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Austin, TX
2011-12 TSCPA Chairman
Interests: My husband Steve (who works with me) and I have been married since 1995, and have two daughters, Kirsten and Holly. I am an active member and past president (2002-2003) of the Rotary Club of Lakeway/Lake Travis. Steve and I also served as co-presidents of the Lake Travis High School Band Parents (2003-2004). I am active in the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Lake Travis High School Business Advisory Council. My hobbies include snow skiing, hiking, biking, golf, traveling, yoga, reading, and knitting.
Recent Activity
Well, tomorrow is officially the end of my term as the chairman of TSCPA. In some ways, it’s hard to believe it’s over. I presided over my final Executive Board meeting with its usual array of issues ranging from financial matters, to peer review, ethics and keeping abreast of what... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2012 at Donna's Diary
And what a tax season it was! It seemed like we were keeping up really well considering all the travel we did in January and February. But somewhere along the way, it seems things got a little crazy. As usual, though, we managed to deliver the returns we had promised... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2012 at Donna's Diary
My last blog post was titled “Life is a Balancing Act.” Right now, it’s more of a juggling act! Tax season is in full swing and the press is on. Every year about this time, I start thinking about what a strange business model we tax CPAs operate under. About... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2012 at Donna's Diary
Believe it or not, I spent last week in Telluride, CO snow skiing. I say believe it or not since I’m in public accounting. I skied about six days total in my youth and then never skied again until I was 40 because of the demands of tax season. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Donna's Diary
OK there were no trains, but I’ve been back on the road and you’ll see later why I picked this title. On January 31, I flew to Dallas to attend the Dallas CPA Society’s annual member meeting. It was really fun to look around the room and realize that I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2012 at Donna's Diary
I have not posted anything since November! Wow, where has the time gone? I will try to stay up to date better for the rest of my term. I did pretty good for the first 5 months and then things got to going a pretty fast pace and I just... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at Donna's Diary
Well, things have been a little crazy since the last time I posted anything. I mentioned the interview with Terri Polley of FAF in my last post, and I told the Abilene Chapter that if I was a betting woman, I’d guess they are not going to propose a separate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at Donna's Diary
We finally got a break in the 100 degree heat – now it’s only in the 90s, but at least that’s something! Fall is also time for many chapter visits. Last Wednesday, I visited the Abilene Chapter and presented a Professional Issues Update. This is an interesting time in our... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at Donna's Diary
I participated in my first Professional Issues webcast as a presenter yesterday. The studio where this is produced is a very professional and interesting place in Dallas. Before the webcast, they even took me in to do makeup. I thought I already had makeup on, but apparently it wasn’t nearly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2011 at Donna's Diary
Hopefully, this finds all of you and your property safe. It has certainly been a scary few weeks here, and our hearts go out to all the people affected by the recent fires. We are aware that some of our members live in the areas affected by fire, and I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2011 at Donna's Diary
Well, I have to admit I did not. Turns out, he was a pioneer in the accounting profession here in Texas and most of his career was spent in San Angelo. After his death, in recognition of Mr. Freeze’s many contributions to the profession and the community, the San Angelo... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2011 at Donna's Diary
No, I wasn’t in jail – I just went to the mountains for a few weeks to escape this heat. Now let’s be clear; I’m a Texas woman – born, raised, educated and worked here my entire life. But even I can’t bear this heat. While we were in Colorado,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2011 at Donna's Diary
If you haven’t looked at the new ACPEN Databank, you should give it a whirl. I used it last week for a clarification on something and it was quite useful. This is a new benefit, free to members and I think you will like it. It’s a research tool that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2011 at Donna's Diary
The Annual Meeting of Members wrapped up at noon last Saturday in Ft. Worth. Many thanks to the Ft. Worth Chapter for welcoming us to their city. About 20 brave souls even got up for a 6 a.m. walking tour of downtown led by Lei Testa and Kathy Kelly on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2011 at Donna's Diary
I was honored to be able to speak briefly yesterday at the CPA swearing-in ceremony here in Austin. We offer the new CPAs a one-year free membership, and I had the opportunity to talk to them about why they should join our ranks. My home chapter (the Austin CPA Chapter)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2011 at Donna's Diary
I got home late last night from the Young and Emerging Professional Conference. While I’m certainly not a member of this conference’s target audience, I was excited to be able to speak at the conference and then spend the day hanging out with the future of our profession. These young... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2011 at Donna's Diary
It’s official. Today is the first day of my one year term as chairman of TSCPA. So far so good! I have been planning and preparing and clearing my calendar for the past 20 months, and now it’s time. The TSCPA has been a big part of my career; for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2011 at Donna's Diary