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.

YET members in alphabetical order: Brian BaumgartKadian Douglas, Bobby DormaneshRahim Habib, Deirdre Hodgson, Lindsey Saul, and Colby Siebersma. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council 

The DEI 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.

DEI Council members in alphabetical order: Folashade Abiola-Banjac, Sara Khaleeq, Kevin Kirsch, John Laham, Kirthi Mani, AJ MonterrosaMichelle Peters, and Lori Sims.

Leadership Team

Our leadership 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.

Leadership team members in alphabetical order: Nancy Brown, chief culture and engagement officer; Cathy Clarke, chief quality officer; Scott Engelbrecht, chief geographic officer; Yassir Karam, chief solutions officer; John Langan, chief industry officer; Jen Leary, chief executive officer (CEO); John Richter, strategic project leader; Denny Schleper, chief executive officer, emeritus.

Strategic Project Leaders

Strategic project leaders members in alphabetical order: Hod Dahl, Steve DeBruyn, Gregg Draeger, John Richter, and Lori Sims.

Operations Leadership Team

Our operations leadership 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.

Operations team members in alphabetical order: Heidi Hillman, chief finance & operations officer; Elly Barrineau, chief outsourcing officer; Jill Bosco, chief tax officer; Clayton Bland, chief wealth advisory officer; Cathy Clarke, chief quality officer; Scott Engelbrecht, chief geographic officer; Jeff Kvilhaug, chief global officer; John Langan, chief industry officer; Jeff Vrieze, chief assurance officer.

Geographic Leadership Team

Geographic leadership team: Scott Engelbrecht, chief geographic officer; Scott Dietzen, CPO, west; Paul Bailey, CPO, west; Larry Taylor, CPO, west, Bryon Reinhart, CPO, midwest; Dan Young, CPO, midwest; Melissa Yoder, CPO, eastern midwest; Jeff Bonick, CPO, sunbelt; James Watson, CPO, northeast, Jeff Kvilhaug, chief global officer; Mike Slavik, firm-wide expansion leader.

Seamless Leadership Team

Seamless leadership team: Yassir Karam, chief solutions officer; Elly Barrineau, chief outsourcing officer; Jill Bosco, chief tax officer; Clayton Bland, chief wealth advisory officer; Nancy Brown, chief culture & engagement officer; John Langan, chief industry officer; and Jeff Vrieze, chief assurance officer

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. 

EBS members in alphabetical order: Todd Benson, managing director of firm-wide data; Pat Bowes, managing director of people solutions; Mike Connell, managing director of information technology; Tara Frazer , managing director of culture and communications; Lisa Jeans, project director, leadership team; Beth Knight, managing director of learning and development; Beth Peterson, managing director of real estate; Ann Przybysz, managing director of internal operationsand Beth Spencer, director of licensure and CPE.

Board of Directors

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

Board members in alphabetical order: Nancy Brown, Cathy Clarke, Randie DialScott Dietzen (chairman), Joe Kask, Jen Leary, Bryon Reinhart, Jack RybickiJeff Vrieze, and James Watson.