May 5, 2021

GRF CPAs & Advisors, a full-service professional services firm providing clients with audit, tax, outsourced accounting, and advisory solutions, announced today that Melissa Musser, CPA, CITP, CISA, Principal, Risk & Advisory Services, has been appointed President of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA DC). Her appointment is accompanied by a new role for Risk & Advisory Services Manager, Mackenzie (Mac) Lillard, CPA, CFE, CISA, CRISC, CITP, PCIP as the Associate Vice President of Programs for IIA DC.

Ms. Musser and Mr. Lillard begin their terms on June 1 following International Internal Audit Awareness Month. During the month of May, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) will be building awareness of the internal audit profession to enhance the business community’s knowledge of the essential role internal auditors play in strong governance, internal control, and effective risk management.

“These new leadership positions with IIA DC signal the impact Melissa and her team are making in the industry,” said GRF’s President and Managing Partner, Jackie Cardello, CPA. “In response to the many challenges organizations face as a result of the pandemic, Melissa and her team are offering full-service capabilities to help our clients address the new and emerging risks they face.”

GRF established a formal risk & advisory practice with Ms. Musser’s hire in 2018. Since then, the practice has grown to include internal audit solutions as well as enterprise risk management and cybersecurity and privacy risk advisory. Evolving with the needs of the firm’s client throughout the pandemic, complimentary service areas under Risk & Advisory Services also include business continuity planning, board governance assessments, and strategic planning.

About The Institute of Internal Auditors

Established in 1941, The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is an international professional association with global headquarters in Lake Mary, Florida, USA. The IIA is the internal audit profession’s global voice, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, chief advocate, and principal educator. Generally, members work in internal auditing, risk management, governance, internal control, information technology audit, education, and security.

Globally, The IIA has more than 200,000 members. The IIA in North America comprises 159 chapters serving more than 70,000 members in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean (Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Turks & Caicos), Bermuda, and Trinidad & Tobago. Members enjoy benefits offered by the North American Service Center including local, national, and global professional networking; world-class training; certification; standards and guidance; research; executive development; career opportunities; and more. IIA members throughout North America enjoy free members-only webinars and member savings on national conferences such as the General Audit Management (GAM) and All Star Conferences. The IIA’s Audit Executive Center provides chief audit executives relevant and timely thought leadership and connections to peers for benchmarking and sharing best practices. And resources such as IIA Quality Services make The Institute an indispensable partner to you and your organization.

About GRF CPAs & Advisors

Headquartered in the Washington, DC metropolitan region with locations in Bethesda, MD and New York, GRF CPAs & Advisors (GRF) is a full-service professional services firm providing clients with audit and assurance, accounting, tax and advisory solutions. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2021, GRF leverages a deep bench of industry expertise to assist nonprofit organizations, government contractors, privately held businesses, trusts, and individuals with their most challenging financial and operational issues.

Formed in 1981 through the merger of the practices of Michael C. Gelman and Jerrold Rosenberg, the firm expanded in 1988 with the addition of Michael A. Freedman and became Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPAs. Today, GRF is recognized among Inside Public Accounting’s Top 200 Firms, Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work For and the Washington Business Journal’s Top 25 Accounting Firms. Accounting Today also honored the firm among their Firms to Watch, Top Firms in the Capital Region and Best Firms for Young Accountants.

The firm is a member of CPAmerica, Inc., one of the largest associations of CPA firms in the United States. GRF’s membership guarantees clients access to the expertise and resources of more than 4,000 accounting and advisory professionals at 78 member firms throughout the country. CPAmerica is a member of Crowe Global, providing clients with access to the eighth largest accounting network in the world with over 200 independent firms in more than 130 countries.

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