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Certification Award Winners

The IIA is proud to announce the 2014 list of those who have passed certification exams with the highest scores, demonstrating their dedication and passion for the profession. These candidates excelled in the CIA®, CGAP®, CFSA®, CRMA®, and CCSA® exams, honoring the profession and their respective organizations.

The candidate who scored the highest in the CIA exam will receive the William S. Smith Award, named in honor of William S. Smith, CIA, The IIA's first chairman of the Board of Regents, a former IIA chairman of the board, and a driving force behind the development of the Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) program.

Awards are based on individual performance on the core CIA exam parts (parts 1, 2, and 3). With year-round testing, award recipients must pass each exam part on their first attempt within one year of taking the first exam part.

In 2014, a total of 64,769 candidates took the CIA exam and 2,155 took a specialty exam. Congratulations to all who are committed to delivering a level of excellence to their organization or business environment and the internal audit profession.


2014 CIA Award Winners
Candidate Name Award Country
Jepson Fuller, CIA William S. Smith Award - Gold USA
Joy Larisey, CIA A.J. Hans Spoel Award - Silver USA
Brian Lair, CIA Kurt Riedener Award - Bronze USA
Michael Easterday, CIA, CRMA Dr. Glenn Sumners Award - Student USA


The next 10 top scorers are recognized for their achievements with Certificates of Excellence. The Certificate of Excellence CIA award winners for 2014 are:
Katharina Winns, CIA, Germany Ara Chalabyan, CIA, CRMA, Armenia
Alexander Rudyk, CIA, Switzerland Stephen Roach, CIA, USA
Benjamin Wolfgram, CIA, USA Megan Clair, CIA, Canada
James Moynihan, CIA, USA Daniel Ramsier, CIA, Houston
Eleanor Dayton, CIA, USA Mark Ulanowicz, CIA, USA


The IIA also recognized the next top 50 highest scores with a Certificate of Honor. Recipients for 2014 inculde:
David Downing,
Mary Camagnolo, CIA, USA Patricia Paquette, CIA, USA Jay Davis, CIA, USA
Devin McDonald, CIA, USA Jobina San Antonio,
CIA, Philippines
Xiaoying Hou, CIA, USA Alison Tulak, CIA, USA
Jonathan Barks, CIA, Canada Christopher Leon, CIA, USA James Stonebraker, CIA, USA Kimberly Schroeder, CIA, USA
Lynna Leatherman, CIA, USA Muhammad Yasir, CIA, United Arab Emirates Laura Tatem, CIA, CGAP, USA Todd Waldman, CIA, USA
Clarissa Diedrichs, CIA, Canada Charles Roedel, CIA,
William Curry, CIA, USA Robert Magistrado, CIA, Australia
Eric Burt, CIA, USA Peter Gentles, CIA, Canada Nikolaus Hartlieb, CIA, Austria Evan Carhart, CIA, USA
Gregory Heitkamp, CIA, USA Sven Richtering, CIA, Germany Angelo Bryant Licup, CIA, Philippines Spencer Starley, CIA, USA
Stephan Maslo,
CIA, Canada
Huijuan Raeanne Lee, CIA, Singapore Steffen Kirchmer, CIA, Germany Sachin Shinde, CIA, USA
Thomas Bishop,
CIA, Canada
Yanyi Adeline Ho, CIA, Singapore Leisa Pulliam, CIA, USA Michael Marcucci, CIA, USA
Joel Jantzen, CIA, USA Abigail Patupat, CIA, Philippines Lynn Ranf, CIA, USA Lauri Tuomaala, CIA, Finland
Hui Zhang, CIA, Switzerland John Tedrow, CIA, USA Melissa Polak, CIA, Canada Darice Goodridge, CIA, CRMA, USA
D. Ryan Jeannette, CIA, USA William Davis, CIA, USA Debasis Goswami, CIA, UAE Heather Scott, CIA, CRMA, USA
Yaser Abdulla, CIA, CFSA, Bahrain Julie K. Anderson, CIA, CFSA, USA


The IIA also recognizes those who scored the highest on specialty exams:
Lesley Sisk, CGAP, USA CGAP Winner
Joe Wilson, CIA, CFSA, CCSA, USA CFSA Winner
Jessica Bolding, CIA, CCSA, CRMA, USA CRMA Winner
Daniele Rusconi, CIA, CCSA, Italy CCSA Winner

2013 Award Recipients

Gold Medal — Highest Achievement Award: Allesandro Segalini, CIA, IIA Italy
Silver Medal — Award Recipient: Alberto Aimola, CIA, CCSA, IIA Italy
Bronze Medal — Award Recipient: Mark de Jong, CIA, IIA Netherlands
Student Highest Achievement Award: Laust Helmig, CIA, IIA–New York, USA

2012 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Juan Carlos Diaz, CIA, IIA Spain
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Väino Sarnet, CIA, CGAP, IIA Estonia
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: Anna Agnieszka, CIA, IIA Poland
Student Highest Achievement Award: Wang Yang, CIA, IIA China

2011 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Robert Bruce Marsden, CIA, IIA-New York, USA
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Douglas Scott Schmidt, CIA, IIA-Indianapolis, USA
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: Ömer Kerem Seçkin, CIA, IIA Turkey
Student Highest Achievement Award: Jeffrey S. Littlejohn, CIA, IIA-Dallas, USA

2010 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Igor Gouvêa, IIA Brazil
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Henrique de Carvalho, IIA Brazil
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: Adriana Rey, IIA Uraguay
Student Highest Achievement Award: Elaina Arvelo, Philadelphia, PA USA

2009 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Óscar Moreno Palmero, IIA Spain
Silver Medal – Award Recipient: Ángel Palomo Cisneros, IIA Spain
Bronze Medal – Award Recipient: Jaime Raffo, Miami, FL USA
Student Highest Achievement Award: Steve Pebley, Alexandria, VA USA

2007 Award Recipients

Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Elisheba Etabag Manzano, IIA Philippines
Gold Medal – Highest Achievement Award: Ryan Gilbert Khu Chua, IIA Philippines

 William Smith