MEET THE TEAM

APRIL
DISEGNA

April DiSegna is a senior tax accountant for Dominion Financial Consultants. April has nearly 15 years of experience in public accounting and earned her Bachelors in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. Prior to moving to Virginia, April practiced in Florida with Hill, Barth & King, LLC and then worked as a Financial Analyst for Seacoast National Bank. April brings significant tax and accounting experience to Dominion Financial and is an integral part of our tax team.

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April DiSegna

April DiSegna is a senior tax accountant for Dominion Financial Consultants. April has nearly 15 years of experience in public accounting and earned her Bachelors in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. Prior to moving to Virginia, April practiced in Florida with Hill, Barth & King, LLC and then worked as a Financial Analyst for Seacoast National Bank. April brings significant tax and accounting experience to Dominion Financial and is an integral part of our tax team.

CHRISTINA
BOLAND

Christina Boland supports Dominion in lobbying registrations and disclosures, investment, and financial planning. Through her role with DFC, Christina hopes to further her knowledge base in financial planning and eventually apply her acquired skills as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (TM)/ CFP. Prior to joining Dominion, Christina gained experience through her work as an analyst for Fox River Financial Resources in Chicago.

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Christina Boland

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CHRISTY
MISTR

Christine R. Mistr (“Christy”) is a tax attorney, CPA, and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (TM)/ CFP who assists clients in all forms of business management, tax, financial planning, investment, and estate planning issues. Immediately prior to forming Dominion Financial Consultants, Christy served for almost five years as tax counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.

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Christy Mistr

Christy Mistr is a tax attorney, CPA and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (TM) who assists clients in all forms of business management, tax, financial planning, investment, and estate planning issues.  Immediately prior to forming Dominion Financial Consultants, Christy served as tax counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.  During her time with the Committee, Christy analyzed and developed corporate and individual federal income tax proposals and prepared the Chairman for Committee meetings on developing tax legislation and oversight of the Internal Revenue Service.  Christy has also served as a Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.

Christy received her law degree from the University of Virginia, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Tax Review and a Dillard Fellow, Legal Research and Writing Teaching Assistant.  She also was honored to receive the Edwin S. Cohen Tax Scholarship.  Christy is admitted to practice in Virginia and in the District of Columbia and is an active member of the tax sections of the American Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association, and the D.C. Bar Association.  Christy earned her B.S.B.A. (Accounting), cum laude, from the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond.In private practice, Christy associated as a tax attorney with the law firms of McKee Nelson, LLP, in Washington, D.C. and McGuire, Woods, Battle and Boothe, LLP, in Richmond, Virginia.  In her tax practice, Christy worked closely with small businesses to develop and implement federal tax strategies, including those related to estate planning.  She also counseled large multi-national clients on international joint ventures and negotiated the terms of related agreements.  Christy has significant tax litigation experience and has represented clients before IRS Appeals, the U.S. Tax Court, and U.S. Courts of Appeal.  As a CPA, Christy worked as an independent auditor for Ernst & Young, LLP, prior to law school.

Christy participates in collaborative mediation practice as an active member of the Collaborative Law Professionals of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.  Christy serves on the boards of A Place 4 Me and The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, as well as the Business School Advisory Board of Shenandoah University.  Christy previously chaired the board of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Free Dental Clinic.

COURTNEY
HICKERSON

Courtney supports Dominion Financial Consultants in all aspects of firm administration, data management, and filing systems. Before coming to work for Dominion, Courtney gained experience through her work as an office clerk at Jackson Hole resort. Courtney graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

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Courtney Hickerson

Courtney supports Dominion Financial Consultants in all aspects of firm administration, data management, and filing systems. Before coming to work for Dominion, Courtney gained experience through her work as an office clerk at Jackson Hole resort. Courtney formerly worked for Dominion on a part-time business but joined the team full-time following her graduation from George Mason University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

DAISSAN
COLBERT

Daissan Colbert is a Certified Public Accountant with higher education, nonprofit and public company audit and accounting experience. She oversees financial reporting, payroll, budget, accounts payable and accounts receivable functions. Daissan received her MBA and her Bachelor’s in Accounting and Finance, cum laude, from Georgetown University.

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Daissan Colbert

Daissan Colbert is a Certified Public Accountant with higher education, nonprofit and public company audit and accounting experience.

In her prior role as Controller at the American Association for Justice, she maintained the integrity of financial information for multiple entities and provided support to over 45 state affiliates. She oversaw financial reporting, payroll, budget, accounts payable and accounts receivable functions.

Daissan received her MBA and her Bachelors in Accounting and Finance, cum laude, from Georgetown University. As an undergraduate, she was honored as a Patrick Healy Fellow and a John Carroll Scholar.

Daissan began her professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as an auditor, specializing in higher education/nonprofit financial audits and A-133 compliance audits. After leaving PwC, Daissan served as the Assistant Controller at Trinity Washington University where she worked hands on with faculty and staff, helping to bridge gaps between the business office and non-financial employees. Daissan also spent five years working at National Public Radio. There, she managed financial reporting, accounts receivable, and served as an ex-officio member of the Public Media Business Association Board of Directors.

Daissan currently serves on the board of the Georgetown University Patrick Healy Fellowship, a student-alumni group dedicated to pursuing the Jesuit ideals of diversity and community service.

 

GABRIELLE
GRAVES

Gabrielle Graves serves as project manager for Dominion, overseeing different aspects of internal workflow and client project management. Prior to joining Dominion, Gabrielle worked in advertising, gaining valuable experience in managing project workflow, project timelines, and client relationships. Gabrielle graduated from The College of William and Mary with a Bachelor’s degree in English.

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Gabrielle Graves

Gabrielle serves as project manager for Dominion Financial Consultants, overseeing different aspects of internal workflow and client project management. Prior to joining Dominion, Gabrielle worked in advertising, gaining valuable experience in managing project workflow, project timelines, and client relationships. In her free time, Gabrielle operates a freelance graphic design business and has previously helped both Dominion and its clients with design projects, including but not limited to designing invoices, letterhead, business cards, and websites. Gabrielle graduated from The College of William and Mary with a Bachelor’s degree in English and hopes to enter a Master of Business Administration program in the near future.

HANNAH-LEE
GROTHAUS

Hannah-Lee Grothaus supports Dominion and its clients in all areas of business management and administration. She is particularly interested in working with non-profits in the future and is working with Dominion to deepen her understanding of how those organizations function.

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Hannah-Lee Grothaus

Hannah-Lee Grothaus supports Dominion and its clients in all areas of business management and administration. She is particularly interested in working with non-profits in the future and is working with Dominion to deepen her understanding of how those organizations function. To that end, Hannah-Lee assists our clients with non-profit set up and establishment or revision of corporate governance procedures (e.g., by-laws and related policies). Hannah-Lee is an excellent writer and often serves as a paralegal for the firm with respect to estate planning work and other legal correspondence. Lastly, Hannah-Lee supports the firm with its human resources needs, by creating and maintaining its internal processes and procedures so that Dominion can function as efficiently and effectively as possible. Prior to joining Dominion,
Hannah-Lee graduated from the College of William and Mary and served as the Main Office Manager for Exploration Summer Programs. She also spent a year living in New Zealand, where she worked in various temporary positions around the country including packing kiwifruit for LTD Packers, pruning vines for Oyster Bay winery, and doing data entry and management for New Zealand Audit.

LIZ RADKE

Elizabeth G. Radke (“Liz”), a CPA licensed in Virginia and Florida, joined Dominion Financial Consultants with over ten years of experience in the accounting and tax fields, focusing on not-for-profit organizations and closely-held companies. Prior to joining Dominion, Liz provided financial support and advisory services for Maddox & Gerock, PC, in Fairfax, Virginia, and Carmines, Robbins & Co, PLC, in the Hampton Roads area.

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Liz Radke

Elizabeth G. Radke (“Liz”), a CPA licensed in Virginia and Florida, joined Dominion Financial Consultants with over ten years of experience in the accounting and tax fields, focusing on not-for-profit organizations and closely-held companies. Prior to joining Dominion, Liz provided financial support and advisory services for Maddox & Gerock, PC, in Fairfax, Virginia, and Carmines, Robbins & Co, PLC, in the Hampton Roads area. Liz holds a Master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management and is currently pursuing certification as a Not-For-Profit professional with the AICPA. In the past, Liz has served as Treasurer for the Navarre Youth Sports Association and Yorktown Titans Youth Lacrosse League, and as a board member of the Newport News Education Foundation.

SAMANTHA
WILNER

Samantha Wilner (“Sami”) supports Dominion Financial Consultants on a part-time basis providing accounting services to many of Dominion’s small business clients. In addition to accounting services, Sami provides business support services including management of accounts payable, accounts receivable, and invoicing.

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Samantha Wilner

Samantha Wilner (“Sami”) supports Dominion Financial Consultants on a part-time basis providing accounting services to many of Dominion’s small business clients. In addition to accounting services, Sami provides business support services including management of accounts payable, accounts receivable, and invoicing. Prior to joining Dominion, Sami was a sole proprietor of a small business for 10 years and worked as a Massage Therapist for AthletiCo Physical Therapy, assisting patients with pre- and post-surgical massage through their rehabilitation. Sami received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Minnesota.

SHANNON
RAMSEY

Shannon supports the administrative and accounting teams at Dominion, performing services which include internal and client invoicing, payroll, bill pay, and monthly reconciliation for various clients. Prior to working with Dominion, Shannon earned six years of experience working in attorney offices.

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Shannon Ramsey

Shannon supports the administrative and accounting teams at Dominion, performing services which include internal and client invoicing, payroll, bill pay, and monthly reconciliation for various clients. Prior to working with Dominion, Shannon earned six years of experience working in attorney offices. She enjoys writing, and is experienced in drafting legal documents and letters, contracts, as well as filing court documents, performing legal research and managing cases. Shannon also spent ten years with a national sign company, where she directly reported to the CFO and CEO. As a member of the accounting department, her responsibilities included accounts payable, accounts receivable, client billing, reconciling and payroll. In a supervisory position at the same company, she was responsible for client project tracking, payment tracking, profit and loss reporting, and monthly invoicing. Shannon has also acquired experience working with city and county municipalities for codes and permitting.

TESSA
LUCERO-BENNETT

Tessa is a Certified Public Accountant with over 17 years of experience serving and consulting businesses in all phases of the organizational life cycle. Tessa is an adjunct professor of accountancy at The George Washington University School of Business, teaching financial accounting and intermediate financial accounting to undergraduate students.

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Tessa Lucero-Bennett

Tessa is a Certified Public Accountant with over 17 years of experience serving and consulting businesses in all phases of the organizational life cycle. Her skills extend beyond the numbers when providing advice on issues critical to the financial health and future of businesses. Her experiences range from traditional accounting and tax services to complex advisory services, including business planning, financial budgets and projections, benchmarking and financial trends, M&A support and analytics, internal controls assessment, development of best business practices, and financial training for top management levels.

The depth of Tessa’s expertise has developed through her management roles in varied sectors including health care, construction, entrepreneurial growth, technology, retail, government contracting, manufacturing, and professional services. Tessa has led corporate accounting and regional internal audit departments for large international and U.S. publicly traded companies. She has also managed accounting teams for mid-sized private companies and public accounting firms.

Tessa strongly believes in giving back to the profession which has been good to her. Coupled with her passion for education, she has found ways to use her professional skills to help the next generation of business leaders. Tessa is an adjunct professor of accountancy at The George Washington University School of Business, teaching financial accounting and intermediate financial accounting to undergraduate students. She has also developed and presented Continuing Professional Education courses required for licensure of CPAs. Furthermore, Tessa has volunteered on educational task forces for the Virginia Department of Education and Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Tessa earned an M.B.A. from George Washington University and a B.S. degree in biological sciences from Purdue University. She worked in the biotechnology industry for 10 years where she discovered her interests in business management, eventually leading the way to her current roles as a CPA, educator, and consultant.

APRIL
DISEGNA

April DiSegna is a senior tax accountant for Dominion Financial Consultants. April has nearly 15 years of experience in public accounting and earned her Bachelors in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. Prior to moving to Virginia, April practiced in Florida with Hill, Barth & King, LLC and then worked as a Financial Analyst for Seacoast National Bank. April brings significant tax and accounting experience to Dominion Financial and is an integral part of our tax team.

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April DiSegna

April DiSegna is a senior tax accountant for Dominion Financial Consultants. April has nearly 15 years of experience in public accounting and earned her Bachelors in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. Prior to moving to Virginia, April practiced in Florida with Hill, Barth & King, LLC and then worked as a Financial Analyst for Seacoast National Bank. April brings significant tax and accounting experience to Dominion Financial and is an integral part of our tax team.

COURTNEY
HICKERSON

Courtney supports Dominion Financial Consultants in all aspects of firm administration, data management, and filing systems. Before coming to work for Dominion, Courtney gained experience through her work as an office clerk at Jackson Hole resort.

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Courtney Hickerson

Courtney supports Dominion Financial Consultants in all aspects of firm administration, data management, and filing systems. Before coming to work for Dominion, Courtney gained experience through her work as an office clerk at Jackson Hole resort. Courtney assists Dominion on a part-time basis, while she attends George Mason for her degree in Business Administration.

CHRISTY
MISTR

Christine R. Mistr (“Christy”) is a tax attorney, CPA, and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (TM)/ CFP who assists clients in all forms of business management, tax, financial planning, investment, and estate planning issues. Immediately prior to forming Dominion Financial Consultants, Christy served for almost five years as tax counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.

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Christy Mistr

Christy Mistr is a tax attorney, CPA and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (TM) who assists clients in all forms of business management, tax, financial planning, investment, and estate planning issues.  Immediately prior to forming Dominion Financial Consultants, Christy served as tax counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.  During her time with the Committee, Christy analyzed and developed corporate and individual federal income tax proposals and prepared the Chairman for Committee meetings on developing tax legislation and oversight of the Internal Revenue Service.  Christy has also served as a Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.

Christy received her law degree from the University of Virginia, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Tax Review and a Dillard Fellow, Legal Research and Writing Teaching Assistant.  She also was honored to receive the Edwin S. Cohen Tax Scholarship.  Christy is admitted to practice in Virginia and in the District of Columbia and is an active member of the tax sections of the American Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association, and the D.C. Bar Association.  Christy earned her B.S.B.A. (Accounting), cum laude, from the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond.In private practice, Christy associated as a tax attorney with the law firms of McKee Nelson, LLP, in Washington, D.C. and McGuire, Woods, Battle and Boothe, LLP, in Richmond, Virginia.  In her tax practice, Christy worked closely with small businesses to develop and implement federal tax strategies, including those related to estate planning.  She also counseled large multi-national clients on international joint ventures and negotiated the terms of related agreements.  Christy has significant tax litigation experience and has represented clients before IRS Appeals, the U.S. Tax Court, and U.S. Courts of Appeal.  As a CPA, Christy worked as an independent auditor for Ernst & Young, LLP, prior to law school.

Christy participates in collaborative mediation practice as an active member of the Collaborative Law Professionals of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.  Christy serves on the boards of A Place 4 Me and The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, as well as the Business School Advisory Board of Shenandoah University.  Christy previously chaired the board of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Free Dental Clinic.

CHRISTINA
BOLAND

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Christina Boland

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DAISSAN
COLBERT

Daissan Colbert is a Certified Public Accountant with higher education, nonprofit and public company audit and accounting experience. She oversees financial reporting, payroll, budget, accounts payable and accounts receivable functions. Daissan received her MBA and her Bachelors in Accounting and Finance, cum laude, from Georgetown University.

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Daissan Colbert

Daissan Colbert is a Certified Public Accountant with higher education, nonprofit and public company audit and accounting experience.

In her prior role as Controller at the American Association for Justice, she maintained the integrity of financial information for multiple entities and provided support to over 45 state affiliates. She oversaw financial reporting, payroll, budget, accounts payable and accounts receivable functions.

Daissan received her MBA and her Bachelors in Accounting and Finance, cum laude, from Georgetown University. As an undergraduate, she was honored as a Patrick Healy Fellow and a John Carroll Scholar.

Daissan began her professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as an auditor, specializing in higher education/nonprofit financial audits and A-133 compliance audits. After leaving PwC, Daissan served as the Assistant Controller at Trinity Washington University where she worked hands on with faculty and staff, helping to bridge gaps between the business office and non-financial employees. Daissan also spent five years working at National Public Radio. There, she managed financial reporting, accounts receivable, and served as an ex-officio member of the Public Media Business Association Board of Directors.

Daissan currently serves on the board of the Georgetown University Patrick Healy Fellowship, a student-alumni group dedicated to pursuing the Jesuit ideals of diversity and community service.

GABRIELLE
GRAVES

Gabrielle Graves serves as project manager for Dominion, overseeing different aspects of internal workflow and client project management. Prior to joining Dominion, Gabrielle worked in advertising, gaining valuable experience in managing project workflow, project timelines, and client relationships. Gabrielle graduated from The College of William and Mary with a Bachelor’s degree in English.

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Gabrielle Graves

Gabrielle serves as project manager for Dominion Financial Consultants, overseeing different aspects of internal workflow and client project management. Prior to joining Dominion, Gabrielle worked in advertising, gaining valuable experience in managing project workflow, project timelines, and client relationships. In her free time, Gabrielle operates a freelance graphic design business and has previously helped both Dominion and its clients with design projects, including but not limited to designing invoices, letterhead, business cards, and websites. Gabrielle graduated from The College of William and Mary with a Bachelor’s degree in English and hopes to enter a Master of Business Administration program in the near future.

HANNAH-LEE
GROTHAUS

Hannah-Lee Grothaus supports Dominion and its clients in all areas of business management and administration. She is particularly interested in working with non-profits in the future and is working with Dominion to deepen her understanding of how those organizations function.

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Hannah-Lee Grothaus

Hannah-Lee Grothaus supports Dominion and its clients in all areas of business management and administration. She is particularly interested in working with non-profits in the future and is working with Dominion to deepen her understanding of how those organizations function. To that end, Hannah-Lee assists our clients with non-profit set up and establishment or revision of corporate governance procedures (e.g., by-laws and related policies). Hannah-Lee is an excellent writer and often serves as a paralegal for the firm with respect to estate planning work and other legal correspondence. Lastly, Hannah-Lee supports the firm with its human resources needs, by creating and maintaining its internal processes and procedures so that Dominion can function as efficiently and effectively as possible. Prior to joining Dominion,
Hannah-Lee graduated from the College of William and Mary and served as the Main Office Manager for Exploration Summer Programs. She also spent a year living in New Zealand, where she worked in various temporary positions around the country including packing kiwifruit for LTD Packers, pruning vines for Oyster Bay winery, and doing data entry and management for New Zealand Audit.

LIZ RADKE

Elizabeth G. Radke (“Liz”), a CPA licensed in Virginia and Florida, joined Dominion Financial Consultants with over ten years of experience in the accounting and tax fields, focusing on not-for-profit organizations and closely-held companies. Prior to joining Dominion, Liz provided financial support and advisory services for Maddox & Gerock, PC, in Fairfax, Virginia, and Carmines, Robbins & Co, PLC, in the Hampton Roads area.

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Liz Radke

Elizabeth G. Radke (“Liz”), a CPA licensed in Virginia and Florida, joined Dominion Financial Consultants with over ten years of experience in the accounting and tax fields, focusing on not-for-profit organizations and closely-held companies. Prior to joining Dominion, Liz provided financial support and advisory services for Maddox & Gerock, PC, in Fairfax, Virginia, and Carmines, Robbins & Co, PLC, in the Hampton Roads area. Liz holds a Master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management and is currently pursuing certification as a Not-For-Profit professional with the AICPA. In the past, Liz has served as Treasurer for the Navarre Youth Sports Association and Yorktown Titans Youth Lacrosse League, and as a board member of the Newport News Education Foundation.

SAMANTHA
WILNER

Samantha Wilner (“Sami”) supports Dominion Financial Consultants on a part-time basis providing accounting services to many of Dominion’s small business clients. In addition to accounting services, Sami provides business support services including management of accounts payable, accounts receivable, and invoicing.

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Samantha Wilner

Samantha Wilner (“Sami”) supports Dominion Financial Consultants on a part-time basis providing accounting services to many of Dominion’s small business clients. In addition to accounting services, Sami provides business support services including management of accounts payable, accounts receivable, and invoicing. Prior to joining Dominion, Sami was a sole proprietor of a small business for 10 years and worked as a Massage Therapist for AthletiCo Physical Therapy, assisting patients with pre- and post-surgical massage through their rehabilitation. Sami received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Minnesota.

SHANNON
RAMSEY

Shannon supports the administrative and accounting teams at Dominion, performing services which include internal and client invoicing, payroll, bill pay, and monthly reconciliation for various clients. Prior to working with Dominion, Shannon earned six years of experience working in attorney offices.

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Shannon Ramsey

Shannon supports the administrative and accounting teams at Dominion, performing services which include internal and client invoicing, payroll, bill pay, and monthly reconciliation for various clients. Prior to working with Dominion, Shannon earned six years of experience working in attorney offices. She enjoys writing, and is experienced in drafting legal documents and letters, contracts, as well as filing court documents, performing legal research and managing cases. Shannon also spent ten years with a national sign company, where she directly reported to the CFO and CEO. As a member of the accounting department, her responsibilities included accounts payable, accounts receivable, client billing, reconciling and payroll. In a supervisory position at the same company, she was responsible for client project tracking, payment tracking, profit and loss reporting, and monthly invoicing. Shannon has also acquired experience working with city and county municipalities for codes and permitting.

TESSA
LUCERO-BENNETT

Tessa is a Certified Public Accountant with over 17 years of experience serving and consulting businesses in all phases of the organizational life cycle. Tessa is an adjunct professor of accountancy at The George Washington University School of Business, teaching financial accounting and intermediate financial accounting to undergraduate students.

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Tessa Lucero-Bennett

Tessa is a Certified Public Accountant with over 17 years of experience serving and consulting businesses in all phases of the organizational life cycle. Her skills extend beyond the numbers when providing advice on issues critical to the financial health and future of businesses. Her experiences range from traditional accounting and tax services to complex advisory services, including business planning, financial budgets and projections, benchmarking and financial trends, M&A support and analytics, internal controls assessment, development of best business practices, and financial training for top management levels.

The depth of Tessa’s expertise has developed through her management roles in varied sectors including health care, construction, entrepreneurial growth, technology, retail, government contracting, manufacturing, and professional services. Tessa has led corporate accounting and regional internal audit departments for large international and U.S. publicly traded companies. She has also managed accounting teams for mid-sized private companies and public accounting firms.

Tessa strongly believes in giving back to the profession which has been good to her. Coupled with her passion for education, she has found ways to use her professional skills to help the next generation of business leaders. Tessa is an adjunct professor of accountancy at The George Washington University School of Business, teaching financial accounting and intermediate financial accounting to undergraduate students. She has also developed and presented Continuing Professional Education courses required for licensure of CPAs. Furthermore, Tessa has volunteered on educational task forces for the Virginia Department of Education and Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Tessa earned an M.B.A. from George Washington University and a B.S. degree in biological sciences from Purdue University. She worked in the biotechnology industry for 10 years where she discovered her interests in business management, eventually leading the way to her current roles as a CPA, educator, and consultant.