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Official 2014–2015 Nominating Committee Report

January 14, 2015

OFFICERS: to hold office for one year, from June 1, 2015:

Click here for the biographies of the 2015-2016 Officer and Board of Directors Nominees.

Joseph M. Falbo, Jr. automatically succeeds Scott M. Adair as President in accordance with Article VIII, Paragraph 5 of the Bylaws.


F. Michael Zovistoski

to succeed

Joseph M. Falbo, Jr.
Tronconi Segarra & Associates LLP

Vice Presidents



Christopher G. Cahill
Deloitte & Touche LLP
to succeed Harold L. Deiters III
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Jennifer R. George
Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP

to succeed

Timothy P. Hedley

Stephen T. Surace
Adjusters International Inc.

to succeed

Scott D. Hosler
The Bonadio Group

Michael M. Todres
Todres & Company, LLP

to succeed
Cynthia A. Scarinci
College of Staten Island (CUNY)

John J. Lauchert
Bestway Enterprises, Inc.

to succeed

F. Michael Zovistoski

DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE: to hold office for three years, from June 1, 2015:

Edward L. Arcara
Edward L. Arcara, CPA PC

to succeed

Christopher G. Cahill
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Jack M. Carr
Bailey, Carr CPAs, P.C.
to succeed
Peter H. Frank
Cornick, Garber & Sandler, LLP
Elliot L. Hendler
Partner Emeritus, Friedman LLP
to succeed Arthur J. Roth

Barbara A. Marino
The Hackett Group Inc.

to succeed

Yen D. Tran
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Mitchell J. Mertz
Wei Wei & Co., LLP

to succeed

Richard T. Van Osten 
Ernst & Young LLP

DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE: to hold office for one year, from June 1, 2015 (should Steven T. Surace be elected to the position of Vice President):

Jeffrey F. Allen
EisnerAmper LLP

to succeed

Stephen T. Surace
Adjusters International Inc.

DIRECTORS AS CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVES: to hold office for three years, from June 1, 2015:

Patricia A. Johnson
Canisius College
to succeed
Gregory J. Altman
Health Sciences Charter School


Iralma Pozo
Baruch College

to succeed

William Aiken

Southern Tier:

Janeen F. Sutryk
Piaker & Lyons, P.C.

to succeed

Scott M. Hotalen
Vieira & Associates, CPAs, P.C.
Steven A. Stanek
Daley LaCombe & Charette P.C.
to succeed

Anthony T. Abboud
Firley, Moran, Freer & Eassa, CPA, P.C.  


Denise M. Stefano
Mercy College 

to succeed

Barbara E. Bel
O'Connor Davies, LLP

All of the nominees have consented to serve if elected.

Scott M. Adair automatically becomes Director for one year as Immediate Past President in accordance with Article VI, Paragraph 1 of the Bylaws.

DIRECTORS (provided the above nominees are duly elected)

Terms expiring in 2016:

Scott M. Adair, Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority
Jeffrey F. Allen, EisnerAmper LLP
Christopher G. Cahill, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Anthony S. Chan, Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd.
Jack F. Craven, John F. Craven, CPA, LLC 
Jennifer R. George, Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP
John J. Lauchert, Bestway Enterprises, Inc.
Michael E. Milisits, Hunter Group CPA LLC
Barbara L. Montour, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
Stephen T. Surace, Adjusters International Inc
Tracy D. Tarsio, Day Seckler LLP
Michael M. Todres, Todres & Company LLP
Mark Ulrich, St. John’s University
Beth van Bladel, EYP Architecture & Engineering, P.C.
Mark Weg, Daszkowski, Tompkins, Weg & Carbonella, P.C.
David J. Wojnas, Fitzgerald DePietro & Wojnas CPAs P.C.

Terms expiring in 2017:

Paul E. Becht, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP
Rosemarie Giovinazzo-Barnickel, Rosemarie Giovinazzo-Barnickel, CPA
Joseph M. Falbo Jr., Tronconi Segarra & Associates LLP
Elizabeth A. Haynie, Katz, Bernstein & Katz, LLP
Jan C. Herringer, BDO USA, LLP
Jean G. Joseph, Joseph Tax & Consulting Services LLC 
Kevin Matz, Kevin Matz & Associates PLLC 
Jacqueline E. Miller, Pinto Mucenski Hooper Van House & Co.
M. Jacob Renick, M. J. Renick & Associates LLC
Warren Ruppel, Marks Paneth LLP
David G. Young, Young & Company CPAs, LLP

Terms expiring in 2018:

Edward L. Arcara, Edward L. Arcara, CPA
Jack M. Carr, Bailey Carr CPAs P.C.
Elliott L. Hendler, Retired
Patricia A. Johnson, Canisius College
Barbara A. Marino, The Hackett Group Inc.
Mitchell J. Mertz, Wei Wei & Co., LLP
Iralma Pozo, Baruch College
Steven A. Stanek, Daley LaCombe & Charette P.C.
Denise M. Stefano, Mercy College
Janeen F. Sutryk, Piaker & Lyons
F. Michael Zovistoski, UHY LLP

Respectfully submitted,
2014–2015 Nominating Committee
Renee Rampulla - (Chair) 
Frieda T. Aboyoun
Anthony Chan
David Evangelista 
George T. Foundotos
Rosemarie Giovinazzo-Barnickel
Jeremy Noble 
Felix Russo 
John S. Shillingsford
Liren Wei
Alan E. Weiner

A ballot listing the nominees with their service records will be sent to the Society’s voting membership before the Society’s Annual Election Meeting and Dinner, to be held on May 14, 2015. Any independent nominees submitted by March 1, 2015 as discussed below, will be included in the proxy ballot. I urge all members to carefully examine the ballot information and vote.

Independent nominations

According to Article X of the Society’s Bylaws, independent nominations for an officer or elected director may be made by a petition filed with the Secretary/Treasurer by March 1. (See NYSSCPA Bylaws.) These candidates are then added to the ballot, along with those individuals nominated by the nominating committee.

Pursuant to the Bylaws, any submitted petition for independent nominees requires at least 510 signatures of CPA members (2 percent of the CPA membership as of the beginning of the fiscal year, which totaled 25,497 this year), other than that of the nominee, and must certify that the nominee has consented to serve if elected. To be eligible for the position of a Society officer or director, a nominee must (i) be a CPA member of the NYSSCPA; (ii) have at least five years’continuous membership in the Society; and (iii) have at least two years of participation either on a Society-level committee or as a member of the executive board of a chapter, or some combination of both. 

Independent nomination petition forms may be downloaded from the website’s nomination center, located at, and should be sent to the NYSSCPA Secretary/Treasurer as follows:

F. Michael Zovistoski, CPA
NYSSCPA Secretary/Treasurer
14 Wall Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10005

Annual Election Meeting and Dinner: date and place

Based on the votes cast in the ballot, the officers and directors for 2015–2016 will be elected during the 118th Annual Election Meeting and Dinner on Thursday, May 14, at the Eventi Hotel in New York City. Official notice of the meeting will be included in the April issue of The Trusted Professional.

Contact information

If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to contact me at, or the Society’s Counsel Bradley M. Pryba, at