2018-19 ASCPA Board of Directors

Cindie Hubiak

Cindie Hubiak

President & CEO

Cindie Hubiak, CPA, CGMA, is president & CEO of the Arizona Society of CPAs, where she represents a membership of approximately 5,200 CPAs and leads a staff of 11. Hubiak has worked in public accounting and industry. While working with manufacturing companies, she completed two international assignments: one in Europe and one in Singapore. Prior to joining the Society, she was human resources director for a 1,500-person international organization. Hubiak is a past chair of the ASCPA board of directors, holds leadership positions on several community boards and has been recognized as one of the top women in business and the community. She received both her B.S. in accountancy and her MBA from Arizona State University. She is certified in alternative dispute resolution, has written four books and enjoys traveling and hiking in Arizona.

Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Chair

Michael T. Allen, CPA, MBA, is an audit and consulting principal in the Phoenix office of REDW LLC. With a long and successful career focused on strategic planning, organizational development and financial and operations management, he works to support his clients’ success by the direct expansion of their business, their core activities and products, and by the proactive management of operations and relationships. Prior to joining REDW, Allen spent 15 years as COO, CFO and member of RAM Holdings, LLC. Previously, Allen was a partner and director of Erickson Allen PC, CPAs, a public accounting firm that he helped grow from a start-up operation to a multi-million dollar business, ranked as one of the largest in Albuquerque. Allen holds an MBA from Arizona State University and BBA from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.

Jared Van Arsdale

Jared Van Arsdale

Chair-Elect

Jared W. Van Arsdale, CPA, MBA, is in public practice with Ullmann and Company, P.C. where his experience is in serving clients with tax compliance, business planning and related consulting/representation services for closely held businesses and high net worth taxpayers. He continues to support accounting education and at-risk youth services in the community evidenced by his current board membership with Empower College Prep (a central Phoenix charter school), advisor to the Career in Technical Education (CTE) advisory committee with Phoenix Union High School District, past committee member of the Business and Marketing CTE advisory council with the Arizona State Board of Education (AZSBE), and past board member/treasurer of Release the Fear (a central Phoenix nonprofit). Additionally, Van Arsdale is an active volunteer with the AZSBE, participating in accounting education standards drafting and accounting end-of-course assessment while working to improve accounting education opportunities to high school students.

Virginia DeSanto

Virginia DeSanto

Secretary/Treasurer

Virginia E. DeSanto, CPA,joined the ASU Foundation in 2005 as assistant controller before being appointed controller and later vice president of finance, CFO and treasurer, bringing more than a decade of experience in bookkeeping, auditing and financial leadership. DeSanto is responsible for the organization’s financial operations, including: financial reporting, treasury operations, debt management, risk management, planning and budgeting, payroll and benefits, building operations, and oversight of subsidiary organizations. DeSanto graduated with a B.S. in business administration from ASU (summa cum laude) and majored in business information systems at Northern Kentucky University, where she earned her associate’s degree. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, National Committee for Institutionally Related Foundations and is a graduate of Valley Leadership Class 35.

Molly Montgomery

Molly Montgomery

Immediate Past Chair

Molly E. Montgomery, CPA, is the founding owner of Founder's Haven, a company that works closely with high performing entrepreneurs and visionary leaders, using forensic techniques to help clients improve company operations and increase profits. Montgomery helps entrepreneurs develop, manage and grow the financial foundation of their companies, while helping them understand their financial data and discover new ways to measure and assess performance. Montgomery has more than 12 years of public accounting experience providing audit, tax and corporate consulting services. She holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Radford University and a master’s degree in taxation from Arizona State University. Montgomery volunteers her time to help promote financial literacy in the community, as well as encouraging other members of the Society to get involved with the effort.

Tom Duensing

Tom Duensing

Director 2017-2019

Thomas F. Duensing, CPA, is the assistant city manager for the City of Glendale and has more than 23 years of government finance experience, including 20 years of local government experience. Starting with Glendale in October of 2013, Duensing has served as the finance and technology director for the city. Previously, he served at the City of Tempe and the City of Maricopa in various financial roles including accounting supervisor, deputy finance director, city auditor, finance director and assistant city manager. He has also worked as an auditor in public accounting, specializing in local government audits and served for two years in the Arizona Governor’s Office. Duensing holds a B.S. in accounting and an MBA.

Rachael Bertrandt

Rachael Bertrandt

Director 2018-2020

Rachael A. Bertrandt, CPA, CGMA, is vice president, controller with Insight Enterprises in Tempe. Bertrandt came to Insight from Amkor Technology where she spent 10 years in global and U.S. controllership roles. Prior to that, she held various controller/accounting leadership roles at Best Software (SalesLogix/Interact Commerce) and MedAire, Inc. and started her career with Ernst and Young in the Phoenix office. Bertrandt has a deep technical accounting and financial reporting background, as well as strong systems and process experience, including SAP implementations, business process improvement, audit and internal controls. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) focused in accounting from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Paul Evans

Paul Evans

Director 2018-2020

Paul Evans, CPA, CGMA, is vice president - corporate controller for IMH Financial Corporation, a real estate investment and finance company in Scottsdale. He has been providing professional accounting and finance services to businesses for more than 16 years and is CEO/president of Evans CPA & Consulting, PLLC. Evans began his career with Eide Bailly, LLP, where he practiced for more than 11 years providing audit and corporate consulting services. He has since held positions in financial and operational management positions including CFO and executive VP, VP finance and corporate controller. He serves as a board member and treasurer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. He was the recipient of the Phoenix Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40 Award in 2014 and is a graduate of Valley Leadership Institute Class 35. Evans is an Arizona native and graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Kristen French

Kristen French

Director 2017-2019

Kristen French, CPA, is a shareholder at Upworth, PLLC, a tax and accounting firm committed to delivering traditional services, while capitalizing on tax strategies and maximizing accounting solutions. French started her career as an auditor, but ultimately found her niche working alongside clients.  She helps business owners and individuals navigate changes during the growth phase and identify opportunities.  French spent the last few years building the Vestboard team – focused on protecting a culture that promotes a collaborative team approach, fosters innovative ideas and adheres to the highest professional and performance standards.  She was born and raised in Arizona, graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in finance and accounting and plans to live in Phoenix forever. While she enjoys her professional career as a CPA, she finds the most joy spending time with her husband, David, and their three kids.

Alan Gold

Alan Gold

Director 2017-2019

Alan Gold, CPA, is a founding shareholder with Matthews, Gold, Kennedy & Snow, Inc. (MGKS, Inc.) Gold graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in 1979 and from the University of Michigan with an MBA in 1981.  Prior to specializing his practice in ERISA administration, Gold worked in audit and tax for Price Waterhouse.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, and past president of the Arizona Chapter of the National Institute of Pension Administrators.

Aaron Grant

Aaron Grant

Director 2017-2019

Aaron James Grant, CPA, CGMA, is an asset manager for CD Arevon USA, Inc., which provides highly specialized asset management services for renewable energy investments of Capital Dynamics.  He specializes in managing operational utility scale solar projects.  Prior to joining CD Arevon, he was a supervisor for the public accounting firm of Keegan, Linscott & Kenon, PC.  Before KLK, he was the assistant controller for Datepac, LLC, the largest packing facility of Medjool Dates in the world.  His professional career began at the public accounting firm of Terkelsen, Smith & Tyree, PLC and later served as controller for James Hamilton Construction Co., a heavy highway contractor operating in AZ, NM & TX.  He received both his BBA - accounting and MBA from Western New Mexico University.

Tim Hansen

Tim Hansen

Director 2018-2020

Tim D. Hansen, CPA, is a shareholder with Nordstrom & Associates, PC, an established CPA firm in Flagstaff, Arizona. Hansen is responsible for the firm’s audit practice, which consists principally of non-public companies and non-profit organizations. He also oversees a significant portion of the firm’s tax and consulting practice. Hansen earned his BS in accountancy from Northern Arizona University and began his career in Phoenix with the local firm of Semple, Marchal & Cooper, LLP before moving to Flagstaff to join Nordstrom & Associates, where he has served for nearly 30 years and has advanced to majority shareholder of the firm.  He has been active in community service throughout his career and currently serves as founding director and treasurer of the Boys and Girls Club of Flagstaff.

Alice Pope

Alice Pope

Director 2017-2019

Alice H. Pope, MBA, CPA (TN), joined HonorHealth in April 2016 as senior vice president and chief financial officer. She has nearly 30 years of experience in finance, including approximately 20 years in healthcare.  Previously, Alice served as CFO for Wellmont Health System based in Kingsport, Tennessee.  She began her career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen LLP in Atlanta and Memphis.  She received her undergraduate degree in commerce, with a concentration in accounting from the University of Virginia and MBA in business administration from East Tennessee State University.

Vanessa Makridis

Vanessa Makridis

Director 2018-2020

Vanessa Radick Makridis, CPA, currently leads the marketing function at Equity Methods, having driven the firm’s marketing transformation program after the company’s spinout from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Prior to Equity Methods, Makridis worked in finance and corporate accounting, and also taught at Thunderbird School of Global Management’s full-time MBA program and Arizona State University’s undergraduate business program. She is a past member of the audit committee of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, a past member of the ASCPA Scholarship Selection Committee, and a current member of the ASCPA Corporate Finance Committee. Makridis earned undergraduate degrees in accountancy and economics (summa cum laude with honors) and a Ph.D. in Accountancy from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Karen McCloskey

Karen McCloskey

Director 2018-2020

Karen K. McCloskey, CPA, is a shareholder at BeachFleischman PC where she provides tax services including planning and tax returns for individuals, businesses and trusts, as well as many not-for-profit organizations. She is the director of the firm’s Not-For-Profit Tax Services Group. McCloskey is currently serving on the Law Review Committee of the Arizona State Board of Accountancy and previously served as the State Board’s president in 2013-2014 and as a member of the Arizona State Board of Accountancy. She has been active in the community for many years serving as president and treasurer of the Tucson Botanical Gardens, on the boards of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and Planned Giving Roundtable of Southern Arizona, and on the Business Development Finance Corporation’s Loan Committee.

Sami Raynes-Houseknecht

Sami Raynes-Houseknecht

Director 2018-2020

Sami Kristina Raynes-Houseknecht, CPA, CFF, CICA, MBA, is a technical and compliance specialist at Walker & Armstrong LLP, helping to improve quality and ensure compliance within the audit department. Raynes has more than 21 years of accounting experience, 18 of which have been spent in public accounting providing audit, forensic, tax and consulting services. In addition to technical expertise, she has a passion for learning and education, focusing on developing future leaders in the CPA profession. Raynes embodies this passion as an adjunct lecturer in accounting at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management through developing and instructing forensic and investigative accounting. She received a Bachelor of Accountancy and minor in management from New Mexico State University and her MBA-Emphasis in accounting from Grand Canyon University.

Nikki Vogt

Nikki Vogt

Director 2017-2019

Nicole Kanani Vogt, CPA, is the lead audit partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP and has more than 22 years of experience with an emphasis in the technology and life science industries. She has an extensive background in serving multi-national public companies as well as smaller private and growth entities throughout their life cycle, including significant initial and follow on public offering experience. Vogt leads the office emerging growth company practice and has served her clients with distinction using her knowledge of critical areas in the technology and life science industries such as revenue recognition, accounting for debt and equity financing arrangements and share-based compensation. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Florida, where she also played volleyball. She also volunteers her time championing community organizations dedicated to helping women and children thrive.

Rob Dubberly

Rob Dubberly

AICPA Council Member

Robert Edward Dubberly, CPA, is an audit partner in KPMG’s Arizona Practice. He has more than 24 years of experience in providing financial statement and integrated audits and accounting advisory services to a variety of large and small companies, both privately held and publicly traded. Dubberly is designated as an SEC reviewing partner, and in that capacity serves as concurring partner for a number of public companies throughout the United States. He has worked extensively with companies in a variety of industries, including electronics, consumer and industrial markets, and defense government contracting.

Greg Nelson

Greg Nelson

AICPA Council Member

W. Gregory Nelson, CPA, MA, is the former VP and CFO of WorldatWork, a 22,000 member international association of senior human resource professionals where he responsible for finance, technology and operations. Nelson began his career in public accounting and prior to relocating to Arizona in 1996, he was the VP of Finance for an international manufacturer of aerospace products. He is the former president of the Arizona Chapter of Financial Executives International and involved in several community organizations. He received his BBA from Middle Tennessee State University and MA from the University of Alabama.