OUR TEAM

Since August 2011, JLPollackCPA has been providing professional financial support services to clients from Charlotte and beyond. From strategic planning to innovative solutions, our focus is always on building an efficient and results-driven relationship. We will work with you to create a customized plan of action for yourself or your business. Our hand-picked team is here for you - contact us today.

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James Pollack, CPA

President, CEO

After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill with a Master’s degree in Accounting, James began his career working for a large firm in Uptown Charlotte. It wasn’t long before he realized his true passion lies in assisting small business owners and individuals on a personal level. James envisioned opening a firm where the needs of the client came first, and the accounting was built around those needs. With this dream in mind, James started JLPollackCPA, PLLC in 2011 and has been building relationships with clients ever since. In his free time, James loves to travel and spend time with his wife and three sons. He also enjoys fantasy sports, poker, and music.

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Alyssa Pollack

COO

Born and raised in a small town in Western New York, Alyssa moved to Massachusetts to study Accountancy at Bentley University. While in school, Alyssa interned at a large public accounting firm in Boston and stayed on with them after graduation. Alyssa transferred to the Charlotte office of the same public accounting firm in 2008. While working in Uptown Charlotte, she met her husband and together, they decided to make Charlotte home. During that time, Alyssa left public accounting for a corporate tax position with a Fortune 500 Company, before ultimately taking time to focus on family and building a business. Alyssa has been with JLPollackCPA since before formation and continues to be a partner on business decisions as well as tax preparation and administration. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons, traveling, and reading.

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AJ Spring, CPA

Senior Tax Manager

Born and raised in Maryland, A.J. attended Wake Forest University, graduating with a Master’s in Accountancy in 2010. Soon after, he moved to Charlotte and spent the next eight years at a local Charlotte firm, working in a variety of areas including taxation, auditing, financial statement preparation, valuation, and consulting. In 2018, A.J. joined JLPollackCPA to focus on individual and small business income tax and planning. A.J. is married with a toddler and has two rescue dogs. He spends his free time playing golf, traveling, and practicing photography.

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Liliya Sabaleuskaya, CPA

Tax Manager

Liliya was born and raised in Belarus. Liliya came to the U.S. in 2003 as a student and decided to stay after she met her husband. She graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and moved to Charlotte for better opportunities. After working for several years for a large investment company, Liliya decided that she needed a change in her career and in her life, so she left the corporate world and went back to school to get a graduate degree. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Accounting, Liliya put her skills to the test in her husband’s business. Liliya really enjoyed working in a small business environment and she was very interested in doing taxes, so when James offered her an opportunity, she did not hesitate to take it. In her spare time, Liliya likes hiking, travelling, dancing the Argentine tango, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

 
 
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Ashley LaPorte, CPA

Tax Manager

Ashley was born and raised in Michigan, where she graduated from Lake Superior State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration. Ashley began her accounting career working in the not-for-profit sector before transitioning into public accounting. She spent six years at a firm in Michigan providing taxation, auditing, and advisory services. Ashley moved to North Carolina where she served as a Tax and Assurance Manager for a local firm. Ashley recently joined JLPollackCPA to focus on tax and advisory services. She spends her free time with her husband and four daughters.

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Keisha Brown

Senior Tax Accountant

New to the NC area, Keisha was born and raised in Ridgeway SC, and recently moved to the Rock Hill area. A true basketball fan, she follows and supports LeBron James and cheers on whichever team he plays for. Keisha’s tax journey began as a Manager for Jackson Hewitt. She then spent over eight years working for PwC as a Senior Tax Specialist, while there she earned her Accounting degree. She then accepted a role as a Staff Accountant for McGregor and Company, where she realized tax is her passion and comfort zone, so she then landed the position here at JLPollackCPA as a Tax Accountant. In addition to her love for tax, Keisha enjoys swimming, traveling, fishing, spending time with her two boys, and learning new things. She is excited to learn all about her new environments both here in Charlotte and the Rock Hill areas!

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Svetlana Lozneva

Tax Accountant

Svetlana began her career as an accountant more than 20 years ago. Born and raised in Russia, Svetlana and her family moved to the United States in 2010 to pursue the American dream. She attended college and earned her degree in accounting, all while learning a new language and new traditions. After several years working as a bookkeeper for a property management company, Svetlana joined JLPollackCPA, PLLC. She enjoys spending time with her three children and her pets (two dogs, a cat, and a hamster). Svetlana also plays the piano, loves reading a good book, and traveling.

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Dia Jat

Tax Accountant

Dia was born and raised in Thailand. Currently, she is living in Myrtle Beach, SC. She came to the U.S. as a student and to have the opportunity to work with an IT consulting company in the accounting department. Dia attended Coastal Carolina University, graduating with a Master’s in Accountancy with a concentration in Taxation. While in school, she also attended the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to help the local community. Upon graduating, she worked as a tax preparer at Webster Rogers LLP, a public accounting firm. Dia joined JLPollackCPA, PLLC as a tax accountant in 2021. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and eating (very much). Dia also loves traveling and gardening.

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Nicki Sullivan

Senior Accountant

Nicki is a native North Carolinian who moved to California in the late 1970’s to work in Silicon Valley during the heyday of computing giants Apple and Microsoft. She recently joined the team at JLPollackCPA, PLLC and brings with her four decades of accounting experience, much of it working with small businesses. Nicki excels at helping our clients streamline the day-to-day accounting tasks so they can focus on what is important – growing their business.

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Kassaundra Abbate

Accountant

Kassaundra was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. She earned her Bachelor’s in Accounting from Wofford College and spent time travelling to different countries before moving back to her Carolina hometown. Kassaundra worked as an accountant for a large corporation before joining JLPollackCPA, PLLC. She excels at helping our clients with their monthly accounting tasks. Outside of work, you can find Kassaundra pursuing her Master’s degree from Winthrop University. Her hobbies include hiking, DIY projects, travelling, and volunteering. 

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Jennifer LaMere

Firm Administrator

Jennifer hails from Texas but spent most of her childhood in North Carolina. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Business. While in college, Jennifer interned at a music publishing company in Nashville. After graduating, she returned to Charlotte and spent several years working in the Healthcare Industry. Jennifer joined the JLPollackCPA, PLLC team in 2020. In her spare time, she enjoys going to concerts, putting together jigsaw puzzles, and watching her favorite football teams, the Michigan Wolverines and Tennessee Titans. 

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Doreen Sellitti

Firm Administrator

Doreen grew up in Northern New Jersey. She moved to North Carolina in 2005 and has been happy to call it home ever since. Doreen attended Ramapo College of New Jersey, majoring in Business Management. She has diverse and extensive experience in Office Management and Administration. She joined the team at JLPollackCPA in January 2021 and has been the face of the firm at the front desk, connecting with clients, new and old, daily. In her spare time, she enjoys DIY crafts and sitting by the pool. When she is not here, keeping JLPollackCPA organized, you’ll find her spending time with family and friends.

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Shannon Morris

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

Shannon was born and raised in Northern Virginia. She attended Coastal Carolina University, in Conway, SC, and graduated with a BA in Communication and a minor in Journalism. She moved to Charlotte, NC in 2015 and has dabbled in many different careers; from working at a tattoo shop in college, nannying children for many years, spending 4 years in the hospitality industry, to ending up hanging out with a bunch of accountants every day! When she isn’t helping our new monthly clients, you’ll find her bartending at the BOA stadium for the Panthers! Shannon loves all things involving the ninja turtles, enjoys collecting/wearing shoes, and is obsessed with 90s movies. She loves to travel and enjoys going to concerts when away from JLPollackCPA.