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Meet the Accounting Team

Our Accounting department makes a personal commitment to maximize our client’s growth and success by providing sound advice and proven financial & tax strategies, coupled with integrity and competence. As Certified Public Accountants, we provide tax strategies to individuals, business and estates. Our experienced team conducts comprehensive audits, prepares financial statements, negotiates banking and equipment financing, and represents you in mergers and acquisitions.

Our Certified Information Technology Professionals (CITP) are specialized in reviewing and implementing accounting systems and software programs and are qualified to employ general ledger programs. Through our outstanding services and commitment to our client’s success we build long term relationships.

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Robert Traphagen, CPA, CGMA

Managing Partner

Robert Traphagen, CPA, CGMA

Managing Partner

Robert J. Traphagen, Managing Partner, is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in both New Jersey and New York. Robert specializes in mergers, acquisitions, financing and audits. He assists small and large businesses by integrating corporate and individual objectives into strategic plans. Robert is also a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), a designation awarded by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Robert was the 88th President of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, a 16,000-member organization, and has served on the Board of Trustees. Robert also served on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Council.  Robert focuses his efforts on financial reporting standards, financial literacy and issues affecting the CPA profession. He is also a member of Rutgers University's Institute for Ethical Leadership. Robert was recognized by the NJCPA as one of the Top 50 over 50 CPAs who are making a significant impact on the accounting profession in New Jersey and beyond.

In his community, Robert serves as an advisory board member for various banking institutions. He is a Past President of the Oradell Chamber of Commerce and served as Director of the Oradell Rotary Club. He was recognized by former Governor James Florio for his community involvement and is the recipient of the Mayor's Award for Civic Contribution.

Robert is married with two children. He is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in History/Political Science and has a BS in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is active in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Program and has participated in numerous marathons including the New York City Marathon in support of cancer research.

Office Phone: 

(201) 262-1040 EXT:225

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James Lawrence, CPA, CCPS

Partner

James Lawrence, CPA, CCPS

Partner

James A. Lawrence, Tax Partner, is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in both New Jersey and New York.  Jim specializes in individual and business tax returns, IRS representation including audit and appeals and negotiates installment agreements, offers in compromise and other collection procedures.  He works closely with attorneys in Litigation Support and has testified as an expert in court proceedings.  Jim has over 30 years’ experience in tax planning and business structure for individuals and businesses.  In addition, he is a licensed insurance provider.

Jim served as a trustee for the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA).  He also served a two-year term as the State Chairman of the Federal Taxation Interest Group. Jim represented the NJCPA in Washington on tax law and regulations. He has also served as President of the NJCPA, Bergen Chapter.

In addition, Jim is certified as a Certified College Planning Specialist (CCPS) from the National Institute of Certified College Planners. He assists families in their process of funding a quality education. Jim is one of only 500 who hold the CCPS certification nationally.

Jim is married and is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BS in Accounting.  He enjoys running and has participated in numerous marathons. He is an avid New York Giants fan.

Office Phone: 

(201) 262-1040 EXT:210

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Christopher Chudyk, CPA, CITP

Partner

Christopher Chudyk, CPA, CITP

Partner

Chris Chudyk is a partner at Traphagen Financial Group and a graduate of Ramapo College. Chris specializes in implementation of computer software, business tax returns, review and compilations and tax planning. Chris is a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), a designation awarded by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and held by less than 1% of all CPAs nationwide and a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor.

Chris served as the President for the Bergen Chapter of the New Jersey Society of CPAs (NJCPA) and was the past Chairman of the NJCPA Technology Committee. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and served on the AICPA's IMTA (Information Management Technology Assurance) committee.

Chris was recognized and selected as one of NJBIZ 2014 Forty Under 40 Award Winners for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence and community service within New Jersey.

Chris was named to the inaugural New Jersey Society of CPAs A list. Practitioners and members of the NJSCPA were selected for their continuing impact on the accounting profession in the Garden State and beyond.
 
Chris volunteers his time working with students for the NJCPA Scholars Institute, Career Day and the CPA Career Awareness Presentation program.

Chris enjoys working out (P90X and Insanity); plays softball, coaching, and is married and has four kids who keep him active 24/7.

Office Phone: 

(201) 262-1040 EXT:304

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Joseph DeLorenzo, CPA

Principal

Joseph DeLorenzo, CPA

Principal

Joseph DeLorenzo is a graduate of New York University with a B.S. degree in Accounting. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the states of New Jersey and New York, practicing for over 30 years. Joe specializes in individual and business tax, accounting, and advisory services.

Joe is fortunate to have had the opportunity to start his accounting career with the Traphagen Financial Group almost 30 years ago before successfully establishing his own CPA practice.

Joe is a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and served on the Board of Trustees.  He is a Past President of the NJSCPA- Bergen Chapter and currently serves as Director. Joe has given estate workshops for the CPA profession and the NJSCPA, and has served as a panelist on a cable tax talk show. Joe has also given public speaking workshops to CPAs and other business professionals.

In his community, Joe serves on the accounting advisory board at Bergen Community College. For several years, he volunteered as a Quality Enhancement Review Supervisor for the Board of Accountancy, a tax workshop instructor with Children Services in Hackensack for Accountants for Public Interest (API), and was a speaker on tax issues for WFDU-FM 89.1. He has volunteered with the NJSCPA’s Scholarship Institute and Day of Service Programs; and also walked to end Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.

Joe is married for over 35 years and has three children. His passion remains as a personal life coach to his children and students; the study of yoga, Zen meditation, and to his continued personal development. He is a 4th degree Knights of Columbus member and a 5th degree black belt instructor in Zujitsu Ryu.

Office Phone: 

201-262-1040 EXT: 605

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Darren Thomas, JD, CPA, EA

Senior Tax Manager

Darren W. M. Thomas, Senior Tax Manager, is a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey. Darren is also a licensed attorney in New York and New Jersey as well as an IRS enrolled agent, who is federally authorized as a tax practitioner; he is a member of the AICPA and New Jersey Society of CPAs where he currently serves as the Leader of the State Tax Interest Group. Darren previously worked for Deloitte Tax LLP and Withum. 

Darren has extensive experience with partnerships, corporations, and personal tax, specifically in the areas of tax compliance, research, consulting, planning and controversy.

Darren has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from William Paterson University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude honors, and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Widener University Delaware Law School; he also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Seton Hall University, where he graduated Cum Laude honors.  

Darren enjoys reading, exercising, watching movies and spending time with his wife Ann Marie and their two children. 

Office Phone: 

(201) 262-1040 EXT: 403

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Melany Dreifus, MS

Senior Accountant

Melany is a graduate of Rider University where she earned a B.S in Entrepreneurial Studies.  She earned a Masters of Accountancy from Saint Peter’s University.  Melany is a member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs and  is currently pursuing her CPA license.  She specializes in both individual, business and non-profit tax matters. Additionally, she advises on accounting functions and  tax planning services. 

She has an extensive background having worked in private accounting prior to entering the public sector.  Within the private sector she held the position of  Director of Finance.  Prior to joining Traphagen, Melany worked for another Bergen County Based Public Accounting Firm.  Having experience in both sectors Melany has developed a keen business sense and strong communication skills.  She is committed to helping her clients grow and succeed as she comes from a long line of entrepreneurs herself. 

Melany is an avid traveler having visited over 20 countries throughout Europe and Asia.  She also enjoys live music, reading and movies.  

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Desiree Martinez, MS

Audit Manager

Desiree Martinez, MS

Senior Auditor

Desiree Martinez is an Audit Manager and graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a B.S in Accounting. She also has a Master of Science degree in Accounting. Desiree is a member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs; she is also a member of the Accounting and Auditing Committee.

Desiree specializes in Private Companies’ Audits: Internal Controls, and Risk Assessment. She is responsible for all facets of the Financial Statement preparation including Reviews and Compilations in accordance with Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services.

Desiree is married with two children. She is a passionate soccer fan who also enjoys all genres of music.


Office Phone: 

(201) 262-1040 EXT:400

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Andrew O'Brien, CPA

Auditor

Andrew O'Brien, CPA

Auditor

Andrew is a graduate of William Paterson University with a B.S. in accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed by the State of New Jersey.

Andrew specializes in SEC, PCAOB, and AICPA auditor independence regulations. In addition, Andrew has also worked in public accounting as an auditor for government entities and has experience with partnership, corporation, and individual tax returns.

Andrew enjoys reading, working out and playing basketball in his free time.

Office Phone: 

(201) 262-1040 EXT: 408

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Craig Sikora, EA

Manager

Craig Sikora, EA

Manager

Craig Sikora earned a B.S. in Business with a concentration in Accounting from William Paterson University.

Craig has over 12 years of public accounting experience. Craig has a diversified background and specializes in individual, business and non-profit tax returns. He manages and coordinates accounting functions for client record keeping, general ledger accounting and payroll tax return issues and filings. In addition, Craig is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and is also an enrolled IRS agent, who is federally authorized as a tax practitioner.

Craig is an avid Hockey and Baseball fan, and enjoys playing softball and golf. He and his wife are active supporters of the Congenital Heart Defect Coalition, which their son is a survivor of.

Office Phone: 

(201) 262-1040 EXT: 401

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Christina White, CPA, MS

Manager

Christina White, CPA, MS

Manager

Christina White is graduate of Siena College where she earned both her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed by the State of New York and is in the process of applying for licensure by the State of New Jersey. Christina is an active member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs (NJCPA) and participates on the Bergen Chapter Board, Scholarship Committee, society sponsored mentoring programs, and as a speaker/presenter to graduate, undergraduate and high school students who are interested in or pursuing a career in the accounting profession. Christina is also a member of the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Christina has extensive experience with corporate, partnership, trust and individual tax strategies and compliance. Christina also manages and coordinates accounting functions for general ledger accounting, payroll tax, sales tax, and state/local tax nexus issues and filings. Christina is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.

Christina resides with her husband and two children in River Vale, New Jersey. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing tennis & baking. 

Office Phone: 

201-262-1040 EXT: 407

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Steven Budryk, MS

Accountant

Steven Budryk, MS

Accountant

Steven Budryk is a recent graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, where he earned both a B.S. in Accounting along with a M.S. in Accounting degrees.  During his time at Ramapo, Steven served as President of the Chi Upsilon chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma international Business Honor Society, and earned Dean's List every semester.

Steven is also a member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs, a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and a CPA candidate.  He has experience with individual and business tax returns as well as various business accounting functions.

Steven enjoys watching and playing basketball, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Office Phone: 

(201) 262-1040 EXT:311

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