About Kelly, Sparber, White & Associates, LLC

Kelly, Sparber, White & Associates, LLC is a full-service certified public accounting firm located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Our Firm has over 50 years of experience and success behind us, and offers a wide range of services to both businesses and individuals.

Ronald P. Kelly founded the Firm in 1962 primarily as a tax practice, and Edward Sparber joined the Firm in 1984. Maryann White came on board in 2001 and took over the ownership and management of the Firm in 2003. Ron and Ed have since retired, but their commitment to client service continues on.

Tax & Accounting Professionals

From left to right:
(Seated) Donald O'Toole, Christine Weise, Jason Burkey, Maryanne Novotny-Sowinski, Jennifer Brewer
(Standing) Maryann White-Helfferich, Jackie Irvin

The Firm is staffed year-round by seven accounting professionals, as follows:

Maryann White-Helfferich, CPA/ABV – Partner

Maryann joined the firm in 2001 and became a member/partner in 2003. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a Bachelor of Arts in Business/Economics with a dual concentration in Accounting and Finance. She is a Certified Public Accountant and is Accredited in Business Valuation. Prior to joining the Firm, she worked for the "Big-Eight" accounting firm, Price Waterhouse, and also Clifton Gunderson LLP, the 11th largest public accounting firm in the country, where she specialized in business valuation.

Maryann received her CPA in 1991 and became accredited in business valuation in 2000. She is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants where she serves on the Relations with Colleges and Schools Committee.

Maryann specializes in the valuation of small, closely-held businesses for purposes of mergers/acquisitions, estate and gift taxes, succession planning, shareholder transactions, and divorce. She has qualified as an expert witness in Westmoreland, Indiana, Fayette, and Cambria counties. Maryann also specializes in taxes and business planning.

Maryann serves as treasurer for the Greater Latrobe / Laurel Valley Community Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Rotary Club of Latrobe and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Accounting Alumni Advisory Board. She is also the founding President of the Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation, where she currently resides on the Board of Directors.

Maryann can be reached by email at mwhite@kellysparberwhite.com

Maryanne Novotny-Sowinski, CPA – Manager

Maryanne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Seton Hill University. She is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor with over 28 years of experience in public accounting. Maryanne, who joined the Firm in 2007, specializes in income tax preparation for both businesses and individuals and in QuickBooks consulting including setup, training and ongoing support.

Maryanne can be reached by email at msowinski@kellysparberwhite.com

Jennifer Brewer – Payroll Specialist

Jennifer joined the firm as a payroll specialist in 1996. She graduated from Westmoreland County Community College with an Associate's degree in Secretarial Science and Office Management. She has over 20 years of payroll and accounting experience. In addition to providing payroll services, Jennifer also prepares individual income tax returns and performs the accounts payable function for many of our clients.

Jennifer is a member of the American Payroll Association.

Jennifer can be reached by email at jbrewer@kellysparberwhite.com

Jason Burkey – Staff Accountant

Jason holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Pittsburgh. He has over 18 years of experience in financial services including individual income tax preparation, tax planning, audit representation, business tax reporting, and preparation of financial statements. Jason joined the Firm in 2008 and is working towards becoming an Enrolled Agent with the IRS.

Jason can be reached by email at jburkey@kellysparberwhite.com

Autumn Adomaitis – Staff Accountant

Autumn graduated cum laude from Saint Vincent College, holding a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a minor in Entrepreneurship. She first joined the firm as an intern for the tax season of 2016 and became a full-time staff member later that year. In addition to tax preparation, Autumn performs a variety of accounting functions including preparation, reporting and analysis of financial statements, and supervision of accounts payable and receivable.

Autumn can be reached by email at aadomaitis@kellysparberwhite.com

Christine Weise – Staff Accountant

Chris graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration. She has been with the firm since early 2008 and has over 15 years of experience in small business management. Chris assists with business and individual tax compliance and reporting, accounting, budgeting, payroll, accounts payable and receivable, and preparation of monthly financial statements.  Christine is a licensed Public Notary in the State of Pennsylvania.

Chris can be reached by email at cweise@kellysparberwhite.com

Jackie Irvin – Office Manager

Jackie joined the Firm in 2014. In addition to her exceptional communication and organizational skills, she has over 19 years of experience in retail store management including customer service, human resources, staff management, cash management, payroll, and scheduling.

Jackie can be reached by email at jirvin@kellysparberwhite.com

Contact Us

No matter what your individual financial or business need might be, you can be sure that we have the knowledge, expertise, and passion to see you through to success.

To learn more, call us today at 724-539-4581 or contact us online any time to find out what sets us apart from your average accounting firm.



Message from the Owner

"Our Firm has a long-standing history of delivering top-notch tax, accounting, payroll, and business consulting services. Serving both businesses and individuals over many decades, our experienced and knowledgeable staff take pride in their work and in helping our clients achieve financial success. We truly care about every client we serve, and take a very customized and friendly approach to our services. With great staff and our ability to effectively serve a wide range of clients, I am truly honored and blessed to be a part of this Firm."

Maryann White-Helfferich

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