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Melissa Long, CPA

Office: 651-400-2359 ext. 122
Fax: 651-400-2360
melissa@cpapartnersml.com

Melissa has been a member of the CPA Partners team since 2011 and is primarily located out of our Minnesota location. Melissa graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minnesota in May of 2003 with her Bachelor in Accounting, and her Masters of Business Administration for the University of Regis in 2012. Melissa obtained her Certified Public Accountant license from the State of Florida and Minnesota. Melissa's career had been in both public and private accounting, where she worked in small business financial statement preparation and consulting, business, non-profit, and individual taxes, non-profit and college audit and GAAP & GAAS compliance. Melissa attends Woodbury, MN; Seminole, FL; Tampa bay Beaches, FL; and Central Pinellas, Fl Chamber of Commerce events. She is a member of the Minnesota Society of CPA's, the FICPA, and the AIPCA. Melissa retains a certification as a QuickBooks Pro Adviser and Certified User (http://proadvisor.intuit.com/quickbooks-help/melissa-l-potts-long)

In her free time, she spends time with her husband, two daughters, and her shih-tzus, going on outdoor walks. She enjoys watching her daughter's passions of gymnastics and cheerleading. She also figure skates on an adult synchro team.

Jessica Martin, CPA

Office: 727-398-2080 ext. 106
Fax: 727-398-5560
jessica@cpapartnersllc.com

Jessica has been a member of the CPA Partners team since 2013. Jessica graduated from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico May of 2008 with her Bachelor of Accounting. Jessica obtained her Certified Public Accountant license from the State of New Mexico in October 2011. Jessica also holds a Certified Public Accountant license from the state of Florida, obtained in June 2014. Jessica has worked in both the private and public sector of Accounting. Jessica primarily works with small to medium sized businesses, providing business structure and consulting services, tax preparation, tax planning, and QuickBooks Desktop & Online support. Jessica was installed as the Treasurer for the Board of Directors for the Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce in January 2015, and served on the Board of Directors until January 2017.

Jessica loves working in the Seminole area and appreciates the opportunity in working with local business owners.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys kayaking and exploring the state of Florida, as well as traveling to different countries.

Dennis Thomas, CPA

Office: 727-398-2080
Fax: 727-398-5560
dennis@cpapartnersllc.com

Dennis is a founding member of CPA Partners and has served as its managing partner since 1994. Dennis specializes in entity structures and tax planning for closely held companies and their owners. Prior to establishing CPA Partners, Dennis was a partner with a large central Florida accounting firm and the President and chief executive officer of a private company. Dennis received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of South Florida and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant.

Mark Vaughan, CPA

Office: 727-398-2080 ext. 108
Fax: 727-398-5560
mark@cpapartnersllc.com

Mark Vaughan is a Florida C.P.A. and has been doing public accounting for 20 years. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 1999 and began his accounting career in 2000. His experience expands far beyond accounting though, this Navy and Gulf War Veteran was also once a Navy Weapons Systems Instructor and is currently a local business owner. Mark owns Salty Dog Charters and enjoys spending his free-time on the water, fishing and attending local sporting events.

He and his wife have been married for 20+ years. They have two wonderful children together. His daughter attends USF St.Pete and his son is a local charter boat captain.

Mark is a proud member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as a member of the Madeira Beach and Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce’s.

Doris Jenkins

Office: 727-398-2080 ext. 110
Fax: 727-398-5560
doris@cpapartnersllc.com

Doris has been a member of the CPA Partners team since 1998. She is the 1040 Tax Manager, specializing in individual tax returns. She is originally from Indiana and took an early retirement from AT&T in 1993 after 25 years of service as a Manager. She then worked for H&R Block and a large Indiana accounting firm for several years preparing 1040 returns. She and her husband started coming to Florida for the winters in 1998, but Doris wanted to find some part time tax preparation work to keep busy, and the rest is history. She works full time during tax season and as needed the rest of the year. Florida has been her permanent residence since 2002. She spends her summers up north between Kentucky at their summer home on Nolin Lake and Indiana where her 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren live. Doris and her husband, Jim, have been married over 50 years. In her free time, Doris enjoys spending time with her husband going out to dinner, biking, and taking walks with their collie dog, Skye. She & Jim are avid movie fans, going to a show every week. In the summers she is boating when in Kentucky and playing taxi driver for her grandchildren when in Indiana.

Lindsey Heurd

Office: 651-400-2359 ext. 126
Fax: 651-400-2360
lindsay@cpapartnersml.com

Lindsay has been a member of the CPA partners team since June of 2019 and is primarily located out of our Minnesota location. She graduated from the College of St Benedict in St Joseph, Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in May of 2005. Lindsay’s career started with 10 years in public accounting primarily working on small business financial statement preparation and consulting, non-profits, and taxes for businesses, individuals, trusts, and estates. She has spent the last 4 years in private accounting working thru the new ASC 842 accounting lease standards. She is in the process of finishing sitting for her CPA exam. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters, coaching girls hockey in Wisconsin & Minnesota and figure skating on an adult synchro team. She also volunteers with her local parent-teacher association chairing an annual fall festival for the community and sits on the board of a local figure skating program.

Neal Soldwedel

Office: 727-398-2080 ext. 112
Fax: 727-398-5560
neal@cpapartnersllc.com

Neal has been a part of the CPA Partners team since 2013. Neal has spent 25 years in the accounting industry, working as a controller and assisting with Quickbooks cleanup. When not working on bookkeeping Neal can be found watching baseball.

Toni Dennis

Office: 727-398-2080 ext. 117
Fax: 727-398-5560
toni@cpapartnersllc.com

Toni Dennis is an Enrolled Agent with over 35 years of experience in public accounting. She has her Associates in Business Administration and has been a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor for 12 years. Because of her love of math, Toni chose accounting as an elective her senior year of high school. The rest, as they say, is history. She has worked in every area of accounting for both public and private companies since her freshman year of college. Toni specializes in small business tax and accounting and individual income tax returns.

Originally from upstate NY, she met and married her husband, Steve, here in Pinellas County 23 years ago. Toni is an avid sports fan and is either watching, listening to, or attending games of all kinds.    

Louis Branfman

Office: 727-398-2080 ext. 105
Fax: 727-398-5560
louis@cpapartnersllc.com

Louis is an Enrolled Agent with over 10 years of experience in public and private accounting. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the CUNY University of New York. Louis specializes in tax preparation, tax and business planning, QuickBooks assistance and other accounting services. When he is not working, Louis enjoys walking around the parks and beaches with his wife, watching sports and visiting the different destinations and attractions Florida has to offer.

Bianca Cooper

Office: 727-398-2080 ext. 109
Fax: 727-398-5560
bianca@cpapartnersllc.com

Bianca Cooper joined our team in Summer 2020. Bianca is originally from upstate New York, and moved to Sarasota, Florida in 2012. In 2020, she moved to the Saint Petersburg area. Bianca has been a three year tax season survivor in both the accounting, tax preparation, and administrative side. She is currently pursuing a degree in accounting at State College of Florida. In her free time, Bianca likes to spend time with her family, enjoy our local beaches, and cooking new recipes.

Kathleen Johnston

Office: 727-398-2080 ext. 115
Fax: 727-398-5560
kathleen@cpapartnersllc.com

Kathleen has been a member of the CPA Partners team since 2013. Kathleen has her Associates in Accounting and has been working in CPA firms for over 25 years. When Kathleen isn't at the office, she is enjoying time with her husband and sons on the Gulf of Mexico.

Natalie Beck

Office: 727-398-2080 ext. 118
Fax: 727-398-5560
natalie@cpapartnersllc.com

Natalie joined CPA Partners in 2016. Natalie Beck is an accountant with over 20 years of experience! She is originally from Illinois, but has called Florida home for the last 30 years. From budget analysis to payroll tax returns, Natalie can do it all. She received her accounting degree in 2000 from International College in Naples, FL and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. She and her daughter, Joy, reside in Palm Harbor and love to spend time with family. When Natalie isn’t working, she and her daughter love to travel and go on cruises. In specific, Natalie loves Europe and getaway trips to the mountains. When she can’t quite make it overseas, Natalie loves relaxing stay-cations on our beautiful Florida beaches.

Maite Wallace

Office: 727-398-2080 ext. 113
Fax: 727-398-5560
maite@cpapartnersllc.com

Maite joined the CPA Partners team as an intern in December of 2019. She is a finance student at University of South Florida minoring in computer science and fine arts. Born and raised in Florida, Maite also spent 2 years abroad in Germany studying and travelling. When not working, she enjoys biking down gulf blvd, painting, playing the piano, doing yoga, and swimming.

Karen Gervasi

Office: 727-398-2080 ext. 114
Fax: 727-398-5560
karen@cpapartnersllc.com

Karen joined CPA Partners in July of 2017. She recently moved to Seminole from Buffalo, NY. She has over 15 years of experience working in accounting firms. When not at work, she and her husband like to explore their new surroundings and find new places to see and eat.

Lee-Ann Duprey

Office: 727-398-2080 ext. 116
Fax: 727-398-5560
leeann@cpapartnersllc.com

Lee-Ann joined CPA Partners in 2012. LeeAnn is originally from Massachusetts and moved to Florida in 2004. She has an Associate’s degree in Accounting & Science. When Leeann is not working she can be found reading, fishing or just spending time with her family and her four legged children.

Faith Cox

Office: 727-398-2080 ext. 101
Fax: 727-398-5560
Faith@cpapartnersllc.com

Faith has just recently joined CPA Partners in 2019. She is originally from Virginia and moved to Florida in 1985. Faith has over 22 years of Administrative and Bookkeeping experience. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family especially weekend Game Night, playing with her 2 dogs, and doing crafts, putting together jigsaw puzzles and combing the beaches for seashells.

Joe Long

Office: 651-400-2359 ext. 128
Fax: 727-398-5560
joe@cpapartnersml.com

Joe joined the CPA Partners team officially in 2020 as part of our Minnesota office, however he has worked with our team since 2012 thru assisting us with filing BP claims. Joe is originally from Massachusetts and moved to Florida in 2003 and to Minnesota in 2018. Joe has a diverse background in working with attorneys, high school soccer coach, recruiting, vending machine warehouse distributing, working with the Boys & Girls Club, building decks, painting houses, and client management. When Joe is not working, he can be found spending time with his two daughters and shih tzu or out on the pond playing hockey.

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