The concepts of tax reform and "tax simplification" are often debated, but have yet to be achieved. If anything, taxes are getting more complicated. Tax laws, and the courts' interpretation of those laws, change almost daily. That's why at Dermody, Burke & Brown (DB&B), we take a decidedly proactive approach to our tax practice. Our dedicated team of tax experts are constantly researching federal and state laws, and how they apply to each of our client's unique situations. Ultimately, our goal is not just to ensure full compliance, but also to help our clients take advantage of any changes that will minimize their tax liabilities.
We realize that even for the most sophisticated businessperson, the "jargon" of tax law and finance can be confusing. To ensure that our clients thoroughly comprehend their choices, we take the time to explain everything in simple, plain language. In order to give our clients the continuity they deserve, we assign a dedicated team to work with them, year after year. Our clients benefit from a DB&B team that truly knows their people, operations and business strategies. This in-depth knowledge allows us to be a resource for our clients throughout the year, not just at tax time. We have developed specialized expertise in a number of areas including family business, government, medical consulting and not-for-profits.
DB&B assists our clients throughout the entire business life cycle - from formation and choice of an appropriate entity, expansions and acquisitions, to succession planning and planning for transitions and sales. Should an unusual issue arise, DB&B's affiliation with Allinial Global allows our team to tap into the wealth of experience of other top tax practices throughout the world.
John is Partner 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 over 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, not-for-profit organizations and trusts and is experienced in serving physician and dental practices, manufacturing, retail and real estate clients. John also leads our Payroll and Merchant Services divisions.
John served as President and Treasurer of A Better Chance of Clinton & The Mohawk Valley and is a former Treasurer and Vice President of The Fort Schuyler Club. 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, and Treasurer of Ocean Walk 16 HOA (New Smyrna Beach, Florida). John was also a 2002 recipient of the Mohawk Valley 40 Under Forty Award.
David Corey, Jr., CPA
David has been in public accounting for over twenty years, all at Dermody, Burke & Brown. He leads the tax department at the firm across four offices. 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) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He serves as a board member and is a finance committee member for the United Way of Cayuga County and is a past Board Member of the Unity House of Cayuga County. David also is a board member of the Stanley W. Metcalf Foundation, Inc. and the D.E. French Foundation, Inc.
Michele Dickey, CPA
Michele has over thirty years of experience in tax accounting, consulting, financial statement preparation and compliance services. She works with closely held businesses within a wide range of industries. Michele has past experience as a Certified Valuation Analyst providing business valuations for companies involved in buy/sell agreements, charitable contributions, family limited partnerships and gifting programs.
Michele received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Le Moyne College. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. She serves on the Upstate Foundation’s Professional Advisory Council for Legacy Giving and also serves as treasurer for the Estate Planning Council of Central New York. Michele is a past board member and treasurer for the YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County, Inc., a past board member for the Children’s Consortium and Meals on Wheels of Syracuse, and a past member of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.
Deborah Fitzgerald, CPA
Debby joined the firm as a Principal in November 2019 after Barone, Howard and Co., a full-service accounting, tax and consulting firm based in New Hartford and Rome, merged with Dermody, Burke & Brown. Debby has over thirty years of experience in public accounting. Her areas of practice include personal, fiduciary and business income tax planning and preparation, along with for profit review and compilation services for a variety of for profit industries.
Debby graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University with Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Debby served as Past President and board member of the Utica Chapter of NYSSCPA and a past treasurer of a local youth hockey association.
Joel Gallagher, CPA
Joel joined the firm as a Principal after Barone, Howard & Co., a full-service accounting, tax and consulting firm based in New Hartford and Rome, merged with Dermody, Burke & Brown. He brings over thirty years of experience in public accounting to the firm. Joel’s areas of practice include personal income tax planning and preparation, reviews, compilations and business tax services for a variety of for-profit industries
Joel received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from SUNY Plattsburgh. He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Joel served as a board trustee for Teugega Country Club and is also a past treasurer. He also served as treasurer of Lake Delta Yacht Club.
William Harmatuk, CPA
Bill is a Member with Dermody, Burke & Brown and was the firm’s past Chief Financial Officer. He has over thirty two 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).
Madelyn Hornstein, CPA
Madelyn has been with Dermody, Burke & Brown since 1983 and served as the Firm’s Chief Executive Officer for over 13 years. 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) and the Women Presidents’ Organization. Madelyn serves as a board member for the Allinial Global Americas Regional Board, Dryden Mutual Insurance Company, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield’s CNY Regional Advisory Board, CenterState CEO and the WISE Women's Business Center. She is also involved with the Professional Advisor Council at Syracuse University. She is a past Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Central New York Community Foundation.
Karen Hovey, CPA, CFE/CFF
Karen joined the Firm in 2017 as a Principal in the Tax Department. She has over twenty-five 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 and is a board member for AURORA of Central New York Inc. Karen is a past member of the board at ENABLE and Transitional Living Services of Onondaga Co., Inc. - known as AccessCNY.
Carolyn Lawless, CPA
Carolyn has over thirty-two years of public accounting experience. She specializes in tax advisory services including tax planning and preparation for various entities including corporations, partnerships, trusts, estates and individuals. Carolyn also performs reviews and compilations for small businesses in various industries.
Carolyn received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Niagara University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Carolyn served as treasurer of the Historic Oakwood Cemetery Preservation Association and was an advisory board member of Francis Corp. She was also past President and a current member of the Estate Planning Council of Central New York. She was past President and is a current board member of the Central New York Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, is a member of the Financial Planning Association of Central New York, and serves on the finance committee of Our Lady of Hope Church in Syracuse.
Karen Matticio, CPA, CVA, CFO
Karen is a Member with Dermody, Burke & Brown and serves as the Firm’s Chief Financial Officer. She 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 thirty 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 a past member of the Leadership Council of the Women’s Fund of Central New York and is the past President of the Syracuse Chapter of the NYSSCPA. She is a sustaining member and past Treasurer of the Junior League of Syracuse.
Tammy Reyes, CPA/PFS, CGMA, MT
Tammy has over twenty-four years of experience in the public accounting industry. She joins the firm with previous tax leadership experience and a specialization in the taxation of trusts and estates and high net worth individuals. Tammy also serves corporate and partnership clients. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a personal financial specialist (PFS) and registered financial consultant (RFC).
Tammy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Binghamton University School of Management, a Masters in Taxation from University of Denver, and a Certificate in Financial Planning from Kaplan College. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants. Tammy is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Central New York and serves as the treasurer and board member for the Landmark Theatre. She is also a past board member and treasurer for Wester Federal Credit Union and Baltimore Woods Nature Center.