PRESS RELEASE: Bala Cynwyd Resident to Lead Chapter of State Association

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

PHILADELPHIA - Stephen J. Scherf, certified public accountant, was elected president of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

Scherf 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.

Other 2011-2012 officers elected at PICPA's Greater Philadelphia Chapter annual meeting include the following:
President-Elect: 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 is 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.

Secretary: James M. Brower Jr., CPA, is a partner with Gold Gocial Gerstein LLC in Jenkintown, Pa. He has served on multiple committees at the chapter and state level. Brower, a Swarthmore, Pa., resident, earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Widener University.

Treasurer: JoAnn Szupka, CPA, is a manager with BDO USA LLP in Philadelphia. She has been active with many chapter and state PICPA committees, including the Relations with School and Colleges Committee, and the Emerging CPA Committee for PICPA's Greater Philadelphia Chapter. In addition to her volunteer leadership with PICPA, Szupka volunteers for the Ronald McDonald House and the March of Dimes. Szupka, a Willow Grove, Pa., resident, earned her bachelor's degree from Western Virginia University.


For more information about any of the members listed above, or to schedule an interview, contact Jacqueline Barnard at or (267) 675-6255, or Kathleen Miller at or (215) 972-6188

The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants is a professional association of more than 20,000 CPAs who work in public accounting, industry, government, and education. Founded in 1897, PICPA is the second-oldest state CPA organization in the United States. To find a CPA in your area, visit our web site at and click on CPA Locator.