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  Susan Allen

Susan C. Allen, CPA, CITP, CGMA
Senior Technical Manager - Tax Practice and Ethics 
Susan manages the Tax Practice and Procedures Committee, oversees all Tax Section-sponsored webcasts, and writes technical articles and resources for tax professionals. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in the tax departments of small and large public accounting firms and as the lead writer and content manager for a start-up tax research company. She holds a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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 Ami Beers

 Ami Beers, CPA
Senior Technical Manager - Business Reporting, Assurance and Advisory Services and XBRL
Ami is responsible for providing information, tools and resources that enable members to provide valuable business reporting, assurance and advisory services. This includes building awareness and understanding of XBRL and supports the AICPA XBRL Assurance Task Force.

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Tim Christen, CPA, CGMA
Chair of the Board of Directors

Tim has an extensive history of contributions to the profession, including having served as a member of the AICPA's Board of Directors and governing Council. He has been a member of the AICPA's Compensation and Political Action Committees, as well as the Member Advisory Panel. He has fifteen years of service as a member of the AICPA's Major Firms Group, including as Chairman. 


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Susan S. Coffey, CPA, CGMA
Senior Vice President, Public Practice & Global Alliances
Sue has overall responsibility for several programs designed to enhance the quality of its members’ practices, including overseeing the AICPA’s international relations initiatives and maintaining responsibility for AICPA activities related to quality assurance, professional ethics, financial reporting, assurance, taxation and CPA firm services.

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Kristin Esposito, CPA

Kristin Esposito, CPA 
Senior Technical Manager - Tax Advocacy
Kristin serves as staff liaison to the International Tax Technical Resource Panel as well as the Employee Benefits Tax Technical Resource Panel and related task forces. Before coming to the AICPA, Kristin spent more than 15 years in a variety of corporate tax positions. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from West Chester University and a Master of Taxation from Villanova School of Law.

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Jonathan Horn, CPA, CGMA
Lead Technical Manager- Tax Advocacy 
Jonathan staffs the International Tax Technical Resource Panel and the Partnership Tax Technical Resource Panel. He is responsible for the development and submission of comments to Congress, Treasury and the IRS, and developing alerts for members. Prior to joining the AICPA's Tax Team, he was a sole practitioner for over 20 years, providing tax services to clients of all sizes from around the globe. 

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Jay Hyde

Jay Hyde
Director - Media Relations
Jay's focus is media engagement related to federal legislative, regulatory and tax issues. A former broadcast journalist, he has served as a congressional press secretary, led the media training practice of a prominent public relations firm and used his media relations skills to promote the public policy agendas of several high-profile trade associations in the nation’s capital.
  
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Ed Karl

Edward S. Karl, CPA
Vice President of Taxation
Edward is responsible for the review, formulation, and submission to Congress, the Treasury Department, and the Internal Revenue Service of technical and policy recommendations for improvement of the federal tax process. Edward serves as a principal liaison for the AICPA with the Internal Revenue Service. He is also responsible for tax ethical issues including management of the AICPA’s tax standards, the Statements on Standards for Tax Services. Finally, Edward oversees the Tax Division’s delivery of services to members which focuses on helping AICPA members provide the highest quality professional tax services. 
  
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Mark Koziel, CPA, CGMA

Mark Koziel, CPA, CGMA
Vice President, Firm Services & Global Alliances
Mark oversees the development, ongoing improvement and delivery of services to members in PCPS/Firm Practice Management as well as International relations with various CPA related groups. He frequently speaks on CPA issues around the country. Prior to joining the AICPA, Mark Koziel served as Director of Media Planning for a political consulting firm in East Aurora, NY serving Presidential, Senate, Congressional and Governor races around the country. Mark also served as Client Director for all national public affairs clients.
  
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Ann Marie Maloney

Ann Marie Maloney
Communications Manager - Tax
Ann Marie develops and manages communication strategies in support of the AICPA’s Tax Division to ensure members are informed of tax resources, advocacy and news developments. She also manages the Tax Practitioners’ LinkedIn group. Ann Marie’s background includes writing about tax legislation (as a reporter for CCH) and advising state legislators as a senior policy analyst in Maryland. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University. 

 

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Barry Melancon

Barry C. Melancon, CPA, CGMA
President and CEO
As head of the largest body of CPAs in the world, Barry is called upon to represent the Institute with state, national and international organizations and is sought after by key opinion leaders for his expertise.
  
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Andrea Millar

Andrea Millar, CPA/PFS
Associate Director - PFP
Andrea leads the AICPA Personal Financial Division. Her responsibilities include working with the PFP Executive and PFS Credential committees to drive the advocacy, education and other initiatives on behalf of the 7,500 AICPA members who specialize in providing estate, retirement, tax, investment and insurance advice to their individual clients.
  
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Heather O’Connor

Heather O’Connor 
Senior Manager - Communications 
Heather develops, manages and supports the communications strategy of the AICPA’s various firm relationship programs, and the Academic and Career Awareness and Peer Review teams. She also sets and manages strategic communications for accounting and auditing-related topics.

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Susan Pierce

Susan Pierce, CPA, CITP, CGMA 
Senior Technical Manager – IMTA
Susan drives the strategic mission of providing value to the IMTA professional, the CITP credential holder and the technology engaged CPA.

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Stacie Saunders

Stacie Saunders 
Senior Manager, Social Business and Communications
Stacie leads and guides the AICPA’s social media strategy and has oversight of the Institute’s social networking properties. A 10-year media veteran, Stacie took her marketing efforts into the social space in 2009, creating one of the largest social media presences in the country for a local television station.

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James Schiavone

James Schiavone 
Senior Manager - Public Relations
Born and raised in New York City, James graduated from Tulane University with a BA in Sociology and English minor. In his role on the media relations team, he manages media outreach efforts for the Institute’s financial literacy programs and personal financial planning division, placing articles and creating thought leadership. James also provides strategic public relations counsel for many AICPA’s teams, spotlighting the Institute’s initiatives. You can find James on Twitter at @AICPANews, where he shares information CPAs need to know. 

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Lauren Sternberg

Lauren Sternberg 
Communications Manager
Lauren manages member communications, including AICPA Insights and AICPA News Update to ensure members are up-to-date on the latest goings on from all areas of the Institute and beyond. Lauren holds a B.A. in English from the University of Rochester and an M.A. in Public Communication from American University. Follow her on Twitter @LSternberg23. 

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Arleen Thomas, CPA, CGMA

Arleen Thomas, CPA, CGMA
Senior Vice President – Management Accounting and Global Markets
Arleen has served in various positions at the AICPA, including Vice President of Professional Standards and Services and Vice President of Self-Regulation and the SEC Practice Section. She joined the AICPA as Director of Accounting Standards, serving as the technical advisor to the U.S. representatives on the International Accounting Standards Committee. Prior to the AICPA, Arleen was a senior manager at KPMG Peat Marwick, a predecessor firm of KPMG LLP, in the department of professional practice.She was also a statistical audit specialist and national instructor for the firm's audit and accounting programs. Arleen holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado.


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Amy Wang, CPA

Amy Wang, CPA 
Senior Technical Manager - Tax Advocacy
Amy serves as the technical manager for the Individual & Self-Employed Tax Technical Resource Panel, as well as the Exempt Organizations Tax Technical Resource Panel and related task forces. She also sits on the planning committee for both the AICPA Not-for-Profit Industry Conference and the Conference on Tax Strategies for the High-Income Individual. She has public accounting experience in federal and state taxation and holds a BS in Accounting with a Minor in International Business from Penn State University.


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 Cari Weston, CPA Cari Weston, CPA 
Director - Taxation
Cari serves as staff liaison to both the Partnership and S Corporation Tax Technical Resource Panels as well as the Tax Practice Management Committee. Cari has spent close to 20 years in the practice of public accounting with an emphasis on taxation of closely held businesses. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and a Master of Taxation from The W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
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