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AAFCPAs Shares Expertise at Providers’ Council Annual Conference

AAFCPAs will happily present educational workshops on two important topics at the Providers’ Council 44nd Annual Convention & Expo in Boston, MA on October 7th.

Anticipate the Fraudster

Auditors identify weaknesses in internal control procedures and make recommendations to management for enhanced controls to mitigate the opportunity for fraud. However, combatting fraud requires more than just an understanding of internal controls. To effectively safeguard your organization, your management and board must learn how to think like a fraudster. And a fraudster is thinking “Where are the cracks that would enable me to succeed undetected.” The leaders of AAFCPAs Human & Social Services Practice, Jeff Cicolini, CPA, CGMA and Tom Muldoon, CPA, CGMA, will share their expertise over a 90-minute, educational and technical assistance training session to help attendees recognize cracks in their internal control environment, design better internal controls that account for the latest technologies, and be better positioned to combat devious financial schemes.
Jeff Cicolini, Partner, AAFCPAs Tom Muldoon, Partner, AAFCPAs

Continuous Improvement of the Finance Function

The most thriving nonprofits are those that have a continuous improvement culture. Continuous improvement ensures systems and processes scale with growth; systems integration and integrity is maintained or improved; highly-manual processes, and lengthy/overburdened close cycles are eliminated; and meaningful data is available on-demand. AAFCPAs Joyce Ripianzi, CPA and Robyn Leet share approaches to reduce costs, create efficiencies, and/or achieve more effective internal control over your finance function.


Joyce Ripianzi, Partner, AAFCPAsRobyn Leet, Manager, AAFCPAs





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AAFCPAs is a proud associate member of The Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Inc. (The Providers’ Council), where health and human services providers, businesses and state agencies gather to share their knowledge, learn, network, and grow.
Our extensive experience serving human and social services providers makes us uniquely qualified to best serve and advise multiservice organizations, behavioral health service providers, residential and day treatment providers, Chapter 766 Schools, and Early Education and Care (EEC) agencies. We provide pragmatic solutions to evolving nonprofit organizations with complex program offerings and diverse funding sources. We are happy to share our proven expertise with fellow Providers’ Council members.

About the Authors

Jeff Cicolini, CPA
Jeff provides accounting, tax and consulting services to nonprofit organizations. He has extensive experience providing solutions to evolving nonprofit organizations with complex program offerings, diverse financing sources, and budgets ranging from $20 million to over $200 million. He specializes in advising human and social service agencies, including multi-service agencies, residential and day treatment behavioral healthcare providers, early education and care (EEC) agencies, community development corporations’ affordable housing projects, and membership organizations.
Thomas Muldoon CPA
Tom specializes in providing assurance, tax, and business consulting services to sophisticated nonprofit organizations, including: multi-service human & social service organizations, early education and care (EEC) agencies, independent schools, Massachusetts Chapter 766 schools, and higher education institutions. Tom specializes in audits in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards, Government Auditing Standards, Uniform Guidance and program-specific audits, as well as the Massachusetts Uniform Financial Report (UFR). Tom is a member of AAFCPAs’ Revenue Recognition Task Force, providing consulting solutions to clients for the efficient and effective implementation of the new ASU, including: assessing the impact of the new standards, and guidance throughout the transition process.
Joyce Ripianzi
Joyce is a Partner in the Consulting Division of AAFCPAs and a member of the firm’s growing Managed Accounting Solutions (MAS) practice, which provides “right-size” outsourced accounting solutions, from cloud-based bookkeeping to CFO deliverables, designed to optimize the effectiveness of the modern finance function. Joyce has 30+ years of diverse experience in public accounting at national and regional CPA and consulting firms. She is also a former CFO of a technology networks integration firm.
Robyn Leet
Robyn is a solution-oriented, business process improvement architect & strategist with broad expertise in identifying operations or employee skills that may be improved to ensure smoother procedures, more efficient workflow and improved operational performance. She has a stellar reputation for advising AAFCPAs’ clients in implementing pragmatic changes that have immediate impact leading to business growth, such as: reduced process costs, increased quality, reduced number of errors, reduced process throughput times, reduced training time and expenses, reduced number of internal support requests and customer complaints, increased forecast accuracy, and reduced risks of fraud. Business processes cut across organizational and functional boundaries, and Robyn engages closely with functional and field leaders in all phases of improvement efforts.