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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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Teresa Blalock, CPA

Tax Manager

Teresa is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of Appalachian State University. She began her career with a national firm and has worked in both public accounting and industry. She found that she prefers public accounting in a small firm environment to that of industry or a large firm. Her experience includes audit, reviews, compilations, and taxation. Prior to joining JLPollackCPA, she most recently was with a local firm where she concentrated on taxes for small businesses, individuals, and trusts.

 

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, travel, reading, spending time with friends and family, and gardening. On most weekends she hits the local trails with her canine buddy “Bella” 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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Sherita Shuler

Tax Accountant

Hailing from the small town of Cameron, SC, Sherita completed her undergraduate studies at the College of Charleston where she received her Bachelor of Art in Political Science; immediately followed by an MBA from Strayer University. Although her initial career plans included pursuing a law degree, Sherita coincidentally found an infinity for tax preparation working seasonally for Liberty Tax as well as M&M Tax Service. Her journey later led to seven years concentrated in international assignment services for PwC as a Tax Specialist. Following a stint with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Sherita is continuing her focus on individual and small business tax services as a recent addition to JLPollackCPA. In her free time, Sherita enjoys reading and creative endeavors such as photography, DIY, and graphic/web design.

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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

Tax 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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Kasey Kleikamp

Tax Accountant

Born and raised in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Kasey graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting.  Kasey started her accounting career in the public sector before transitioning into governmental accounting, spending a combined 11 years in the accounting field, so far.  She is looking forward to getting back into public accounting and joining the JLPollackCPA team.  When not working Kasey spends her time with her two boys, fiancé, and two dogs.  Being a "Yooper", she also enjoys spending time outside, bonfires, and being with family & friends.

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Sandra Allen

Accounting

Sandy was born in Portsmouth, VA (Navy Brat), but grew up in Northern Michigan which is also where she and her husband of 22 years chose to raise their own children.  She has spent the last seven years supporting small businesses with all their accounting needs. In her down time, she enjoys watching her son and daughter play hockey. Her hobbies include spending time with family, photography, baking, and running her own small business. 

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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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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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Kristin Nexsen

Firm Administrator

Kristin was born in a small town right outside of Rock Hill, South Carolina. She now resides in Catawba, SC with her husband and son. Kristin has worked in business administration for 10 years and loves helping others in any way she can! Her hobbies include going on weekend getaways with her small family and riding Harley Davidson motorcycles with her amazing husband. She has dreams as big as the night sky and always gives her all wherever she goes.

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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.

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