fisher School of Accounting Advisory Board. (11/18)

Fisher alumna wins top tax award

Fisher School of Accounting alumna Lillian Mills (BSAcc ’80, MAcc ’81) was awarded the American Taxation Association’s highest honor, the Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award. (8/15)

Fisher supporter passes away

The Fisher School of Accounting lost one of its most loyal supporters with the passing of Michael Abney on June 9. (6/30)

Alumni Spotlight: Keith Robinson

Alumnus Keith Robinson (MAcc ‘06) is a winner of the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice, which annually recognizes a select cohort of public school teachers who demonstrate exceptionally effective teaching with students from high-poverty communities.(5/23)

Alumnus Michael Kohner honored with Distinguished Alumni Award

Michael L. Kohner (MAcc ’86), Managing Director of WTAS LLC in West Palm Beach, was recently honored with the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County Distinguished Alumni Award. (4/27)

Alumna Bridget Stomberg recognized with UF honor

Bridget Stomberg (BSAc ’00, MAcc ’02) was honored by UF's Alumni Association with an Outstanding Young Alumni Award, which recognizes alumni ages 35 or younger who have distinguished themselves in their profession and community. (4/14)

Fisher alumnus appointed Editor of accounting journal

Dr. Richard Hatfield (Ph.D. '98) was recently named Editor of Behavioral Research in Accounting. (1/21)

Six Fisher School alumni receive promotions at James Moore, CPAs

Alumni Nadia Batey (BSAC '04), Katie Davis (BSAC '04, MACC '04), Brendan Mckitrick (BSAC '06), Varsha Mohinani (BSAC '08, MACC '08), Corinne Turcotte (BSAC '11, MACC '11), and Jeremy Wright (BSAC '09, MACC '09) have been promoted at James Moore effective January 2014. (1/20)


Alicia Koross recognized by Continental Who's Who

Alicia L. Koross (BSAc ’94, MAcc ’94), a Principal at Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, was recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Pinnacle Professional in accounting. (12/11)

Aubrey Lynch 2013 40 Under 40 Honoree

Aubrey Lynch (BSAC ’03, MACC ’03), a Principal at CS&L CPAs, was named to CPA Practice Advisor’s 2013 40 Under 40 list. (11/13)

Bonnie Biumi appointed Director

Bonnie Biumi (BSAC ’83) was named Director at Home Properties, Inc. (11/6)

Accounting alumnus named audit director

Steven Morrison (BSAC ’99, MARE ’01) was promoted to Director in the Audit Department of the nationally-recognized accounting firm Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra. (9/13)

Accounting alumna Cindy Merrell - from CFO to blueberry farmer

Cindy Merrell (BSAC ’81) left her previous career as chief financial officer at a technology company to become co-owner of a Florida blueberry farm. (9/8)

Fisher alumna ready to be “unleashed” on NBC Sports Network, Animal Planet

Larysa Switlyk (BSAC ’07, MACC ’07) will appear in two television shows devoted to the outdoors this summer. (5/30)

Michael Shapiro Named to Barron’s Top 1000 Financial Advisors

Alumnus Michael Shapiro (BSAC ’85, JD/MACC ‘89) has been named to Barron’s annual list of America’s Top 1000 Advisors: 2013 State-by-State, for the 5th consecutive year. (05/24)

Chrislynn Freed is a recipient of CalCPA's 2013 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award

Fisher School of Accounting Alumna Chrislynn Freed (BSAC '80) has been selected as a recipient of The California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) 2013 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award. (05/23)

Allison McCarthy honored as UF Outstanding Young Alumni

Fisher School of Accounting Alumna Allison McCarthy (BSAC ’98, MACC ’98) was one of the recipients of the University of Florida’s Outstanding Young Alumni Awards. (05/23)

Medical executive named CFO of Medical Center of Trinity

Michael Wyers (BSAC ’88) has been appointed the new Chief Financial Officer of Medical Center of Trinity. (04/29)

Alumnus Brian Krogol Wins Prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award

Fisher School of Accounting alumnus Brian Krogol (MACC, 2011) is one of the winners of the 2012 Elijah Watt Sells Awards. (03/29)

Accountant turned entrepreneur featured in The Washington Post

Andy Glick (BSAC ’85) followed his entrepreneurial spirit, and it paid off as he now owns prime real estate on the East Coast. (1/15)


FSOA mourns the loss of long-time Advisory Board member James Lang

Alumnus and former Fisher School of Accounting Advisory Board member James T. Lang passed away September 20, 2012, at the age of 90. Jim graduated from the University of Florida (BSBA, Accounting) in 1942. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. (10/30)

Michael Donohoe Wins Two Awards at ATA Luncheon in Washington DC

Michael Donohoe (PhD, 2011) was awarded the 2012 American Taxation Association / PricewaterhouseCoopers Outstanding Tax Dissertation Award at the ATA luncheon at the AAA meetings in Washington DC. (8/12)

Three Fisher School Alumni Receive Promotions with James Moore & Co., P.L.

Fisher School Alumni Stacy Joyner (BSAc, 2007; MAcc, 2007), John VanDuzer (BSAc, 2008; MAcc, 2008), and Katharine Lavenhagen (MAcc, 2008) have received promotions from James Moore & Co., P.L., CPAs and Consultants in Gainesville, Florida. (7/12)

Fisher School Alumnus Arnie Bellini Nearly Completes English Channel Crossing

Fisher School Alumnus Arnie Bellini (BSAC '80) spent 13.5 hours in the frigid waters of the English Channel, and came up just 4 miles short in his effort to complete the 21-mile swim from England to France. (7/12)

Bob Lowe Appears on Fox Business News to Discuss Key Survey Findings

Robert (Bob) Lowe (BSAC '80; MACC '81) recently appeared on Fox Business News to discuss key findings from Alvarez & Marsal's CFO Matters: Tax Perspectives survey. During the interview, he highlighted important findings from U.S. multinational CFOs on topics such as Tax Priorities, Tax Rates, and State Competitiveness. (7/12)

FSOA Alumnus Brian Zophin Receives Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Fisher School of Accounting Alumnus Brian Zophin (BSAC '98; MACC, '98) is a recipient of the University of Florida Outstanding Young Alumni Award. The Outstanding Young Alumni Awards recognize graduates under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in business, community or service. (4/12)

FSOA Alumnus Timothy Mann Leads Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Practice

Fisher School of Accounting Alumnus Timothy Mann (BSAc ’87), a partner in Jones Day's Atlanta office, has relocated to Pittsburgh to lead their Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. (3/12)

FSOA Alumnus Fred A. Nelson, CPA Appointed Partner with Colton & Williams, P.A.

Fisher School of Accounting Alumnus Fred Nelson (MACC ’07) was recently appointed Partner in the firm of Colton & Williams, P.A. in Vero Beach. He has been with the firm since 2009 and was formerly an auditor at Averett Warmus Durkee, CPAs of Orlando. (3/12)

FSOA Alumna Joelen Merkel Honored with Education Foundation of Palm Beach County Distinguished Alumni Award

Fisher School of Accounting Alumna Joelen Merkel (BSAC ’73) was recently honored with the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County Distinguished Alumni Award (Business/Legal category). This award was created to honor distinguished alumni and/or former students who are noted in their field of endeavor or recognized for their expertise and good works by their peers and others. (3/12)


Alumnus Stuart Morris

MACC, '89, Morris Law Group
Fisher School of Accounting Alumnus Stuart R. Morris (MACC ’89), Founding Partner of Morris Law Group, has been named to the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of South Florida. (12/11)

Alumnus Danny Simon

MACC, '03, Co-Founder, Lalchandani Simon PL
Kubs Lalchandani and Danny Simon (MACC '03), two former big-firm litigators noted for their experience representing some of the nation's largest corporations, today announced they have joined forces to establish Lalchandani Simon, a Florida law firm that focuses on social media law, healthcare compliance, intellectual property, electronic information, business planning, and litigation and appeals. (11/11)

Alumnus Nick Reader

BSAC, '97, CEO of MVP Holdings
Alumnus Nick Reader, CEO of MVP Holdings, along with Outback Steakhouse co-founder, Bob Basham, launched PDQ in Tampa. PDQ, short for “pretty darned quick,” is a new fast-food chain specializing in food made from scratch. (11/11)

Alumna Jody Miller

MACC, '04, Wilmington Trust
Fisher School of Accounting Alumna Jody Miller has joined Wilmington Trust, one of the leading wealth management companies headquartered in the U.S., in its Wealth Advisory Services (WAS) office in Palm Beach, Fla. (11/11)

Alumna Lillian Mills

MACC, '81, Chair of Accounting Department at University of Texas
Fisher School of Accounting Alumna Lillian Mills was appointed chair of the department of accounting at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. She holds the Wilton E. and Catherine A. Thomas chair in accounting at the university. (10/11)

Alumnus Gary Previts

PHD '72
Dr. Gary Previts became the fourth person affiliated with the Fisher School of Accounting to be inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame (J. Michael Cook, 1999; Joel Demski, 2000; Robert R. Sterling, 2006). There were many important stops on Dr. Previts' road to a sterling academic career. Proudly, one of those stops was right here at the Fisher School of Accounting where Dr. Previts earned his Ph.D. in 1972. (9/11)

Alumnus Matthew Veal

BSAC '80, Integrated Freight Corporation
Integrated Freight Corporation has appointed Alumnus Matthew Veal as Vice President and Treasurer. Mr. Veal is a seasoned financial professional with over twenty years of experience in leadership positions in public and private companies. Most recently, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Sunovia Energy Technologies, Inc. from its inception in 2004. (8/11)

Alumna Karen O'Byrne

BSAC '89, CFO Modernizing Medicine, Inc.
Fisher School of Accounting Alumna Karen O'Byrne (BSAc, 1989) was recently appointed Chief Financial Officer of Modernizing Medicine, Inc., a Boynton Beach electronic medical records company. (7/11)

Alumnus Will Frazer

BSAC '80, Buchholz Math Teacher
After making his fortune on Wall Street by the age of 27, FSOA Alumnus Will Frazer was looking for more, and he found it as an inspirational high school math teacher. Frazer recently led the Buchholz High School math team to win their fifth consecutive Mu Alpha Theta national math title. Mu Alpha Theta is a national mathematics honors society. (7/11)

Alumnus Paul Szymanski

BSAC '84, PennyMac
Alumnus Paul Szymanski will join Private National Mortgage Acceptance Company (PennyMac) as its Managing Director, Warehouse Lending. Szymanski was most recently the Senior Vice President, Warehouse Lending Executive for Bank of America Home Loans. (6/11)

Alumnus Glenn Troast

BS-Accounting '80, TN Partners
The principals of TN Partners, Glenn Troast and Jan Rover Nouss, participated in the 2011 National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA)/Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA) Annual Consultants Conference held in San Diego, CA. (6/11)

Alumna Suzanne Christensen

BSAC '86, Head of Enterprise Risk for Invesco Ltd.
Alumna Suzanne Christensen has joined Invesco Ltd. as global head of Enterprise Risk. In addition, she will oversee a global team responsible for all aspects of financial planning and analysis, management reporting and financial systems. (4/11)


Alumnus Anthony M. Rodriguez

MACC '05, Foley & Lardner LLP
Alumnus Anthony Rodriguez has been named 2010 Tampa Bay Business Journal Up and Comers. This award honors rising professionals in the Tampa Bay area who are committed to excellence in both their work and community environments. (11/10)

Alumnus Bill Alcorn

BSBA-Accounting '71, CFO North Texas Food Bank
Alumnus Bill Alcorn was named the Chief Financial Officer of the Year by the Dallas Business Journal. Alcorn is the CFO of the North Texas Food Bank. (10/10)

Alumnus Nick Reader Earns Young Alumnus Award

BSAC '97, CEO MVP Holdings
Alumnus Nick Reader was recently honored by UF as an Outstanding Young Alumnus, a program established by UF's Alumni Association to recognize leaders in business and community service who are younger than 40. (4/10)

Alumnus Keith Robinson's "Gator Nation" Class Visits UF

MACC '06, 7th Grade Math Teacher
Fisher School of Accounting alumnus Keith Robinson graduated from UF in 2006 with his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Accounting. After graduation, instead of the traditional public accounting career path, he decided to participate in the Teach for America program. (3/10)


Alumnus Gary Saslaw Elected as Chair of the Board for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida

BSBA, Major: Accounting '78, Attorney
Alumnus Gary R. Saslaw, Esq., was recently elected Chair of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida, which serves the sixteen Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations throughout Florida. (8/09)

Alumnus Robert Tache Assumes Leadership Role with Deloitte

MACC '89, Deloitte Tax LLP
Fisher School of Accounting Alumnus Robert Tache assumed the role of Deloitte's Regional Service Line Leader for International Tax in the Southeast on June 1, 2009. (6/09)

The Dixon Hughes Group Study Room in Honor of William E. Snyder, Sr. is Dedicated

William E. Snyder Jr. (BA '70) who is a partner in Dixon Hughes has pledged $25,000 to the Fisher School of Accounting in honor of his father, William E. Snyder Sr. (MBA '51). The firm will match his gift with an additional $25,000. (4/09)

Alumnus Jeffrey Nickell Receives 2009 Outstanding Young Alumni Award

MACC '98, Practice Fellow, Financial Accounting Standards Board
Fisher School of Accounting Alumnus Jeffrey Nickell received a 2009 Outstanding Young Alumni Award presented by the University of Florida Alumni Association. This award recognizes Gators who have distinguished themselves in business, community or service and are age 40 and younger. (4/09)

Alumna Spotlight: Ellen L. Joseph

MACC '90, Falcone Group, LLC
Fisher School of Accounting Alumna Ellen Joseph is director of tax at Falcone Group, LLC, in Boca Raton. Ellen's article, Debt Renegotiation: Tax Traps for the Unwary Business, is published on Florida CPA Netlink. (3/09)

Jason Z. Jones Elected as New Partner in Bilzin Sumberg's Restructuring & Bankruptcy Group

MACC '94, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP
Fisher School of Accounting alumnus Jason Jones was elected as a Partner in Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod's Restructuring & Bankrkuptcy Group. (2/09)


Cindy Pekrul Promoted to Vice President and Group Controller of CNN Worldwide

MACC '90, CNN Worldwide
Fisher School of Accounting alumna Cindy Pekrul was recently promoted to the position of Vice President and Group Controller, CNN Worldwide. (7/08)

Bettina Weiss Presented Outstanding Young Alumni Award

MACC '97, McKinsey and Company
Fisher School of Accounting alumna Bettina Weiss was honored at the Third Annual UF Alumni Association Outstanding Young Alumni Awards Ceremony breakfast on April 12th, 2008. (4/08)

Linda McGurn Named Chair of UF Foundation Board

BSBA '73, Major: Accounting
Fisher School of Accounting alumna Linda McGurn was named chair of the University of Florida Foundation, Inc. board of directors at the organization's spring meeting held March 8, 2008. She will serve a two-year term in that position. (3/08)

Barri Litt Receives Prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award

MACC '07, Staff Auditor, Ernst & Young
Over 50,000 candidates attempted the CPA exam and, Fisher School of Accounting alumna Barri Litt was honored as one of the 2007 Elijah Watt Sells Award recipients. (2/08)


Alumni Spotlight: Ted Fernandez

BSAC '78, Chairman and CEO, Answerthink Inc.
Fisher School of Accounting Alumnus Ted Fernandez, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Answerthink, Inc., is featured on the December 2007 cover of SmartBusiness magazine. (12/07)

Fisher School of Accounting Alumni Tailgate BBQ/Spring Advisory Council Meeting

The Fisher School of Accounting reestablished an old tradition by hosting an Alumni Tailgate BBQ prior to the Florida vs. FAU game on November 17, 2007. (11/07)

Kaufman, Rossin & Company Donate $50,000 to Fisher School of Accounting

Kaufman, Rossin & Company have pledged $50,000 to the Fisher School of Accounting in honor of firm founders and managing principles James R. Kaufman (BSBA '57) and Jay H. Rossin (BSBA '55). (10/07)

Alumna Spotlight: Dara Simon

BSAC '94, Senior Tax Manager, Aidman Piser & Co., P.A.
Fisher School of Accounting alumna Dara Simon was honored in the Financial Services category at the Tampa Bay Business Journal's fourth annual Business Woman of the Year awards gala. (8/07)

Alumni Spotlight: Jeff Kiel

BSAC '81, Publisher, San Jose Mercury News
Fisher School of Accounting Alumnus Jeff Kiel has been appointed as publisher of the San Jose Mercury News. (8/07)

Alumni Spotlight: Thomas A. Geoffroy

BSAC '82, Vice President, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
Fisher School of Accounting Alumnus Thomas A. Geoffroy has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. (5/07)

Alumni Spotlight: Steve Rainey

MACC '84, KPMG Partner
Fisher School of Accounting Alumnus and KPMG Partner Steve Rainey was invited to speak on Capitol Hill for a panel discussion on how volunteer initiatives in Corporate America are supporting the job training and skill development of youth. (4/07)

Alumna Spotlight: Shannon Brouillette

BSAC '94, CEO, CFO Strategic Partners
Fisher School of Accounting Alumna Shannon Brouillette is the Chief Executive Officer of CFO Strategic Partners in Orlando, Florida. Shannon is featured on the April 2007 cover of Working Mother magazine. (4/07)


Fisher School of Accounting is new home to Grant Thornton Faculty Fellow

The Fisher School of Accounting is grateful to Stanley Levy of Grant Thornton LLP for his assistance in securing a gift of $75,000 to create the Grant Thornton Term Faculty Fellow Fund in the Fisher School of Accounting. (8/06)

Rachlin Foundation to Give $25,000 to Support Accounting Doctoral Program

The Rachlin Foundation - Harvey Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund will bestow a gift of $5,000 annually for the next five years, $25,000 total, to support students in the Fisher School of Accounting doctoral program. (2/06)


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