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    Chardon Office

    121 South Street
    Chardon, OH 44024
    440-286-5222
    Fax: 440-286-4300

    Mentor Office

    8383 Mentor Avenue
    Mentor, OH 44060
    440-352-3949
    Fax: 440-352-9314

    Twinsburg Office

    8880 Darrow Road
    Twinsburg, OH 44087
    330-425-4422
    Fax: 330-425-8422

    Middlefield Office

    15446 W. High Street, Unit C
    Middlefield, OH 44062
    440-632-4370
    Fax: 440-229-1552


Meet our Staff

  • Direct Dial: (440) 510-1941
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    Founding Director
    Shawn Neece earned his Bachelor's of Business Administration in accounting from Cleveland State University, and his Master's of Science in accounting from Kent State University. He is a CPA in Ohio and Florida and adjunct professor...
  • Direct Dial: (440) 510-1913
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    Director & Tax Manager
    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...
  • Direct Dial: (440) 510-1915
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    Audit 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...
  • Tina Blakeslee
    Accountant
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1935
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    Tina Blakeslee joined NMS in August 2015 and has been working in public accounting for more than 20 years. She is a tax preparer, can assist clients with QuickBooks setup and cleanup, and offers tax planning strategies for small business and individual...
  • Brian W Distler, CFP
    Director of Wealth Management
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1948
    Contact:
    Mentor Office
    8383 Mentor Avenue
    Mentor, OH 44060
    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...
  • Paul Ladas, CPA
    Accountant
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1943
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  • Megan Fennell
    Accountant
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1944
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    Megan Fennell graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Notre Dame College in 1997, and joined the NMS family close to its inception later that year. In her 22 years of experience with the firm, she has focused mainly...
  • Direct Dial: (440) 510-1918
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    Jessica Marker has served as the controller for NMS, Inc. and affiliates since May 2015. Jessica performs internal accounting functions for our accounting firm, wealth management practice and our insurance regulatory consulting company. She has also worked...
  • Kristine Neece
    Accounts Payable
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1951
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    Kristine Neece started with NMS in 1997, just a few months after its launch, and has been involved in varied administrative functions in the office beginning with the first Neece & Co. payroll department. Kristine has enjoyed the challenges and changes...
  • Ken Pfeifer
    IT Manager
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1994
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    Ken Pfeifer has been the information technology manager at NMS since 2015. He studied management information systems at Florida State University and has been an IT professional for 12 years. Ken specializes in IT security and regularly trains to keep...
  • Michael Prince
    Accountant
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1990
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    Michael Prince graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lake Erie College in 2013 and joined NMS in 2014. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. At NMS he focuses on almost everything dealing with accounting...
  • Kayla Stowe, CFP, CRPC
    Financial Advisor
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1966
    Contact:
    Chardon Office
    121 South Street
    Chardon, OH 44024
    Kayla Stowe has been part of the NMS family since graduating from Miami University with a degree in finance. Upon the founding of NMS Wealth Management, she quickly transitioned from the accounting...
  • Toni Erzen, EA
    Accountant
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1991
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    Toni Erzen has worked in public accounting for 21 years. She has an associate's degree in accounting and earned her BA in Business Management from Hiram College in 2007. Toni became an enrolled agent through the IRS in March 2017.
  • Faye Freed
    Accountant
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1917
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    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...
  • Direct Dial: (440) 510-1909
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    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...
  • Direct Dial: (440) 510-1946
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    Ray McIntosh received his CPA license in 1972 and is a member of the AICPA and the OSCPA. He had his own accounting practice for over 30 years until merging into NMS.
  • Direct Dial: (440) 510-1914
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    Tricia Sauto has worked in public accounting since August 1985, became a CPA in December 1987, and earned her CGMA designation in February 2014. She is a member of the AICPA and the OSCPA, and graduated from the University of Akron with BSA in accounting...
  • Anita Schueren
    Administrative Assistant & Bookkeeper
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1910
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    Anita Schueran 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...
  • Chris Trock
    Accountant
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1916
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    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.
  • Mary Jo Weaver
    Accountant
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1980
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    Mary Jo Weaver graduated from Lake Erie College with a bachelor of science degree in accounting in 2001. She started with NMS in November 2014 when Joe Picardini sold his practice, Picardini & Associates CPA, to NMS. Mary Jo has worked in the public...
  • Direct Dial: (440) 510-1947
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    Laura Dillworth graduated from Lake Erie College in May 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. She began her career with NMS in the beginning of 2003. After working and growing with the Chardon office for 11 years, she transferred to the Twinsburg...
  • Cory Divelbiss
    Accountant
    Direct Dial: (330) 840-3135
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    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....
  • Ashley Reho
    Bookkeeper
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1930
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    Ashley Reho has been a part of the NMS team since 2013. She currently serves the firm as a bookkeeper, with a certification in QuickBooks Online. You may have also encountered Ashley as a welcoming face at the front desk, as she has also served in administrative...
  • Direct Dial: (330) 840-3206
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    Bill Stewart graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1973 with a degree in journalism. After a brief career as a reporter and editor at a daily newspaper in Northwest Ohio, Bill enrolled at Cleveland State University to pursue a graduate business...
  • Direct Dial: (330) 840-3133
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    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...
  • Nycole Kostelac
    Acccounts Receivable
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1997
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    Nycole Kostelac has served as accounts receivable manager since January 2019 and reports directly to the controller. Nycole oversees the company's generated income to ensure all money owed to the company is billed and received correctly and in a timely...
  • Direct Dial: (440) 510-1968
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    "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...
  • Judy Mast
    Administrative Assistant
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1905
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    Judy Mast is an administrative assistant for the Mentor office. She has a BA in communications from Bowling Green State University since 1988. Judy is a notary public for the State of Ohio.
  • Connie Vasileff
    Administrative Assistant
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1969
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    Connie Vasileff joined NMS in January of 2017 as administrative assistant in the newly formed Middlefield location. As the office grew, she expanded her areas of involvement from administrative work to include assisting in the preparation of individual...
  • Patrick Vitelli
    Accountant
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1975
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    Patrick Vitelli joined NMS in 2015 as an intern and has since become a full time staff accountant. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Western Governors University. Previously, he was a chef, working at the Cleveland and Washington D.C....
  • Emily Kotfis
    Accountant
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1934
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    Emily Kotfis earned her Bachelors in accounting from Lake Erie College in 2016 and her Masters of Business Administration from Lake Erie College in 2017. She spent a year and a half gaining investment operations experience before joining the audit department...
  • Stacie Kimpton
    Client Services Associate
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1981
    Contact:
    Chardon Office
    121 South Street
    Chardon, OH 44024
    Stacie Kimpton is the newest member of the NMS Wealth Management team. Before joining NMS Wealth Management, Stacie had a career in Retail Management with Kohl’s Department Store and Ann Taylor...
  • Cherie Lawrence
    Administrative Assistant
    Direct Dial: (330) 840-3132
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    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...
  • April Betarie
    Administrative Assistant
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1977
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    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.
  • Julie Distler, CPA, MBA
    Registered Representative
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1957
    Contact:
    Mentor Office
    8383 Mentor Avenue
    Mentor, OH 44060
    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...
  • Hailey Hanchosky
    Accountant
    Direct Dial: (330) 840-3137
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    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...
  • Direct Dial: (440) 510-1959
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    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...
  • Noelle Muro
    Accountant
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1973
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    Noelle Muro joined the NMS team as a staff accountant in July of 2019. She graduated from Cleveland State in the summer of 2019 with a Bachelors in business administration. Noelle had two accounting internships during tax season prior to working at NMS.
  • Sandy Ward
    Marketing Coordinator
    Direct Dial: (216) 965-6557
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    Sandy Ward joined NMS in May 2017 to assist with marketing efforts, which included building a branded and active social media presence. She also serves as marketing coordinator for Geauga Park District.
  • Brian Jones, CPA
    Senior Manager
    Direct Dial: (440) 510-1955
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  • Direct Dial: (440) 510-1986
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    Brandon Armstrong graduated from Franklin University in 2019 with a Bachelors in Forensic Accounting and Financial Management. During his college years he interned as a bank teller and an internal auditor.

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