Officers and Directors

Officers

Mark Stewart

Mark Stewart

President

Mark A Stewart Jr., CPA is the current President of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners (NCCPAP). Before serving as President, Mark has served for many years in the positions of Executive Vice President, Secretary and Chair of the Issues Committee for NCCPAP. Mark is the also the Immediate Past President of the Westchester/Rockland County New York Chapter of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners.

Mark has 20 years of experience as a practitioner. Mark is currently the Co-Managing Member of Feldstein & Stewart LLP, a full service public accounting firm located in Rockland County, NY, that serves medium and small business clients. The firm provides a broad range of services including tax preparation, financial planning and audit/review/compilation attestation services.

Mark is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Conference of CPA Practitioners.

Mark served on an Advisory Committee to Intuit in their Pro-Connect Tax Council. The Council advises Intuit on tax software development and technological innovation as well as participation in conjunction with their legislative affairs team to promote meaningful change in tax and regulatory law.

Mark graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at New Paltz with two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and an Honors Program degree.

Franks Sands

Frank Sands

Executive Vice President

Frank Sands, CPA has 41 years’ experience as a CPA. He is the managing principal of Sands Gililland & Company PC, a licensed CPA firm. He moved to Texas in 1978 from Minnesota to take advantage of the positive business climate. He has presented seminars on taxation and has taught accounting at Richland College and done litigation support.

Frank is a member of the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs, the Texas Society of CPAs, the National Conference of CPA Practitioners (NCCPAP), serves as President of the Texas Association of CPAs, and serves on the Board of NCCPAP. Frank is also a member of the AICPA and the AICPA Tax Section. He is a member of the North Texas Crime Commission. He served as the Committee Chairman of BSA Troop 714 and is active in his community. He enjoys family travel, sailing, fishing, photography, black powder guns, and tinkering in his shop.


SCOTT CHESLOWITZ

Scott Cheslowitz

Vice President

Scott Cheslowitz, CPA, a partner of Rothenberg & Peters, PLLC, is a general practitioner for over 28 years working with closely held entities, estates and high net worth individuals. His services include accounting, tax and business planning for Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships, and Individuals. Scott also provides for estate planning and estate tax work along with estate and trust fiduciary income tax preparation.

Scott graduated Queens College, CUNY with a degree in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of New York. He is Vice President on the Board of Directors of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners (NCCPAP), and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA). Scott has written tax questions for the AICPA Uniform CPA Exam, is currently an AICPA Council Member and on the AICPA Tax Reform Resource Task Force, also formally has served as the Chair of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants Tax Division Oversight Committee (TDOC). He is also former Chair of The NYSSCPA’s Closely Held & S Corporations tax committee and a former co-chair of “Rapid Response” subcommittee for the Tax Division Oversight Committee in which Comment letters to the government and tax articles have been developed for the good of the membership and for the tax profession.

Scott has been an Adjunct professor at Queens College and has been published several times in the CPA Journal, The Tax Advisor and in the NYSSCPA Trusted Professional. In addition, he co-authored a chapter in “The Handbook of Budgeting” through Wiley Publishing. He has appeared multiple times on FoxBusinessNews, Bloomberg on demand and Business Week TV. He has been quoted several times in the media including the Associated Press, Newsday, The Daily News; Inc Magazine, Forbes online, and various other publications.


Franks Gallo

Frank A. Gallo

Vice President

Frank A. Gallo, CPA, MBA is the managing partner of Gallo & Company, CPA's LLP located in Jericho, NY. He is a graduate of Pace University with a Master of Business Administration and was a manager at Kenneth Leventhal and Company before starting his own practice in 1984.

Frank has been in public accounting for more than thirty years and has expertise in audits, reviews, compilations, investment companies, nonprofits, manufacturing, real estate, pension plans, construction and peer reviews.

He is a member of the New York State Society of CPA's and National Conference of CPA Practitioners. He has also been a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Society of Accountants. He has served on various committees of both the New York State Society of CPA's and National Conference of CPA Practitioners.

STEPHEN PALMERIO

Stephen Palmerio

Vice President

Stephen Palmerio, CPA has over 30 years of experience in public accounting and management information systems consulting. This experience covers a wide area of practice including non-profit organizations, accounting, legal, and other professional firms along with distribution/manufacturing cost accounting systems.

Application experience includes products for Microsoft and Sage along with design and supervision of custom applications based on client specifications. Steve’s current focus is on Microsoft Dynamics GP and has implemented the financial and distribution series, project accounting, payroll, manufacturing series, Management Reporter (formerly FRx), Microsoft Forecaster, and the Integration Manager. Steve’s project roles include implementation planning and design, documentation, training, and client coaching.

Steve brings a wealth of diversified experience to Paradigm Technology Consulting, LLC. Clients benefit from Steve’s experience with multiple product lines, a diversified accounting and auditing background, and overall experience with vast amount of business types. Over the years, he has worked on special assignments for Paradigm and, on June 1st, 2004, became part of Paradigm’s consulting staff.

Steve graduated from St. Joseph University in 1971 with BS in Accounting and has been a CPA since 1974.
Accountant in New York State and Florida. He is a Fellow, American Board of Forensic Accounting.


Sandra Johnson

Sandra G. Johnson

Secretary and Treasurer

Sandra G. Johnson, CPA, EA, CFE is widely recognized as a national leader in the public accounting field and has twice been named as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by the highly regarded trade publication Accounting Today. With more than 35 years of accounting and tax experience, Sandy has long dedicated herself to providing premier client service and to sharing her knowledge with young accountants and colleagues.

Sandy is CEO of Johnson CPA located in Bellmore, NY. In addition to running a successful CPA firm, Sandy is an Instructor at the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative and LaGuardia Community College. Sandy has lectured around the country on various business, tax and accounting topics at NY Small Business Development Center, SUNY Old Westbury, Hofstra University, National Conference of CPA Practitioners, Texas Association of CPAs and many, many more.
An active volunteer in the community, Sandy has served as president of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners, the Bellmore Chamber of Commerce and the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women.

Sandy is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the state of New York, an Enrolled Agent with the Internal Revenue Service and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Often recognized by her peers for her involvement in business, Sandy is the recipient of the Town of Hempstead Pathfinder Award, the NYS Assembly Women of Distinction Award, winner of the LI Press Best of Long Island and the recipient of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce Small Businessperson of the Year award.

Sandy has been published in Accounting Today, The Practicing CPA and the Journal of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners.


Neil Fishman

Neil Fishman

Immediate Past President

Neil H. Fishman, CPA, CFE, FCPA, CAMS has been in practice since 1989. He is a graduate of the SUNY College at Oneonta, and is licensed as a CPA in New York and Florida. He is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs, the Florida Institute of CPAs, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, the Forensic CPA Society, and NCCPAP, where he has just completed two years as President of the Organization. Prior to this he served on the National Board in various capacities, including as Chairman of the National Tax Policy Committee (2008-2011). He is also the founding President of the South Florida Chapter (2008-2012).

Neil has authored several articles that have appeared in The CPA Journal, published by the New York State Society of CPAs, California CPA, published by the California Society of CPAs, and Florida CPA Today, published by the Florida Institute of CPAs. In March 2005, Neil was a panelist on taxtalktoday.tv, a webcast run by the IRS, where the topic was “How the Bank Secrecy Act Affects You and Your Clients.” Neil has assisted in the drafting of tax legislation introduced in the United States House of Representatives; discussed tax issues with key support personnel of the United States Senate Committee on Health Education, Labor & Pensions; and provided assistance on the drafting of testimony presented to the United States Senate Committee on Finance and House of Representatives Judiciary and Small Business Committees.


Directors

Robert Brown

Robert Brown

Robert Brown, CPA is the owner of Robert N. Brown, C.P.A., in Jericho, NY. He has spent more than 40 years in public practice serving small to middle market companies, and individuals in the areas of tax preparation, tax planning, tax controversy, estate planning, multi-state taxation, tax representation, financial statement preparation and management advisory services. He is a frequent lecturer to accountant’s and other professionals on tax, accounting and management matters.

Mr. Brown currently serves as president of the Nassau Suffolk Chapter, and previously served as president of the Education Foundation of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners, president of Nassau Suffolk Chapter, and various board positions at the national and local level.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts, the AICPA Private Companies Practice Section, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Conference of CPA Practitioners.

Kenneth Hauptman

Kenneth Hauptman

Kenneth Hauptman, CPA obtained his Bachelor of Science in Economics, with a specialization in Accounting, in 1972 from Brooklyn College, and a Master of Science in Taxation from Long Island University–C.W. Post Center in 1979.

Ken has been practicing public accounting for over 45 years, initially with Lutz and Carr, CPAs and later as a partner with the firms of Weinick, Sanders & Co., CPAs and Hauptman, Elsner & Co., CPAs, prior to establishing his own CPA practice. After 25 years in his own practice, he merged with the firm Wild, Maney & Resnick, LLP on January 1, 2013.

Ken is well versed as a general practitioner; he has been involved in performing a variety of services for a diverse base of clientele: Audit, Review or Compilation of Financial State­ments; Tax consultation, representation or preparation.

He is a member in good standing of the American Institute of CPAs and the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA), and NCCPAP.

Ken is currently a member of the Board of Directors of NCCPAP National; the NCCPAP Education Foundation and the Nassau Chapter of the New York State Society CPAs, as well as Co-chairperson of the NYSSCPA Nassau Chapter Small Firm MAP Committee and a member of the NCCPAP National MAP Committee.

During the years 2009–2019, Ken has served as Vice President, Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of NCCPAP National; from 2003 to 2008, Ken served as Secretary, a member of the Board of Directors and Co-chaired the MAP Committee of the Nassau/Suffolk Chapter.

Ken resides in Old Bethpage, NY, with his wife Robyn.

WILLIAM ORICCHIO

William Oricchio

William Oricchio, CPA, MS is a sole practitioner in Verplanck, NY, providing tax, accounting and consulting services to both businesses and individuals.  Bill has been a practicing Certified Public Accountant since 1989, received Certificate of Advanced Study in School Business Leadership from SUNY College at New Paltz; MS in Taxation from the Lubin Graduate School of Business at Pace University; and BS in Accounting, with a minor in Economics from SUNY College at Oswego.  His experience includes several years with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young. 

Bill is a member of the Westchester Chapter Federal & State Tax Committee of the New York State Society of CPA’s and is the Secretary for the Westchester/Rockland County New York chapter of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners.  He is also a Trustee on the Hendrick Hudson School District Board of Education.

David Rothfeld

David J. Rothfeld

David J. Rothfeld, CPA has been a CPA since 1977.  Before he went out on his own, he worked for several accounting firms including David Tarlow & Co in NYC in the late '70s as well as Fine and Gruber in Lake Success and Feldman & Feldman in Bellrose, N.Y.  David graduated from Adelphi University, receiving both a BBA and a MS in Accounting. He has spent more than forty years serving small- to middle-market companies and individuals through his accounting, tax preparation and planning, and financial planning practice in Hicksville, New York.

David currently is member of the board of directors of the Educational Foundation of the Nassau/Suffolk Chapter of NCCPAP, as well as member of the chapter’s Education, Insurance and Budget committees.  He serves as a member of the National Board of Directors, is chair of the By-Laws committee, and is a member of the Membership and Education Committees. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association and is treasurer of the Civil War Forum of Metropolitan New York.

David resides in West Islip, New York, with his wife Ellen, an older daughter, and two grandsons.




MICHAEL SEIDENBERG

Michael Seidenberg

Michael Seidenberg, CPA is President of Michael D. Seidenberg CPA, P.C, a public accounting firm located in Rockland County, NY, that serves small business and individual clients. Michael’s clientele includes artists, art galleries, architects, designers, photographers, and musicians.

Clients live in Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Belgium and Germany.

Michael has been practicing as a CPA since 1996. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from SUNY New Paltz in Economics. The firm provides tax preparation services for Corporate, Partnership, Individual and Estates.

Michael is Past President of the New York Society of CPA’s Rockland Chapter, former board member of the Estate Planning Council of Rockland County, former board member of the Arts Council of Rockland County and Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center. He is a member of the Westchester/Rockland Chapter of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners, the New York State Society of CPA’s, AICPA, and Arts Council of Rockland County.

He enjoys fishing, gardening, and stamp collecting. Michael is also an avid fan of the New York Yankees, Mets, NY Giants, Jets, NY Rangers, Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Knicks.

Matthew Taus

Matthew Taus

Matthew Taus, CPA/PFS, CFP® graduated Hofstra University in 2008 with a BBA with specialization in Accounting. He began his career with KPMG performing audits of large multinational companies before transitioning to financial and tax planning for a diversified group of mid-size businesses and individuals focusing on advising high wealth business owners, real estate professionals, and families in the areas of trust, estate and gift tax planning, income tax, and international tax matters. Matthew is an active board member of the Estate Planning Council and the National Conference of CPA Practitioners through which he serves on the tax committee and as vice-chair of the NextGen committee for the Nassau Suffolk Chapter, NCCPAP. Matthew is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Society of CPA's, and Financial Planning Association, and regularly speaks and writes on tax matters for organizations and publications.

Irene Wachsler

Irene Wachsler

Irene Wachsler, CPA, MBA is a sole practitioner in the Greater Boston area providing customized accounting and tax services to both businesses and individuals.  Irene has assisted 200+ productions in obtaining $36 million in film tax credits in Massachusetts and New York. 

Irene received her BS in Mathematics with a minor in computer science from University of Lowell and her MBA from Babson College.  Irene’s experience also includes audit work at Deloitte.

Irene is an Advanced QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor and has been the Coordinator of the Massachusetts Society of CPA’s South Shore Breakfast Forum for at least 15 years.  She is also a published author in the Massachusetts Sum News and Missouri CPA as well as a podcast with the Pennsylvania CPA Society.

Barry D. Zalk

Barry D. Zalk

Barry D. Zalk, CPA is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston where he received his BS in BA in Accounting in 1973.  He has practiced public accounting for over 41 years.

Barry started his accounting career while in college where he interned with various Boston accounting firms and Boston Gas Company.  He also interned with J.K. Lasser and Company in New York City where he also worked after graduating.   In 1976 he joined an accounting practice with his father until his father's retirement in 2012.  He is currently a sole practitioner in Huntington, NY.  

Barry is a Past-President of the Nassau/Suffolk Chapter of NCCPAP.  He is also the current chairperson of National’s Ethics Committee and a member of the National Board of Directors.  He is a member of the NYSSCPA and the FICPA.  He is certified in New York and Florida.

Barry resides in Greenlawn, New York with his wife Lyn and has three daughters, a granddaughter and grandson.

Sanford Zinman

Sandford Zinman

Sanford Zinman, CPA is president of Sanford E. Zinman, CPA PC in White Plains, New York.  He graduated from Iona College with a Master of Business Administration in Public Accounting and started his own practice in 1983.  He has been in public account­ing for more than thirty years, with expertise in compilations and tax.  He is licensed in New York and Connecticut and has a diversified clientele including architectural firms, attorneys, authors, child care providers, interior designers, construction and real estate developers, insurance professionals, medical/ dental professionals, restaurants, and retail operations.  He provides business and individual tax services and compilation services and well as individual and corporate tax planning and payroll and payroll tax services.

Sanford is a member of the AICPA and on the Board of Directors of NCCPAP.   Sanford also serves as immediate past president of the Westchester/ Rockland Chapter. He has testified before the Senate Finance Committee and the House Committee on the Judiciary on various tax and identity theft issues.