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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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Don Albright, CPA
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Don Albright, CPA

Don has been with Dermody, Burke & Brown since 1997. Don services a variety of clients and has over 20 years of auditing experience. Don performs audit, review and compilation engagements, as well as consulting services for our closely held business clients.  He has also performed work for a variety of tax-exempt clients including unions, auxiliary services at SUNY schools, museums and HUD-assisted housing companies, among others. 

Don is a graduate of Columbia College.  He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Kathleen Burke Barry, CPA
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Kathleen Burke Barry, CPA

Kathy specializes in audits, review and compilations of manufacturers, closely-held family business and non-profit organizations. 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) and is Treasurer of Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc.

Kathleen Wells Burke
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Kathleen Wells Burke

Kathy has been with Dermody, Burke & Brown since September 1979.  Kathy is a Tax Senior Manager with over thirty years experience in public accounting.  She specializes in corporate tax, pass-through entities, and tax planning strategies and has extensive experience with NYS Empire Zone credits, multi-state taxation and shareholder and partner basis.

Kathy is an experienced speaker on corporate, partnership, and personal taxation.

Lester Burt, CPA
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Lester Burt, CPA

Lester joined Dermody, Burke & Brown as an Auditing & Accounting Senior Manager in November of 2020.   Lester has over eleven years of experience in public accounting.  His areas of practice include commercial, manufacturing, not-for profit, and retirement plans.  

Lester received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the State University of New York at Oswego. He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Lester currently serves on Americu Credit Union’s supervisory committee and is a past board member of Helping Hounds Dog Rescue. 

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 thirty plus 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 currently serves as Treasurer of A Better Chance of Clinton & The Mohawk Valley 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, President of A Better Chance of Clinton & The Mohawk Valley 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, 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 co-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 fifteen years, all at Dermody, Burke & Brown.  He plays a prominent role in both the Tax and Auditing & Accounting Departments.  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), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and is a past Board Member of the Unity House of Cayuga County. 

Tina D’Agata
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Tina D’Agata

Tina is a Senior Manager at Dermody, Burke & Brown in the Retirement Plan Design and Administration department.  As an employee at the Firm for over fifteen years, her seasoned experience in the Industry allows her to efficiently design, prepare and administer retirement plans for a variety of clients.  Tina personally meets with clients and staff to discuss employee benefit options and assists the CPA Firm with their audits of employee benefit plans.  Tina is proactive in her retirement planning approach and attends educational seminars to keep abreast of the many changes that occur within the industry.

Tina is a graduate of Hartwick College and a leading member of Dermody, Burke & Brown’s Young Professional Committee and Wellness Committee.  She is a board member and Finance Committee member of the Gingerbread House of Syracuse, a board member and Secretary of the Thousand Island Park Cottage Owners Association, Inc., a member of the United Way of CNY Young Leaders United, and is actively involved with the Blessed Sacrament School.  Tina is a 2016 graduate of the Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders Program, designed to increase the diversity of not-for-profit boards and leadership in the Central New York area.  She is also a 2016 40 Under Forty Honoree.

David de Silva, CPA
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David de Silva, CPA

David has over thirty-nine years of experience providing accounting, auditing, and consulting services to a wide range of organizations. He currently leads Dermody, Burke & Brown’s Not-for-Profit specialty niche that serves over 100 organizations in Central New York. The Not-for-Profit specialty niche provides services to a variety of not-for-profit organizations, including fine arts, foundations, human service providers, health care organizations and facilities, assistive living facilities, low-income subsidized senior and family housing developments, and low-income tax credit housing developments. He has extensive experience in consulting and advising his clients on a variety of issues, including internal control analysis and recommendations.

David is a graduate of LeMoyne College. He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  David received the AICPA certificate of achievement in governmental and nonprofit accounting and auditing.  He is also a member of the Not-for-Profit section of the AICPA and serves as the Firm’s designated audit quality partner of the AICPA’s Governmental Audit Quality Center. David has also been active as a member of the Allinial Global Not-for-Profit Committee.

David served for ten years on the New York State Board for Public Accountancy. He served two years as vice-chairman and two years as chairman of the Board. The New York State Board for Public Accountancy advises the New York State Board of Regents and Education Department on licensing requirements, licensing examinations, and practice issues. He continues to serve on the Extended Board of the New York State Board for Public Accountancy which assists the Board with the licensure disciplinary and/or restoration and moral character proceedings. Additionally, he serves on the State Board Committee of the AICPA Board of Examiners and was recently appointed chairman of the State Board Committee. The State Board Committee serves as a communications liaison between NASBA and the AICPA. The Board of Examiners is a senior committee of the AICPA responsible for the oversight, administration and development of the CPA Exam.

David served a number of years on the Uniform Accountancy Act (UAA) Committee of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). The UAA is an “evergreen” model licensing law developed to provide a uniform approach to regulation of the accounting profession. The UAA Committee oversees the UAA and related Model Rules and recommend amendments to the Board of Directors of NASBA and the AICPA. David also served a number of years on NASBA’s Education Committee.

David has served as a Trustee and Treasurer of The Century Club of Syracuse and currently as a House Committee member. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Syracuse and a Trustee of its related Foundation. Dave was a founding board member and Treasurer of ProLiteracy Worldwide that has over 1000 member programs in the U.S. and 25 countries around the world. He is a past Trustee of Crouse Hospital Health Foundation, past board member and Finance Committee chairman of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and past board member of Girls Inc. (former Girls Club of Syracuse).

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.  

Paula Ellenberg, CPA, CVA, MST
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Paula Ellenberg, CPA, CVA, MST

Paula joined Dermody, Burke & Brown as a Senior Manager in the Tax Department in 2013.  Paula is a Certified Valuation Analyst and a Certified Public Accountant, also licensed in Virginia and D.C.  She specializes in providing consulting, tax and valuation services to small businesses and their owners, including, auto dealerships, real estate developers, construction contractors, and various service organizations. Paula also leads our Trusts and Estates department at the firm.

Paula holds a Masters of Taxation from American University and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Marymount University.  She has worked as a Chief Financial Officer and brings over thirty years of tax, trust and estate experience to the Firm.  Paula 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).

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 audit, 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 currently serves 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), the Women Presidents’ Organization, and is on the Firm Management and Nominating Committees for Allinial Global. Madelyn serves as a board member for 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 and continues to serve on their Professional Advisor Council.

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. Karen is a past member of the board at ENABLE and Transitional Living Services of Onondaga Co., Inc. - known as AccessCNY.

John Howard, CPA
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John Howard, CPA

John 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. John has over forty years of experience in public accounting providing audit, accounting and tax services to a wide range of organizations ranging from for-profit business entities to not-for-profit organizations.  He is also involved in tax advisory and preparation services for individuals.

John graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Upon graduation, John spent four years with an accounting firm in Arizona before returning home to the Central New York area as a CPA. He has served as President of the Utica Chapter of the New York State Society of CPAs, and is also a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

John is active in the community and has served on several not-for-profit organizations as both a director and treasurer. Currently, he is the treasurer and a board member for the Utica area’s refugee resettlement agency (Center, Inc.). He is also the treasurer and board member of the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame, Inc. and serves as treasurer of the Glass Hill Golf Club Inc. Previously, John served as the treasurer for Rotary District 7150, which encompasses approximately 25 Rotary Clubs, including the greater Syracuse area. In his running days, John served as a board member and treasurer for The Boilermaker Road Race, Inc.

Melissa Lanigan, CPA
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Melissa Lanigan, CPA

Melissa joined the firm in 2007.  As a Tax Senior Manager, Melissa’s responsibilities include providing comprehensive accounting, financial statement and tax compliance and planning services to closely-held family businesses, and their owners, in a variety of industries. She also works on several large multi-state manufacturing, retailing and distribution engagements.

Melissa received her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting from Niagara University.  She is vice president and a board member of the Syracuse Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA).  Melissa is also a member of the NYSSCPA and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

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.  She serves as treasurer of the Historic Oakwood Cemetery Preservation Association, is an advisory board member of Francis Corps, 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.  She was past President and is a current board member of the Central New York Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals.  She was also past President and a current member of the Estate Planning Council of Central New York. 

Mary Beth Madlin
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Mary Beth Madlin

Mary Beth has been with Dermody, Burke & Brown since 1985.  As a Senior Manager of the Retirement Plan Design and Administration department, Mary Beth focuses on all facets of retirement planning from plan design to daily administration.  She specializes in managing define contribution plans and provides on-going administration of retirement plans for a range of clients.

Mary Beth also provides outside consulting services and reviews plan design, cost structure and administrative practices. Mary Beth is a graduate of Bryant & Stratton College and continues to shape her thirty-two years of knowledge in the industry by attending continuing educational seminars. 

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 twenty-five 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 fifteen 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.

Christine Saar, CPA
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Christine Saar, CPA

Christine Saar, CPA is a is a Certified Public Accountant at Dermody, Burke & Brown with a diverse background in both public and private accounting.  As a Tax Senior Manager, her specialties range from tax planning and compliance for small closely held businesses to large consolidated manufacturers. Christine has over 18 years of public accounting experience serving a variety of clients.

She is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Christine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Clarkson University. 

Travis Smith, CPA
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Travis Smith, CPA

Travis has been with Dermody, Burke & Brown for over thirteen 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.  

Greg Smith, CPA, MBA
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Greg Smith, CPA, MBA

Greg joined Dermody, Burke & Brown in 2011.  Greg provides tax, financial statement and bookkeeping services to a variety of industries including contractors, manufacturers, professional services, distribution companies and small business clients. He also leads the Custom Accounting Solutions (CAS) department at the firm.  Greg graduated from The State University of New York at Oswego with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Greg is the treasurer of the New York Family Business Center at the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College and the treasurer of The Orchard Church. Gregis also a member of the Syracuse Executives Association, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is a QuickBooks Pro Advisor and works closely with startup businesses at The Tech Garden in Syracuse, NY. In 2013, Greg was a 40 Under Forty Recipient.

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.

Thomas Tartaglia, CPA
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Thomas Tartaglia, CPA

Tom has been a member of the Dermody, Burke & Brown Tax department since 1991. He has over 29 years of experience in both industry and public accounting with over twenty years in taxation. As a Tax Senior Manager at the Firm, Tom specializes in corporate and partnership taxation. His clients include those in construction, medical and legal practices and various other industries. Tom has significant experience with special areas of taxation including sales tax, flow thru entities and acquisitions and dispositions of ownership interests in corporate and partnership entities.

He is a member of the Liverpool Village Planning Board and a past member of the Cazenovia College Board of Trustees.  Tom is also a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is a 1981 graduate of Niagara University.

Amie Vanderpool, CPA
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Amie Vanderpool, CPA

Amie joined Dermody, Burke & Brown in 2009.  She provides tax, compilation and review, and bookkeeping services to a variety of industries including physician groups, professional service firms and closely-held family businesses. 

Amie graduated from Le Moyne College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.  She is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the United Way of Central New York Young Leaders United, the NYSSCPA Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession Program and the NYSSCPA NextGen Syracuse Chapter. 

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