Building the CPA Pipeline: Talking with Two New Licensees

August 2, 2022

It’s quite an accomplishment to pass the CPA Exam. But only a handful of exam passers each year earn the Elijah Watt Sells award for outstanding Exam performance. Two NJCPA members — Lorena Carpina, CPA, of Grant Thornton, and Joseph Breen, CPA, of Withum — recently did just that. Hear about their approach to the Exam; what employers can do to nurture their CPA candidates; how the profession can help build the CPA pipeline; and advice for the next generation of potential CPAs.


Don  Meyer

Don Meyer

Don Meyer, CAE, is the chief marketing officer of the New Jersey Society of CPAs, where he is responsible for setting the vision, strategy and direction for the organization’s marketing, communications and membership campaigns and for driving the success of a deep and broad swath of organizational initiatives. He can be reached at

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Joseph W. Breen

Joseph W. Breen

Joseph Breen, CPA, is a tax supervisor with Withum. He is a graduate of Monmouth University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting as well as an MBA. Joe received the Elijah Watt Sells Award in 2019 for excellence on the CPA Exam.

Lorena M. Carpina

Lorena Carpina, CPA, is an audit senior with Grant Thornton. She is a graduate of University of the East in the Philippines and is a recipient of the 2021 Elijah Watt Sells Award for excellence on the CPA Exam.