May 4, 2012

For Immediate Release                                                
Contact: Gigi Thompson Jarvis
202.822.6232, x119                                           

National Association of Enrolled Agents Installs 2012- 2013 Board

Washington, D.C., May 4, 2012—The National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA), the organization that represents over 46,000 federally-licensed tax practitioners, has announced the installation of 15 members to its board of directors. The members are: President Frank Degen, EA, USTCP of Setauket, NY; President-Elect Betsey Buckingham, EA of Huber Heights, OH; Secretary/Treasurer Mickey Reedy, EA of Los Alamitos, CA; Director James R. Adelman, EA of Tulsa, OK; Director Deborah J. “Debbie” Cope, EA of San Antonio, TX; Director Terry Durkin, EA of Burlington, MA; Director Audrey Griffin, EA, of Centerville, GA; Director Victoria A. McGinn, EA, CPA of Holtsville, NY; Director Lisa Miller, EA of Oak Ridge, NC; Director Rich Rhodes, EA of Hinckley, OH; Director David Shaw, EA of Yuba City, CA; Director Craig C. Smith, EA, USTCP of Newport Beach, CA; Director John G. “Jack” Wood, EA of Prescott, AZ; and Director  Laurie Ziegler, EA of Saukville, WI. Sherrill Trovato, EA, USTCP of Fountain Valley, CA moved from the presidency into the immediate past president position.

“The incoming board is extraordinarily committed to working with IRS as the agency implements the new paid preparer oversight program, to elevating the profession by advocating for codification of our license, and to advocating on behalf of the public for a stable tax code so taxpayers may plan intelligently for April 15th,” said NAEA Executive Vice President and CEO Michael S. Nelson, CAE. “I look forward to the upcoming year with high hopes.”

The NAEA Board of Directors and state affiliate leadership meetings were held in Washington, DC, May 3–5, a highlight of which was the board’s swearing in by past president Mary McGuire, EA of New York City.

NAEA is the membership society of tax professionals who provide tax preparation, representation, tax planning and other financial services to millions of individual and business taxpayers. Enrolled agents (EAs) are the only federally-licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS – they’re America’s tax experts. Members of NAEA must fulfill continuing professional education requirements that exceed the IRS’ requirements and adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct. For more information on enrolled agents, or to find one in your community, go to


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