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Meet Our Team

The history of Desmond & Ahern is built upon a tradition of service, technical expertise, and innovative thinking to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world. The experience and academic credentials of our partners and staff provide our clients with the expertise of larger firms, while our commitment to superior customer service offers a personal, one-on-one approach.

Meet Our Staff:



Adam Goyke, CPA

Partner
Phone: (773) 831-9731
Fax: (773) 831-9750
Email: adam@desmondcpa.com

Adam Goyke has over a decade of accounting and tax experience in a wide-range of industries. He serves as virtual CFO for a number of clients, assisting them with management activities, banking relationships, tax planning and personnel decisions. He brings extensive experience in preparation of multi-state tax returns, as well as, assistance with IRS-related tax matters resolution.

Mr. Goyke has a double major in accounting and finance from the University of Iowa. He is a CPA licensed in the State of Illinois and holds membership in the American Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. Adam also volunteers as a coach for children's athletic teams and for school-sponsored events.




David Rambo, CPA

Partner
Phone: (773) 831-9732
Fax: (773) 831-9751
Cell: (815) 343-9140
Email: rambo@desmondcpa.com


David Rambo is an audit partner at Desmond & Ahern. Mr. Rambo has over a decade of public accounting and auditing experience, primarily concentrated in auditing construction, credit unions, nonprofit organizations and employee benefit plans. He also has experience in the private sector as Chief Financial Officer, which has provided him valuable resources and insights in terms of business consulting.

Mr. Rambo has also worked closely with clients in order to assist them in varying levels of needs, ranging from bank financing to corporate restructuring, including ownership buyouts.

Mr. Rambo holds a Bachelor's degree in accounting from Millikin University and is a certified public accountant licensed in the State of Illinois.  He holds membership in the AICPA, Illinois CPA Society, and Construction Financial Management Association.




Paul Betlinski, CPA

Partner
Phone: (773) 831-9752
Fax: (773) 831-9752
Cell: (815) 970-2478
Email: paul@desmondcpa.com

Paul Betlinski is an audit partner at Desmond & Ahern. Mr. Betlinski has over a decade of public accounting and audit experience focusing primarily on nonprofit auditing. Paul received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Northern Illinois University. He is a certified public accountant licensed in the State of Illinois and holds membership in the AICPA and Illinois CPA Society.

Mr. Betlinski also contributes and oversees the content and quality of the quarterly client newsletter “Profitable Solutions for Non-Profits” as well as producing other articles of special interest for our clients. In the past, Paul has spoken at the “On Board” event for non-profits presented by the University of Chicago Booth School.  Paul is a member of the Illinois CPA Society's Not-for-Profit Committee that is responsible for researching and educating the public about non-profit accounting issues.  He has served as the treasurer of Esperanza Health Centers, a federally qualified health center on the south side of Chicago.



Vince Walczak, CPA

Tax Manager
Phone: (773) 831-9712
Fax: (773) 779-8310
Email: vince@desmondcpa.com

Vincent Walczak is a tax manager with Desmond & Ahern specializing in the preparation of trust, individual and corporation tax returns, including multi-state filings. His depth of experience also includes compiling and analyzing financial statements and preparation of payroll and sales tax returns for clients in the manufacturing, contractor, professional corporation and retail service industries.

Mr. Walczak earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Michigan State University and holds memberships in the AICPA and Illinois CPA Society. Vincent also enjoys playing baseball during the summer months in several 40 an over leagues.




Michael J. Eifel, CPA, MBA

Senior Manager
Phone: (773) 831-9726
Fax: (773) 779-8310
Email: mike@desmondcpa.com


Michael Eifel is a senior audit at Desmond & Ahern with 10 years of audit and tax experience in the areas of construction, retail and trades industry clients.

Mr. Eifel holds a Bachelor's degree in accounting, as well as, a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in management from Dominican University. He is a CPA, licensed in the State of Illinois and holds membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.




Carol Cullinan, CPA, MBA

Tax Manager
Phone: (773) 831-9704
Email: carol@desmondcpa.com


Carol Cullinan is a Certified Public Accountant with over thirty years of experience in various aspects of accounting, including tax compliance and planning, consulting, accounting instruction, internal audt and cash management. She joined the Desmond & Ahern team in 1997 and oversees tax planning and compliance particularly in the nonprofit area.

Carol has worked closely with several prominent and small non-profit organizations training personnel, designing financial systems, obtaining non-profit status and assisted with various compliance requirements, including multiple state registraton issues with respect to solicitation of contributions.





Patrick Comiskey, CPA

Tax Manager
Phone: (773) 831-9735
Fax: (773) 779-8310
Email: patc@desmondcpa.com

Patrick Comiskey is an accounting and tax manager at Desmond & Ahern with 8 years of diverse tax, financial and business consulting experience for small to medium-sized businesses. Patrick has expertise in providing comprehensive accounting services, including preparation of individual, corporate, partnership, sales and payroll tax returns; financial statement preparation, consultation, bookkeeping and review services; audits, compilations, reviews and financial projections. He also brings experience in Quickbooks Desktop and Online setup, maintenance and review.

Mr. Comiskey holds a Bachelor's degree in accounting from St. Ambrose University. He is a Certified Public Accountanin the State of Illinois.




Meghan Herbert, CPA

Audit Manager
Phone: (773) 831-9729
Fax: (773) 779-8310
Email:meghan@desmondcpa.com

Meghan Herbert is an audit manager at Desmond & Ahern. Ms. Herbert has over 16 years of auditing experience, primarily concentrated in the areas of nonprofit organizations and Governmental entities. This experience includes four years with an international public accounting firm as a senior auditor primarily concentrating in the audits of State Governmental Units, including Government Public Retirement Systems, State Board of Investments, Higher Education and State Boards of Education. This experience has provided her with in-depth knowledge of government compliance auditing and various types of investments.




Melinda Urbas

CFO Consultant
Phone: (773) 831-9708
Fax: (773) 779-8310
Email:melinda@desmondcpa.com

Melinda Urbas joined Desmond & Ahern Ltd. in 2008.  She has over 25 years of management experience in accounting operations, corporate treasury and bank financial services in both large corporate and small business environments.  Her current focus is on servicing the accounting and business advisory needs of clients in the nonprofit sector.  Ms. Urbas holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Northern Illinois University and a Masters of Business Administration with Distinction from DePaul University in Chicago.

Prior to joining Desmond & Ahern Ltd., Ms. Urbas managed the corporate treasury department of a Fortune 500 corporation overseeing the company’s cash management and cash accounting functions, commercial paper and debt programs, bank relationships and the integration of various financial functions during corporate acquisitions and divestitures.  She has a working knowledge of many accounting, treasury, and bank software applications.



Kaitlin Ferrara

Audit Manager
Phone: (773) 831-9730
Fax: (773) 779-8310
Email: kaitlin@desmondcpa.com


Kaitlin Ferrara has 8 years of auditing, accounting and tax experience with an emphasis on auditing and tax preparation for not-for-profit organizations including public charities, schools, private foundations, associations and social clubs. She also has 7 years of experience performing Single Audits and audits of employee benefit plans.

Ms. Ferrara has volunteered with numerous not-for-profit organizations, as well as, for The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Kaitlin holds a Bachelor's of Science in Accountancy from Roger Williams University with a minor in Finance.


Jason Gierhahn, CPA, CFE

Audit Manager
Phone: (773) 831-9725
Fax: (773) 779-8310
Email: jason@desmondcpa.com

Jason Gierhahn is an audit manager at Desmond & Ahern. Mr. Gierhahn has over 13 years of financial and accounting experience in the credit union/banking industry. He became a part of the Desmond & Ahern team in July, 2016 and is responsible for providing audit and other accounting services to credit unions and other nonprofit clients.

Mr. Gierhahn holds an MBA in Financial Analysis and Investments from Saint Xavier University and BBA in Finance from the University of Iowa. He is a CPA licensed in the State of Illinois and Certified Fraud Examiner.

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