Accounting Alumnus of the Year Award

The Accounting Alumnus of the Year award was created in 1990 to honor the achievements of distinguished St. John Fisher College Accounting Alumni. The recipient must not only exemplify Fisher's core values, but must meet three basic criteria of noteworthy career achievement, significant humanitarian effort, and outstanding contribution to the St. John Fisher College Community.

2015 Accounting Alumni Society Awards Dinner

Jill Knittel with Professor Mike Fedoryshyn

St. John Fisher College recognized Jill Knittel '94, '03 (MBA) as the 2015 Outstanding Accounting Alumnus of the Year during the 26th annual Accounting Awards Banquet on March 19 at Locust Hill Country Club.

Knittel, financial advisor at Sage Rutty & Co., Inc., was honored for her noteworthy career achievements, significant humanitarian efforts, and outstanding contributions to the Fisher community.

Knittel serves on the Parker/Burke Team at Sage Rutty & Co., Inc., helping her clients achieve financial well-being through a comprehensive personal financial planning process. She assists businesses with their 401(k) practices to ensure owners achieve their financial goals while supporting employees.

At the awards banquet, the College also honored six alumni with Rising Star Awards. Given to alumni who have found success early in their careers, the award honors career achievements, involvement with both the community and the College, and demonstrated potential for even greater success as their accounting careers mature. The winners included: Marcus Cortellini ’06, Scott Etter ’06, Lisa Bixler ’07, Christopher Kovacic ’07, Jessica Pegler ’08, and Laurie Quackenbush ’08.

Past Recipients of the Accounting Alumnus of the Year Award

2014

Steven Terrigino '89
Partner, The Bonadio Group's Small Business Advisory Group

2013

Cheryl Yawman '86
Practice Director of Accounting and Finance, Cochran, Cochran and Yale

2012

Thomas Walpole '74
Owner, Thomas P. Walpole, CPA

2011

Richard Brienzi '81
Executive Vice President and CFO, Ovation Payroll, Inc.

2010

Robert E. Tokarz '71
Retired Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

2009

John F. Magee, CPA '81
CFO, The Bonadio Group

2008

Raymond J. D'Agostino '74
Partner, Deloitte

2007

Michael C. Goonan '75
CFO & VP, University of Rochester Medical Center

2006

James J. Leo '71
CFO, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

2005

Victor E. Salerno, Jr. '66
CEO, O'Connell Electric Company

2004

Kristin M. Clark '86
Partner, The Bonadio Group

2003

John F. Heveron '69
President, Heveron & Heveron, CPAs

2002

Martin Mucci '81
Senior VP of Operations Paychex,

2001

P. Gerald Sokolski '63
Tax Partner Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co.,

2000

Nancy E. Catarisano '83
Partner, Insero & Co.,

1999

Stanley D. Konopko '76
Partner, The Bonadio Group

1998

Gary J. Scott '69
Administrative Director, Westfall Surgery Center

1997

Gerald J. Archibald '74
Partner, The Bonadio Group

1996

Edward J. Lynd '56
Financial Consultant, Retired

1995

James T. Sorenson '70
International Managing Partner, KPMG

1994

Gerald E. VanStrydonk '66
Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

1993

David A. Niermeyer '63
President, Stakmore Company, Inc.

1992

Paul E. Haney '63
Monroe County Legislature

1991

Thomas B. Hogan '67
Managing Partner, Deloitte

1990

Thomas F. Bonadio '71
Managing Partner, The Bonadio Group

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