Meet the Bloggers

TAs from the University of Texas at Dallas have graciously volunteered to share their stories, insights and experiences with othe Texas CPAs to-be. Here is a little bit about each of them:

2014-2015 Bloggers

Samir BasariaSamir Basaria
Hometown: Dallas, TX
High School: Hebron High School
Interned: EY Dallas, Audit
Fun Fact: I’ve met Dirk Nowitzki 4 times.

 

Kelly EastwoodKelly Eastwood
Hometown: Houston, TX
High School: Clear Horizons Early College High School
Interned: EY Dallas, Audit
Fun Fact: I was a dog handler for the Iditarod for 2 years.

 

Gaea FerrerGaea Ferrer
Hometown: Plano, TX
High School: Plano Senior High School
Interned: EY Dallas, Audit
Fun Fact: I saw President Obama and Michelle Obama land on the White House lawn on Marine One.

Zack HansenZack Hansen
Hometown: Kingwood, TX
High School: Kingwood High School
Interned:PWC Dallas, Audit
Fun Fact: I play on the UTD’s Men’s Soccer Team.

 

David HuaDavid Hua
Hometown: Garland, TX
High School: North Garland High School
Interned: McGladrey Dallas, Audit
Fun Fact: I love to go fishing.

 

YunjeongYunjeong Kim
Hometown: Incheon, South Korea
High School: Chisolm Trail Academy
Interned: EY South Korea and EY Fort Worth
Fun Fact: I’m learning how to box

 

Pankhuri MittalPankhuri Mittal
Hometown: Plano, TX
High School: Plano West Senior High School
Interned: Deloitte Dallas, Audit
Fun Fact: I’ve been to the Himalayas

 

Yunji TangYunji (Jimmy) Tang
Hometown: Ningbo, China
High School: Xiaoshi Middle School
Interned: N/A
Fun Fact: I am only 200 points away from a Chess Master title.

 

Brittany WeberBrittany Weber
Hometown: Frisco, TX
High School: Wakeland High School
Interned: EY Dallas, Audit
Fun Fact: I played flute and piccolo in high school. I was also drum major!

 

 

2013-2014 Bloggers

Aaron HeadshotAaron Blankenship
Hometown: Bellville, TX
High School: Bellville High School
Interned: BKD Audit, Dallas
Fun Fact: I used to compete in spelling bees

April Headshot April Crawford
Hometown: Saginaw, TX
High School: Boswell High School
Interned: Deloitte Audit, Dallas
Fun Fact: I love NYC and plan to live there some day!

Yunjeong

Yunjeong Kim
Hometown: Incheon, South Korea
High School: Chisolm Trail Academy
Interned: EY South Korea and EY Fort Worth
Fun Fact: I’m learning how to box

 

Anna HeadshotAnna Knutson
Hometown: Keller, TX
High School: Central High School
Interned: Ernst & Young Audit, Dallas
Fun Fact: I’ve hiked the Grand Canyon from Rim-to-Rim

Sharon

Sharon Ma
Hometown: Shaanxi Province, China
High School: Suide No. 1 High School
Interned: Deloitte & Touche Tohmatsu, Beijing, China
Fun Fact: I’ve passed the CPA exam – twice!!

 

Pearl HeadshotPearl Promwanrat
Hometown: Garland, TX
High School: Allen High School
Interned: PwC Tax, Dallas
Fun Fact: I love to ride motorcycles

Josh Headshot

Josh Scalf
Hometown: Frisco, TX
High School: Frisco High School
Interned: American College of Emergency Physicians
Fun Fact: I am an avid runner and climber

Teresa Headshot

Teresa Tran
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
High School: Nolan Catholic High School
Interned: PwC Tax, Dallas
Fun Fact: I’ve seen pretty much every Disney movie known to man!

2012-2013 Bloggers

Lauren Carr
Hometown: Houston, TX
High School: Friendswood High School
University: University of Texas at Dallas
Interned: Ernst & Young
Fun Fact: I have been skydiving.
Clayton Farris
Hometown:  Lewisville, TX
High School:  Lewisville High School
University:  UT-Dallas
Interned: Grant Thornton, Dallas
Fun Fact:  I am admittedly addicted to fantasy football. During football season, I devote an average of 15 hours per week to the hobby.
Diane Henry
Hometown: Ovilla, TX
High School: Canterbury Episcopal School
University: UT Dallas
Interned: Deloitte, Audit
Fun Fact: I love to travel. I have been to France, Italy, New Zealand (study abroad) and Grenada.
Kelly McNeil
Hometown: Sachse, Texas
High School: Sachse High School
University: UT Dallas
Interned: McGladrey, tax
Fun Fact: I used to race sailboats with my dad and sister when I was little.

2011-2012 Bloggers

Timothy Ellis 
Hometown:  Dallas, TX
High School:  Renaissance Charter School
University:  UT-Dallas
Interned: Grant Thornton, Dallas
Fun Fact:  I can name any pro sports champion since 1980.
Jasmine Hernandez
Hometown: Garland, TX
High School: South Garland High School
University: UT-Dallas
Interned: PwC, Dallas
Fun Fact: I have 4 siblings, ranging from 25 years to 9 months.

Eric Rivetna
Hometown: Berkeley Height, NJ
High School: Governor Livingston High School
University: UT-Dallas
Interned: PwC, NYC Metro
Fun Fact: Traveled through Europe for 6 weeks at the age of 17.

Tripp Smitham

Hometown: Dallas, TX

High School: Home Schooled

University: UT-Dallas

Interned: KPMG, Dallas

Fun Fact: I took piano lessons for 12 years starting at age 6.

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