MENTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
JOHN WARREN, EA F, NTPI Fellow
If you have ever been to an MaSEA event you have met this recipient. As a past president of MaSEA and nominating, education, 1040 update, SEE Prep, membership committee member he wears all the hats. He has mentored so many people, myself included, He’ll find every member in every corner of the state to get them involved and feel welcomed! He heads up roundtable meetings for small groups, picnic gatherings during Covid to tell us about Child Tax credits, a Cable TV show on CAPE COD TV, he’s an asset to the Low-income tax clinics in MA. Did I mention state tax issues, he’ll show you how to contact your legislatures and what bill to write them about, how to get the MA proclamation for Enrolled Agent Day. A new hot topic, like QBI John held several small classes to teach us all about it, I’ve never seen anyone get so excited about teaching us all this fun stuff! He will make sure to connect you with the Taxpayer Advocates, the IRS liaison monthly calls etc.
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EMERGING LEADER AWARD – LuSUNDRA EVERETT, EA
LuSundra is a military spouse from VA. She became an EA in 2017, she is an NTPI fellow, has served on the VASEA since 2018 and is currently a member of the NAEA membership committee. Evidently, she is famous for her Facebook live videos on tax tidbits and her social media presence on FB and YouTube. I wish I had met her when she was a member of MaSEA.
EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC AWARENESS – KERRY FREEMAN, EA
Kerry has been the Public Relations chair for AZ for the past 15 years, and for NAEA for the past 5 years. He was the first to fly a banner over the Super Bowl in 2015. In 2016 Kerry started a campaign for each affiliate to solicit a proclamation from their state leaders about the importance of Enrolled Agents at the state level, 19 states participated. In 2019 he got the National Day Calendar to recognize February as Enrolled Agent month. He is currently a Director for NAEA.
LEE BYRD OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – CYNTHIA LEACHMOORE, EA
This next EA does it all! She has been volunteering for over 20 years at the local chapter, state affiliate and for NAEA. She has been a Director, Education Chair, Vice President, President and Secretary at various levels. She has been on the Government Relations Committee, Leadership Development Committee etc. She mentors, teaches and encourages leaders in various programs throughout our organization. Cynthia is currently the Secretary for NAEA.
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARD -CLARICE LANDRETH, EA
This young lady works diligently to provide the best education possible. Her technical knowledge, materials and extensive research ensure that NTPI is the best program for practitioners to learn about representation. She and the subcommittee have worked extensively to develop a new NTPI program that will have a long-term impact on the quality of NAEA education. When she is not teaching or planning, she is answering questions on the Webboard or FB.
BILL PAYNE ADVOCACY AWARD – TWILA MIDWOOD, EA, NTPIF
This recipient has held many positions in NAEA. As our Government Relations Chair, with little GR experience, she went above and beyond facing some unusual circumstances. First the pandemic shutdown, then the Minnesota legal issue, a new GR manager was hired. She was able to “keep the ship afloat” by adapting virtually to make sure all the bases were covered. When the IRS or the Government Accountability Office requested input, she was quick to respond and keep NAEA in the unique position as a trusted partner in the tax administration. OPR requested NAEA assistance in their process of revising Circular 230, she represented NAEA in those interactions adding to recognition of NAEA. All while serving on the NAEA board and the newly formed PAC Board.
FOUNDERS AWARD – ALEXANDER B. THOMSON, EA, CFP
This next recipient has served many different positions in NAEA. He has been on several committees and task forces over the years, His knowledge of the association, collaborative work on committees and willingness to share and support his fellow EA’s in leadership roles has left his mark. His most notable contribution is his work in helping to form the PAC. He kept it moving forward by choosing a great leader and mentoring them through the process. As I’ve learned in SSLA, part of being a good leader is to find your replacement sooner rather than later!
Congrats to all of the NAEA Award recipients!
2nd Vice President, MaSEA