Azeka J. Abramoff (Treasurer) has been a board member since 2016. She currently works for the federal government as a tax attorney. Previously, she did tax planning for business transactions at Shearman & Sterling LLP and worked at KPMG LLP, in the National Office Corporate Tax group and in M&A Tax. Azeka has volunteered as a tax preparer with Community Tax Aid and Ladder Up for several years. She holds an LL.M. in Taxation from Northwestern University School of Law and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.
Maria Dooner (Chair) has been a board member since 2011. She is a Tax Controversy Director at TaxFirm.com/AccuFirst Inc., where she handles most tax controversy matters and represents taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and other state and local tax authorities. Maria volunteers as a pro bono tax attorney providing tax representation to low-income taxpayers and previously volunteered as a tax preparer at the MLK Library VITA site. She holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a M.P.P. from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Harley Duncan (Vice Chair) has been a board member since 2010. He is a Managing Director at KPMG where he heads the Washington National Tax State and Local Practice for KPMG. Prior to this position, he spent the previous 20 years as Executive Director of the Federation of Tax Administrators, an association that represents the principal state revenue collection agencies. He also served as Secretary of the Kansas Department of Revenue, has held positions with South Dakota state government, the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations and the National Governors’ Association, and currently serves on several tax advisory boards. He holds a B.A. from South Dakota State University and a M.P.A. from the University of Texas.
Ted Eismeier has been a board member since 2018. He is Vice-President at Whiteboard Advisors where he works within the communications practice and advises education technology companies, social impact investors and non-profit organizations. Mr. Eismeier is also a trustee and vice chair of Harmony DC Public Charter School. Ted holds a B.A. in history from Kenyon College.
Elizabeth Ferrill has been a board member since 2008. She is a registered patent attorney and Partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP. Ms. Ferrill volunteered as a volunteer income tax preparer for seven years and has also served as a reviewer for other volunteers. From 1998 to 2003, Ms. Ferrill served in the United States Air Force. She holds a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy, an M.S. from Georgia Tech, and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ashley Hagans-Laing (Secretary) has been a board member since 2018. She is a Senior Manager at KPMG LLP where she primarily focuses on financial statement audits of federal government agencies. For 10 years, Ms. Hagans-Laing served as a volunteer tax preparer and a volunteer quality reviewer primarily in CTA’s Ward 7 sites. She holds a BBA in Accounting from Howard University.
Suzanne Kecmer has been a board member since 2018. She is Founder and CEO of SKB Capital and has over 20 years of experience within the global, aerospace and defense industry. She has held equity research and investment banking positions at leading financial institutions, as well as a corporate strategist role at the Raytheon Company. She graduated from Lafayette College and holds an MBA from Columbia University.
William McNally has been a board member since 2019. He is an attorney at the IRS Office of Chief Counsel National Office, Executive Compensation branch, where he focuses primarily on nonqualified deferred compensation and excise tax issues. Since 2016, Mr. McNally has volunteered with CTA as a VITA instructor, preparer and reviewer. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Law from Binghamton University (SUNY) and a J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Barbara Mantegani has been a board member for many years, serving as President from 2004-2008. Additionally, since 1992, she has been a manager of the VITA site in Arlington, VA and is also a volunteer trainer, leading training sessions for several hundred volunteers each year in preparation for CTA’s tax season. She provides transfer pricing advisory services through Mantegani Tax, PLLC. Formerly, she was of Counsel in Baker & McKenzie LLP’s tax practice group. Prior to this position, she worked as a senior manager at the Internal Revenue Service and also held positions at KPMG and Deloitte. She holds a B.A. from Boston College, a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law, a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, and a Graduate Certification in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.
Meg Newman has been a board member since 2016. She works at the American Bar Association as the Tax Section’s General Counsel Previously, she was a Supervising Attorney at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic where she oversees law student attorneys in the representation of low-income clients with tax controversy matters before the Internal Revenue Service and the US Tax Court and assists in teaching a seminar course. Prior to joining UDC, Meg practiced law at Bryan Cave LLP, working on various housing and community development projects funded with tax credits. She has been involved in the VITA program since 2004, wearing many hats including as a volunteer, a Site Coordinator and the Director of the DC EITC Campaign. Meg holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center where she was a Notes & Comments editor on the Tax Lawyer journal.
Thomas Ochsenschlager has been a board member since 2011. Mr. Ochsenschlager, who works as a tax consultant and was previously a Vice President of Taxation with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants where he was responsible for tax policy and supervising the staff responsible for liaison with the Congressional tax-writing committees, the U.S. Treasury Department and the national office of the Internal Revenue Service. Previously, he was a partner in the national tax office of the international public accounting firm Grant Thornton. He is the chairman of the board of Homestretch, Inc. a tax exempt organization that provides housing and financial services to homeless families and also serves as treasurer of his local home owners association. Mr. Ochsenschlager holds a B.A. in Economics from Wabash College, an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University.
William R. Stromsem has been a board member since 2003. He currently serves as a Tax Consultant to the Texas Society of CPAs and is on the faculty of the the George Washington University Department of Accountancy. Prior to this position, he was the Tax Division Director at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) where he was responsible for developing tax products and services and pro bono opportunities for members and also worked with staff responsible for liaison with the Congressional tax-writing committees, the U.S. Treasury Department and the national office of the Internal Revenue Service. Prior to his work at the AICPA, he worked in the tax department of Arthur Andersen and was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. Mr. Stromsem holds a B.A. in history from The College of Wooster and a J.D. from the Washington College of Law (American University).
Joann Weiner (Chair Emeritus) has been a board member since 2008 and she has volunteered at the Martin Luther King Library tax preparation site. She is the Director of the Master of Arts in Applied Economics graduate program at George Washington University and blogs for The Washington Post. Joann has written for Bloomberg, Politics Daily, and Tax Analysts and worked as an economist at the U.S. Treasury Department. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.