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  • Joe Michalski, CPA, CGMA at NMS Certified Public Accountants, local certified CPA firm in Mentor, Ohio
    Director
    Joe Michalski graduated from The Ohio State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and accounting, and received his CPA license in 2005. He currently manages the firm's Mentor office and has overall responsibility for all audit and attestation engagements. He continues to be a CPA in Ohio and serves on numerous boards within the community.
  • John Lynagh, CPA, CFF, CGMA, CVA; Director at NMS Certified Public Accountants, local certified CPA firm in Chardon, Ohio
    Director
    John Lynagh is a 1982 graduate of Bowling Green University, where he earned his Bachelor's of Science in business administration. He then attended Cleveland State University, where he pursued his accounting education. John has been in public accounting for most of his career and joined NMS in 2009. He also served as CFO for several regional auto dealership groups. His practice includes corporate, partnership...
  • Terri Lynagh, Controller of NMS Certified Public Accountants, local certified CPA firm in Mentor, Ohio
    Controller
    Terri Lynagh is a life-long resident of Lake County and began working at NMS in December 2020.
    She has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of accounting.
    She also has several years’ experience as a controller for locally owned businesses and recently was a controller for a regional company.
  • Anita Schueren, Administrative Assistant & Bookkeeper at NMS Certified Public Accountants, local certified CPA firm in Mentor, Ohio
    Administrative Assistant & Bookkeeper
    Anita Schueren started at NMS in 2010 with the merger of SR Snodgrass. She coordinates billing and provides administrative support for the Mentor office, as well as works in client services preparing individual tax returns, bookkeeping, and performing agreed-upon procedures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cleveland State University.
  • April Betarie, Administrative Assistant at NMS Certified Public Accountants, local certified CPA firm in Chardon, Ohio
    Administrative Assistant
    April Betarie joined the NMS team in early 2019. She currently serves the firm at the Chardon office's front desk as administrative assistant. Her background includes human resources and various roles in the education, medical and dental fields.
  • Brandon Voskion, local accountant at NMS Certified Public Accountants, local certified CPA firm in Middlefield, Ohio
    Accountant
    Brandon Voskion joined the NMS team as a staff accountant in July 2022. He graduated from Cleveland State University in the summer of 2017 with a BBA in Accounting. Outside of work, Brandon enjoys participating in a variety of sports and wildlife activities, bonding with family and friends, and sharing a good laugh.
  • Brian W Distler, CFP, Director of Wealth Management at NMS Certified Public Accountants, local certified CPA firm in Mentor, Ohio
    Director of Wealth Management
    Brian Distler began his career as a financial advisor and district manager with one of the largest financial planning firms in the country. As a district manager, Brian worked with his own clients and was responsible for leading and supervising a group of other financial advisors. From there, Brian became vice president of investments for a large banking and investment firm. In 2011, Brian partnered...
  • Bridgette Liptak, Administrative Assistant at NMS Certified Public Accountants, local certified CPA firm in Middlefield, Ohio
    Administrative Assistant
    Bridgette is newer to the area and enjoys the quiet country living. She likes to be outside with her dogs, kayaking and cooking.
  • Bryce Namie, local accountant at NMS Certified Public Accountants, local certified CPA firm in Burton, Ohio
    Accountant
    Bryce Namie joined NMS in January 2022. He graduated from Mentor High School in May 2016. He earned his Associate of Arts from Lakeland Community College in May 2019 and received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Forensic Accounting from Franklin University in May 2021. He was also the Lakeland Community College Class of 2019 Provost Award recipient. At NMS, Bryce focuses primarily on preparing...
  • Cherie Lawrence, Administrative Assistant at NMS Certified Public Accountants, local certified CPA firm in Twinsburg, Ohio
    Administrative Assistant
    Cherie Lawrence joined the NMS team in 2018. Cherie is a seasoned administrative assistant with more than 30 years of experience. She holds various administrative roles in the Twinsburg office while assisting with staff full time, and also coordinates the work flow within other offices. As an integral part of our team, she has helped us maintain structure, growth and great presence within the city...
  • Chris Trock, local accountant at NMS Certified Public Accountants, local certified CPA firm in Mentor, Ohio
    Accountant
    Chris Trock has worked in public accounting since 1987 focusing on tax and financial statement preparation and bookkeeping. She specializes in Quickbooks and has been a ProAdvisor since 1992.
  • Christian Zeik, local accountant at NMS Certified Public Accountants, local certified CPA firm in Mentor, Office
    Accountant
    Christian Zeik will graduate from Lake Erie College in May 2023 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy and a concentration in forensic accounting. He joined the NMS staff in August 2022. Christian had an internship at a public accounting firm prior to joining NMS. He regards himself as a very disciplined individual, with various hobbies that require continuous and careful planning on a daily...
  • Cory Divelbiss, local accountant at NMS Certified Public Accountants, local certified CPA firm in Twinsburg, Ohio
    Accountant
    Cory Divelbiss began working at NMS as a tax-season intern from 2015-2016. She graduated from Lake Erie College in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting with additional concentrations in both business administration and forensic accounting. Following graduation, she joined the Twinsburg office full-time as a staff accountant. Her practice includes corporate, partnership, non-profit and...
  • Dario Zgoznik, EA; local accountant at NMS Certified Public Accountants, local certified CPA firm in Chardon, Ohio
    Accountant
    Dario joined Miller + Associates in 2019 and NMS in 2021. He has a bachelor's degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a financial accounting certificate from Lakeland Community College in Kirtland. He has been an enrolled agent since 2013, focusing on corporate and individual taxation.
  • Deborah Zaebst, local CPA at NMS Certified Public Accountants, certified CPA firm in Twinsburg, Ohio
    Accountant
    Deborah Zaebst earned her CPA certificate in 1982 and has worked in public accounting for most of the past 35+ years. She joined NMS in 2014 and, thanks to the age of technology, currently works remotely from Cincinnati with occasional visits back to Twinsburg to meet with clients. Deborah received her Bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University and is a longtime member of the AICPA and the OSCPA.
  • Faye Freed, local accountant at NMS Certified Public Accountants, certified CPA firm in Mentor, Ohio
    Accountant
    Faye Freed started at NMS in November 2010, when Ray McIntosh sold his practice, McIntosh & Company, to Neece, Malec, Siefert & Vitaz. She had worked for Ray in the same capacity since October 1983, logging experience in bookkeeping, payroll tax returns, and individual and business tax return preparation.
  • Hailey Hanchosky, local accountant at NMS Certified Public Accountants, certified CPA firm in Twinsburg, Ohio
    Accountant
    Hailey Hanchosky has been with NMS since June of 2019. She graduated from Lake Erie College with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a minor in mathematics in 2018. She earned her MBA a year later and started working with NMS as a staff accountant shortly thereafter. Hailey primarily specializes in individual and corporate tax returns. She had several tax internships during her college career at...
  • Jennifer Pickett, local CPA at NMS Certified Public Accountants, certified CPA firm in Mentor, Ohio
    Accountant
    Jennifer Pickett began working at NMS in January 2021. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Cleveland State University, received her CPA license in 2020, and is a member of the AICPA and OSCPA. Her previous experience includes business and individual tax preparation.
    When not working, Jennifer loves watching the Cleveland Browns and spending time with her husband...
  • Jessica Kapis, local CPA at NMS Certified Public Accountants, certified CPA firm in Mentor, Ohio
    Accountant
    Jessica Kapis graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and accounting, and received her CPA license in 2013. She has worked in public accounting since 2011, performing audit and attestation engagements as well as other accounting and tax services.
  • Jill Portman, MBA, EA; Manager at NMS Certified Public Accountants, local certified CPA firm in Burton, Ohio and Middlefield, Ohio
    Manager
    "Tax advocacy is an area of accounting that you don't want to understand unless you're in trouble with the IRS," says Jill Portman, who has worked to help people through difficult tax situations since joining the NMS team in 2017. Her area of expertise in recent years has been acting as mediator and guide for individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations to resolve IRS issues, as well as local...
  • John Bednarski, MBA, local CPA at NMS Certified Public Accountants, certified CPA firm in Chardon, Ohio
    Accountant
    John Bednarski earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, and Master's Degree in finance, from Cleveland State University. He is a CPA in Ohio, and has many years of experience in both public accounting and private industry. His practice includes corporate, partnership and individual taxation, tax and business forecasting, tax advocacy and representation, and small business development...
  • John Schreiner, local accountant at NMS Certified Public Accountants, certified CPA firm in Burton, Ohio
    Accountant
    John Schreiner joined the NMS team in July of 2020. He earned his Master of Accountancy from Cleveland State University and received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. At NMS, he focuses primarily on tax return preparation for individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations, and conducts payroll filings as well. Prior to joining NMS, John was enlisted...
  • Jon McClain, local accountant at NMS Certified Public Accountants, certified CPA firm in Chardon, Ohio
    Accountant
    Jon McClain began a new career as a staff accountant with NMS in June 2022. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2021 with a Bachelor's degrees in Accounting and Forensic Accounting from Franklin University. Jon also has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
    Prior to starting his coursework in accounting, Jon was a trooper with the Pennsylvania State...
  • Julie Distler, MBA, local CPA and Registered Representative at NMS Certified Public Accountants, certified CPA firm in Mentor, Ohio
    Registered Representative
    Before joining NMS Wealth Management, Julie Distler began her career as an accountant with a Big 4 accounting firm. While there, she specialized in auditing real estate investment companies. She then moved on to become senior manager of internal audit for a large multinational insurance and financial services company. In 2017, she left to join NMS Wealth Management.
    Julie holds a degree in accounting...
  • Katy Bryant, payroll specialist for NMS, certified CPA firm in Mentor, Ohio
    Payroll Specialist
    Katy Bryant joined the practices of Miller + Associates in May 2010 and NMS in July 2021. She is a payroll manager and handles the payroll processing and preparation and filing of payroll tax returns.

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