About Us

The mission of NABA, Inc. is to address the professional needs of its members and to build leaders that shape the future of the accounting and finance profession with an unfaltering commitment to inspire the same in their successors.

Our Mission

The Association shall unite through membership accountants, finance and business related professionals and students who have similar interests and ideals, are committed to professional and academic excellence, possess a sense of professional and civic responsibility, and are concerned with enhancing opportunities for minorities in the accounting, finance and business related professions. The goals of the Association include, but are not limited to, the following:

Executive Team

Brandon Brake, CPA


Brandon is a Tax Director at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA) and has served as the President of the RTP chapter for several years.   He primarily focuses on corporate partnerships, member engagement, networking opportunities and mentoring.

April Sherman

Ezekiel Kayode, CPA

Director - Membership

Ezekiel Kayode is a tax manager at Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP with over 7 years of experience in providing U.S. tax compliance and consulting services to entities across a number of states. Ezekiel also assists high net worth individuals and organizations with investments outside the United States to navigate the complexities of international tax issues. His specializations include corporate, partnership, and international taxation.

Tameka Holmes

Vice President

Tameka is Executive Director of Finance and Administration at SASR Workforce Solutions.  She has served as the Vice-President of the RTP Chapter for one year. She is responsible for driving professional member social/recruiting events. New member growth and current member satisfaction and engagement. 

Kalund Brodie

Director - Student Member Services

Kalund Brodie is a young professional from Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a B.S. and Master of Accounting. Kalund is an Investment Banking Analyst in Truist Securities’ Financial Sponsors practice. As the most recent graduate of the NABA RTP leadership team, he serves as a liaison between the students and the professional chapter.

April Sherman, CPA, CGMA

Director - Special Projects; NCSU Liaison

April is one of two Compliance and Ethics Directors at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA) and has been a NABA member since she was an NCSU student in 1998. She joined the Research Triangle Park (RTP) chapter in 2002. As the NCSU Liaison, she maintains a direct relationship with the NABA NCSU chapter, attending its meetings and providing professional advisory assistance. As the Director – Special Projects, April addresses varied needs of the RTP chapter.

Renelle Brown


Renelle Brown has served as the Treasurer of the Research Triangle Park NABA Chapter for the past three years.  She is a Lecturer of Accounting and Finance at Fayetteville State University; and serves as the faculty advisor for the university’s NABA and Accounting Society organizations.  Renelle also established, and currently manages, Fayetteville State University’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. 

Shamber Gentry

Immediate Past President

Shamber is former Wake Tech student with an Undergraduate degree from Shaw University. She has held positions in accounting, tax, and management with various companies across different industries. Her passion has been accounting.

Leea Carter


Leea is the Director of DEI Operations at CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP). She joined the NABA RTP chapter in 2021 and began serving as chapter secretary in 2023. Leea maintains accurate records of board meetings, creates chapter communications, and distributes communications and materials to chapter members.


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