The Padgett Small Business Accounting & Tax Team

CHRISTY A. FEDERSPIEL, ENROLLED AGENT, NTPI FELLOW MANAGING PARTNER

Christy is an Enrolled Agent, a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents and the Michigan Society of Enrolled Agents, and is licensed by the Department of Treasury to practice before the IRS. In doing so, she represents the interests of clients and their companies in dealing with all IRS issues and concerns.

Christy is also an NTPI Fellow. A National Tax Practice Institute (NTPI) is an educational branch of NAEA. The NTPI Fellow means that the student completed 72 hours of specialized studying in tax debt services and resolution with the IRS.

Using this expertise, Christy now focuses on Audit Representation, Offer-in-Compromise, Lien and Levy removal, Representation for the IRS, State and UIA. If necessary and reasonable, Christy represents clients in Appeal cases.

In 2018, Christy separated all Tax Debt Work under a new company, Tax Debt Resolution Services, LLC. Christy spends 90% of her time in Tax Debt Resolution Services. The other 10% is in Padgett Business Services of SE MI, a dba of Federspiel Financial Advisors, Inc.

In 1998 Christy opened Padgett with her husband Jack. Christy works on maintaining healthy client relationships whether it is through accounting and tax needs, services or computer support. Christy, while mainly working on tax returns and financial requirements for clients, is also the Managing Partner, responsible for the operations of the firm.

In 1999, Christy began Financial Software Services, Inc., focusing on installing accounting software, often replacing manual or DOS-based accounting environments using the leading Windows-based software product CYMA. She consulted and trained such clients as the Sisters of Mercy in Pittsburgh, Detroit Rescue Mission in Detroit, Heat Treating Services in Detroit, Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers in Buffalo, and Seeskin, Paas and Blackburn in OH. Christy also trained on the accounting software on-site or in the company’s local training classroom. During this time, Christy began to consult and train on leading fundraising software in the country, as well.

Starting in 2004, Christy consulted and supported CYMA on a server in Arizona. This arrangement allowed Christy to focus strictly on the accounting and financial reporting needs of clients in remote areas. In doing so, Christy and staff could provide other services not previously possible in a non-remote environment, such as bank reconciliations, general ledger reconciliations and accounts payable, as needed.

Christy graduated from Villanova University with a BS degree in Accounting and a minor in Computer Science. Her academic degrees concluded with an MBA in Management from St. Louis University.

After years in computer auditing, most recently the Manager of Computer Auditing for Union Pacific Railroad, Christy began her own consulting and accounting firm in 1982. She was Editor and Publisher of the EDP Auditor Quarterly and authored the CISA Review Manual, a guide for individuals studying for the Certified Information System Auditor exam. At that time, she passed the CISA exam.

Christy is a member of St. Kieran Catholic Church and loves to watch movies in her spare time with her dog Bandit.

JACK W. FEDERSPIEL, ENROLLED AGENT, ATA, ATP, NTPI FELLOW TAX PARTNER

Jack’s education includes a BS in Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania along with an MBA in Finance from St. Louis University. His career includes auditing at Cooper and Lybrand, along with advancing financial leadership positions in several industries ranging from cost accounting manager to CFO of many newspapers of a Fortune 500 company. While a CFO in the newspaper industry, he led the operations team in the selection and installation of a newspaper printing press. Earlier, he was one of the youngest controllers of a steel tubing division of a Fortune 500 company.

The CFO positions required Jack and his family to live in 4 major cities over the 15 years with the newspaper company. Jack was selected to reverse the downward financial skid of the papers that occurred preceding him joining the papers.

In 1995, Jack and his family moved to Detroit to again assist with a newspaper that was financially troubled. However, in 1998, he started Padgett Business Services with Christy Federspiel, EA . Their goal changed to servicing small business and individual clients primarily in Macomb and Oakland counties, also with clients residing in several other states.

Jack has been an Enrolled Agent since 2000, and is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents and the Michigan Society of Enrolled Agents, and is licensed by the Department of Treasury to practice before the IRS. In doing so, he represents the interests of clients and their companies in dealing with all IRS issues and concerns.

Jack is also an NTPI Fellow. A National Tax Practice Institute (NTPI) is an educational branch of NAEA. The NTPI Fellow means that the student completed 72 hours of specialized studying in tax debt services and resolution.

He has, also, secured the designation of Accredited Tax Preparer and Accredited Tax Advisor by the Accreditation Council of Accountancy and Taxation, available to those who exemplify proficiency and expertise in tax preparation, along with the additional requirement of increased annual continuing education beyond that required of Enrolled Agents and other tax preparers.

In recent years, Jack has served on the board of the local chapter of the United Way, and has been a distinguished President of the Kiwanis Club. Jack continues to be a member of the community of St. Kieran Catholic Church.

STEVEN W. FEDERSPIEL, ENROLLED AGENT – TAX PARTNER, CERTIFIED XERO ADVISOR

Steve has been with Padgett since November, 2010.

Steve has worked three and a half years as the Chief Accountant at a long-term care pharmacy. During his time at the pharmacy, he managed all accounting functions of the company.

Steve has been an Enrolled Agent since 2014. He is licensed by the Department of Treasury to practice before the IRS. In doing so, he represents the interests of clients and their companies in dealing with the IRS issues and concerns.

Steve received his Bachelors in Accounting from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Steve was an active member of the accounting society Beta Alpha Psi, and he was on the Dean’s List.

Steve is a member of Guardian Angels Catholic Church. He loves to volunteer for such organizations as Manna Meal. For fun he and his wife love to go to any professional sporting event or youth event they can.

BRENDA C. PEARSON – SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

Brenda has been with Padgett since May, 2011.

Brenda is an experienced accounting professional with a background encompassing more than twenty years in public and private sector accounting. She is skilled in payroll management, full cycle accounting through financial statement preparation and taxation.

Brenda’s career began in the banking industry, working as a retirement account specialist. She then established a small accounting and payroll business in which she provided services for several small companies. In 1993, she joined Paul P. Baker and Company, a CPA firm in Troy, as a staff accountant where she worked until 2005. During this time, she assisted in the preparation of tax returns, besides the compilation of financials and payroll reports.

She became the first controller at Michigan Neurology Associates, PC in 2006, setting up their complete in-house accounting system; she also established a system of internal financial controls and implemented an automated internet based payroll system. In 2010, Brenda sought to devote more time to her artistic endeavors and elected to return to her role as an accountant and business consultant, catering to the small business community.

In addition to her business career, Brenda has been active in the arts and crafts industry for many years, teaching classes at local art shops and selling her artwork at local venues. She currently has a gallery within the Yellow Door Artist Market in Berkley.

Brenda received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University and a Master’s degree in Professional Accountancy from Walsh College.

SANDY L. DAENZER – BOOKKEEPER, CERTIFIED XERO ADVISOR

Sandy joined Padgett in 2018.

She is assisting us with her Bookkeeping expertise. She spent fifteen years as the Bookkeeper for Home Town Plumbing Heating and Cooling Supply. During this time she became a QuickBooks Pro. She has expertise in all areas of Accounting. Sandy studied at Oakland University and Michigan State.

TERRI L. ROGERS – OFFICE MANAGER, CERTIFIED XERO ADVISOR

Terri has been with Padgett since 1999.

Since joining Padgett in 1999, Terri has learned many things about the Padgett operation and has moved into many areas of the company as needed over the years. Terri oversees the data entry area and general office activities. She assists with compilation for many clients.

She has an Associate Degree enhanced with additional accounting and tax courses over the years. Prior to her commitment to Padgett, she worked for 14 years in the banking industry.

DENISE S. BALLARD – EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Denise joined Padgett in 2016.

Denise came to Padgett with fifteen years of experience as an administrative assistant and Tax Processor supporting a Fortune 500 CPA firm. Denise assists with Tax Resolutions client cases, E-filing of Corporate and Individual Tax Returns and New Client set-up.

JULIE A. MALLOY – , PAYROLL SPECIALIST

Julie joined Padgett in 2011.

Julie came to us with fourteen years of experience as an administrative assistant with a CPA firm. This position was very similar to her work at Padgett, providing administrative support to a CPA and three accountants. She spent the previous thirteen years as a Senior Administrator in Accounting at IBM, where she was responsible for expenses and accounts payable for several states and supervised a staff of four.

SUE MONACO – SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Sue joined Padgett in 2016

Sue joins us from a local manufacturing company working as an Office Manager/Administrative Assistant. Prior to this she spent twenty-five years working for a travel company also as Office Manager/Executive Administrative Assistant.

CINDY SIMON – ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Cindy joined Padgett in 2018. Her years of experience prior to Padgett include Bookkeeping and working as an Office Assistant with many companies. Her experience expands from MS products, QuickBooks, Purchasing, Dispatching, Collections Accounts Payables and Accounts Receivable.

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