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Jen Vacha Recognized as a “Woman to Watch” by the MSCPA


Jennifer M. Vacha, CPAMissouri Society of Certified Public Accountants recognizes Jen Vacha as an Experienced Leader in the Accounting Profession

ST. LOUIS (October 13, 2015) Jen Vacha, CPA and manager in the Brown Smith Wallace tax services practice, has been recognized by the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) as a Woman to Watch in the Emerging Leader category.

“Jen exemplifies all the characteristics of a Woman to Watch, and we are very proud of her accomplishments throughout the years,” said Cathy Goldsticker, partner and previous recipient of the Women to Watch award. “She’s a shining example that women can look to for inspiration on how to be a successful CPA.”

In 2007, Vacha was instrumental in initiating a shift in the firm’s approach to not-for-profit clients. Since then, Vacha has changed the way NPOs address Form 990, leading all NPO tax engagements at Brown Smith Wallace.

She is a member of the MSCPA, and was recently selected to chair the MSCPA Not-For-Profit Committee through June 2016. Vacha also serves her community as a member of the Children’s Home Society finance committee and a member of the Gateway Huskers, an alumni association that funds scholarships for the University of Nebraska scholarship program. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor in Business Administration.

Vacha joins the list of fellow Brown Smith Wallace Women to Watch award winners: Anne Ritter, Karen Stern, Cathy Goldsticker and Robin Bell.

The MSCPA Women to Watch program recognizes women who have made significant contributions as leaders in the accounting industry. Criteria include demonstration of leadership, contribution to the profession, creation and implementation of unique initiative in the workplace, public or community service and involvement with their alma mater or other local universities.


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