Gigi Boudreaux, CPA
After several years as CPA at a Big Four firm in Manhattan, Boudreaux moved to a smaller Long Island based firm where her focus shifted to smaller companies. “Working with small business owners and their families is really gratifying. I feel like I’m making a difference.” She sees herself as a consultant, therapist and tax advisor all rolled into one. For her, helping and mentoring are key motivators.
While she considers herself a tax generalist, Gigi has served numerous clients in the highly tax-specific fields of real estate, distribution, manufacturing and construction.
She received her MBA and Masters in Taxation from Fordham Business School and earned a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. Boudreaux is a member of AICPA and NYSSCPA, sits on the Board of the Biltmore Shore Civic Association and is an active member of the Moxxie Mentoring Foundation.
Little Known Facts about Gigi
Restaurant She’d Yelp About: Salumi, a Massapequa tapas restaurant
Most Prized Award: Outstanding Leadership from the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, leader for 15 years
What’s in Ink? In recent years, she’s been quoted in Long Island Business News and has written several blog stories
Things She Loves: travel and spending time with family, Myrtle Beach, historical fiction especially WWII era (coincidentally, her birthday falls on D-Day); she plans to explore the beauty of America’s National Parks and dreams of going on a South African safari
In a Nutshell: Gigi is loyal, kind, honest and funny
Anthony Carrella, CPA
Anthony Carrella, specializes in not-for-profits, private foundations and multiple for-profit industries. Having joined the firm in 2006, Anthony made partner in 2015. He is a member of the NYSSCPA, AICPA and the Boom Business Network. He also volunteers his accounting services and financial advice to advance the efforts of Dans Plan Inc., a not-for-profit that he helped set up, that offers support to families and individuals struggling with suicide and substance abuse.
Carrella enjoys helping not-for-profits and private foundations remedy cash flow issues, set up budgets, maximize cost savings, reinvigorate their fundraising efforts and manage their accounting and reporting accurately, timely and efficiently.
An adventurer at heart, Carrella believes in taking that leap of faith in all of his pursuits including the 100’ cliff dive he completed last year in Jamaica.
Little Known Facts about Anthony
His Dream: after his two-week whirlwind tour in 2011, he longs to revisit Europe one country at a time; highlights of his last trip were Venice, the Vatican and the Haufbrau House in Munich
Proudest Accomplishment: helping his younger brother create a not-for-profit that provides vital support to families and individuals struggling with suicide and substance abuse
What He Loves: adventure, scuba diving, zip lining, cliff diving and a great steak
In a Nutshell, Anthony is: loyal & reliable
More About Anthony: Anthony is a twin, born into a large, boisterous and fun-loving Italian family, who enjoys helping not-for-profits and private foundations overcome challenging obstacles to achieve their goals
Jim Dunne, CPA
James Dunne, CPA, worked for over 40 years to develop his own private accounting practice before finding its permanent home with DSJCPA in April of 2020. Jim is a proud Queens College alumnus where he studied on and off while training with the army during the Vietnam war. Not long after, Jim graduated, landed his first job with a major corporation, and earned his CPA all in a short span of time. After a few years of working with various Fortune 500 companies, Jim settled down on LongIsland and established his accounting practice in 1983; he became the sole practitioner in 1996. Since then, he has gained a large clientele of high net-worth individuals coming primarily from the financial services industries.
Jim is excited to provide his clients with new opportunities at DSJCPA. Over the years, he has developed close relationships with many of his clients and looks forward to continuing serving them while growing his practice.
An avid golfer, Jim played for 20 years for the Metropolitan New York Lesley Cup team. He remains involved in the golfing community here on Long Island, acting as Treasurer for a few local golf associations.
Little Known Facts about Jim
Favorite Food: Mainly fish and seafood (plus a lot more!)
Best Vacation: Golf at St. Andrew’s
Favorite Team: Yankees and Giants
In a nutshell: A hardworking and proud individual who enjoys client-based service
Bob Jahelka, CPA, CFF, PFS
He focuses his accounting and tax expertise on providing not-for-profit groups with needed guidance. He handles tax consultation for individuals and corporations in a variety of industries including the medical and real estate professions. Bob also handles forensic accounting and bankruptcies.
A graduate of LIU Post, Bob received the LIU Post Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. He was also inducted into the LIU Post Football Hall of Fame and the college’s Athletic Department Hall of Fame. He is president of the LIU Post Alumni Association, while also volunteering on many committees and boards of different voluntary organizations.
Little Known Facts about Bob
Career Highlight: he was retained by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on two occasions to provide expert testimony, forensic accounting, in several Wall Street cases
Loves: spending time with family and enjoys tennis, skiing, mountain climbing (climbed Mt. Washington 10+ times) and dog sledding (camped at the base of Alaska’s Mt. McKinley in January)
Co-founder of FLG Lacrosse: FLG provides training, camps, tournaments and highly competitive lacrosse on a local and national level, Bob’s son and daughter are both avid, talented players
In a Nutshell, Bob is: focused, determined and a people person
Howard Oconefsky, CPA
For five decades, Howard’s loyal clients have relied on him as a trusted CPA for general accounting, tax services and retirement planning advice. He began his accounting career at Brandt & Pollock in 1967 where he handled countless pension audits. He later became a pension administrator before opening his own private accounting practice in Searingtown, NY in 1978. He joined DSJ as a partner in 2018.
Howard is a graduate of CW Post College.
Maybe it’s his experience with pensions, but he strongly encourages business owners to put money into deferred compensation plans with an eye toward saving for the future.
What he likes most about accounting is being involved with other businesses and watching them grow just as his has grown over the years.
Little Known Facts about Howard
At Work: Handles over a thousand individual and business tax returns annually
At Play: Enjoys travel and sports, especially basketball, which he used to play. He is an avid Mickey Mantle fan and his home office pays tribute to him with pictures of him all over the walls. He also follows the NY Yankees and goes to many games.
Vacation Spot: He enjoys taking his family away on vacations and has taken them to Canada, Lake George, Cape Cod, France, and Italy just to name a few. His favorite place is Aruba and he and his wife have been going there for over 20 years both with and without family.
Fave Food: Asian fusion cuisine at Toku
Motto He Lives By: Always go above and beyond to take care of clients
In a Nutshell: Howard is caring
Anthony J. Perrone, CPA
A Queens College graduate, Anthony Perrone earned his CPA in 1982. He began his career working at an accounting firm in midtown Manhattan that specialized in serving the garment industry. In 1983, he joined the Long Island accounting firm of Rose & Haar CPAs, later he spent five years as Controller at a major construction company and in 1993 he went on to form the partnership of Perlman, Schleifer & Perrone, CPAs with offices in North Babylon. Perrone joined DSJCPA as partner in 2017 and assists individuals and businesses in the construction trade and co-ops (he is a member of the Common Interest Realty Association–CIRA). He also provides accounting services for numerous medical professionals.
What he likes most about accounting is helping people who may not have the wherewithal to get into business to form successful businesses. “It’s a way of changing lives,” Perrone says.
Anthony serves on the Board of Directors of several not-for-profits involved in medical research. He’s also a professional referee accredited in the field of soccer.
Little Known Facts about Tony
Favorite Activities: fishing and surf casting, skiing, motorcycling, walking barefoot on the beach at night to reenergize
In a Nutshell, Tony is: Italian-American, he’s generous to a fault, set in his ways and has a big heart
Greatest Meal of his Life: fresh mahi-mahi that he caught in the Bahamas and had cooked up by a local chef
Wants to Visit: Italy to meet family he has never seen
Best Eye-Opening Day: 17 years ago when he was diagnosed with cancer; “it changed my entire way of thinking in a single day — and for the better”
Christopher Sena, CPA
With 25 years of accounting experience, Chris Sena provides conscientious accounting and tax advisory services to charities, private foundations, schools, and for-profit businesses in a variety of industries including hospitality. He joined the firm in 1990 and made partner in 2002. Before launching his career as a CPA, Chris Sena worked in a supervisory capacity for US Trust Company.
He finds satisfaction in helping individuals and organizations conquer complex situations and admires the efforts of the people he works alongside at DSJCPA and the remarkable results the firm achieves on behalf of its clientele.
A strong proponent of giving back to his community, when he’s not putting out fires for his clients, Chris serves as Captain for the Bayport Volunteer Fire Department, proudly upholding a family tradition as both his father and uncle were firefighters.
Little Known Facts about Chris
Likes to Vacation: anywhere warm
Loves: Italian fare but he hates onions and olives
Favorite Teams: NY Giants and NY Rangers
In a Nutshell, Chris is: honest & committed
Sports He Enjoys: Chris played lacrosse while attending Gettysburg College where he majored in management. As father to four young athletes, he has enjoyed coaching youth football and watching his kids compete and grow.
David Ziegler, CPA
David Ziegler, CPA, is an enthusiastic Tax Partner at DSJCPA with a wide range of experiences that make him a great asset to our team. David studied Accounting at Rider University and earned his CPA not long after graduating. He first became interested in accounting by working with his father, a tax lawyer, and decided to follow in his footsteps as a tax professional.
Ziegler’s practice lies heavily in the real estate sector. He enjoys working alongside fellow professionals as the tax consultant for co-op and condo conversions, tax free exchanges, and general estate tax planning.
“My kids would laugh at me, but I always say that if I had to do it all over again, I’d still be an accountant,” he says. David has worked hard and is excited about his role at DSJ and his plans for the future.
Little Known Facts about David
Proud Professional Achievement: Giving a lecture about the tax implications of converting a real estate property to a co-op
Hobbies: He is a skilled tennis player—with trophies to show! David has played in several competitions, even winning a tournament amongst other fellow accountants
Places He Loves: Israel, Hawaii, and his new second home in Boca Raton, FL
Loves: Spending time with his son and two daughters—all of whom he is very proud