This celebration will include esteemed speakers and kick-off the next steps of your career. While we can’t gather in-person, it certainly does not prevent us from celebrating.
Our celebration will be hosted by Owner/Operator of Trivia Throwdown Online LLC, Michael Wade.
Learn more about Michael
Mike Wade hails from Richmond, VA where we spent 10 years working in the nonprofit sector specializing in events & programming. While finishing his MBA from William & Mary (amidst the Covid-19 pandemic), Mike launched his startup Trivia Throwdown Online LLC (TTO). TTO is an exclusively virtual trivia company specializing in smaller events that focus on team building & fun for all ages/abilities. His passion and experience with building client relationships has led to his diverse platform for connecting people through virtual events. In December 2020, TTO was featured in the New York Times and continues to grow both domestically and internationally. Mike is married with two small children, loves all things DC sports, hiking, and craft beer.
Barton Baldwin, CPA
State Board of CPA Examiners President
Sharon Bryson, M.Ed.
NCACPA Chief Executive Officer
Bernita Demery, CPA
State Board of CPA Examiners Vice President
Learn more about Barton
Barton W. Baldwin, CPA, previously served on the Board 1994-2002 and 2009-2012. He is Managing Partner at Baldwin & Hodge, LLP, a CPA firm with offices in Mount Olive, Clinton, and Raleigh. Baldwin was licensed as a North Carolina CPA in 1978.
Baldwin has extensive service with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA); the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA); the National Society of Accountants (NSA); and the NC Association of CPAs (NCACPA). He has served as Chair of NASBA; President of the NCACPA; and a Governing Council Member of the AICPA.
Learn more about Sharon
Sharon works directly with the NCACPA Board of Directors and the Executive Committee to set the direction of the Association. Additionally, she works with the Taxation Committee and represents the membership with various state governmental entities, including the NC State Board of CPA Examiners, the NC Department of Revenue, and the North Carolina General Assembly. Sharon currently serves as President-Elect of the CPA Society Executives Association, as a member of the NC State Master of Accounting Advisory Board, the ECU College of Business Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors of Catapult, Inc. Sharon is a Past President of the Association Executives of North Carolina, as well as a former member of the AICPA National Commission on Diversity & Inclusion and the Louisburg College Board of Trustees. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys volunteer work focusing on adoption. Without question, she loves spending time with her husband, Keith, and their son, Matt. Sharon received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, so—of course—she loves her Tar Heels!
Fun facts about Sharon:
- She covets her Saturday morning couch and coffee time with her French Bulldog, Chloe!
- Her late father is her favorite superhero!
- She loves outdoor concerts, especially when she’s watching Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, or Keith Urban!
Learn more about Bernita
Bernita W. Demery, CPA, recently retired from her position as Director of Financial Services for the City of Greenville, a position she held for 29 years. She was licensed as a North Carolina CPA in 1995.
Ms. Demery is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), and the NC Association of CPAs (NCACPA). A past member of the NCACPA Board of Directors, she has been active on the Audit Committee, the Diversity Action Committee, and the Governmental Accounting & Auditing Committee. Ms. Demery has also been a member of the Financial Literacy Council.
Shawana Hudson, CPA
2021-22 NCACPA Chair
Sam Stroup, CPA
2021-22 Young CPA Cabinet Chair
Beth Wood, CPA
North Carolina State Auditor
Learn more about Shawana
Shawana is a Certified Public Accountant with several years of diversified accounting, tax and auditing experience in the not-for-profit, governmental and private sectors. Shawana received her B.A. degree in accounting from North Carolina A&T State University (Summa Cum Laude) and her Master’s Degree in accounting from the University of Virginia (Magna Cum Laude). She previously served as a senior accountant with Ernst & Young LLP, in Raleigh, NC.
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Sam Stroup, CPA is an Assurance Manager for CohnReznick in Charlotte, NC. Originally from Raleigh, NC, he attended Appalachian State University for his undergrad and master’s degree in accountancy and moved to Charlotte in 2014. Through his career, Sam has specialized in the Not for Profit & Education (Social organizations, Associations, CDFI, and Foundations) and Affordable Housing industries and works with many clients ranging in size from <$5M to $4B. At CohnReznick Sam is involved on the Diversity and Inclusion and CARES (philanthropy) committees. In addition to his job, Sam is a member of the North Carolina Association of CPAs Young CPA Cabinet who work to connect and empower CPAs under 40 throughout the state and give back to students striving to obtain a CPA license. When not working, Sam enjoys mountain biking at the White Water Center, traveling with his wife (Colorado and Northern California being their favorite spots), grilling and hosting friends at his house.
Learn more about Beth
Beth Wood is a Certified Public Accountant in her fourth term as North Carolina’s elected State Auditor. She is a long-time public servant with nearly 30 years of auditing experience, having worked in the Auditor’s Office for nearly 10 years before her election in 2008 and also in the State Treasurer’s Office. Before that, she worked 10 years for several companies in the private sector.
Beth is the first woman elected State Auditor in North Carolina.
Through her work as State Auditor, Beth has worked to strengthen and improve state government. By focusing in the areas of Medicaid, Information Technology, Transportation, and agency accountability for the spending of taxpayer dollars, her administration has identified hundreds of millions of dollars in wasteful spending. These audits have resulted in legislation to improve the oversight and efficiency of state government, earning her office the nickname of the “Taxpayers’ Watchdog.”