New Jersey Affiliate

The AWSCPA NJ Affiliate began in June 2007 with a mission to integrate the values of the national professional society of women CPAs into our New Jersey Affiliate and offer networking opportunities, leadership skills, advice and an opportunity to enhance the ability for women to succeed in their careers. Read on for information about our events, job opportunities, scholarships and newsletters. Our board meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM. You can participate in person or dial into the call. We would love to hear from you. Please email us at for more information.

If you would like to become a member of this dynamic chapter, visit the national website for an application!

Board Members


Andrea Lillard

Past President


Christina Flynn


Stephanie Mendoza

Assistant Treasurer

Cindy Sandomenico

Student Relations Director

Yasmine Bedir

Student Relations Director

Athina Kritharis

Director of Publications

Program Coordinator

Justina Drapala

Program Coordinator

Kristen Savastano

Program Coordinator

Gina Martellacci

CPE Coordinator

Donna Pedersen, CPA

CPE Coordinator

Rubina Hasan

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More Information


Sip and Swing event


Annual Awards Dinner and Ceremony

Scholarships & Charitable  Endeavors

AWSCPA New Jersey Woman CPA of the Year Award

The AWSCPA NJ Affiliate is accepting applications for the 2016 Woman of the Year Award.This award recognizes a woman who has demonstrated leadership, integrity, sacrifice and accomplishment in furthering the advancement of women in accounting in New Jersey and exemplifying the highest ideals of the accounting profession.

This award recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to the accounting profession and their community. Criteria for this award will be professional accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, community service, and contributions, which further the advancement of women in the profession. Such contributions must extend beyond the workplace.


Recipients will be honored at the annual dinner on Thursday June 23, 2016, at Calandra Cucina in Fairfield. The honoree will also be featured in the affiliate’s newsletter with appropriate releases sent. The nominee must be a woman CPA practicing in NJ.

2016 CPA Woman of the Year Application

AWSCPA New Jersey Affiliate Scholarships

A scholarship will be awarded by the New Jersey Affiliate of the AWSCPA for one Wiley CPA Exam Review Course.

Review Course, including review class and comprehensive course materials for all four sections of the CPA Exam. Award recipient will be named at AWSCPA New Jersey Affiliate’s Annual Dinner on June 23, 2016, at Calandra Cucina in Fairfield.


  • Must be a student (undergraduate or graduate) or recent graduate AND eligible to take a review course by September 30, 2016.
  • Must have a cumulative 3.0 average by application deadline.
  • Must be an Accounting Major and plan on pursuing a career as a CPA.
  • Must provide a transcript from an accredited college or university.
  • Must complete an essay no longer than 1,000 words on topic provided.
  • Must be able to attend the annual dinner on June 23, 2016, to accept the award.
  • Involvement in school, community, professional and/or charitable organizations is desirable.
  • Applications must be received by May 30, 2016.

Please click here for the 2016 Wiley Scholarship Application.

Please mail completed applications to:

AWSCPA, New Jersey Affiliate

Scholarship Committee

P.O. Box 143

Roseland, NJ 07068

An official full transcript, stamped with the Registrar’s seal, must be submitted with the application.

Applications and full transcripts should be received NO LATER THAN May 30, 2016.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at:

Congratulations to Previous Winners

Congratulations to our 2014 Scholarship Recipients! We are excited to announce that Bridget Hartnett, Partner at Sobel & Co, is our 2014 AWSCPA-NJ Affiliate CPA of the Year. We also awarded Kelly Coyne and Aisha Ghani, each, $2,000 in a cash scholarship. Aamir Hasan accepted a scholarship for the Wiley CPA Review Course and Athina Kritharis accepted a scholarship for the Becker CPA Exam Review Course. Congratulations to all our award recipients.

2013 – Olga Druzhubina & Emily Furey received 2013 Becker CPA Exam Review Course Scholarship Awards. Aisha Ghani & Shehan Chandrasekera received 2013 AWSCPA Cash Scholarship Awards
2011 –
Elizabeth Regan and Jennifatu H Crowther were the recipients of our Becker CPA Exam Review Course Scholarships. Our Cash Scholarship Recipient was Liang Ren.

2011 –
Andreea Danalache was the recipient of our Becker CPA Exam Review Course Scholarship. Our Cash Scholarship Recipients were Renee Reitmeyer and Mariah Shearin.
2010 – Lori Minogue was the recipient of Becker CPA Exam Review Course Scholarship. Our Cash Scholarship Recipients were Laura Zindel and Josephine LoBianco.