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Love is in the Air

January 29, 2016

By Tayiika M. Dennis, CPA

Ahhh Valentine’s Day. You either love it, hate it or pretend that it does not exist. I am with those who love it, as candy and flowers are two of my favorite things. Those that hate it see the commercialism and the forced pressure to make it special, spend money and gulp down food as the waiter glares at you for being at the table more than an hour and a half. Hello? There are 20 more reservations after yours, so chow down! I even have a friend that refers to it as S.A.D. or Single Awareness Day (how sad, right?), as she is still waiting for her Prince Charming, all while rejecting every advance that comes her way. And yet other people will see it as just another Sunday, or more importantly the Sunday after the Super Bowl, so they now don’t know what to do with themselves.

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YEP Corner

January 1, 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.

Please email program associate Melissa Czepaniewski or call (818) 546-3505 for any questions.


January 2, 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.

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

Your 2016-17 Slate of board of Directors


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

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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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We’re Accepting Scholarship Applications

Our chapter awards more than $25,000 in scholarships to California college and university students interested in CPA careers every year! Apply now to make that next step toward your accounting future!

Applicants must be a CalCPA member. Student membership is free. Join online.

Scholarship applications must be completed by Monday, Feb. 29.

And thanks to recent scholarship donors:

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
Miklos Ringbauer
Robert Seltzer, CPA
Patricia Batchelor, CPA

Need Guidance for that Next Step in Becoming a CPA? Sign Up for the Mentorship Program!

The chapter is offering a mentorship program for Los Angeles area university students to:

  • Help students who lack the resources for guidance and education for future careers in accounting;
  • Provide a channel for students to gain insight on real-world challenges and rewards; and
  • Inspire growth and professional development as well as establish meaningful relationships between mentors and mentees.

We’re looking for mentors, as well. If you have some insight to share and would like to help, let us know!

For questions and information, please email program associate Jackie Quinn-Piper or call (818) 546-3509.

In Memoriam

Our thoughts and condolences are with the family of CalCPA member, Gerald T. Greenberg. Gerald was a CPA for over fifty years. Services were held at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries.

Our thoughts and condolences are with the family of CalCPA member, Fletcher Glenn. Service information to be provided.

June 23: CalCPA Education Foundation 50th Anniversary Gala


Reception, Silent Auction, Dinner & Dancing
The Langham Huntington Hotel | Pasadena
Thursday, June 23
5:30–11 p.m.


CalCPA News

Women to Watch Awards: Know a Star?

CalCPA is looking for women who have made significant contributions to the accounting profession, or who demonstrate characteristics that enable them to become leaders in the profession. Our Women to Watch awards will be given in two categories: Experienced Leaders and Emerging Leaders. Winners will be selected by members of the Women’s Leadership Forum Planning Committee and announced at our Women’s Leadership Forum Friday, April 29.

Nomination information and applications are available online. Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 19.

CalCPA Service Award Nominations Being Accepted

The nomination period for CalCPA’s annual service awards is open through March 31. Nominate an outstanding member or firm for the:

  • Public Service Award, which is given to a CPA who has been especially active in service to the profession and community.
  • Public Service Award for Firms, which aims to recognize firms for their public service contributions on the local, state or national level.
  • Distinguished Service Award, which is granted either on the basis of long and distinguished service, or for some singular act resulting in extraordinary contribution to the profession, CalCPA or the community.

Your 2015-16 CalCPA Leadership Institute Grads

Congratulations to the 22 newest graduates of the CalCPA Leadership Institute! The 2015-16 grads were recently honored at the January CalCPA Council meeting.

“The group was diverse (different levels, ages, backgrounds, geographic locations, etc.), which leant to interesting insights and focused discussion, said graduate Jenea Smith, CPA, an audit director with Shea Labagh Dobberstein in San Francisco and a board member of the CalCPA East Bay Chapter.

“There was never a dull moment with the instructor, Bill Reed, who was both entertaining and knowledgeable. The program is five days, split over a three-month period, which gave us time to read and digest the high-quality material that he authored. Since the training, I am now better able to resolve difficult situations, more effectively motivate others, and remain flexible in the face of oncoming obstacles.”

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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, March 10
Location: The Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
Info: Contact Program Associate Melissa Czepaniewski for more information.

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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:
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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