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  • Director
    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 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...
  • Joe Michalski, CPA, CGMA at NMS, certified CPA firm in Mentor, Ohio
    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 for all audit and attestation engagements. He continues to be a CPA in Ohio and serves on numerous boards within the community.

  • 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...
  • Manager
    Laura Blum 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 office in 2014 to become its office manager and further her career. Along with managing the office, Laura continues to work hands-on with many clients...
  • IT Manager
    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 up with emerging technologies. He believes that the most important assets of any company are the people that make up the organization. When not at work,...
  • 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...
  • Tricia Sauto, CPA at NMS, certified CPA firm in Mentor, Ohio
    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 in 1985.
  • Accountant
    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 of accounting at Lake Erie College. Shawn serves on the board of the Geauga Community Investment Corporation and has served in the past on numerous boards and...
  • Corporate Bookkeeping
    Alyse Allison joined the practices of Miller + Associates in September 2017 and NMS in July 2021. She assists with corporate bookkeeping and personal tax return preparation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Director of Wealth Management
    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 and was responsible for leading and supervising a group of other financial advisors. From there, Brian became vice president of investments for a large...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Accountant
    Chrystal Arp joined the NMS team as a staff accountant in January of 2020. She graduated in December 2017 from Franklin University with a Bachelor of Science, having double-majored in accounting and forensic accounting. Her previous experience includes tax preparation.
    Chrystal is dedicated and working toward becoming a certified public accountant.
  • Administrative Assistant
    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 tax returns and bookkeeping, as well as other tax services for business clients.

    Prior to joining NMS, Connie owned her own business for 16 years...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 Bachelors degree from Wittenberg University and is a longtime member of the AICPA and the OSCPA.
  • Accountant
    Emily Kochevar earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and finance from Marietta College in 2016. During college, she had various internships, including ones at a public accounting firm, manufacturing companies, and a bank. Before joining NMS in 2020, she worked in the SOX Compliance department for a global manufacturing company headquartered in Maumee, Ohio. Emily has been working diligently...
  • Faye Freed, local accountant at NMS, certified CPA firm in Mentor, Ohio
    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.
  • 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, a CPA at NMS, a certified CPA firm in Mentor, Ohio
    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, CPA at NMS, certified CPA firm in Mentor, Ohio
    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.
  • 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...

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