Sara Lotts, CPA – Managing Director / Chief Accountant / Tax Strategist – SLOTTS@PROACTIVEAT.COM
Favorite Quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou
Favorite Movie: Great Outdoors
Favorite Food: Sub Sandwiches
Sara has over a decade of experience in the accounting and tax fields, servicing both personal and business clients. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Sara has previously worked within the proprietary school industry where she assisted in converted dated processes of the company into accounting software that could support the transaction volume. She was the leader in establishing reliable financial statements for the purchase of nearly 30 schools across the United States and further trained each purchased school in the accounting software. During this time, she discovered her passion in educating clients in accounting and the importance of history by numbers.
She continued her career with her father’s firm, W.J. Gordon & Associates (our sister firm). There she established a niche for small business recordkeeping automation, preparation of timely and reliable financial statements coupled with an educational analysis using the statements to assist in managing the business.
Sara now continues to fill the void that small and closely held businesses find within their accounting process by providing a PROACTIVE approach to managing the business and tax planning while maintaining a budget for the client. She develops solutions for automation of record-keeping and preparation of financial statements along with training personnel in the system. By automating the accounting process, the business owner can focus on what the financial statements are saying about the business; are all products/services producing income as anticipated; are cost in-line with income generated.
Sara developed the PROACTIVE approach so that business owners could understand the financial statements and have access to a sounding board for questions and developing future goals without having a large expense. While she focuses on the business throughout the year, she prepares for tax advantages and savings.
Sara is driven by family and understands the importance of establishing a trusting relationship. She enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children who inspire her to fulfill her dreams and help others find their own path to success.
Deepthi Arumalla, CPA – Senior Accountant – DARUMALLA@PROACTIVEAT.COM
Favorite Quote: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony” ~ Mahatma Gandhi.
Favorite Movie: Zootopia
Favorite Food: Kung Pao Chicken
Deepthi brings more than 4 yrs. of experience in diverse tax, financial advisory experience to her role as Senior Accountant. She has a passion for assisting businesses with complex financial accounting and business process needs. She is dedicated to helping clients achieve success by establishing sound tax and financial processes.
Professionally, she enjoys the challenge of identifying and solving problems, listening to the business/client needs.
Personal interests include trying different cuisines and spending time with family and friends. Family is a priority for Deepthi and she has been blessed with a daughter, and a son.
Sherrie Mellinger, EA – Managing Director / Chief Administrative Officer – SMELLINGER@PROACTIVEAT.COM
Favorite Quote: “Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.” ~ Unknown
Favorite Movie: Love Actually
Favorite Food: Pizza
Sherrie has over 24 years experience in the business industry working for HP Enterprise Services and Computer Sciences Corporation. She focused mainly in the health insurance and banking area, along with customer communication. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Chadwick University. She resides in Morrisville with her two daughters.
Kristy Gordon – Managing Director / Accounting Executive – KGORDON@PROACTIVEAT.COM
Kristy is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University. Before joining W.J. Gordon and Associates (our sister company) and Proactive, Kristy previously worked in the insurance industry and lien law industry assisting credit managers in securing their receivables. As an account executive, her goal is to create positive working relationships and create accounting and tax solutions that encompass the PROACTIVE approach. She resides in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband and two children.
Stacey Keyser – Accounting Executive – SKEYSER@PROACTIVEAT.COM
Before joining Proactive, Stacey previously worked in the retail management industry. This experience has given her a unique understanding of her clients and their day to day operations. She excels in developing streamlined accounting solutions that help in achieving her client’s individual goals. She resides in Cleveland, Ohio with her two children.
Mirthela Villanueva – Accounting Associate – MVILLANUEVA@PROACTIVEAT.COM
Favorite Quote: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Gandhi
Favorite Movie: Forest Gump
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Judy Stewart – Accounting Associate – JSTEWART@PROACTIVEAT.COM
Favorite Movie: Wonder Woman
Favorite Food: Dessert
Judy is originally from New Hampshire, served in the US Army overseas and now lives in Fuquay Varina with her husband and 2 boys. She has been with Proactive since Dec 2016
Sunwook Jin, CFP®, EA – Managing Director / Business Development – SJIN@PROACTIVEAT.COM
Favorite Quote: “Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful” ~ Warren Buffett
Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Food: Authentic Ramen
Carol Coleman – Office Associate – CCOLEMAN@PROACTIVEAT.COM
Favorite Quote: “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
Favorite Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Favorite Food: Homemade Bread