The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) awarded Diane Cornwell, CPA with its 2013 Public Service Award for Individuals. The annual award honors members of the AICPA who have made significant contributions to their communities. She received the award at the spring meeting of the Institute’s governing Council in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“The many strong candidates for the Public Service Award make it difficult to select the person most deserving of this award. We are fortunate that so many CPAs dedicate significant amounts of their time to their communities,” said James Curry, CPA, chair of the AICPA’s awards committee, who presented the award. “In comparison to the unwavering breadth of achievement of all of our members, Diane’s tireless work puts her on the top.”
One of the distinguishing features of Cornwell’s career as a public servant is the emphasis on activities that led to betterment of her community. She presently serves as board chair of SOZO International, Inc., Louisville, Ky. where she works to provide a sustainable future for at-risk people around the globe with a current emphasis on the people of Afghanistan. She is the treasurer of IWFKentucky, the Music Booster treasurer for Christian Academy of Louisville and serves on the audit committee of Southeast Christian Church. Cornwell is a prior board chair of the Center for Women and Families and Women 4 Women, both of Louisville, KY. Cornwell is a former member of the AICPA’s tax executive committee and served on several Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants (KYCPA) committees, as well as on the KYCPA board.
Prior to founding StarFish Consulting, which specializes in business and tax consulting for tax-exempt healthcare and higher education organizations, Cornwell spent 23 years with Arthur Andersen, LLP, where she served as tax partner and national director of the tax-exempt and higher education practices.
Cornwell graduated with highest distinction from the Indiana Kelley School of Business, in Bloomington, In. where she earned her B.S. degree in accounting. She is a CPA licensed in Montana, Kentucky and Hawaii. She is the proud mother of two daughters.