CPA Institute Chooses Marisa Doras for Leadership Academy

Marisa Doras, director of business affairs at the Virgin Islands Department of Education, has been selected as one of 38 young CPAs to participate in the American Institute of CPAs 6th Annual Leadership Academy in Durham, N.C. this fall.
Doras will join an exclusive group of rising stars in the accounting profession to learn strategic planning techniques and develop personal success skills for handling complex management challenges. Leadership Academy participants, all under age 36, will discuss pressing issues facing CPAs and the accounting profession with some of the profession’s most influential leaders, including AICPA chairman Bill Balhoff, CPA, CGMA and Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, who is the institute’s president and CEO.
Doras, 32, joined the V.I. Department of Education in April 2011 as the director of business affairs, where she manages the accounting and financial reporting for public schools and other educational programs in the St. Thomas/St. John District. She also completed an internship with local CPA firm Benham, Hodge & Upson PC. Doras is a 2000 graduate of the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from New York’s Monroe College in 2005. She has a Master of Science in Management and graduated in 2010 with an MBA from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Virgin Islands Society of CPAs and Connecticut’s Society of CPAs. She also received an award in 2011 from the National Black MBA Association Leaders of Tomorrow Program for outstanding service and dedication to their mentorship initiative.
Doras currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the All Saints Cathedral School and is an active member of the St. Thomas Church of Christ.
“The AICPA’s Leadership Academy annually selects promising young CPAs and gives them the tools they need to continue to make an impact in the accounting profession,” said Balhoff. “As these CPAs continue to develop their careers, both the connections they make and the training they receive at the Leadership Academy will help guide them along the way.”
The AICPA selected the 38 attendees of the Leadership Academy from more than 100 candidates recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both. Candidates submitted resumes which included work history, licensure information, professional volunteer activities, community service, and awards and honors.
The submission included a statement provided by the candidate explaining why their participation in the Leadership Academy would be personally important to them.
The American Institute of CPAs 2014 Leadership Academy will be held from Sept. 28 – Oct. 2 at the Washington Duke Inn – Durham, N.C. Additional information is available at AICPA.org/youngcpanetwork.

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