George S. Willie has worked for more than 35 years in public accounting, specializing in the audits of healthcare, government and not-for-profit entities, serving on numerous boards and committees dealing with finance, auditing, and accounting issues.
George presently serves as the Chair of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS) and is the Chair of the Montgomery County Employee Retirement System Board of Investment Trustees. He also serves on the Board of Visitors - Howard University School of Business, Kogod School of Business - American University and Executive Council of Virginia State University. He is also a member of Howard University Center for Accounting Education Advisory Board and Chairman of the Leadership Committee, and the audit committee of the American Institutes for Research. Mr. Willie is a former member of the Board of Directors of the AICPA, the Board of Examiners, an At-Large Member of the AICPA Council and the U.S. Government Accountability Office's Advisory Board (GAO). He is also the past chairman of the Division of Firms, the U.S. association of African American-owned accounting firms.
Mr. Willie has received numerous accolades, including the recognition as one of the nation’s most influential practitioners by CPA Magazine and Accounting Today, the Distinguished Alumni Award in the field of Business and Community Service from Howard University, the Special Vision 21 award by the Howard University School of Business, the distinguished Alumni award from the Kogod School of Business - American University and a variety of other awards. Mr. Willie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Magna Cum Laude) in accounting from Howard University and a Masters of Business Administration in finance from American University.
Mr. Graves joined the firm in 1982 and has over thirty (30+) years of experience conducting financial statement audits, program specific compliance audits, grant programs under OMB Circular A-133 for not-for-profit and profit organizations, in addition to providing tax consulting services to non-profit and private entities.
Norman’s involvement in services includes: directing audit engagements; reviewing high risk audit areas; business advisor to management and those charged with governance; quality control review of reports and basis of audit opinion; developing valuable recommendations for internal control and business environment; all aspects of tax compliance and information reporting for organizations including preparation, review and quality assurance reviews of tax returns; tax research on a wide variety of issues affecting exempt organizations; unrelated business income review, analysis and planning; representation of clients during IRS field audits; and consultation on state/local issues affecting exempts.
Mr. Graves has extensive experience working with a wide variety of organizations, including the Department of Health - Medical Assistance Administration, District of Columbia Health Care Safety Net Administration (HCSNA), Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), U.S. Virgin Islands Government, State of Maryland Department of Human Resources, U.S. Department of Education, Government of the District of Columbia, and Anacostia Waterfront Corporation (AWC).
Mr. Graves received his B.S. in Business Administration, Concentration in Accounting from St. Paul’s College. He has served as the Engagement Partner on numerous financial statement and compliance audits in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Auditing Standards and Government Auditing Standards applicable to OMB Circular A-133, some of which required preparation of Tax Form 990.
Dorothy is a partner with Bert Smith & Co. and has over twenty-eight (28) years of experience conducting financial and compliance audits and internal control reviews, management services contracts, and financial reviews of federal, state and local governmental entities, not-for-profit/for-profit organizations, and institutions of higher learning.
Dorothy has also performed a variety of non-audit services including internal control analysis, training, quality assurance reviews, financial statement preparation, preparation and review of Form 990, budget analysis, State Plan program reviews, and expert witness testimony in litigation matters.
Dorothy has served as the engagement partner on numerous financial statement and compliance audits in accordance with U.S. generally accepted auditing standards and Government Auditing Standards applicable to OMB Circular A-133, some of which required preparation of Tax Form 990. A representation sample of tax exempt engagements includes Baltimore City College, Council for Professional Recognition, Howard University, Lawyers for Civil Rights Under Law, National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc., National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area, New Orleans NAPFE, Southeastern University, Tampa NAPFE Elderly Housing Development, Inc., United Communities Against Poverty, Inc., and University of the District of Columbia.
Dorothy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Government Finance Officers Association, the Greater Washington Society of CPAs, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Black Accountants.
Mr. Akhran is a partner at Bert Smith & Co. with over twenty-three (23) years of public accounting, audit, and management consulting experience. He has managed a number of engagements for a wide variety of organizations, including state and local governments, federal regulatory agencies, healthcare entities, not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions, and commercial entities.
Mr. Akhran has served as engagement partner and manager for services provided to a variety of the region's not-for-profit organizations. In addition, he has served as engagement partner on several high-profile projects on behalf of the District of Columbia Government, including the Medicaid contract with the Department of Health, a performance and procurement review for the D.C. Public School System, and others. He has also performed audits for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Resolution Trust Corporation.
For more than three years, Mr. Akhran was the audit manager for the financial and compliance audits of the Maryland Affordable Housing Trust (MAHT). He has also performed audits of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development and the D.C. Department of Public and Assisted Housing. In addition, he was engagement partner on the management consulting service project at D.C. General Hospital. In 2011, Mr. Akhran was announced as president-elect of The Greater Washington Society of CPAs for 2012.
Mr. Akhran is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia with a B.B.A. in accounting, and has completed more than 100 CPE hours in governmental auditing and accounting within the past two years, including 24 CPE focusing on not-for-profit and governmental topics. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the Association of Government Accountants, the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the District of Columbia Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Hamida is the quality assurance partner for Bert Smith & Co. Hamida has over 18 years of experience in public accounting and providing auditing and advisory services for federal, state and local governments, healthcare, nonprofit and commercial entities. Her principal focus has been performing financial and compliance audits in accordance with government auditing standards, OMB A-133 and ERISA, internal control reviews in accordance with OMB A-123, and reviews of compliance with federal corporate integrity agreements.
Hamida has extensive expertise with healthcare systems including complex Medicare and Medicaid regulatory compliance over hospitals, long term care facilities, federally qualified health centers, healthcare maintenance organizations and school-based claiming. Hamida also participates in external peer review of accounting and audit practices for compliance with standards that govern CPA firms.
Hamida's professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, the Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Government Financial Officers Association.
Licensed as a CPA in Maryland and the District of Columbia, Hamida received her undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park.