National Association of Black Accountants Raise Money For Scholars At 36th Annual Gala

NABA Board with Scholarship recipients, NABA Gala 2016
NABA Board with Scholarship recipients, NABA Gala 2016

On Wednesday June 8, 2016 the National Association of Black Accountants Inc. (NABA), New York Chapter held its 36th Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala at Pier Fifty-Nine in New York City.

The National Association of Black Accountants Inc. (NABA), New York Chapter, is a non-profit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for people of color in accounting, finance, consulting, information technology and other related business professions.

Comedian and radio personality, Chuck Nice served as master of ceremonies. Kimberly N. Ellison-Taylor, Global Accounting Strategy Director, delivered the keynote address, and New York Life was the lead sponsor of this event.

This year’s theme was “Relevance and Reliability – Qualitative Characteristics Beyond Accounting.” As President Rosalind P. Danner states, “Individuals and organizations alike must stay relevant – closely connected to the matters at hand. Our relevance puts us in a position to stay ahead of the competition. Equally as important is our reliability – our reliability to deliver consistent, dependable and trustworthy results.”

Representing more than 200,000 professionals, NABA advances people by providing education, resources and meaningful career connections to both professional and student members.  Each year NABA awards scholarships to outstanding students, recognizes corporate partners and honors distinguished professional members for excellence. The 2016 honorees include:


  • PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP & EXCELLENCE: Edwin Jenkins, Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase; Hayes MacArthur, Principal at EisnerAmper; Mark Elbaum, Chief Financial Officer at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management



  • COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: Trishann Antoine-Despinosse, Accounting Controller at Huge, LLC
  • PROFESSIONAL MEMBER OF THE YEAR: Taisha Walker, Second Vice President of National Association of Black Accountants Inc., New York Chapter


  • STUDENT MEMBER OF THE YEAR: Ariana Robinson, Senior at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh; double major in Accounting and Business Administration and minor in Criminal Justice


Other students recognized include scholarship recipients:


Mamata Bah (Accounting Major at Baruch College), Ashley Belgrave (Accounting Major), Kacey Bernard (Accounting Major at Monroe College), Odia Butler (Accounting Major at Monroe College), Alexandria Dass (Accounting Major at Brooklyn College), Shantel Deleon (Accounting Major at Baruch College), Latanya Edwards (Accounting Major at Monroe College), Elijah Greene (Applied Economics Major at Ithaca College), Parin Kaba, (Finance Major at Ithaca College), Kirsten Kelly (Accounting Major at Syracuse University), Christakaye Myles (Accounting Major at Monroe College), Christine Nurse (Supply Chain Management Major at Baruch College), Subuola Ojerinola (Accounting Major at Medgar Evers College), Ariana Robinson (Accounting Major at SUNY Plattsburgh), Aderogba Salami (Accounting Major at Baruch College), Donique Sampson (Accounting Major at Monroe College), Isaiah Scott (Accounting Major at SUNY Plattsburgh), Aliou Badara Sidibe (Accounting Major at Baruch College), Shantayia Smith (Accounting Major at SUNY Plattsburgh), Ashia Thompson (Accounting Major at Monroe College), Candice Williams (Accounting Major at Monroe College), Tonya Williams (Finance Major at Monroe College), Leslie Ann Yarde (Accounting Major at Brooklyn College)


“For 36 years, we’ve provided scholarships to our students and recognized our corporate partners and our numerous volunteers,” says President Rosalind P. Danner. Over those 36 years, NABA has awarded more than $650,000 in scholarship funds to students. “We’ve accomplished this only through the support from our members, our corporate sponsors and the tireless efforts from our volunteers.”



The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) is a premier professional organization representing the interests of over 200,000 people of color in furthering their educational, professional and career aspirations in the related business fields of accounting, consulting, finance and information technology. NABA provides avenues for growth, development and advancement to its members. To learn more visit:

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