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The NYSSCPA would like to thank Nassau Chapter member Scott Sanders for being a 2016-2017 Chapter Champion!

By Lynne M. Fuentes

Nassau Chapter Past President 

“I love being a CPA!”

That is how I started my speech when I was installed as the Nassau Chapter’s 63rd president last year, and I meant it. I truly love what I do and couldn’t wait to be president of the chapter. As this past year progressed, that love only grew. What a great organization we have; we are surrounded by knowledgeable, supportive members, upon whom we can call for professional or personal assistance at almost any time of the day or night. I wanted the NextGen members of our chapter to see what I saw in our profession: my goal was to get more of these NextGen members involved with the Society and the Nassau Chapter and to show them how beneficial it could be to them, their firms, and their firms’ clients. Our NextGen Committee chair, Wei Xu, stepped up to the plate and took the reins, along with her new committee co-chair, Jean David Chery, and resurrected our NextGen Committee. Because of their hard work, this committee is flourishing. I see great things happening for these two in the upcoming years. They and their committee members are our future leaders.

This resurrection would not have come to fruition if it were not for the assistance of the chapter’s officers, directors, and president’s advisory board. This is truly a team effort. They say it takes a village; well, for the NYSSCPA, maybe it’s a chapter. I thank Phillip H. Kanyuk, Anthony Basile, Alexander Resnick, Natalie Licul-Verbanac, Mark R. Cuccia, Vivian Martinez, Kenneth Hauptman, Nannette Watts, Kenneth H. Rick, Pasqualle Rafanelli, Wei Xu, James N. Kinney, Scott Sanders, and Elizabeth A. “Lisa” Haynie. It is the collaborative ideas of the NextGen, the Chairs and Co-Chairs from each committee and dare I say the “Older Gen” that made this successful. We all have the same goal: to see the success of our profession, and when we come together, it happens.

As I mentioned, it takes a village, or a chapter, so I extend a thank you to all of the firms that encouraged their millennials to get involved with the NYSSCPA, who saw the value in their involvement, not only to their firms’ and their clients’ benefit, but also to the benefit of their new staff members, who gain the opportunity to grow professionally and personally.

As one term ends a new one must begin, and I am passing the baton to someone who I am honored to call our next President, Dr. Anthony Basile. I invite all of you to join me at the installation of Dr. Basile as our 64th President of the NYSSPCA — Nassau Chapter on Wednesday May 31 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. His theme is “A Bridge from Academia to Practice,” and I see him continuing to promote the goals that the State Society and our chapter have set in getting our millennials to become more active in the Society and the profession as a whole. In addition to  Anthony, we welcome Alex Resnick as President Elect, Natalie Licul-Verbanac as Vice President, Geri Gregor as Treasurer and Vivian Martinez as Secretary, along with our newest board members, Jared Berman, Iola Damante, and Kristina Alberella.

Since busy season is behind us, the Nassau Chapter is in full swing with many events and activities. Please make sure to review the newsletter and chapter website for details. Many of the committees have their organizational meeting this June; if you are interested in getting involved, please make sure to reach out to that committee chair or fill out the slip on the last page of the newsletter.

The 16th Annual Ellen Gordon CPAs 4(a): Cause 5K Run/Walk to End Hunger will be held on June 17 at Eisenhower Park to benefit Island Harvest. Please see the flyer for sponsorship opportunities as all proceeds raised go to Island Harvest which is a great cause. The Nassau Chapter will hold its Annual Golf Outing at the North Hills Country Club in Manhasset on Thursday, August 17. I encourage you to attend even if you don’t golf as they will have a beginner’s golf lesson as an alternative to a round of golf. This venue is amazing, the food is spectacular, and the prizes are always exceptional.

As I leave you, my next title is “Immediate Past President” of the Nassau Chapter, but I have been nominated to serve the Nassau Chapter as your representative on the NYSSCPA Board of Directors; if elected, I plan to share with the state board all of the good work we do in Nassau and keep the  chapter informed about what is happening at the NYSSCPA at the state level.  I will miss being the Nassau Chapter president;  I really loved it. I met a lot of great people, I learned so much from all of them and look forward to maintaining those relationships and taking that knowledge with me as their representative at the state level. 

Thank you again for the honor and privilege of allowing me to serve as your 63rd President.

Best Regards,
Lynne M. Fuentes

Nassau Chapter 2017-2018 Nominating Committee Report


Chair: Robert Barnett, CPA, Esq.
Scott Sanders, CPA
Elizabeth Haynie, CPA

The Nominating Committee is proud to announce the Slate for the 2017-2018 Year:


PRESIDENT Anthony Basile, CPA
VICE PRESIDENT Natalie Verbanac, CPA
TREASURER Geri Gregor, CPA SECRETARY Vivian Martinez, CPA


Kristina Albarella, CPA Two-year Term ending 5/31/19
Jarred R. Berman, CPA Two-year Term ending 5/31/19
Mark R. Cuccia, CPA Two-year Term ending 5/31/19
Iola Damante, CPA  Two-year Term ending 5/31/19
Nannette Watts, CPA One-year Term ending 5/31/18
Kenneth Rick, CPA One-year Term ending 5/31/18
Kenneth Hauptman, CPA One-year Term ending 5/31/18
Wei Xu, CPA  One-year Term ending 5/31/18


PRESIDENT Anthony Basile, CPA.

The election will take place at the board meeting to be held on April 19, 2017 at 8AM at the Empress Diner 2490 Hempstead Tpke East Meadow, NY

Upcoming Events

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Chapter Nassau Chapter Annual Golf Outing
8/17/2017 10:30:00 AM
North Hills Country Club, Manhasset
Nassau NextGen Golf Workshop Networking Event
8/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
Harbor Links Golf Course, Port Washington
Nassau Chapter Student CPA Fest
11/2/2017 2:30:00 PM
Chateau Briand, Carle Place
Service Organization Control (SOC) Reporting - The Changes to SAS70
11/15/2017 8:00:00 AM
Wells Fargo, Melville

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Chartered November 5, 1953, this chapter encompasses the county of Nassau.
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The presiding President of the Nassau Chapter is Anthony Basile.

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