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Being a Champion allows you to:

  • Build leadership and business communication skills;
  • Be the first to know about association initiatives and events;
  • Serve as a sounding board on how to better the value proposition for you and your organization and furthering the vitality of the profession;
  • Gain recognition as a leader in your organization and your professional community; and
  • Expand your network and connect with industry leaders and peers.

Champions build awareness of MACPA and the profession, foster engagement, and cultivate a sense of community within their organizations.

The Champion program benefits organizations by promoting the organization’s investment in employees’ professional and personal development.

It also shows the organization’s involvement in advocacy efforts, sponsorship opportunities, and connections with future employees through student initiatives.

Strengthen the relationship between your organization and MACPA by participating in the Champion program!

In order to be an MACPA Champion, you must:

  • Be an MACPA member;
  • Have prior involvement in MACPA (e.g. event and/or continuing education attendance, committee service, advocacy efforts); and
  • Have 3 or more years’ worth of experience in the profession.


  • Initial two-year term with option for continued service upon completion;
  • Signed agreement outlining terms and conditions;
  • Kickoff event and training;
  • Monthly calls; and
  • Attend at least two events or meetings such as a town hall, student and young professional event, networking offering, and/or the MACPA Annual Meeting.

CJ Alfuente, CPA, MBA

Senior Manager, Tax – Cohen & Company

“Being able to connect with CPAs in a variety of focus areas exposes me to new and different perspectives. Working at a firm where I have serviced a very focused group of clients, the MACPA provides additional resources for networking, recruiting, continuing education, and more that help me and my organization provide more opportunities for professional and personal development.”

Addie Blickenstaff, CPA

Senior Auditor, DeLeon & Stang, CPAs and Advisors

“I believe MACPA bridges the gap between having the CPA credential and “being” the CPA credential. As a CPA, I feel it is important to stay involved, educate ourselves, build relationships, and provide support to others within the profession. Membership within the MACPA offers all of the above, plus more.”

Sarah Cloutier, CPA

Assistant Manager, Corporate and Statutory Accounting – Marriott International

“I feel involvement is important because our presence as CPAs in the community is only as strong as our membership in organizations like MACPA.”

Hayley L. Dunkel, CPA

Senior Accountant – Vanguard

“The MACPA provides the opportunity for me to feel connected to other local professionals in the industry. Having this network to share ideas and insights is invaluable in my professional development.”

Hun Duong, CPA

CONTROLLER – Donohoe Hospitality Services

“The world is changing at a rapid pace, which means businesses and organizations will have to adapt and innovate to be successful. As a CPA, I need to stay abreast of all the new accounting standards and regulatory issues that impacts my organization from a compliance and financial reporting standpoint. The MACPA helps me identify some of the hard/soft trends (e.g. technological advances – AI / Blockchain / Cloud / Big Data, regulations and tax complexities, and workplace demographic changes) that are impacting the accounting profession, my organization, and the overall business landscape. The MACPA is one of the essential toolkit and connection I use for achieving my professional goals.”

Kate Franey

Senior Tax Associate – Tonneson + Co.

“MACPA involvement has made me feel not only more connected to the Accounting field but also to my community in Maryland. I have only been apart of the MACPA for a short while and every time that I go to an event or meeting I leave feeling excited, rejuvenated, and optimistic. You never know what connection you are going to make or amazing experience that may be in store for you!”

Mollie Frank, CPA

Tax Manager – RSM US LLP

“The MACPA is a tremendous advocate for the accounting profession and it has contributed greatly to improving and sustaining the profession for over 100 years. As a member of the MACPA, staying involved is a way of contributing to the future of our profession while supporting the organization that needs our help in doing so. The MACPA also has a lot of really great people that are fun to be around!”

Leah Shiffman, CPA, MBA

Manager – Gardiner & Appel

“As a CPA, it is important to know what is happening in the industry, and the MACPA is the best source. There is endless continuing education, town hall meetings, mentors, and countless other resources to help you stay at the top of your organization.”

Tricia Katebini CPA, MBA

Senior Manager, GRF CPAs & Advisors

“With the changing landscape of the accounting profession and development of new technologies, it’s important to stay connected with fellow peers so that we can stay on top of these changes. MACPA allows that connectivity to happen in multiple avenues, and provides some of the best learning opportunities to stay ahead of the curve.”

Remi Omisore, CPA, CISA, MBA

Principal, CLA

“The MACPA is an avenue that allow CPA’s and business professionals to connect and learn about issues impacting the business community. Being involved in the MACPA allows me to develop leadership and soft skills while serving and giving back to the profession.”

Brett Sanders, CPA

Manager, PwC

“The MACPA helps to lead accounting professionals and the business community by supporting the profession and providing necessary resources to help its members. Additionally, the MACPA provides an opportunity to connect with other professionals and build a network of individuals that can assist in attaining both personal and professional achievements.”

Nicole Schuyler

Accountant – Gary R. Bozel & Associates, P.A.

“Support is important in every stage of life – from childhood to college, and even throughout your career. MACPA has provided an immeasurable amount of direction and guidance to me as I navigate my career path. I couldn’t be more proud and excited to both represent and extend that support system to others in our field!”

Patrick St. Clair, CPA

Senior Associate – Ellin & Tucker

“The work that the MACPA does advocating for the CPA profession and guiding it into the future is crucial for the profession’s continued success. But this work can only be done with support and involvement from the Maryland CPA community.”

Tom White, CPA, CGMA

Finance Audit Manager – CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

“Connecting CPAs, local business, and the MACPA is crucial to continuing and growing the accounting profession and being future ready.”

Josh Zimmerman, CPA

Audit Manager, HCFL

“The MACPA provides all Maryland accountants with a community in which we can share ideas, insights, and help shape the future of our profession.”

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