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Mike De Stefano
Mike is a co-founder and co-owner of DMS. Mike began his career over 30 years ago with a large public accounting firm and then transitioned to positions as accounting manager or controller in small, medium-size and large firms. His diverse experience solidified his enthusiasm for helping small businesses in the areas of accounting, finance and human resources. Through DMS, Mike achieved his goal of providing corporate-level experience and services at rates that a small business can readily afford.
Mike is passionate about providing practical, cost-effective solutions to business owners and takes immense personal pride in growing his clients’ success. Positively affecting the bottom-line for his customers provides challenges and personal satisfaction well beyond working for larger corporations. Mike has experience in retail, service, architectural, engineering, real estate and medical fields.
Mike is a 1980 cum laude graduate of Cleveland State University and is a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio. He is a diehard sports enthusiast and resides with his wife Susan in Highland Heights.
Frank is the Chief Operating Officer at DMS. He has been a practicing CPA for over 30 years serving small businesses with their accounting, finance, tax and other specialty needs. Frank has served clients from a variety of industries and disciplines such as retail, wholesale, service, real estate, construction and non-profit. Very often he would develop strategies for growth and succession by assuming the role of financial advisor, partnering with clients’ bankers, legal counsel, insurance brokers and other service providers.
Frank spent the majority of his career at Skoda, Minotti & Co., where he most recently served in the role of Chief Administrative Officer. For the past six years Frank has served as Chief Financial Officer for a small technology company based in East Brunswick, New Jersey where he handled all aspects of finance, human resources and administration for the company.
Frank has also served his community in a variety of ways including his role as Board member and Treasurer of the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He was also a member and two-term President of the Olmsted Falls City Schools Board of Education. Frank is currently an active member of the finance council of his local church and is a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Frank graduated from Pace University in Pleasantville, New York with a Bachelor of Business Administration and is a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. He resides with his wife Diane and teenage twins in Olmsted Township, Ohio.
Maria is Director of Operations at DMS and has more than 20 years of experience in general accounting. She specializes in multiple accounting packages with a strong working knowledge of QuickBooks, as evidenced by her QuickBooks ProAdvisor designation.
Her extensive experience enables her to provide a seamless transition to QuickBooks based on the client’s specific industry. Maria is also able to work with clients to enhance utilization of an existing QuickBooks installation.
Her clients include a wide range of small businesses with a focus on legal services, retail sales operations, and manufacturing companies. Her knowledge of company operations allows her to collaborate with the client’s management team on forecasting, tax planning, and asset management.
Maria earned her degree from Miami University of Ohio. Maria donates her expertise to non-profit organizations by helping with their 501( c )(3) applications. She enjoys her free time with her family in Vermilion, OH.
Terri is a DMS Account Manager with over 15 years of experience in general accounting, project accounting, forensic accounting and bookkeeping. Terri spent six years in the Manufacturing field and twelve years in the Architectural & Engineering field.
Terri brings to DMS great enthusiasm for helping companies trouble shoot problem areas and find ways to run more efficiently. Terri truly enjoys getting to know her clients and is committed to their success. Always eager to help, she is very detail oriented and highly motivated. She has advanced financial analysis skills, setup / analysis of budgets, data evaluation and system management. Terri is proficient in a variety of software accounting programs as well as Microsoft Office programs.
Terri earned her Bachelor of Science of Business Administration degree from Myers University, and resides in Lakewood with her family.
Sueellen has a strong background in accounting for small to medium-sized businesses. She also has experience in IT technical support, project management, and document preparation and editing in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint presentations.
Sueellen has 15 years of accounting experience in a variety of industries using QuickBooks software. She has created accounting records for new companies, and provided forensic and cleanup services for distressed company files. Sueellen takes pride in her detail-oriented personality to provide efficient accounting services. She can provide data entry, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and all payroll services, including filing monthly, quarterly, and yearly payroll tax returns.
Sueellen also teaches QuickBooks software part time to adult students. She enjoys working with the owners and office personnel of small to medium-sized businesses to either create new or enhance current accounting practices to ensure accurate and proficient cash controls are in place.
Sueellen resides in Vermilion, OH with her husband and two children.
Emily is a DMS Staff Accountant with more than 16 years experience in the accounting field. She has worked with a variety of clients in the medical and manfacturing industries. Most of her experience, though, is in the construction field.
Emily has provided accounting and bookkeeping solutions for small to medium-size businesses. She takes the most pride in her problem-solving skills. Emily is well-versed in numerous accounting software and is proficient in Microsoft programs.
Emily is currently completing her degree in Finance. She resides in Fairview Park and loves to spend time jogging with her dog and cooking.
John is a DMS Account Manager, bringing 30 years of diverse experience to our clients. John has spent the last 15 years as part of a leadership team for small to medium-sized non-profit organizations. His skills include preparing financial statements, annual budget planning, grants and contract management, A/P, A/R, and balance sheet reconciliation. John is able to run all aspects of a small business, including payroll, employee benefits and pension plans. He began his career at one of the Big 8 Accounting firms, and has experience with auditing and tax preparation.
John finds personal satisfaction in helping small businesses tighten accounting processes, and is a patient and detailed coach and teacher. He is an excellent communicator and people focused.
John graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!) and lives in Lorain with his wife and teenage son.
Laura is a DMS Accounting Manager with over 30 years of experience in general accounting. Her expertise includes financial statement preparation, budgeting, cash forecasts, account reconciliation and analysis, payroll processing, intercompany reconciliation, sales tax, accounts payable and accounts receivable.
Laura has worked in a wide range of industries which include Automotive Manufacturing, Environmental, Wind Power, Software/EDI Development and Plastics Manufacturing. She has worked for companies in both the Cleveland area and the East Bay area of California.
Laura earned her accounting degree from Cleveland State University and lives in Garfield Heights with her husband Vince and children, Andrew and Alyssa.
Lisa is a DMS Account Manager with 15 years of experience in accounting for small to medium-sized businesses. She has associate degrees in Business and Accounting obtained through Lorain County Community College and the University of Akron.
While working in a small public accounting firm she was exposed to a diverse clientele and became proficient in a number of different industries as well as programs such as Sage, Quickbooks, Microsoft Office, Thomsen Reuters Suite, and Lacerte.
Her skills include bookkeeping, financial statement preparation, payroll processing, trial balance analysis, auditing experience, small business startup, and tax preparation for individuals and businesses.
Lisa resides in Amherst and in her free time enjoys running and catching up with family and friends.
Lisa is a DMS Account Manager with more than 20 years of experience as an Accountant in retail, manufacturing, medical and property management, and as Controller of a Harley-Davidson Dealership. She has also worked as an Accounting Field Trainer teaching accounting and a dealership specific software, called Talon2.
Lisa has a broad knowledge of various software including Sage, QuickBooks, and Microsoft Office. Her knowledge of QuickBooks is proven by her status of Certified Pro Advisor with Intuit.
She enjoys working with various clients to help resolve accounting issues and streamline their work with documented processes.
Lisa received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Phoenix and her Master’s Degree from Strayer University.
She enjoys spending time with her family in Randolph along with crocheting and cross stitching.
Tina is a Staff Accountant at DMS with more than 25 years of experience in general accounting and bookkeeping. Tina spent five years as a Bookkeeper in a small “mom & pop” retail establishment before becoming an Office Manager for a fabrication shop for 12 years. Tina also has bookkeeping experience in a law firm, as well as accounting experience with credit unions & payroll and A/R experience in the service industry. She is very proficient in QuickBooks and Peachtree, and has experience with PC Law. She also has several years of experience in construction billing, using AIA billing forms.
Tina earned her Associate Degree in Accounting and certificate of Proficiency in Payroll at Cuyahoga Community College in 2016.
Tina resides in North Royalton with her boyfriend Jason. Tina enjoys bowling and spending time with her adult children Mindy, Hannah and Jimmy. She is active in her Church and volunteers her time as a director for the local bowling association.
Val is the Office Manager at DMS. Val is an experienced office administrator & marketing professional and has worked for small independent businesses, non-profit organizations, and several regional/national corporations. Her skills include Microsoft Office, database administration, event planning, business communications, WordPress, and social media.
Prior to DMS, Val worked in payroll, human resources, and financial systems implementation and management. The consistent theme through Val’s professional experience is her ability to serve the needs of the organization and its clients with an emphasis on superior customer service.
Val has a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. She lives in Lakewood with her husband Dave and enjoys spending time with their four children.