Baker Tilly Names Seven New Partners

CHICAGO (June 4, 2015) – Accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) has named seven new partners, effective June 1, 2015.

Rose Ann Abraham, CPA
Based in Baker Tilly’s Chicago office, Rose Ann Abraham started her career in public accounting over 13 years ago and has been with the firm since 2006. Abraham specializes in employee benefit plan audits and manages Chicago’s employee benefit plan practice. She is an active member of the Illinois Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Society’s employee benefit plan committee and conference, and frequently speaks at industry conferences. A member of the Baker Tilly’s diversity and inclusion committee, she works internally and externally to promote diversity and inclusion in the profession. Abraham leads the firm’s Growth and Retention of Women (GROW) initiative in Chicago and serves as a board member of the Midwest chapter of Ascend, a Pan-Asian leadership organization dedicated to enhancing the presence and influence of current and future Pan-Asian business leaders. Abraham holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign.

Jeff Blattner, CPA
Jeff Blattner joined Baker Tilly  in 2001 and is based in the firm’s Madison, Wis., office, and specializes in the construction, real estate and affordable housing industries. Blattner has extensive experience in audit, consulting, tax planning and cost certification engagements for low income housing tax credit and historic tax credit entities nationwide, working with various state and federal agencies and equity investors. He also specializes in evaluating construction financial controls, construction contract auditing, and financial statement audits of contractors and real estate owners. Blattner holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

Ken Fleming, CPA, CVA
Located in Baker Tilly’s Washington, D.C. office, Ken Fleming has been with the firm since 2007 and is a member of Baker Tilly’s financial advisory services practice, providing clients with transaction advisory, valuation, dispute and chief financial officer advisory services. He has more than 16 years of public accounting and advisory experience, serving government contracting, software and technology, manufacturing, healthcare, biotechnology, business services, real estate, emerging growth and private equity clients. Fleming holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Colorado State University.

Joseph Lightcap, CPA
Joseph Lightcap is a member of Baker Tilly’s public service practice group and specializes in providing accounting and auditing services to local governmental entities, including villages, counties and school districts. Lightcap is based in Baker Tilly’s Oak Brook, Ill., office, and has been with the firm since 2000. He is actively involved in relevant industry organizations, including the Illinois Association of School Business Officials and the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association. Lightcap holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign.

James McCann, CPA
Based in Baker Tilly’s Washington, D.C. office, James McCann has been with the firm since 2002. He specializes in tax compliance and consulting for owners and operators of commercial and residential real estate, as well as high net worth individuals. McCann holds Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Accounting degrees from the College of William and Mary.

Christine Trunnell, CPA
Christine Trunnell has been with the firm since 2002 and is based in Baker Tilly’s Washington, D.C. office. She is a leader in the business information systems practice of the consulting group, specializing in enterprise solution integration, system and process optimization. Trunnell’s focus has been on delivering complex business solutions for clients in the non-profit, professional services and government contracting industries. Trunnell received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Virginia Tech.

Jonathan Zeigler, CPA
Jonathan Zeigler is a member of Baker Tilly’s insurance practice and is based in the Wyomissing, Pa., office. He has more than 10 years of experience providing assurance services to insurance clients, with a concentration in property and casualty and warranty companies. Zeigler assists with overseeing internal policies and procedures for the group’s training program. He is experienced in insurance company statutory accounting principles, U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting and filings under the Securities and Exchange Acts of 1933 and 1934, communications with the SEC and initial public offerings. Zeigler directs the audit of a multinational insurance and investment holding company, including coordination of international component auditors in the United Kingdom, China and Bermuda. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh.

About Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (bakertilly.com)

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Baker Tilly) is a nationally recognized, full-service accounting and advisory firm whose specialized professionals connect with clients and their businesses through refreshing candor and clear industry insight. With approximately 2,700 employees across the United States, Baker Tilly is ranked as one of the 15 largest accounting and advisory firms in the country. Headquartered in Chicago, Baker Tilly is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, a worldwide network of independent accounting and business advisory firms in 147 countries, with 30,000 professionals. The combined worldwide revenue of independent member firms is $3.2 billion.