Member Highlight

February 2017
Lindsey Brutus got her start in NABA in 2009 while pursuing her BS in Accounting at the Rutgers University, Newark Campus. Lindsey served on the student chapter e-board for two years. Lindsey recently came back to her NABA roots, serving as the Northern NJ professional chapter Programs Chair. With a strong background in internal audit, Lindsey recently started a new role at a tech company as an Internal Controls Analyst and is pursuing her CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) license.

January 2017

Avril J. Okeke is Accounting Associate Director, EY Global Services, Secaucus NJ where she is responsible for enhancing and maintaining accounting processes and procedures in support of IT and other global services functions. As a seasoned financial professional with over thirty years of experience in financial services and accounting, Avril has performed in various roles for various firms including Columbia University, State Street Corporation PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, and others.

A member of NABA since 1998, serves on the Corporate Advisory Board of the NABA Boston Metro Chapter where she served as President for 5 years. Avril holds a BSBA with a concentration in Accounting from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts. A transplant from Trinidad and Tobago, she lived in Boston from 1990 to 2011 and has been a NJ resident since. She currently lives in Union, New Jersey with her husband, Joe Obi Okeke CPA and has two adult children. She is also a NABA LIfetime Member

December 2016
Tatiana Smith is a recent graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she obtained an undergraduate and graduate degree in Accounting. At Clark Atlanta, she served as a student member of NABA. Currently, she is an associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where she supports the New York Metro Real Estate Tax practice. Tatiana is also an active member of Southern Region of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she focuses her efforts on financial literacy in urban communities. In her spare time, she likes to volunteer as a high school cheerleading coach in Hillside, NJ.

November 2016
 Congratulations Shakor J. Jukes For Passing the CPA Exam!
Shakor J. Jukes, a native of Newark, NJ, currently works as a Audit Associate at RSM US LLP. Having graduated in 2012 from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting, he then furthered his education at Montclair State University where he obtained his Masters of Business Administration. He has served as a volunteer publisher for the NJCPA Editorial Board for Future CPAs.

October 2016
Claude Barnes, graduate of Ramapo college,  has recently obtained his State of New Jersey CPA License. NABA understands the hard word you went through to hitthis milestone. Congratulations on this monumental achievement and NABA NNJ wishes you the best in all your future endeavors!

 September 2016
Congratulations to past national president and lifetime NABA member, Ralph Thomas, CGMA, CEO and executive director of the NJCPA, for making Accounting Today’s “Top 100 Most Influential People” List. We applaud Ralph’s continued excellence and wish him the best of luck in all future endeavors. Read More


Cynthia Watson

September 2016
Congratulations to Cynthia Watson who has recently accepted the position of Internal Controls Sr. Manager at Honeywell based out of Morris Plains, New Jersey office. In this role, Cynthia will have responsibility over various SOX 404 program requirements, managing branch audits and other internal control engagements spanning compliance, operational, and financial reviews. Most recently, Cynthia has been a Controls Manager at Pearson Inc., where she provided guidance on controls throughout the implementation of an ERP system. Prior to this, she was an Internal Audit Manager at Pearson. Cynthia also worked as a Senior Auditor at KPMG and New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.

Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Montclair State University. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

NABA NNJ wishes Cynthia all the best in her career and best of luck with the Honeywell Corporate Audit team!

August 2016
NABA NNJ member, Derkyl Paton MSA, has spent 6 weeks teaching 8th and 12th grade students financial literacy at New Jersey City University’s Pre-College Program. Let’s continue to make positive impacts on our communities as we embody our motto of “Lifting as We Climb”

tyraesha hagans, CPA

July 2016

NABA NNJ member and Rutgers University Alum, Tyraesha Hagans, recently obtained her State of New Jersey CPA License. Congratulations on this monumental achievement!
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