2019-20 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.

Jared Van Arsdale

Jared Van Arsdale

Chair

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

Chair-Elect

Virginia E. DeSanto, CPA, joined ASU Enterprise Partners 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.

Tom Duensing

Tom Duensing

Secretary/Treasurer

Thomas F. Duensing, CPA, currently serves as the deputy internal services director at the City of Tempe. From October 2013 through January 2019, he served as the finance & technology director and assistant city manager for the City of Glendale. Duensing has more than 28 years of government finance experience, including 23 years of local government experience.  Prior to his experience in Glendale, 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 government audits and served for two years in the Arizona Governor’s Office. Duensing holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and an MBA.

Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Immediate Past 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.

Rachael Bertrandt

Rachael Bertrandt

Director 2018-2020

Rachael A. Bertrandt, CPA, CGMA, is the global corporate controller and principal accounting officer with Insight Enterprises in Tempe. She previously served as their vice president of finance, controller for North America from 2016 to 2019. 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.

Keith Cowan

Keith Cowan

Director 2019-2021

Keith Cowan, CPA, serves as chief financial officer for Food for the Hungry, a Christian humanitarian relief and development organization serving people in over 20 countries worldwide. Prior to joining Food for the Hungry, he served in CFO roles at the Desert Botanical Garden and AAA Arizona. In these roles, Cowan led a number of key functions including finance, information technology, legal, internal audit and project management. He also held a variety of corporate and global business unit financial leadership roles at Honeywell International.  Cowan started his career with PwC. He has provided extensive volunteer leadership at his local church as well as other nonprofit organizations and is a member of Financial Executives International and the American Institute of CPAs. Cowan earned his MBA and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Kelly Damron

Kelly Damron

Director 2019-2021

Dr. Kelly Damron, CPA, MBA, is an assistant professor of accounting at Grand Canyon University. Damron mainly teaches Intermediate Accounting II, Individual Taxation and Introduction to Financial Accounting. She has been teaching full-time for six years at GCU and part-time for 11 years as an adjunct for Keller Graduate School and GCU. Damron began her career at Arthur Andersen, where she practiced taxation for four years. She also worked at CBIZ and Deloitte prior to joining academia. She is a board member of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association based out of Virginia. She was the recipient of the ASCPA Public Service Award in 2010 and the recipient of the HOPE Award for Service from RESOLVE in 2012. Damron received the Teaching Excellence Award for Region 7 from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) in 2018. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Colorado State University, an MBA from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. from Northcentral University in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

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.

Ross Grainger

Ross Grainger

Director 2019-2021

Ross Grainger is the Chief Financial Officer for Paradox, an artificial intelligence company that believes recruiting is a people game and is helping to transform the candidate experience. Grainger began his career in public accounting with McGladrey and Pullen (now RSM US, LLP) after graduating from Northern Arizona University. After five busy seasons, he scratched the entrepreneurial itch and purchased a MAACO franchise which he and his wife operated for 5 years before returning to public accounting with RSM. Grainger transitioned to corporate accounting in 2012, with his move to Apollo Education Group (University of Phoenix). He held multiple roles in accounting and finance with Apollo where he also earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. In 2015, Ross transitioned to WebPT, starting as the controller where he helped build the finance team form a booking organization to a fully functioning accounting and finance organization. He is on the audit committee of New Pathways for Youth and previously held other positions with the ASCPA and additional not-for-profit organizations including the Valley Young Professionals, Friends of COMPAS, Santan Elementary PTO and various youth sports organizations.

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.

Jessica Iennarella

Jessica Iennarella

Director 2019-2021

Jessica Iennarella, CPA/CFF, CFE, has experience in calculating economic damages and investigating employee dishonesty in a variety of industries, both for insurance claims and in conjunction with litigation. The cases she has worked on have included analysis of financial condition, extra expenses, inventory losses, personal injury claims and lost profits. As a graduate of the AICPA’s 2016 Leadership Academy, Iennarella is passionate about developing and evolving the profession. She is currently involved on multiple committees within the ASCPA and the AICPA, as well as being an active supporter of the Arizona Humane Society.

Andrea Levy

Andrea Levy

Director 2019-2021

Andrea Levy, CPA, serves as CFO with Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. Levy started her career in corporate accounting and internal audit, but ultimately found her niche in non-profit management. Levy provides strategic financial leadership and forward-thinking to support the lifespan of autism research and resources. She holds a bachelor’s in accounting and a master’s in business administration. Levy recently served as board member of the Certified Fraud Examiners - Arizona Chapter. Her favorite part of the role was championing the Arizona Helping Hands holiday toy charity drive. Levy holds the Certified Fraud Examiner, Chartered Global Management Accountant and Six Sigma Greenbelt designations.

Anthony Lorenzo

Anthony Lorenzo

Director 2019-2021

Anthony Lorenzo, CPA, is the managing member of Lorenzo, PLC, a public accounting firm in Gilbert, Arizona. Lorenzo has more than 24 years of auditing experience, including single audits, with a focus on not-for-profits, local governments and charter schools.  He currently manages approximately 50 audits annually and also oversees the firm’s not-for-profit tax-exempt filings practice. He currently serves on the finance committee of Rock Point Church. Lorenzo holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Arizona 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, has more than 22 years of accounting experience, 19 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 at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management School of Accountancy. 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.

Rob Dubberly

Rob Dubberly

AICPA Council Member

Robert Edward Dubberly, CPA, is an audit partner in KPMG’s Arizona Practice. He has more than 25 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 vice president and CFO of WorldatWork, a 22,000 member international association of senior human resource professionals where he was 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 M.A. from the University of Alabama.