Gov. Kelly names Spiegel to state accountancy board

Gov. Laura Kelly appointed Julie Spiegel of Manhattan to the Board of Accountancy.

The board licenses and regulates certified public accountants, and is authorized to carry out the laws and administrative regulations governing CPAs. The board is disciplinary and has the authority to conduct investigations.

“The Board of Accountancy is instrumental in maintaining a quality workforce of CPAs,” Kelly said. “Julie is passionate about her work, and has professional experience both as an auditor and as an accountant. I am confident she will serve the state well.”

Spiegel is the owner of Varney and Associates, CPAs, LLC. Previously, she was the vice president of business services at Frontier Farm Credit. Spiegel holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and business administration from the University of Kansas. She has been a certified public accountant since 1997.

The governor appoints all seven members to the board, and her appointments are not subject to Senate confirmation.

Human Resources Manhattan Network receives award

The Kansas State Council of SHRM recognized Human Resources Manhattan Network (HRMN) as they model, encourage and promote diversity and inclusion in the community and the workplace with a 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Champion award.

HRMN demonstrated work in the area of diversity and inclusion that goes above and beyond what is expected through normal organizational responsibilities.

In addition, this organization has worked diligently in providing a positive impact on others in the community and the workplace. HRMN has involved community members in addressing their need to retain and recruit employees to the Manhattan community by offering a diverse and inclusive environment.

They are also hosting a Diversity Workshop open to the community in December.

The award was presented at the Kansas SHRM conference in September held in Overland Park. Cindy Volanti, HRMN President, and Jack Allston, Diversity Director of HRMN, accepted the award.

As part of the award, a $500 donation will be made to HRMN to be used to support their Diversity and Inclusion efforts.

The organization is accepting nominations for the 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award in the Spring.

Wright elected

as PAAK treasurer

Shelia E. Wright of Sink Gordon & Associates, LLP., Manhattan was elected as Treasurer of the Public Accountants Association of Kansas, Inc. (PAAK) during the Annual State Convention held in Topeka on Sept. 18-21.

PAAK was organized in 1948 for the purpose of elevating and maintaining among its members a high standard of proficiency and integrity in the field of accounting. PAAK members are men and women engaged in the accounting and tax preparation profession who are required to complete 30 CPE credits each year for association membership.

Graber & Johnson Law Group hires new attorney

Graber & Johnson Law Group, LLC is pleased to welcome Dom Cavicchia as an associate attorney in its Manhattan office.

Dom received his bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Truman State University in 2013 and in 2019 earned his JD from Washburn University School of Law, graduating with Dean’s Honors. As part of his studies at Washburn Law, Dom received certificates with distinction in both Estate Planning and Tax Law.

Dom is licensed to practice law in Kansas and his practice will focus on Estate Planning, Tax Law, and Medicaid Planning.

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