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Neil H. Berkow

Phone: (646) 380-4993
Fax: (412) 684-9741

NEIL H. BERKOW began his career with Touche Ross & Company (predesesssor to Deloitte and Touche), one of the “Big 8” accounting firms, in New York City. He was also a partner in the Manhattan firm of Henry Hinden & Company. A graduate of Lehigh University, he is licensed to practice in Connecticut and New York. Mr. Berkow is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut Society of CPA’s. Married with 2 children, he resides in Stamford, Connecticut.
Samantha Browne

Tax Supervisor
Phone: (646) 380-4994
Fax: (412) 684-9751

SAMANTHA BROWNE received her degree in Public Accounting from Pace University and is currently a Certified Public Accountant candidate. Samantha lives is New Rochelle, New York.
Chelsea Bush

Tax Staff
Phone: (646) 998-7642
Fax: (412) 684-9733
Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

CHELSEA BUSH joined Presti & Naegele in 2022. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from SUNY New Paltz in May 2021 and has been working in the public accounting industry upon graduating. She is currently studying for her CPA exam with plans to obtain her CPA license in 2023. Chelsea is also currently working to become a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor before the end of 2022.
Jay Cavigliano

Administrative Assistant
Phone: (646) 380-4995

JAY CAVIGLIANO joined Presti & Naegele in 2022. He received a BA in Mass Communications from Iona University. With several years of business experience, he brings strong organizational, interpersonal and leadership skills. His professional background includes administration, human resources, production, and hospitality services.
Joseph DeVito

Tax Supervisor
Phone: (646) 979-4907
Fax: (412) 684-9741

JOSEPH DEVITO joined the firm in 2012. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Connecticut. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is currently working toward obtaining his master’s degree. Joe is a die-hard fan of the New York Mets and UConn basketball. He lives in Milford, CT.
Douglas Dietzold

Tax Staff
Phone: (646) 380-4986
Fax: (412) 684-9729
Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

DOUGLAS DIETZOLD joined Presti & Naegele in June 2022.  He received his BS in Accounting from Western Governors University.  Doug is now attending graduate school for his MS in Accounting at Western Governors University and is slated to graduate with a master’s degree in January 2023.
Angelica Farrell, CPA

Tax Manager
Phone: (646) 757-2707
Fax: (646) 666-7120
Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

ANGELICA FARRELL, CPA joined Presti & Naegele in 2015. She earned her BBA and MBA degrees in Accounting from Pace University. Angelica’s prior experience consists of three years in bookkeeping, accounting, individual taxation, business taxation and auditing services. She is now continuing to specialize in individual and business taxation as well as general auditing and accounting services, at Presti & Naegele. Angelica is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
Alex Flores

Consulting Manager
Phone: (646) 380-4987
Fax: (347) 436-9525
Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

ALEX FLORES joined Presti & Naegele in 2009. Prior to working at Presti & Naegele Alex held various accounting positions with a specialization in QuickBooks. In 2003 Alex helped develop a QuickBooks training program for low income co-ops which were part of the New York City’s HDFC program. In addition to being an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Alex is a Crystal Reports developer and custom reporting expert.
Lee Forman, MBA, CPA

Tax Manager
Phone: (646) 757-2704
Fax: (347) 436-9529
Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

LEE FORMAN, MBA, CPA joined Presti & Naegele in 2015. He graduated from Boston University with a BS degree in Communications and received his MBA, with a concentration in accountancy, at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business. He brings three years of experience working with ERP systems, most recently as a Finance Coordinator in the entertainment industry. Lee is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
Elias Koumniotes

Senior Tax Manager
Phone: (646) 380-4979
Fax: (347) 436-9531
Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

ELIAS KOUMNIOTES joined Presti & Naegele in December 2006. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Queens College. With over 12 years of experience in Public Accounting, Elias has serviced Business and Individual clients of all sizes, operating in multiple states and local jurisdictions. He specializes in Corporation, Partnership and Individual Taxation. Elias is also an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
Michael Krauciunas,  MBA, CPA

Tax Supervisor
Phone: (646) 380-4991
Fax: (347) 436-9534
Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

MICHAEL KRAUCIUNAS, MBA, CPA joined Presti & Naegele in October 2012. He graduated from Hofstra University with a BBA degree in Finance and received his MBA in Accounting from Molloy College. He currently specializes in Business, Individual, and Not-For-Profit Taxation, as well as preparation of financial statements for clients across various industries. Michael is a Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor.
Amanda Leibman

Tax Staff
Phone: (646) 380-4982
Fax: (412) 604-9185
Advanced Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor

Amanda Leibman joined joined Presti & Naegele in 2021. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in business from the University of Albany, SUNY in 2020. She is now attending graduate school for her MS in Accounting at SUNY Old Westbury. Amanda is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
Lindsay McGuire

Executive Administrator
Phone: (646) 380-4992
Fax: (347) 436-9545

LINDSAY MCGUIRE joined Presti & Naegele in 2014. She holds a BA degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lindsay comes from a Public Relations background and brings over six years of client relations and administration experience. In addition to providing internal support to the firm, Lindsay also serves as a client liaison and monitors administrative details to serve Presti & Naegele clients with excellence.
Wilberthe “Wray” Micourt

Tax Senior
Phone: (646) 757-2706
Fax: (412) 604-9193
Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

WILBERTHE "WRAY" MICOURT joined Presti & Naegele in 2022. She earned her BS in Accounting at Utica College and MS in Accounting at Western Governors University. Wray’s prior experience consists of 10 years in accounting services, consulting technology and construction services, individual, and telecommunication taxation. Wilberthe is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
Adam Mikelinich

Tax Supervisor
Phone: (646) 798-0659
Fax: (347) 436-9132
Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

ADAM MIKELINICH, joined Presti & Naegele in 2016. He received his BS degree in Accounting from Long Island University Post. He brings experience from Figliozzi & Company CPA where he was responsible for Medicare and Medicaid audits. Adam is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
Lisa Misiti

Senior Administrator
Phone: (646) 998-7649
Fax: (646) 200-5243

LISA MISITI joined Presti & Naegele in 2014. She graduated from Fordham University with a BA degree in Communications and Business Economics. She comes from a global sourcing and development background. Her professional experience includes project and cost management, as well as global vendor management at Ralph Lauren and Ann Taylor. Lisa works closely with the partners to optimize service excellence to clients and provide a positive work environment for staff.
Nicholas Moffitt, CPA

Tax Supervisor
Phone: (646) 998-7646
Fax: (646) 200-5242
Advanced Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor

NICHOLAS MOFFITT, CPA Nick re-joined Presti & Naegele in 2021. He earned his BS and MS degrees in Accounting from Appalachian State. Prior to his rejoining the firm, Nick was working in corporate taxation in the retail industry. With over six years of experience with in Corporate, Partnership, Fiduciary & Individual Income Tax, he is a licensed CPA in good standing in the states of New York and North Carolina. Nick is a Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor.
Damaris Molina

Senior Administrator
Phone: (646) 998-7647
Fax: (424) 298-4317

Damaris Molina joined Presti & Naegele in 2019. She graduated from Queens College with a BA degree in English. With over eight years of administration experience, her professional background includes administration positions in both the Construction field and the United States Health System.
Irina Nesterova

Tax Senior
Phone: (646) 380-4985
Fax: (347) 436-9535
Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

IRINA NESTEROVA joined Presti & Naegele in 2006. She earned her BS degree in Accounting from Bishkek College and her second BS degree in Accounting from the State University of New York. She specializes in the preparation of individual income tax returns, payroll, and sales tax returns. Her public accounting experience began as a Chief Accountant where she was responsible for all accounting functions including monthly closings, quarterly tax reports, financial statements, and internal auditing. Irina is an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
Victoriana Peck

Tax Supervisor
Phone: (646) 380-4978
Fax: (347) 436-9542
Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

VICTORIANA PECK joined Presti & Naegele in 2000. She attended the Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York studying Business Administration and has prior experience selling real estate in New York State. With over fifteen years’ experience, Victoriana works on corporation tax issues as well as general accounting for the firm's business and individual clients. Victoriana is an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
Stephen Percudani

Business Development
Phone: (646) 380-4998
Fax: (347) 436-9532

STEPHEN PERCUDANI joined Presti & Naegele in 2011. Stephen brings 12 years of entrepreneurial acumen to Presti & Naegele. He worked internationally in the sports and entertainment field for six years. Prior to that, he operated a full-service marketing firm in New York. Stephen’s previous experience makes him a valuable asset in the area of business development at the firm.
Andrew “AJ” Presti Jr.

Tax Staff
Phone: (646) 380-4983
Fax: (412) 604-9184

ANDREW "AJ" PRESTI JR. joined Presti & Naegele in a full-time role in 2022, working prior in a part time capacity since 2015. He earned his BA degree in History from St. John’s University. AJ previously worked for Amazon managing delivery logistics, with a focus in customer service and employee relations and he is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
Rhonda Riedel, MBA, CPA

Tax Supervisor
Phone: (646) 380-4990
Fax: (412) 604-9183
Advanced Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor

Rhonda Riedel, MBA, CPA joined Presti & Naegele in 2021. She holds an MS in Accounting from the Gies College of Business at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a dual-specialization MBA in Entrepreneurship and Technology & Operations Management from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. Her prior experience includes over twenty years of accounting and human resources management for individual and small business clients in the construction, technology services and telecommunications industries. Rhonda is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
Patrick Ruggeri

Tax Staff
Phone: (646) 214-8642
Fax: (412) 684-9731
Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

PATRICK RUGGERI joined Presti & Naegele in 2022. He graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Accounting in 2020. Prior to joining the firm, Patrick worked in at a public accounting firm for two years near his hometown of Pennsylvania.
Gaetano A. Saladino

Information Technology Manager
Phone: (646) 214-8643
Fax: (646) 385-7797

GAETANO A. SALADINO joined Presti & Naegele in 2014. He received his BS and MS degrees in Accounting from Saint Francis College. Gaetano brings client-oriented experience from eight years working in the service industry in addition to two years working as a bookkeeper for various small businesses. He began with Presti & Naegele specializing in general accounting and corporate, partnership, and individual taxation, but has transitioned to the field of Information Technology. Since March 2020, Gaetano has been managing the firm’s IT and Cybersecurity infrastructure. Gaetano continuously strives to tighten security and keep IT systems running smoothly so that the firm can operate like a well-oiled machine.
Justin Scarpa, CPA

Tax Supervisor
Phone: (646) 380-4996
Fax: (412) 451-8627
Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

JUSTIN SCARPA, CPA joined Presti & Naegele in 2018. He earned his BS and MS degrees in Accounting from Binghamton University. His prior experience consists of 2 years in conducting audit services for large Manufacturing and Not-For-Profit entities, and tax preparation for various Individuals, Partnerships and Corporations. Additionally, his practice includes preparation, compilation, and review of financial statements. Justin is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
Edward J. Schechter

Phone: (646) 380-4980
Fax: (412) 684-9754

EDWARD J. SCHECHTER was educated at Cornell University (B.S. M.B.A.) where he continues his involvement with the University and its alumni associations. His association with Mr. Berkow dates back to 1974 at Touche Ross & Company in New York. Later, he joined Mr. Berkow at Henry Hinden & Company, also becoming a partner there. After 4 years involvement with his family’s manufacturing business, he joined forces once again with Mr. Berkow in 1987, continuing Mr. Berkow’s firm under the name Berkow, Schechter & Company. Mr. Schechter is licensed to practice in Connecticut and New York and is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and the New York State Society of CPA’s. He is married and resides in Stamford, Connecticut.
Erick Steen

Tax Supervisor
Phone: (646) 998-7641
Fax: (412) 684-9755

ERICK STEEN is a Certified Public Accountant and received his Bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College. Erick lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with his two children.
Andrea Suarez

Administrative Assistant
Phone: (646) 757-2705
Fax: (347) 331-0945

ANDREA SUAREZ joined Presti & Naegele in 2017. With an extensive 17 year experience in business administration, Andrea is a versatile professional administrative assistant, adept at providing client support, streamlining office operations and handling multiple projects simultaneously.
Sabahat Tanveer

Tax Staff
Phone: (646) 998-7460
Fax: (412) 296-5759

SABAHAT TANVEER joined Presti & Naegele in September 2022. She earned both her Bachelor’s in Finance, as well as her Master’s in Accounting, from St. John’s University’s Peter J. Tobin College of Business, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in August 2022. She brings over three years of experience working in international tax, focusing predominantly on filings for Foreign Corporations and Disregarded Entities.
Tracy Tasch, CPA

Tax Manager
Phone: (646) 798-0657
Fax: (708) 842-0360
Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

TRACY TASCH, CPA joined Presti & Naegele in 2015. Tracy holds a BS degree in Accounting from SUNY Albany and a MS degree in Taxation from Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York. She brings over ten years of experience in servicing individual, corporate, partnership, and not-for-profit tax clients. Her experience includes two years as a professional tax administrator which allowed her to gain valuable knowledge of aspects of client engagements, processes, and procedures. Tracy is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
Lisa Varela

Senior Tax Manager
Phone: (646) 380-4972
Fax: (347) 436-9536
Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

LISA VARELA joined Presti & Naegele in 1988. She specializes in corporation, partnership and individual taxation and has experience in the areas of estate, trust and gift taxation, pension plans, and small business consulting. Lisa is an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
Thomas J. Zanata, CPA

Senior Tax Manager
Phone: (646) 380-4984
Fax: (646) 200-5242
Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor

THOMAS J. ZANATA, CPA joined Presti & Naegele in 2013. He graduated from Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York with a BBA degree in Accounting and received a MS degree in Accounting from Pace University. He brings client-oriented experience from over six years in the service industry, as well as experience with bookkeeping, individual taxation, and corporate taxation. Thomas is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.