Nancy Frenkel

Nancy Frenkel was a leader, mentor, inspiration, fashion ICON, exercise fanatic, friend, colleague, founder, and trailblazer. On May 19, 2014, we said goodbye to a founding member of the AWSCPA of Georgia. Nancy served the Affiliate as its 2nd President in 1983-1984.

A pinnacle of Nancy’s career was being appointed to the Georgia State Board of Accountancy for 8 years (1983 to 1991). At that time it was a big deal for a woman to serve on the State Board.  If you were certified during that timeframe – Nancy most likely signed your Certificate. 

Nancy graduated with a BA in Mathematics from the University of Michigan. After spending 9-years as a stay-at-home mom she sought the advice of a career counselor; and, was told that since you’re a woman, you are best suited to be a bookkeeperAfter being told if you were a man, you would be an accountant, Nancy saidThen, I’ll be an Accountant!  

She went on to study accounting at Franklin University and Georgia State University. She retired after a 38-year accounting career on December 31, 2013 from Warren Averett, LLC, successor to Gifford, Hillegrass & Ingwersen (GH&I). Nancy joined GH&I in 1987. Nancy's first eight years as an accountant & CPA were with a local CPA firm where she became their first woman partner. Richard Harden, a member of that Firm, was instrumental in her being nominated to the State Board of Accountancy.  

Prior to that she served as controller for a manufacturing company and as an accounting manager for a major retail clothing chain.

Nancy was an active member of the organizations that she joined. In addition to the many contributions to our own AWSCPA of Georgia Affiliate, she served as President of Financial Women International of Atlanta and the Atlanta Women's Network; and, as Treasurer to the Atlanta Women's Alliance, the Atlanta Chapter of NAWBO, and the Atlanta Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  A graduate of Leadership North Fulton (Class of 2003-2004) she served on its board of directors; and worked with The Possible Woman Foundation International. In addition to AWSCPA, she was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA).

Nancy was 70, a wife to Ron Hughes, the mother of Rick Frenkel and Robin Stevens, and the grandmother to Ariella & Jonah Frenkel and Nina & Victoria Stevens.