American Woman's Society of Certified Public Accountants - New Jersey Affilaite


The AWSCPA NJ Affiliate began in June 2007 with a mission to integrate the values of the national professional society of women CPAs into our New Jersey Affiliate and offer networking opportunities, leadership skills, advice and an opportunity to enhance the ability for women to succeed in their careers. Read on for information about our events, job opportunities, scholarships and newsletters. Our board meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM. You can participate in person or dial into the call. We would love to hear from you. Please email us at for more information.


If you would like to become a member of this dynamic chapter, visit the national website for an application!


2014-2015 Board of Directors

Position Name Email Address
President Gail Mattera
President Elect Andrea Lillard
Past President Christina Flynn
Secretary Kristen Savstano
Treasurer Stephanie Mendoza
Assistant Treasurer Cindy Sandomenico
Member Services Committee    
Member Services Coordinator Justina Drapala
Student Relations Committee    
Scholarship Co-Director Julissa Cruz
Scholarship Co-Director Angie Torres
Marketing and Publications Committee    
Director of Publications Kaitlyn Schmidt
Website Coordinator Magdalena M. Czerniawski
Program Committee    
Events Coordinator Patsy Iacono
CPE Coordinator Donna Pedersen, CPA
Community Outreach Director Rubina Hasan
National Liaison Karen Fierro


Date Topic Speaker, Title, Company CPE Hours Link
June 18, 2015 Seventh Annual Dinner Event Paul Thompson CEO/President
Thompson & Thompson Consulting, Inc.

N/A More Details
Online Registration


AWSCPA New Jersey Woman CPA of the Year Award

The AWSCPA NJ Affiliate is accepting applications for the 2015 Woman of the Year Award.This award recognizes a woman who has demonstrated leadership, integrity, sacrifice and accomplishment in furthering the advancement of women in accounting in New Jersey and exemplifying the highest ideals of the accounting profession.

This award recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to the accounting profession and their community. Criteria for this award will be professional accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, community service, and contributions, which further the advancement of women in the profession. Such contributions must extend beyond the workplace.


Recipients will be honored at the annual dinner on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at La Pastaria in Summit, New Jersey. The honoree will also be featured in the affiliate’s second quarter newsletter with appropriate releases sent. The nominee must be a woman CPA practicing in NJ.

2015 Woman CPA of the Year Application

AWSCPA New Jersey Affiliate Scholarships

AWSCPA NJ will award one $2,000 cash and one Wiley CPA Exam Review scholarships to qualified students.

Requirements for all scholarships:

  • Must be undergraduate or graduate student, or recent graduate (for Wiley Scholarship only)

  • Must have a cumulative 3.0 average by application deadline.

  • Must be an Accounting Major and plan on pursuing a career as a CPA.

  • Must provide a validated full transcript from an accredited college or university.

  • Must complete an essay no longer than 1,000 words on topic provided.

  • Must be able to attend the annual dinner on June 18, 2015 to accept the award.

  • Involvement in school, community, professional and/or charitable organizations is desirable.

  • Additional requirement for Wiley CPA Review Course scholarship - must be eligible to take a review course within one year of scholarship awarding.

  • Applications and full transcripts should be received NO LATER THAN May 15, 2015.

Recipients will be honored at the annual dinner on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at La Pastaria in Summit, New Jersey.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at:

2015 Cash Scholarship Application
2015 Wiley Scholarship Application

Congratulations to Previous Winners

Congratulations to our 2014 Scholarship Recipients! We are excited to announce that Bridget Hartnett, Partner at Sobel & Co, is our 2014 AWSCPA-NJ Affiliate CPA of the Year. We also awarded Kelly Coyne and Aisha Ghani, each, $2,000 in a cash scholarship. Aamir Hasan accepted a scholarship for the Wiley CPA Review Course and Athina Kritharis accepted a scholarship for the Becker CPA Exam Review Course. Congratulations to all our award recipients.

2013 – Olga Druzhubina & Emily Furey received 2013 Becker CPA Exam Review Course Scholarship Awards. Aisha Ghani & Shehan Chandrasekera received 2013 AWSCPA Cash Scholarship Awards
2011 –
Elizabeth Regan and Jennifatu H Crowther were the recipients of our Becker CPA Exam Review Course Scholarships. Our Cash Scholarship Recipient was Liang Ren.

2011 –
Andreea Danalache was the recipient of our Becker CPA Exam Review Course Scholarship. Our Cash Scholarship Recipients were Renee Reitmeyer and Mariah Shearin.
2010 – Lori Minogue was the recipient of Becker CPA Exam Review Course Scholarship. Our Cash Scholarship Recipients were Laura Zindel and Josephine LoBianco.


PEN America
Position: Director of Finance

The Center for Contemporary Art
Position: Board Treasurer

The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ, is currently interviewing candidates for the position of Treasurer (and Finance Committee Chair). This is a volunteer position. The ideal candidate is someone who is financially literate and preferably has experience in nonprofit finance, corporate finance or accounting. This is a unique opportunity to become a part of a vibrant community arts organization that has been serving the tri-county area (Somerset/Morris/Hunterdon) for more than 40 years.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing, in coordination with the Executive Director, the creation, presentation and monitoring of the annual budget

  • Ensuring that appropriate financial reports are made available to the board on a timely basis

  • Presenting financial information to the board and being available for questions

  • Monitoring compliance with financial policies and procedures

For more information, or to apply, please contact Mary Lev at

Good Karma Comes Back!

Help us build a greater team! Refer a new hire to Wiss and earn $2,000!

We are currently seeking:  a Tax Senior Associate   &  an Experienced Accounting and Audit Associate

If you know of anyone, please email their resume to We have an office in NYC and offices within the NJ area.

For more information on our Karma program, please refer to

Legal and Compliance Associate; The Legal and Compliance Group coordinates and implements a wide range of legal functions and regulatory and compliance initiatives.

The group is responsible for:

  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating transactional documentation, third party agreements, and intra-group service contracts;

  • Investigating and responding to legal process;

  • Updating and maintaining compliance policies and procedures;

  • Developing, tracking and analyzing regulatory developments;

  • Creating compliance communications; and

  • Reporting to senior management on legal and compliance matters.

BSNY is hiring within it Legal and Compliance Department. Responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting in the implementation and administration of the compliance program, including the BSA/AML compliance program, the alphabet regulations and ethical business practices.

  • Coordinating and executing the compliance and regulatory initiatives and other special projects, including risk assessments and periodic compliance reporting, and analysis of new regulations, regulatory guidance, and compliance processes.

  • Monitoring and researching laws and regulations to determine applicability to the business and implement responsive compliance measures.

  • Identifying and measuring the compliance risks associated with products and services offered by the institution and assisting in development of policy, procedures, controls and training to address those risks.

  • Monitoring of the compliance procedures for effectiveness, and recommend changes as appropriate (includes executing annual compliance testing and analysis of key risk indicators).

  • Drafting and updating policies and standard operating procedures related to the compliance program (i.e. Regulatory Compliance Manual, Code of Conduct, Electronic Communications Manual, AML manuals, Record Retention Manual).

  • Developing, maintaining and delivering tailored training modules on compliance and ethics-related topics.

  • Preparing reports as necessary to be presented at Legal, Compliance and Management Committees.

  • Track and resolve compliance inquiries, concerns and internal investigations.

  • Monitor industry developments and maintain knowledge of new and amended laws and regulations

  • Participate in industry forums to enhance legal and compliance knowledge.

  • Assist the Senior Legal Counsel in general legal and corporate matters.

  • Draft and review services agreements and vendor contracts.


  • JD and admission and member ship in good standing to the NY State Bar.

  • 3+ years financial industry experience within a U.S. regulated financial institution, specific work experience with banking and broker-dealer federal and state regulations.

  • Advanced knowledge in risk identification, risk assessment, controls development, training, monitoring and reporting. Has a core grasp of project management and is able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks in a high pressure environment.

  • In-depth knowledge of current financial regulatory requirements, including BSA/AML.

  • Experience in negotiating transactional documentation (i.e. for loans, securities underwriting) and third-party vendor agreements (i.e. service agreements, license agreements).

  • Strong critical thinking and analysis skills, verbal and written communications skills, and project management skills.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Proficient with Microsoft products and legal systems (WestLaw).

  • Spanish (will be a plus but not required)

Public Policy, Markets and Regulatory Manager The business activities of GBM and the ever increasing amount of new and changing regulation and legislation have reached a point that requires the creation of an entirely new role. Although there is an established Compliance Team, GBM in NY is to appoint a person to be located within the business line who will be the expert on all regulatory and legislative issues that affect GBM in NY. The person will also be GBM’s NY point of contact whenever the Compliance Team has issues or projects requiring the business to be involved or take action.


  • Communicate regulatory initiatives and projects to internal stakeholders in the Group.

  • Analyze impact of these regulatory initiatives in the business in coordination with multidisciplinary teams (Business areas, Operations, IT, Tax, Legal and Compliance).

  • Stay on top of trends, developments and potential updates, modifications, to the current regulatory environment.

  • Detect alerts of regulatory initiatives and projects, via a proactive approach

  • Attend seminars, conferences and training courses relevant to the assigned responsibilities in order to keep the organization and senior management abreast of new initiatives, market-wide opinions and industry positions that may result in potential changes to regulatory “status quo”.

  • Provide topical and “ad-hoc” training to Front office and other areas including identifying content, audiences, and preparation of training material.

  • The candidate should proactively identify new changes in the regulatory landscape from different sources; coordinate with Legal/Compliance about how to interpret them and evaluate implications.

  • Support implementation efforts with business and support areas.

Skills /Experience

  • BA or BS

  • Advanced degree is a plus

  • At least 3-5 years at a major financial services firm (a major US Bank - Broker dealer, regulators in areas like Compliance, Legal or Business Development is preferred)

  • Self-starter/Proactive

  • Experience in project management

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Business, Operational Risk or Operations experience

  • Legal expertise a plus

  • Broad banking knowledge including products, risk, compliance, etc. This knowledge should allow the candidate to understand the impact of any new /modification of regulation.

  • Leadership to recommend courses of action to align the organization with the changing environment, set up task forces to that end, and ensures Santander readiness to adapt to any new set of rules.

  • Spanish is a plus

  • Availability to travel occasionally (especially within the US)

Senior Auditor; Banco Santander is looking for an auditor to integrate into its US Internal Audit team, providing an opportunity to grow and become a future leader within the Bank. Positions within Internal Audit are designed to allow individuals to grow professionally and learn about the Bank and financial services industry.

Under the general direction of the Audit Manager, the candidate will be responsible for the timely execution of risk-based internal audits in accordance with the annual audit plan, as well as assisting other audit matters and projects. Candidates should have a comprehensive understanding of the treasury activity, including front-to-back end processes within the Sales and Trading environment (Front, Middle and Back Offices, Market Risk, and Credit Risk). He/She will interact with members of the Compliance and IT audit areas in the integrated review of the units’ operational risks.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for executing internal audits of business units, financial reports, key processes, and significant transactions of the bank to determine adequacy of the control structure, mitigation of risks and effectiveness and efficiency of operating processes. Audit testing coverage includes Treasury and Asset Liability Management risk; exposure around IRRM and FX; audit coverage of Funding and Liquidity Management, Credit risk, Capital Management and Stress Testing

  • Assign areas of review to staff auditors and oversee audit staff and work throughout the audits to ensure that work is completed in accordance with Group practice and policies.

  • Assists in performance of risk assessment of business operations and processes

  • Prepares initial draft of audit report for review and approval by Audit Manager.

  • Conducts post-audit follow-up to appraise adequacy of corrective action taken to audit recommendations

  • Participates in completing specific audit procedures and/or projects


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or related business fields

  • Minimum of 5 years of audit experience in a bank or broker/dealer regulated environment.

  • CIA certification is a plus

  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills

  • Ability and willingness to work in a team environment

  • Good technology/computer skills

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills

  • Knowledgeable of Capital Markets activity, including derivatives instruments and risk management function

  • Knowledgeable of the laws applicable to the Federal Reserve Bank, Office of Comptroller Currency, Securities Exchange Commission and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

  • Good understanding of internal audit processes, including identifying and evaluating key risks; developing and conducting audit testing; documenting work performed; and presenting findings identified

Junior Accounting Analyst- New Jersey Turnpike; Multiple Locations: The analyst position will assists the management team of the Finance department in the preparation of financial reports and analysis of financial matters. The analyst will establish and maintain harmonious relationships while providing assistance to other departments, outside organizations, agencies and consultants to further the objectives of the Authority. Some qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Accounting and eligible to take a CPA exam in the State of NJ; demonstrate expertise in Excel; and demonstrate the ability to utilize Financial Software efficiently. If interested, contact Pam Varga at



Date Topic Speaker, Title, Company CPE Hours Link
April 24, 2015 Strategic Thinking and Its Impact on the Bottom Line ADP
99Jefferson Rd.
Parsippany, NJ 07054
1 More Details
December 10, 2014 Holiday Beer Break Networking Event Cricket Hill Brewery
24 Kulick Road
Fairfield, NJ 07004
(973) 276‐9415
N/A More Details
June 26-27, 2014 2014 WALC Conference Morristown, NJ    
May 13, 2014 Golf Outing 12:00 – 5:30 pm Shackamaxon Country Club   Invitation Flyer
Sponsorship Flyer
April 25, 2014 ADP Professional Presentation Skills
8:00 - 10:00 am
Heather Sperduto, ADP 2 Invitation Flyer

January 16, 2014 Wine and Cheese Tasting Affinage Cheese Shop
244 US 46 East
Fairfield, NJ 07004

1 More Details
November 6, 2013 The Lost Art of Differentiation - Branding, Planning & Servicing Cohn Reznik Learning Center
4 Becker Farm Road
Roseland, NJ 07068

1 More Details
October 20, 2013 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Mack-Cali Business Campus
1 Campus Drive
Parsippany, NJ 07054

N/A More Details
September 26, 2013 6th Annual Golf Outing Crystal Springs Golf Course
Hamburg, NJ

N/A More Details
Sponsorship Flyer
May 23, 2013 2013 Annual Dinner Event Sylvie Gadant
Principal at Rothstein Kass

N/A More Details
April 26, 2013 Health Care Reform ADP
99 Jefferson Rd.
Parsippany, NJ 07054

2 More Information
April 18, 2013 After Busy Season Happy Hour! Fox & Hound - "Best Party in Town"
Menlo Park Mall
250 Menlo Park Drive
Edison, NJ
N/A More Information
January 8, 2013 Wine tasting Come taste and learn how to pair French wines and cheeses

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December 4,2012 Fall CPE – Creating Executive Presence and Visibility Tracey Early - Managing Principal, Untracht Early LLC
Camille Asaro - Principal, Rothstein Kass
Caroline Abramo - Principal, Pana Consulting, LLC

2 More Information &
Print Registration

Holiday Food Drive Flyer
October 2, 2012 5th Annual Golf Outing Neshanic Valley Golf Course

N/A More Information &
Print Registration

Sponsorship Information
June 25, 2012 5th Annual Battle of the Business 5K Run ADP & Sobel & Co., LLC
The Green at Florham Park
180 Park Avenue
Florham Park, NJ 07932
N/A Click Here for More Information
May 30, 2012 Regulatory Update Rothstein Kass
Gary S. Kaminsky, CPA
Brandon L. Caroprese

1 More Information &
Online Registration
May 23, 2012 Fifth Annual Gala Dinner Kathleen Cashman
“Critical Success Factors for Women”
Principal at Cashman Consulting LLC
N/A Click Here for More Information
April 27, 2012 Understanding Body Language Heather Sperduto of ADP
99 Jefferson Rd.
Parsippany, NJ 07054
2 Click Here for More Information
February 15, 2012 The Greater New Jersey Golf Event Hyatt Morristown at Headquarters Plaza
3 Speedwell Avenue
Morristown, New Jersey 07960
Regency Ballroom
N/A To register, please email Heather Sperduto at
January 12, 2012 Busy Season Kick-Off Happy Hour! Fox & Hound - "Best Party in Town"
Menlo Park Mall
250 Menlo Park Drive
Edison, NJ
N/A Click Here for More Information
October 20, 2011 Speak Up. Stand Out. Advance Your Career! J.H. Cohn
4 Becker Farm Road
4th Floor (Learning and Development Center)
Roseland, NJ 07068
(973) 228-3500
1 Click Here for More Information
October 16, 2011 2011 Mayor's Walk/Run
"Break the Silence of Ovarian Cancer"
66 Main Street
West Orange, NJ
N/A Click Here for More Information
September 20, 2011 Golf Clinic and Nine Hole Outing Neshanic Valley Golf Course
2301 South Branch Road
Neshanic Station, NJ, 08853
N/A Click Here for More Information

Sponsorship Flyer
June 22, 2011 4th Annual Gala Dinner Barbara Vigilante
“Best Practices in Telecommuting”
Principal at Work/Life and Women's Initiatives LLC
N/A Click Here for More Information
May 10, 2011 Taste of Italy Kathy Brindle N/A Click Here for More Information
April 29, 2011 Thriving in this Economy Heather Sperduto of ADP 1.5 Click Here for More Information
February 10, 2011 Resume Building—for college students Robert Half International   Click Here for More Information
December 1, 2010 Holiday Shopping Spree Grant Thornton "The Atrium"
399 Thornall Street
Edison, NJ 07095
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October 20, 2010 Financial Planning Panel Deirdre Wheatley-Liss, Esq
Lester Wigler
JoAnn Ralph, CPCU, CIC, CRM
1.0 Click Here for More Information

August 26, 2010 Resume Building and the Value of Soft Skills Carla Salerno Silvestri, CPA 1.0 Click Here for More Information

June 14, 2010 The Third Annual Gala Dinner Diane Garnick of Invesco, Ltd N/A Click Here for More Information

May 25, 2010 Annual Golf Clinic and Nine Hole Outing Forsgate Country Club N/A Click Here for More Information

April 30, 2010 Implementing Client Retention and Partnering Strategies Heather Sperduto of ADP 2.0 Click Here for More Information
April 25, 2010 Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure® N/A N/A Click Here for More Information
April 21, 2010 Happy Hour & Membership Drive N/A - Social Networking Event N/A Click Here for More Information
January 12, 2010 2010 Season Kick-off Happy Hour & Membership Drive N/A - Social Networking Event N/A Click Here for More Information
December 7, 2009 Wine Tasting with Carol Berman N/A - Social Networking Event N/A Click Here for More Information

October 27, 2009 Mass Mutual Pearls of Wisdom: The New NEW Economy Presented By: JoanAnn Natola of Mass Mutual N/A Click Here for More Information
August 27, 2009 Fashion and Networking Presented By: J. CREW
J. CREW Menlo Park Mall Stor
N/A Click Here for More Information
June 16, 2009 Gala Dinner The American Woman’s Society of CPAs New Jersey Affiliate Invites You to Attend our Second Gala Dinner Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at 6:00 pm. N/A Click Here for More Information
May 18, 2009 Golf Clinic and Nine Hole Outing Hyatt Hills Golf Complex N/A Click Here for More Information
May 1, 2009 Professional Presentation Skills Heather Sperduto of ADP N/A Click Here for More Information
April 26, 2009 Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure® in Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark NJ Affiliate of the American Woman’s Society of CPAs will participate in the Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure® in Essex County Branch Brook Park in Newark. N/A Click Here for More Information
March 24, 2009 The Convergence of International Financial Reporting Standards and US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles Lynn Horowitz of Resources Global Professionals N/A Click Here for More Information

December 4, 2008 Wine Tasting Networking Event Carol Berman N/A Click Here for More Information
October 22, 2008 "Pearls of Wisdom" Seminar Emerald Financial Resources 1 Click Here for More Information
June 12, 2008 Gala Dinner The American Woman’s Society of CPAs New Jersey Affiliate Invites You to Attend our First Gala Dinner Thursday, June 12, 2008, at 6:00 pm.   Click Here for More Information

May 19, 2008 Golf Clinic & 9 Hole Outing This event is open to all abilities. Start your day with breakfast then join us for the Golf Clinic. After a delicious lunch join us for a fun 9 Hole Outing followed by a cocktail hour and networking.   Click Here for More Information

Sponsorship Information
April 30 , 2008 The Art of Building a Successful Network Jack Killion- Publisher-Garden State Woman Magazine and Managing General Partner, Eagle Rock Diversified Fund 1 Click Here for More Information
December 6, 2007 Wine Tasting to Begin Your Holiday Season N/A - Social Networking Event N/A Click Here for More Information
September 27, 2007 Balance for Today’s Career Woman Dena Moscola, Founder and President of Resolutions, a national training and coaching firm 1 Click Here for More Information

July 18, 2007 

Critical Success Factors for Women: Remove the Limits!  

Kathleen Cashman
WOMEN Unlimited, Inc.


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