As part of the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA) annual awards program, aimed at honoring CPA members who have made an impact on the profession through their expertise or volunteerism in their careers and/or communities, eight members have been announced for 2022.
Arthur J. Dixon Award for Public Service
The Arthur J. Dixon Public Service Award recognizes CPAs who have a proven track record in public service and volunteering for a charitable, community, or civic organization. Lee M. Cohen is the Managing Partner and Founder of LMC CPAs.
Cohen graduated from New York University in 1993 with a degree in accounting. After graduating, he worked as a controller for a chain of retail stores, where he gained invaluable business experience that serves him well in helping his customers as he understands what it means to be a business owner. Cohen began building his practice in 1995 while maintaining jobs at two accounting firms, and earned his certification in 1999.
In 2010, Cohen ventured on his own to start LM Cohen & Co. Cohen says his business has “always been more than just a place to prepare tax returns or financial statements; it’s our home away from home, a place where we connect and foster the strong culture that makes me so proud to come to work every day.
He is actively involved in his community as president of Sephardic Bikur Holim, one of Brooklyn’s largest social service agencies.
NYSSCPA Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award honors CPA members who have distinguished themselves as leaders of the Society through their service to the NYSSCPA and the accounting profession. David Evangelist and David A. Lifson share this honor.
David Evangelista is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a BS in Economics, with a concentration in Accounting. He left one of the top six national accounting firms in 2021 and created David Evangelista, CPA, a boutique CPA firm specializing in tax and accounting services, as well as ERISA consulting and advisory services.
In March 2008, the U.S. Secretary of Labor appointed Evangelista to the Employee Welfare and Retirement Advisory Council (ERISA Advisory Council) for a three-year term. He was appointed by the AICPA in 2003 to the initial Executive Committee of the AICPA EBP Audit Quality Center. He recently served as a member of the AICPA task force to develop a new chapter on multi-employer plans in the AICPA Auditing and Accounting Guide for Employee Benefit Plans.
Evangelista is the founding president of the Society’s Rockland Chapter and has served in several capacities on the Society’s Board of Directors and the Future of Accounting Education Board of Directors.
David A. Lifson, is a senior advisor at New York-based Crowe LLP. He is part of the national firm Global Private Client Service, the company’s tax and business advisory firm, where he develops business strategies and personal financial plans using both his own and the company’s accounting experience. , audit, taxation and business consulting, both nationally and nationally. internationally. He specializes in advising clients on managing various types of business changes under tax, economic and other constraints, and managing the tax compliance challenges that come with change.
Lifson is the recipient of the AICPA’s 2009 Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award, the accounting profession’s highest honor in the field of taxation. He also received the Sustained Contribution Award in 2011, which recognizes institute members who have made measurable contributions to the AICPA and CPA profession through their volunteer services. He has chaired the Tax Executive Committee, served on the AICPA Board of Directors, chaired the AICPA National Tax Conference, and numerous other committees and task forces. He is also a past president of the NYSSCPA and has held various positions on its behalf.
Lifson chaired the Small Business and Self-Employed Subgroup of the Internal Revenue Service (IRSAC) Advisory Council in 2010 and 2011, while serving on the council for four years until 2011. IRSAC meets regularly to advise the IRS Commissioner and the IRS Key Group. leaders on how to effectively administer the tax system. Lifson is a frequently published author, teacher and spokesperson on a variety of tax topics, both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Emanuel Saxe CPA Outstanding Award in Education
This award honors the contributions of CPAs who have dedicated their lives to teaching accounting. Dr. Nina Terranova Dorata is a full professor of accounting at St. John’s University, having achieved this distinction within seven years of his employment.
Prior to joining the faculty at St. John’s University, Dr. Terranova Dorata taught at SUNY Old Westbury, where she served as chair of the accounting and business law department. Additionally, Dr. Terranova Dorata taught at St. Joseph’s College, where she co-founded their accounting firm. She has taught numerous financial and management accounting courses in graduate and undergraduate programs for over 30 years.
At St. John’s, Dr. Terranova Dorata served as Chair and Deputy Chair of the Accounting Department for nine years, was responsible for the creation of the Accounting Scholars Program, the VITA Program, and the AACSB Accounting Examinations, as well as the development of degree programs, learning paths and certificates. She is currently the Director of the Bachelor of Commerce program, which is an interdisciplinary study program and represents the largest and fastest growing major at Tobin College of Business.
As past chair of the Society’s Committee on the Future of Accounting Education, she is passionate about helping accounting program leaders as they navigate program changes due to the evolutionary model. CPA.
Outstanding CPA in Chapter Service Award
The Outstanding CPA in Chapter Service Award recognizes NYSSCPA CPA Chapter members who have distinguished themselves as Chapter leaders through model service within their Chapter, the NYSSCPA, and the profession. Rosemarie A. Giovinazzo-Barnickel received this honor.
Giovinazzo-Barnickel owns a business in Staten Island. She has been a member of the Society since 1988 and is currently a member of the Staten Island Chapter. She is the current Chair of the Company’s Professional Liability Insurance Committee and served on the Company’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee for many years. Giovinazzo-Barnickel has also served on and chaired many statewide and chapter committees over the years. In addition, she has held numerous positions with the Staten Island Chapter Board and also served as its president.
After graduating from Pace University, Giovinazzo-Barnickel began his career with 10 years at Coopers & Lybrand – now more commonly known as PwC – before moving into private industry for four years and then moving to started his own practice 22 years ago. She followed in the footsteps of her late father, a former member of the Society and former chapter president; his son Scott is also a CPA.
Best CPA in Public Practice Award
The Outstanding CPA in Public Practice Award recognizes outstanding service and professional development in public practice. Antoinette Spina is a manager at Bailey, Carr, CPAs, PC
She became a CPA in 1984 and has over 40 years of tax and small business advisory experience. Spina is a past president of the Rochester Chapter, and the year she served as president, she actively recruited young professionals for the board. Spina was a member of the national committee for bankruptcy and insolvency matters. She has served on the statewide COAP committee and served on and chaired the Rochester COAP committee for many years. In October 2017, she received the NYSSCPA Rochester Chapter Hall of Fame Award.
Spina is an internationally recognized speaker on tax and legal issues for various professional organizations across the United States, including the Monroe County Bar Association and the Channel 8 news program of Rochester. She has also spoken at Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) conferences in the United States and Canada.
Spina is also a member of the AICPA and has served locally, nationally and globally for the IMA. In 2014, she received the IMA Exemplary Volunteer Award at the IMA Annual Conference. Additionally, the Rochester Chapter Volunteer Award was renamed the “Antoinette Spina Award for Exemplary Volunteerism” the year she was the recipient.
Statewide Outstanding Committee Chairman Award
The Outstanding Statewide Committee Chair Award is a new award that celebrates exemplary service and performance at the head of a corporation’s national committee. These leaders have all demonstrated full commitment to the goals and mission of the committee, have undertaken efforts to provide strong content and CPE to their committee members, and excel in committee recruitment and retention. This inaugural award was presented to Gina Omolon and Zhoudi Tang.
Gina Omolon is a partner at Mazars USA LLP. With more than 15 years of accounting expertise and three years of experience in private practice, Omolon has extensive experience in providing accounting and auditing services to public and non-public domestic and foreign entities, mainly in the sector. financial services. She has worked with clients to resolve complex financial and reporting issues, including mergers and acquisitions, financial instruments, credit losses and derivatives.
Omolon has led projects for clients in the institutional and retail sector, securities trading, domestic and international banking commitments and brokerage. These included attestation engagements, internal audits, consultancy projects including CECL implementation; group audits; asset quality reviews; the conversion from IFRS to US GAAP; SEC registration and IPOs; head office compliance reviews; collateral examinations; internal control; and due diligence.
Prior to joining Mazars, she worked in a Big 4 firm. She was also CFO of the Chinese subsidiary of an international manufacturing and distribution company. Omolon graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Accounting from the University of San Carlos in the Philippines.
Zhoudi Tang is a national and local tax manager at WithumSmith + Brown PC. He has experience helping individuals and businesses comply with federal, state and local regulations. He advises clients on residency, nexus and apportionment issues, with an emphasis on income taxes and deductibles. Tang’s industry expertise includes family-owned and closely held businesses. He received his master’s degree from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. He is also a contributor to New Jersey CPA magazine.
These members were honored at the Society’s annual meeting at the Jericho Terrace in Mineola, NY. Members of the media interested in covering the honorees should contact Jovan C. Richards, NYSSCPA Media and Government Relations Manager, at [email protected]