Auditing and Accounting

Dermody, Burke & Brown (DB&B) provides Audit, Reviews and Compilation services to a wide range of clients and industries. We bring more to these engagements than just accurate, timely and attentive service - our professionals take time to provide valuable suggestions and recommendations throughout the year. DB&B uses a risk-based approach in performing attestation engagements, which leverages our knowledge of each client to determine the level of work to be performed in each significant area.

Risk-based audits are a continuous process of gathering, updating, and analyzing information about the fairness of presentation of amounts and disclosures in financial statements. Therefore, the audit process is an iterative, nonlinear process, whereby the required procedures may be performed concurrently with other procedures. Risks are evaluated continuously throughout the audit. Simply put, we identify areas with higher risk, tailor our audit programs to address that risk and focus our audit procedures on those areas. This approach results in more efficient engagements.

Our Approach:

DB&B has taken a number of steps to ensure the continued strength of our accounting and audit organization and to develop innovative approaches:

Educational Programs

Our educational programs are designed to provide appropriate education and training for all personnel, from partners to newly hired staff. Firm-wide coordination of these efforts ensures that all personnel attain the diversity of training hours to meet both American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and state requirements. The staff involved in both governmental and not-for-profit audits receive specialized training in accounting and auditing as required by Governmental Auditing Standards.

Independent Technical Review

DB&B has pioneered a program in which each engagement is subject to an independent technical review prior to the issuance of any report. The Firm devised this "internal control" approach to ensure compliance with professional standards, firm quality controls, and other technical requirements specific to each engagement.

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Testimonial from NUAIR

"In a world that is forever changing one thing that has remained constant is the support of our accounting firm. Dermody, Burke & Brown provides proactive advice and guidance throughout these turbulent times that is invaluable to our organization. 

NUAIR is not your typical not-for-profit and Dermody, Burke & Brown is not your typical accounting firm. They take the time to understand the complexity of our organization and offer sound solutions to help further our mission. DB&B is the consistency we need as NUAIR continues to evolve and soar to new heights."  

- Emily DeMarche
Chief Financial Officer, NUAIR

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Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance Inc. (NUAIR) is a New York-based nonprofit organization that provides unsurpassed expertise in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations, aeronautical research, and consulting services.

NUAIR manages operations of the New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport and is responsible for the continued advancement of New York’s Advanced Air Mobility Proving Grounds and 50-mile UAS corridor – facilitating beyond visual line of sight testing and commercial drone operations.

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For more information email or call 315-471-9171 to contact:

Kathleen Burke Barry, CPA

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.

Shannon Nelson, CPA, CFE, CITP

Shannon 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 healthcare 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). Shannon is also credentialed by the AICPA as a Certified Information Technology Professional.  She currently serves as the Assistant Treasurer for Meals on Wheels of Syracuse. Shannon is a former board member of the Women’s Fund of Central New York and is past treasurer of the Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Foundation.

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