Our Team

All key professional staff members are licensed to practice in the State of New York. All staff members have taken the proper amount of continuing education classes primarily in the area of governmental accounting and auditing as required by Government Auditing Standards, the New York State Education Department and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Some of these classes include Governmental Auditing and Accounting updates, the School District Accounting update, Single Audit OMB’s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) and the implementation of GASB Statement No. 68. Members of our firm have also been speakers at these seminars. All our professional staff members are reviewed on an annual basis. We have had a very low turnover rate over the years which translates into better service for our clients.

The key members of our firm are active members of the following professional associations and committees:

  • New York State Society of CPA’s (NYSSCPA)
  • Public School Accounting Committee
  • Government Accounting and Auditing Committee
  • Professional Ethics Committee
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • New York State, Suffolk County and Nassau County Associations of School Business Officials (ASBO)
  • Governmental Financial Officers Association (GFOA)
  • Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting Committee
  • Association of School Business Officials International (ASBOI)
  • New York State Association of School Boards Association (NYSSBA)
  • School District Internal Auditors Alliance (SDIAA)
  • Long Island Village Clerks and Treasurers Association (LIVCTA)
  • Long Island Water Conference (LIWC)
  • Suffolk County Library Association (SCLA)
  • Suffolk County Village Officials Association (SCVOA)

Partners

Robert S. Abrams

Robert S. Abrams

1926 – 2014

Robert Abrams was the firm’s managing partner.  He was also the tax and senior partner and met the requirements to do certified audits over 40 years ago.  Mr. Abrams had an extensive background in directing audits for governmental clients.  In addition to his experience in directing audits, he had experience in other areas, such as fund balance projections, annual school district budget reviews, flexible spending plans and audits of rate based Pre-School Handicapped Programs.  He was a graduate of Pace University.

Marianne E. Van Duyne, CPA, MBA

Marianne E. Van Duyne, CPA, MBA

Ms. Van Duyne is managing partner at R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP. Ms. Van Duyne is a prior chairperson and current member of the NYSSCPA Public School Accounting Committee and NYSSCPA Government Accounting and Auditing Committee. Ms. Van Duyne serves as a mentor through the NYSSCPA Mentor Match program. She is currently an Advisory Board member of the School District Internal Auditor Alliance. Ms. Van Duyne serves on the AICPA Joint Trial Board. She has served as a Board of Directors trustee for St. Catherine Hospital in Smithtown. Ms. Van Duyne has been a presenter for the New York Government Finance Officers’ Association, Association of School Business Officials New York, New York State School Boards Association, the New York State School District Internal Auditors Alliance and the Long Island Village Clerks Treasures Association. Ms. Van Duyne appeared on WLIW “The Learning Curve” as a panelist discussing school district finances. She has been featured in Newsday’s Executive Suite. Ms. Van Duyne has also been honored as a recipient of Long Island Business News’ 50 Around 50 Award and the Long Island Business News’ 50 Most Influential Women in Business Award. Ms. Van Duyne is a Certified Public Accountant with a Masters in Accounting from Hofstra University. She has earned her School Business Administration Certification from C.W. Post. She is also the recipient of the Association of School Business Officials New York Distinguished Graduate of School Business Administration Award. She has three years auditing experience with Deloitte & Touche and thirty years auditing experience with R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP. Ms. Van Duyne is a member of the GFOA, the AICPA and the NYSSCPA. Ms. Van Duyne specializes in school district, governmental and not-for profit audits.

Alexandria Battaglia, CPA

Ms. Battaglia is an audit partner at R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from C.W. Post. She was the recipient of the School of Professional Accountancy College of Management’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Accounting. She was named the Executive Woman of the Year for the Accounting Profession by the National Association of Professional Women. She has been a presenter for Association of School Business Officials New York, New York Government Finance Officers’ Association and the Long Island Water Conference.  Ms. Battaglia is a member of the GFOA Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting Committee. She is also Chair of the NYSSCPA Public School Accounting Committee and was co-chair for the Public School Accounting Conference Committee. Prior to R.S. Abrams & Co. LLP, Ms. Battaglia worked for Advanced Health Care Resources as a staff accountant for four years. She has twenty two years auditing experience with R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP. Ms. Battaglia is a member of the AICPA, NYSSCPA and the GFOA.  Ms. Battaglia specializes in school district, governmental and not-for profit audits.

Brendan Nelson, CPA, BS

Brendan Nelson, CPA, BS

Mr. Nelson is an audit partner at R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP. He has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island with a concentration in Accounting. Mr. Nelson has been a presenter for the Long Island Water Conference and Association of School Business Officials New York. Mr. Nelson has eight years of audit and tax experience with R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP, as well as two years of experience with KPMG LLP working as a senior auditor. Mr. Nelson is a member of the NYSSCPA Government Accounting and Auditing Committee. Mr. Nelson specializes in school district, governmental and not-for profit audits.

Managers

Christopher Schneider, CPA

Christopher Schneider, CPA

Mr. Schneider is a senior audit manager at R.S. Abrams & Co LLP. He graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Bachelor of Science in Finance. Mr. Schneider has seven years of auditing experience at KPMG LLP, specializing in not-for-profit audits and Single Audits. He is a member of the AICPA, the NYSSCPA Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee, the NYSSCPA Government Accounting and Auditing Committee and the NYSSCPA Public School Accounting Committee. Mr. Schneider specializes in school district, governmental and not-for profit audits.

Senior & Semi-Senior Accountants

Joann Mills, BS, MS

Joann Mills, BS, MS

Ms. Mills is a senior auditor at R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Science in Accounting from SUNY Stony Brook. Ms. Mills is currently pursuing her Certified Public Accountant license. Ms. Mills specializes in school district, governmental and not-for profit audits.

Thomas Lake, BS, MBA

Thomas Lake, BS, MBA

Mr. Lake is a senior auditor at R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marist College and a Master in Business Administration with a concentration in Professional Accountancy from Molloy College. Mr. Lake is currently pursuing his Certified Public Accountant license. Mr. Lake specializes in school district, governmental and not-for profit audits.

Nicholas Hennessy, BA

Nicholas Hennessy, BA

Mr. Hennessy is a senior auditor at R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP. Mr. Hennessy graduated from Baruch College with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Prior to joining R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP, Mr. Hennessy had experience with Gould, Kobrick & Schlapp P.C. auditing labor unions and not-for-profits. Mr. Hennessy has passed all four parts of the CPA exam. Mr. Hennessy specializes in school district, governmental and not-for profit audits.

Charles Rothkopf, BS

Charles Rothkopf, BS

Mr. Rothkopf is a senior auditor at R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP. Mr. Rothkopf graduated from State University of New York College at Old Westbury with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Prior to joining R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP Mr. Rothkopf had over two years of experience in tax and auditing at Marks Paneth LLP and Ives Sultan & Spike CPAs. Mr. Rothkopf is currently pursuing his Certified Public Accountant license. Mr. Rothkopf specializes in school district, governmental and not-for profit audits.

Kelley Golden, CPA, BBA

Kelley Golden, CPA, BBA

Ms. Golden is a senior auditor at R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP. She graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. Prior to joining R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP, Ms. Golden has over three years of auditing experience at KPMG LLP, specializing in not-for-profit audits and Single Audits. Ms. Golden specializes in school district, governmental and not-for profit audits.

Danielle Cupo, B.S.

Danielle Cupo, B.S.

Ms. Cupo is a senior auditor at R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP.  She graduated from Farmingdale State College with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  Prior to joining R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP she had one year of experience with Nawrocki Smith LLP auditing non-profit organizations, municipalities and school districts.    Ms. Cupo is currently pursuing her Certified Public Accountant license.  Ms. Cupo specializes in school district internal audits and external audits and claims audits.

Staff Accountants

Ryan Iovino

Ryan Iovino

Mr. Iovino is a staff accountant at R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business at SUNY College at Old Westbury and will graduate in May 2021. He will then be pursuing a Masters in Forensic Accounting. Prior to joining R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP, Mr. Iovino had over three years of experience at TD Bank. Mr. Iovino specializes in school district, governmental and not-for profit audits.

Mohd Kazam, B.S.

Mohd Kazam, B.S.

Mr. Kazam is a staff accountant at R.S. Abrams & Co., LLP. He has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from SUNY College at Old Westbury. Mr. Kazam has passed all four parts of the CPA exam. Mr. Kazam specializes in school district, governmental and not-for profit audits.

Support Staff

Linda Spinelli

Administrative Assistant

Laina Lundstrum

Administrative Assistant