CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois Appoints 2017-2018 Board of Directors

CHICAGO, April 6, 2017The CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois, the charitable partner of the Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS), announced its Board of Directors to serve April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018.

“I’m very excited and honored to serve as president of the CPA Endowment Fund,” said Deborah K. Rood, Risk Control Consulting Director at CNA Insurance. “I am thrilled to be able to give back to this organization, and more broadly to the profession, in this new capacity. It is incredibly rewarding work and I am eager to continue promoting the CPA credential and paving the way for tomorrow’s CPAs.”

Rood previously served as the Board’s Secretary and Vice President, as well as the chairperson of the CPA Endowment Fund’s Audit Committee and the CPA Exam Award Task Force. In 2016, she received the American Institute of CPA’s and ICPAS “Women to Watch” Award in the experienced leader category. She also received the ICPAS Distinguished Service Award in 2010 and 2011.

2017-2018 Officers of the CPA Endowment Fund Board of Directors:

Deborah K. Rood | CNA Insurance

Vice President
Sara J. Mikuta | Wipfli LLP

Floyd D. Perkins | Nixon Peabody LLP

Kimberly A. Waite | Marcum LLP

Immediate Past President
Kenton J. Klaus | Deloitte LLP

2017-2018 Members of the CPA Endowment Fund Board of Directors:

Brent A. Baccus | Washington, Pittman & McKeever LLC

Maria F. Balita | Adelfia LLC 

Howard I. Blumstein | BDO USA LLP

Martrice Caldwell | OneGoal

Vilma Y. Chan | PwC LLP

Lee A. Gould | Gould & Pakter Associates LLC

William P. Graf | Deloitte LLP

Edward J. Hannon | Quarles & Brady LLP

Scott G. Lehman | Crowe Horwath LLP

Elizabeth A. Murphy | DePaul University

Jason Parish | Plante Moran PLLC

Daniel F. Rahill | Alvarez & Marsal Taxand LLC

Kimberly R. Rice | R&M Consulting LLC

Elizabeth J. Sloan | Grant Thornton LLP

Connie S. Watkins | Lakeside Bank (Retired)

Ex-Officio Directors

Scott D. Steffens | Grant Thornton LLP

Todd M. Shapiro | Illinois CPA Society

About the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois

The CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1998 by Illinois CPA Society members. The Fund was created to ensure ongoing funding for scholarship and outreach programs. The programs are geared toward encouraging individuals to choose accounting as a career choice and achieve the CPA credential.

About the Illinois CPA Society

The Illinois CPA Society, with more than 24,000 members, is one of the largest state CPA societies in the nation. Our mission is dedicated to enhancing the value of the CPA profession through the strategic initiatives of advocacy, information, education and connections. 



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