2020-21 ASCPA Board of Directors

Oliver Yandle

Oliver Yandle

President & CEO

Oliver Yandle, JD, CAE,  is president & CEO of the Arizona Society of CPAs, where he represents a membership of approximately 4,600 CPAs and leads a staff of 10. Yandle previously served as Executive Director of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), the largest international organization providing support to people in the legal management profession. He has held CEO-level positions for a number of other professional service and trade associations. He is active in both the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) where he holds the Certified Association Executive designation, and the Association Forum of Chicagoland, where he served as Chair of the Board of Directors. He has been recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as a member of the first class of Chicago’s Notable LGBTQ Executives. Yandle is a native of Louisiana and holds a BA in journalism from Loyola University of the South in New Orleans, and a JD from Washington College of Law at The American University in Washington, D.C.  

Virginia DeSanto

Virginia DeSanto

Chair

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

Chair-Elect

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.

Rachael Bertrandt

Rachael Bertrandt

Secretary/Treasurer

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.

Jared Van Arsdale

Jared Van Arsdale

Immediate Past 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.

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.

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.

Jessica Estrada

Jessica Estrada

Director 2020-2022

Jessica Rae Estrada, CPA, joined Grant Thornton LLP in 2008 and is an audit senior manager. Estrada began her career with Grant Thornton LLP in Chicago and transferred to Arizona in 2011. She audits both publicly held and privately owned companies in a variety of industries including transportation, sports, not-for-profit, real estate and manufacturing. Estrada’s experience includes working with Grant Thornton International teams around the world and serving several multinational clients. Her technical capabilities include assisting clients regarding application of complex accounting pronouncements including revenue recognition, business combinations and stock-based compensation. She is also a lead instructor and frequently delivers trainings both locally and nationally.

Tabitha Fox

Tabitha Fox

Director 2020-2022

Tabitha Fox, CPA began her career in public accounting at R&A CPAs, where she worked as an auditor for five years. She transitioned into the nonprofit sector when she became the director of finance for the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation and has provided a decade of financial leadership for the agency, which provides services to people living with HIV/AIDS, prevention and education programs, and LGBTQ+ outreach and engagement. Fox has been active in community service throughout her career and currently serves as the Treasurer/Secretary for the LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.  She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting from the University of Arizona. When she’s not busy forecasting financials, Fox spends her time traveling and enjoying cheeseboards.

David Gephart

David Gephart

Director 2020-2022

David Glen Gephart, CPA, MBA has more than 23 years accounting experience, with most of that time spent in the local government environment.  Gephart currently serves as chief financial officer for the Town of Oro Valley. Previously he served as business services director at Northwest Fire District for 13 years and Finance Director for City of Independence, Oregon.  He started his career in public accounting where he worked on a variety of local government, not-for-profit, and for-profit clients in both tax and auditing.  Mr. Gephart holds an MBA from Portland State University, and Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Management from Vanguard University.

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.

Jessica Iennarella

Jessica Iennarella

Director 2019-2021

Jessica Iennarella, CPA/CFF, CFE, is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner with a background in calculating economic damages and investigating employee dishonesty. She currently serves as Controller for the State Bar of Arizona. As a graduate of the AICPA’s 2016 Leadership Academy, she is passionate about developing and evolving the profession. Iennarella is currently involved on multiple committees within the ASCPA and the AICPA, as well as being an active supporter of the Arizona Humane Society.

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.

James McGettigan

James McGettigan

Director 2020-2022

James Sean McGettigan, CPA, is senior manager at Stoker Ostier Wealth Advisors. He has extensive experience with multi-generational tax planning impacting ultra-high net worth families, closely held businesses and executives. McGettigan brings more than 12 years of national tax office experience from top accounting, multi-family office and investment advisory firms in the southwest. He is a graduate of the AICPA Leadership Academy, Class 11, which is a national leadership development program for young CPAs, one of 36 selected for 2019 and a recipient of the AICPA PFS Standing Ovation Award. He received a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and a Master’s in Taxation from W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University. In addition to being a CPA, McGettigan is a Certified Financial Planner, as well as a Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), Arizona Society of CPAs (ASCPA), Valley Estate Planners and a Tax & Legal Seminar Committee member supporting Arizona area community foundations.

Lauren Murro

Lauren Murro

Director 2020-2022

Lauren E. Murro, CPA, is a senior manager in the Phoenix office of Eide Bailly LLP, a large regional firm. She has more than eight years of experience in public accounting. Murro primarily works in the assurance practice, focusing on private commercial companies in real estate, healthcare and other service-based industries, as well as benefit plan audits. She currently serves on the Associate Board of Playworks Arizona and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy and a Master of Accountancy degree from Arizona State University.

Gidget Schutte

Gidget Schutte

Director 2020-2022

Gidget Slater Schutte, CPA, is a partner at Schutte & Hilgendorf with nearly 30 years of experience as a CPA. She started her career at the international firm Deloitte & Touche, where she was an auditor for four years in Orange County and San Francisco, obtaining her CPA certificate in 1992. For the next nine years in the San Francisco area, she worked in various accounting and financial management positions at public and pre-IPO companies in the medical distribution, software and high-tech industries. Schutte graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Administration in Business Economics with Honors. She has served on the Board of the Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity as Treasurer and currently serves as Treasurer for Northpoint Community Action Team, Prescott High School Basketball Boosters and the Greater Prescott Area Tax Credit Coalition.

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.