Donald Garner, J.D. – Director
Donald has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Social Science from Florida State University and a Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University College of Law. At STA, Donald has over 10 years managing the initial consultation, research and development process, and presentation of strategic recommendations to closely-held business owners throughout the United States with a focus on entity structuring, tax minimization, estate planning, employee benefits, and succession/transition planning. Donald was a Tax Analyst providing tax cost and accounting analysis for clients in the Fiduciary Wealth Division for Northern Trust. Donald has developed and presented seminars and classes for various trade groups on corporate tax and estate planning as well as serving as an Adjunct Professor.

Brandi Finn, J.D., LL.M. – Tax Services Director
Brandi graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting in 1997. She earned her law degree from the University of Montana, School of Law in 2000.  Following her graduation from Montana, she boarded a plane to the Big Apple where she attended the Masters of Laws program at New York University, School of Law.  In 2001, she graduated from NYU with an LL.M. in Taxation.  Following her big city experience, she moved back to Billings, Montana where she practiced tax law with a small firm until 2006.  Brandi joined STA in the Fall of 2006.

Craig J. Koop, JD, MST, CPA - Director of Implementation
Craig has an undergraduate degree in Accounting from DePaul University, a Masters Degree in Taxation from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University, and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law, where he served as an editor of the DePaul Business Law Journal.  Craig works closely with STA’s clients (closely held business owners) handling matters related to asset protection, entity structuring, tax planning, and estate and succession planning.  Prior to joining STA in 2003, Craig served as the Assistant Tax Manager for Deutsche Bank (Deutsche Financial Services) overseeing various aspects of Federal and State & Local income and sales tax planning and compliance throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Craig later worked as a Supervising Senior Tax Associate for KPMG, LLP, in a strategic tax planning group that provided sophisticated tax planning advice to Fortune 500 clients.  Craig has also worked as an associate attorney in the Tax and Estate Planning group of Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, where he provided tax planning, estate planning, and business succession advice to the firm’s clients.

Eric Lee, J.D. – Director of Business Development
Eric Lee is a Senior Tax Associate for STA.  He earned his Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law.  Eric is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, and Corporate Finance.  Prior to joining STA, Eric was a summer associate at Lambda Legal working on equal protection violations within the Internal Revenue Code.

Warren A. Scaman, CPA -Tax Compliance Manager
Warren has an accounting degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a licensed CPA. He began his career with 10 years in public accounting with a large, international firm followed by over 20 years in a family office before returning to public accounting. He joined STA in June 2017. Warren has provided tax planning (including trusts, estates, gift taxes), compilations, review, audit defense, and tax compliance services for small, medium, and large companies and individuals. He has experience with diversified industries including real estate, affordable housing development, construction, medical practices, retail services, as well as high net worth family offices addressing issues from federal, multi-state, local, and Canadian income taxes.

Thomas Thomas, ASA, CVA, CDBV, MBA – Director of Valuation Services
Thomas earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Management from Dordt College and an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. Thomas is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) with the American Society of Appraisers, a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) with the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) and holds a certification in distressed business valuation (CDBV) with the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (AIRA). With over 10 years of experience with the valuation of closely-held entities, Thomas has been involved with hundreds of valuation projects to clients within the U.S. and Canada for purposes including gift and estate taxation, potential sale, buy-sell agreements, shareholder buy-outs and buy-ins, synergistic acquisitions, divorce, estate planning, succession planning, retirement planning, benchmarking, reorganizations, S corporation conversions, intangible asset valuations, employee benefit plans such as ESOP’s, charitable contributions and family limited partnerships.

Chris Wallis, J.D. – Senior Tax Manager
Chris received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution with Highest Honors from the University of Illinois and a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law, where he specialized in federal income tax issues.   Prior to joining STA in June 2002, Chris was a Senior Associate at Arthur Andersen, LLP, where he provided tax planning, audit defense, and tax compliance services to Fortune 500 clients as a member of the State and Local Tax group, primarily focusing on state and local income taxes and sales/use taxes.  Since joining STA, Chris has worked with thousands of clients in a variety of industries, with a particular focus on complex business reorganizations and alternative compensation methodologies.  Chris often speaks to national trade groups on tax topics, and is the author of numerous articles on a variety of tax issues.  Outside of work, Chris spends much of his time coaching youth sports in his community.


 Paul H. Anderson, J.D., C.M.A, Senior Tax Consultant
Paul H. Anderson is a Senior Tax Consultant for STA. He earned a J.D. from the University of British Columbia and a B. Com from the University of Toronto.  He has been a licensed attorney in Ontario for the past 14 years and a practicing Certified Management Accountant in Canada.  Paul has also completed the In Depth Tax Course, Advanced Tax Issues for the Owner Managed Business Course, and the Corporate Reorganizations Course from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.  Prior to coming to STA, Paul worked as an auditor for the Canada Revenue Agency, formerly and commonly known as Revenue Canada, and an auditor for the Law Society of Upper Canada.  Paul has represented numerous clients before the Appeals board of the Canada Revenue Agency and various other administrative tribunals.

Peter Bianchi, J.D. – Tax Analyst
Peter Bianchi received his Bachelor of Arts in Classical Civilizations and Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago in 2011. He subsequently attended DePaul University College of Law where he received his Juris Doctor. At DePaul University, Peter concentrated his studies on tax law, participating in live tax negotiation exercises. He is an Illinois licensed attorney and joined us soon after graduating law school.

 Richard W. Bieman, J.D., LL.M., M.B.A. - Senior Tax Consultant
Richard earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of the State of New York University, a Master of Business Administration in Marketing, from Canisius College, a Juris Doctor in Law, and a post-doctorate LL.M degree in Law from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Richard also received an award for Outstanding Achievement in the Study of Law from Who’s Who Among American Law Students, and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland Marshall for three years. Richard was a Partner in a tax compliance business for 6 years. Before joining STA in 2004, he worked for an Ohio estate planning firm, and is Board Certified in Estate Planning.

Stuart E. Chernack, JD, LLM, CPA - Senior Tax Consultant
Stuart E. Chernack is a Senior Tax Consultant for STA.   He earned is BA in Political Science from Temple University in Philadelphia..  He earned his JD and LLM from Boston University School of Law.  He also is a CPA.  Stuart began his career in the Tax Department of Price Waterhouse Coopers in Boston and Hartford.  He then had Senior Tax Positions with Publicly Held Multinational Corporations including Unisys Corporation in Philadelphia, Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, Arco Chemical in Philadelphia and Commodore International Limited in Philadelphia where he was Vice President of Taxes. Stuart has extensive international tax experience.

Andrew S. Corbett, J.D. – Senior Tax Analyst
Andrew received his Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University with a major in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration.  He received his Juris Doctor from Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago-Kent College of Law.  Prior to joining STA in August 2006 Andrew was an Associate Attorney for Macey & Aleman, P.C. focusing on counseling bankruptcy clients in the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois.

Heather M. Couch, J.D. – Senior Tax Analyst
Heather joined STA in the summer of 2012.  She received her Bachelor of Arts with departmental honors in International Relations with an emphasis in Political Science from The College of Wooster in 2008.  Immediately thereafter, she attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she graduated cum laude with her J.D. and a Certificate in Taxation. Prior to joining STA, Heather worked as an associate for a small commercial litigation firm in the city of Chicago.

Warren Dassinger, M.M., CPA – Senior Tax Compliance Specialist
Warren has a Master of Management, Specialization in Accounting, degree from the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management and is a Licensed CPA. Prior to joining STA in December 2002, Warren had worked six years in public accounting (KPMG and Price Waterhouse) and ten years in industry (including manufacturing and service industries). He has provided tax planning and tax compliance services for both companies and individuals addressing issues from state and local to international. In industry he has managed both federal and state corporate audits.

Julius M. Davidson, J.D., M.B.A. - Senior Tax Consultant
Mr. Davidson has over 20 years experience in the areas of law, strategy, finance, and taxation. Mr. Davidson is formerly the Chief Financial and Strategy Officer of Resource Services Group, LLC, an information technology consulting firm (“RSG”). Prior to RSG, Mr. Davidson was the CEO of PSMO Worldwide, LLC, a clothing company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota he co-founded and later sold. Mr. Davidson commenced his professional career as a tax accountant at Arthur Andersen & Company. From there he completed law school and started his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable UW Clemon, retired Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Following his Federal Clerkship, Mr. Davidson practiced law with a large Midwestern based international law firm in the areas of general corporate, mergers & acquisitions, securities, and taxation. Mr. Davidson was also Assistant Secretary of a Global 15 financial services company where he practiced in the areas of corporate development, corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, structured finance, and securities. Mr. Davidson holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was a member of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary fraternity for accounting majors; a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a Managing Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review; and an M.B.A. in Strategic Management and Finance from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Mr. Davidson is currently a member of the advisory board of Brown Customer Delight Group, Inc., an owner of several McDonald's restaurants. He formerly sat on the board of directors of Columbia Precision Machining, Inc. and The TeseracT School of Eagan, Inc. and was a member of the adjunct finance faculty at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Natasha M. Davis, MBA, LL.M – Senior Tax Attorney
Ms. Davis has more than 13 years of domestic and international business experience, across multiple industries. Her involvement has ranged from entrepreneurial ownership of a manufacturing company, to the successful owner of multiple small businesses, prior to practicing law. She has also served as private legal counsel for multiple corporations, since 2008.

Her functional responsibilities in private practice have included legal representation; contract negotiations; business, tax and estate planning; tax defense and asset protection. She has advised clients in several industries including manufacturing, construction, professional services, retail, alternative healthcare, real estate and oil field service. She brings a wealth of knowledge to her clients, and her students. She is also an adjunct professor of tax law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, in the LL.M. online program.
Ms. Davis is the proud mother of an Eagle Scout, Vinny, who is a student at Cal Poly University.

LL.M., Thomas Jefferson School of Law - [San Diego, CA] – 2012; graduated Summa Cum Laude
M.B.A., Marketing & Leadership - National University [San Diego, CA] – 2010
J.D., Business – Western Michigan School of Law (Thomas M. Cooley ) [Lansing, MI] - 2008
Undergraduate – University of Oregon & National University [Eugene, OR & San Diego, CA] – 2004

Tito Deleon, J.D. – Senior Tax Consultant
Tito de Leon earned his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences Degree from the University of California at Davis, in the areas of Philosophy and Psychology, with an emphasis in biological sciences.  Later he attended the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor, concurrent with a Certificate of Tax Concentration.  For his efforts, Mr. de Leon received lifetime membership in the Traynor Honor Society for academic excellence in the study law, and was a member of the Dean’s Honor List at graduation.  Prior to joining STA, Mr. de Leon served in private practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Business and Corporate Law and Taxpayer Representations before the Internal Revenue Service.

Renee Edgcomb, J.D. – Business Development Manager
Renee earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Valparaiso University and a Juris Doctor with a Certificate in Taxation from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.  Renee’s previous experience includes a position with the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel in the Large and Mid-Size Business Division.

Elizabeth Fullington, J.D., CPA – Senior Tax Analyst
Elizabeth Fullington is a Senior Tax Analyst.  Having joined the team in 2002, Elizabeth is responsible for training Senior Business Analysts and business owners alike to identify areas of potential tax overpayment and asset exposure for their clients.  She is a JD and CPA, obtaining her undergraduate degree from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, and her law degree from DePaul University College of Law.  In addition, Elizabeth has her Certificate in Taxation from the Depaul University College of Law.

Stacy Glorioso, JD, MST – Senior Tax Consultant
Stacy graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, summa cum laude, with an undergraduate degree in political science.  She also received her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997.  While practicing law in Pittsburgh, Stacy obtained a Masters of Tax from Duquesne University.  Prior to joining STA in September 2006, she specialized in corporate, tax and estate planning law.  Stacy is a licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Arizona.

Michele Hyndman Hodge – Senior Tax Consultant
Michele Hyndman Hodge is a Senior Tax Consultant with more than 12 years of tax experience.
Ms. Hodge is a tax attorney that specializes in advising business owners and their businesses with
tax planning strategies and solutions. Such tax planning solutions include choice of business
entity, structuring business entities, and accurate tax reporting. Ms. Hodge also has experience in
advising clients on the U.S. aspects of international taxation, including minimizing global tax
exposure and efficient repatriation of earnings.

Ms. Hodge has held tax positions in two “Big Four” accounting firms, including a “Big Four”
accounting firm in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She has provided legal tax advice while working in a
tax law firm and has focused on tax treaty issues while working in a premier tax law publishing
company. She also interned with the United States Congress Joint Committee on Taxation.

Ms. Hodge obtained her LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in
Washington, DC, her Juris Doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio,
and her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics-Economics from Columbia University in the City of
New York.

Lynn H. Karlet, JD, MBA – Senior Tax Consultant
Lynn joined STA’s tax consulting staff in 2007.  As a Senior Tax Consultant, Lynn offers tax, asset protection, retirement, succession, and estate planning services to the owners of closely-held businesses across the United States.  Admitted to the North Carolina State Bar and the U.S. Tax Court, Lynn practiced state and federal tax defense and commercial matters before joining STA.  Before his legal career, Lynn spent was in commercial finance at publicly traded firms between 1984 and 1998.  As adjunct faculty and lecturer, Lynn taught financial and legal topics at both the undergraduate and graduate-level at colleges and universities in North Carolina and Michigan.  Lynn has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Master in Business Administration from Ohio University, as well as a Jurist Doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Law, and lives in Birmingham, AL.

Michael S. Kisiel, M.S.T.-Senior Tax Consultant
Michael has a B.S. in Accountancy and a Masters Degree in Taxation both from DePaul University. Prior to joining STA in 2003 Michael’s career encompassed being a Senior Tax Manager at Ernst & Young providing federal and state tax compliance services to Fortune 500 companies. Also, Michael was a Senior Tax Manager at KPMG providing federal, state and international tax planning services to Fortune 1000 companies. In addition, Michael owned his own accounting and tax practice where he provided services to small entrepreneurial companies involved in contracting, manufacturing, wholesale and retail.

Elan Kogan, CVA, MAFF – Business Valuation Manager
Elan completed his undergraduate education at Loyola University Chicago specializing in management. Elan is also a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF) with the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). Since joining VAS in February of 2012, Elan has completed over one hundred valuation projects for companies operating within, but not limited to industries such as, gas & oil, agribusiness, energy & utility, manufacturing, transportation, construction, retail, and health services.

Michael Krus, J.D, CPA
Michael has a dual background as both an attorney and CPA. This unique skill set gives Michael a differentiating perspective and depth of understanding of complex financial issues as well as the financial drivers of operating and sustaining a successful small business. Michael received his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in December 2003 and his B.S.B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May 1999. Prior to joining STA in February of 2016, Michael focused his practice on corporate structure, tax and estate planning.

Michael is a member of the:

  • American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants (AAA-CPA)
  • American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)
  • Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA)
  • Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA)
  • The Missouri Bar

Janice Lawson, J.D., LLM – Senior Tax Consultant
Janice Lawson has extensive experience applying her expertise to a volume of work, both nationally and internationally.  Her work has been comprised of business transactions, sophisticated business succession planning (including advising on transition tax planning, estate planning, charitable planning and executive compensation planning), all aspects of operational taxation for businesses and their owners, and complex real estate transactions (inclusive of development).  Growing up with her family’s businesses, provides her drive to help closely-held and family-owned businesses.

Tracy Legel, J.D., LLM – Senior Tax Consultant
Tracy M. Legel is an attorney licensed in Kentucky and has worked with STA since 2005.  She has an LL.M. in Taxation from DePaul University and a J.D. from the University of Louisville.  Before joining STA, Tracy worked at a law firm in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Active in politics from a young age, Tracy continues to support politicians who favor small-business growth and tax modernization.

Robert“Bob” Little, J.D. – Tax Consultant
Bob Little has over 20 years experience as a tax and bankruptcy attorney. From 1993-2011, he served as an Associate Area Counsel and Special Assistant United States Attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel. He provided extensive tax examination and collection advice to the IRS’s Small Business/Self Employed Division and litigated extensively before the United States Tax and Bankruptcy Courts.

In the private sector, herepresented a host of businesses and individuals in tax disputes with the IRS and various state taxing authorities. He has also devoted much of his experience to training other tax practitioners in the areas of IRS practice and procedure, audit defense, tax collection, and bankruptcy.

Outside of the office, Bob spends his time rehabbing properties and providing affordable housing throughout Chicagoland.

University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1993)
University of Illinois at Urbana (B.A., 1990)

United States Tax Court Bar
Illinois Supreme Court Bar
US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois

Kimberly Mariani, J.D. – Senior Tax Consultant
Ms. Mariani joined STA in 2006.  She is a licensed Attorney in New York State, specializing in tax and estate planning.  She received her J.D. from Albany Law School located in Albany, New York.  Prior to joining STA, Ms. Mariani had a private law practice and was an Assistant District Attorney for Albany County, NY.  Ms. Mariani has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida and a Minor in Economics.  Her experience in the Accounting industry includes Accounting Management for large corporations in the computer technology and entertainment industries.

Derek Mason JD/LLB, MSc - Senior Tax Consultant
Derek received an LLB from the University of British Columbia in 1977 and his J.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2012. He received an MSc [Management] in 2008. Derek was called to the Bar in 1978 and began his career as a practicing lawyer. His general practice evolved into a Small Business and Tax specialty practice over the first few years. Mr. Mason was very entrepreneurial and developed a number of business ventures. After a series of successful ventures he retired from practice. In 2008 Derek was recruited to work with STA and very much enjoys advising STA clients on tax related matters and looks forward to many more years of doing so. Derek has a happy family life. He has two healthy, happy, well employed sons, who are now 28 and 26 years old. He works hard to stay fit and healthy mentally and physically and enjoys many sports. He is a Canadian resident and currently resides in West Vancouver, British Columbia and Los Angeles, California.


Bradford A. Mazo - Senior Tax Consultant
After graduating from Wayne State University with a BA in history and minors in business administration, economics and philosophy in 1976, Bradford A. Mazo became a member of the State Bar of California in 1981 after obtaining his JD from McGeorge School of Law earlier that year followed by a LLM in Taxation in 1983. Immediately, he established his law practice in Sacramento, California before moving to Choctaw, Oklahoma in May 2000 where he became a member of the Oklahoma Bar in April 2001. The core of Mr. Mazo’s California law practice included all taxation matters either outright or as they related to his proficiencies in estate planning, probate, contracts and contract negotiation, business set-ups and litigation, bankruptcy (chapters 7, 13 and 11), debtor-creditor relationships, real estate, commercial and residential unlawful detainers, family law, guardianships, divorces, personal injury, and general, tort, and civil litigation (arbitration and trials). This diverse expertise carried forward while employed by Haupt Brooks Vandruff in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from 2003 to 2005 where he concentrated on complex chapter 11 matters and the aforestated taxation and proficiencies. Mr. Mazo has counseled and represented clients throughout the various counties in the States of California and Oklahoma as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of California, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma, and the District of New Mexico. These are the reasons why STA hired him at the end of 2005.

Richard Mednick – Senior Tax Strategist
Richard joined STA in 2003, and his primary responsibility includes final review of recommended strategies and written client presentations with a concentration in federal taxation and estate planning matters.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Northern Illinois University, and a Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School.  Richard was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1981 and also admitted to practice in the Northern District of Illinois in 1981. Prior to joining STA, Richard was a sole general practitioner for over 19 years.

Michael Mogavero – Tax Analyst
Mike joined STA as a Tax Analyst in 2016. He received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry and economics from the University of Notre Dame in 2011. He subsequently attended Notre Dame Law School and received his Juris Doctor, graduating cum laude. While at Notre Dame Law School, Mike served as Executive Editor for the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy. Prior to joining STA, he worked as an associate attorney for a small intellectual property litigation law firm in suburban Chicago.

Charles Nelson B.A., M.B.A., C.P.A. – Tax Defense
Charlie’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Chicago, his MBA is from Illinois Institute of Technology, and has earned the graduate Professional Accounting Program Certificate from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  He has practiced as a CPA for 28 years and is licensed in Illinois.  His career includes controllerships in private industry and elected public offices.  He has also served in the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and as an IRS Revenue Agent.

Marie O’Donnell, J.D., C.P.A. – Senior Implementation Advisor
Marie has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois and a law degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law where she specialized in federal tax issues.   Prior to joining STA in June 2006, Marie was a Senior Tax Analyst at CCH Incorporated. There she wrote and edited articles on a wide variety of federal tax topics in a number of professional publications designed for the legal and accounting markets.

Izabela U Puskarz, M.S. - Tax Compliance Specialist

Izabela joined STA in 2015 and focuses on review and preparation of corporate, partnership, LLC, and individual income tax returns for small and medium sized businesses and business owners. Izabela has a Master of Science in Applied Economics from the University of Economics in Katowice, Poland. She also attended the Accounting for Small Business program at Northwestern Business College. Izabela’s experience in the accounting field includes over 10 years of Accounting Management for an educational institution and 7 years of experience in public accounting. She is also an Enrolled Agent.

Michael Redd - Senior Tax Consultant

Michael attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville receiving his B.S.B.A. in Business (Accounting Major) in 1981 and his Juris Doctorate in 1987. After graduation with his B.S.B.A. but before attending law school, Michael worked at Cooper Lybrand (now known as PWC) as a tax accountant from Spring 1981 till Fall 1984. During that time frame Michael passed the certified public accountant examination. Michael graduated from law school in December 1986, passed the Arkansas Bar and Oklahoma Bar examination and immediately began his law career by entering private practice. Over the next thirty years, Michael was a practicing attorney in the states of Arkansas and Oklahoma providing general business, commercial, tax and estate planning legal services to his client base. Michael joined STA in January, 2017. The combination of a B.S.B.A. with a major in accounting, a Juris Doctorate and thirty plus years of representing small to medium in the private sector provides Michael with a well-rounded but unique skill set of education and experience which is extremely useful to small and medium business understanding of the diverse yet complex business climate associated with their business.

Bruce Sansone, MBA, CPA, CFP. – Senior Tax Consultant
Bruce is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, and has a Series 7 brokerage license. He holds a MBA from the University of Chicago concentrating in Finance, International Business and Statistics and graduated 1st in his class from the University of Illinois with a BS in Accounting.  Prior to joining STA in July 2002, Bruce acquired experience in public accounting, and as a corporate executive, as well as entrepreneurial skills as founder of his own successful CPA and Wealth Management practice. Past titles include:  Auditor and Senior Financial Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Corporate Treasurer, Director of Strategic Planning, and Director of Business Development with several Fortune 100 companies.  Finally, Bruce achieved a milestone as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for a $100 million dollar public company prior to age 40.  Bruce was an Instructor in Finance and Taxation at several universities including Keller Graduate School of Business. Bruce also served his country during the Vietnam conflict and sat on several charitable boards as Director including Rotary International, YMCA, Chamber of Commerce, and his church council.

Amy Smithka, J.D. – Tax Strategist
Amy received her bachelor’s degree in General Management summa cum laude from the Honors College at Michigan State University, where she studied at the graduate level via the Master of Business Administration program.  Amy earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado, where she served as an Articles Editor for the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy.  Prior to joining STA in the fall of 2007, Amy worked in corporate law at a firm in Denver, Colorado.  Other experience includes clerking at the Colorado Supreme Court, the University Of Colorado Office of General Counsel, and the American Medical Association Office of General Counsel.  Amy has served on the Board of Trustees for the GLMS Foundation and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the St. Joseph’s Children’s Home.  She is a member of the American Medical Association Alliance as well as several local volunteer organizations.

William E. Thies III, J.D., LL.M. – Senior Implementation Advisor
William received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from DePaul University with Honor.  He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from DePaul University College of Law.  Prior to joining STA in April of 2004, William worked at RSM McGladrey as a Tax Senior, focusing on the research of complex federal and state tax issues for medium sized businesses.