Leadership

The WICPA Board of Directors represents the membership, exercises leadership, participates in strategic planning, and approves the annual WICPA budget, bylaw amendments, selection of auditors, and other actions relating to organizational governance. The board consists of 15 members. 

The WICPA will be seeking Board member applications for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Open Board member positions will include Chair-elect and three Directors.

Applications will be available late summer 2017.

All applications will be due by Nov. 17, 2017 to be considered for an open position, by the WICPA Nominations Committee.

For more information about the WICPA Educational Foundation, Inc., and to complete the Foundation Board member application, click here

2017-2018
WICPA Board of Directors

 

Chair

William L. Komisar, CPA, J.D.
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
10700 W Research Drive Suite 200
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Phone: 414-476-1880
Email: bill.komisar@claconnect.com

Chair-elect

Michael D. Akers, CBM, CFE, CGMA, CIA, CMA, Ph.D.
Marquette University
Stratz Hall - Room 303A
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Phone: 414-288-7340
Email: michael.akers@marquette.edu

Past Chair

Steve G. Handrick, CPA, CGMA
Hawkins Ash CPAs, LLP (retired partner)
Phone: 920-217-4332
Email: steve.handrick@outlook.com

Secretary-treasurer

Katherine L. Hauser, CPA, CGMA
Herzing University
W140N8917 Lilly Rd Suite 104
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051-2325
Phone: 414-271-8103
Email: khauser@herzing.edu

Director 

Jon C. Gaines, CPA, CGMA, MBA
Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation
2745 N Dr Martin Luther King Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212-2380
Phone: 414-263-5450
Email: jonga7@yahoo.com

 


Director

Ryan J. Hanson, CPA, CGMA
MGIC Investment Corporation
250 E Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Phone: 800-558-9900
Email: ryanjhanson@hotmail.com

Director

Patrick G. Hoffert, CPA
Reilly, Penner & Benton, LLP
1233 N Mayfair Road, Suite 302
Milwaukee, WI 53226-3255
Phone: 414-271-7800
Email: phoffert@rpbllp.com

Director 

Debra L. Lenz, CPA, CGMA, CIA, CRMA
Harley-Davidson, Inc.
3700 W Juneau Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53208-2818
Phone: 414-342-4680
Email: debralynnlenz@gmail.com

Director

Terri M. Lillesand, CPA
Schenck SC
712 Riverfront Drive, Suite 301
Sheboygan, WI 53081-4665
Phone: 920-458-0341
Email: terri.lillesand@schencksc.com

Director 

Matthew A. Los, CPA
Bradley Corporation
W142N9101 Fountain Boulevard
Menomonee Falls, WI 53052-0309
Phone: 262-251-6000
Email: matthewlos@yahoo.com


Director

Steven A. Pullara, CPA
Smith & Gesteland, LLP
8383 Greenway Boulevard, Suite 500
Middleton, WI 53701-1764
Phone: 608-836-7500
Email: steve.pullara@sgcpa.com

Director 

Matthew J. Schaefer, CPA, CGMA
Bank of Wisconsin Dells
716 Superior Street
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-1561
Phone: 608-253-1111
Email: schaefjm@yahoo.com

Director

Angela C. Thomas, CPA
WI Department of Natural Resources
101 S Webster Street
Madison, WI 53707-7921
Phone: 608-226-9578
Email: angela.c.thomas@gmail.com

AICPA Council

Neil R. Keller, CPA, ABV, CVA
Sikich LLP
13400 Bishops Lane, Suite 300
Brookfield, WI 53005-6237
Phone: 262-754-9400
Email: nkeller@sikich.com

AICPA Council

Rick E. Dreher, CPA, CGMA
Wipfli LLP
469 Security Boulevard
Green Bay, WI 54307-2237
Phone: 920-662-0016
Email: rdreher@wipfli.com


 

Board biographies

William K. Komisar, CPA, J.D. – Chair

William L. Komisar, CPA, J.D. is a principal at CliftonLarsonAllen, and specializes in tax planning and consulting with a diverse range of business and individual clients. Komisar has been a member of the WICPA since 1980, is past chair of the WICPA Educational Foundation and currently is on the WICPA Board of Directors. He is also a past chair of the Jewish Home & Care Center and its foundation and currently serves on its boards and executive committee. He currently serves on the audit and compliance committee of Children’s Hospital, as well as on several other organizations including private foundations. He is the 2015 recipient of the WICPA Excellence Award for Public Service. He and his wife, Becky, live in Mequon and have three grown children.

Michael D. Akers, CPA, Ph.D. – Chair-elect

Michael D. Akers, CPA, Ph.D. is the Charles T. Horngren Professor of Accounting and chair of the Department of Accounting at Marquette University. A WICPA member since 1997, Akers serves on the Excellence Awards Committee and has participated in the WICPA High School Educator Symposium. He received the 2015 WICPA Excellence Award for Education. He and his wife, Mary, live in New Berlin and have four daughters, Chrissy, Rebecca, Victoria and Laura.

Steven G. Handrick, CPA, CGMA - Past Chair

Steven G. Handrick, CPA, CGMA has been a member of the WICPA since 1982. He served on the board of directors from 2005–2008 and WICPA Credit Union Committee. He has been chair of the AICPA PCPS Large Firm Group since 2012. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Green Bay and its current treasurer, plus treasurer for Rotary District 6220 and Rotary International Midwest PETS. He lives in De Pere with his wife, Mary. They have four adult children and two grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family, vacationing in the Caribbean and watching the Green Bay Packers.

Katherine L. Hauser, CPA, CGMA – Secretary/Treasurer

Katherine L. Hauser, CPA, CGMA is the director of financial reporting at Herzing University in Menomonee Falls. A WICPA member since 2001, Hauser has served on the CPAs in Industry Fall Conference Planning Task Force since 2007 and was a director from 2013–2016. She is an avid reader, aspiring cellist and an enthusiastic sports fan.

Jon C. Gaines, CPA, MBA, CGMA – Director

Jon C. Gaines, CPA, MBA, CGMA is the vice president-business services and finance at Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) in Milwaukee. Gaines has served as a member of both the WICPA Accounting Careers Committee and Not-for-Profit & Health Care Conference Planning Task Force. Outside of WICPA, he volunteers with several local organizations. He lives in Wauwatosa with his wife, Andrea, and his son, Jon II. He also has two adult children, Chris and Carra. He enjoys traveling, reading and indoor skydiving.

Ryan J. Hanson, CPA, CGMA – Director

Ryan J. Hanson, CPA, CGMA is the financial accounting manager at MGIC Investment Corporation in Milwaukee. Hanson, a WICPA member since 2004, serves as a member of both WICPA Public Policy Committee and Competency Enhancement Task Force. He is chair of the Institute’s CPAs in Industry Fall Conference Planning Task Force, of which he has been a member since 2007. Outside of the WICPA, he teaches financial literacy and coaches youth sports. He lives in Brookfield with his wife, Amanda, and their two children: Evan and Haydan Mae.

Patrick G. Hoffert, CPA – Director

Patrick G. Hoffert, CPA is a partner at Reilly, Penner & Benton LLP (RPB) in Milwaukee. Hoffert currently leads RPB’s ERISA audit practice. He has been a member of the WICPA since 1999. He served on the On Balance Editorial Advisory Committee. He is an avid Wisconsin sports fan and he enjoys golf and bowling. He and his wife, Jenny, live in Waukesha with his two children, Wendy and Ethan.  

Debra L. Lenz, CPA, CGMA, CIA, CRMA – Director

Debra L. Lenz, CPA, CGMA, CIA, CRMA is an audit lead at Harley-Davidson, Inc. in Milwaukee. Lenz has been an active member of the WICPA since 1998 and serves on the CPAs in Industry Fall Conference Task Force. She is a past director on the WICPA Educational Foundation Board and past president of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. She is also an adjunct professor of accounting at Cardinal Stritch University. She lives in Pleasant Prairie with her husband, Joe, and their two daughters, Chloe and Adelynn. 

Terri M. Lillesand, CPA - Director

Terri M. Lillesand, CPA is a tax shareholder at Schenck SC in the Sheboygan office. Lillesand currently leads Schenck’s firm wide tax practice. She has been a member of the WICPA since 1992 and currently serves on the Federal Taxation Committee. She and her husband, Tim, live in Sheboygan and have two daughters, Hannah and Rachel.  

Matthew A. Los, CPA - Director

Matthew A. Los, CPA is assistant controller at Bradley Corporation, Menomonee Falls. Los, a WICPA member since 2008, has served on its Young Professional and Excellence Awards Committees and volunteers with other local organizations. He and his wife, Amy, live in Mukwonago and have two children, Natalie and Jacob.

Steven A. Pullara, CPA – Director

Steven A. Pullara, CPA, is a partner in charge of the construction and real estate practice group at Smith & Gesteland, LLP in Madison. Pullara has been a member of the WICPA since 1987 and was the past-president of the former WICPA Southern Chapter in 1996. He is  a member of the WICPA Public Policy Committee. He was awarded the most active member of the WICPA Southern Chapter in 1993. He has been chair of the board of Smith & Gesteland Executive Committee, past-president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry Madison Chapter 1997, past secretary of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Volleyball booster club, and past chair of the board for Choice Construction, Inc. He lives in Madison with his wife, Patti. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing softball and golf.

Matthew J. Schaefer, CPA, CGMA – Director

Matthew J. Schaefer, CPA, CGMA is vice president of Regulatory Compliance at the Bank of Wisconsin Dells. Schaefer has been a member of the WICPA Public Policy Committee since 2010 and has participated as a member of the WICPA Nominations Committee. He has previously served in the United States Navy and has been deployed on operations in the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe and Caribbean regions. He lives in Wisconsin Dells with his wife, Laura, and their daughter, Cora.

Angela C. Thomas, CPA – Director

Angela C. Thomas, CPA is the general accounting section chief at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Madison. A WICPA member since 2010, Thomas serves on the Public Policy Committee and regularly volunteers to promote financial literacy at educational institutions. She enjoys spending time outdoors and is a member of the Prairie Athletic Tri-Team and regularly trains and competes in triathlons. Thomas is a lieutenant colonel in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary. She has volunteered with CAP since 1994 and currently serves in the Southwest Group promoting the programs three missions: Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and the Cadet Program. She lives in Sun Prairie with her husband and their son.

Neil R. Keller, CPA, ABV, CVA – AICPA Council

Neil R. Keller, CPA, ABV, CVA is the partner in charge of the Tax Department for Sikich, LLP.  Keller has been a member of the WICPA since 1996 and currently serves on the Finance Committee, Membership Advisory Committee and Accounting Careers Committee. He lives in Pewaukee with his wife, Lynn, and their two children: Lily and Emmy.

Rick E. Dreher, CPA, MST – AICPA Council

Rick E. Dreher, CPA, MST is the managing partner of Wipfli LLP. Dreher oversees the vision and strategy, leadership, growth, and overall performance of the firm. He has been a member of the WICPA since 1984. He also has served as an AICPA Council member, and chair and board member of PKF North America. He also served as chair of the Global Council for PKFI. Currently, he is chair of Allinial Global International. He and his wife, Susie, live in Green Bay and have two daughters.