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Our Staff

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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Gregory MacLeod, CPA, Manager

Greg graduated from Southern Connecticut State University and has been working in public accounting for over 14 years for firms of varying sizes, including Whittlesey and Hadley, P.C., UHY LLP, and Weinstein and Anastasio. He brought the nonprofit experience and expertise he gained during that time to GDS in 2011. Greg has served as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of a private foundation, the Greater Hartford Jaycees Foundation, in Hartford, CT for several years. He is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). (9 years as a CPA)


Allison Cavanaugh, CPA, Manager

Allison graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting in 2008 and then went on to receive her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Southern Connecticut State University in 2010. She started her career in public accounting at GDS where she worked on audits and taxes until she moved on to work for one of the Big 4 accounting firms (PwC) in their assurance practice. While at PwC, Allison worked mainly on not-for-profit audit clients in the higher education and healthcare industries and clients in the asset management and pharmaceutical industries. After 5 years at PwC, Allison returned to GDS in 2017, where she continues to focus on audits of not-for-profit clients. Allison is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). (5 years as a CPA)


Katie Rouillard, CPA, Manager

Katie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2002 and her Masters of Business Administration from Central Connecticut State University in 2005. She began her career at a small CPA firm in Glastonbury that concentrated on nonprofit and municipal clients. Katie then moved on to the large regional CPA firm of Blum Shapiro. She left Blum Shapiro to work as the Finance Director at a small nonprofit school and decided to return to public accounting in 2009 when she joined GDS. Katie’s experience includes performing audits of nonprofit organizations including those that are State and Federally funded, audits of municipalities and also nonprofit tax return preparation. Katie is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). (12 years as a CPA)


Robert Fabricant, CPA, Supervisor

Bob graduated from Central Connecticut State University and began his public accounting career with a tax oriented CPA firm in Southern Connecticut, and subsequently moved on to the large regional firm of Kostin, Ruffkess & Co. He then became the controller of a large auto parts company but decided to return to public accounting in 1996 when he joined GDS. Bob’s experience and expertise includes small business and individual tax preparation and performing audits of State and Federally funded nonprofits, commercial audits and audits of employee benefit plans. Additionally, Bob has been designated as the firm specialist in the employee benefit plan area. Bob is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). (35 years as a CPA)


Brenda Cowett, CPA, Supervisor

Brenda joined GDS in November 2013 with public accounting experience since 1979 and Public Housing experience since 2005. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Quinnipiac University in 1981, has been a CPA since 1984, obtained teacher certification in 2001 and PHM (Public Housing Manager) Certification in 2010. Brenda was an employee, then partner at Whitten, Horton + Gibney CPAs from 1979-1989, and was the sole proprietor of her own CPA practice in Durham from 1990-1999. She sold her practice in 1999 to Carter, Hayes + Associates and then consulted part time. She was the Executive Director at Middlefield Housing Authority from 2005 until the time she joined GDS. Brenda is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). (34 years as a CPA)


Dylan Stumpf, Supervisor

Dylan graduated from Merrimack College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting in 2010 and joined GDS in 2011. Since then, Dylan has gained experience with auditing of nonprofit organizations, preparation of individual and business tax returns and bookkeeping for clients. Dylan is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) and is currently studying for the CPA exam.


Edward C. Currie, Jr., CPA, Tax Supervisor

After attending Southern Connecticut State College and the Graduate School of Business at the University of New Haven, Ed started his career in accountancy and taxation in the Stamford, CT office of Touche Ross and Co. (one of what was then the "Big Eight" firms of public accounting). In the 37 years since then he has held a number of positions in both public accounting and industry, including the cable television/cellular communications industry and, most recently, the heavy construction/mining industry. Ed has significant experience in the taxation of estates and trusts, partnerships, corporations and individuals. Ed is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA). (38 years as a CPA)


Jessica McElroy, Senior Accountant

Certified QuickBooks Online UserJessica graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance in 2009. She started her career in the accounting field in 2007 with Riella & Lepak, in Colchester, working with a variety of individual and business clients. She left the firm in 2011 to gain auditing and additional tax experience at GDS. Jessica is a Certified QuickBooks Online user and is currently working towards the advanced certification. Jessica is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA).

 


Debra Scotti, Senior Accountant

Debra received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Stony Brook University in 2000 and received her Certificate of Accounting from Quinnipiac University in 2002. Debra has 13 years of public accounting experience working for firms of varying sizes including Weinstein & Anastasio, PC, Bowman, Monaco & Black, PC and Konowitz & Kahn, PC (Marcum). Debra’s experience includes audits of various organizations and business and individual tax return preparation. Debra is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA).


Daniel Slepski, CPA, Senior Accountant

Dan graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and from the University of Hartford in 2014 with a Master of Science in Accounting and Taxation. Dan started his career at J. Oaks, CPA, MBA, LLC auditing nonprofit and religious organizations and preparing required tax filings for individuals and various types of entities. Dan is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA). (1 year as a CPA).


James Walonoski, CPA, Senior Accountant

Jimmy graduated from Central Connecticut State University and has been working in public accounting since 2012 for firms of varying sizes, including Crowe LLP and Marcum LLP. During his career, Jimmy has mainly worked on not-for-profit healthcare, employee benefit plans and manufacturing audits. Jimmy also has experience preparing individual tax returns and client bookkeeping. Jimmy is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA). (2 years as a CPA)


Tim Dede, Senior Accountant

Tim graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting in 2011. He started his career in the accounting field in January 2012 with Charles Heaven & Co. in Waterbury working with a variety of individual and business clients. As a public accountant, Tim has over 6 years of experience conducting audits and preparing taxes for midsize corporate clients, partnerships, individuals, nonprofit organizations and government entities. He consulted with clients regarding personal/business tax and financial planning. Tim is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. Tim is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA).


Nicholas Mazzotta, Staff Accountant

Nick graduated from The University of Rhode Island in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and in 2017 with a Master of Science Degree in Accounting. Since then, he has gained experience with auditing of nonprofit organizations, preparation of individual and business tax returns and bookkeeping for clients. Nick is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA).


Alexandra Zampini, Staff Accountant

Alex graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Accounting Program at Central Connecticut State University. She plans to begin studying for the CPA exam upon completion of the Master’s program. Alex joined GDS in June 2018.