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Cheryl Payne and Jessica Cormier Receive AICPA/LCPA Women to Watch Award

Thursday, May 25, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ann Lupo

Cheryl Payne and Jessica Cormier, received the 2017 Women to Watch Award, co-sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant (AICPA) Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee and the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants (LCPA) Women's Initiatives Committee. The program, which is in its fourth year, highlights the accomplishments of women in the CPA profession and demonstrates to emerging female leaders that success is not out of reach.
Cheryl Payne, CPA, CGMA, was honored as the 2017 Women to Watch Experienced Leader. Ms. Payne has over 20 years of experience in auditing, accounting, and finance, both in public accounting and industry. After more than 11 years at Community Coffee Company, L.L.C., she left to work as an independent contract CFO/Controller, helping businesses and nonprofits improve processes, procedures, and controls. Very active in the Baton Rouge Community, she is a current board member and the standards of excellence chair of Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge, serving as advisor to the River Road Recipes committee. She is involved with LCPA’s Baton Rouge Chapter, currently serving as the Business and Industry Committee chair. Additionally, she’s involved with Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women serving as House Corporation Treasurer and Baton Rouge Alumnae Club Co-President.
Ms. Payne was previously honored as one of the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report’s “Forty Under 40” in 2011 and with LSU’s Greek Excellence Award in 2010. She earned her degree in accounting from LSU.
Jessica Cormier, CPA/CFF, CFE, of Prairieville, was honored as the 2017 Women to Watch Emerging Leader. Mrs. Cormier is a fraud, forensic, and litigation services manager at HORNE LLP, where she leads fraud investigations and assists in litigation support engagements. Mrs. Cormier also serves on HORNE’s personnel committee, the team that sets philosophy and policy direction for the firm’s 500+ team members. She has also been actively involved in HORNE’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, most recently collaborating on a team appointed by the chairman of the board, charged with executing local connection events in 14 of HORNE’s offices.
Mrs. Cormier is very involved with LCPA, serving in various capacities, including current board member of LCPA’s Baton Rouge chapter. She also is an AICPA Leadership Academy class of 2014 graduate and is a member of the AICPA Young Member Leadership Committee. She earned her degree in finance from LSU.
LCPA ( is a non-profit professional association serving more than 7,000 current and future CPAs statewide. It is the premier organization of accountants in the state.
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