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Paying Room and Board with Service

July 1, 2016

By Scott Donnelly

I recently heard the quote, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” It really struck me, so I immediately asked Siri who the quote is attributed to. Siri responded “Muhammad Ali.” Being involved in many charitable organizations, I find this comment to be very profound. Obviously there are similar passages that imply the same message. However, his death makes it clear that there is only a certain period of time you can serve others.

Charitable service can range from purchasing items to give to the needy, to participating in building a home for a working poor family. My children were expected to give back to the community when they were young. They typically volunteered time cleaning up the beach, passing out food at holiday times or reading books to young children at the local library. Now, as adults, I don’t need to encourage them to volunteer; they do it on their own.

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YEP Corner

June 27, 2016

Connect with other CalCPA young and emerging professionals and join our chapter’s YEP Committee. All you need to do is update your member profile and you will receive notifications of upcoming YEP events.

Questions: Contact program associate Tracey Zink via email or call (810) 546-3554 for any questions.

July 28: Young and Emerging Professionals (YEP) Committee:
Joint Networking Mixer With CFALA, NAIFA, YTL

June 28, 2016

This committee is for public or private professionals with five-10 years of experience who are in manager, director, vice president or similar roles—or are looking to take their careers to the next level. Our committee offers events where you can learn, network and see what distinguishes an average leader from a great one. Share leadership stories, learn from others’ challenges and successes, and get a plan together that will help you advance your career.

Aug 2: LA Emerging Executives Committee: Biz Dev Breakthrough

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring an Emerging Executives event is a great way to connect with public or private professionals. As a sponsor, you will have a great opportunity to meet these professionals and promote yourself and your company. Do you have a conference room that seats at least 20-30? Inquire about in-kind sponsorship!

If you’d like to be a sponsor, contact program associate Jackie Quinn-Piper.

Chapter News


Installation of Chapter Board of Directors 16-17

The 2016-2017 board of directors installation took place at the Historic Redondo Beach Library. CalCPA members enjoyed a festive Hawaiian Luau complete with hula dancers and floral leis.

2016-17 Board of Directors

President: Scott Donnelly, CPA (PDM LLP)
First Vice President: Martin L. Sniewski, CPA (Crowe Horwath LLP )
Vice President: Dina Britten, CPA
Vice President: Carrie Hidding, CPA (TeamCFO)
Vice President: Miklos Ringbauer, CPA
Treasurer: Justin Gugajew, CPA (CohnReznick LLP)
Secretary: Freshta Ali, CPA (CohnReznick LLP)
Immediate Past President: Tayiika M. Dennis, CPA (NSBN LLP)

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Scholarship Winners

The chapter awarded 10 scholarships to deserving students of Los Angeles universities totaling $20,000:

  • Devon Coombs, California State Northridge
  • Elina Hatamian, University of California Los Angeles
  • Han Nguyen, California State Los Angeles
  • Lina Truong, California State Los Angeles
  • Adedamola Fashokun, University of Southern California
  • Morgan Sabine, Loyola Marymount
  • Carlos David, California State Los Angeles
  • Tianpei Li, California State Los Angeles
  • Danielle Ryskina, Loyola Marymount University
  • Taher Hotaki, Woodbury University

Thank You to Our Scholarship Contributors

We would like to thank the following for their generous contributions to our LA Chapter Scholarship Fund! The LA Chapter recently awarded $20,000 to Los Angeles area students. Your support goes a long way in shaping the pathway to future CPA careers!

  • Justin Gugajew (CohnReznik)
  • Scott Donnelly (PDM)
  • Tayiika Dennis (NSBN, LLP)
  • Martin Sniewski (Crowe Horwath, LLP)
  • Ani Galyan (MillarLaw)
  • Joseph Broyles (The Law Offices of Joseph A. Broyles, Inc.)
  • Richard Giedlin (Deloitte)
  • Jillian Phan (Meloni Hribal Tratner LLP)
  • Carrie Hidding (TeamCFO)
  • Raven Davis (Kirsch Kohn & Bridge LLP)
  • Neil Patel (Insignia Mortgage)
  • Christine Hermawan
  • Connie Chang-Scotti
  • Robert Seltzer
  • Patricia Batchelor
  • Miklos Ringbauer
  • Dina Britten

Chapter Sponsorship Opportunities

This year the chapter held 11 networking events, which included partnerships with nine professional organizations for a total attendance of more than 1,200. As a sponsor, you will have the unique opportunity to promote yourself and your company to our chapter’s 11,000 members, plus hundreds of other financial professionals who attend our events. This is a great way to start your involvement with the CPA community.

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CalCPA News

CalCPA Leadership Institute

What kind of leader are you? To find out, we have just the opportunity: CalCPA Leadership Institute.

Discuss, analyze, reflect and build your leadership skills through this program, during which you’ll learn leadership fundamentals and identify personal leadership styles, as well as gain insight on strategic planning, goal setting and client management, among other topics.

The program will be held Nov. 3-4 (San Diego), Dec. 6-7 (San Jose) and Jan. 30-21 (Sacramento).

Interested? Grab more information and an application online.

Applications are due Aug. 29.

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Save the Dates

Board of Directors Meeting
Join us as we plan and discuss issues related to our chapter and CalCPA. Date: Thursday, July 14
Location: The Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
Info: Contact Program Associate Melissa Czepaniewski for more information.

Free Student and Educator Membership

Join today and gain access to CalCPA's full range of professional tools and resources.


Items of Interest

 The College of Business Administration and the College of the Extended University are offering an accelerated master of science in accountancy, designed for working professionals who wish to advance their careers, either as a CPA or in another area of accounting.

Learn more and register.

2016 CFO of the Year Awards
Sept. 20

The Los Angeles Business Journal is proud to announce the 10th Annual CFO of the Year Awards. CalCPA is a sponsor of this event, which honors finance professionals in the Los Angeles region for their ongoing efforts as outstanding financial stewards. Given the economic times and ever-changing climate, CFOs serve as essential members of a company’s core leadership team. Together with their CEOs, their decisions affect all aspects of the business.
For more information, please contact the events team at (323) 549-5225.

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Chapter Mentoring

LA Estate Planning Committee

Loyola Master of Tax Law Program Scholarships for 2015-16

Looking for a program on how to structure business operations and transactions to achieve the best tax results? The Loyola Master of Tax Law program is offering full-tuition scholarships for all 2015-16 regularly admitted full-time students.

Find more information contact program director Jennifer Kowal.


Contact Us

Program Associate:
Melissa Czepaniewski
(818) 546-3505

Program Associate:
Tracey Zink
(818) 546-3554

Program Associate:
Jackie Quinn-Piper
(818) 546-3509
Cell: (818) 219-2538

Division Director:
Membership and Strategic Programming
Jill Gorman
(650) 522-3204

330 N. Brand Blvd.; Suite 710
Glendale CA 91203

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