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August 30, 2016

Carlo Calma

ORBA Welcomes New Hires to Tax and Audit Departments

CHICAGO — Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams, Ltd. (ORBA), one of Chicago’s largest public accounting firms, is pleased to welcome Anthony Didato, Jake McKinney and Stephen P. Van Oss, CPA as a members of the firm’s Tax Department, and Ryan Alm, Lauren Leali, Scott Lee, Winnie Mei, Kevin O’Neill and Monika Sojka as members of the firm’s Audit Services Department.

Anthony Didato brings more than 15 years of experience in public and corporate accounting to ORBA’s Tax Department. He has experience with financial reporting and analysis, taxation and tax return preparations, supervisions for individuals, trusts, not-for-profit organizations, corporate and partnerships. Anthony received his B.S. degree in Finance from Oral Roberts University.

Jake McKinney has experience with processing and managing tax forms for various types of entities, including partnership, S- and C-corporations and individuals. He received his B.S.B.A. in Accounting and Corporate Management at California State University, East Bay.

Stephen P. Van Oss, CPA as a member of ORBA’s Tax Department, has more than 35 years of accounting experience. He focuses on all aspects of tax planning and tax compliance, including preparation and review of complex individual, corporate, partnership, fiduciary, gift tax and not-for-profit tax returns. He is a Certified Public Accountant and received his B.S. degree in Business Administration, Option in Accounting, from California State University – Los Angeles.

Ryan Alm has experience using software programs such as QuickBooks, SAP and Salesforce and has prepared cash flow statements and reconciled data. Using QuickBooks, Ryan has handled accounts receivable and payable and has prepared scores of individual tax forms.  He received his B.B.A. in Accounting from Loyola University Chicago.

Lauren Leali has experience with computing and recording monthly accruals, analyzing and auditing expenses, processing accounts payable invoicing and calculating state sales tax liability by locality.  She earned her B.S. degree in Accountancy from  DePaul University. 

Scott Lee has experience with monitoring client transactions for potential fraud, including immediate transaction flags and fraud-indicative trends. He received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Winnie Mei has experience performing audits for companies in a wide range of industries. She earned her B.S.in Agriculture and Consumer Economics with High Honors from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and her M.S.in Accountancy also from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Kevin O’Neill has experience with a variety of additional audit services, including financial statement preparation, compilations and reviews of small businesses. In addition, Kevin has experience in the preparation of individual, fiduciary and corporate tax returns. He received his B.B.A. in Accounting and his M.P.A. degree both from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Monika Sojka was previously a member of the firm’s Quality Control Department and now joins the Audit Services Department. She has experience with proofreading financial statements, audits, compilations, reviews and required audit communication letters. She also has experience with editing financial statements to ensure compliance with FASB, GAAP and other appropriate frameworks for accounting. Monika received her B.S. degree in Accounting and her M.S. in Accounting, both from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams, Ltd. (ORBA) is a full-service accounting, tax and business consulting firm located in downtown Chicago serving privately-held companies, individuals and not-for-profit organizations. ORBA’s Certified Public Accountants have experience with accounting and assurance, business advisory services, financial and estate planning, fraud investigation, tax, litigation, and mergers and acquisitions. With some of the highest levels of direct client involvement in the industry, ORBA is where clients go to build long-standing, meaningful and successful relationships with resourceful, proactive business and tax advisors. For more information, visit www.orba.com, subscribe to our blog www.orbablog.com or connect with us on LinkedIn.