Meet Our Tax Team
Our clients receive the added benefit of working directly with a highly experienced, well-credentialed staff, along with our sincere commitment to personal customer service. We invite you to contact us directly. We look forward to getting to know you on a personal level.
Jay Poydence, CPA, MST
A founding partner with the firm, Jay has over 30 years of tax and accounting experience. Jay has a Master’s of Science in Taxation degree awarded from DePaul University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Dayton. Prior to joining the firm, Jay gained his extensive experience as a tax professional in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Services Group where he specialized in tax and business planning for closely held businesses and owners. Jay is our firm representative on the AICPA/Tax Division and is a member of both the AICPA and the Illinois CPA Society. He is an avid basketball and platform tennis player and enjoys cross training.
Deborah A. O’Connor, CPA
Debbie joined the firm in 2007 and has managed the engagements performed for numerous business and individual clients of the firm. Her responsibilities include corporate, partnership, LLC and individual tax planning and compliance services, as well as financial statement preparation and analysis. She earned a B.S. in Accounting from DePaul University and is a member of the IL CPA Society.
Valerie K. Dierlam, CPA, MST
Val has been working for the firm for over 15 years and has 25 plus years of experience in tax and accounting. She has a Master's of Science in Taxation from DePaul University and a B.A. in Accounting from the University of St. Francis. Val is a member of both the AICPA and the Chicago Tax Club. She lists gardening as one of her favorite hobbies.
Eric M. Dierlam, CPA, MST
Eric joined the firm in 2011 bringing over 25 years of experience in tax consulting and compliance services. He was awarded a Master's of Science in Taxation from DePaul University and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern Indiana. Eric enjoys coaching basketball for his son's team and playing golf and tennis.