Members/Principals

Dermody, Burke & Brown Members/Principals

Kathleen Burke Barry, CPA

Kathy specializes in audits, review and compilations of manufacturers, closely-held family business and non-profit organizations. She also is the Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee at Dermody, Burke & Brown.  She has been with the Firm since graduating from St. John Fisher College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1987.  

Kathy is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and is Treasurer of Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc.

Contact Kathy at 315.471.9171 or kbb@dbbllc.com.

David L. Bowles, CPA

David joined the Firm in January 2015 after Kane, Bowles & Moore, a Liverpool-based accounting and consulting Firm, merged with Dermody, Burke & Brown. Prior to joining the Firm, he was a Principal of Kane, Bowles & Moore with over thirty years of public accounting experience around the Syracuse region.  David specializes in audit and accounting for districts, manufacturers, contractors, community banks, service industries, not-for-profit entities and schools.

David received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting from Syracuse University.   David currently serves as a board member of Liberty Resource, Inc., a board of directors member of the Syracuse Builders Exchange, and is an Audit Committee member of the Liverpool Central School District.  He was a past board member and President for the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse and a past board member, Treasurer and President for the Onondaga Pastoral Counseling Center.  In 2011, David was awarded a not-for-profit award for Board Leadership sponsored by M&T Bank.

Contact David at 315.471.9171 or dlb@dbbllc.com.

 

John C. Calogero

John is Principal and managing member of Calogero & Associates, LLC and a Principal of Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC.  Calogero & Associates was started over sixty years ago by his father Nicholas J. Calogero, Sr.  In January of 2013, the Firm combined with Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC.

John has thirty years of experience in public accounting, taxation, business management, as well as commercial and residential property development and management.  He specializes in closely-held businesses and not-for-profit organizations and is experienced in serving physician and dental practices, manufacturing, retail and real estate clients.  John also leads our Payroll and Credit Card Processing divisions through Calogero & Associates.

John currently serves as President of A Better Chance of Clinton & The Mohawk Valley, Vice President of The Fort Schuyler Club and is the Treasurer of Ocean Walk 16 HOA (New Smyrna Beach, Florida).  John received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Niagara University and is a member of the National Society of Accountants and the American Payroll Association.  John is past board member of the United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica area, the Vinnie Coluzza Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Arts, the St. Elizabeth Medical Center Foundation, the American Cancer Society as well as past Treasurer of the Utica Boxing Association.  John was also a 2002 recipient of the Mohawk Valley Forty Under 40 Award.

Contact John at 315.732.2991 or jcc@dbbllc.com

Robert T. Cherry, CPA, CVA

Bob has been with Dermody, Burke & Brown for more than thirty years and leads the Firm’s Privately Held Business niche.  He is a 1984 graduate of Le Moyne College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.  Bob’s areas of expertise include profitability enhancement, cost containment, capital acquisition financing, working capital financing, cash management, acquisition/sale of businesses, succession/exit planning, tax planning, business valuations services and building family businesses.

Bob is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA), the Associated Builders and Contractors, and the Construction Financial Management Association.  He also serves on the board of the New York Family Business Center, the finance committee of the Skaneateles Country Club, and is Treasurer for Empire State Merit Alliance, Inc.

Contact Bob at 315.471.9171 or rtc@dbbllc.com.

Lori A. Ciarla, CPA

Lori joined the Firm in 1992 and specializes in audit, accounting, and advisory services for not-for-profit and governmental organizations, and employee benefit plans.  She oversees the Firm’s employee benefit plan audit practice and is responsible for the audits of more than fifty annual benefit plans, including single employer, multiple employer, defined contribution, defined benefit, and health and welfare plans.  Lori has extensive experience in HUD auditing and is the co-leader of the Firm’s affordable housing audit practice.  She is also actively involved in the Firm’s employee recruitment program. 

Lori is a graduate of Le Moyne College.  She served on the board of the American Heart Association and is a past Treasurer of both the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY, Inc. and Girls Incorporated.  Lori is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). 

Contact Lori at 315.471.9171 or lac@dbbllc.com.

David T. Corey, Jr., CPA

David has been in public accounting for over fifteen years, all at Dermody, Burke & Brown.  He plays a prominent role in both the Tax and Auditing & Accounting Departments.  David developed and leads the Firm’s Agribusiness niche and also works with family owned, closely-held businesses in a wide variety of industries including the Manufacturing and Construction industries. With his advanced expertise, David advises clients on tax compliance and planning, business succession/estate planning and business operations. 

David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Bob Jones University.  He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and is a past Board Member of the Unity House of Cayuga County. 

Contact David at 315.253.6273 or dtc@dbbllc.com

David J. de Silva, CPA

David has over thirty-seven years of experience providing accounting, auditing, and consulting services to a wide range of not-for-profit organizations.  He currently leads Dermody, Burke & Brown’s Not-for-Profit specialty niche that serves over 100 organizations in Central New York.  David is a graduate of Le Moyne College.  David provides services to a variety of not-for-profit organizations, including fine arts, foundations, human service providers, health care organizations and facilities, and assistive living facilities.  He has extensive experience in consulting and advising his clients on a variety of issues, including internal control analysis and recommendations.

David is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  David received the AICPA certificate of achievement in governmental and nonprofit accounting and auditing.  He is also is a member of the Not-for-Profit section of the AICPA and serves as the Firm’s designated audit quality partner of the AICPA’s Governmental Audit Quality Center.  David has also been active as a member of the Allinial Global Not-for-Profit Committee.

David served for ten years on the New York State Board for Public Accountancy.  He served two years as vice-chairman and two years as chairman of the Board.  The New York State Board for Public Accountancy advises the New York State Board of Regents and Education Department on licensing requirements, licensing examinations, and practice issues.  Board members participate in licensure disciplinary and/or restoration and moral character proceedings.  David serves on the Uniform Accountancy Act (UAA) Committee of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).  The UAA is an “evergreen” model licensing law developed to provide a uniform approach to regulation of the accounting profession.  The UAA Committee oversees the UAA and related Model Rules and recommend amendments to the Board of Directors of NASBA and the AICPA. Additionally, he serves on the State Board Committee of the AICPA Board of Examiners and was recently appointed chairman of the State Board Committee.  As chairman of the State Board Committee, he is an ex officio voting member of the Board of Examiners.  The State Board Committee serves as a communications liaison between NASBA and the AICPA.  The Board of Examiners is a senior committee of the AICPA responsible for the oversight, administration and development of the CPA Exam.

David has served as a Trustee and Treasurer of The Century Club of Syracuse and is a member of the Rotary Club of Syracuse and a Trustee of its related Foundation.  He was a founding board member and Treasurer of ProLiteracy Worldwide that has over 1000 member programs in the U.S. and 25 countries around the world.  ProLiteracy Worldwide resulted from the 2002 merger of the two preeminent adult literacy organizations in the world both headquartered in Syracuse, New York – Laubach Literacy International and Literacy Volunteers of America.  He is a past Trustee of Crouse Hospital Health Foundation, past board member and Finance Committee chairman of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and past board member of the Girls Club of Syracuse.

Contact David at 315.471.9171 or djd@dbbllc.com.

William J. Harmatuk, CPA

Bill is a Member with Dermody, Burke & Brown and serves as the Firm’s Chief Financial Officer.  He has over twenty-seven years of public accounting experience and is a graduate of Syracuse University.  Bill has extensive accounting and tax experience with corporations, subchapter “S” corporations, partnerships and individuals.  Bill concentrates his practice in the areas of accounting, auditing, tax compliance and planning, and provides services to a variety of clients covering many different industries including service organizations, assisted living and adult care facilities, not-for-profits, manufacturing, construction, transportation companies and professional service firms.  Many of the organizations serviced are closely held businesses.   

Bill is a past President of the Syracuse Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), and past President, Treasurer and Finance Committee member of the Food Bank of Central New York.  Bill is also a past board member of the Financial Service Professionals of CNY and first CPA elected to the FSP/CNY Board. Bill is a member of the NYSSCPA and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Contact Bill at 315.471.9171 or wjh@dbbllc.com.

Madelyn H. Hornstein, CPA, CEO

Madelyn has been with Dermody, Burke & Brown since 1983 and serves as the Firm’s Chief Executive Officer.  She focuses on setting the company’s future course through strategic growth, ensuring continued client success, and maintaining the personal relationships so vital to a successful Firm.  In addition to servicing a number of small businesses and high net worth individuals with their accounting and tax needs, Madelyn also heads Dermody, Burke & Brown’s Employee Benefits division.  She and her team provide design, set-up and on-going administration of retirement plans.  Madelyn ensures that the plans are compliant and also consults on a variety of employee benefit issues and individual retirement planning.

Madelyn is a graduate of SUNY Cortland and holds an MBA from Syracuse University.  She is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Women Presidents’ Organization, and is on the Firm Management and Nominating Committees for Allinial Global.  Madelyn serves as a board member for both CenterState CEO and the WISE Women's Business Center, and is involved with the Professional Advisor Council and Mentoring program at Syracuse University.  She is the past Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Central New York Community Foundation and continues to serve on their Professional Advisor Council.

Contact Madelyn at 315.471.9171 or mhh@dbbllc.com.

Karen A. Hovey, CPA, CFE/CFF

Karen joined the Firm in 2017 as a Principal in the Tax Department. She has over 25 years of experience in audit, tax, and accounting services as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and over 14 years of experience as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She is also Certified in Financial Forensics. Karen has been involved in the preparation and review of financial statements including audits, reviews, and compilations for both business and tax-exempt organizations. She has experience in the preparation and review of complex individual and business returns.

Karen received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Clarkson University. She is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). She also serves as the treasurer for the Upstate Chapter of the ACFE. Karen is a past member of the board at ENABLE and Transitional Living Services of Onondaga Co., Inc. - known as AccessCNY.

Contact Karen at 315.471.9171 or kah@dbbllc.com.

James E. Kane, CPA

Jim joined the Firm in January 2015 after Kane, Bowles & Moore, a Liverpool-based accounting and consulting Firm, merged with Dermody, Burke & Brown.  Before joining the Firm, he was a Principal of Kane, Bowles & Moore for thirty-one years and prior to that he spent six years with Ernst & Young and Samuel T. Tornatore, CPA.  Jim’s extensive range of experience includes providing tax and accounting services to a variety of businesses including not-for-profit entities, commercial banks, manufacturers, construction contractors and various service industries.

Jim is a past board member of the Erie Canal Museum, the Liverpool Central School District, the Liverpool Dollars for Scholars, the YMCA Syracuse Metro and a past President of the North Area YMCA and the Liverpool Rotary Club.  He was also a past treasurer for the Salt City Little League and the Liverpool Girls’ Softball League.  He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  Jim is a graduate of Le Moyne College.  

Contact Jim at 315.471.9171 or jek@dbbllc.com.

Karen M. Matticio, CPA, CVA

Karen leads the Firm’s Physician and Dental Practice groups and the Business Valuation Practice group. Karen has been with the Firm since graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1990. As a Tax Member, she oversees tax, financial statement and business consulting engagements. Karen has over twenty-five years of consulting, accounting, and tax experience and provides professional services to a variety of physician practices. She concentrates her practice in the areas of accounting, tax compliance, tax planning and consulting with physician and dental practices, closely-held businesses in construction and manufacturing, and individuals.

Karen is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). She is currently a member of the Leadership Council of the Women’s Fund of Central New York and is the Vice President of the Syracuse Chapter of the NYSSCPA.  She is a Sustaining Member and past Treasurer of the Junior League of Syracuse.

Contact Karen at 315.471.9171 or kmm@dbbllc.com.

James R. Moore, CPA

Jim joined the Firm in January 2015 after Kane, Bowles & Moore, a Liverpool-based accounting and consulting Firm, merged with Dermody, Burke & Brown. Prior to joining the Firm, Jim was a Principal of Kane, Bowles & Moore for twenty-five years with previous public accounting experience as a Senior Tax Manager at Ernst & Young.  His practice includes tax and accounting services to a diversified clientele, including not-for-profit entities, contractors, manufacturers, financial institutions, service industries and privately owned companies.

Jim is a board member of the Citizens to Preserve the Character of Skaneateles, a past board member of the Skaneateles Festival, Inc. and is actively involved with other organications and activities in the community of Skaneateles.  He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  Jim is a past board member of the St. James Foundation, a past Treasurer of Labrador Mountain Ski Club, Inc., St. James Episcopal Church, and the Skaneateles Ski Club, Inc.  He is also a past member of the YMCA Board of Directors and the Skaneateles Rotary.  Jim is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  

Contact Jim at 315.471.9171 or jrm@dbbllc.com.

Shannon B. Nelson, CPA, CFE, CITP

Shannon joined Dermody, Burke & Brown in 1989.  She is the Member serving as the Firm’s Audit and Accounting Department Director and serves as the lead Member on many clients in the healthcare, school district, and not-for-profit industries.  Shannon is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and specializes in the prevention and detection of fraud.  Shannon has been a guest speaker on the topics of internal control, fraud prevention and financial literacy at various venues.

She is a graduate of St. John Fisher College and is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Contact Shannon at 315.471.9171 or sbn@dbbllc.com.

Kurt K. Ohliger, Jr., CPA

Kurt joined Dermody, Burke & Brown in 2007 after spending over twenty years with a national accounting Firm.  He has almost thirty years of experience providing comprehensive federal, state and international tax services to both publicly-traded companies and private, closely-held entities.  He has extensive federal, state and international tax compliance and planning experience with individual clients as well as corporate clients in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, engineering, high technology, retail & distribution, construction and the industrial and consumer markets.  He is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the Firm’s Tax Department.

Kurt is a 1986 graduate of Le Moyne College and has remained connected to his alma mater. He is a member of the College’s Board of Trustees and is past Chair of the Board of Regents.  Kurt also serves on the Madden School of Business Advisory Board and the Le Moyne Accounting Program Advisory Board.  He was named the 2014 Frank Fernandez Business Leader of the Year by the Le Moyne College Alumni Association and Departments of Accounting and Business Administration.  Kurt is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA).

Contact Kurt at 315.471.9171 or kko@dbbllc.com.

Jill S.G. Palmeter, CPA

Jill has been with Dermody, Burke & Brown since 1990. She is a graduate of State University of New York at Oswego and received a Master of Science degree from Oregon State University. Jill specializes in the audits of not-for-profit organizations and is currently one of the two Not-for-Profit niche leaders within the firm.

Jill frequently speaks on topics such as Financial Literacy, Board Governance and Mission-Based Management at seminars for our current and prospective not-for-profit clients and community groups.  Jill is very involved in civic and community affairs and currently serves as the Finance Chair of the Women’s Fund of Central New York’s Leadership Council and as a member of the Audit/Finance Committee of three other not-for-profit organizations in Syracuse.  Jill is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA).  

Contact Jill at 315.471.9171 or jsp@dbbllc.com.

Carolyn S. Sturick, CPA, CITP, COO

Carolyn joined Dermody, Burke & Brown in 1989 and became the Firm’s Chief Operating Officer in 2009.  Carolyn focuses on client service and satisfaction.  She ensures the smooth operation of daily Firm business including meeting deadlines, setting performance goals for employees and assessing and implementing operating policies for the Firm.  Beyond her position as Chief Operating Officer, Carolyn brings over twenty-five years of experience in the areas of consulting, auditing and accounting.  She is a strong resource within the Firm for technical issues and serves on the Quality Assurance Committee. 

Carolyn was a past Treasurer of a local not-for-profit organization, East Syracuse Minoa Education Foundation, and has many years of involvement in the Festival of Races.  Carolyn is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). 

Contact Carolyn at 315.471.9171 or css@dbbllc.com.

 

John J. Tartaglia, CPA, CIT

John joined Dermody, Burke & Brown in 1988 after eleven years in private industry. John has more than thirty-seven years of combined industry and public accounting experience. During that time, his experiences included providing comprehensive audit, accounting and consulting services to a wide variety of clients covering many different industries including manufacturing, construction, specialty contractors, transportation companies and professional service firms. 

John is a Construction Industry Technician and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from St. John Fisher College. John is also a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and is the lead contact for the Firm’s membership in the AICPA’s Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center. 

Contact John at 315.471.9171 or jjt@dbbllc.com