NJCPA Board of Trustees

The 2017/18 New Jersey Society of CPAs Officers are:

President: Edward I. Guttenplan, CPA, CGMA

Edward I. Guttenplan, CPA, CGMA, MBA, managing shareholder at Wilkin & Guttenplan, P.C. in East Brunswick, joined the NJCPA in 1981. Guttenplan serves as a member of the Finance Committee and a trustee of the NJCPA Education Foundation. In addition, he serves as the chairperson of the Retirement Savings Plan Committee, a trustee of the NJCPA Scholarship Fund and a member of the Student Programs & Scholarships Committee.

Ed is a recipient of the NJCPA Distinguished Service Merit Coin - Standard of Excellence Recognition, the NJCPA 2004/05 Leadership Award and the NJCPA 50 Over 50 Award. He also has extensive experience with serving his local NJCPA chapter, and has held the positions of president, secretary and treasurer of the Middlesex/Somerset Chapter.

Ed is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and is active with many community organizations and boards. He was president of the Highland Park Conservative Temple Congregation Anshe Emeth, Central New Jersey Jewish Home for the Aged/Wilf Campus and Solomon Schechter Day School of Raritan Valley, as well as a board member of the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey.

Ed earned his B.S. in business administration and his MBA from Boston University. He and his wife, Bonnie, reside in Highland Park and have three children and one granddaughter.

President-Elect: Sarah Krom, CPA

Sarah Krom, CPA, managing partner, SKC and Co., CPAs, LLC, Boonton Township, joined the NJCPA in 2003 and is president-elect of NJCPA for 2017/18.  She is also a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. Previously, Sarah was a Board of Trustees liaison for the Bergen Chapter and the Morris/Sussex Chapter, a member of the NextGen Writers Pool and former chair and vice chairperson of the Young CPAs Council, which is now called the Emerging Leaders Council.

In 2011, Sarah was selected by NJCPA as one of the “30 most influential CPAs under 30,” and in both 2012 and 2016 she was recognized as an NJCPA “Woman of Note.” She is also a member of the AICPA.

Sarah, an honors graduate of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, holds a B.S in accounting. She and her family reside in Jefferson. 

Secretary: Michael VanderGoot, CPA, CGMA

Michael VanderGoot, CPA, CGMA, is the manager of corporate real estate advisory services at BDO USA, LLC, in Woodbridge. He joined the NJCPA in 1998. Michael is a returning secretary of the NJCPA, having served during 2016/17, and is a trustee of the Education Foundation Board of Trustees, a member of the Business Valuation Forensic Litigation Services Interest Group, and a Board of Trustees liaison to the Emerging Leaders Council.  

Previously, Michael served as president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and director of the Monmouth/Ocean Chapter. He was the chairperson of the Volunteer Relations Committee.

Michael is a member of the American Institute of CPAs. He earned his B.S. in accounting from Monmouth University.  

Treasurer: Harry P. Wills III, CPA

Harry P. Wills III, CPA, Bowman & Company LLP, Voorhees, joined the NJCPA in 1987. He previously served as the chairperson of the Meetings & Special Events Committee and has been a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Membership Category Task Force, and Federal Taxation Interest Group.  

In addition, Harry served as president, vice president, treasurer, director and secretary of the Southwest Jersey Chapter. He is a member of the AICPA and the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs.

Harry earned his B.S. in business administration from Saint Joseph’s University. He resides in Somerdale. 

CEO & Executive Director: Ralph Albert Thomas, CGMA

Ralph Albert Thomas, CGMA, began his service as CEO and executive director of the NJCPA in 1999. Prior to joining NJCPA, he held various accounting-related management positions at Citibank, AT&T, Potomac Electric Power Company and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Ralph has extensive leadership experience on accounting industry boards and committees. He was appointed to the inaugural American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, and subsequently the AICPA Foundation Board. Thomas is a lifetime member and former national and chapter president of the National Association of Black Accountants, was appointed chair of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s State Society Relations Committee, and is a member of the accounting advisory boards of Lehigh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Montclair State, Felician, and Thomas Edison universities and Middlesex County College.

Additionally, Ralph was selected for the last seven years by Accounting Today as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting.” He is also the treasurer of Opportunity NJ.

Ralph earned a B.S. in business and economics as well as an M.B.A. from Lehigh University. He resides in South Brunswick, New Jersey, with his family.

Immediate Past President: Walter J. Brasch, CPA

Walter J. Brasch, CPA, CGMA, partner and chief business development officer at PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP in Cranford, joined the NJCPA in 1977. He is immediate past president of the NJCPA and serves as the chairperson of the Council of Past Presidents, a trustee on the Education Foundation Board of Trustees, and a member of the Finance, Nominating and Retirement Savings Plan committees.

Previously, Walter was chair of the NJ-CPA-PAC and has served as president, vice president, secretary and director of the Monmouth/Ocean Chapter. He worked on numerous committees, including the Governmental Accounting & Auditing Interest Group, Health Care Interest Group, Investment Committee and Litigation Services Committee.

Walter is a member of AICPA and the Health Care Financial Management Association, the treasurer and a board member of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce and an associate member of the NJ Bankers Association. 

In his community, Walter served as board chair of the Raritan Bay Medical Center, alumni association president of Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) and board member of the American Cancer Society and the Boy Scouts of America, Monmouth Council. He is a recipient of the CBA Alumnus of the Year Award and currently serves on the board of CBA. He also serves as an associate member of the Audit Committee of Monmouth University and a fundraising committee member for the Raritan Bay Health Care Foundation. 

Walter earned his B.B.A. in accounting from St. Bonaventure University. He and his wife, Ann, reside in Little Silver and have a son, daughter and four grandchildren.



The 2017/18 New Jersey Society of CPAs Trustees are:

Robert Brown
Robert J. Brown Jr., CPA
Cowan, Gunteski & Co., P.A.
Melanie Cobb
Melanie A. Cobb, CPA
Abacus Financial LLC

Carol Donatiello Iocca, CPA
Wilkin & Guttenplan, P.C.
Roy Kvalo
Roy H. Kvalo, CPA
The Curchin Group, LLC

Stephen O. Richard, CPA
Becton Dickinson & Company

Shaune Scutellaro, CPA
CohnReznick LLP