Managers

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Jonathan Ames

Jonathan Ames

Manager, CPA, CVA, MAFF

Michael Cronin

Michael Cronin

Manager, CPA

Brian Crowley

Brian Crowley

Manager, CPA

John Daugherty-Dixon

John Daugherty-Dixon

Director of Dealership Services

Melanie Dean

Melanie Dean

Manager, CPA

Benjamin DeForest

Benjamin DeForest

Manager, CPA, MBA

Lisa DiGiusto

Lisa DiGiusto

Manager, CPA

Vincent Guarino

Vincent Guarino

Manager, CPA, MPAc

Nelia Kruger

Nelia Kruger

Manager, CPA

Don Lander

Don Lander

IT Audit Project Manager, MBA

Zachary Laflash

Zachary Laflash

Manager, CPA

Ed Mann

Ed Mann

Quality Control, CPA

Ryan J. McDonell

Ryan J. McDonell

Manager, CPA

Todd E. Merriam

Todd E. Merriam

Manager, CPA

Christopher B. Pelland

Christopher B. Pelland

Manager, CPA

Rick Strout

Rick Strout

Manager, CPA

Robert Zirkel

Robert Zirkel

Manager, CPA

Jonathan Ames

Jonathan joined O’Connor & Drew in 2019 as a Tax Manager.  In addition to his CPA designation, Jonathan is also a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and a Master in Financial Forensics (MAFF).  Jonathan has extensive experience with individual, corporate,partnership, trust and gift tax returns as well as not for profit entities and the 501c3 application process.

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Areas of Expertise:
Tax planning and compliance
Closely held businesses
Family owned businesses
High-net worth individuals
Personal & corporation taxation
Employee benefit plans
Trust and gift taxation
Business Valuations

Education:
Bryant University – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting)

Memberships:
Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA)
National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA)

Caring for our Community
Current Treasurer – West Bridgewater Citizens Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
Former Treasurer – West Bridgewater Boosters Athletic Club
Former President and Treasurer – West Bridgewater Youth Athletic Association, Inc.

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)

John M. Daugherty-Dixon 

John has over 20 years of Automotive Dealership Accounting experience as a Controller and Chief Financial Officer. John has extensive experience in the day-to-day operations of a dealership’s accounting offices and managing the larger financial picture of a dealership. He has managed stand-alone accounting offices as well as developed and merged offices into a consolidated accounting office for larger dealer groups. John is here to help dealers advance their operations to the next level.

Areas of Expertise:
Dealership Operations
Training and Development of Teams
Strategic Planning and Implementation
Policy Development and Implementation
Technology Systems and Integrations
Cash Management & Treasury Services
Long and Short Term Business Financing
Regulatory Compliance
Buy/Sells

Education:
Bowling Green State University, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 1986

Technical Skills:
Microsoft Office Suite
Automate
Dealer Track
CDK
Reynolds and Reynolds
Adobe Acrobat
QuickBooks

Melanie Dean

Melanie is a manager with significant experience in auditing not-for-profit entities with specialized experience working in the higher education sector.  She possesses both a bachelor of science and a masters degree in Accounting.

Areas of Expertise:
Higher Education
Not-for-Profit

Education:
Bridgewater State University, Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance
Bridgewater State University,  Master of Science, Accounting

Memberships: 
Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (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)

Vincent Guarino

Vincent joined the firm in 2014 after working for a national firm since 2010. He manages accounting, auditing and tax services for a wide range of clients working on a variety of client engagements including audits, reviews, and compilations.

Areas of Expertise:
Automobile Dealerships
Closely Held Businesses
Higher Education
Transportation / Freight
Franchise Industry

Education:
Rhode Island College, Master of Professional Accountancy, 2012
Bryant University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting, 2010

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

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)

Nelia Kruger

Nelia assists audit and assurance clientele with their financial statement and federal compliance audit needs. Nelia’s responsibilities include managing annual engagements, overall client relationships, staff training and coordination of higher education and not-for-profit cases and correspondence. What she enjoys most about her work is staff development and learning from new clients. She is also a mentor to staff members and leads technical training sessions for the firm.

Areas of Expertise:
Institutions of higher education
Single audit
Not-for-profit organizations
Governmental entities
Closely-held businesses

Education:
Stonehill College, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting, 2008
University of Massachusetts – Boston, Master of Science in Accounting, 2011.

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

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 and works as a tax manager focusing on tax research, special projects, and training. Ryan also provides tax and accounting services for a variety of clients including individuals and closely-held businesses.

Areas of Expertise:
Tax Research
Individual Taxation
Closely-Held Businesses
Corporate & Partnership Taxation
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)

Rick Strout

Rick joined the firm in 2019 and specializes in audit planning, risk assessment, quality control for the higher education and Not-for-Profit sectors. With over twenty years of experience in Audit Management, Rick works closely with his clients, helps them to maintain and improve their internal controls, implement new accounting standards, as well as implement cost-cutting initiatives.

Areas of Expertise:
Higher Education
Not-for-profit
Manufacturing
Real Estate
Closely-held businesses
Professional Service Firms

Education:
University of Rhode Island, Bachelor’s Degree. Accounting

Memberships:
Certified Public Accountant licensed in MA and RI
MSCPA Accounting and Auditing Committee, November 2007 – November 2010

 

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