Student Ambassadors: Building the CPA Pipeline

Pipeline is a word that has long been associated with attracting students to the study of accounting and careers in the CPA profession. Ensuring that the pipeline is full of qualified students is a challenge that The Ohio CPA Foundation has focused on through a variety of programs that inform students about the profession and inspire them to pursue CPA careers.

Since its inception in 2002, the Student Ambassador Program has introduced thousands of Ohio college students to the opportunities and benefits that come with an accounting degree. Student Ambassadors employ the power of peer-to-peer networking to reach students who have not yet declared a major with information about accounting and the CPA profession. 

Student Ambassadors are accounting majors who are in their junior, senior, fifth year or enrolled in a graduate-level accounting program. They are chosen from participating schools based on academic achievement, as well as traits such as an outgoing personality, strong communication and presentation skills, and commitment to a career as a CPA.  

The Student Ambassador Program operates on 26 university and community college campuses. With the help of the Ambassadors, students have a better understanding of rewarding career opportunities that come with an accounting degree and the benefits of becoming a CPA.

2023-2024 Student Ambassadors


  • Haven Farson: Ashland University
  • Mia Bernardinetti: Baldwin Wallace University
  • Malia Hamad: Bowling Green State University
  • Deshaun Jones: Case Western Reserve University
  • Sabrena Shackelford: Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
  • Grace Houser: Cleveland State University
  • Aunique Blackwell: Columbus State Community College
  • Hunter Reich: Hiram College
  • Haleigh Saylor & Joseph Valentine: Kent State University
  • Gavin Shields: Miami University
  • Kaylee Hauck: Muskingum University
  • Becca Marxman: Ohio Northern University
  • Teresa Zhang: The Ohio State University
  • Edrik Padilla: Ohio Wesleyan University 
  • Tionge Banda: Sinclair Community College
  • Brooke Bausher & Angelo Salvino: Stark State Community College
  • Christian Igweagu: University of Akron
  • Shantele King: University of Cincinnati
  • Dylan Canter: University of Dayton
  • Kelsey Harbour: University of Findlay
  • Rashada Bruce: University of Toledo
  • Americo Levak: Walsh University 
  • Ayana Witherspoon: Wilberforce University
  • Cobi Haverfield: Wright State University
  • Ashton Tidwell: Xavier University
  • Carly Land: Youngstown State University