Staff – in alphabetical order by last name:
Diane Acurso, CPA – Manager – dacurso[at]bsbllc.com
Diane has been a CPA since 1990, and worked at several local CPA firms in the DC area before joining the BSB team in the fall of 2004. She received a BA in Mathematics from Colorado College, a BS in Business from the University of Maryland, University College, and completed an MS in Taxation at George Mason University. Diane specializes in individual taxation, and estates and trusts tax matters. She also handles fiduciary accounting for some of our large estate clients.
Xabier Atela – Staff Accountant – xatela[at]bsbllc.com
Bio coming soon
Isabella Bah – Staff Accountant – ibah[at]bsbllc.com
Isabella Bah provides accounting and audit support for employee benefit plans and a variety of industries. Before joining the BSB team, she served as a budget assistant and mentor for George Mason’s Early Identification Program. She is currently the treasurer for Safe Haven Space. When she’s not busy working or volunteering, Isabella can be found cooking, listening to music or podcasts, spending time with family, and enjoying her guilty pleasure: chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream!
While pursuing a B.S. in accounting with a minor in entrepreneurship, Isabella was an active student leader and volunteer for many organizations at George Mason University, including the African Student Association and National Association of Black Accountants. She was recognized for her academic excellence and service as the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including Eagle Bank Scholar, Cardinal Bank Scholarship, and Senior of the Year.
Edyta Barrett – Staff Accountant – ebarrett[at]bsbllc.com
Edyta joined BSB in September of 2013. She has been an accountant for about 10 years and received her BS in Accounting from George Mason University. Her expertise includes individual taxation as well as accounting support services. Edyta enjoys spending time with her husband and their two daughters.
Haley Betz – Senior Accountant – hbetz[at]bsbllc.com
Haley Betz has two passions: accounting and science, specifically astronomy and physics. Her love for music and movies isn’t far behind. When she’s not helping clients as a senior accountant, she is probably listening to an album from her extensive record collection, attending live shows, or browsing her favorite websites- Letterboxd, Criterion.com, Pitchfork, or NPR Music- for movie recommendations or music news.
Haley specializes in tax preparation and planning, assurance, and accounting for a variety of industries, including government contracting, not-for-profit, and professional services. Her clients know about her accounting expertise, but they may not know that she has a twin sister. In fact, she and her sister, along with the rest of her family, visited Ireland, which is still Haley’s favorite vacation spot.
Kati Chase – Administrative Staff – kchase[at]bsbllc.com
Bio coming soon
Lucas Costa – Senior Accountant – lcosta[at]bsbllc.com
As a senior accountant, Lucas Costa serves clients in a variety of industries. He began his accounting career in 2017 after graduating from Radford University with a BS in Accounting and Finance.
Lucas has lived in Northern Virginia all his life and is the youngest of three brothers. When not working, he can be found playing basketball, watching sports, or hanging out with his friends. He also enjoys going on adventures with his dog, Benji, and vacationing anywhere with water.
Michael Crichton, CPA – Manager – mcrichton[at]bsbllc.com
As a manager at BSB, Michael Crichton specializes in individual tax, corporate tax, and financial reporting. He also spends as much time as possible on the golf course. His wide variety of clients include professional service firms, home builders, breweries, political consultants, and software distributors.
Mike has lived in the DC area most of his life. He grew up in Olney, Maryland, graduated from Virginia Tech and moved to Virginia permanently in 2009 after he completed his BS in Accounting and joined the BSB team. When he’s not working on financial reporting engagements for commercial, not-for-profit, and employee benefit plan audits, he spends time with his family, cheers for all the Washington professional sports teams, or travels to his favorite vacation spot–Hawaii.
Carolyn J. Frankeberger, CPA – Manager – cfrankeberger[at]bsbllc.com
Carolyn brings perspective to her engagements from both the client and CPA viewpoint. Her 25 years in the accounting profession has been divided equally between private industry and public accounting. She has worked extensively in the construction industry, and has experience in commercial real estate, government contracting and a variety of service industries. Her current focus is on financial reporting and tax services for closely held businesses and their owners. Carolyn has a BS in Business Administration from West Virginia University, and enjoys bicycling and hiking in her free time.
Angel Gabriel – Senior Manager – agabriel[at]bsbllc.com
Angel Gabriel has worked at BSB since 2000 but started his career in Southern California in the late 1980s. He relocated to Northern Virginia in the fall of 1994 and met his soon to be wife, Lynn, six years later. With more than 30 years working in public accounting, Angel specializes in tax preparation and planning, financial reporting, government contracting, and providing accounting support services. His clients appreciate his accounting expertise, but they may not know about his secret talent: puzzles.
As a George Mason University alumnus, Angel enjoys attending Patriot basketball games. He also follows all his favorite teams on espn.com, including his favorite pro basketball team, the Los Angeles Lakers. When not watching sports, playing golf, or on family gatherings, he enjoys vacation adventures exploring the rich history of various countries. His favorite visits have been Rome and Paris, but generally any destination requiring a US passport will do.
Lynn Gabriel, EA – Senior Accountant – lgabriel[at]bsbllc.com
When Lynn Gabriel isn’t serving clients as an IRS Enrolled Agent, she might be found traveling, maybe even to one of her favorite European destinations. As a senior accountant, she specializes in individual taxation and serves on the board of the Virginia Society of Enrolled Agents.
With more than 20 years of experience at BSB, Lynn’s clients appreciate her accounting expertise. They may not know about her educational background in English and French. This may not come as a surprise since she also enjoys reading, historical dramas, and cheering en francais for one of her favorite teams, the Montreal Canadiens. She also enjoys hiking, photography, swimming, listening to music and rooting for her other favorite team, the Washington Capitals.
Stephen Gerke – Staff Accountant – sgerke[at]bsbllc.com
Stephen Gerke joined the BSB team in 2020. As a staff accountant, he specializes in tax preparation and planning, audits, and financial statements. Stephen earned a BS in Accounting from Virginia Tech where he played on the hockey team. A lifelong hockey player, he is still passionate about the sport. If he isn’t playing, coaching, and teaching private lessons, he is watching NHL and cheering for the Washington Capitals.
While Stephen excels in accounting and hockey, he also enjoys being in nature, either on a hike or on the golf course. On the weekends he can be found spending time with his friends, fiancée, and dog. His clients may not know about his secret musical talent: he played first chair tuba in the symphonic wind ensemble and still plays bass guitar.
Amy M. Ginn, CPA – Manager – aginn[at]bsbllc.com
Amy joined BSB in 2006 and has 10 years of experience in accounting. Before moving to her current position, she worked for a local real estate settlement company. She is one of several of our firm who claim the local George Mason University as their alma mater. Amy loves college football, and especially her favorite team – Alabama’s Crimson Tide!
Stephen Greer – Supervisor – sgreer[at]bsbllc.com
Stephen is another boomerang. After working for BSB for two years, Stephen expanded his experience with firms who specialize in the area of government contracting and auditing. But he missed BSB, and we missed him. Happily back with us, Stephen is back to the broader tax, accounting, and assurance world. Stephen is a GMU grad, who enjoys the great outdoors, rebuilding his Jeep Wrangler (it passed inspection!) and above all, time with family, including a lovely wife and one-year-old handful, Ellington.
Christa Harrell – Administrative Staff – charrell[at]bsbllc.com
Christa joined BSB in 2016 and appreciates working for a forward-looking, growing organization such as BSB. She graduated from Bridgewater College and in the past has worked for accounting firms in many capacities. Her focus is to provide excellent service to staff and clients. Christa enjoys gardening, reading and traveling.
Yassin Hassan – Accounting Support – yhassan[at]bsbllc.com
Bio coming soon
Josephine (Josie) Heck, Staff Accountant – jheck[at]bsbllc.com
Josie Heck was born and raised in Northern Virginia and returned to join the staff at BSB. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Miami University of Ohio and recently received her master’s degree from American University.
As a proud aunt and premier babysitter, Josie spends much of her free time with her two nieces. She also enjoys going to the beach and hanging out with family and friends.
Alexandra Labons – Senior Accountant – alabons(a)bsbllc.com
Alexandra graduated from Longwood University in 2015 with a BA in Business and a concentration in Accounting. She calls all of Virginia her home, having been raised in NoVa first, and then Richmond through high school. She is the third of eight kids, so fits nicely into the fun BSB family. In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys anything athletic, reading good “beach” books, her friends, and her cat, Lilly.
Barbara Madden– Firm Administrator – bmadden[at]bsbllc.com
Prior to joining the firm, Barbara served as an executive in senior management for several local, prominent law firms. Barbara is skilled and experienced in finance, business management, human relations, and technology administration, as well as lease and facilities oversight. Barbara is an avid reader, enjoys playing the guitar, and traveling.
Ronald Martin – Staff Accountant – rmartin[at]bsbllc.com
As a staff accountant, Ronald Martin specializes in tax planning, preparation, and audits for clients in a variety of industries including construction and development, not-for-profit, restaurants, and technology. Ronald returned to Virginia after living in North Carolina, Alaska, Texas and New York throughout his life due to parents in the U.S. Army. If he could, he would re-live his time in Alaska and embrace the outdoors more, learning to ski and ice fish.
Ronald played football alongside Kevin Hamaker at Catawba College, as a linebacker, although he graduated from Guilford College with a BS in Accounting. While he enjoys sports, he also has a talent for music and played trumpet in marching and symphonic band. He is an avid gamer and enjoys playing with his sons or indulging in his favorite guilty pleasure, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. He is also a die-hard fan of the Dallas Cowboys (America’s team), the Duke Blue Devils, the New York Yankees and any team Lebron James plays for.
Colin Mayers, CPA – Manager – cmayers[at]bsbllc.com
As a manager at BSB, Colin Mayers specializes in tax preparation and planning for construction and development, government contracting, and professional services industries. While his clients know about his accounting expertise, they may not know about his secret talent—he is a great singer. Colin is originally from Trinidad and Tobago and graduated from the University of Baltimore before becoming a certified public accountant. His work philosophy can be summarized with his favorite quote: “Results get you paid. Excuses get you fired.”
When he’s not working, Colin enjoys browsing Yahoo, running, cycling, lifting weights, playing soccer, and perfecting his three-point shot. He is an avid professional sports fan and can be found cheering for Liverpool, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Yankees, and the Milwaukee Bucks.
John McDowell, CPA – Director – jmcdowell[at]bsbllc.com
After retiring from a large national accounting firm, John McDowell decided he was not ready to stop enjoying his professional life. He joined BSB as a Director in 2021. With more than 30 years of experience in public accounting, he brings extensive knowledge to the team. Throughout his career, John has assisted professional service firms of all types and helped clients in many industries including manufacturing, information technology, medical groups and hospitality.
As an advisor to private company owners and managers, John has experience from planning stages to sale of business, focusing on nexus, retirement plans, and operational improvement through accounting system design, budgeting, and long-term planning. He is a multiple year recipient of “Super CPA” designation by Virginia Business Magazine. When not assisting clients or spending time with his family in Williamsburg, he enjoys all things outdoors, especially golf.
Anita Nagdev – Manager – anagdev[at]bsbllc.com
Bio coming soon
Quynh Ngo – Accounting Support – qngo[at]bsbllc.com
Quynh has been working in public accounting for over 20 years. She assists business clients with their bookkeeping needs and provides general accounting support. She previously worked for another local CPA firm prior to joining the BSB team in June 2013. Quynh is the proud mother of two, a daughter and a son, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Sean Nielsen – Staff Accountant – snielsen[at]bsbllc.com
As a staff accountant, Sean Nielsen specializes in tax preparation and planning, accounting, bookkeeping, audits, and financial statements. His approach to work and life can be summed up by his favorite Yoda quote, “Do or do not. There is no try.”
Sean joined the BSB team in 2019 after completing a bachelor’s degree in accounting from James Madison University. When he is not helping clients in construction and development, government contracting, not-for-profit, and technology, he enjoys attending concerts and sporting events, exercising, and watching tv shows and movies.
Jeff Ouellette, CPA – Manager – jouellette[at]bsbllc.com
When Jeff Ouellette isn’t helping clients, he may be found golfing, biking, jogging, or reading Clive Cussler novels. Jeff has more than 30 years of public accounting experience, principally in the areas of individual and corporate taxation and financial statement reporting. He is involved with research, planning, analysis, and tax return preparation and review.
Jeff received a BBA from the University of Michigan and MS in Taxation from Georgetown University. He is still a Michigan fan and can be found cheering for the Wolverines during football season. His attitude toward work and life can be summed up with his favorite quote by Hellen Keller: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
Reshma Palvia – Supervisor – rpalvia[at]bsbllc.com
As a supervisor at BSB, Reshma Palvia provides business and individual tax preparation and planning and IRS representation. Her clients represent a variety of industries including government contracting, healthcare, political and business consultants, professional services, restaurants, construction and development, and technology. While they are aware of her accounting expertise, her clients may not know she is fluent in three languages, frequently bumps into celebrities at airports, and loves broccoli.
Reshma graduated from Roosevelt University with a master’s degree in Accounting and Finance. When she’s not busy serving clients, she enjoys yoga, going on hikes with her family, and traveling to historic places.
Stephanie Perri – Administrative Staff – sperri[a]bsbllc.com
Bio coming soon
Hayley Rayburn – Supervisor – hrayburn[at]bsbllc.com
Hayley Rayburn joined BSB in 2014 after graduating from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. As a supervisor, Hayley specializes in tax preparation and planning, audits, and financial statements for the not-for-profit industry. She is currently pursuing her CPA certification.
When Hayley is not serving clients, she enjoys going to the gym, reading, watching her favorite show, The Office, and cheering for Mountaineer football. Like the other Haley at BSB, she is a twin. You can tell them apart by the spelling of their names.
Cynthia A. Robbins – Staff Accountant – crobbins[at]bsbllc.com
After 13 years of working as accounting staff for a local homebuilder, Cyndi Robbins joined the BSB team in November 2017. As a staff accountant, she specializes in accounting support and bookkeeping for the government contracting industry. She graduated from Washington and Lee University with a BS in accounting and she is an Enrolled Agent.
Although she was born and bred in Chicago (Go Bears!), Cyndi has called Virginia home since college. When not working with her BSB family, Cyndi spends her time enjoying her own family of four and can often be found reading, cooking, and baking with her daughter.
Alison Robinson, CPA – Manager – arobinson[at]bsbllc.com
Alison Robinson has many talents. If she weren’t a CPA, she might be an artist. At least, she could have been with 30 credits in commercial art from University of Central Arkansas before completing her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of LaVerne. She began her accounting career in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles with Arthur Andersen & Co before joining BSB in 2002. As a manager, she specializes in tax preparation for individuals, corporations, and partnerships. She is also expert at laundry, cooking (previously employed as a chef at a California resort), and wearing matching clothing, which is a challenge for accountants come April 1.
Alison’s versatility is also evident in her taste in entertainment. Her favorite books, movies, and tv shows cover a wide range of genres and include Napoleon Dynamite, Uncle Buck, all Jane Austen, White Christmas, classic literature, the Marvel movies and Frasier. Her favorite concerts include most anything NSO and her (now grown) children’s band and choral performances. When she’s not helping clients, she may be found serving at church, walking long distances, or testing her eclectic knowledge by completing crossword puzzles.
Alex Salomonsky, CPA – Supervisor– asalomonsky[at]bsbllc.com
After spending four years in the mortgage service industry in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Alex Salomonsky transitioned to public accounting in 2015 when he joined the team at BSB. Since then, he has served many clients in a variety of industries. Beyond his talent for accounting, Alex excels as an amateur chef, creating entire meals from scratch including grinding his own meat, baking his own buns, making his own mustard, and fermenting his own sauerkraut.
Alex earned a BA in Management from James Madison University. He is an avid sports fan and can often be found playing or watching JMU, University of Virginia, the Washington Football Team, the Washington Capitals, or the New York Mets. He also enjoys running, trying out new breweries, and brewing his own beer.
Benjamin Segovia – Accounting Support – bsegovia[at]bsbllc.com
Bio coming soon
Adam Sinclair – Supervisor – asinclair[at]bsbllc.com
When he’s not assisting clients in government contracting, not-for-profit, performing arts, political and business consulting, professional services, and technology industries, Adam Sinclair can be found visiting his favorite websites—IRS.gov and Twitter—or reminiscing about his favorite concert—Mozart in 1786.
Adam joined BSB in 2012 after graduating from West Virginia University. Since then, he has kept the team awake, amused, and active throughout the year. Although he has lived in Northern Virginia for most of his life, he is originally from Chicago and is a diehard fan of the Cubs, Bears, and Bulls. If he could re-live one time in his life, it would be November 2, 2016–the day the Cubs beat the Indians to win the World Series.
Courtney Trowbridge, CPA – Senior Accountant –ctrowbridge[at]bsbllc.com
Courtney Trowbridge joined the BSB team in 2018 after graduating from the University of Richmond with a BS in Accounting with a minor in French. Originally from St. Louis, she is happy to make the east coast her new home. As a senior accountant, she works with clients in a variety of industries.
In her free time, Courtney enjoys being with friends, playing sports, and traveling. So far, she has visited 23 countries and 42 US states, documenting her adventures on her travel Instagram.