Managers

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Michael Cronin

Michael Cronin

Manager, CPA

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Brian Crowley

Brian Crowley

Manager, CPA

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Benjamin DeForest

Benjamin DeForest

Manager, CPA, MBA

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Nick DeLena

Nick DeLena

Manager, CISA, CRISC, MBA

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Lisa DiGiusto

Lisa DiGiusto

Manager, CPA

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Don Lander

Don Lander

IT Audit Project Manager, MBA

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Zachary Laflash

Zachary Laflash

Manager, CPA

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Edward Liss Mann

Quality Control Director, CPA

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Ryan J. McDonell

Ryan J. McDonell

Manager, CPA

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Todd Merriam

Todd Merriam

Manager, CPA

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Christopher B. Pelland

Christopher B. Pelland

Manager, CPA

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Robert Zirkel

Robert Zirkel

Manager, CPA

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Michael Cronin

Mike joined the firm in 2008 and was promoted to Manager in 2017. Mike is responsible for managing audit and tax services for a wide variety of clients including closely held businesses and their shareholders, as well as non-profit, higher education and governmental entities.

Areas of Expertise:
Automobile Dealerships
Closely Held Businesses
Higher Education
Governmental Entities
Not-For-Profit Organizations
Real Estate Management

Education:
Stonehill College, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 2008

Memberships:
Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA)
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Brian Crowley

Brian is an audit manager responsible for the oversight of numerous audit engagements in a variety of industries with over ten-year public accounting experience. Industry experience includes Nonprofit, Governmental entities, Higher Education, Health and Human Welfare, Commercial Real Estate, Venture Capital and Auto Dealerships. Pension plan experience including 401K Plans, Governmental Retirement Systems, and Defined Benefit Plans. Experience with a variety of engagements including audits, reviews, compilations and AUP’s.

Areas of Expertise:
Nonprofit
Governmental Entities
Higher education
Pension Plans
Commercial
Healthcare

Education:
Lehigh University, Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Northeastern University, Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management

Memberships:
Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants – Fellow (MSCPA)
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Benjamin DeForest

Ben joined O’Connor & Drew in 2010, becoming Supervisor in 2015, and was promoted to Manager is 2018.  Ben has experience in a wide array of industries including working in the Higher Education, Not-For-Profit, and Automobile Dealerships sectors. He earned his MBA from Bridgewater State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland.

Areas of Expertise:
Higher Education Institutions
Government Entities
Non-Profit Organizations
Automobile Dealerships
Closely-Held Businesses

Education:
Bridgewater State University, Master of Business Administration, 2013
University of Maryland, College Park, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 2010

Memberships:
Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA)
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Nick DeLena

Nick leads engagements across the division’s primary practice areas, including audit, security, and advisory services. He’s a 19-year veteran of IT and IT risk management, having audited, consulted, and managed IT teams in a variety of industries. He holds several leading certifications and an MBA from Brown University.

Areas of Expertise:
IT General Controls (ITGC)
SOX Testing
FFIEC Compliance
DFARS Compliance – NIST SP800-171

Education:
Suffolk University, Sawyer School of Management, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Computer Information Systems, Minor in Finance
Brown University, Executive Masters in Business Administration

Memberships:
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), ISC2
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), ISACA
Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), ISACA
Security+ (CompTIA)
Information Technology Infrastructure Library Practitioner (ITIL)
Member, InfraGard, a partnership between the private sector and FBI
Apple Certified Associate (ACA)

Caring for our Community:
Chairman, Finance Committee of the Town of West Newbury
Volunteer, Essex County Trails Association

Lisa DiGiusto

Lisa joined O’Connor & Drew in 2008, was promoted to Supervisor in 2013 and was most recently promoted to Manager.

Areas of Expertise:
Institutions of Higher Education
Not-for-Profit Organizations

Education:
Salve Regina University, Master of Business Administration – 2008
Salve Regina University – Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 2007.

Memberships:
Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA)
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Don Lander

Joining the firm in 2014, Don is a Project Manager.  Prior to joining the firm, Don was an IT Implement manager for a number of major financial services corporations in the Boston and Providence area for the past 25 years.

Areas of Expertise:
Project Management
SOX and SOC1 Direct Database Access Recertification
Part-time Lecturer (Graduate and Undergraduate), University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Management Information Systems

Education:
Suffolk University, Sawyer School of Management, Executive MBA
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Bachelor of Science in Finance
Previously held NASD Series 7, 8 and 63 certifications

Memberships:
Project Management Professional (PMP)
Project Management Institute (PMI)
Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)
Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)

Caring for our Community
Weymouth Youth Hockey coach

Zachary Laflash

Zach joined the firm in 2007 and was promoted to Manager in 2017. He manages accounting, auditing, and tax services for a wide range of clients and variety of engagements including; audits, reviews, compilations and agreed upon procedures.

Areas of Expertise:
Nonprofit
Governmental Entities
Higher education
Commercial
Healthcare

Education:
Westfield State University – Bachelor’s Degree with Dual Majors in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Economics

Memberships:
Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA)
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Edward Liss Mann

Joining the firm in 2005, Edward is the Quality Control Manager at O’Connor & Drew, P.C. He is responsible for the review of all financial statements and assurance reports that are issued by the firm. Edward has developed continuing education programs and coordinated the firm’s adherence to the requirements of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ SEC peer review program.  As part of the CPA profession’s process of self- monitoring, Edward also performs peer reviews on other CPA firms. He was previously a partner in a large local firm and has worked at several national firms.

Areas of Expertise:
Privately held business
Governmental organizations
Automobile dealerships
Construction
Real estate
Nursing homes
Professional services
Plumbing and electrical contractors
Manufacturers
Distributors
Non-profit organizations

Education:
Syracuse University – Bachelor of Science Business Administration
Syracuse University – Master of Business Administration in Taxation

Memberships:
Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA)
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
MetroWest Chamber of Commerce
Peer Review Executive Committee
Peer Review Acceptance Board

Ryan J. McDonell

Ryan joined O’Connor & Drew in 2014, became a tax supervisor in 2017, and was promoted to tax manager in 2018. Ryan provides tax and accounting services for a variety of clients, focusing on individual and corporate taxation.

Areas of Expertise:
Individual Taxation
Corporate & Partnership Taxation
Small Closely-Held Businesses
Tax Research
QuickBooks & Bookkeeping

Education:
Bridgewater State University – Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Bridgewater State University – Master of Science in Accounting

Memberships:
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA)

Todd E. Merriam

Todd joined the firm in 2008 and works as an Audit Manager providing tax and accounting services to automotive dealerships and closely held businesses. A graduate of Bryant University, Todd holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Professional Accountancy.

Areas of Expertise:
Automobile Dealerships
Higher Education
Not-for-Profit Organizations
Food Distributors
Government Entities

Education:
Bryant University, Masters of Professional Accountancy, 2008
Bryant University, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 2007

Memberships:
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA)

Christopher P. Pelland

Chris joined the firm in 2001 and is currently responsible for managing accounting, audit and tax services for a wide range of clients. He has worked on a variety of engagements including reviews, compilations, and agreed-upon procedures.

Areas of Expertise:
Governmental accounting
Automobile dealerships
Higher education
Not-for-Profit Organizations
Retail
Closely-held businesses
Employee benefit plans

Education:
Bentley University – Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Memberships:
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA)

Robert J. Zirkel, Jr.

Rob has been a Manager since 2012.  He specializes in the construction industry, as well as family-owned business, retail, fuel/oil suppliers, Not-For-Profit Organizations, and Higher Education.

Areas of Expertise:
Construction
Family-Owned Businesses
Retail Fuel/Oil Suppliers
Not-For-Profit Organizations
Higher Education

Education:
University of Massachusetts Amherst – Bachelor of Business Administration

Memberships:
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA)
Construction Financial Management Association