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C.E.A. Scholtes & Associates strives to provide the highest quality accounting services to our clients with the most responsive, professional team possible. Our team is a diverse group of professionals with many years of accounting and auditing experience. Our associates are multi-talented not only in accounting skills but also in other areas of life such as community involvement, dance, music, and sports. We are proud to have such a talented and dedicated group of individuals to get the job done!
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“I serve on some boards, play racquet sports, coach rec baseball, and play the guitar!”
Chris is a Certified Public Accountant with over 23 years of experience in public accounting. He is President of C.E.A. Scholtes & Associates Certified Public Accountants (24 employees) specializing in servicing small, middle market and emerging businesses, international businesses and non-profit organizations. Chris has also assisted large public companies with complex and technical accounting issues and implementations of technical accounting pronouncements. Chris established his practice in September 2002.
The Firm has a concentrated approach on serving small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations. The practice is predominantly centered around providing many types of accounting services including – back office remote and on-site accounting, part time or interim CFO services, monthly closes and financial statement preparation and analysis, internal control audits, budgeting, forecasting, cash flow analysis, capital campaign accounting and reporting services, business plans, internal control reviews, accounting software implementations and training, FASB implementations, etc. In addition, the Firm performs audits, attest engagements such as reviews, compilations, agreed upon procedures and fraud investigations.
Chris began his career first at Arthur Andersen and Co., LLP in September 1993 where he serviced large public companies with SEC reporting requirements for almost three years. He then joined RSM McGladrey’s (formerly known as C.W. Amos & Company) Audit and Business Advisory Group where he spent almost five years and was promoted twice (first to Supervisor then to Manager). Chris then joined Stout, Causey & Horning where he regularly managed large and complex audit engagements for the Firm. Additionally, he was in charge of performing technical reviews for the partner group on deliverable products to clients.
Chris has extensive nonprofit volunteer service. He served ten years as the Treasurer of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter. Subsequent to serving as interim CFO for the Maryland School for the Blind (MSB) (over 300 employees & over $35 million in portfolio assets) Chris was appointed to the Board of Directors of the MSB and was elected Treasurer. Chris served ten years as the Treasurer of MSB. Chris currently serves on the Finance Committees of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Towson, Maryland as well as on the Immaculate Conception School’s Board of Directors. Chris also serves as the Treasurer of the Homeland Community Foundation in Baltimore and on the Finance Committee of L’Hirondelle Club of Ruxton where he was recently appointed to the board of Governors. Chris is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants(MACPA).
Chris is a graduate of the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola University – Baltimore, Maryland. While at Loyola, Chris served as President of a student accounting organization, received various honors and was selected by the faculty as a member of the 1993 Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Chris lives in Baltimore with his wife, Marta (also a CPA and Loyola University graduate and integral part of the practice) and their three children.
“I ran 3 marathons and a bunch of ½ marathons, but I mainly love to play tennis now!”
Marta is a Certified Public Accountant with over ten years of experience in public accounting. She specializes in servicing small and emerging businesses and non-profit organizations with various accounting services. Marta also has a significant background in the taxation of corporations (S-Corps, C-Corps) and partnerships (LLP’s and LLC’s). In addition, Marta has experience in serving many different types of companies including, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and construction contractors. Marta has spent her entire career with Ellin & Tucker, Chartered, Certified Public Accountants and Business Consultants prior to join the firm. She was promoted to Senior Accountant then to Supervisor over the course of her career. Marta, alongside her husband, Chris, heads up the accounting services practice of C. E. A. Scholtes & Associates. Marta is a graduate of the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola University, Maryland. While at Loyola, Marta received various academic honors. Marta is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.
“I volunteer my accounting services for Brandon Tolson Foundation I am also an expert Bunco player!”
Michelle has over 15 combined years of public and private industry accounting experience. Michelle regularly performs attest engagements including audits, reviews and compilations as well as preparing financial statements. She also uses her extensive QuickBooks knowledge to provide accounting services to the Firm’s clients. Michelle specializes in internal control compliance and oversees the technical and quality control reviews of deliverable reports for approximately 20 internal control engagements annually. In her role as Vice President of the Firm, Michelle also manages new client transitions into the Firm, researches technical accounting pronouncements, assists with firm-wide annual training, assists with the Firm’s peer review process and assists the President of the Firm with potential new clients, including meeting with prospective clients, developing engagement budgets, and drafting proposals and engagement letters.
Prior to joining the Firm, Michelle served as Assistant Vice President and Treasurer at Madison Bank of Maryland for the majority of her tenure with the bank. Her duties included general ledger management, financial report preparation and Federal reporting. She also oversaw the daily management of the accounting department at the bank.
“I am a QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor and I know sign language.”
Stacy Davis has over 20 years of experience in accounting, human resources, financial and office management. She joined C.E.A Scholtes & Associates in February 2009 after 12 years as an Office Manager for an Architecture firm in Baltimore. Stacy has extensive knowledge in QuickBooks accounting software, payroll services, accounts receivable/payable, bank reconciliations, report management, budgeting, credit card processing, and much more. She is currently managing accounting engagements for a wide range of clients including multiple non-profits. Also, in her role as Vice President of Accounting Technologies, Stacy manages the firm’s IT hardware and software technologies, researches and implements new and relevant tech-based accounting programs for staff and for clients, assists the staff with technology questions and troubleshooting, and provides monthly technology classes for Firm personnel.
Marina has seven years of experience with the Firm working on many accounting, auditing and tax engagements. She joined C.E.A. Scholtes and Associates in 2009 and since then has assisted the firm with year-end attest engagements including audits, reviews and compilations. Marina specializes in a few key compliance areas of the Firm’s nonprofit practice. She has vast knowledge in the preparation of nonprofit tax returns including Federal Form 990s. She also manages the preparation of all of the Firm’s personal property tax returns and assists clients with their annual charitable registration renewals. In addition, Marina provides accounting services to the Firm’s non-profit clients including month-end closes, account reconciliations, account analysis, financial statement and audit work-paper preparation.
Karen is a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years of experience in accounting. She began her career at Marathon Oil Company in Findlay, Ohio, before moving to Baltimore, where she started at The Hunter Group as a Staff Accountant. Karen then joined Black & Decker, where she held various accounting and finance roles. She had full P&L responsibility managing the financials for several of the company’s divisions during her tenure. Her responsibilities included managing the monthly close, preparing budgets and forecasts, variance analysis, product costing analysis, operational audits, and preparing reports and presentations for senior management. In her last position at Black & Decker, she was Group Controller for the U.S. Power Tools Group. She also participated in the merger of Stanley Tools and Black & Decker in March 2010, and was a key member of the finance transformation team which transitioned the accounting functions to Shared Services groups in Connecticut and India. After twenty years at Black & Decker, Karen became a Controller for Mobilex, a subsidiary of Trident USA Health Services, where she gained experience in the healthcare industry. While at Trident, she performed revenue and margin analysis and integrated twelve acquisitions into the company.
Karen is a graduate of the Ohio State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Karen also has a Master of Business Administration degree from the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola University in Baltimore. While there, she was a member of the Loyola Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, which recognizes high academic achievement.
Cindy is a Certified Public Accountant with 22 years of accounting and finance experience including having worked in public accounting, small business and Fortune 500 companies. She earned a Master’s Degree from the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola College in 2003 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Towson University in 1997. After beginning her career as a staff accountant with two privately held companies, Cindy transitioned to a career in public accounting with Stoy, Malone & Co, PC in 1998. During her time there, she was responsible for monthly accounting, tax preparation and analysis as well as conducting audit and review engagements. Most recently, Cindy worked for McCormick & Company for seven years in their Financial Shared Services Division where she was promoted twice (first to Team Manager and then to Finance Manager). In these roles she was responsible for team management, customer contract analysis and reporting, monthly accounting, budgeting, forecasting and quarterly reporting. She is currently managing accounting engagements for non-profit and for-profit clients. She provides many services to her clients including monthly closes, budget assistance, bank reconciliations, audit preparation and financial reporting. In addition, she works on an annual audit engagement for a non-profit client. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Cindy serves on several committees and volunteers at her children’s’ schools.
“I volunteer at my children’s school and teach Zumba. I also used to play professional basketball!”
Alexandra is a Certified Public Accountant with over 10 years of accounting and auditing experience. She started her career with a regional firm in Baltimore, then spent seven years with a large firm in Philadelphia managing audits. Alexandra joined C.E.A Scholtes & Associates in 2016, when her family relocated back to the Baltimore area. Alexandra’s specialty is in accounting and auditing services for small to middle market companies and organizations in the non-for-profit, real estate/mortgage, law and healthcare industries. Her goal is to help organizations, companies and individuals become more efficient and profitable, as well as enhance her experience and client base.
Becky is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) with over 22 years of accounting experience including having worked in public accounting and private industry. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Virginia Tech in 1998. She began her career as a staff accountant with two small public accounting firms working on audits, reviews and tax compliance for both non-profits and for-profits as well as governmental entities before moving to Stout, Causey & Horning (SC&H) in 2005. While at SC&H, Becky was a senior audit manager focusing on non-profits and employee benefit plans as well as performing technical reviews on client deliverables. Most recently, Becky was the Director of Finance at St. James Academy where she was responsible for the day to day accounting functions including billing, payables, budgeting, payroll, and human resources. She is currently managing accounting engagements for non-profit and for-profit clients. She provides many services to her clients including monthly closes, budget assistance, bank reconciliations, audit preparation and financial reporting. When she’s not working, she’s busy with her 2 daughters and their busy sports schedules!
“I volunteer as Treasurer for a local Ravens Roost and as a coach for clinic soccer.”
Christine has over 12 years experience in public and private accounting. She began her career as an auditor at SC&H Group, LLC, where she was involved in audits across various industries including manufacturing, not-for profit, government, and retail. In 2013, Christine began working with a local window and door manufacturing company as the Assistant Controller where she assisted in the preparation of the daily, monthly and annual accounting activities including the preparation and posting of journal entries, preparation of account analyses and monthly general ledger reconciliation as well as financial statement preparation. Christine graduated from Towson University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and was a member of the Beta Alpha Psi National Accounting Honor Society. She is also the treasurer of her local Ravens Roost.
“I volunteer as a troop leader for Girl Scouts, teach dance, and work at a homeless shelter.”
Teresa brings over 18 years of finance and accounting experience from several fortune 500 firms to C.E.A Scholtes and Associates. Her specialties included in-depth financial analysis, financial reporting, budgeting, and financial training, all utilizing her extensive knowledge of Excel. She is a graduate of Towson University having received her BA in both Finance and Marketing and MBA in Finance at Loyola University of MD. Prior to C.E.A Scholtes and Associates, she was a Sr. Financial Manager with Black and Decker in Towson, MD. There she had full P&L responsibility managing the finances for several of the company’s divisions with responsibilities including managing the monthly close, preparing budgets, variance, revenue/cost benefit, and product costing analysis, as well as preparing reporting packages and presentations to top level management. She also worked on several acquisitions and divestures and new financial and reporting IT system implementations while at B&D.
At C.E.A Scholtes & Associates, Teresa serves our clients by creating comprehensive tracking and allocation models, as well as, preparing quarterly reports for their board of directors. She has worked with her clients to set up schedules through Excel that allocate endowment funds, builds donor statements, create reports for board meetings, provides clients with expense management and reduction recommendations and completes sensitivity analysis and forecasting. She is currently managing several accounting engagements for the Firm’s non-profit clients including monthly closes, budget assistance, bank reconciliations, audit preparation and financial reporting. In addition, she works on an annual audit engagement for a non-profit client.
Aside from her professional experience she volunteers her time helping at her children’s school and church, teaching dance and she runs a community service project for a local hospital.
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Jessica is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over a decade of accounting experience including having worked in public accounting and private industry. She graduated from Loyola College of Maryland with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting followed by a Masters of Business Administration in Management. She began her career at Ellin & Tucker in Baltimore in the accounting and audit department rising from staff accountant through manager, then worked at Greenspring Associates in their finance department. Jessica currently provides internal accounting services for several of the Firm’s non-profit and for-profit clients. She manages monthly financial reporting and analysis, budget preparation and analysis, financial statement preparation for client’s Board of Directors or Investors, cash flow forecasting, and audit preparation. In addition, she assists with some of the Firm’s audit engagements. When not working, she spends time with her husband, two daughters and loves being in the garden or out on a hike!
“I love to travel and have been to 20 different countries!”
Heather has over 10 combined years of public and private industry accounting experience. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2010 and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She began her career in Ernst & Young’s audit practice in Philadelphia and then worked in Baltimore Gas and Electric’s internal accounting department before starting with C.E.A. Scholtes and Associates in 2016. Heather currently provides internal accounting services for several of the Firm’s non-profit and for-profit clients. She manages monthly financial reporting and analysis, budget preparation and analysis, financial statement preparation for client’s Board of Directors or Investors, cash flow forecasting, and audit preparation. In addition, she assists with some of the Firm’s audit engagements. She has an extensive knowledge of QuickBooks and enjoys helping clients automate processes and create efficiencies wherever possible.
“I’m trained in and teach three types of Indian dance – classical, folk and Bollywood.”
Jaya is a Certified Public Accountant with over ten years of experience in accounting. She began her career in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers in July 1999. At PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jaya served in the role of auditor and consultant. She was involved in the audits and consulting engagements of several large federal governmental agencies and technology companies. In April 2001, Jaya joined Millennium Chemicals as a financial reporting accountant. Here she focused on SEC and global consolidation reporting. Jaya joined C.E.A. Scholtes & Associates in 2007. She currently works on several accounting engagements, including many non-profits. Jaya is a graduate of the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Master’s Degree in International Development from American University, Washington DC in May 1999.
Lacy is a CPA candidate with over 8 years of experience in accounting, finance and consulting. She graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in accounting in 2003. Lacy began her career in the tax practice at Deloitte and Touche in the New York City office. Then, she went on to work in the tax department for the Morgan Stanley real estate funds. Lacy earned her M.B.A., also from University of Maryland, College Park, in 2008. After graduating from business school, she worked in management consulting and mergers and acquisitions advisory for boutique consulting firm.
Jenna has over 6 years of experience in public and private accounting. Throughout her time as an auditor at Price Waterhouse Cooper and SC&H Group, LLC, she was involved in audits across various industries including financial service, manufacturing, not-for profit, healthcare, and employee benefit plans. In 2014, Jenna began working with Johns Hopkins as a Senior Accountant in charge of the month end close procedures for Sleep Services of America, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins, and Johns Hopkins Home Care Group. Jenna graduated from Towson University Honors College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and was a member of the Beta Alpha Psi National Accounting Honor Society.
“I coach rec basketball and am Treasurer of the swim team.”
Maureen has more than 13 years of experience in accounting and joined the firm in 2013. Since joining the firm she has assisted with several accounting engagements requiring financial statement preparation, budget/forecasting and other accounting services, as well as numerous internal audit engagements. Her employment background includes various industries including manufacturing, retail and marketing service companies. Prior to joining the firm, she was a Senior Accountant with responsibilities including month-end closes, budget/forecasts, maintaining fixed assets and managing accounts payable. Maureen received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Accounting from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA.
“I volunteer once a week in my son’s class (1st grade this year!) at school.”
Christy is a Certified Public Accountant with 14 combined years of experience in public and private accounting. While attending a 2 year certificate program for Equine Business Management she discovered she liked the accounting segment of business and decided to pursue it as a career. She started as a full charge bookkeeper for a small business while attending school part time to obtain her B.S. in Accounting. After that, she worked for 3 years as an Accountant for a small CPA firm that specialized in clients working as government contractors. She compiled and reviewed financial statements, performed ratio analysis, prepared business taxes, set up accounting systems to be DCAA (Defense Contract Audit Agency) compliant, and created yearly incurred cost submissions for clients. Next, she worked as a Financial Controller for a small business. She closed the books monthly, prepared tax filings including 1099, property, sales, and Business Professional and Occupational License (BPOL), and processed payroll and managed benefits for over 50 employees. In 2014, she completed a M.S in Accounting at Towson State University, and in 2017 she became a CPA. She has experience using various payroll services, and different versions of QuickBooks. In addition to working at the Firm, Christy volunteers at her child’s school.
Kim is a certified public accountant with over 12 years in public accounting. She began her career as an auditor at Stegman & Company focusing on audits and reviews of nonprofit organizations and small businesses. Kim was promoted to manager during her time there. She received her B.S. in Accounting from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She brings extensive knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and financial reporting for nonprofits. Her goal is to help clients achieve their mission and become more efficient and profitable.
Eileen Strauss has over 10 years experience in financial accounting and financial management. She began her career at Shelter Properties, L.L.C. as an accounting supervisor where she oversaw the daily accounting operations of over 40 residential real estate properties. Eileen’s next opportunity was with Connex Transit, TCT, one of the world’s largest transportation companies, where she was a Regional Controller. Here her responsibilities included all accounting functions including month-end close, account reconciliation, variance analysis, and audit work paper preparation. She also gained experience in budget preparation and assisted in making certain that the budget objectives of each department were realized. Eileen became familiar with the manufacturing industry when she later went to work for Norsk Hydro North America, a Norwegian manufacturer specializing in metal and aluminum products. Here she completed all monthly and quarterly reporting for six aluminum metal manufacturing plants in accordance with both GAAP and IFRS standards.
She was also responsible for maintaining fixed asset records and reconciling accounts receivable and accounts payable balances with other internal units worldwide on a daily basis. She later gained experience in the healthcare industry at Johns Hopkins Health System. She managed the financial and accounting functions of the John Hopkins Homecare group to include monthly reporting packages, variance analysis, and inter-company cash reconciliations.
Eileen is a University of Maryland, College Park Graduate with a BA in Economics and Spanish. She also earned her Master in Business Administration with a concentration in financial accounting from the University of Baltimore.
“I’ve been a volunteer at Riderwood Elementary for 14 years!”
Beth is a Certified Public Accountant with over 22 years of experience in accounting. She began her career in public accounting with KPMG Peat Marwick, LLP, in September 1994. During her time there, she was involved in the audits of various healthcare providers, not-for-profit entities and benefit plans. She was promoted to Senior Accountant, then to Manager and finally, Senior Manager. In addition, Beth served as the primary recruiter for KPMG’s Baltimore office. Beth spent her entire career with KPMG before joining C.E.A. Scholtes & Associates. Beth is a graduate of the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola University, Maryland. While at Loyola, Beth received various academic honors, including the Lybrand Accounting Medal and the Management Information Systems Medal.
“Outside of website development, I am currently working towards a BFA in Dance Performance and a BBA in Business at Southern Methodist University!”
After studying at the Peabody Conservatory Dance Program, Grace was accepted to a prestigious performing arts high school named Baltimore School for the Arts. Upon graduating in 2017, Grace accepted a scholarship to study at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she will graduate on honor role with a BFA in Dance Performance and BBA in Business in 2021.
Grace began developing websites as a part-time job while continuing her studies at SMU. This then grew into a small business that she runs completely virtually! Her expertise includes small businesses, entrepreneurs, portfolios, and e-commerce. If you need a new or updated website, contact her through the email listed above.
“I’ve participated in many volunteer projects, such as helping to clean Lake Roland.”
Annie Scholtes Quenzer is the office manager for C.E.A. Scholtes & Associates. She began her career with the firm in May of 2006. Some of her responsibilities include managing the client billing, company payroll, human resources, accounts receivable and accounts payable. In 1999, Annie began working for Pivec Internet as a graphic artist where she managed and maintained interactive programs on Toyota dealer websites. In addition to these duties, Annie was also the Director of Business Development for the company. Annie also handled the production billing for Pivec Advertising, LTD. It was with this job that Annie gained most of her experience in QuickBooks and general ledger management. Annie graduated with a B.S. degree from Villa Julie College.
“I’m a senior at Loyola University Maryland, and I had chess grandmaster or chef as my two dream jobs back in kindergarten.”
“I am a business major at Lebanon Valley College and play baseball there.”
“I am a Medical Laboratory Science Major with a chemistry minor at Salisbury University. I also just adopted a kitten!”