The 2012/13 New Jersey Society of CPAs Officers are:
Thomas F. Roche III, CPA
Fazio, Mannuzza, Roche, Tankel, LaPilusa, LLC
Thomas F. Roche III, CPA, Principal at Fazio, Mannuzza, Roche, Tankel, LaPilusa, LLC, Cranford, joined the New Jersey Society of CPAs in 1981. He has served on the NJSCPA Board of Trustees as president-elect, vice president and trustee. He was a member of the Finance, Meetings & Special Events, Nominating and Committee Operations committees; chair of the Insurance Trust; and trustee of the NJSCPA Scholarship Fund and NJ-CPA-PAC. In the Union County Chapter, he 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 served as treasurer of the Westfield Police Athletic League and board member of the Stephen F. Mannuzza Foundation, Inc. He has been recognized as a 2011 and 2012 “Five-Star Wealth Manager” 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.
Gerard Abbattista, CPA
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 NJSCPA Strategic Planning and Committee Operations committees and has served as chair of the Finance and the Scholarship Awards committees. In the Middlesex/Somerset Chapter, he has served as president and director.
Abbattista is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and serves as board treasurer of 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
Brad E. Muniz, CPA, Partner in Charge of Accounting and Auditing at Sobel & Company, LLC, Livingston, joined the New Jersey Society of CPAs in 1991. He has served on the NJSCPA Board of Trustees as treasurer and trustee. He was a member of the Volunteer Relations, Finance and Investment committees; former trustee of the NJ-CPA-PAC; and served on the Scholars Institute Advisory Board and Accounting & Auditing Standards Interest Group. 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 CPE Committee and 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
Walter J. Brasch, CPA, Regional Managing Partner at ParenteBeard LLC, NJ Metro Region, Clark, joined the New Jersey Society of CPAs in 1977. This is Brasch’s second year as treasurer. He has served on the NJSCPA Board of Trustees as a trustee. He is currently a member and past chair of the NJ-CPA-PAC; served on the Finance and Governmental Accounting & Auditing committees; and is on the Health Care and Accounting & Auditing Standards interest groups. He has also served as president, vice president, secretary and director of the Monmouth/Ocean Chapter.
Brasch is a member of the Health Care Financial Management Association, associate business member of the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials and board member of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce.
In his community, Brasch served as board chair and treasurer of the Raritan Bay Medical Center, alumni association president of Christian Brothers Academy (CBA), board member and 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.
Carole A. Hedinger, CPA
New Jersey State Lottery
Immediate Past President
Carole A. Hedinger, CPA, Executive Director at the New Jersey State Lottery, Lawrenceville, joined the New Jersey Society of CPAs in 1984. She has served on the NJSCPA Board of Trustees as president, secretary, vice president and trustee; as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee; as an NJ-CPA-PAC chair and trustee; as a member of the State Taxation, Federal Taxation, and Litigation Support and Business Valuation Forensic Litigation Services interest groups; and as a Scholarship Fund Trustee.
Hedinger is a member of the American Institute of CPAs. She is a recipient of the Ocean County Community College Distinguished Achievement Award and the Toms River Regional Schools Hall of Fame Award and was inducted into the Georgian Court University Court of Honor.
In her community, Hedinger is chair of the Health South Rehab Hospital Citizen’s Advisory Council and has served as a board member of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
Hedinger received her B.B.S., magna cum laude, in business from Georgian Court College and A.A. in business from Ocean County Community College. She and her husband, Len, reside in Toms River and have two daughters.
Ralph Albert Thomas, CGMA
New Jersey Society of CPAs
Chief Executive Officer & 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 2012/13 New Jersey Society of CPAs Trustees are: