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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Human Resources
    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.
  • Accountant
    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 on corporate, partnership and individual taxation.
  • Accountant
    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 including business taxation, individual taxation, financial statement preparation, payroll taxes and sales taxes. He is also the proud father of literally...
  • Accountant
    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.
  • Accountant
    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. properties of the Ritz-Carlton hotel group. When not working, Patrick enjoys attending CrossFit and spending time with his family.
  • Accountant
  • Marketing Coordinator
    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.
  • Director
    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 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...
  • Client Services Associate
    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 Loft. The operational side of the business was Stacie’s main focus while in Retail Management.
    Stacie graduated from Bowling Green State...
  • Susan Colvin earned her Bachelor of Psychology from Ohio State University and completed her accounting classes at California State University in Los Angeles. She is a CPA in Ohio and has many years of experience in both public accounting and private industry. Her practice includes corporate, partnership and individual taxation. She joined NMS in June 2020.
  • Accountant
    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 clients.

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