Meet the 2016-2017 Board of Directors

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The FICPA’s 12-member Board of Directors is comprised of FICPA Board Chair Joey Epstein and 10 directors. Deborah Curry, FICPA President/CEO, serves as secretary-treasurer and non-voting BOD member. The Board implements the Council’s policies and oversees the Institute’s activities.

Kristin Bivona, CPA
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Kristin Bivona, CPA

Kristin Bivona is the managing partner of GellerRagans, CPAs and Advisors in Orlando. Her primary practice areas include accounting, auditing and taxation for large and small engagements. Her primary emphasis is on medical companies, professional service companies, employee-benefit plans, A-133 engagements and wholesale and retail industries. Her practice areas also include individual taxes and personal financial statements.

Bivona graduated from the University of Central Florida and has been actively involved in the FICPA Central Florida Chapter since 2009. She has served in each of the chapter’s officer positions and has chaired its Young CPA Committee. Bivona was an FICPA 26 Under 36 honoree in 2013. In 2018, she will begin a three-year term on the AICPA Council.

Shaun Blogg, CPA
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Shaun Blogg

Shaun Blogg, a partner in Marcum’s Tax  & Business Services division, is partner-in-charge of the firm’s West Palm Beach office. Since the inception of his career in South Africa, Blogg has successfully  served large and medium-sized closely held companies. In addition to his auditing and accounting experience,  he has been extensively involved with corporate and transactional tax planning, resolution of IRS matters, optimization of individual tax positions and tax compliance for clients across a range of industries. As a member of the firm’s Alternative Investment Group,

Blogg provides tax, advisory and due diligence services to the private equity market. In the corporate finance sector, he has experience in buy-and-sell side activities relating to mergers, takeovers and acquisitions. He also has re-engineered debt and equity frameworks to optimize profitability.

Blogg is a member of the AICPA and a past president of the Palm Beach Chapter. He is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Association of Chartered Accountants in the  U.S.

Abby Dupree, CPA, CGMA
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Abby Dupree

Abby Dupree has been a partner with Carroll and Company, CPAs since 2002 and has been with the firm since 1994. She became the managing partner in January 2015. She specializes in tax  planning, preparation and consulting for individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations. She also  specializes in state and federal campaign finance compliance consulting and reporting.

Dupree graduated from Florida State University in 1992, became a CPA in 1996 and has been actively involved in the FICPA since 2002. She is a past chair of the Finance  & Office Advisory Committee and has served on the Board of Directors since 2011. She has served in each of the Tallahassee Chapter officer positions, as a member of the State Legislative Policy Committee and as chair of the FSU Accounting Conference Committee. She is a member of the AICPA Council and a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee Class 29.

Gary Fracassi, CPA, CGMA
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Gary Fracassi

Gary Fracassi started his career with a small local firm in Pennsylvania while still in school. He worked a full-time equivalent to satisfy the experience requirements for CPA licensure and brags that he passed the exam in the first sitting. The local
firm later merged with a large regional firm, where he served as manager of client accounting services. Later career opportunities included serving as controller for a chain of fast-food restaurants and an insurance agency group, and as director of IT for a large employee-benefits administration company. His current practice primarily focuses on tax and accounting/controller services for new and emerging small businesses, as well as several non-profit groups.

Fracassi  is  serving  his  second  term  on  the  AICPA Council and has been honored as an FICPA outstanding discussion leader in the area of ethics. He has served as     a chapter officer and regional representative, and as a member  of  numerous committees.  

Sarah Funk, CPA, CGMA
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Sarah Funk

Sarah Funk is the director of compliance with  Trilogy International  Partners,  LLC. Trilogy, a multinational company generating over $650 million in annual revenue with 1,700-plus employees, has operations in South America and New Zealand. Funk   is responsible for corporate and international subsidies compliance and internal audit operations. She also has led initiatives in the areas of mergers and acquisitions; project management for software-implementation projects; Haiti earthquake rebuilding projects; and improving business operations.

In October, Funk will begin a three-year term on  the AICPA Council. She is a director of the   Broward Chapter and serves on the FICPA Women in Leadership Committee. She is actively involved with the FICPA Young CPAs and speaks at various student forums. She was an FICPA 26 Under 36 honoree in 2013 and 2015.

Brad Gould, esq., CPA
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Brad Gould

Brad Gould is a shareholder in the tax and estate and succession planning departments of the law firm of  Dean,  Mead,  Minton  &  Zwemer in Fort Pierce. He practices in the areas of tax and business law, with an emphasis in planning for closely-held business, S corporations, reorganizations and tax controversies. He also advises clients on estate and succession  planning with handling matters that involve transfer taxes, multi- generational business succession planning, and probate and trust litigation.

Gould speaks extensively on tax and estate planning subjects, including S corporations, planning for same- sex couples, and IC-DISCs. He is a member of The  Florida Bar and of the American Bar Association, where he is the incoming vice chair of the S Corporations Committee of the Tax Section.

Tarsha Jacobs, CPA
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Tarsha Jacobs

Tarsha Jacobs is the owner of Tarsha R. Jacobs, CPA, PLLC. After working for local CPA firms in Central Florida for 15 years, she began her own practice in 2013. She has more than 20 years of experience including 15 years in public accounting, providing services for clients in a range of industries including charter schools, construction, health care, manufacturing, not-for-profit, professional services and retail.

Jacobs has served on the FICPA Chapter Operations, Special Projects and Management of an Accounting Practice committees and has chaired the Accounting Careers Committee. She has served on the Council for six years, including four years as the regional representative for Region 4. She is a past president of the Central Florida Chapter and chair of its Financial Literacy Committee. She is a member and past chair of the Women in Leadership Committee and the Greater Orlando Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants.

Alan Jowers, CPA
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Alan Jowers

It’s surprising what Alan knows – from Beatles music to governmental auditing. With more than 20 years of experience in public accounting, Alan focuses on providing audit and other assurance services for local governmental entities, condominium and homeowner associations, privately held businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. He also has experience working with a variety of insurance companies and community banks.

He currently has primary engagement responsibility for a significant number of association audits, as well as engagements for more than 60 community development districts.

Jowers is a member of the FICPA State Legislative Policy Committee and a member and past chair of the Common Interest Realty Association Committee. He is a member of the Florida Government Finance Officers Association and the North Gulf Chapter of the Community Association Institute.

W. G. Spoor, CPA, CGMA
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W. G. Spoor

W. G. Spoor joined Spoor Bunch Franz in 1997 and became a partner in 2007. He is responsible for the firm’s domestic and international individual and entity tax practices. Spoor specializes in helping clients with tax compliance and consulting issues. He has extensive experience with business acquisitions, succession planning, retirement planning and representation before the IRS and the Florida Department of Revenue.

Spoor earned a master’s in accountancy from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s in accounting from Florida State University. He is a Personal Financial Specialist, Registered Investment Advisor and QuickBooks ProAdvisor. He is an AICPA member and has served on the AICPA Uniform Accountancy Act Committee. He has served on the FICPA’s Finance & Office Advisory, Accounting Careers, Nominations, International Tax and Young CPAs committees.

Alan West, CPA
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Alan West

Alan West has been with the University of Florida (UF) since 2006. Currently, he is an assistant vice president and university controller. He previously was the controller for the UF Foundation.

West worked in public accounting with James Moore and Company in Gainesville and has over seven years of public accounting experience throughout Florida. He is a member of the AICPA. West earned two bachelor’s degrees from the University of South Florida and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.