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  • Administrative Assistant & Bookkeeper
    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 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.
  • Bookkeeper
    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 support roles over the years.
  • Accountant
    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.
  • Senior Manager
  • 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.
  • 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
    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 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 at NMS, where she had interned as a Chardon office tax season intern during her senior year of college.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Controller
    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 with many of our real estate and development company clients. Jessica holds a bachelor degree in accounting from Kent State University. Prior to...
  • 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...
  • Director
    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...
  • 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...
  • Administrative Assistant
    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.
  • Registered Representative
    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 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...
  • Financial Advisor
    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 practice to begin her career in financial planning, where she works with clients to define and pursue their financial goals.
    Kayla is a certified...
  • 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,...
  • Accounts Payable
    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 encountered as the firm has grown and being involved in so many different areas over the years.

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