Fast-paced, collaborative teams building an inclusive and innovative culture

Curiosity drives CLA’s entrepreneurs to explore new ideas that benefit our clients, our people, and our firm. We continue to harness that energy in specialized teams designed to engage diverse groups and empower individuals to meet challenges and move the firm forward.

Young Executive Team (YET)

Part of being an inclusive and diverse succession organization involves openly seeking points of view that might not be represented on our executive team. YET brainstorms and discusses firm strategies across a multi-generational platform.

Young Executive Team YET 

YET members in alphabetical order: Katie Austing, Brian Baumgart, Paul Bisceglia, Kelly Dennis, Kadian Douglas, Shevar Goonewardena, Rahim Habib, Deirdre Hodgson, and Chris Schuch.

Future Innovations Team (FIT)

FIT is a team of enthusiasts who dare to challenge, and dare to dream about how CLA will secure our spot in the marketplace well into the future. They engage on innovation, the workforce of the future, and mega trends impacting our world and our firm.

Future Innovations Team FIT 

FIT members in alphabetical order: Matt Anderson, Clayton Bland, Todd Benson, Jill Bosco, Reed Matthews, Samantha Metcalf, Steve Noble, Jessica Platt, Bryon Reinhart, Cindy Scheid, John Tauer, and James Watson.

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Council

The D&I Council’s mission is to encourage our people to embrace an inclusive culture. The council believes that by inviting different beliefs and perspectives to the table whenever possible, we can truly know and help our clients and each other.

DI Council Group Photo 

D&I Council members in alphabetical order: Saundra Beatty, Jerry Coveney, Ajay Gupta (not pictured), Sara Khaleeq, Kevin Kirsch, John Laham, David Neighbors, Michelle Peters, Linda Rubenstein, Linda Saddlemire, and Lori Sims.

Executive Team

Our executive team is comprised of appointed firm leaders from different geographies, industries, and services. They are responsible for strategic management, execution, and implementation of established priorities and initiatives.

Executive Team

Executive team members in alphabetical order: Bruce Bushman, chief wealth advisory officer; Cathy Clarke, chief assurance officer; Steve DeBruyn (not pictured), chief practice officer, Eastern Midwest region; Scott Dietzen, chief practice officer, Mountain West region; Gregg Draeger, chief practice officer, Midwest region; Scott Engelbrecht, chief operating officer (COO); Yassir Karam, chief outsourcing officer; Jeff Kvilhaug, chief practice officer, Southeast region; John Langan, chief industry officer, regulated industries; Jen Leary, chief strategy officer; John Richter, chief industry officer, private industries; Lori Sims, chief tax officer; Mike Slavik, chief practice officer, Northeast region; Larry Taylor, chief practice officer, Southwest region; and Dan Young (not pictured), chief practice officer, Wisconsin.

Leadership Advisory Team (LAT)

LAT develops current and future firm leaders by exposing them to a forward-looking focus on the strategic positioning of CLA.

Leadership Advisory Team LAT 

LAT members in alphabetical order: Paul Bailey, Nancy Brown, Scott Engelbrecht, Yassir Karam, Jen Leary, John Richter, and Denny Schleper, chief executive officer (CEO).

Enterprise Team

Our enterprise team helps ensure we are well resourced to be successful in the market. They focus on the quality of service delivery, privacy and security, technology, and firm-wide financial reporting.

Enterprise team members in alphabetical order: Hod Dahl, chief quality officer (CQO); Heidi Hillman, chief financial officer (CFO); Peter Koller, chief legal officer (CLO); and Steve Noble, chief technology officer (CTO).

Enterprise Business Solutions (EBS)

Our enterprise business solutions teams develop and implement strategies to enable us to create opportunities — operating with a high level of efficiency and agility.

Enterprise Business Solutions EBS 

EBS members in alphabetical order: Todd Benson, director of financial operations; Pat Bowes, director of people solutions; Mike Connell, managing director of information technology; Scott Engelbrecht (executive liaison); Heidi Hillman, chief financial officer; Beth Knight, director of learning and development; Jackie Kruger, director of marketing; Beth Peterson, director of real estate; JP Reynolds (not pictured), managing director of IT privacy, risk, and security; and Beth Spencer, director of regulatory compliance.

Board of Directors

Elected board members make decisions that enhance long-term value to our clients, our people, and our communities.

The Board

Board members in alphabetical order: Matt Claeys, Cathy Clarke, Scott Dietzen (chairman), Gregg Draeger, Jen Leary, Bryon Reinhart (secretary), Denny Schleper, Jeff VriezeJames Watson, and Dan Young.