"When we launched our firm, we wanted to be different: creative, client-focused, pushing to help our clients improve and develop."

Keith A. Schoenfeld

Entrepreneurial Leaders Personally Involved in Projects

The team of leaders at Mowery & Schoenfeld is made up of experienced business owners, accountants, lawyers, and investment professionals. Offering a wide range of training and experience in financial matters, we believe in an entrepreneurial approach to business and are all personally involved with client projects.

Jeffery L. Mowery, Managing Partner

Jeff is currently head of the firm's tax practice and is heavily involved in the firm's management advisory services. He specializes in business and income tax planning for successful companies and their owners. Jeff has over twenty-five years' experience working with privately held companies and prosperous individuals in defining and solving a variety of business and complex tax problems. His areas of expertise include: business consulting and development, compensation structuring, estate and gift tax planning, financial consulting, complex income tax matters, accounting for income taxes, litigation support, succession planning and personal financial planning.

Prior to co-founding Mowery & Schoenfeld, Jeff was a tax manager in the Chicago office of Grant Thornton, an associate attorney for four years at James P. Meade & Associates and Partner in Charge of Tax Services for nine years at a CPA firm located in Lake Forest, Illinois.

He holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a law degree from Loyola University in Chicago and a Master of Laws in Taxation from DePaul University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. Jeff is also an attorney, a certified financial planner and a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.

Jeff enjoys physical fitness, politics and professional sports. He is an avid reader and learner.

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Keith A. Schoenfeld, Partner

Keith is the firm's practice leader in manufacturing, wholesale, distribution and wealth management. In addition to providing core audit and accounting services, Keith provides specialized consulting services, including merger and acquisition due diligence and transaction support, and consulting in cost control, employee benefit plans, stock based incentive plans, financial reporting, budgeting and operations.

Keith also works closely with companies on taking advantage of federal and state tax incentives afforded to domestic manufacturers and establishing manufacturing operations in countries outside the U.S.

In heading up the wealth management practice of the firm, Keith is a member of the Personal Financial Planning Section of the AICPA and works extensively with clients on personal financial planning, investment management and risk management.

Keith received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University in 1986, is a Certified Public Accountant, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.

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Thomas R. Keenan, Partner

Tom is the firm's practice leader in construction and business advisory services and works extensively with a variety of closely held companies and family owned businesses.  He is a seasoned auditor with expertise in financial reporting, internal control structures, accounting systems and corporate taxation.

Prior to joining Mowery & Schoenfeld in 1997, Tom worked in the Oakbrook office of Crowe, Chizek and Company, LLC. He also was a manager with an accounting firm located in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Tom received a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Northern Illinois University in 1991. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. 

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Anthony M. Cullotta, Partner

Anthony is the firm's practice leader in audit and attest services. He is an expert in meeting the expanded financial reporting requirements specific to the construction industry and assisting contractors by providing the highest quality financial reporting packages to sureties, financial institutions, underwriters, general contractors and business owners.  He is a member of the Association of Subcontractors Affiliates, Construction Financial Management Association, and the Lake County Contractors Association.

In addition to his construction clients, Anthony's current portfolio is comprised of a wide range of companies including manufacturers, distributors, technology companies, service companies and retailers. Anthony's other areas of specialization include assisting private equity groups, venture capital firms and business owners with acquisition and sales transactions, as well as providing business valuation services to closely held businesses.

Anthony is both a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois and a Certified Valuation Analyst. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society, and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. Anthony received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from DePaul University, with major concentrations in both accountancy and finance.

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Matthew B. Schoenfeld, Administrative Partner

Matt is our Administrative Partner. He is responsible for overseeing the firm's operations and reporting, administration staff, IT strategic planning and implementation, human resources and development of human capital within the firm. Matt plays a key role in the integration of acquired firms into Mowery & Schoenfeld.

Matt was formerly a Senior Manager in the accounting and auditing group at Mowery & Schoenfeld. He consulted with small- to medium-size businesses primarily in areas of developing and monitoring internal close processes, financial reporting, systems implementation and tax planning strategies.

Matt is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois Certified Public Accountant Society and the Association for Accounting Administration. Matt has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy and Elementary Education from Elmhurst College and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.

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Diana Zirkelbach, Partner

Diana is a partner in the audit department and is the firm's not-for-profit, government and professional service industry leader. Her experience includes the management and performance of financial statement audits under generally accepted auditing standards. She also consults with closely held businesses, not-for-profit organizations and governmental entities.

Diana is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois Certified Public Accountant Society and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 8741. She is the Secretary to the Board of Directors of Arden Shore Child and Family Services located in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Diana has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.

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Michael Deering, Partner

Michael is Director of Taxes at Mowery & Schoenfeld.  He has extensive technical experience in taxation of individuals with sophisticated investments, estate and gift, trusts, flow-through entities and not-for-profit tax-exempt entities.  He works closely with families to help them accumulate, preserve and transfer their assets and focuses on succession planning, tax planning and compliance as well as family considerations. Michael assists executors, trustees and attorneys in litigation and settlement of inheritance issues.

Prior to joining Mowery & Schoenfeld in 2011, Michael was a tax director at McGladrey’s Chicago office for more than 12 years.

Michael is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  He is an active Board member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council and a member of the Illinois CPA Society where he sits on the Estate, Gift and Trust committee. 

He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy and earned a Master of Science degree in Taxation from DePaul University's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

Away from the office, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and watching Chicago sports teams.

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Michael Kidd, Partner

Michael is a partner in the audit department and is the firm's healthcare industry leader.  His expertise includes accounting theory, financial reporting, benefit plans, technology planning and risk assessment; and valuation matters for tax, mergers and acquisitions, and financial reporting purposes.

Michael holds a Bachelor's degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois and a Certified Valuation Analyst.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.  In addition, Michael serves on the Illinois CPA Society's Accounting Principles Committee, CPA Exam Award Task Force, and Accounting and Auditing Conference task force. 

Personal interests include reading, swimming, bicycling and automobiles.

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Emo Dellanina, Partner

Emo joined Mowery & Schoenfeld in 2014 through the acquisition of Wolowicki and Associates. He works with privately held businesses, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals in the areas of financial reporting, taxation and management advisory services. His focus is on advising clients to create, build and manage their wealth.  

Emo brings 25 years of experience to Mowery & Schoenfeld. He joined Wolowicki and Associates after graduating from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis. in 1987. Emo is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society, the St. Norbert College Capital Campaign Committee, the Northwest Community Hospital Foundation President’s Circle and the Union League Club of Chicago.

Emo, his wife Mary and three children reside in Mount Prospect, Ill.

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Ron Katch, Counselor

Ron received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois in 1955. After two years serving in the U.S. Army in Korea, he started his public accounting career. He opened his own practice in 1959 and formed the partnership, Katch, Tyson, & Company in 1971. The firm joined Mowery & Schoenfeld in 2009.

His more than fifty years in public accounting has been devoted exclusively to privately owned businesses. He has concentrated his efforts on leading his firm in providing independent audits and all other accounting and bookkeeping services. He joined with Neal Tyson in directing the firm with tax compliance and planning services.

Ron has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Illinois CPA Society, one as Secretary. He represented the Society on the Governing Council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for seven years. While active in the Illinois CPA Society, he chaired many committees and was awarded the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ron was also active with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants serving on the Tax Executive Committee, the Ethics Executive Committee and the Private Companies Practice Section Executive Committee. He also served as chairman of the Professional Liability Insurance Plan Committee. During this period he was instrumental in creating American Insurance Group, a publicly held corporation of CPAs devoted to assuring the availability of professional liability insurance to the CPA profession. He served on the Board of Directors from its inception in 1987 through 2007, serving as Chairman for the last eight years. He is a consultant to the corporation, has the title of Chairman Emeritus and serves on the board of directors of a subsidiary, AmerInst Professional Services, Ltd.

Ron has also been active with his national college fraternity, having served as its national president and currently on the Board of Directors and as Vice-Chairman of the Sigma Alpha Mu Endowment Fund and on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Sigma Alpha Mu Foundation. Sigma Alpha Mu joined six other national social fraternities to buy the James R. Favor & Company insurance agency and Ron serves on the Board of Directors and as its Treasurer.

When not participating in the above activities, Ron enjoys exercising and travel.

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Thomas G. Reger, Counselor

Tom attended DePaul University and received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1957. After graduating from DePaul, Tom began his accounting and tax career with Arthur Andersen. From 1970 through 1990, Tom was the partner in charge of the tax practice for closely held companies in Arthur Andersen's Chicago office. Tom has extensive experience in individual and corporate tax planning, succession planning, acquisitions, incentive compensation plans, and estate and trust taxation.

Tom served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Schwarz Paper Company and Group II Communications, Inc., from 1994 to 2001.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Tom serves on the Board of Directors of Mercy Hospital in Chicago and Catholic Charities. He previously served in a number of roles with DePaul University, including Chairman of the President's Club and President of the Ledger and Quill Society.

When he is not busy working on client matters, Tom enjoys golf and fishing.

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Neal R. Tyson, Counselor

Neal is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduating, he went to work at the Internal Revenue Service and then at local CPA firms. In 1971 he cofounded Katch, Tyson, & Company, where he was a partner until July 2009 when the firm merged with Mowery & Schoenfeld, LLC. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.

Neal specializes in income taxes and income tax planning for closely held companies and their owners. He also works closely with his clients on estate planning.

Neal's interests outside the office are his family, tennis and travel. He spends a great deal of time with his 10 grandchildren.

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Jerome Wolowicki, Counselor

Jerry joined Mowery & Schoenfeld in 2014 through the acquisition of Wolowicki and Associates. He started Wolowicki and Associates more than 30 years ago and brings more than 40 years of experience to Mowery & Schoenfeld. 

Jerry works with privately held businesses, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals in the areas of financial reporting, taxation and management advisory services. His focus is on advising clients to create, build and manage their wealth. 

Jerry is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.

Jerry and his wife Cindy reside in Deer Park, Ill.

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Celia Z. Geiger, Senior Manager

Celia is a senior manager with a wide range of business and tax experience with closely held companies, retirement and welfare plans, not-for-profit organizations and high-net-worth families.

Prior to joining Mowery & Schoenfeld in 2009, Celia was a partner at Katch, Tyson, & Company, a Northfield, Illinois-based CPA firm.

Celia received a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. Celia also serves on the Advisory Board for the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Kenneth J. McGrath, Senior Manager

Ken has worked with a variety of closely held companies and family businesses for more than thirty years.  His expertise is in individual and corporate taxation and financial reporting.

Prior to joining Mowery & Schoenfeld in 2009, Ken was a partner at Katch, Tyson, & Company in Northfield, Illinois.

Ken received a Bachelor's degree from St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota, in 1971, and studied accounting in graduate school at California State University in Sacramento.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.

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Scott A. Rubin, Senior Manager

Scott is a Senior Manager with the accounting and auditing group of Mowery & Schoenfeld. He joined the firm on July 1, 2012 as a result of the merger between Baerson, Witonski, Berkowitz & Rubin, LLC, where he was a partner. Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Arizona State University in 1979 and his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Loyola University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1986.

Scott has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1982 and has delivered services for various individuals, businesses, non-profits and other entities since 1979. These services include estate and gift tax planning, management advisory services, preparation and auditing of financial statements, and preparation and consultation on individual, partnership, corporate, estate, trust and gift tax returns. He is involved in valuations of closely held businesses and has been an expert witness through litigation support services.

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Sheila R. Pope, Manager

Sheila leads the Specialized Accounting Services group at Mowery & Schoenfeld, LLC. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.

Sheila worked as a controller for a medium-sized printing company in Skokie for 17 years acquiring expertise in financial reporting, payroll and retirement plans, and inventory and cost control. Prior to joining Mowery & Schoenfeld in 2009, Sheila transitioned from corporate accounting to public accounting at the firm of Katch, Tyson & Company in Northfield. During that time she gained experience preparing a wide variety of individual, corporate, partnership, trust and not-for-profit tax returns.

Personal interests away from the office include spending time with her family, playing the piano, directing a choir and cheering on her favorite sports teams.

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Patricia A. Schreiber, Manager

Pat works extensively with family owned businesses and closely held companies.  Prior to joining Mowery & Schoenfeld, LLC in July 2012, she worked for more than 35 years at Baerson, Witonski, Berkowitz & Rubin, LLC where she worked with real estate developers, managers and various other small business owners in accounting and tax related matters.

Pat received a Bachelor's degree in business from Northeastern Illinois University.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Illinois CPA Society.

Pat’s interests outside the office include spending time with her family, gardening and searching for treasures at antique stores with her husband.

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Richard R. Silvers, Manager

Richard is a Manager in the Specialized Accounting Services group at Mowery & Schoenfeld. He consults with small- to medium-sized businesses in the areas of accounting and bookkeeping, tax planning, business and financial consulting, and statistical analysis. With more than 30 years of accounting experience, he offers a wealth of knowledge of corporate, partnership and individual tax planning and preparation. In addition to working with clients, Richard specializes in training staff and clients on various accounting software as well as mentoring and training junior staff accountants.

Prior to joining Mowery & Schoenfeld in 2012, Richard was a senior staff Certified Public Accountant at the Northbrook, Illinois CPA firm of Baerson, Witonski, Berkowitz and Rubin LLC. For more than ten years, Richard was responsible for audit and accounting clients, interim and year-end financial reporting, tax planning and preparation, as well as supervision of the firm’s bookkeeping personnel.

Richard attended Roosevelt University and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1981.

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Jed A. Ang, Manager

Jed is a manager in the firm’s tax practice. He has extensive tax knowledge of partnerships, S-coporations, high net-worth individuals, and multi-state entities.

Jed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.  He is currently pursuing his Master of Science in Taxation at Northern Illinois University.

Jed is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.

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Jonathan R. Sniegowski, Manager

Jon is a manager in the firm’s tax practice. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy, Master of Science degree in Accountancy, and Master of Science degree in Taxation from Northern Illinois University. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois and is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.

Jon’s extensive experience includes tax planning and compliance for partnerships, corporations, high net worth individuals, trusts, and estates.  In addition, he assists with the firm's recruiting efforts at various universities.

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Kristen A. Jacobsen, Manager

Kristen is a manager in the Tax Department at Mowery & Schoenfeld, LLC. She has a wide range of experience including taxation of large corporations, closely-held businesses, multi-state taxation, individual income tax, and trust and estate taxation. Kristen also spends time organizing recruiting efforts at Mowery & Schoenfeld, LLC.

Kristen graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Accountancy and a Master of Science degree in Taxation from Northern Illinois University. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois and is a member of the AICPA and the Illinois CPA Society. She has also served on the State and Local Tax Committee of the Illinois CPA Society.

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Michelle L. Haines, Manager

Michelle is a manager in the accounting and audit group at Mowery & Schoenfeld, LLC. Applicable experience includes the management and performance of financial statement audits under generally accepted auditing standards. 

Michelle specializes in providing services to companies operating within the construction industry. In addition to her construction clients, Michelle services industries comprised of manufacturers, distributors, service companies, and not-for-profit organizations. 

She has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois. Michelle is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.

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Danielle Gambini, Manager

Danielle is a manager in the audit department with experience in attestation services, business valuations, and corporate/individual taxation. She works with clients in a variety of industries including, but not limited to, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, and construction. Danielle also spends time developing and enhancing the firm's mentorship and internal training programs. 

Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and marketing from Augustana College and a Masters of Accountancy from Northern Illinois University. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS), and the ICPAS Young Professionals Group

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