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Meet the Staff

ICMA® (Institute of Certified Management Accountants) is pleased to welcome two new staff members to help support candidates in our CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) exam program.

Kathryn Beisser, CMA, joined the US-based ICMA team in March 2017 as an exam development manager, reporting to Ella Suponitskiy, CMA, CPA, CAE, IMA director of exam operations and grading. A CMA since 2013, Kathryn works with the CMA exam team to develop and administer the exam, including reviewing and editing exam questions, interfacing with the volunteer Exam Review Committee, and assisting with exam grading. Kathryn will also develop and review sample questions, manage the examination database, assist in the analysis of exam performance, and participate in standard-setting meetings.

Prior to joining ICMA, Kathryn worked for more than 10 years at Thales Components Corporation, a multi-national engineering and manufacturing firm, as an accounting manager. Her career experience also includes working as an associate auditor at a public accounting firm and as a controller for a subsidiary of a nationwide provider of training and education services.

Kathryn earned her B.A. from The College of New Jersey and her M.B.A., with a concentration in economics and finance, from Montclair State University.

Kathryn can be reached via email at kathryn.beisser@imanet.org or by phone at (201) 474-1612.

Brittany Cissé became part of the ICMA team in September 2017, when she started in her position as a certification assistant. Prior to that, Brittany served for three years as a member service representative for IMA, where she performed numerous administrative and supervisory roles, including helping to train and mentor new members of the department.

In her new role at ICMA, Brittany reports to Cheryl Curtin, Certification Administration Manager, and work with the ICMA team on a variety of responsibilities, including CMA and CFM® (Certified Financial Manager) reinstatements, verifying CMAs/CFMs are in good standing, serving as administrative liaison with ICAI (Institute of Cost Accountants of India) and ICWAI, and fielding requests for score reports and performance reports, among other duties.

Before joining IMA in 2013, Brittany held several positions at retail establishments in both New Jersey and Virginia. She graduated in 2008 from Radford University, in Virginia, with a B.B.A.

Brittany can be reached via email at bcisse@imanet.org or by phone at (201) 474-1596.
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