NJCPA Board of Trustees

The 2015/16 New Jersey Society of CPAs Officers are:

President: Frank R. Boutillette, CPA

Frank R. Boutillette, CPA, Partner at WithumSmith+ Brown, New York, joined the New Jersey Society of CPAs in 1986. He has served on the NJCPA Board of Trustees as treasurer, trustee and president-elect. He is a member of the NJCPA Finance and Peer Review Executive committees; an Education Foundation trustee; and the Retirement Savings Plan Committee chair. He has served on the Accounting & Auditing Standards, Governmental Accounting & Auditing, Health Care and Nonprofit interest groups; and NJ-CPA-PAC Board of Trustees. In the Middlesex/Somerset Chapter, he has served as director, secretary and treasurer. 

Boutillette is a member of the American Institute of CPAs Council, Quality Control Materials Task Force and Joint Trial Board. He has also served on the AICPA Peer Review Board. He is a frequent lecturer on accounting and auditing topics for the NJCPA and other organizations. 

Boutillette earned his B.A. in accounting from Rutgers University-Newark. He is a resident of Toms River.
 

President-Elect: Walter J. Brasch, CPA

Walter J. Brasch, CPA, CGMA, Partner & Chief Business Development Officer at O’Connor Davies, LLP, Cranford, joined the New Jersey Society of CPAs in 1977. He has served on the NJCPA Board of Trustees as a trustee, treasurer and secretary. He is a member of the NJCPA Finance, Strategic Planning, and Retirement Savings Plan committees and is an Education Foundation trustee. He was chair of the NJ-CPA-PAC. He has also served as president, vice president, secretary and director of the Monmouth/Ocean Chapter. 

Brasch is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Health Care Financial Management Association, a board member of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce and an associate member of the NJ Bankers Association. 

In his community, Brasch served as board chair of the Raritan Bay Medical Center, alumni association president of Christian Brothers Academy (CBA), and board member of the American Cancer Society and the Boy Scouts of America, Monmouth Council. He is a recipient of the CBA Alumnus of the Year Award and currently serves on the board of CBA. He also serves as an associate member of the Audit Committee of Monmouth University and a fundraising committee member for the Raritan Bay Health Care Foundation. 

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, a daughter and three grandchildren.
 

Secretary: Edward I. Guttenplan, CPA

Edward I. Guttenplan, CPA, CGMA, Managing Shareholder at Wilkin & Guttenplan, P.C., East Brunswick, joined the New Jersey Society of CPAs in 1981. This is Guttenplan’s second term as secretary. He has served on the NJCPA Board of Trustees as a trustee. He currently serves as an NJCPA Education Foundation trustee. He has served as a member of the NJCPA Student Programs & Scholarships, Human Resources and Special Awards committees; and the Accounting & Auditing Standards and E-File interest groups. He is a recipient of the NJCPA Medallion Leadership Award. In the Middlesex/Somerset Chapter, he has served as treasurer, secretary, vice president and president. 

Guttenplan is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and is active with many community organizations and boards. 

Guttenplan earned his B.S. and M.B.A. in accounting from Boston University. He and his wife, Bonnie, reside in Highland Park and have two sons and a daughter.
 

Treasurer: Lynn L. Albala, CPA

Lynn L. Albala, CPA, CMA, CGMA, Chief Financial Officer at InfoSight Partners LLC, Oakland, joined the New Jersey Society of CPAs in 1981. She has served on the NJCPA Board of Trustees as a trustee. She has served as a member of the NJCPA Federal Taxation, Accounting & Auditing Standards and Technology interest groups; Nonprofit Interest Group leader; a member of the Audit Committee; and leader of the Nonprofit Conference and the Accounting, Business & Technology Show work groups. 

Albala is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, past chapter president of the American Society of Women Accountants and the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants, and past chapter director of the Institute of Management Accountants. 

In her community, she is a Girl Scout Senior and Ambassador Consultant for the Oakland Girl Scout Service Unit and past Oakland GS Service Unit Manager. 

Albala earned her B.S. in accounting from Penn State University. She and her husband, Mark, reside in Oakland and have a daughter.
 

Immediate Past President: Brad E. Muniz, CPA

Brad E. Muniz, CPA, Partner in Charge of Accounting and Auditing at Sobel & Company LLC, CPAs, Livingston, joined the New Jersey Society of CPAs in 1991. He has served on the NJCPA Board of Trustees as president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer and trustee. He is on the NJCPA Finance and Retirement Savings Plan committees; on the Department of Labor Work Group; and an Education Foundation trustee. He has served as a member of the Scholars Institute Advisory Board; Strategic Planning and Volunteer Relations committees; Accounting & Auditing Standards Interest Group; and as a Scholarship Fund trustee. In the Morris/ Sussex Chapter, he has served as president, vice president, treasurer and director. 

Muniz is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the AICPA Council. He is a member of the PKF North America Network and has served on its CPE Committee and as 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.
 

CEO & Executive Director: Ralph Albert Thomas, CGMA

Ralph Albert Thomas, CGMA, began his service as CEO and Executive Director of the New Jersey Society of CPAs in 1999. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and serves or has served on numerous AICPA committees and the AICPA Council. He was appointed to the inaugural AICPA National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. 

Thomas also serves or has served on the Accounting Advisory Boards of Lehigh University, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, Montclair State University and Thomas Edison State College. He is a trustee emeritus at Lehigh University, former chair of Lehigh’s Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee, and member of Lehigh’s Audit Committee. 

Thomas has been actively involved since 1977 as a member of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and was elected National President of NABA for fiscal years 1990-92. 

Thomas is a member of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone Initiative and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) State Society Relations Committee. 

Thomas was selected by Accounting Today as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting” for the past five years. 

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 2015/16 New Jersey Society of CPAs Trustees are:


Jean I. Abbott, CPA
Stockton University
Sharon Bishop
Sharon J. Bishop, CPA
Bishop & Bishop, P.C.

Leonard N. Brooks, CPA
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Joseph C. DiFalco, CPA
EisnerAmper LLP

Carol Donatiello Iocca, CPA
Wilkin & Guttenplan, P.C.

Sarah Krom, CPA
Sharpe, Kawam, Carmosino & Company, LLC

Roy H. Kvalo, CPA
The Curchin Group, LLC

Edward G. O’Connell, CPA
WithumSmith+Brown

Stephen O. Richard, CPA
NBA Properties

William J. Ryan III, CPA
Smolin, Lupin & Co., P.A.

Audrey J. Sherrick, CPA
Friedman LLP

Lorenzo T. Vanore, CPA
ASDS Consulting Services