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.
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 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
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.