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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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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 industry. After 5 years at PwC, Allison returned to GDS in 2017, where she continues to focus on audits of not-for-profit clients and also works on not-for-profit tax returns. Allison 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)


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 Scully and Wolf, a local CPA firm in Glastonbury that specialized in not-for-profit and governmental audits. In 2007, Katie moved on to the large regional CPA firm of Blum Shapiro (now CLA) and worked in their not-for-profit, governmental, and school audit groups. After 2 years at Blum Shapiro, Katie joined GDS in 2009. Katie’s experience includes performing audits of not-for-profit 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). (13 years as a CPA)


Dylan Stumpf, CPA, Manager

Dylan earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Merrimack College in 2010 and joined GDS in 2011. He passed the CPA exam in 2018 and graduated from the University of Hartford with a Masters of Science in Accounting and Taxation in 2020. Dylan has extensive experience in servicing clients on tax, audit and accounting issues. He is the lead auditor on several not-for-profit audit engagements and conducts limited scope pension audits for not-for-profit clients as well. During tax season, Dylan works on the preparation and review of tax returns for individuals, businesses and estates & trusts. He also works with individuals on tax planning and tax projections. Dylan uses his experience and analytical skills to help his clients solve complex and unusual problems. Dylan is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA). Outside of work, Dylan enjoys golf, the outdoors and spending time with his family and his dog, Zoey.


Samantha Carini, CPA, Supervisor

Samantha graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and has been a CPA since 1993. She has over 30 years of public accounting experience in the preparation of individual and business tax returns. She also has experience with QuickBooks and Sage 50. Samantha joined GDS in December 2019 and is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA). (28 years as a CPA).


Brenda S. 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. She is a member of the Town of Durham Ethics Commission since 2014, serving as chairperson from 2015 to 2018. Brenda is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). (36 years as a CPA)

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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 38 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). (40 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 retailer/wholesaler and then returned 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). (37 years as a CPA)


Daniel Slepski, CPA, Supervisor

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). (5 years as a CPA)


James Walonoski, CPA, Supervisor

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 is also in charge of overseeing all employee benefit plan audits. Jimmy is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA). (5 years as a CPA)


Natalya Fedosova, EA, Senior Accountant

Natalya graduated from the National University of Economics in Ukraine in 2005 with a Master of Science Degree in Accounting and Auditing. Her work in Ukraine provided her with diverse international experience in the accounting field. In the U.S., she continued her accounting career at a CPA firm in Rocky Hill, where she worked for over 5 years. Natalya concentrates on the preparation of individual and business tax returns and bookkeeping for various types of clients. Natalya holds an Enrolled Agent License since 2019.


Adrien Gomes, CPA, Senior Accountant

Adrien earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Connecticut State University and graduated magna cum laude in 2013. He began his accounting career at CohnReznick, LLP in 2014 and joined GDS in 2021. He has worked on a breadth of different industries for assurance clients performing compilation, review and audit services. He also has experience preparing and reviewing business and individual tax returns. He is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). (3 years as a CPA)


Ashleigh Martin, Senior Accountant

Ashleigh graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She has over 10 years of experience in both public accounting and the nonprofit industry. Ashleigh holds certifications in QuickBooks and Bill.com, and is a QuickBooks Gold Level ProAdvisor. She is currently obtaining her CPA certification. Ashleigh serves on the finance committee for Saint Pius X, located in Middletown and is the Treasurer of the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury. Ashleigh is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) and actively involved in Central Connecticut BNI. Outside of work, Ashleigh enjoys performing and competing in Irish Dance with the Griffin Academy.

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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 over 15 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).


Jacqueline Paul, Paraprofessional

Jackie graduated from Quinnipiac University with an A.S. in General Business. She has over 25 years of experience in a not-for-profit setting processing payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable and managing a business office and finance department. She previously worked for a payroll company providing support and training for a variety of companies both large and small.


Cirielle Sánchez Ramos, Staff Accountant

Cirielle received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a Major in Accounting from the University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras campus in 2018. Cirielle’s public accounting career started in 2019 in Puerto Rico. She has experience in multiple industries performing assurance, compilation, review and audit services as well as bookkeeping. She is currently in the process of obtaining her CPA certification.


Samuel Sokolowski, Staff Accountant

Sam earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Hartford in 2018. Before arriving at GDS, Sam started his professional career as a Territory Manager for Legrand North America. Sam brings previous auditing experience gained while interning at GDS for two consecutive summers.


Michael Zeilor, Staff Accountant

Michael graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and is working on obtaining a Master’s Degree in Accounting. He will be studying to become a CPA after graduating. Michael started his accounting career as an intern here at GDS in 2020.