Walsh Accounting Team

Amy Walsh, CPA

Principal

I have worked with small business owners for over 20 years, and we have a great team to take care of your business!  We’re here to make your life easier!

I specialize in systems and process setup for small businesses and also have extensive experience in financial statement preparation, financial projections, and audit support.  Because of my varied experience both on the company side as well as the public accounting auditor side, I have developed a thorough understanding of proper accounting principles as well as effective and efficient company processes.

A good system is a good system, no matter your industry.

In addition to my accounting life, I enjoy spending time with my family and bluegrass fiddlin’ with my friends!

Kara Redding

Director of Operations

Kara joined the Walsh team after nearly 11 years in non-profit management bringing experience in operations, human resources, information technology, and facilities management.  Kara has an undergraduate degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management from The Pennsylvania State University and worked for several years in the hospitality industry before moving in to the non-profit world.  That experience has shown Kara that good customer service is the back bone of every industry.  Kara also has a Master’s degree in Leadership and Management, with a concentration in Project Management from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Kara’s most recent position as Director of Administrative Services with a statewide non-profit allowed her to manage several large scale facility projects, including a $1 million HVAC upgrade as well as several process improvement projects including the search for an enterprise document management system, restarting a statewide task force of administrative support staff, and the relocation of three offices from site selection to the build out and staff move.  Kara was able to use her hospitality management skills as well by helping to plan and execute several events while with the organization including a rededication of the headquarters and participation in several charity coat distributions statewide.

Outside of work, Kara enjoys reading and cooking with her family and spends many hours on the sidelines of sports fields cheering on her kids and their teams.

Angela Piotrowski

Director

Angela Piotrowski holds a BBA in Accounting from James Madison University (JMU) located in Harrisonburg, Virginia where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.  She was recruited out of school to join the Big-4 accounting firm KPMG.

In order to diversify her client experiences, Angela accepted the opportunity to join the growing regional accounting firm SC&H Group on their audit team.  After several  years of leading audit engagements for a variety of industries, Angela was recruited to join a rapidly growing insurance carrier as the controller, where she built the expanding accounting and finance infrastructure ultimately earning a promotion to chief accounting officer.

During this time, Angela developed expert level Quickbooks experience and produced clean, audited financial statemetns for a number of years.  She developed a network within the insurance industry and during this time, she decided to develop her own consulting practice which she ran successfully until she was retained permanently by a large insurance broker in a managerial role.

Angela missed the dynamic aspects offered in the world of consulting, and she is now excited to join Walsh Accounting as an outsourced controller/CFO.

Michaela Allen, CPA

Manager

Michaela is a CPA with more than 15 years of in-depth experience in accounting, auditing, and business consulting.  She holds an MBA in Accounting and Finance from New York University.

Before taking some time off to raise her family, Michaela worked in Baltimore as an accounting analyst, focusing on Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance and business process improvement.  Previously, she also held positions in New York City as a finance director for a Fortune 500 company and as audit manager with a Big 4 accounting firm.

Outside of work, Michaela enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys.  She stays busy creating in the kitchen, gardening and volunteering as treasurer for several community organizations.

 

Emily Riddick

Manager

Emily began her work in accounting at a Baltimore non-profit in 2008.  She continued in the accounting field in the non-profit sector until 2013 when she started working with Walsh Accounting Services.   Emily’s experience has included bookkeeping and financial accounting for non-profits, marketing, and advertising firms as well as property management companies.  She used Quickbooks, Quickbooks Online, Xero, and Yardi software in her work.

Prior to Emily’s accounting career, she worked as a broadcast media professional for 10 years.  This included work buying media for national advertising agencies and representing television stations across the country by selling their commercial spot inventory.

When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family, exercise and yoga, cooking, and tutoring and reading to children through Reading Partners Baltimore.  Emily currently resides in Baltimore City.  She has a BA in Sociology from the University of California and a BS in Accounting from Western Governors University.

Katie Calise

Manager

Katie L. Calise is a Bachelor of Science graduate of Towson University, and brings to Walsh Accounting in-depth experience in business administration and an emphasis in management.

Having overseen the administrative operations of the global logistics industry and accounting needs of an engineering firm field for more than 15 years, Katie has gained in-depth knowledge in cutting-edge community-minded industries.  She has been directly responsible for supervising a team in charge of the day-to-day accounting needs of mid-sized businesses.

As a manager at our firm, Katie brings forth well-rounded expertise in Quickbooks Premier, cash flow analysis, HR functions and all facets of business administration.  She has thorough accounting knowledge, having been responsible for payroll (ADP), daily accounting (accounts receivable and payable), implementing and maintaining a purchase order system, reviewing and renewing insurances, in addition to overseeing a successful Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) audit.

Outside of work, Katie, enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She is very involved in her community by volunteering as a Daisy Scout Leader and serving as the PTA Treasurer for her daughters’ school.

Jodie Otte

Manager

Jodie holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Accounting and Business Management with a focus on business organization, internal systems, and forensic and investigative accounting.  She has over 20 years of experience in small business ownership in the fine arts and medical industries.  During her time operating her commercial studio in Baltimore, she worked with local clientele and on production of national advertising campaigns.  For six years, she taught small business operations and pricing for profit for creatives, and traveled in the U.S. and abroad for workshops and speaking engagements.

Prior to joining the Walsh team, she spent several years working as an accounting manager and controller for local small businesses.

In her spare time, Jodie enjoys her family, working with her horses, participating in animal rescue and rehab as well as taking a special interest in sustainability practices.

Nicole Lukasik, CPA

Manager

Nicole is a CPA and has 18 years of professional experience in accounting, audit, tax, and business consulting within the for-profit and non-profit industries.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Accounting, both from Stevenson University (formerly Villa Julie College). 

Prior to joining the Walsh team, Nicole spent over 12 years in the public accounting sector performing audit, tax, and month-end closing support to clients.  From there, she moved to the private accounting sector as a Controller performing operations, month-end closing tasks, financial statement preparation, and audit support for a large, powerline service company.  She successfully streamlined the accounting operations and was responsible for training the accounting staff on new the policies and procedures. 

When she’s not working, Nicole enjoys traveling, hiking, scrapbooking, and spending time with her friends and family.

 

Kelly Fitzgerald

Manager

Kelly holds an associate’s degree in accounting from a local community college and is now working on her bachelor’s in accounting through the University of Maryland Global Campus. She has also taken courses through various entities for specialized certifications in nonprofit and government accounting, as well as, grant writing and management. Kelly has extensive work experience in government and nonprofit accounting by performing monthly closes, audit preparation, and grant management, creating policies and procedures for compliance, and handling daily transaction posting. 

In her spare time, Kelly enjoys the outdoors and time with her family and friends. 

Elizabeth Halteman

Manager

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the College of William and Mary and has over 15 years of experience in investment operations and accounting.  She began her career working with investors and managers of sophisticated portfolios to maintain investment records, monitor fund performance, and prepare financial statements and tax exposure reports to guide investment decisions.  She has experience in equities, fixed income, private partnerships, and complex derivatives.

Later working as a Family Office Manager for ultra-high net worth families, Elizabeth expanded her accounting skillset beyond investments to include personal and corporate accounting.  She is proficient in general ledger accounting, payroll, accounts payable and receivable, entity formation, tax and estate planning, and risk management.  She is a relationship-oriented person and is dedicated to providing a first-class client experience.

Outside of the office, Elizabeth likes to spend time with her daughters reading, playing, and exploring local parks.

Nicolette Worth Wagman

Associate

Nicolette Worth Wagman was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and began working early on as a child in television and modeling.   First career at Senate of Pennsylvania as a legislative aide, she then retired early, after 13 years as a comptroller/executive secretary for the Legislative Data Processing Center, PA General Assembly, to raise a family.

Nicolette worked as a project manager, proofreader and editor in the pre-press industry for PreMedia Global and the York County Heritage Trust, specializing in local history, Spanish and English math (K-12) and science textbooks, and medical journals for the American Medical Association.

Currently, she is working for a large public school district, with experience in PowerSchool’s eFinancePlus (formerly owned by SunGard and sometimes referred to as Pentamation). Experience in Pentamation, Quickbooks Online, Xero, Booker and ProWorkflow.

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