Dec. 10, 2008
CalCPA Recognizes Five CPAs As ‘Women to Watch’
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The California Society of CPAs (CalCPA) honored five certified public accountants with its Women to Watch Awards at its recent Women’s Leadership Forum in Los Angeles.
They were recognized for making significant contributions to the accounting profession and for demonstrating characteristics that enable them to become leaders in the profession.
“These five women are role models for other women and especially for students who can see how the achievements of these women are helping to change the accounting profession and improve society,” said Loretta Doon, CPA, and CalCPA CEO.
Kristine Caratan, Geralyne Mahoney and Kristine Stromeyer were named experienced leader recipients. B. Marie Ebersbacher and Natalie Quan were honored as emerging leaders.
CalCPA selected the five recipients in partnership with the American Institute of CPAs, AICPA’s Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee, and Robert Half International.
A partner with Moss Adams LLP in San Francisco, Kristine Caratan was named Accounting Alumnus of the Year by Santa Clara University this year and currently serves on the university’s accounting advisory board. She has served on the California State Board of Accountancy and on the board of directors of the Bankers Club of San Francisco. She also is a member of the national board of directors for Beta Alpha Psi, the fraternity for accounting students, and is vice chair of the Moss Adams Foundation, which supports accounting programs and students in the Western states.
Geralyne Mahoney, a partner in the San Francisco firm of Burr, Pilger & Mayer LLP, started the firm’s nonprofit services practice and created the Roundtable Series for Nonprofit Organizations, a twice-annual series of seminars for nonprofits in the Bay Area. She has been president of the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco and served on the boards for Medical Research Agencies of America and the California Association of Nonprofits. She currently is on the boards of the Hanna Boys Center and the Northern California Planned Giving Council. She is the recipient of the National Association for Community Leadership’s Distinguished Leadership Award.
A principal in the Beverly Hills firm of Rothstein, Kass & Co. P.C., Kristine Stromeyer is a member of the firm’s program committee for its Leadership, Inspiration, Family and Empowerment Program, which strives to empower women both personally and professionally. She also is on the board of directors of the Maple Counseling Center, a Beverly Hills nonprofit mental health agency. She serves on the event planning committee for the Los Angeles Chapter of Hedge Funds Care, an alliance of hedge fund industry professionals committed to protecting children from abuse and neglect.
B. Marie Ebersbacher is a shareholder in the Bakersfield office of Mayer, Hoffman, McCann P.C. and is a past president of CalCPA’s Bakersfield Chapter. She is a certified fraud examiner and is certified in financial forensics. Currently she is a member of the American Institute of CPAs’ Accredited in Business Valuation Credential Committee. She also is a member of CalCPA’s Litigation Sections Steering Committee and is a past chair of CalCPA’s State Fraud Section. She organizes her firm’s participation in Volkslauf, a 10k mud run for charity held in Bakersfield.
An audit manager at the San Jose firm of Berger/Lewis Accountancy Corp., Natalie Quan is chair of the emerging professional committee of CalCPA’s Silicon Valley San Jose Chapter and co-chair of the chapter’s not-for-profit interest group. She also is a former treasurer of the American Society of Women Accountants’ Silicon Valley Chapter and is a volunteer for Southern California Dachshund Rescue.