The Illinois CPA Society is proud to announce the honorees of its annual Outstanding Leadership Awards program, which celebrates distinguished leaders within the CPA profession through a variety of prestigious awards. Please join us in celebrating the following honorees! For more information, please view the official announcement.


Lifetime Achievement Award

Larry Wolfe

Larry J. Wolfe, CPA
Owner| Larry J. Wolfe Ltd.

Women to Watch Awards

Experienced Leaders


Anna Gomez

Anna C. Gomez, CPA
Global Chief Financial Officer and Partner
Mischief USA and No Fixed Address Inc. 


Diane Yetter

Diane L. Yetter, CPA
President and Founder
Yetter Consulting Services Inc. and Sales Tax Institute 

Emerging Leaders

Amy Sexton

Amy Sexton
Manager | Wipfli LLP

Kelsey Straub

Kelsey Straub, CPA
Audit Senior Manager | Deloitte & Touche LLP


Lester H. McKeever Jr. Advancing Diversity Awards

Experienced Leader


Rose Ann Abraham
Rose Ann Abraham, CPA

Partner | Baker Tilly US LLP  

Emerging Leader


Jonathan Acevedo
Jonathan C. Acevedo, CPA
Manager | Wipfli LLP   

Outstanding Educator Awards 

 Susan McCarthy

Susan McCarthy, CPA
Clinical Associate Professor
Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago 

Kim Mendoza

Kim I. Mendoza, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Lyad Rock

Iyad Rock
Assistant Professor
Lewis University

Joshua D. Lance Young Professionals Leadership Award

Matthew Pelton
Matthew C. Pelton, CPA
Audit & Assurance Managing Director | Deloitte & Touche LLP 

Time and Talent Volunteer Service Award

Topel Forman

Excel Awards 

Gold Medal


Cal Granite
Cal B. Granite

Silver Medal (Tie)


Jared Dunnett

Jared D. Dunnett
Shore Capital Partners

Tyler Thimjon

Tyler J. Thimjon
Ernst & Young LLP

Bronze Medal (Tie)


Scott Klamm

Scott Klamm
Kuhn & Company CPAs

Collin Martin

Collin C. Martin
Gorenz and Associates Ltd.

Distinguished Service Awards 

  • Tony Boras, CPA – Crowe LLP | Governmental Report Review Committee  
  • Elizabeth D. Buffardi, CPA, CFP – Crescendo Financial Planners | Media Expert  
  • Amy M. Chamoun, CPA – Cherry Bekaert Advisory LLC | Taxation International Committee  
  • Michael Chandler II, CPA – George Bagley & Company LLC | Taxation Individual Committee 
  • Jennifer M. Culotta, CPA – Plante Moran PLLC | Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee  
  • John F. Cutrera, CPA – Glencoe Park District | Governmental Report Review Committee  
  • Brent DeMay, CPA, CGMA – Sikich LLP | Employee Benefits Committee  
  • Erik De Vries, CPA – CohnReznick LLP | Audit & Assurance Services Committee  
  • Anthony C. Ferreri, CPA – Allegheny Technologies Inc. | Accounting Principles Committee  
  • Melissa A. Juntunen, CPA – Lauterbach & Amen LLP | Governmental Report Review Committee
  • Kimberly D. Meyer, CPA – Meyer & Associates CPA LLC | Peer Review Report Acceptance Committee
  • Lauren Pflugradt – John Kasperek Company Inc. | Governmental Report Review Committee
  • Michael Ploskonka, CPA, CFE – Selden Fox Ltd. | Audit & Assurance Services Committee  
  • Amber Sarb, CPA – RSM US LLP | Audit & Assurance Services Committee