Inspiration Operatives

The Center for Accounting Transformation Inspiration Operatives are innovative thinkers representing a variety of fields including: accounting, audit, tax, finance, human resources, information technology, leadership, and more.

Through an array of programs and offerings, learners will have the opportunity to connect with our Inspiration Operatives to foster knowledge growth, enhance current skills, receive coaching, and guidance on professional development—to be inspired to #EnableTransformation and #improvetheworld.

Learn more about our Inspiration Operatives and how they may help inspire you below.

Karl Ahlrichs, CSP, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Human Capital Thought Leader

Karl Ahlrichs is a human capital thought leader with expertise in the people side of finance and accounting, and has a proven understanding of the motivation and psychology that enables behavior change and has direct experience in with the human capital strategies accounting and finance needs to recover from the impact of COVID.

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Shehan Chandrasekera, CPA

Head of Tax Strategy, CoinTracker

Shehan is a renowned speaker who has performed speaking engagements with many organizations, including Google, Coinbase, Lyft, AICPA, American Bar Association, and State CPA Societies. Head of Tax Strategy at CoinTracker, Shehan is one of the handful of CPAs in the country who is recognized as a real-world operator and a conceptual subject matter expert on cryptocurrency taxation.

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Shayna Chapman, CPA, CITP

Founder & Chief Strategist, Shaynaco LLC

Shaynaco LLC provides a wide range of services to individuals and businesses in a variety of industries. At Shaynaco LLC, we strive to meet each client’s specific needs in planning for the future and achieving their goals in an ever-changing financial and regulatory environment.

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Jennifer H. Elder, CPA, CMA, CIA, CFF, CGMA

Founder, The Sustainable CFO

Jennifer helps businesses solve tough problems with strategic solutions. She is a business generalist and an accounting expert who can make the complicated awesomely simple. For more than 20 years, she has been helping businesses focus on their core values and strengths to transform inefficiency and chaos into a profitable entity with an energized team.

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Jina Etienne, CPA, CGMA

Founder & Principal Consultant, EtiennePartners (EP)

Jina Etienne is a consultant and speaker on diversity, inclusion, culture and belonging. She creates training programs and workshops to help clients move forward in their D&I journey. She is a story-teller and speaks candidly about her experiences, hard lessons and ‘aha’ moments that helped her understand the importance individuality, the value of curiosity and the courage it takes to “just” be yourself.

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Melisa Galasso, CPA, CPTD

Founder & CEO, Galasso Learning Solutions

Melisa F. Galasso is the founder and CEO of Galasso Learning Solutions LLC. A CPA with nearly 20 years of experience in the accounting profession, Melisa designs and facilitates courses in advanced technical accounting and auditing topics, including not-for-profit and governmental accounting. Her passion is providing high-quality CPE that is meaningful, creates efficiencies and improves quality, and positively impacts ROI. She also supports essential professional development, audit level training, and train the trainer efforts.

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Brian Kush, CPA, PCC

Executive Leadership Coach, Intend2Lead

Brian is an executive leadership coach who invites something greater that is already inside you. He challenges you to show up more consistently as the bigger version of who you already are. He has worked with hundreds of professionals through a one on one or group coaching relationship to help them overcome their leadership challenges. Companies also utilize Brian to provide workshops, presentations, and training sessions to thousands of people on various leadership and communication related topics.

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Vince LoRusso, CPA

CEO & Co-founder, TrueUp

Vince LoRusso is the CEO, Co-founder and challenge creator of TrueUp. After a decade of experience, coming from a Big 4 firm, and specializing in areas of audit, financial reporting in the private sector, and consulting for a variety of industries and company sizes, Vince is now using his CPA to bring skill validation and progression through skill-based challenges for all accounting, finance, and audit professionals.

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Mark D. Mayberry, CPA, CITP, CISA, CIDA

Founder, Mark Mayberry, CPA

Mark has conducted educational programs domestically and Internationally focusing on the efficient and effective application of audit methodology and digital tools as well as actively promoting the use of data analytics to enable teams to perform efficient and effective engagements. He is a speaker at various AICPA, ISACA and AAA conferences on changes in technology, data analytics and the impact on the profession. He has served on several domestic and International Firm committees and task forces developing audit software, audit methodology, and automation techniques.

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Bill Penczak, CPA

Founder & Chief Insight Officer, MICA Ventures

Bill Penczak, CPA, spent the first 20 years of his career as a billable consultant for large national firms, and for the past 18 years has focused on professional services firms, including regional, national and global roles for EY, BDO, and Briggs & Veselka. In the past two years, two of his clients were cited as the fastest growing CPA firms in the country by Accounting Today magazine.

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Steve Player, CPA, CGMA

Founder & Implementation Director, Future Ready Finance

Steve Player serves as the Managing Director of Future Ready Finance. He also leads the Beyond Budgeting Round Table North America (BBRTNA), working with companies to implement continuous planning processes. Steve has over 30 years of experience in improving performance management. He is the co-author of Future Ready: How to Master Business Forecasting and Beyond Performance Management as well as five other books. Steve interviews CFOs for the website, discussing innovative finance and planning processes.

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Michelle (Golden) River, CPF

Founder, Fore LLC

Michelle (Golden) River is a growth and profitability strategist and a seasoned Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF). She’s the former partner and growth leader of Top 60 accounting firm K·Coe Isom, and a 20-year industry consultant. She launched Fore LLC in 2017 to help CPAs understand and implement pricing-model changes that best serve both our evolving profession and CPA firms’ customers.

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Donny Shimamoto, CPA, CITP, CGMA

Founder & Managing Director, IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC

Donny is the founder and managing director of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC, an advisory-focused CPA firm specializing in organizational development and innovation management for small businesses, middle-market organizations, and nonprofits. Donny is a recognized thought leader and educator in the Accounting Technology, IT Risk Management, and Performance Management fields; his dedication to helping accountants and organizations leverage strategic technologies while proactively managing their business and technical risk is paramount.

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Frank Stitley, CPA, CVA

Managing Partner, Stitely & Karsetter, CPAs

Frank Stitely is a CPA and managing partner at Stitely & Karstetter, CPAs. He is also CEO of Clarity Practice Management, a publisher of cloud-based practice management software. Frank has owned his practice for over 29 years and developed Clarity Practice Management over the previous ten years to serve the needs of both his practice and his clients. His recently published book, The Relentless CPA, can be found at

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