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!
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