Women to Watch Award Recipients

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Women to Watch Awards


The Women to Watch Awards were created by The American Institute of CPAs to recognize outstanding women in the accounting professions and are given in two categories: Established Leaders and Emerging Leaders. Started in 2010, the FICPA Women to Watch Awards were created to focus on the outstanding women who not only shape the Florida Institute of CPAs, but also the profession. Congratulations to all of our award nominees.

The 2018 Women to Watch Awards were presented by FICPA 2017-18 Council Chair, Alan M. West, during the Women's Leadership Summit at the Mega CPE Conference on June 15, 2018.

Congratulations to our 2017 Awards recipients



Experienced Leader

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Gail Markham

Gail Markham - Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. 
Gail graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland College of Business and Management and is the founding partner of Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A. Gail has extensive experience in litigation services, mediation, and forensic accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, is Accredited in Business Valuation, is Certified in Financial Forensics from the American Institute of CPAs, is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, and is a Registered Investment Advisor.

Emerging Leader

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Caridad Vasallo

Caridad Vasallo - VMBG Accounting 
Caridad has a wide breadth of experience that gives her the versatility to serve in a number of contexts. These include Tax Preparation and Accounting Services as well as Litigation Support Services. She is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the 2017 FICPA Horizon Award, and has been widely published.



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Deborah Leonard

Experienced Leader 
Deborah Leonard

Deborah received her B.S. in Accounting from Florida State University and has over 30 years of tax, accounting, and business advisory experience. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of North Florida Investment Committee and is a member of the FSU Foundation Planned Giving Council. She is also the winner of the 2015 Distinguished Leadership Awards - Servant Leadership Category, Leadership Tallahassee and one of 2013’s “25 Women You Need to Know.” 



Emerging Leader 
Natasha Novikov

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Natasha Novikov

Natasha received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida and her Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Virginia. She is responsible for mentoring, training, hiring, interviewing, selecting, and promoting Forensic Accountants and Financial Analysts in the Accountant Unit at FBI Headquarters. She serves on the FBI Corporate Fraud Response Team and the Central Florida Fraud and Forgery Unit Working Group. She is also the recipient of the Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year and of a Standing Ovation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


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Susan Thompson

Experienced Leader:
Susan Thompson of CS&L CPAs

Susan Thompson has over 23 years of experience in a variety of tax and audit services. She specializes in individuals, developers, pass-through entities, not-for-profit organizations, and foundations. She joined CS&L CPAs in 1991 and currently serves the Bradenton, Sarasota, Tampa and Ocala areas. She has previously volunteered her time with the Mayor’s Homeless Coalition Task Force, was the former Treasurer of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and was a former Co-Chair for the Key to the Cure fundraising event.

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Amanda Bonifay

Emerging Leader:
Amanda Bonifay of Goldstein Schechter Koch, PA

Amanda graduated from Georgia State University, where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in accounting and finance as well as a Master of Professional Accountancy with a major in financial accounting and reporting. She is a member of both the American and Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Amanda is Chair of the FICPA Miami-Downtown Chapter and founding Chair of the Ponce Society of Young Professionals. She was named one of the FICPA’s top 26 under 36 for 2013 and was a Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2013 Rising Star Award Finalist.


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Sheri Schultz

Experienced Leader:
Sheri Schultz of Fiske and Company

Sheri is an equity owner and member of the executive committee of Fiske and Company in Plantation. She is the firm’s director of litigation support and valuation services. As chair of the Business and Valuation/Litigation Committee for the FICPA, Sheri helped to develop the Valuation and Litigation Section. She is a 26-year member of the FICPA and a past member of the Institute’s Board of Governors and serves on the Valuation and Litigation Conference planning committee. She is involved in the mentoring program for the ABV credential.

Allison Harrell

Emerging Leader:
Allison Harrell of Thomas Howell Ferguson, P.A.

Allison Harrell is Director, Assurance Services at Thomas Howell Ferguson, PA in Tallahassee. She served on and chaired the FICPA’s Young CPA Committee for several years and served as the Chair for the AICPA’s inaugural Edge Conference in New Orleans. Allison represented Florida and the FICPA as a member of the AICPA’s inaugural Leadership Academy. She was appointed as the youngest member of the Executive Committee of the AICPA’s Government Audit Quality Center. Allison also became chairman of 2-1-1 Big Bend, an organization providing community support, crisis counseling, and suicide prevention services.


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Karen Mosteller

Experienced Leader:
Karen Mosteller of Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company

Karen graduated from the University of South Florida, Fort Myers, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Karen is a member of the AICPA, the Health Management Association, and the Florida Medical Group Management Association. She serves on the Technology Committee of the National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants as well as on several other committees. Among her awards are the 2011 and 2012 Best Places to Work award from Florida Trend magazine, the 2010 Business Ethics Award from the Uncommon Friends Foundation, and the 2009 Small Business of the Year Award from the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce.

Emerging Leader:

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Stephanie Martin
Stephanie Martin of Lewis, Birch & Ricardo, LLC


Stephanie joined the firm in 1999 after graduating from the University of South Florida (USF) with a Master of Accountancy degree. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from USF. Since 2010, she has organized the firm’s participation in the UPARC Foundation’s Festival of Trees. In 2011, she became a charter member and chair of Plus One Inc., a women’s philanthropy group. Stephanie has chaired the Homeless Emergency Project, Inc.’s audit committee. In 2003, she joined the Krewe of Agustina de Aragon, an all-female krewe that volunteers throughout the Tampa Bay area, primarily focused on the interests of women and children.



Experienced Leaders:
Deborah Garringer, CPA, of Crowe Horwath, LLP
Laura Krueger-Brock, CPA, of CBIZ, Kirkland, Russ, Murphy & Tapp

Emerging Leaders:
Cindy Cruz, CPA, of  Rooms to Go
Magda Sanchez-Farren, CPA, of Crowe Horwath, LLP



Experienced Leaders:
Barbara Burner; Owner, Barbara A. Burner, CPA
Deborah Goode; Owner/Audit Director of Hoyman Dobson
Jodi Kippe, Partner at Crowe Horwath, LLP

Emerging Leaders:
Lahteefah Bryant; Manager at Crowe Horwath, LLP
Andreea Cioara; Associate Director at Berkowitz Dick Pollack & Brant, LLP
Hema Rupnarain; Owner at Hema Rupnarain, CPA