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Our People

Dermody, Burke & Brown's team of professionals are focused on anticipating and addressing the unique needs of our diverse client base. You will see our team has a wide-range of experience, specializations and technical expertise, but one thing we all have in common is our commitment to quality client service.  

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Kathy Burke Barry, CPA
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Kathy Burke Barry

Kathy Burke Barry, CPA

Kathy specializes in audits, review and compilations of manufacturers and closely-held family business. She also is the Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee at Dermody, Burke & Brown.  She has been with the firm since graduating from St. John Fisher College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1987.  

Kathy is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  She also serves on the board of Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc.

John Calogero
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John Calogero

John is Partner and Managing Member of Calogero & Associates, LLC and a Principal of Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC.  Calogero & Associates was started over sixty years ago by his father Nicholas J. Calogero, Sr.  In January of 2013, the Firm combined with Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC.

John has over thirty years of experience in public accounting, taxation, business management, as well as commercial and residential property development and management.  He specializes in closely-held businesses, not-for-profit organizations and trusts and is experienced in serving physician and dental practices, manufacturing, retail and real estate clients.  John also leads our Payroll and Merchant Services divisions.

John served as President and Treasurer of A Better Chance of Clinton & The Mohawk Valley and is a former Treasurer and Vice President of The Fort Schuyler Club.  John received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Niagara University and is a member of the National Society of Accountants and the American Payroll Association. 

John is past board member of the United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica area, the Vinnie Coluzza Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Arts, the St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation, the American Cancer Society as well as past Treasurer of the Utica Boxing Association, and Treasurer of Ocean Walk 16 HOA (New Smyrna Beach, Florida).  John was also a 2002 recipient of the Mohawk Valley 40 Under Forty Award.

Lori Ciarla, CPA
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Lori Ciarla

Lori Ciarla, CPA

Lori joined the Firm in 1992 and specializes in audit, accounting, and advisory services for not-for-profit and governmental organizations, and employee benefit plans.  She oversees the Firm’s employee benefit plan audit practice and is responsible for the audits of more than fifty annual benefit plans, including single employer, multiple employer, defined contribution, defined benefit, and health and welfare plans. Lori serves as the Firm’s designated audit quality partner of the AICPA’s Employee Benefit Audit Quality Center.  She has extensive experience in HUD auditing and is the leader of the Firm’s affordable housing audit practice. Lori is also actively involved in the Firm’s employee recruitment program. 

Lori is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  She received the AICPA Not-for-Profit Certificate I and is also a member of the Not-for-Profit section of the AICPA.  Lori is a graduate of Le Moyne College and currently serves on the Finance Committee for Francis House. Lori has served on the board of the American Heart Association and is a past Treasurer of both the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY, Inc. and Girls Incorporated.

David Corey, Jr., CPA
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David Corey, Jr., CPA

David has been in public accounting for over twenty years, all at Dermody, Burke & Brown. He leads the tax department at the firm across four offices. David developed and leads the Firm’s Agribusiness niche and also works with family owned, closely-held businesses in a wide variety of industries including the Manufacturing and Construction industries. With his advanced expertise, David advises clients on tax compliance and planning, business succession/estate planning and business operations. 

David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Bob Jones University.  He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He serves as a board member and is a finance committee member for the United Way of Cayuga County and is a past Board Member of the Unity House of Cayuga County. David also is a board member of the Stanley W. Metcalf Foundation, Inc. and the D.E. French Foundation, Inc.

Michele Dickey, CPA
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Michele Dickey, CPA

Michele has over thirty years of experience in tax accounting, consulting, financial statement preparation and compliance services.  She works with closely held businesses within a wide range of industries. Michele has past experience as a Certified Valuation Analyst providing business valuations for companies involved in buy/sell agreements, charitable contributions, family limited partnerships and gifting programs.

Michele received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Le Moyne College.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. She serves on the Upstate Foundation’s Professional Advisory Council for Legacy Giving and also serves as treasurer for the Estate Planning Council of Central New York. Michele is a past board member and treasurer for the YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County, Inc., a past board member for the Children’s Consortium and Meals on Wheels of Syracuse, and a past member of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.  

Deborah Fitzgerald, CPA
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Deborah Fitzgerald, CPA

Debby joined the firm as a Principal in November 2019 after Barone, Howard and Co., a full-service accounting, tax and consulting firm based in New Hartford and Rome, merged with Dermody, Burke & Brown. Debby has over thirty years of experience in public accounting. Her areas of practice include personal, fiduciary and business income tax planning and preparation, along with for profit review and compilation services for a variety of for profit industries.

Debby graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University with Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.  She is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Debby served as Past President and board member of the Utica Chapter of NYSSCPA and a past treasurer of a local youth hockey association.

Michael Fralix, CPA
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Michael Fralix, CPA

Michael has over eighteen years of public accounting experience.  He has worked with a wide variety of clients including manufacturing, short-line railroads, small business, and high wealth individuals. Michael comes to the firm with technical expertise in various areas of taxation, including partnership taxation, corporate tax, and sale and use tax. He has presented at conferences on sales and use tax related issues and is a member of the Tax Technical Committee at the firm.

Michael received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the State University of New York at Oswego. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. 

Joel Gallagher, CPA
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Joel Gallagher, CPA

Joel joined the firm as a Principal after Barone, Howard & Co., a full-service accounting, tax and consulting firm based in New Hartford and Rome, merged with Dermody, Burke & Brown.  He brings over thirty years of experience in public accounting to the firm.  Joel’s areas of practice include personal income tax planning and preparation, reviews, compilations and business tax services for a variety of for-profit industries

Joel received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from SUNY Plattsburgh. He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Joel served as a board trustee for Teugega Country Club and is also a past treasurer.  He also served as treasurer of Lake Delta Yacht Club.

William Harmatuk, CPA
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William Harmatuk, CPA

Bill is a Member with Dermody, Burke & Brown and was the firm’s past Chief Financial Officer.  He has over thirty two years of public accounting experience and is a graduate of Syracuse University.  Bill has extensive accounting and tax experience with corporations, subchapter “S” corporations, partnerships and individuals.  Bill concentrates his practice in the areas of accounting, auditing, tax compliance and planning, and provides services to a variety of clients covering many different industries including service organizations, assisted living and adult care facilities, not-for-profits, manufacturing, construction, transportation companies and professional service firms.  Many of the organizations serviced are closely held businesses.   

Bill is a past President of the Syracuse Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), and past President, Treasurer and Finance Committee member of the Food Bank of Central New York.  Bill is also a past board member of the Financial Service Professionals of CNY and first CPA elected to the FSP/CNY Board. Bill is a member of the NYSSCPA and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Madelyn Hornstein, CPA, CEO
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Madelyn Hornstein, CPA, CEO

Madelyn has been with Dermody, Burke & Brown since 1983 and serves as the Firm’s Chief Executive Officer.  She focuses on setting the company’s future course through strategic growth, ensuring continued client success, and maintaining the personal relationships so vital to a successful Firm.  In addition to servicing a number of small businesses and high net worth individuals with their accounting and tax needs, Madelyn also heads Dermody, Burke & Brown’s Employee Benefits division.  She and her team provide design, set-up and on-going administration of retirement plans.  Madelyn ensures that the plans are compliant and also consults on a variety of employee benefit issues and individual retirement planning.

Madelyn is a graduate of SUNY Cortland and holds an MBA from Syracuse University.  She is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Women Presidents’ Organization. Madelyn serves as a board member for the Allinial Global Americas Regional Board, Dryden Mutual Insurance Company, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield’s CNY Regional Advisory Board, CenterState CEO and the WISE Women's Business Center. She is also involved with the Professional Advisor Council at Syracuse University. She is a past Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Central New York Community Foundation. 

Karen Hovey, CPA, CFE/CFF
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Karen Hovey, CPA, CFE/CFF

Karen joined the Firm in 2017 as a Principal in the Tax Department. She has over twenty-five years of experience in audit, tax, and accounting services as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and over 14 years of experience as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is also certified in Financial Forensics. Karen has been involved in the preparation and review of financial statements including audits, reviews, and compilations for both business and tax-exempt organizations. She has experience in the preparation and review of complex individual and business returns.

Karen received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Clarkson University. She is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). She also serves as the treasurer for the Upstate Chapter of the ACFE and is a board member for AURORA of Central New York Inc. Karen is a past member of the board at ENABLE and Transitional Living Services of Onondaga Co., Inc. - known as AccessCNY.

Carolyn Lawless, CPA
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Carolyn Lawless, CPA

Carolyn has over thirty-two years of public accounting experience.  She specializes in tax advisory services including tax planning and preparation for various entities including corporations, partnerships, trusts, estates and individuals. Carolyn also performs reviews and compilations for small businesses in various industries.

Carolyn received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Niagara University.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Carolyn served as treasurer of the Historic Oakwood Cemetery Preservation Association and was an advisory board member of Francis Corp.  She was also past President and a current member of the Estate Planning Council of Central New York.  She was past President and is a current board member of the Central New York Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, is a member of the Financial Planning Association of Central New York, and serves on the finance committee of Our Lady of Hope Church in Syracuse.      

 

Karen Matticio, CPA, CVA, CFO
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Karen Matticio, CPA, CVA, CFO

Karen is a Member with Dermody, Burke & Brown and serves as the Firm’s Chief Financial Officer.  She leads the Firm’s Physician and Dental Practice groups and the Business Valuation Practice group. Karen has been with the Firm since graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1990. As a Tax Member, she oversees tax, financial statement and business consulting engagements. Karen has over thirty years of consulting, accounting, and tax experience and provides professional services to a variety of physician practices. She concentrates her practice in the areas of accounting, tax compliance, tax planning and consulting with physician and dental practices, closely-held businesses in construction and manufacturing, and individuals.

Karen is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). She is a past member of the Leadership Council of the Women’s Fund of Central New York and is the past President of the Syracuse Chapter of the NYSSCPA.  She is a sustaining member and past Treasurer of the Junior League of Syracuse.

Shannon Nelson, CPA, CFE, CITP
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Shannon Nelson, CPA, CFE, CITP

Shannon joined Dermody, Burke & Brown in 1989.  She is the Member serving as the Firm’s Audit and Accounting Department Director and serves as the lead Member on many clients in healthcare and not-for-profit industries.  Shannon is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and specializes in the prevention and detection of fraud.  Shannon has been a guest speaker on the topics of internal control, fraud prevention and financial literacy at various venues.

She is a graduate of St. John Fisher College and is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Shannon is also credentialed by the AICPA as a Certified Information Technology Professional.  She currently serves as the Assistant Treasurer for Meals on Wheels of Syracuse. Shannon is a former board member of the Women’s Fund of Central New York and is past treasurer of the Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Foundation.

Thomas Palmer, CPA
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Thomas Palmer, CPA

Tom has been with the Dermody, Burke & Brown for over twenty years.  His experience in public accounting includes various external and internal audit engagements for not-for-profit organizations and for profit entities.  As a member of the Governmental niche and Not-for-Profit niche, Tom has served as a lead auditor for a variety of organizations, including those receiving funds from the NYS Education Department, Health and Human Services, OASAS, HUD, and the United Way. 

He meets each of the continuing professional education (CPE) requirements imposed by the “Yellow Book” issued by the Government Accountability Office. Tom is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Institute of Internal Auditors.  He is a member of the United Way of CNY Emerging Leaders group and a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Tammy Reyes, CPA/PFS, CGMA, MT
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Tammy Reyes

Tammy Reyes, CPA/PFS, CGMA, MT

Tammy has over twenty-four years of experience in the public accounting industry.  She joins the firm with previous tax leadership experience and a specialization in the taxation of trusts and estates and high net worth individuals. Tammy also serves corporate and partnership clients. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a personal financial specialist (PFS) and registered financial consultant (RFC).

Tammy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Binghamton University School of Management, a Masters in Taxation from University of Denver, and a Certificate in Financial Planning from Kaplan College. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants. Tammy is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Central New York and serves as the treasurer and board member for the Landmark Theatre. She is also a past board member and treasurer for Wester Federal Credit Union and Baltimore Woods Nature Center.

Travis Smith, CPA, MBA
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Travis Smith, CPA, MBA

Travis has been with Dermody, Burke & Brown for over fifteen years providing services to variety of not-for-profit organizations, including foundations, human service providers, and health care organizations. He has extensive experience in consulting and advising his clients on a variety of issues, including Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects.

Travis holds a Bachelor and Master Degree from the State University of New York at Oswego. He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is also a member of the Not-for-Profit section of the AICPA and serves on the board of directors for Helio Health, Inc.  

Carolyn Sturick, CPA, CITP, COO
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Carolyn Sturick, CPA, CITP, COO

Carolyn joined Dermody, Burke & Brown in 1989 and became the Firm’s Chief Operating Officer in 2009.  Carolyn focuses on client service and satisfaction.  She ensures the smooth operation of daily Firm business including meeting deadlines, setting performance goals for employees and assessing and implementing operating policies for the Firm.  Beyond her position as Chief Operating Officer, Carolyn brings over thirty years of experience in the areas of consulting, auditing and accounting to a wide range of not-for-profit clients and those requiring federal single audits. She is a strong resource within the Firm for technical issues and serves on the Quality Assurance Committee. 

Carolyn also has served as Treasurer of a local not-for-profit organization, East Syracuse Minoa Education Foundation, and has many years of involvement in the Festival of Races. Carolyn is a graduate of SUNY Oswego.  Carolyn is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is also credentialed by the AICPA as a Certified Information Technology Professional.

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