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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.

2019 Recipient

Lauren Gleba Burns ’82

Vice President, Business Development, for TalentBridge LLC

St. John Fisher College honored Lauren Gleba Burns ’82 as its 2019 Accounting Alumnus of the Year during the 30th annual Accounting Awards Banquet, held on Thursday, March 28.

Dean Rama Yelkur, Lauren Gleba Burns, President Gerard Rooney

Dean Rama Yelkur, Lauren Gleba Burns, President Gerard Rooney

As vice president of business development for TalentBridge LLC, Burns is responsible for developing new business relationships, establishing a sales program for multiple offices, and developing new marketing strategies to grow the upstate market.

She functioned as a CPA and CFE for 17 years before diving back into the CPA world by developing and managing a full service, payroll processing firm with Bonadio & Co. There, she grew the business to nearly $3 million in revenue before it was acquired by ADP Payroll.

Simultaneously, she brought the Moxie Exchange to Rochester in 2011, a national women’s leadership organization. The Rochester chapter has since assisted more than 500 local women to grow both personally and professionally, encouraging them to become better thought leaders, stronger businesswomen, and greater contributors to the community.

In addition, Burns formed and grew two substantial networking organizations in Rochester—the TIP Club and High Value Business Group—both of which develop and guide individuals whether they are business owners, civic leaders, or valuable employees in this community.

As a former resident assistant at Fisher, class president throughout her time on campus, and dedicated student worker, Burns has continued her volunteer work with the College. She currently serves as a co-chair of the Scholarship Golf Tournament, has served on the President’s Strategic Planning Council, and has participated in numerous fundraising activities. Outside of her involvement with Fisher, she volunteers for the Open Door Mission and Habitat for Humanity.

Past Recipients

Recipients 2010 -

2018

David Pitcher ’78
Partner and Shareholder, Davie Kaplan, CPA

2017

James P. Brennan '92
Partner, Deloitte & Touche, LLP

2016

Keith Senglaub '81
Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO, Feld Entertainment

2015

Jill Knittel '94, '03 (MBA)
Financial Advisor, Sage Rutty & Co., Inc.

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

Recipients 2000 - 2009

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.,

Recipients 1990 - 1999

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