NJCPA Board of Trustees

The 2016/17 New Jersey Society of CPAs Officers are:

President: Walter J. Brasch, CPA

Walter J. Brasch, CPA, CGMA, partner and chief business development officer at PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP, joined the NJCPA in 1977. He has served on the NJCPA Board of Trustees as a trustee, treasurer, secretary and president-elect. He is a member of the NJCPA Finance, Strategic Planning and Retirement Savings Plan committees and is an Education Foundation trustee. He was chair of the NJ-CPA-PAC. Walter has also served as president, vice president, secretary and director of the NJCPA Monmouth/Ocean Chapter. 

Brasch is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Health Care Financial Management Association, a board member of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce and an associate member of the NJ Bankers Association. 

In his community, Brasch served as board chair of the Raritan Bay Medical Center, alumni association president of Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) and board member of the American Cancer Society and the Boy Scouts of America, Monmouth Council. He is a recipient of the CBA Alumnus of the Year Award and currently serves on the board of CBA. He also serves as an associate member of the Audit Committee of Monmouth University and a fundraising committee member for the Raritan Bay Health Care Foundation. 

Brasch earned his B.B.A. in accounting from St. Bonaventure University. He and his wife, Ann, reside in Little Silver and have a son, daughter and three grandchildren.


President-Elect: Edward I. Guttenplan, CPA, CGMA

Edward I. Guttenplan, CPA, CGMA, managing shareholder at Wilkin & Guttenplan, P.C., in East Brunswick joined the NJCPA in 1981. He has served on the NJCPA Board of Trustees as a trustee and served two terms as secretary. He currently serves as an NJCPA Education Foundation [Ed G] and NJCPA Scholarship Fund trustee. He has served as a member of the NJCPA Student Programs & Scholarships, Human Resources and Special Awards committees; and the Accounting & Auditing Standards and E-File interest groups. He is a recipient of the NJCPA Distinguished Service Merit Coin - Standard of Excellence Recognition and also recipient of the NJCPA 2004/05 Leadership Award. In the NJCPA Middlesex/Somerset Chapter, he has served as treasurer, secretary, vice president and president. 

Guttenplan is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and is active with many community organizations and boards. 

Edward earned his B.S. and M.B.A. in accounting from Boston University. He and his wife, Bonnie, reside in Highland Park and have two sons and a daughter.

 

Secretary: Michael VanderGoot, CPA, CGMA

Michael VanderGoot, CPA, CGMA, is the director of audit at BC Compliance Group, LLC in Matawan. He joined the NJCPA in 1998. VanderGoot served in various roles at the Monmouth/Ocean Chapter including president; served in the Business Valuation Forensic Litigation Services Interest Group; and Volunteer Relations Committee.

Michael is currently a trustee for the Young CPAs Council and the Education Foundation Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the American Institute of CPAs. 

He earned his B.S. in accounting from Monmouth University.

 

Treasurer: Lynn L. Albala, CPA, CGMA

Lynn L. Albala, CPA, CMA, CGMA, CFO at InfoSight Partners LLC, Oakland, joined the NJCPA in 1981. This is her second year serving as trustee for the NJCPA Board of Trustees. She has served as a member of the NJCPA Federal Taxation, Accounting & Auditing Standards and Technology interest groups; Nonprofit Interest Group leader; a member of the Audit Committee; and leader of the Nonprofit Conference and the Accounting, Business & Technology Show work groups. 

Albala is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, past chapter president of the American Society of Women Accountants and the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants, and past chapter director of the Institute of Management Accountants. 

In her community, she is a Girl Scout Senior and Ambassador Consultant for the Oakland Girl Scout Service Unit and past Oakland GS Service Unit Manager. 

Albala earned her B.S. in accounting from Penn State University. She and her husband, Mark, reside in Oakland and have a daughter.

 

Immediate Past President: Frank R. Boutillette, CPA, CGMA, ABV

Frank R. Boutillette, CPA, partner at WithumSmith+ Brown, New York, joined the NJCPA in 1986. He has served on the NJCPA Board of Trustees as treasurer, trustee and president. He is a member of the NJCPA Finance and Peer Review Executive committees; an Education Foundation trustee; and the Retirement Savings Plan Committee chair. He has served on the Accounting & Auditing Standards, Governmental Accounting & Auditing, Health Care and Nonprofit interest groups; and NJ-CPA-PAC Board of Trustees. In the Middlesex/Somerset Chapter, he has served as director, secretary and treasurer.  

Boutillette is a member of the American Institute of CPAs Council, Quality Control Materials Task Force and Joint Trial Board. He has also served on the AICPA Peer Review Board. He is a frequent lecturer on accounting and auditing topics for the NJCPA and other organizations.  

Boutillette earned his B.A. in accounting from Rutgers University-Newark. He is a resident of Toms River.

 

CEO & Executive Director: Ralph Albert Thomas, CGMA

Ralph Albert Thomas, CGMA, began his service as CEO and Executive Director of the NJCPA in 1999. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and serves or has served on numerous AICPA committees and the AICPA Council. He was appointed to the inaugural AICPA National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. 

Thomas also serves or has served on the Accounting Advisory Boards of Lehigh University, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, Montclair State University and Thomas Edison State College. He is a trustee emeritus at Lehigh University, former chair of Lehigh’s Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee, and member of Lehigh’s Audit Committee. 

Thomas has been actively involved since 1977 as a member of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and was elected National President of NABA for fiscal years 1990/92. 

Thomas is a member of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone Initiative and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) State Society Relations Committee. 

Accounting Today selected Thomas as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting” for the past five years. 

Thomas earned a B.S. in business and economics and an M.B.A. from Lehigh University. He and his wife, Valerie, reside in South Brunswick and have a daughter.

 



The 2016/17 New Jersey Society of CPAs Trustees are:

Amy Both
Amy Y. Both, CPA
Neral & Company, P.A.
Robert Brown
Robert J. Brown Jr., CPA
Cowan, Gunteski & Co., P.A.
Melanie Cobb
Melanie A. Cobb, CPA
E. Martin Davidoff & Associates

Carol Donatiello Iocca, CPA
Wilkin & Guttenplan, P.C.
Sarah Krom
Sarah Krom, CPA
SKC and Co., CPAs, LLC
Roy Kvalo
Roy H. Kvalo, CPA
The Curchin Group, LLC

Stephen O. Richard, CPA
Becton Dickinson & Company

William J. Ryan III, CPA
EisnerAmper LLP

Lorenzo T. Vanore, CPA
ASDS Consulting Services