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CPA Practice Advisor Honors Accounting Profession's Most Powerful Women.

SAN DIEGO -- Several accounting and tax professionals, consultants and technology developers have been recognized as 2012's "Most Powerful Women in Accounting." The awards were presented by CPA Practice Advisor, in partnership with the American Society of Women Accountants, at the 2012 Annual ASWA Conference in San Diego. CPA Practice Advisor is a national information and educational resource for public accounting professionals.

Winners who are in attendance at the conference will receive their award today at the 2012 ASWA Excellence in Accounting & Finance Awards Luncheon. The "Most Powerful Women in Accounting" award recognizes women who are emerging as the profession's next generation of leaders.

"The 'Most Powerful Women in Accounting' Awards is a groundbreaking initiative that recognizes the impact women have on the profession. We are really excited about how closely it aligns with ASWA's mission," said Cheryl Heitz, President of ASWA.

An independent judge panel of accounting professionals selected the finalists based on the women's contributions to the accounting profession, initiatives and actions they have started that made a difference within their organization, their personal leadership, community involvement and mentorship of future women leaders.

The winners will be highlighted in a special feature in the November print and digital issues of CPA Practice Advisor (

The winners of the first annual Most Powerful Women in Accounting Awards are: Sharada Bhansali, Co-Founder and Executive VP, AccountantsWorld Gail Perry, Publisher, Accounting Web Sandra Wiley, Shareholder & Chief Operating Officer, Boomer Consulting, Inc. Jennifer Katrulya, CEO, BRMG Cynthia Denise Borders-Byrd, Owner, C Borders-Byrd, CPA, LLC Teresa Mackintosh, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Tax, CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business Tracy Mortenson, Director of Electronic Product Development, CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business Jennifer Wilson, Partner/Founder, Convergence Coaching DeAnn Hill, CPA, Individual Practitioner, DeAnn Hill, CPA Geni Whitehouse, CEO, Evananerd Cheri H. Freeh, CPA, Principal, Hutchinson, Gillahan & Freeh, PC Elaine Weiss, President and CEO, Illinois CPA Society Heather Kirkby, Director Product Management, Marketing & XD, Intuit, Inc. Jill Ward, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Accounting Professionals Division and Intuit Health Group, Intuit, Inc. Marianna Mooney, CPA, Partner, MayerMeinberg LLP Kristy Short, Ed.D, Partner & CMO, RootWorks, LLC and RWC360, LLC Jean Rakich, Director of Training & Consulting Services, Thomson Reuters Lisa Traina, CPA, CITP, CGMA, President, Traina & Associates Monika Miles, President, Labhart Miles Consulting Group, Inc. Stacy Kildal, Owner/Operator of Kildal Services LLC and Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Kildal Services LLC Dawn Brolin, MSA, Advanced Certified QuickBooks Expert, Professional Accounting Solutions, LLC Michelle Golden, Owner, Golden Practices Edi Osborne, CEO, Mentor Plus Robin Rokuson, Partner, Gettry Marcus Stern & Leher Maria A. Thomas, President, Mia A. Thomas, P.A.

About CPA Practice Advisor

CPA Practice Advisor is an independent information source for practicing public accountants and tax professionals, dedicated to providing them with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions regarding implementing various technologies in their practices. The magazine's audited circulation of more than 40,000 tax and accounting professionals, and more than 80,000 unique monthly digital visitors, look to it for its editorial independence and integrity. For more information, visit

About The American Society of Women Accountants

The American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA) was formed in 1938 to increase the opportunities for women in all fields of accounting and finance. The first chapter was chartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. The mission of ASWA is to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full personal, professional and economic potential and to contribute to the future development of their profession.
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