Women in New Jersey’s Accounting Profession: Looking Back and Ahead

April 8, 2022

April 9, 2022, marks the 110th anniversary of the NJCPA’s first female member, Dora Roworth. To help commemorate her groundbreaking achievements, we talked with five female NJCPA members about what drove them to become CPAs, the role that women play in the accounting profession and the messages they have for the next generation. Featuring: Evelyn McDowell, CPA, associate professor at Rider University; Kathy Powers, CPA, CFO at Matheny Medical and Educational Center and the president-elect of the NJCPA; Sofia Cordero, CPA, senior manager at Mazars; Twinkle Tailor, CPA, director of financial planning and analysis at Prudential; and Doris Vazacopoulos, accounting student at Stevens Institute of Technology.


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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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Evelyn A. McDowell

Evelyn A. McDowell

Evelyn McDowell, CPA, CGMA, Ph.D., is an associate professor and chairperson at Rider University. She is member of several NJCPA committees and interest groups.

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Kathleen F. Powers

Kathleen F. Powers

Kathleen Powers, CPA, is the CFO at Matheny Medical and Educational Center and the 2021/22 President- Elect of the NJCPA.

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Twinkle  Tailor

Twinkle Tailor

Twinkle Tailor, CPA, is a financial analysis manager at Prudential Financial in Newark. She is an MBA Candidate at Rutgers University. Twinkle is a member of the NJCPA Emerging Leaders Council, Accounting & Auditing Standards Interest Group and the Student Programs & Scholarships Committee.