Press Release: King of Prussia Resident to Lead Chapter of State Association

Other Area CPAs to Serve as Officers of PICPA's Greater Philadelphia Chapter

PHILADELPHIA - Christopher A. Welde, certified public accountant, was elected president of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

Welde is a member of ParenteBeard LLC's Philadelphia office and specializes in forensic accounting and litigation services. In addition to serving on many PICPA committees, he organizes charity golf events to raise money for children with cerebral palsy and for the Cardinal O'Hara Scholarship Fund. Welde, a King of Prussia, Pa., resident, earned a bachelor's degree from Drexel University and a master's degree in business administration from St. Joseph's University.

Other 2010-2011 officers elected at PICPA's Greater Philadelphia Chapter annual meeting include the following:

President-Elect: Stephen J. Scherf, CPA, is a principal with Asterion Inc. in Philadelphia. He serves on several PICPA committees, including Cooperation with the Bar and Forensic & Litigation Services. Scherf, a Bala Cynwyd, Pa., resident, earned a bachelor's degree from Temple University as well as a master's degree in finance and an advanced professional certificate in taxation from Drexel University.

Secretary: Carlo J. Silvesti, CPA, is assistant professor of accounting at Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley, Pa. In addition to his PICPA volunteer service, he serves on the board of directors of St. John Vianney Center. Silvesti, a West Chester, Pa., resident, holds a bachelor's degree from St. Joseph's University and a master's degree in business administration from Temple University.

Treasurer: James (Jay) M. Brower Jr., CPA, is a partner with Gold Gocial Gerstein in Jenkintown, Pa. He was named one of the 40 Under 40: PICPA Members to Watch in 2008 and 2009. Brower earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in taxation from Widener University. He resides in Swarthmore, Pa.