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Amy I. Brandt, CPA    J. Michael Connolly, CPA    Lisa K. Durham, MBA, CPA     
John D. Ireland, CPA     Samuel P. Sauca, CPA     Kitzy Smith, EA


Amy I. Brandt, CPA

Amy I. Brandt, CPA

Amy has been in the public accounting field for fifteen years.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland at College Park.  Her specialties include non profit and governmental accounting and auditing as well as accounting for small businesses.  She also offers support and training for the QuickBooks Software Program as a ProAdvisor. Amy is a native to the Eastern Shore of Maryland and resides in Denton with her family.

 

 

 

J. Michael Connolly, CPA

J. Michael Connolly, CPA

Mike earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at Salisbury University in 1977 and worked for many years becoming partner in a regional accounting firm. In October 1995, Mike began his own firm, specializing in accounting and tax issues for the closely held business both in tax planning and preparation of returns, as well as auditing of financial statements. On January 1, 2012 Mike joined Accounting Strategies Group, LLC as a partner. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and is a Quickbooks ProAdvisor. Mike lives outside Centreville and is active in the community.

 

 

Lisa K. Durham, CPA

Lisa K. Durham, MBA, CPA

Lisa has been in the public accounting field since 2004.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Stevenson University (Villa Julie College) in 2005 and her Masters in Business Administration from Salisbury University in 2006.  Lisa passed the CPA exam in May 2007.  Lisa focuses on accounting and tax reporting for small businesses as well as providing review and audit services.  She also offers support and training for clients as a QuickBooks ProAdvisor.  Lisa is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.  Lisa is a lifelong resident of the Eastern Shore and currently resides with her family in Ridgely.

 

 

John D. Ireland, CPA

John D. Ireland, CPA

Chuck, as he is known to many, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland in 1984, and also earned a Master of Science Degree in Taxation from Georgetown University in 1990.  Chuck started his career in 1984 with C.W. Amos and Company in their Cambridge office and has since continued to work from offices in Easton, Cambridge, and Preston.  He specializes in business and tax advising for closely held businesses.  He has received the AICPA’s Certificate of Educational Achievement in Tax Planning and Advising for Closely Held Businesses.  He is also a Certified ProAdvisor for QuickBooks Accounting Software.  Chuck has served as Chief Financial Officer for a publicly traded company and has experience with the compliance and filing requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  He is a Board Member for Provident State Bank and has served on many community organizations throughout Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties.  Currently, he is serving as the Treasurer for The Grand National Waterfowl Association and Grand National Educational Trust.

 

Samuel P. Sauca, CPA

Samuel P. Sauca, CPA

Sam has been in the public accounting field since 1997.  He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Salisbury University in 1997.  He specializes in individual and small business accounting, tax reporting and tax planning as well as tax issues facing the agricultural community.  Sam offers support and training for clients, as a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.  Sam is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.  Sam is involved with many community organizations in Talbot County, most recently he served as a Church Council President for four years at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  Currently, Sam is enrolled in Shore Leadership Class of 2011.  Sam is a lifelong Eastern Shore Resident and resides in Easton with his family.

 

 

Kitzy Smith, E.A. Kitzy Smith, E.A.

Kitzy has been employed in public accounting for over 15 years.  Kitzy has performed in many capacities during her career in the accounting industry.  She began working for a local CPA firm in the early 1990s.  In January 2007, Kitzy passed the Enrolled Agent examination issued by the Internal Revenue Service.  The Enrolled Agent program is specifically licensed and maintained by the IRS and allows her to represent taxpayers in all aspects of taxation.  Kitzy has also been a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor since 2004.  Kitzy offers bookkeeping support to clients utilizing the QuickBooks Software Program inclusive of initial company setups and payroll processing.  Kitzy resides in Easton with her husband, Scott, and their two children, Logan and Samantha.