Walsh launches centennial campaign, honors business leaders at Leadership Awards Dinner

TROY, Mich., Oct. 29, 2021 — Walsh College announced the launch of a three-year, $7.5 million centennial campaign in honor of its founding in 1922 at the Leadership Awards Dinner on Oct. 21. The annual dinner honors business leaders supporting education and benefits student scholarship funds. The centennial campaign focuses on investment in innovative technology for immersive learning, expanding Walsh’s scholarship program to increase access to education and investing in faculty, academic departments and new teaching methods and concepts. Richard and Elaine Pearson are honorary chairs and David and Kathy Petoskey will lead fundraising efforts as campaign chairs.

“As a Walsh alumnus, I am honored to be working with my wife Kathy to lead Walsh’s centennial campaign as we focus on transforming lives and communities through education,” said David Petoskey, founder and president, Wealthcare Management Services and vice chair of the Walsh Board of Trustees.

“Walsh has been a leader in business education since 1922. The centennial campaign allows us to continue that legacy of providing an immersive, engaging education driven by outstanding faculty and innovative technology and teaching methods,” said Michael Levens, Ph.D., Walsh president and CEO. “Our Leadership Awards Dinner is one of the most inspiring nights of the year for the Walsh community, and the perfect setting to kick off the centennial campaign.”

Leadership award recipients were recognized for service to Walsh and the community in the name of education. Alan J. Kaufman, Chairman, president and CEO of H.W. Kaufman Group, received the Jeffery W. Barry Award for Educational Excellence and Community Service, Jackie Buchanan, president and CEO of Genisys Credit Union received the Distinguished Alumni Award, UHY LLP Certified Public Accountants received the President’s Award for Outstanding Partner in Education and Mark Albrecht, MSSL, owner of MJA HR Consulting, was named Distinguished Graduate of the Last Decade.

The Leadership Awards Dinner raised more than $215,000 for student scholarships and $500,000 in lead gifts for the centennial campaign were announced.

The Leadership Awards Dinner was made possible in part by presenting sponsors UHY LLP, H.W. Kaufman Group and Burns & Wilcox and platinum sponsors Ernst & Young LLP, Genisys Credit Union, the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) and Gerald and Brenda Schafer.

For more information about Walsh, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

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Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, data analytics, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Clayton & McKervey shareholder appointed to national AICPA committee

Southfield, Mich.—Oct. 12, 2018—Clayton & McKervey, an international certified public accounting and business advisory firm located in metro Detroit, is pleased to announce that shareholder Julie Killian has been appointed to the Technical Issues Committee (TIC) of AICPA’s Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS). This national committee is made up of CPA practitioner volunteers who work to represent the views of local firms and their clients in the standards-setting process. TIC monitors the activities of the various standard setting boards including the FASB, GASB and ASB, as well as other AICPA senior committees, and submits comments and recommendations to the standard setters as the collective voice of small and medium-sized firms, as needed.

Killian, who joined Clayton & McKervey in 2012 as a principal in the assurance department, was named a shareholder in July 2018. In leading the firm’s audit practice, Killian works with owners, CFOs and controllers of closely-held companies with operations in the United States, as well as international companies in Europe, Asia and Mexico. She is focused on the technical and compliance aspects of reporting, including audits and reviews of corporate financial statements and audits of employee benefit plans. She also offers assurance services such as review of internal controls and performance reporting. Additional areas of expertise include U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), AICPA Financial Reporting Framework for Small and Mid-sized Entities (FRF-SME) and the updated revenue recognition standard released by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in 2015.

Killian is active in other business and professional organizations, serving on the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) Employee Benefits Task Force and the MICPA Audit Committee, and is involved in the French American Chamber of Commerce and the German American Chamber of Commerce. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Michigan State University and IFRS certification from the American Institute of Public Accountants.

The world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, the American Institute of CPAs has a history that stretches back to 1887 of serving the public interest. Today, there are 431,000+ members in 137 countries and territories, representing many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. For more information, visit https://www.aicpa.org/.

About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service certified public accounting and business advisory firm helping closely held businesses compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit claytonmckervey.com.

MICPA Honors Walsh Leadership, Alumni and Students

The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) has announced the 2018 MICPA Award Winners, and many have a Walsh connection. Honorees are recognized for outstanding commitment and leadership, both to the CPA profession and their communities, and will be celebrated at the MICPA Awards Dinner on October 3.

Robert M. Johnson, BAC ’85 and MSF ’92 is the newly elected Chair of the Board. Former Walsh Finance Department Chair Leon C. LaBrecque will receive the Chair’s Service Award. Alan C. Young, MST ’85, will be recognized as the outgoing Chair of the Board and Walsh President Emerita Stephanie Bergeron will be recognized as an outgoing Board Officer. Young’s firm, Alan C. Young & Associates, P.C. will receive the Firm Appreciation Award.

Several additional Walsh alumni will also be recognized:

Bailey Altman, BAC ’11 – Outstanding Task Force, Emerging Leaders
Tony Burdick, MSA ’94 – Outgoing Task Force Chair, Educators
Joanne M. Candela, MSF ’92 – Outstanding High School Teacher
Alex J. Drost, MSF ’16 – Emerging Leader Award; Outstanding Task Force, Emerging Leaders
Paul L. Gimbutis, MAC ’08 – Outstanding Task Force – Emerging Leaders
Victoria A. Mundinger, BAC ’11 – Outstanding Task Force – Emerging Leaders
Bradley P. Perry, MAC ’14 – Outstanding Task Force – Emerging Leaders
Earl J. Poleski, MST ’86 – Outstanding CPA in Government Impact
Jonathan Satterfield, BAC ’16 – Outstanding Task Force – Emerging Leaders
Audrey M. Victor, BAC ’91 – Outgoing Task Force Chair, Federal Tax
Andrew F. Zaleski, MST ’99 – Outgoing Task Force Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions

Current Walsh BAC student Joslyn Le will also be honored as part of the Outstanding Task Force as an Emerging Leader.

“We are so proud of the accomplishments of our alumni in the field of accountancy,” said Walsh President and CEO Marsha Kelliher. “Walsh was founded on our Accountancy program and these individuals are a strong reflection of our values of excellence, integrity and collaboration. We join the MICPA in honoring all of the 2018 award winners.”

For more information about Walsh Accountancy programs, visit https://www.walshcollege.edu/bachelors-ba-degree-accountancy.

Michigan Association of CPAs elects new board officers and directors

The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) has elected Robert M. Johnson, chief financial officer at Shift Digital in Birmingham, chair of its 2018-2019 board of directors. The association of more than 18,000 members, also appointed officers and two new directors to its board.

Johnson, of Clinton Township, having spent his entire professional career in metro Detroit, is familiar with the landscape and will expertly guide the board as its new chair. Prior to Shift Digital, he held financial positions at Dynatrace, CareTech Solutions, Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons Basketball Company. Johnson serves on a committee at Walsh College, his alma mater, to raise funds for student scholarships.

“We are very fortunate to have such extensive experience and vision in our leadership team,” said Peggy Dzierzawski, president and CEO of the MICPA. “Our board is always focused on strategically paving the way for a strong future for the accounting profession in Michigan.”

Additional officers elected for this year include:

David G. Echelbarger, chair-elect: Echelbarger, of Allegan, is president of Echelbarger Himebaugh Tamm & Co. PC, Grand Rapids.
Frank V. Maselli, treasurer: Maselli, of Rochester, is an assurance partner at Ernst & Young, Detroit.
Michelle F. Randall, secretary: Randall, of Northville, is a professor of accounting at Schoolcraft College, Livonia.
The board’s executive committee also includes immediate past chair, Alan C. Young, and past chair, Betsy W. Meter. Young, of West Bloomfield, is the founder and CEO of Alan C. Young & Associates PC in Detroit. Meter, of Beverly Hills, is managing partner and U.S. accounting change leader at KPMG LLP in Detroit.

New directors include:

Mia S. Bennett: Bennett, of Coloma, currently serving as manager of North America Consolidations for Whirlpool Corporation, has previously held accounting roles at General Motors, Kmart Corporation, Henry Ford Health System and Ameritech.
Lisa A. Fisher: Fisher, of Dearborn, in addition to her current role as manager at Daimler North America Corporation, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Tax Executive Institute and is actively involved in the National Association of Black Accountants.
Directors re-elected to three-year terms include: Ronald C. Edmonds (Midland), controller and VP of controllers and tax at The Dow Chemical Company in Midland; Lisa L. Howze (Detroit), vice president for Detroit campuses and strategic partnerships at Davenport University; Stacie M. Kwaiser (Bay City), chief operating officer at Rehmann in Saginaw; Marc J. Lichtman (Canton), partner at UHY LLP in Farmington Hills; and James N. Lopiccolo (Oxford), founder and member at Capocore Professional Advisors in Lake Orion.

Elected officers will serve one-year terms and directors will serve three-year terms, both effective Sept. 1, 2018. Bennett is serving the remainder of Michelle F. Randall’s term, and will subsequently serve a two-year term instead of three.

The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants is the leading statewide professional organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing the value of the CPA profession. Our more than 18,000 members work in business, education, government and public accounting. Established in 1901, MICPA members serve as trusted advisors for businesses and individuals while embracing the highest standards of professional and ethical performance. For more information, visit www.micpa.org.