The Ohio Society of CPAs will name new Executive Board, recognize four CPAs at annual meeting

(COLUMBUS, June 13, 2014) – CPA leaders will meet in Columbus June 17 for The Ohio Society of CPAs (OSCPA) Leadership Summit and Annual Meeting. At the event, OSCPA will install Mark Van Benschoten, CPA, principal with Rea & Associates, Inc. in Dublin as the 2014-2015 chair of the OSCPA Executive Board. (

“I’ll work to advance the Society’s key initiatives, including identifying and addressing federal and state issues that impact CPAs,” said Van Benschoten.

J. Matthew Yuskewich, CPA, PFS, partner at Winterset CPA Group in Columbus will be awarded the Gold Medal for Meritorious Service to the Accounting Profession. The award is given annually to a CPA who demonstrates superior leadership and contributions to the accounting profession.

A member of OSCPA for over 30 years, Yuskewich has been instrumental in OSCPA’s advocacy efforts, including serving as chair of OSCPA’s Statewide Candidate Endorsement Committee from 1994-2004, as chair of OSCPA’s Budget Advisory Task Force in 2009, which led to numerous government reforms in Ohio, and as chair of the Executive Board from 2010-11.

“My involvement with the Society is something I’m particularly proud of,” said Yuskewich. “It’s indicative that if someone is willing to spend a little bit of time with their profession, they can get a lot out of it. And I’ve certainly received way more than I’ve given.”

New Executive Board Members
OSCPA will install its new, 2014-15 Executive Board at the meeting. Thomas Zaino, CPA, J.D., will be inducted as the new chair-elect. Zaino is Columbus managing member of Zaino Hall & Farrin LLC in Columbus. A member of OSCPA’s Tax Legislation Committee, Zaino served as Ohio Tax Commissioner from 1999 to 2003 and has played a vital role in drafting legislation and working with legislators and other interested groups to overhaul Ohio’s complicated municipal income tax structure.

Robert Zunich, CPA/ABV, director with Barnes Wendling CPAs in Cleveland, will assume the position of immediate past chair. Robert Bosak, CPA, chief financial officer, Kaplan Trucking Company, Cleveland, will serve as vice chair, finance.

The following individuals will be named to new, two-year terms on the Executive Board:

Summer Cogar, CPA, corporate controller, RG Barry Corporation (Columbus);
Paul Etzler, CPA, principal, Skoda Minotti CPAs (Cleveland);
Timothy Michaels, CPA, owner, TimeLess Consulting LLC (Columbus);
Sandra Richtermeyer, CPA, CMA, Ph.D., professor of accountancy and associate dean, Xavier University (Cincinnati)
Eileen Sass, CPA, owner, Sass Accounting Services LLC (Akron);
Owen Wyss, CPA, business controller, Sandvik Hyperion (Columbus);

Kathleen Hoover, CPA, owner, Corbets & Associates (Solon) will be elected to a one-year term on the board.

Additional Member Awards
OSCPA will honor three additional CPAs for their exceptional contributions to the accounting profession.

OSCPA will recognize Ted Johnson, CPA, CFF, CFE with the Outstanding Member Volunteer award for his dedication to the Society’s initiatives. In addition to serving in the past on the Executive Board and Membership Services Advisory Council, Ted participates in OSCPA’s tax call-in show and frequently contributes to content for OSCPA’s news channels. Johnson, a partner with Parms & Co. in Columbus has been a member since 1978.

Connie Esmond-Kiger, Ph.D, CPA (IL) will receive the Outstanding Ohio Accounting Educator award in recognition of her continued efforts to advance student learning. An associate professor of accountancy at Ohio University, Esmond-Kiger has demonstrated excellence in not only the classroom, but also through her leadership of Ohio University’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter.

Tracey Hawkins, CPA will become the third educator honored with OSCPA’s Outstanding Ohio Two-Year Accounting Educator award. Hawkins is professor of accounting at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College.

The Ohio Society of CPAs, established in 1908, represents 21,000 CPAs and accounting professionals in business, education, government and public accounting. The Ohio Society’s members not only meet statutory and regulatory requirements as CPAs, but also embrace the highest standards of professional and ethical performance. This is achieved through ongoing professional education, comprehensive quality review and compliance with a strict Code of Professional Conduct.