Meet the 2015-2016 NSA Board

NSA elected a slate of new officers and several new District Governors at its 70th Annual Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Under the leadership of President Kathy R. Hettick, EA, ABA, ATP, the 2015-2016 NSA Board will focus on a “members first” approach to strengthen NSA’s position as the best organization for accounting and tax professionals while continuing to protect members’ right to practice.

Kathy Hettick photo
Kathy Hettick,

Kathy R. Hettick, EA, ABA, ATP

Kathy Hettick is the principal at Hettick Accounting in Enumclaw, Wash., where she leads the organization’s efforts to offer a wide range of services to both individual and business clients. She has been a small business owner focused on accounting and tax practices for more than 28 years. An active member of several professional organizations including the National Society of Accountants (NSA) and the Washington Association of Accountants (WAA), Hettick has held numerous leadership positions at local, state and national levels, including WAA President and, currently NSA President. An industry expert and sought-after speaker, Hettick has presented workshops at professional conferences both locally and nationally, including the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums where she presented for five consecutive years (2010-2014). Her practical approach to difficult tax issues includes practice management tips and tools with quality instruction. She also speaks on behalf of NSA at many ASO meetings throughout the United States. Recently, Hettick was awarded the Joe McReynolds Award from WAA for her “commitment, service, and dedication to WAA members in protecting the non-licensed accountants’ right to practice and her work with NSA, IBA & Board of Accountancy for 2013-2014.”

Al Giovetti
Alfred Giovetti

First Vice President
Alfred Giovetti, CPA, ABA, ATA, ARA

Alfred Giovetti is a Principal at Giovetti and Giovetti Certified Public Accountants in Catonsville, Md., a full-service, small CPA firm he founded in 1992. He has been self-employed as an accountant since 1982. During this time he has worked as a lecturer and adjunct professor at local community colleges and the University of Maryland. Active in the industry, Giovetti has served on numerous state and national committees and presented at numerous organizational events including the Internal Revenue Service, Small Business Administration, Accreditation Council on Accountancy and Taxation, National Association of Accountants, Maryland Society of Accountants and NSA.

Brian Thompson
Brian Thompson

Second Vice President
Brian L. Thompson, CPA, ABA, ATA, ARA

Brian Thompson, CPA, of Bailey & Thompson Tax & Accounting in Little Rock, AR, has more than 20 years of experience as an accountant. His long-standing volunteer efforts include serving as the NSA Secretary-Treasurer for the last four years, NSA State Director in Arkansas, and Chair of the NSA Budget Committee. He also has served as President of the Arkansas Society of Accountants.

Curtis Banks Lee
Curtis Banks Lee, Jr.

Curtis Banks Lee, Jr., ATA, ATP,
Raleigh, NC

Curt Lee, ATA, ATP, has owned and operated C.B. Lee & Company in Raleigh, N.C., for more than 34 years. He is an active member of several organizations including the National Society of Accountants and the North Carolina Society of Accountants, holding numerous leadership positions with both organizations. He has served as NSA State Director for North Carolina since 2008 and has been as Legislative Chair in North Carolina since 1996 protecting the rights of unlicensed accountants. Active in industry, he has been an instructor for the North Carolina State University Income Tax Schools since 2005 reaching more than 1,800 tax practitioners each year. He has traveled across the country speaking and promoting NSA at many ASO meetings and conferences from 2005 to present. He is a Quick Books Pro Advisor. Additionally, he travels extensively in North Carolina and across the nation speaking about practice rights of unlicensed accountants and promoting the value of memberships in ASO & NSA.

John Ams, National Society of Accountants Executive Vice President
John Ams

Executive Vice President
John G. Ams, JD, CAE, Alexandria, VA

John Ams assumed the position of Executive Vice President of the National Society of Accountants (NSA) in July 2001. Prior to joining NSA, he served 16 years in various tax, financial management and administrative capacities for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), eventually serving as Senior Vice President. A graduate of Michigan State University and Georgetown University Law Center, John began his professional career with the corporation tax division in the National Office of the IRS. Subsequently, he served as Director of Tax Programs for the National Association of Realtors and as Tax Counsel for the Council of State Housing Agencies before joining INGAA.

At NSA, John is the chief staff executive and is responsible for the administration of the Society. He also maintains a part-time tax consultation business specializing in real estate and oil and gas matters.

Former President Niwao photoImmediate Past President
Marilyn Niwao, JD, CPA, ATA, CGMA, Maui

HansonPast President
Steven Hanson, CPA, EA, Cokato, MN


Governors are elected to a two-year term and can serve up to two terms. Individuals elected to a first term are noted with an asterisk (*); individuals elected to a second term are noted with two asterisks (**). The 2015-2016 election focused on Governors serving in odd-numbered districts (1, 3, 5, etc.); even-numbered districts will be elected or re-elected in the 2016-2017 elections.

Governor, District I
Milton “Sandy” Martin, ATP, ATA, RTRP **
Exeter, NH

Governor, District II
Robert Genovese, RTRP, ATA, ATP
Howard Beach, NY

Governor, District III
Paul V. Thompson, EA, ABA, ATA, ARA *
Alexandria, VA

Governor, District IV
Dave Rancourt, EA, ATA, ABA, ARA
Sarasota, FL

Governor, District V
Jim Weickgenant, EA, ATA **
Baraboo, WI

Governor, District VI
Cynthia L. Hunt, EA, ATA
Huntsville, AL

Governor, District VII
Joel Grandon, LPA, EA **
Marion, IA

Governor, District VIII
Bradley S. Crain, CPA
Prescott, AR

Governor, District IX
Bernadette Koppy, EA, ABA, ATA **
Fairbanks, AK

Governor, District X
Christine Z. Freeland, CPA, ABA, ARA
Chandler, AZ

Governor, District XI
Isoo Oshima, CPA *
Honolulu, HI

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