Biographies of the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) Members



Jared Ballew (Chair) – Ballew is Director of Government Relations at Drake Software, where he has developed his tax industry experience over 18 years. He currently serves as the President of the National Association of Computerized Tax Processors ("NACTP"), promoting standardization and simplification between government tax agencies and the tax processing industry. Ballew is also actively engaged in Council for Electronic Revenue Communications Advancement ("CERCA") and the Security Summit, serving as a co-lead for the Tax Pro Working Group. He holds a Master of Business Administration from East Carolina University.

Peter Barca – Barca is Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and an active member and officer of the Federation of Tax Administrators Board of Trustees. Barca has served in the Wisconsin State Assembly, the United States House of Representatives, and the United States Small Business Administration. He was also a business owner and President of Aurora Associates International.

Vernon Barnett (Vice Chair) – Barnett began his service as Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Revenue in May 2017. He has worked in state government for 25 years and served as a Deputy Solicitor General, Legal Advisor to the Governor, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Corrections and Executive Counsel of the Department of Environmental Management. Barnett is current Chair of the Multistate Tax Commission and a member of the Federation of Tax Administrators Board of Trustees.

Austin Emeagwai – Dr. Emeagwai is an Associate Professor of Accounting at LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis. He is the president of ABC Accounting and Tax Services, P.C., a full-service CPA firm. His research interests include small business and community development by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Dr. Emeagwai is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, National Society of Accountants, and is a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteer.

Jerry Gaddis – Gaddis is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tropical Tax Solutions, a boutique firm headquartered in Florida providing tax consultation, preparation and representation solutions for individuals and small businesses. He began his 20-year tax career at the VITA/Tax Counseling for the Elderly clinic in the Key Largo public library. He is a former H&R Block Franchisee, a former Dave Ramsey ELP and a graduate of the National Tax Practice Institute. Gaddis served on the board of directors for the National Association of Enrolled Agents for seven years including three years as an officer and one year as President/CEO. He is an Enrolled Agent.

Nikia Gainey – Gainey founded Carriers Choice Logistics, LLC in central Florida this year. Carriers Choice Logistics helps the low-income community by providing advice on how to start a business, provides financial literacy assistance, offers first time home buyers program information, aids with applying for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (also known as food stamps) and offers free notary services for the surrounding community.

Robert Gettemy – Gettemy is a full-time instructor at the University of Iowa where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship. In addition, he consults in the tax software industry. Prior to teaching, Gettemy spent seven years at TaxAct where he was Chief Operating Officer. During his tenure at TaxAct, Gettemy was responsible for all back-office operations, government relations and competitive intelligence. While at TaxAct, he served as Vice Chair of the American Coalition of Taxpayer Rights, was on the board of directors for the Council of Electronic Revenue Communication Advancement and was an industry co-lead in the IRS Security Summit initiative which was formed to combat stolen identity refund fraud. Gettemy was also active in IRS Free File.

Mark Godfrey – Prior to joining Ernst & Young's Digital Tax Administration – Government Services practice, Godfrey served as Taxation Division Director at the Missouri Department of Revenue. During that time, the Taxation Division team implemented an integrated tax system and underwent a reorganization to capitalize on processing efficiencies. Godfrey is an attorney and a certified public accountant.

Eric Inkrott – Inkrott is Tax Risk Officer at Green Dot, where his key role is combatting stolen identity tax refund fraud. Inkrott is engaged with the IRS Security Summit and partners with the IRS, state departments of revenue and the tax industry to develop new tools and strategies against identity theft and refund fraud. He is a member of the Senior Executive Board of the IDTTRF ISAC.

Jihan Jude – Jude is an attorney and counselor at law with the Davey Law Group in Maitland, Florida. She previously worked with ComplyRight, where she focused on business employment tax compliance, information return reporting requirements from the IRS and Social Security Administration and labor law legal issues. Jude also reviewed company guidance for business clients who used ComplyRight's tax solutions (paper and electronic filing of tax and information returns and proprietary tax filing software). Jude is also a Senior Tax Professional at H&R Block during the tax season and served as an IRS VITA volunteer in 2020 and 2021.

Carlos Lopez – Lopez is founder and President of Lopez Tax Service and the Latino Tax Professionals Association located in Salinas, California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pacific Union College and a Certificate of Management Development for Entrepreneurs from UCLA Andersen School of Management. He has completed the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Initiative from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has been active in tax preparation and representation before the IRS for more than 36 years. Lopez has been a lecturer and presenter for the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums.

Jonathan Lunardini – Lunardini is Section Manager of the California Franchise Tax Board's ("FTB") Identity Theft/Fraud Program. He has been a member of the Security Summit since its inception in 2015, and has participated in its Information Sharing, Authentication and Financial Services working groups. Lunardini engages with the IDTTRF-ISAC as a participating member of the metrics sub-team and participates in the National Automated Clearinghouse Association and the NACTP. In his role with the FTB, Lunardini has partnered with the IRS, other states, and industry partners on nationwide anti-fraud efforts.

Sherice McCarthy-Hill – McCarthy-Hill is Director of Payroll at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. She manages a payroll department of four payroll professionals and compensates approximately 10,000 faculty, staff, and students. She holds a Master of Business Administration in Systems Management from Baldwin Wallace College, a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting with a Minor in Information Systems from Notre Dame College. Also, she holds a Human Resources Professional Development Certificate. McCarthy-Hill belongs to the American Payroll Association, Society of Human Resource Management and Higher Education User Group.

Argi O'Leary – O'Leary is a Principal in the Advocacy Practice at Ryan, LLC in New York, where she provides tax strategy and audit assistance, including tax issue negotiations and resolution, policy advice and advocacy for all tax types. Before joining Ryan, O'Leary was a Deputy Commissioner with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, leading the Department's Civil Enforcement Division and Office of Professional Responsibility, and also served as an Assistant Deputy Commissioner, leading the Department's litigation strategy in tax controversy matters.

James Paille – Paille works for Thomson Reuters and has over 40 years of experience in the payroll industry, including front line, treasury, and management experience. Paille is a member of the board of directors of the American Payroll Association and the Independent Payroll Providers Association. He is also an active member of the National Automated Clearinghouse Association, National Association of Computerized Tax Processors, and the IRS Reporting Agents Forum.

Hallie Parchman – Parchman is currently Amazon's Senior Manager of Product Management within the Corporate Tax function focusing on the end-to-end customer experience as it relates to tax information reporting and withholding, including tax operations, tax compliance and product delivery and design. Before joining Amazon, Parchman was a Tax Analyst at Apple Inc. focused on information reporting and a Federal Tax Associate at KPMG. She is a licensed CPA in Texas.

Kimberly Pederzani – Pederzani is Compliance Manager for the Employee Cloud business unit at Toast, Inc. and serves as lead on a subcommittee for tax forms & publications on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel and on several subcommittees for the American Payroll Association. She holds a law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law, a bachelor's degree in Legal Studies with certifications in Criminal Profiling and Women's Studies from the University of Central Florida. She has received numerous awards for public speaking, assistance with non-profit organizations and for providing pro bono services to underprivileged individuals.

Andrew Phillips – Phillips is a Director at the Tax Institute at H&R Block, overseeing Agency & Industry Relations, Tax Research and Tax Law & Policy Analysis. Phillips is active in the Security Summit and the Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IDTTRF ISAC), serving as an industry co-lead on the Authentication Working Group and as a member of the ISAC Metrics Committee. Phillips is also active in tax industry associations, previously serving as a co-lead of the CERCA Legislative Implementation Working group, where he helped facilitate the implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In his personal time, Phillips serves on the Avila University Alumni Association Board.

RaeAnn Pilarski – Pilarski is Senior Manager at Code for America, where she scales and supports VITA partners that participate in the GetYourRefund program. Before joining Code for America, she oversaw the VITA program at the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. During her tenure there, she worked closely with Code for America as one of the original partners in the GetYourRefund pilot and led the development of Valet VITA, a model that allowed clients' documents to be scanned and securely uploaded to a system through which volunteers would access the information needed to prepare the return.

Keith Richardson – Richardson has over 15 years of tax administration experience. He is Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Tax Commissioner for the District of Columbia. As the Deputy CFO, he contributed to the development of its new modernized tax system, including working with IDTTRF-ISAC and establishing strategic plans for its customer service for taxpayers. Richardson previously worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as the Bureau of Compliance Director and was responsible for tax compliance initiatives, clearances and creating the Gaming Control Clearance Division to oversee all tax clearances for owners, vendors, employees and winners. He has also served as Revenue Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia.

Terri Steenblock – Steenblock is Compliance Director at the Federation of Tax Administrators. She supports state revenue agencies across the United States by providing compliance outreach, education and support to tax administrators focused on audit, collections, criminal investigations, fraud, and electronic filing. Prior to working at FTA, she spent 15 years at the Minnesota Department of Revenue where she held various roles including serving as an Assistant Commissioner. Steenblock has been active in the IDTTRF ISAC since its inception.

Timur Taluy (Vice Chair) – Taluy founded 25 years ago and serves as its chief executive. Taluy is a tax return preparer participating in the IRS Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) and actively prepares tax returns. He serves as the Board Treasurer of the Council for Electronic Revenue Communications Advancement (CERCA). As a founding member of the IRS Security Summit, he serves as the co-chair of the Summit's Strategic Threat Assessment and Response (STAR) workgroup. He develops content and speaks at tax related meetings including the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums, the Latino Tax Professionals Tax Fest, and his local colleges and universities. Taluy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Lindsey West – West is the founder and former CEO of, one of the first services to offer completely online and paper-free Information Returns filling. West currently serves as General Manager of Avalara, Inc. which recently acquired Track1099. Track1099 has helped over 300,000 businesses and tax professionals easily and cost effectively manage their 1099, W-2, and ACA filings over the past 11 years. West is an aerospace engineer and received her doctorate in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University.