A strong accounting profession plays a critical role in a thriving economy and nation. We know there is strength in numbers: we achieve more together, propelling career success for finance & accounting professionals. 

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The name of the organization was changed to the GWSCPA in 1996 from the DC Institute of CPAs to better describe the geographic location of its members. More than 70% of the membership of the organization have an address in Maryland (40%) or Virginia (35%). The Maryland members come primarily from Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties.  Virginia members come from Arlington and Fairfax Counties as well as the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church.  Some active members come from southern Loudoun County.

The organization was all volunteers until it hired the late Harvey Lampshire in the mid-60’s as its first Executive Director.  He was succeeded by John S. Roosma, Jr., who was given a lifetime honorary membership in 2000.  Roosma was followed by John J. “Jack” McNally, CPA who served from 1995 through 1999.  In July 1999, the organization selected Robert Uttenweiler who served until July 15, 2007. After a brief period of time with an interim Executive Director, the GWSCPA hired Kari Bedell in December 2008.

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Annually, the GWSCPA leadership revisits our strategy, in order to ensure we are making progress toward our mission. 

Our Core Beliefs 

  • Integrity: our actions reflect our profession-we work with integrity, ethics and dependability.
  • Community: we value diverse perspectives, experiences and professional roles/settings in our society.
  • Collaboration: we work together to design and execute programs with our members and partners.
  • Professional Opportunities: we make our members more successful leaders in this profession.
  • Learning: we learn from and with each other and our programs keep our members at the forefront of the profession.