Joanne S. Barry, executive director and CEO of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), has been appointed the 2016-2017 president of the Certified Public Accountants Society Executives Association (CPA/SEA).
Formed 50 years ago, CPA/SEA is composed of all state CPA state society chief executive officers/executive directors throughout the United States. Through its core strategic priorities of advocacy, leadership, integrity, collaboration and exploration, the association supports its members in achieving excellence in leadership and management of their organizations and provides resources and a forum for networking and communication to enable CPA/SEA members to choose informed courses of action on professional issues affecting CPAs. CPA/SEA’s strategic plan and planning process provide organizational direction, advocate the interests of CPA societies, and prepare its membership for the future.
“To be elected by my peers and colleagues to lead the CPA/SEA at a time when the intersection of technology, generational issues and the shift in firm practice is creating a sea change within the profession, is a special honor and I look forward to it,“ Barry says.
Barry has received multiple awards recognizing leadership in the CPA profession, serves on the accounting and taxation boards for Montclair State University and St. John’s University, received the 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Award by City & State magazine, and has been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting for the past six consecutive years by Accounting Today.
Barry is joined by a newly selected 2016-2017 CPA/SEA board of directors, who include: Ron Gitz, Louisiana Society of CPAs, as president-elect; Michael Colgan, Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, is secretary /treasurer; Todd Shapiro, Illinois Society of CPAs, and Deborah Curry, Florida Society of CPAs, are directors to the board. Cindy Adams, Iowa Society of CPAs, Kathy Castillo, Hawaii Society of CPAs, Renee Brower, Wyoming Society of CPAs, and Sherri McPherson, Oregon Society of CPAs, return as current board members.