Mathematics Alumni in Accounting/Tax Services

Lauren Krzaczek '17

Growing up skiing at Smuggler’s Notch made Saint Mike’s an easy choice for me. I graduated in the spring of 2017 with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Medieval Studies. Taking courses in the humanities was a good break from the math side of my education, and it made me a well-rounded liberal arts graduate. I quickly fell in love with Saint Mike’s during my four years, but I also fell in love with the Burlington area and decided to stay.

During spring of my senior year I accepted a position as a Credit Analyst at Yankee Farm Credit in St. Albans. Yankee is a cooperative, owned and governed by the borrowers we lend money to. We lend to farmers, farm-related businesses, and country home-owners throughout Vermont and a small portion of both New Hampshire and New York through six different locations. As a Credit Analyst, I analyze the financials of our borrowers to determine their credit-worthiness. These financials include balance sheets and profit and loss statements. Once the analysis is complete, I work with loan officers to write up a narrative about the borrower and the loan, and set up the logistics of the loan, such as the term, interest rate, and other particulars.

During my time at Saint Mike’s I never would have guessed that I would end up with a financial career right after graduation because it was hard for me to imagine myself with any career. Especially since I never took any accounting classes at SMC, this position seemed daunting. However, the variety of different classes I took and the challenging problem-solving classes supplied by the math department made me capable and prepared to learn anything and everything I need for my job now.

Eileen Mullowney '12

Born and raised in Burlington, Vermont, St. Mike's was a natural fit for me. I graduated in 2012 with a major in accounting and a minor in mathematics and went on to obtain my MBA from Clarkson University. After graduating from Clarkson in 2013, I joined a small accounting firm in Burlington and worked towards obtaining my CPA license. 

After 2 more years in Vermont, I decided I needed a break from the cold and moved to warm and sunny Bermuda! In Bermuda, I work as a tax accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. I specialize in U.S. and international tax compliance and strategy for insurance companies and investment funds.

St. Mike's mathematics education has provided me with the tools I need to succeed in life, whether it be the problem solving skills needed to pass the CPA exam or the technical and research skills necessary in my day-to-day job requirements. The mathematics professors challenged me to really push myself and that work ethic translated well in my career. Looking back 4 years later, there's only 1 thing I'd change about my mathematics education at St. Mikes - I'd major in mathematics this time!

Anthony Aliquo '09

I currently work at Minerva Neurosciences, Inc. in Waltham, MA as an Accounting Manager. Minerva Neurosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: NERV) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapies to treat central nervous system (CNS) disorders. As the Accounting Manager at a small public biotech company, I have a number of cross-functional responsibilities. Most of my time is spent completing the daily accounting and quarterly financial filings though. I find the biotech industry to be exciting as it’s always changing and the science is very interesting. My career path has changed a few times but, each step has been very important.

I graduated from Saint Michael’s College in the spring of 2009 and moved to Wilmington, North Carolina in the winter of 2010. I worked in the mortgage industry for two years before going back to school to obtain a Master of Science in Accounting from UNCW. I graduated in the spring of 2013, moved to Charlotte, NC shortly after, passed all four sections of the CPA exam, and started with Deloitte & Touche, LLP as an External Auditor in the fall of 2013. After being promoted to Audit Senior, I accepted an international opportunity with Deloitte and moved to Bermuda. I worked in Bermuda for over a year before moving to Boston to work for BDO USA, LLP until leaving as an Audit Manager in the summer of 2017. I have worked at Minerva Neurosciences, Inc. ever since leaving public accounting in the summer of 2017.

My mathematics degree and time at Saint Michael's College has helped prepare me to be a successful business professional. The study of mathematics has provided me with an excellent basis for accounting and finance. It has also been very beneficial while preparing my work as I’ve already had practice presenting information in a logical way, similar to writing mathematical arguments and proofs. My mathematics background was one of the reasons I was originally hired at Deloitte that started my career in accounting. My liberal arts studies at SMC have also helped me become a well-rounded person, which is extremely important professionally and personally. In addition to a great education, Saint Michael's College is recognized everywhere I go and has been great for networking.

Patti Bodkin Martucci '04

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I'm working as the Accounting Supervisor at HarborOne Credit Union where I use my math analytical skills almost daily. I've found myself using them in problem-solving approaches to finding discrepancies or recognizing trends in expenses.

I have always had a "knack" for numbers. When I was younger my parents bought me a game called "Smath," which was essentially Scrabble with numerical equations instead of words. Friends will tease about how easily I remember phone numbers and birth dates and recognize license plates, but it all comes from my love for numbers.

After my first two semesters at Saint Michael's, I recognized that majoring in Math was the right decision for me. Around that same time I took an Intro to Business course and really liked the accounting portion of the class. The following summer I was fortunate to get a seasonal job in the accounting department of a local bank. Since I was only working for the summer, I covered for almost everyone in the department, which enabled me to understand how the department functioned. My experience there led me to minoring in Accounting at Saint Michael's, which, to this day, continues to complement the technical and analytical skills I learned in my advanced math classes at the college.

As part of my career growth, I have decided to further my education by pursuing a Master's in Science of Management focused in Accounting. My math skills have given me a solid base to build from and this degree will better equip me to handle day-to-day decisions and to develop a more thorough knowledge of the business world.

See Patti's profile on the Mathematics Association of America Web site.

Julie M. Brownell '02, CPA

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I am currently the Assistant Controller for Newburg & Company, LLP, a CPA firm in Waltham, MA. We provide full accounting services; corporate and individual tax return prep, audits, and consulting. Basically, I run the accounting for a 25 person CPA firm. I take care of the books, prepare the financial statements, run payroll, and take care of a lot of the HR stuff (health insurance, etc.) I do some billable accounting work for clients, as we have several clients that we do work for in-house. I kind of get the best of both worlds of accounting, because while usually my position would be considered private accounting, I do work for a public CPA firm, so I still get to work with various clients, and do some consulting work with QuickBooks; and while I do have extended hours during tax season, I don’t have the stress of doing tax work.

I received my CPA in May 2010, and am now licensed in New York State. I took classes at SUNY Albany, Business Law at Hudson Valley Community College, and met my finance requirements online at Empire State College. I had to go to different places based on what was offered when. They require 120 semester hours with a certain number of credits for core accounting classes, business, and economics. A minimum of 150 semester hours are required to sit for the exam, and you may have to have a degree in an approved course in order to apply. This is all for NYS of course, but I think MA has the 150 hour rule as well.

My mathematics degree has helped me a lot, especially in the areas of problem solving and organization. Accounting is mostly plusses and minuses, and just like when solving an equation, everything has to balance. A minus/plus on one side has to have a minus/plus on the other. This knowledge has helped me a lot in understanding how a balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows are related.

Karen P. Robinson '99

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I am a Senior Tax Manager for BISYS Hedge Fund Services. BHFS as a whole provides financial services, including accounting, record keeping, shareholder servicing and tax consulting, to Hedge Funds and Investment Partnerships. Within the tax department, my responsibilities include: assisting clients with tax issues and planning, calculation and review of all applicable tax adjustments, preparation of tax allocations and IRS Forms 1065 and K-1s, development and review of new tax software applications and functionality, and managing and training our group of 20 individuals.

My experience at Saint Michael’s as a math major taught me to think analytically and to visualize a project by its many parts rather than as a whole; both of these mindsets have been key to my success as a tax consultant. Having the ability to think analytically is crucial when working within the tax profession. The logic and reasoning skills learned through mathematical problem solving have certainly added to my success and ability to work with our IT department developing new tax applications and functionality. My ability to communicate and work well within a team was also valued at Saint Michael's and has proven to be an indispensable trait in life as well as my career.

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