November 29, 2017



47 Tax Experts Earn Elite Designation from National Association of Enrolled Agents

Washington, DC, November 29, 2017 – Forty-seven tax practitioners just earned the prestigious Fellow designation from the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) for completing the three levels of the National Tax Practice Institute™ (NTPI®). This achievement demonstrates their dedication to protecting taxpayer rights and attests to their expertise in tax.

The National Tax Practice Institute™ is an advanced education program administered by NAEA and developed to sharpen the skills of enrolled practitioners at all stages of their careers. NTPI Fellows have completed a demanding three-part curriculum that has uniquely prepared them to effectively represent their clients before all administrative levels of the IRS. Having successfully completed coursework covering all variances of examinations, audits, collections and appeals, and having studied best practices and role-playing, Fellows know the entire representation process from both the client and IRS perspective. While earning the EA license denotes competence and the right to represent taxpayers, Fellows have made the commitment to a higher level of knowledge and excellence that further sets them apart. The course, open only to enrolled agents, CPAs and tax attorneys, was developed to prepare licensed representatives to protect their clients’ rights by disseminating the most recent information about IRS laws and procedures critical to representation.

Enrolled agents (EAs) are a diverse group of independent, federally authorized tax practitioners who have demonstrated a high level of technical competence in tax and are licensed to practice by the United States government. The only federally-authorized tax practitioners with unlimited rights of representation before the IRS, EAs advise and represent taxpayers who are being examined by IRS, are unable to pay taxes or are trying to avoid or recover penalties. EAs also prepare tax returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts and any other entities with tax-reporting requirements. Unlike tax attorneys and CPAs, who may or may not choose to specialize in taxation, all EAs specialize in taxation and are required by the federal government to maintain their professional skills with continuing professional education. Enrolled agents are “America’s Tax Experts®!”

Below are the names of the newest NTPI Fellows, representing 20 states, who were honored at an event in Orlando earlier this month:

Steven Bacetti, EA
Paul Barone, EA
Keith Baum, EA
Nancy E. Benet, EA
Eric T. Bledsoe, CPA, EA
Gary Boykin, EA
Amy E. Brosnan, EA
Roger Calhoon, EA
John Mark Canada, EA
Rudolph Click, EA
Danette L. Daigle, EA
Kevin M. DeAngelis, EA
John B. Dennis, EA
Rebecca S. Deutschman, EA
Rhonda Dorman, EA
Lindo S. Fairweather, EA
James K. Foust, EA
Lynn R. Gilreath, EA
Sheryl R. Gorman, EA
Robin Lee Green, EA
Cesar B. Guzman-Dilone, EA
Ermias M. Hailemariam, EA, MSPM
Steven C. Hamilton II, EA
Thomas R. Harnett, EA
Julie Ann Hughes, CPA
Samuel Jeremiah, EA
Marcia Jobson, EA
Terry Klicko, EA
Lauri M. Knox, EA
Gloria S. Kuhn, EA
Gary J. LaRoy, EA
Diane E. Lash, EA, USTCP
Andrea Martin, EA
Charlotte Miller, EA
Renoi Occeus, EA
Hoan Nhut Pham, EA
Lewis F. Pitts, EA
Jose A. Ramirez, EA
Sharla Rex, EA
Robert D. Romeril, Jr., EA
Margaret M. Rosa, EA
Nirio Rubiero, EA
Andrew R. Schaefer, EA
Donna M. Stroer, EA
Deborah S. Tolbert, EA
Ericka S. Williams, EA
Debra Wilson, EA


About the National Association of Enrolled Agents 
The National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) has been powering enrolled agents, America's tax experts®, for more than 45 years. NAEA is a non-profit membership organization composed of tax specialists licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department. NAEA provides the networking, educational opportunities, programs and services that enable enrolled agents and other tax professionals to excel beyond their peers. Enrolled agents are the only federally-licensed tax practitioners who both specialize in taxation and have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. To find out more, visit and follow NAEA on Facebook and Twitter.

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