Our team

Our team

team

NCheng LLP consistently receives high endorsements from ours clients, a testament to our team's knowledge, experience, and passion.

With a collective experience of over 100 years, our leadership team regularly encourages and rewards innovation and new ideas, and is committed to continuously expanding the knowledge base of our professionals.

At NCheng LLP, we work in a cooperative, synergistic environment where team members draw on each other’s strengths, thought leadership and diversity. With every new client, we continuously fine-tune our collaborative efforts, resulting in better results for our clients.

The stable relationships and the collaboration between team members are a large part of our core strength. By providing a learning environment for our 80 employees, we are able to grow the talent within the company and develop leadership. This stability helps keep us focused on long-term solutions for our clients.

Learn more about our leadership team below and explore how we can service your financial and organizational needs.John Giordani, CISA IT Director and Cybersecurity Officer

kwabina appiah, CPA

Partner

Jake Jongkwon Lee, CPA

Partner

Nerou Cheng, CPA

Managing Partner

Miaoling Lin, CPA

Partner

Jose Ignacio Fiocca

Principal

Michelle Blankenship

Principal

kwabina appiah, CPA

Partner

Kwabina Appiah is a Partner in the Audit department.

Kwabina has over 30 years’ experience in public accounting providing a full range of audit, accounting and advisory services to diversified clients in the not-for-profit, government and commercial sectors. His involvement in diversified engagements for several not-for-profit entities as engagement partner, has given him an understanding of their accounting, audit, compliance, performance and reporting requirements. He has significant experience with public and private grants compliance, governance matters and the regulatory environment impacting not-for profit entities. His past experience also includes several years as a partner and Chief Operating officer of a major CPA firm in New York City. He has served clients involved in community and social action services, health care, advocacy as well as educational and cultural activities.

Kwabina holds an MBA in Accounting & Finance from the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University in the City of New York and a BS from the University of Ghana.

Jake Jongkwon Lee, CPA

Partner

Jake Jongkwon Lee is a Partner in the Financial Advisory Services department and also serves as the Chief Financial Officer of NCheng LLP.

Jake has more than 15 years’ experience working with a large and diverse group of not-for-profit organizations, both international and local. Jake has significant expertise in the design of accounting and financial reporting systems. He is also very familiar with many systems used by not-for-profit entities for fund-raising, regulatory and grant compliance. He has extensive knowledge in cloud-based accounting and has designed and installed several financial and reporting systems for a wide variety of clients that receive funding and grants from federal agencies, State and City of New York.

Jake has an MBA in Accounting from St. John’s University and a BS in Business Administration from Sogang University in Seoul, Korea. He speaks fluent Korean.

Nerou Cheng, CPA

Managing Partner

Nerou Cheng is the Founder and Managing Partner of NCheng LLP.

Nerou has over 30 years of experience in public accounting dedicated exclusively to serving the not-forprofit sector. He has provided invaluable services in financial statements audits and advisory services to several not-for-profit clients in areas such as financial management and reporting, internal controls, governance and regulatory compliance.

He serves on the Board of a number of nonprofit organizations. Nerou has an MBA from Ball State University and a BSBA from Georgetown University. He also holds a Certificate in Public Accounting from Pace University.

Miaoling Lin, CPA

Partner

Miaoling Lin is a Partner in the Audit department.

Prior to joining NCheng LLP, Miaoling served as an audit partner at Berdon LLP and Koch Group & Company LLP.

Miaoling has over 20 year tax and audit experience in the not for profit and real estate industries. In particular, she specializes in charter schools and affordable housing. Her expertise includes single audits, cost certification, 95.5 bond questionnaire, 50% test, 10% carryover, breakeven and other agreed upon procedures for low income tax credit projects.

Miaoling is a member of AICPA and NYSSCPA. She graduated from New York University Stern’s CPA Advanced Professional Certificate Program. She also holds a MBA degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from National Taiwan University.   She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese.

 

Jose Ignacio Fiocca

Principal

Jose Ignacio Fiocca is a Principal in the Financial Advisory Services department.

He has over 20 years’ experience in providing accounting and fiscal management services to clients in the not-for-profit sector. Jose works very closely with the senior management of the clients he serves and has
significant experience in designing control systems and procedures to assist in the management of various activities and programs of his not-for-profit clients. Jose’s extensive experience with a variety of financial systems helps his clienst to review and monitor budgets, program reports, financial projections and the management of multiple and diversified funding sources. Jose holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). He is fluent in Spanish.

Michelle Blankenship

Principal

Michelle Blankenship is a Principal in the Financial Advisory Services department.

She has more than 25 years experience serving clients in the not-for-profit sector and manages a wide array of financial advisory services for clients at NCheng LLP. Michelle’s specialty includes financial reporting and compliance and assisting clients to manage budgets and various public and private grants toachieve program objectives. She is very familiar with grant and reporting requirements of various federal, State and City grants. Michelle attended Michigan State University and Hunter College.

Carlos Norena

Director

Alwayne Burke, CPA, CGMA

Director

Xi Wang, CPA

Senior Manager

Faye Huang, CPA

Senior Manager

Aaron Lam

Manager

Andriy Bashlyk

Manager

BONSON WONG, CPA

Manager

Faizan Younus

Manager

Gleni Monegro

Manager

Ling Ki Ko

Manager

SERGEI PIGIKOV, CPA

Audit Manager

Slavik Shkolnik

Manager

Steven Cohen

Manager

Carlos Norena

Director

Carlos Norena is a Director in the Financial Advisory Services division.

He has over 22 years of experience in accounting and financial management and has served clients in both the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. He has in-depth knowledge of many accounting systems and very familiar with accounting and reporting systems for not-for-profit entities. He assists clients in the daily management of fiscal transactions, budgetary monitoring and compliance with various regulatory and grant requirements.

Carlos has an MBA and a BBA in Accounting from the University of Medellin in Colombia. He is also a CPA in Colombia, and speaks fluent Spanish.

Alwayne Burke, CPA, CGMA

Director

Alwayne Burke is a Audit Director and has over 15 years of diverse experience in public accounting and the private sector. Prior to joining Ncheng LLP, Alwayne worked for a large Global Public Accounting Firm, as well as Regional and Local Accounting Firms. He has also worked with private companies where he served in the capacity as Vice-President of Finance. Alwayne has extensive experience working with not-for profit (including higher educational institutions), government, construction, healthcare, hospitality and manufacturing entities. In addition to audits of financial statements of clients in the
not-for profit, government and the private sectors, Alwayne has also specialized in single audits and the audits of employee benefit plans.

Alwayne is Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York and Florida. He holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Baruch College, City University of New York.  He is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of CPAs.

Xi Wang, CPA

Senior Manager

Xi Wang is a Senior Manager in the Financial Advisory Services department.

She has over 8 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, Xi provides invaluable services to her clients at NCheng. She has extensive experience in financial management and reporting for not-for-profit entities. She also has expertise in many software systems used by not-for-profit entities to process accounting fundraising and grant transactions. She works closely with the senior management of her clients to help them in their daily tasks and monitoring of operations. Xi has a B.S. and MBA from Troy University, Alabama.

Faye Huang, CPA

Senior Manager

Faye Huang is a Senior Manager in NCheng LLP’s Financial Services Division.

She has over six years’ experience serving a variety of nonprofits including organizations focused on senior and youth services, human rights and the performing arts.  She leads a nonprofit’s daily financial operations, grants management, budget monitoring and reporting.  She is particularly adept at meeting client deadlines, determining system improvements, implementing change and customizing financial reports.  Faye holds an M.S. in Accounting from Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY), and a B.B.A. in Accounting from Baruch College, CUNY.  She is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Aaron Lam

Manager

Aaron Lam is a Manager in the Financial Advisory Services department.

He has 9 years of experience in accounting and financial management and has served clients in both the not-for-profit and commercial sectors.

In this capacity, he has been active and involved in fiscal management, such as preparation of organizational budgets, managing accounting systems, and cash flow, for several community and service organizations including Outright Action International, Flatbush Development.

Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy from Hunter College and is fluent in Cantonese.

Andriy Bashlyk

Manager

Andriy Bashlyk is a Manager in the Financial Advisory Services department.

He has 13 years of experience in accounting and financial management and has served clients in both the not-for-profit and commercial sectors.

He has diverse experience in financial management of not-for-profit organizations and health care institutions with various funding.
He has deep knowledge in the fiscal management of government grants from Federal, State and local government agencies. He involves in every step of clients’ operation to support their financial needs and provides analysis on the fiscal health of clients. He has expertise with various financial and data evaluation reports for health care centers, including FQHC, Article 28, and 31 clinics.

Andriy has a Master’s Degree in Science from the New York University in Finance Risk Management. He has attended several seminars and courses related to financial management for non-for-profits.
He is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian.

BONSON WONG, CPA

Manager

Bonson Wong, CPA is a Manager in the Financial Advisory Services department.

He has over 7 plus years of diverse experience in public accounting and financial management. He provides non-for-profit clients with invaluable services including, but not limited to, financial reporting, grants management, budget advisory, and internal control review. He is adept at meeting client’s deadline and designing accounting and reporting systems that improve financial operations. Prior to joining NCheng LLP, Bonson worked in the audit sector in an International Public Accounting Firm, as well as local Accounting Firms in Hong Kong, and worked on public company audits and IPO projects.

Bonson holds a Master of Accountancy from the Chinese University of Hong Kong as well as a B.B.A. in accounting from Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. He is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Faizan Younus

Manager

Faizan Younus is a Manager in the Financial Advisory Services department.

He has over 7 years of experience in accounting, financial planning, and analysis, and has served clients in both the public and the private sector.
Faizan takes a data-driven approach to help clients optimize their operations and finances. Faizan has created proprietary financial reporting solutions to clients in a multitude of industries, including Not-for-profit, Oil & Gas, Real-Estate, and Shipping.
Faizan has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Hunter College in New York. He has a master’s in data science from the City University of New York and an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business, Specializing in quantitative Finance, Business Analytics, and Strategy. He is fluent in Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.

Gleni Monegro

Manager

Gleni Monegro is a Manager in the Financial Advisory Services department.

She has more than fifteen years of experience serving a number of community and service organizations. She has experience overseeing all areas of finance including but not limited to financial statements, managing government contracts, preparation of organizational budgets and cash flow. She also provides strategic analyses for senior management to determine if a program is cost-effective or not. She likes problem-solving, providing timely and relevant analyses, and working as a team member of the organizations she works with. She really enjoys being part of a mission and making an impact.
Gleni’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Lehman College. She has taken several courses and seminars related and not limited to financial management especially in the not-for-profit area. She is fluent in Spanish.

Ling Ki Ko

Manager

Ling Ki Ko is a Manager in the Financial Advisory Services department.

Ling Ki Ko has been with NCheng LLP since 2012, for more than seven years rising from staff accountant to supervisor to manager.
In this capacity, she has been active and involved in fiscal management, such as grants management, preparation of organizational budgets, financial reporting and cash flow, for a number of community and service organizations including Weston United Community Renewal, Harlem School of the Arts, The YWCA of Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Life Camp.
Kiki holds a B.B.A. in accounting from Baruch College, City University of New York.”

SERGEI PIGIKOV, CPA

Audit Manager

Sergei Pigikov is a Audit Manager.

Sergei has over 6 years of experience in auditing and financial accounting and has served clients in both the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. He has played a significant role in a number of audits involving clients in the real estate, not-for-profit, and government sectors.

Sergei has interfaced with key management personnel on issues arising out of audits of various entities at NCheng LLP. He has demonstrated the ability to work independently and efficiently on complex engagements and prepared audit reports for submission to regulatory agencies.

Sergei has a master’s and bachelor’s degrees in accounting from Yeshiva University in New York, NY. Sergei has a CPA license and is a member of the AICPA and the New York State Society of CPAs. He is fluent in Russian and Hebrew.

Slavik Shkolnik

Manager

Slavik Shkolnik is a Manager in the Financial Advisory Services department.

Steven Cohen

Manager

Steven Cohen is a Manager in the Financial Advisory Services department.

Steven Cohen has been with NCheng LLP since 2011. He has served in the roles of staff accountant, senior account, supervising senior account, and now manager

In this capacity, he has been active and involved in fiscal management, such as preparation of organizational budgets, managing accounting systems and cash flow, for a number of community and service organizations. He has a deep understanding of the client’s operations and has effectively guided clients on critical financial decision making and managing agencies compliance with audits.

Steven holds a Master of Science degree in accountancy from Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College as well as a bachelor of art in mathematics from Wesleyan University.