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Press Release

NYSSCPA Announces the Winners of Its Emerging Leaders Awards

Jovan C. Richards
Published Date:
Aug 4, 2021

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jovan C. Richards, Media & Government Relations Manager,, 212.719.8392

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants

Announces the Winners of Its Emerging Leaders Awards


NEW YORK – (August 4, 2021) – The New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA) is honoring 24 CPAs and accounting professionals, all under the age of 40, who are excelling in their careers.

These exceptional young financial professionals hold or have held important leadership roles in career-based or charitable organizations; have substantial involvement in their communities, beyond their day-to-day work life; reside in New York state; and are members of the NYSSCPA.

These deserving individuals are either self-nominated or were nominated online by a colleague or peer who described their current work/life balance, accomplishments, impact on their community, and why their nominee was deserving of this recognition.

The year’s winners are:

  1. Amanda L. Austin, CPA; City of Watervliet, Watervliet
  1. Daniel Basch, CPA, CVA, MBA, Roberts Accounting, CPAs, P.C., Spencerport
  1. Kelly A. Branco, CPA; Tremblant Capital, Chappaqua
  1. Leslie A. Brown, CPA, PKF O’Connor Davies, LLC, Washingtonville
  1. Jennifer Cripps, CPA, PMP; Net at Work Inc., New York
  1. Magdalena M. Czerniawski, CPA, MBA; Marks Paneth LLP, Boonton Township, N.J.
  1. Keith Donnelly; SUNY Brockport, Brockport
  1. Gabriela J. Franco-Boland, MBA; Consonance Capital Management LP, Woodcliff Lake, N.J.
  1. Katerina Gaebel, CPA, CFE; Citrin Cooperman, Morristown, N.J.
  1. Rozleen Giwani, CPA; Grassi & Co., Edison, N.J.
  1. Timothy J. Hammond, CPA, CHFP, The Bonadio Group, Syracuse
  1. William C. Huether, CPA, CGMA, MBA; Sheehan & Company, CPA, P.C., Rocky Point
  1. Rosslyn Khunovich, CPA, CGMA; BDO USA, LLP, Syosset
  1. Alexis Kraft, CPA; The Strong Museum, Rochester
  1. Kieron Ludde, CPA, MBA; Mazars USA LLP, Plainview
  1. Kathleen A. Mills, CPA; PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP, Brooklyn
  1. Isabelle K. Pimentel, CPA; News Leaders, Inc., Bronx
  1. Aaron Rupper, CPA, CCIFP; Grassi & Co., Jericho
  1. Allen Schaefer, CPA, MBA; Ernst & Young LLP, Brooklyn
  1. Jessica Strom, CPA; Marks Paneth LLP, Oradell, N.J.
  1. Bonnie Sussman, CPA; EisnerAmper LLP, New York
  1. Ross A. Trapani, CPA; RBT CPAs, LLP, Lagrangeville
  1. Anthony Vinci, CPA, MBA; FINRA, Staten Island
  1. Anthony C. Zaccarelli, MS, CPA, CFE, CHFP; St. John’s University, Queens

Each winner was recognized during the NYSSCPA Leadership Conference, held on July 12, 2021.

For any press inquiries, please contact Jovan C. Richards, Media & Government Relations Manager, at or 212.719.8392.