2016 Women to Watch Awards

2016 Women to Watch Awards

NCACPA, in partnership with the AICPA and its Women’s Initiatives Committee, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Women to Watch Awards. These awards recognize women who have made significant contributions to the accounting profession, to their organizations, and to the development of women CPAs as leaders.

NCACPA would like to thank you for nominating your candidate. This year, we received 18 nominations, nominating 5 emerging and 13 experienced women. The caliber of the candidates and the time dedicated to each nomination was impressive. The selection process was challenging, because of your efforts. What an honor it is for each of these women to be recognized by peers for their exceptional service and accomplishments in the profession. Thank you.

Members of the Professional Women’s Task Force read, reviewed, and rated each nomination based on a rubric.

The winners for this year’s awards are:


Emerging Leader—Stacee Lutz Rash, CPA, Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs, PA

Experienced Leader—Theresa Jeszka Drew, CPA, Deloitte LLP

Recipients of the awards will be recognized at the Women to Watch Awards luncheon on October 21, 2016, at NCACPA’s Professional Women’s Conference. We encourage you to register for this outstanding conference and to participate in the ceremony.

Thank you again for your nomination. Please join us in congratulating the winners and all nominees!

Best regards,

NCACPA Professional Women’s Task Force

Emerging Leader Nominees

Hannah R. Crump, BDO USA, LLP

Ashley H. Ensley, CPA, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Deetra B. Watson, CPA, CGMA, Blackman & Sloop, CPAs, PA

Jessica White, CPA, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP


Experienced Leader Nominees

Sheila B. Ahler, CPA, Cherry Bekaert LLP

Christine Bedson, BDO USA, LLP

Melissa W. Boone, CPA, CohnReznick, LLP

Stella (Hong) Chen, CPA, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Suzanne Story DeFerie, CPA, Asheville Savings Bank

Tammy Flanagan, CPA, CGMA, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.

Ellen West Grantham, CPA, WebAssign

Paula Pendry Hodges, CPA, Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs, PA

Laurie McDaniel, CPA, McDaniel & Company PLLC

Wendy L. Ruggiero, CPA, Capital Associates

Ann Marie Williams, CPA/PFS, JD, Grant Thornton LLP

Andrea Woodell Eason, CPA, Blackman & Sloop, CPAs, PA 

Andrea K. Biddle, PhD, Learning Specialist- North Carolina Association of CPAs


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