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New Executive Director

Governor Jay Inslee appointed Michael Paquette, CPA as the Executive Director of the Washington State Board of Accountancy effective September 16, 2022. 

Michael is a licensed CPA and has extensive experience with management. Since 2019, he has been the budget operations manager at the Washington State Health Care Authority, and prior to that was the assistant director for accounting and financial services at the Washington State Department of Transportation.

He will bring to the job an extensive knowledge of business practices as a CPA that are strategic to the Board.

Next Board Meeting

The October 28, 2022, Board meeting will be held as a hybrid meeting – both in-person and through Microsoft Teams.

October 28, 2022, Friday

9:00 a.m.

Capitol Event Center
Chehalis A & B Rooms
6005 Tyee Drive SW
Tumwater, WA 98512

Virtual attendance information will be posted here approximately two weeks prior to the meeting date.

Changes Coming to Peer Review Administration in Washington

For more than 25 years Julie Phipps has administered the Peer Review Program for Washington CPA firms on behalf of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). Julie plans to retire in May 2023, and the WSCPA has made the decision to outsource the administration of the Peer Review Program to the Colorado Society of CPAs (COCPA) starting May 1, 2023.

Farewell Dave Trujillo

Dave Trujillo, CPA submitted his letter of retirement to Governor Inslee and his last day in the office was April 12, 2022. We would like to express our appreciation of Dave’s service, leadership, and dedication to the profession, the Board, and the citizens of Washington State.

Our best of wishes to Dave in his retirement.

Announcement of New Executive Director

Governor Jay Inslee appointed David Trujillo, CPA as the Executive Director of the Washington State Board of Accountancy effective April 1, 2021. 

New Board Member Appointment

The Governor has appointed Brooke Stegmeier, CPA as the newest member of the Washington State Board of Accountancy beginning on June 10, 2020, replacing the seat being vacated by long serving Board Member, Thomas Neill, CPA.  Brooke provides a unique perspective derived from her experience in the health care industry. This experience includes dealing with mergers, acquisitions, bond financing, capital projects, and budgeting and forecasting. She has also lead teams working through reorganizations, reductions in force, EMR and accounting system integrations.

Farewell to Outgoing Board Member

It is with heartfelt thanks that we mark the end of Tom Neill’s service to the Board of nearly a decade.  Tom has been a studied and august voice in the Board’s deliberations.  He has a great consideration for public protection, high personal standards, and his passion is evidenced by his vast and ongoing involvement with NASBA and AICPA committees grappling with the hardest issues facing the profession.  To simply express gratitude seems insufficient in this moment, but transitions often leave us at a loss for words as we consider all that has transpired.

Thank you Tom!

Meeting Update

We greatly appreciate everything people are doing to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.  Starting March 16, 2020, we are directing that in-person group meetings be suspended for the immediate future and held instead via teleconference, Skype, etc.  This includes trainings, board meetings, and other group meetings. 

Thank you for your continued efforts regarding this situation.

CPE Rule Changes Effective January 1, 2020

At the Public Rules Hearing held July 26, 2019, the Board approved changes to five rules and adopted one new rule. The purpose of the rule changes was to incorporate aspects of the Uniform Accountancy Act (UAA) CPE model rules and reorganize the CPE requirements between the various CPE rule sections for clarity. The rule changes are effective January 1, 2020.

Please read about the affected rules here: CPE Rule Changes Effective January 1, 2020