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Officers & Trustees


The 2013/14 New Jersey Society of CPAs Officers are:

Gerard Abbattista, CPA
EisnerAmper LLP
President

Gerard Abbattista, CPA, Partner at EisnerAmper LLP, Edison, joined the New Jersey Society of CPAs in 1985. He has served on the NJSCPA board of Trustees as treasurer and trustee. He is a member of the Committee Operations, Finance and Retirement Savings Plan committees, and trustee of the Education Foundation Board of Trustees and the NJSCPA Scholarship Fund. He has served as a member of the Professional Conduct, Strategic Planning and Investment committees. In the Middlesex/Somerset Chapter, he has served as president and director.

He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and serves as treasurer of the Gilda’s Club of Northern New Jersey.

Abbattista earned his B.S. in accounting from Seton Hall University. He and his wife, Debra, reside in Westfield and have a son and two daughters. 
 

Brad E. Muniz, CPA
Sobel & Company CPAs, LLC
President-Elect

Brad E. Muniz, CPA, Partner in Charge of Accounting and Auditing at Sobel & Company LLC, CPAs, Livingston, joined the New Jersey Society of CPAs in 1991. He has served on the NJSCPA Board of Trustees as secretary, treasurer and trustee. He is a member of the Accounting & Auditing Standards Interest Group, Finance and Strategic Planning committees, Scholars Institute Advisory Board and is a trustee of the Education Foundation Board of Trustees. He has served as a member of the Volunteer Relations and Investment committees and the NJ-CPAPAC.

In the Morris/Sussex Chapter, he has served as president, vice president, treasurer and director.

He is a member of the PKF North America Network and has served on its CPE Committee and as vice chair of the Accounting & Auditing Committee.

In his community, Muniz is a board member of the Milton School and treasurer for Family Intervention Services.

Muniz earned his B.A. in accounting from William Paterson University. He and his wife, Diane, reside in Parsippany and have two daughters and a son. 
 

Walter J. Brasch, CPA
ParenteBeard LLC
Secretary

Walter J. Brasch, CPA, Regional Managing Partner-NJ Metro Region at ParenteBeard LLC, Clark, joined the New Jersey Society of CPAs in 1977. He has served on the NJSCPA Board of Trustees as a trustee and treasurer.

He is a member of the Governmental Accounting & Auditing, Accounting & Auditing Standards and Health Care interest groups; and trustee of the Education Foundation Board of Trustees. He has also served as chair of the NJ-CPA-PAC and the Finance Committee. In the Monmouth/Ocean Chapter, he has served as president, vice president, secretary and director.

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

In his community, Brasch has served as board chair and treasurer of the Raritan Bay Medical Center, alumni association president of Christian Brothers Academy (CBA), board member and honorary committee chair of the American Cancer Society and board member and treasurer of the Boy Scouts of America, Monmouth Council. He is a recipient of the CBA Alumnus of the Year Award and currently serves on the CBA Major Gifts Committee.

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 two grandchildren.  
 

John M. Szczomak, CPA
Smolin, Lupin & Co., P.A.
Treasurer

John M. Szczomak, CPA, Member at Smolin, Lupin & Co., P.A., Fairfield, joined the New Jersey Society of CPAs in 1990. He has served on the NJSCPA Board of Trustees as a trustee and vice president.

He is a member of the NJSCPA Committee Operations and Professional Conduct committees, Cooperation with Bankers and Health Care interest groups and is an NJCPA-PAC trustee.

In his community, Szczomak is treasurer of the Passaic Valley Elks and the New Jersey State Elks Association, on the board of the Fighting Children’s Cancer Foundation and chair of St. Bonaventure Roman Catholic Church’s Finance Committee.

Szczomak earned his B.A. in accounting from William Paterson University. He resides in Paterson.  
 

Thomas F. Roche III, CPA
Fazio, Mannuzza, Roche, Tankel, LaPilusa, LLC
Immediate Past President

Thomas F. Roche III, CPA, CGMA, Principal at Fazio, Mannuzza, Roche, Tankel, LaPilusa, LLC, Cranford, joined the New Jersey Society of CPAs in 1981.

Roche’s involvement with the NJSCPA began as a member and chair of the Young CPAs Committee.

He currently serves on the Nominating and Retirement committees and chairs the Council of Past Presidents. He has served on the NJSCPA Board of Trustees as president, vice president and trustee. He was a member of the Finance, Meetings & Special Events and Committee Operations committees; chair of the Insurance Trust; trustee of the NJSCPA Scholarship Fund and NJ-CPA-PAC; and secretary of the Nominating Committee. In the Union County Chapter, he has served as treasurer, secretary, vice president and president.

Roche is a member of the Commerce & Industry Association of New Jersey, the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce and a past president of the Union Township Chamber of Commerce.

In his community, Roche serves as treasurer of the Westfield Police Athletic League and board member of the Stephen F. Mannuzza Foundation, Inc. He has been recognized as a “Five-Star Wealth Manager” from 2011-13 by New Jersey Monthly magazine.

Roche earned his B.A. in accounting from Pennsylvania State University. He and his wife, Nancy, reside in Westfield and have a son, daughter and granddaughter. 
 

Ralph Albert Thomas, CGMA
New Jersey Society of CPAs
CEO & Executive Director

Ralph Albert Thomas, CGMA, joined the New Jersey Society of CPAs in 1984 and began his service as NJSCPA CEO & Executive Director in 1999. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and serves on the AICPA Pre-Certification Education Executive Committee. He has also served on the AICPA’s Group of 100, Business and Industry Executive Committee, CPA Vision Project Team, Peer Review Executive Committee Board, Strategic Planning Committee and AICPA Council. Thomas is on the boards of the State Society Network Inc. (SSNI) and Shared Services LLC, a joint venture of the AICPA and SSNI; he also serves on the board of the CPA/SEA.

Thomas is a member of Lehigh University’s Board of Trustees, College of Business Board of Advisors, Audit Committee and has served as president of Lehigh’s Alumni Association. Thomas also serves and/or has served on the Accounting Advisory Boards of both Rutgers and Seton Hall Universities. He is a board member of The ARC of Essex County and is a member and former president of the National Association of Black Accountants. Thomas was selected in 2010 and 2011 by Accounting Today as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting.” Thomas is also a member of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone Initiative.

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 2013/14 New Jersey Society of CPAs Trustees are:



    Sharon J. Bishop, CPA
    Bishop & Bishop, P.C.


    Leonard N. Brooks, CPA
     Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


    Joseph C. DiFalco, CPA
    EisnerAmper LLP


    William A.
    Cadmus, CPA

    WithumSmith+Brown


    Edward I.
    Guttenplan, CPA

    Wilkin & Guttenplan, P.C.


    Michael W.
    Gutwetter, CPA

    Michael W. Gutwetter, CPA


    Karl A.
    Halteman, CPA

    WIL Research Holdings


    Robert P.
    Herman, CPA

    Net@work


    Edward G. O’Connell, CPA
    WithumSmith+Brown


    Jody Rorick, CPA
    Jody Rorick, CPA


    Mary E. Zago, CPA
    Union County College


    Joseph A.
    Zielinski, CPA

    Money Management Financial Services