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Berard & Associates, CPA’s P.C. is a full-service Certified Public Accounting firm located in New York. All our CPA’s hold valid NY State CPA Certificates.

Meet Our Staff:


Donalee Berard, CPA

Donalee has been a partner with the firm since 1984.  She is licensed in NY, NJ, and PA and specializes in serving individuals, small businesses, not-for-profits and government clients.  She graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College with degrees in Accounting and Actuarial Science.  She is a member of AICPA, NYSSCPA, NCCPAP Government Audit Quality Center, Employee Benefit Audit Quality Center, and Not for Profit Division.  In her free time, Donalee is an active member of the Suffern Rotary Club, as well as a board member of the Suffern Library.  She enjoys salsa dancing for fun.


Joann Arendes, CPA

Joann is a partner in the firm who focuses primarily on Not-for-Profit clients, including the performance of financial statement audits and reviews, A133 compliance audits, NYS Consolidated Fiscal Reporting filings and Employee Benefit Plan audits.  She is a member of AICPA and NYSCPA's and has been with Berard & Associates since 2005.


Kevin Cramsie

Kevin is an Accounting Manager in the Accounting and Tax department.  He received his Associate's Degree in Accounting from Rockland Community College and his Bachelor's from St. Thomas Acquinas College.  He joined Berard & Associates in 2008.  He has been married to his wife, Laurie, for over 20 years and they have a son named Michael.  Kevin is an avid sports fan who enjoys hiking and darts.


David Raiken

David started as an intern in January 2018. He became full time in May 2018. He is currently working towadrs a bachelor degree in accountng at SUNY Plattsburgh.


Dawn Van Sise

Dawn has been working as an Office Manager for CPA firms since 2003.  She joined the Berard & Associates staff in 2013.  





Gail Weiss

Gail began working as a Secretary for Korn Rosenbaum LLP in 1981 and joined Berard & Associates as the Secretary and Manager of Client Services on January 1st, 2017.  She has been married to her husband, Todd, for almost 25 years and they have 2 children, Todd Jr. and Juliann, and 3 rescue dogs.


Michael Rockefeller

Michael worked for Korn Rosenbaum LLP from 1988 to 2016 before the business was absorbed by Berard & Associates in January of 2017.  He works as an Auditor focusing on Employee Benefit Funds, Not-for-Profits, and Governments.


Sivkova Yekaterina

Katya has been with Berard & Associates working as an auditor since October of 2016.  She is fluent in Russian.


Randi Hertzman

Randi has been an auditor with the firm since 2011.  She graduated from Pace University and has worked at a Fortune 500 Company.  She enjoys roller coasters, horseback riding, traveling and cooking.  She and her husband have 3 dogs.


Marian Mercurio, CPA

Marian joined the firm in 1988 and is a licensed CPA in Accounting.




Kathleen Haubner, CPA

Works with small businesses and individuals.  She worked as an Audit Engagement Manager from 1994 to 2000, after which she became a firm partner at Korn Rosenbaum LLP.  She became a part of the Berard & Associates staff in 2017.  





Meryl Simonson

Meryl is a Senior Accountant in the audit department. 


Keith Douglas MBA, MPA

Keith is an audit manager for government and Not-for-Profit engagements. He joined Berard & Associates in 2021. He has many years’ experience in government from the City of Newburgh. He also worked at PKF O’Connor Davies, LLC., in the Elite Accounting Unit. Keith earned his BBA in accounting; Master’s in Public Accounting; and Master’s in Public Administration from PACE University. Keith also earned his MBA in accounting and finance from IONA College. Keith is a life-long Dodger fan and enjoys Southern California.


Declan and Harrison Donahue

And introducing our two accountants in training, Declan and Harrison Donahue!



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