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Friday, May 5, 2023 In-person / Live Webcast

Accounting Educators Workshop (E2305268)

8:30 AM - 2:30 PM EDT

Registration: 8:30 AM EDT

NJCPA Learning Center

105 Eisenhower Parkway, Suite 300
Roseland , NJ 07068

3.0 CPE Credits in SK


This half-day workshop brings together accounting educators from schools across the state to learn and discuss critical trends that are influencing education and career preparedness. Hear from NJCPA leadership and CPAs in practice about professional issues, CPA Evolution and trending topics.


  • Understand how current issues in the profession may impact your curriculum and support for students.
  • Exchange ideas and experiences with peers that you can incorporate into your teachings.
  • Talk with members of the NJCPA’s Scholarship Fund and receive opportunities to request onsite visits to your school.


This event sponsored by: UWorld Roger CPA Review

8:30 a.m. Breakfast/Networking

9:00 a.m. Welcome

  • Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA, CGMA, CEO & Executive Director, New Jersey Society of CPAs

9:15 a.m. Professional Issues Update

  • Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA, CGMA, CEO & Executive Director, New Jersey Society of CPAs

  • Kathleen Powers, CPA, CFO, Chelsea Senior Living, 2022-2023 NJCPA President

10:15 a.m. Scholarship Update

  • Tara Baldwin, CPA, Manager, WilkinGuttenplan / 2022-2023 Student Programs and Scholarship Committee Chairperson

10:30 a.m. Technology Trends in Accounting

  • Sean Stein Smith, CPA, Assistant Professor Lehman College

11:30 a.m. Lunch / Networking

12:15 p.m. CPA Evolution

  • Richard Gallagher, CPA, Director of Examination Content, AICPA

1:15 p.m. Roundtable Discussion

2:15 p.m. Adjourn




Richard Gallagher

Richard C. Gallagher, CPA

Director of Examination Content


Richard Gallagher joined the AICPA Examinations team as Director of Content on December 1, 2014. Rich will be leading the Exam’s team of CPAs on the development and monitoring of the current Exam, as well as playing a key role in the Practice Analysis initiative, whose goal is to ensure that the next version of the CPA Exam assesses the knowledge and skills required of newly licensed CPAs. Rich has worked as a CPA for over 35 years. He retired from Ernst & Young’s New York based National Professional Practice Group in June 2014. In this role, Rich supported engagement teams and their clients in resolving complex accounting and auditing issues. He also served as Engagement Quality Review Partner on many of EYs New York and New Jersey based clients. Prior to National Office, Rich was a client handling partner based in the firm’s MetroPark New Jersey office. Rich also has been a frequent instructor focusing on new accounting pronouncements, evolving audit matters and IFRS. Rich began his career in Arthur Young’s Newark office in 1976. Rich attended Villanova University from 1972 through 1974 and graduated from St. Peter’s College in 1976. Rich also was an Adjunct Instructor in St. Peter’s Accountancy program in the 1980’s.

Kathleen Powers

Kathleen F. Powers, CPA, CGMA, PSA

Chief Financial Officer

Chelsea Senior Living

Kathy is the CFO at the Matheny Medical and Educational Center, a licensed special hospital and school serving developmentally disabled individuals, and is the 2022/23 President of the NJCPA. In 2018, she was appointed to the Governor's Independent Developmental Disability Fee-for-Service Transition Oversight Board and the Governor's Independent Mental Health & Addiction Fee-for-Service Transition Oversight Board as a representative member of the NJCPA and continues to serve on these boards. Prior to working in the nonprofit space, Kathy worked in public accounting for 17 years, most recently as a senior manager for ParenteBeard, LLC, specializing in healthcare and nonprofit industries. Kathy is a member of several NJCPA interest groups including the Governmental Accounting & Auditing Interest Group, the Nonprofit Interest Group and the Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

Sean Stein Smith

Sean D. Stein Smith, CPA, CFE, CGMA, CMA, DBA

Assistant Professor

Lehman College

Sean is an expert and sought-after speaker, focusing on the intersection of financial services, blockchain and cryptocurrencies. He is a regular contributor to IBM’s Blockchain Unleashed website, analyzing applications for blockchain technology on business at large, as well as being a regular expert guest on China Global TV Network discussing blockchain and related applications. Sean is a member of the Advisory Board for the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, which coordinates with the AICPA in developing standards and reporting frameworks in this emerging area. Sean continuously works with, and consults for, the AICPA and several professional training organizations in the creation and delivery of blockchain and cryptocurrency related content. He is currently under contract to publish two books focusing on blockchain applications for financial services and other industry sectors. Sean is the host of the NJCPA TechTalk Podcast and is a past leader of the NJCPA Emerging Technologies Interest Group.

Ralph Thomas

Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA

CEO & Executive Director

New Jersey Society of CPAs

Ralph is the CEO and executive director of the New Jersey Society of CPAs. He was appointed to AICPA’s National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion and the AICPA Foundation Board. Ralph is a former national and chapter president of the National Association of Black Accountants, was 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. In January 2018, he was invited by Senate President Steve Sweeney to join his bipartisan Economic and Fiscal Policy Working Group. Additionally, Ralph was selected for the last eight years by Accounting Today as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting.”


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