Our Team - experienced CPAs, accounting, auditing, and tax professionals

The SP&Co team of tax and accounting professionals brings its extensive professional experience and exceptional academic credentials to bear for each of its clients. Every team member will collaborate with you to generate progressive ideas that meet your financial needs and provide you with superior and timely service. Our clients receive the added benefit of working directly with a highly experienced, well-credentialed staff, with Shareholder oversight, along with our sincere commitment to personal customer service. We invite you to contact us directly. We look forward to getting to know you on a personal level.

 

We would like to congratulate Melissa Rogers on her promotion to Manager and Jordon Plummer on his promotion to Senior Accountant, as of June 1, 2015.

Shareholders

Fred Duplessis, CPA
Fred Duplessis, CPA Shareholder, Audit Services (802) 223-2352 x112
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Fred received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he graduated with highest honors in 1976. Prior to joining the firm in 1980, Fred had four years of experience working for a certified public accounting firm. Fred became a partner in the firm in 1982.

Fred has provided audit services for municipal governments, nonprofit corporations and commercial entities for many years. He has taught a number of courses sponsored by the Vermont Society of CPAs, the Vermont GFOA, the University of Vermont Extension Service, the Vermont League of Cities and Towns and the Vermont Clerks and Treasurer's Association.

Affiliations: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Vermont Society of CPAs, Vermont Government Finance Officers Association.

Rick Brigham, CPA
Rick Brigham, CPA Shareholder, Audit Services (802) 223-2352 x116
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Rick Brigham graduated Magna Cum Laude from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont with an Associate of Science Degree in Business Management, with an emphasis in Accounting. He worked in the private industry before accepting a position at SP&Co in 1985. Rick became a partner in the firm in 1995. Rick is in charge of a large number of our governmental, nonprofit and commercial audits and is responsible for the design and implementation of our firm quality control system.  Rick is also instrumental in assisting clients with developing sound internal controls as well as facilitating Fraud Risk Assessments. 

Rick lives in Montpelier with his wife and enjoys playing basketball in his free time.

Affiliations: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Vermont Society of CPAs

Chad Hewitt, CPA
Chad Hewitt, CPA Shareholder, Audit and Tax Services (802) 223-2352 x119
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Chad graduated from Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont in 1992 where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. Chad joined SP&Co directly out of college. Chad became a partner in 2002. He is in charge of a large number of governmental audits and provides tax planning and preparation services to many individuals and closely held businesses.

Chad lives in Barre Town with his two children. In his free time, he enjoys playing baseball on Sundays, coaching youth baseball and watching baseball and football. He is also the treasurer of the VT Mountaineers, a local non-profit collegiate baseball team.

Affiliations: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Vermont Society of CPAs

Wendy Gilwee, CPA
Wendy Gilwee, CPA Shareholder, Tax Services (802) 223-2352 x122
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Wendy graduated from the University of Vermont in 1990 where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. After graduation she continued her education, obtaining a concentration in accounting. Wendy joined the firm June, 1995. Prior to joining SP&Co, she worked for the State of Vermont, Department of Taxes and in the legal profession. Wendy became a partner on June 1, 2005.

Wendy provides tax planning and preparation services to individuals, closely held businesses, trusts and estates, and non for profit organizations. 

Wendy lives in Barre Town with her husband and two children. In her free time she enjoys walking and spending time with her family.

Affiliations: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Vermont Society of CPAs

 

Staff

Andy Shuford, CPA
Andy Shuford, CPA Manager (802) 223-2352 x 136
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Andy graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He joined the SP&Co team in 2009 as an accountant and has performed a wide array of functions which include performing Audits of governments, nonprofit corporations and commercial entities.  Andy also provides tax services to individuals, closely held businesses, trust and estates.  Prior to coming to Vermont, Andy was a shareholder in a North Carolina accounting firm.  Andy has over twenty-five (25) years of experience with public accounting and has been an industry Certified Valuation Analyst since 2002.

Andy enjoys cycling, running and camping. He resides in Montpelier, Vermont.

Affiliations: American Institue of Certified Public Accountants, Vermont Society of CPAs, National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts

Michelle Leever, CPA
Michelle Leever, CPA Manager (802)223-2352 x115
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Michelle joined the SP&Co team in 2008, and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Plymouth State College. She has over twenty-five years of public accounting experience and has been a licensed CPA since 1991. Prior to joining our firm, she worked for CPA firms in San Diego, CA and Vermont. She is mainly responsible for tax preparation, including individual, closely held businesses, trust and non-profit returns.

Michelle enjoys quilting, camping and outdoor activities.

Affilitions: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Vermont Society of CPAs.

Melissa Rogers, CPA
Melissa Rogers, CPA Manager (802) 223-2352 x120
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Melissa graduated from Norwich University in 2002, with a Bachelor of Science Degree with a consentration in Accounting.  She joined the SP&Co team in July of 2001 as an intern and then was hired as a staff accountant in June of 2002. Melissa performs a wide array of functions which include performing Audits of local governments and nonprofit organizations. Melissa also performs tax preparation for individuals, closely held businesses, trusts, estates and corporations, which includes Nonprofit Organization Form 990. Melissa passed her CPA exam in March of 2014.

Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and their two small children. In her spare time, she loves to bake and decorate cakes. Melissa can also be found on various fields coaching young kids and teaching them the basics of soccer and baseball. Melissa resides in Marshfield with her family.

Affiliations: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Vermont Society of CPAs.

Jennie French
Jennie French Senior Accountant (802) 223-2352 x117
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Jennie graduated from Champlain College in 1999, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She joined the SP&Co team in 1999 as a staff accountant. Jennie performs a wide array of functions which include performing Audits of local governments and nonprofit organizations, including OMB A-133 single audits. Jenny also performs tax preparation for individuals and closely held businesses.

Jennie enjoys coaching, playing and watching her children play a variety of sports including hockey, soccer, baseball and golf. She enjoys camping with family and friends and exploring the beaches in Maine. Jennie resides in Northfield with her husband and children.

Jordon Plummer
Jordon Plummer Senior Accountant (802) 223-2352 x135
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Jordon graduated from Norwich University in 2012, with an undergraduate Degree in Business Management with a Finance concentration and an undergraduate Degree in Accounting. He joined the SP&Co team directly out of college in 2012 as a staff accountant.  Jordon has performed a wide array of functions, but focuses on Audits of local governments and tax services.  Jordon's professional goals include obtaining his Certified Public Accountant license.

Jordon enjoys playing golf. He won the 2013 and 2014 Stowe Country Club Men's Club Championship and was runner up at the 2013 Stowe Cup. He resides in Barre, Vermont.

Patricia Bisson
Patricia Bisson Senior Accountant 802-223-2352, Ext. #126
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Erin L. Byerly, CPA
Erin L. Byerly, CPA Staff Accountant 802-223-2352, x123
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Erin graduated from Golden Gate University in 2012 where she received a Master’s of Accountancy with high honors, an Outstanding Graduate Award and a merit scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. In 2003 she received a Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts at Goddard College. Prior to receiving her CPA license in 2015 and joining SP&Co in 2016, Erin worked for over 15 years in Central Vermont in various sectors including higher education, not for profit, and architecture. Erin provides an array of services in audit and tax preparation.

 She lives on a hilltop in Montpelier with her husband, sons and pup and enjoys spending time with family, hiking, snowshoeing, gardening and swimming.

 Affiliations: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants

Mathew Goulet
Mathew Goulet Senior Accountant (802) 223-2352 x125
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Mathew graduated from Saint Michael's College in 2012, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Business Administration and a minor in Finance. He joined the SP&Co team directly out of college in 2012 as a staff accountant.  Matt has performed a wide array of functions; most recently focusing on audit and tax services. Mathew's professional goals include obtaining his Certified Public Accountant license, while continuing to learn and develop within the firm.  Matt was promoted to Senior Accountant in June, 2016.

During the summer months, Mathew can be found biking in the backwoods of Vermont, enjoying extended weekends away with his family and friends in Wells, Maine, and watching his favorite sport teams: the New York Giants and New York Yankees. During the cold winter months, Mathew enjoys skiing and snowshoeing the mountainous regions of Vermont.

Sarah Bailey
Sarah Bailey Staff Accountant (802) 223-2352 x121
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Sarah graduated from Norwich University in 2014, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Management with a concentration in Computer Information Systems. She joined the SP&Co team directly out of college in 2014 as a staff accountant and has performed an array of functions mainly focusing on audit. Sarah's professional goals include obtaining her Certified Public Accountant license while continuing to learn and develop within the firm.

Sarah enjoys coaching and refereeing basketball, watching football, traveling, running and playing with her puppy. During the summer months, she also loves the outdoors, hiking, and spending time at the lake. 

Lori M. Batchelder
Lori M. Batchelder Business Manager (802) 223-2352 x113
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Lori graduated from Champlain College in 1988, with an Associate of Science Degree in Accounting. She joined the SP&Co team in 2012 as the Business Manager.  Besides providing management functions to SP&Co, Lori is a QuickBooks Proadvisor and provices accounting, payroll and tax services for clients. Lori passed the Certified Payroll Professional exam in September of 2014.

Lori lives in Marshfield with her husband and 2 children.  During the summer months she enjoys camping with family and friends. Lori is an active member of IABBO – International Association of Approved Basketball Officials and can be found on the basketball court during winter months.

Affiiations: American Payroll Association, Green Mountain Payroll Association.

Linda Gregoire
Linda Gregoire Administrative Assistant (802) 223-2352 x114
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Linda joined the SP&Co team in 1989 as an administrative assistant. She performs a wide array of administrative functions, with her main emphasis being clerical assistance in the preparation of the firm's audit reports issued. Linda's duties also include payroll processing and billing.

Linda enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, running, gardening and decorating. Linda resides in Barre Town with her husband.