In this first-ever installment of the CTCPA New and Young Professionals to Watch, we’re introducing you to three up-and-comers, aged 35 and younger, who have set themselves apart as emerging leaders in the accounting profession.

Following a call for nominations in the spring, a panel of accounting professionals selected these go-getters based on professional or workplace contributions, community service, and CTCPA involvement.

Tracy McKaveney, CPA 
Senior Manager – Mahoney Sabol & Company

Amber D. Tucker, CPA 
Audit Manager – CohnReznick

Michele Solomon, CPA 
Assurance Senior Manager – Marcum 

  Tracy McKaveney, CPA
  Senior Manager – Mahoney Sabol & Company

The aspect of my work that I find the most fun is: problem solving. It’s not only fun, but also very gratifying.

If I weren’t a CPA, I would be: an attorney.

Something people would be surprised to know about me is: I’m a huge football fan and look forward to football season every fall.

My favorite quote is: “You make a living by what you get, you make a life by what you give.”
– Winston Churchill

The word that best describes me is: driven.

If I could be on any TV show, I’d choose: Castle.

Tracy McKaveney regularly rallies her coworkers to get more involved – from taking part in a walk for breast cancer in Bushnell Park and a night out for Chip In for a Cure, to putting together a dress-down day fundraiser in honor of a co-worker who passed away from cancer. In addition to spearheading an initiative to foster professional development for women in the firm, she’s also an active participant in CTCPA’s It’s Just LIFE professional programming for women, encouraging the younger staff at the firm to come along for the ride.

Outside the office, McKaveney serves on Saint Elizabeth Seton Church’s finance council and acts as Memory Walk Team Lead for the Alzheimer’s Association, in honor of her grandmother.

Perhaps her most significant charity work, however, is with the Greater Hartford Jaycees, a leadership development and community service organization she’s been a part of since 2005. Over the course of her tenure, McKaveney has racked up a number of awards (including Jaycee of the Month, Statesman Award, Project of the Month, and the prestigious John H. Armbruster “Keyman” Award) and served in a wide variety of positions including Jaycees Foundation vice president and treasurer, Investment Committee co-chair, Long-Range Planning Committee member, Traveler’s Championship Golf Tournament Finance Committee assistant chair and chair, and tournament chair.



  Amber D. Tucker, CPA 
  Audit Manager – CohnReznick

The aspect of my work that I find the most fun is: training staff, especially if people learn useful shortcuts and tips.

If I weren’t a CPA, I would be: an interior decorator.

Something people would be surprised to know about me is: I love baking, but strongly dislike cooking dinner, unless we are hosting a party.

Before I became a CPA I: worked in a kite shop in Olde Mystic Village.

The word that best describes me is: adventurous.

If I could be on any TV show, I’d choose: The Amazing Race!

Amber Tucker wears a number of hats at CohnReznick in Glastonbury, including internal staff trainer, lead trainer for the data analysis software IDEA, and one of the New England Region WomenCan Liaisons, working to recruit, retain, and promote women. She also mentors four members of the staff, meeting on a quarterly basis to review evaluations, goals, and experiences.

Tucker frequently puts her accounting skills to good use, volunteering as treasurer for the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, bookkeeper and treasurer for The Church of Saint Andrew in Rocky Hill, and on the board of directors of HARC, Inc. She’s also a supporter of events such as the Boys and Girls Club Gala and High Hopes Therapeutic Riding.

In addition, Tucker has made her mark as a CTCPA volunteer. As an originating member of the CTCPA New and Young Professional (NYP) Cabinet, Tucker has been active in planning, participating in, and recruiting for countless events, including the annual charity kickball tournament, Habitat for Humanity, holiday drives, the NYP-organized 2013 Essential Event, and college outreach speaking engagements.

Tucker then augmented her NYP experience with a one-year stint on the CTCPA Advisory Council before taking her seat as a member-at-large on the board of directors. Currently in her second term, Tucker also chairs the CTCPA Audit Committee.



  Michele Solomon, CPA
  Assurance Senior Manager – Marcum



The aspect of my work that
I find the most fun is:
having the opportunity to work with different people and different clients.

If I weren’t a CPA, I would be: an event planner.

The app I can’t live without is: YouTube.

The website I can’t live without is:

The word that best describes me is: practical.

If I could be on any TV show, I’d choose: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

A senior manager with Marcum in New Haven, Michele Solomon has continued a rapid rise as a leader, both professionally at the firm and personally within her community.

Solomon leads Marcum’s Connecticut Focus Group, which is in place to field questions and concerns from local employees and implement measures to improve the Marcum environment and experience. When the holiday season rolls around and CTCPA begins to promote its annual charity drive, she’s often at the helm; last year, Solomon led the coat drive initiative for both the New Haven and Hartford offices.

Within the Connecticut community, Solomon is supportive of the Prudence Crandall Center, a nonprofit organization (headquartered in New Britain) focused on assisting victims of domestic violence. The current board treasurer of the organization, she’s assisted in organizing their annual fundraiser (including donating and buying many items for the silent auction) and adopting two families each holiday season to ensure the family has gifts to open.

Every year, Solomon also organizes a team for the Connecticut Food Bank’s Walk Against Hunger in New Haven; she’s also a regular participant in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk and Cystic Fibrosis events.


The Selection Panel

Selection of the 2013 “New and Young Professionals to Watch” was made by a blind review of written nominations by a panel of accounting professionals. Thank you to our panelists! 

Mary DiMatteo
Director, Financial Development Program

Cigna Corporation Sharon Dumais
Audit Senior, Garvey & Associates

Michael Hanlon
Principal, BlumShapiro

Sandra Pierog
Senior Manager, Whittlesey & Hadley

Duane Sauer
Division Director, Robert Half Finance and Accounting

Noelle Taddei
Associate Professor of Accounting, Post University