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Proud to be the fifth woman president


Suffolk Chapter President

I was passed the baton as 46th president of the Suffolk Chapter on June 1 by departing President Brian Michels. It is a pleasure following in Brian’s footsteps, and I’m so proud to have such a strong board of directors, committee chairs and co-chairs.

The Suffolk Chapter was established in 1971, with Samuel Person as our first president and the only president in the chapter to serve two consecutive terms. There have only been four female presidents who served before me, making me the fifth female president of our chapter. Beatrix G. McKane (2001–2002) was the first, followed by Cynthia D. Finn-Barry (2007–2008), then Lisa M. Martinelli-Bowman (2008–2009) and, most recently, Elizabeth A. Vuozzo (2014–2015).

Our chapter is extremely active, particularly our NextGen, Employee Benefits, Members in Industry and Forensic and Valuation Services (FVS) committees. The NextGen and Members in Industry committees are especially important, as their membership serves our up-and-coming young professionals and members who work in private firms or companies. These members stay connected to build upon and maintain their connections and relationships, expand their knowledge and obtain the CPE necessary to maintain their CPA licenses. A recent change in our NYSSCPA membership now provides us with unlimited CPE in the form of more than 200 self-study courses, further increasing the value of our membership.

As co-chairs of the recently established East End Committee, Sean Kelly and I are working to build our membership and involvement out on the eastern end of Long Island, an initiative that the chapter has had longer than I have been involved with the NYSSCPA. I recently learned that a founding and former partner of my firm and second president of the Suffolk Chapter, Irving Markowitz, had the same initiative, making our work all the more meaningful. At our committee organizational meeting on June 21, we planned events for this fiscal year that are likely to include our first technical event, more social events and a charity 5K run within the East End community. On July 12, the East End and FVS committees jointly hosted our fourth annual Nine and Dine Golf and Dinner event at Cherry Creek in Riverhead. We have over 80 golfers registered!

The NextGen Committee had it sixth annual outdoor Supersized Networking Event on Aug. 9 at Crest Hollow Country Club, held jointly with the Nassau Chapter NextGen Committee. Its 22nd Annual NextGen Golf Classic is scheduled for Sept. 19 at Hamlet Willow Creek in Mt. Sinai. I invite you to check out our calendar of events in our chapter newsletter or on our chapter’s homepage to see what else we have coming up, and I hope that you can join us.

With so many potential changes to our economy and tax code with Donald Trump as president of the United States, it is imperative that we be involved with the NYSSCPA to stay current on what’s going on in the accounting profession, which helps us to grow professionally and be trusted and informed advisers to our clients.

Suffolk Chapter Report of the 2017-2018 Nominating Committee 

Nominating Committee:
Felix Russo, Committee Chair
George Foundotos
Larry Lucarelli 

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


President – Amanda Sexton
President Elect – Melissa Hicks
Vice President – John Hermus
Treasurer – Kenneth Laks
Secretary – Frank Giambruno 


Joel Ackerman –term ending 5/31/18
William Huether –term ending 5/31/19
Michael Joy –term ending 5/31/18
Thomas Pirro –term ending 5/31/19
Joel Schleifer –term ending 5/31/18
John Spatola –term ending 5/31/19
Janet Verneuille –term ending 5/31/18
Brian Michels, Immediate Past President – term ending 5/31/18

Upcoming Events

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Chapter Suffolk 1st Annual Joint East End & NextGen Charity Run/Walk
10/22/2017 9:00:00 AM

Savvy Social Security Plan - How to Avoid Costly Mistakes
10/24/2017 8:30:00 AM
Adelphi University - Hauppauge Center, Hauppauge
DWI & How It Can Affect Your Family, Your Friends, & Your Clients
10/25/2017 8:00:00 AM
Empire National Bank, Islandia
Nassau Chapter Student CPA Fest
11/2/2017 2:30:00 PM
Chateau Briand, Carle Place
Estate Planning Panel Discussion
11/10/2017 8:00:00 AM
Hotel Indigo-East End, Riverhead
Joint Nassau/Suffolk Accounting and Auditing Conference
11/10/2017 8:30:00 AM
Radisson Hotel Hauppauge - Long Island, Brentwood
Service Organization Control (SOC) Reporting - The Changes to SAS70
11/15/2017 8:00:00 AM
Wells Fargo, Melville
Suffolk Chapter Town Hall Meeting & Professional Issues Update
11/28/2017 8:30:00 AM
Irish Coffee Pub, East Islip

For a full list of CPE Courses available for this chapter, visit myCPE.

Suffolk Chapter Member Directory

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Chartered June 27, 1971, this chapter encompasses the county of Suffolk.

The NYSSCPA congratulates our Suffolk chapter in celebrating its 45th anniversary on June 27!
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The presiding President of the Suffolk Chapter is Amanda Sexton.

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