Past Education Foundation Award Recipients

Congratulations to our previous awards recipients.

2015-16 Award for Instructor Excellence

"He exceeded my expectations as an instructor. Tax prep is a dry subject that can be very boring, but he made it fun, interesting and relatable."

Mark Vanden Berge, CEO and president of Vanden Berge, Inc. has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting. Vanden Berge has lectured on subjects for several years and has received numerous perfect scores on his evaluations for knowledge and presentation.

2015-16 Award for Outstanding Webcast Instructor

"Laura was very easy to follow and learn from in this webinar. I could tell she was knowledgeable and easily answered questions in class."

Laura Lindal, CPA, has more than 25 years of experience in auditing, concentrating on audits performed in accordance with government auditing standards and single audits (also referred to as A-133 audits). In addition, she works with auditees preparing for audits and with auditors and their firms to design, document and perform audits in accordance with professional standards, while maintaining the highest degree of efficiency possible.

2015-16 Award for Outstanding Course Materials

"He provides practical knowledge and examples that make understanding technical matters easy."

Lynford Graham, CPA, Ph.D., CFE, has nearly three decades of public accounting experience in audit practice and in various national firm policy development groups. He is a visiting professor of accountancy at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., a consultant on professional accounting and auditing matters and an author. His numerous academic and business publications span various topics, including information systems, internal controls and SOX 404, expert systems, fraud, accounting and auditing.

2015-16 Award for Outstanding Conference Speaker

"He does a great job of identifying topics that are important or problematic and offers great experience and perspective."

G. Scott Haislet is a California attorney and CPA, and is a Certified Specialist in Taxation Law. He practices in the areas of taxation, wills, trusts, estate planning, real estate, business, IRS audit representation, and 1031 exchanges. He is president of a qualified intermediary for 1031 exchanges. Haislet is a member of the State Bar of California (Tax Section and Trusts/Estates Section), the United States Tax Court Bar, the Contra Costa County Bar Association, AICPA and CalCPA. Haislet writes and lectures frequently about tax, real estate, finance and estate planning and legal issues, and has authored continuing education courses for real estate and tax professionals.

2015-16 Award for Outstanding Conference Volunteer

Bertha Minnihan, CPA has practiced public accounting since 1995 and has extensive experience directing all phases of audits for a variety of benefit plans, including 401(k), 403(b), pension, employee stock ownership, health, and welfare benefit plans. She has also worked with a number of 11-k clients. Her ERISA expertise includes the specialized knowledge required for audits, Form 5500s, and related filings. Minnihan provides various consulting services related to the ERISA industry nationwide and dedicates her time to staying on top of the Department of Labor requirements while they are still in the proposal and discussion stage.

"I look forward to working with the Education Foundation team on the upcoming Accounting, Auditing and Employee Benefit Plans Conference in April. It’s a wonderful way to give back to our beloved profession and help one another to strive for audit quality. I always get back much more than I put in."

2015-16 Award for Meritorious Service

"Gary Caporicci has been an integral part of the Education Foundation for 20 years. From classroom teaching, to chairing conferences, Gary is consistently providing excellence in continuing education. Gary truly cares about governmental accounting and auditing and wants anything associated with him to be of the highest quality. Not only is Gary a consummate professional, he is also a delightful person who is ever ready with a smile and a well-timed quip. Not many people are a perfect combination of easy to work with and the most knowledgeable person in the room, but that’s Gary Caporicci."

Gary M. Caporicci, CPA, CGFM, CFF is a partner at The Pun Group, LLP. He has more than 40 years of diversified business experience, including a specialization in audit and management consulting for government organizations. Known for his expertise in the areas of construction and government, Caporicci wrote the AICPA audit guides on these topics, and he has authored many audit and accounting courses for professional groups, as well as academic institutions. He frequently speaks and lectures at many professional organizations, governmental seminars and conferences held by industry associations, other accounting firms, and universities. In addition, he authors white papers for the California Committee on Municipal Accounting.