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Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski, LLC was founded in 1972 by Welles R. Guilmartin. In the years that followed, six additional partners were appointed: Michael J. DiPiro in 1985, Michael A. Sokolowski in 1994, Teresa J. Opalacz in 2010, Christopher B. Conley and Rick W. Morin in 2012, Thomas E. Goundrey in 2015, and Michael Kovaleski in 2017. Welles retired from the firm in 2009 and is now serving as a consultant.

Our professional staff has a wide range of experience and is uniquely qualified to assist you. Each was selected because of his/her skills in providing practical solutions to the problems of today’s complex financial world. Our staff also receives continuing specialized training that results in the timely and accurate reporting required in today’s Federal and State compliance-dominated environment.

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Michael J. DiPiro, CPA, CVA

Michael J. DiPiro, CPA, CVAProfessional Experience & Education
Michael J. DiPiro is a U.S. Navy veteran and a 1981 cum laude graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He passed the CPA exam in November 1981 and has been the tax and small business partner in the firm of Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski, LLC since 1985. Michael is the tax partner on all engagements and is knowledgeable in all aspects of business, estates and trusts and nonprofit tax reporting. He has over thirty years of public accounting experience. He has given many presentations to business, civic and professional organizations.

Michael has prepared many business and pension valuations for marital dissolutions, buy/sell issues and estate and gift tax matters. He is a Certified Valuation Analyst and has attended numerous courses related to business valuations. He has testified in court on tax, pension and business valuation matters in Middlesex, Hartford and Tolland counties.

Professional Associations & Activities

  • Member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) and the Institute of Business Appraisers.
  • Commissioner, past Chairperson and Treasurer of the Middletown Downtown Business District (a separate taxing authority created by Statute). Board member of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce and Secretary of the Middletown Road Race Committee. Michael is the past Treasurer of Nutmeg Big Brothers/Big Sisters and a past Officer of the Quarry Ridge Men’s Club. He is a Board member and past President of the Middletown Kiwanis Club and a past Board of Director’s member and past Treasurer of the Middlesex Community Technical College Foundation.

Michael A. Sokolowski, CPA

Michael A. Sokolowski, CPA Professional Experience & Education
As a partner in the firm of Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski, LLC, Michael is responsible for overseeing the audit and consulting services provided to nonprofit entities whose major source of funding is from the State of Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and Department of Social Services (DSS). Presently the vast majority of time spent by Michael is providing services to these types of entities. With over 25 years of experience working on nonprofit organizations, he has obtained a thorough understanding of not only how these agencies work but also how important it is to have a working relationship with the funding sources in order to better service the client. Michael spends countless hours on consulting-type services with the sole purpose of obtaining more favorable rates and/or preventing future problems.  He has managed the transition of over 40 programs (CLAs, SLAs, Day and ICF/MRs) from troubled entities to new providers.

Michael received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University in 1987. Prior to graduation he began working for this firm as a co-op student. After graduation he became a staff accountant and received his CPA certificate in 1990. He worked his way through the positions of Senior Accountant and Manager and became a partner of the firm in 1994. Presently he is the partner-in-charge of not-for-profit entities which receive funding from DDS and DSS.

Professional Associations & Activities

  • Member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Association for Long-Term Care and Financial Managers (ALTCFM) and The Alliance.
  • Member and past President of the Exchange Club of Middletown and member of the New Britain Elks Club.

Teresa J. Opalacz, CPA

Teresa J. Opalacz, CPA Professional Experience & Education
Teresa is an experienced financial accountant with over 30 years in the auditing business serving a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit businesses from the start-up phase to the more mature business structures. A graduate of Holy Cross College, Teresa began her career with Coopers & Lybrand in their Boston office. She later moved to the Hartford office where she became a partner of that firm, and subsequently, upon merger, to PricewaterhouseCoopers where she specialized in not-for-profit, higher education, high tech, utilities and telecommunications. She left PwC in 2001 to raise her family and joined Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski, LLC performing financial consulting in technical accounting issues and financial matters.

Teresa was appointed a partner in our firm in 2010 and assumes the role of audit partner for several manufacturing and not-for-profit clients, quality control, audit compliance and staff development and education.

Professional Associations & Activities

  • Member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
  • Teresa is an active member of many boards in the local community. She is past Chairman of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce and served as Treasurer for over 10 years. She is also a Corporator at Liberty Bank and Middlesex Hospital and Board Member of the Middletown Hall of Fame, Lyman Orchards and the Cemetery Committee at St. Mary's Church. Teresa was named Distinguished Citizen by the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce. She was a past member of the Town of Durham Board of Finance, was previously on the Board of Trustees of Mercy High School and served on the Boards at United Cerebral Palsy, United Way and the Durham Soccer Club. She is an instructor of youth at the Falcon Fraternal Club and was a coach of many local sports teams.

Christopher B. Conley, CPA

Christopher B. Conley, CPA Professional Experience & Education
Christopher is a 2004 magna cum laude graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He is a 2006 graduate from the University of Hartford with a Masters of Science in Accounting and Taxation (MSAT). Christopher joined the firm as a co-op student while pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree and became a full-time accountant upon graduation. Christopher has over 10 years of public accounting experience and became a partner in January 2012.

Christopher has experience in the preparation of individual and business income tax returns of all kinds. He also has experience with the preparation of estate and trust returns and probate accountings. He is the tax partner on all not-for-profit engagements. Christopher also has experience in the preparation of compiled, reviewed and audited financial statements of for-profit and not-for-profit entities as well as employee benefit plans.

Professional Associations & Activities

  • Member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
  • Treasurer, member and past President of the Kiwanis Club of Middletown, member of the Advisory Board of the Middletown Salvation Army and Treasurer of the Central Connecticut Business and Estate Planning Council (CCBEPC).
  • Member of the consulting board of the Get in Touch Foundation.

Rick W. Morin, CPA

Rick W. Morin, CPA Professional Experience & Education
Rick has over 30 years of experience in public accounting, including over 15 years with the largest regional accounting and business consulting firm in Connecticut. He has a wide range of experience in tax planning, compliance and consulting for individuals and small businesses. He also has extensive experience in estate, trust and succession planning, as well as probate filings and estate settlement services. He has helped to raise awareness of charitable planned giving and legacy planning opportunities in Middlesex County. Rick has spoken about taxation issues for various professional organizations. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University in 1986 and was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in 1988.

Professional Associations & Activities

  • Member of several professional organizations including the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Central Connecticut Business and Estate Planning Council (CCBEPC).
  • Rick is also an active member of the greater Middletown community. He is on the Executive Board and serves as Chairman of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Directors of Middlesex Community College Foundation, Inc. In addition, Rick is a member of Middlesex County Leave a Legacy Advisors and the Middlesex County United Way Audit Committee.

Thomas E. Goundrey, CPA

General Experience Highlights
Tom has more than 40 years of experience in public accounting. Prior to joining Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski, LLC he was a sole practitioner continuing the tradition of excellence in the family-owned firm established by his father, G. Eugene Goundrey, in 1946. Tom's expertise encompasses a number of aspects of accountancy, including federal and multi-state taxation for businesses and individuals with a specialty in estate, trust and gift taxes. He also has considerable experience in estate and trust execution and administration, probate and conservatorship. A lifelong resident of Middletown, Tom is a cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.

Professional Associations & Activities

  • Member of several professional organizations including the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). 
  • Active Corporator of Liberty Bank and member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
  • Throughout his career, Tom has held numerous leadership positions in community organizations, including: Chairman and Director of Community Action for Greater Middletown; Corporator of Middlesex Hospital, serving on the finance committee; and Chairman, Director and Treasurer of Northern Middlesex YMCA; as well as the Long Rivers Council, Boy Scouts, Exchange Club and more.

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Michael J. Kovaleski, CPA

Michael J. Kovaleski, CPAProfessional Experience & Education
Mike is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. Mike joined the firm as a co-op student and began at our firm as a staff accountant in 1989 shortly after graduation. Since that time, he has advanced to Senior Accountant, Manager and Director and was named partner of the firm in 2017. Mike has over 25 years experience serving a variety of business and individual tax clients. He also serves as one of our specialists in the audits of group homes. More importantly, he is our expert on the preparation of the Cost Reports for the Departments of Developmental Services and Social Services. This report defines the future rates established by DSS and the amount of funding to be returned to DDS.

Professional Associations & Activities

  • Member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA).
  • Member of the Rotary Club of Middletown and Waterbury Elks Club.
  • Member and Treasurer of the Connecticut Basketball Club.

Welles R. Guilmartin, CPA, Emeritus

Welles, although retired, remains as a consultant and the cornerstone of Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski, LLC.  He graduated from Lehigh University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  His career began at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. and after passing the CPA exam in 1972 began the accounting practice of Welles R. Guilmartin, CPA on October 1, 1972. The firm has grown and is now recognized as Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski, LLC.

His areas of expertise included not-for-profits while also performing business valuations, executive compensation, internal controls and management controls.  Through the years Welles has been instrumental in assisting and teaching nonprofit agencies as they relate to ever-changing laws and regulations.

Welles is well known for his current and past volunteer efforts for the following organizations:  the Board of the Northern Middlesex YMCA, Chairman of the Parking Advisory Committee for the City of Middletown, Middlesex United Way Investment Committee, past President of Middletown Rotary Club, Middletown Historical Society, Downtown Business District, INFORM, North End Task Force, local Visiting Nurse Association, and past President of Middletown Youth Soccer Club.  As evidenced by these efforts he was chosen as the Accountant Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration in 2002, the only accountant concentrating in not-for-profit organizations to receive the award.  He was also named Distinguished Citizen by the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce in 2004 out of a pool of 200 applicants.