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Planning for the year ahead, seeking new ideas

By Jennifer Picket

Northeast Chapter President

As incoming president of the Northeast Chapter, I’d like to encourage all of our  members, regardless of what stage you are in your career, to get involved in the State Society.  Our chapters are the lifeblood of the NYSSCPA, and each new president resolves to improve the chapter in some way.  Although we have many events planned for the year, we are always open to new ideas—especially if you are willing to help make them happen.

I began serving our Society with the encouragement of former Northeast Chapter President Bill Zeronda at LCS&Z. I was interested in encouraging college students to become CPAs, so I joined the Student Night Committee. Now I chair the committee, and serve as a trustee on our PAC, in addition to beginning my term as president. This year’s officers also include Andrew A. Matthews, president-elect (and golf committee member), Maria E. Dallas, vice president, and Jamie M. Sullivan, treasurer. We also have many active committee members, who are essential to the success of the chapter’s events. Please see the website for a full listing.

For those of you who don’t know me, I began my career in the New York fashion industry, studying manufacturing at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After taking a break for a few years to start a family, I went back to college and obtained a master’s in accounting from the University of Albany. I interned at UHY and passed the CPA exam while interning at KPMG, and then spent 4½ years working in public accounting at LCS&Z. Since May 2015, I have been the controller at Monolith Solar Associates. The overtime is more spread out than in public accounting, but I still don’t get to ski as often as I’d like. My husband of 24 years, our five (mostly grown) children, and I live in Albany. We currently have three dogs and a cat, although we are hoping two of the dogs will move back with their owner soon. Wrangling four animals every morning is exhausting! 

I am exceedingly thankful to the chapter presidents and committee chairs who have come before me. Their hard work and dedication has made our chapter what it is today. Thank you to Tim Doyle, who took up the challenge and spearheaded the Saratoga Race Course event and greatly assisted on our first clambake with Michelle Roberts. Thank you, Frank Ferrucci, for resurrecting the Northeast Chapter Golf Outing. Thank you, Christopher M. Cannucciari, for chairing the Banker’s Dinner and also assisting with the golf outing. Thank you, Beth van Bladel, for your work organizing the Business and Industry Annual Conference and encouraging our CFO Committee every month. Thank you, Lisa M. Smith, for your hard work recruiting high school students to the accounting profession. Thank you, Angela F. Colvin, for your years of organizing the Student Night event with Andrea W. Hotaling before passing the torch to me. Thank you, Geoffrey S. Mullen, for your years of dedication organizing the Tax Conference. And thank you, Michelle Roberts, for your tireless work organizing events for the NextGen Committee. There are many more talented and dedicated people who have contributed to our chapter. Please go to the Society website to see a listing of all our past presidents; you may be surprised who is on the list.

The vitality of our chapter is dependent on the ideas and participation of our members. If you have a suggestion about how we can improve our chapter or serve our members more effectively, please reach out to me or one of the other officers or committee chairs. Have a great summer!

Giving Back to the Community

The Northeast Chapter NextGen Committee's Annual Marine’s Toys for Tots Drive was held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.  Held at Wolf’s 1-11 in Colonie, NY, the  event drew more than 25 individuals. The chapter had strong support from some of the area’s firms. The program has grown to include 14 counties in the Capital Region and as the need continues to grow locally, the chapter hopes to continue to expand this event.  A special thank you to ADP for their sponsorship. 


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Chartered June 26, 1934, this chapter encompasses the following counties:
Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer Saratoga, Schenectady and Washington

The presiding President of the Northeast Chapter is Jennifer Pickett.
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