Our Team

Our Team:

 Karen M. Kowalczyk, CPA
 President

Karen has been a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1993. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Karen earned a Summa cum laude Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting, from Western New England College, now Western New England University, in 1990, after having earned an Associate Degree in Business administration with High Honors from Berkshire Community College in 1988. She has had advanced training in accounting, tax, and general business management through courses offered by various institutions, as well as through the Continuing Professional Education Divisions of the Massachusetts and New York Societies of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Karen began her career in public accounting in the middle market group of Price Waterhouse, now PricewaterhouseCoopers, in Hartford, CT in 1990. After two years, she returned to her native Berkshire County and worked for a small local firm before establishing the firm of Moynihan & Kowalczyk, P.C. in 1995.  In 2007, Moynihan & Kowalczyk, P.C. merged with Adelson & Company , P.C. and Karen became a director in the new firm Adelson Moynihan Kowalczyk PC., now Adelson & Company PC.  In 2013 Karen made the decision to open her own firm and Karen M Kowalczyk PC was established.

Karen's primary areas of concentration include income tax planning and preparation for individuals, trusts, estates, and business entities, financial statement preparation and analysis, management advisory and business consulting services, part-time CFO services, and general accounting services. She has a wide range of experience with professional service and business service entities, real estate development companies, construction companies, and retail establishments.

Karen is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank and is chair of the audit committee. She is a member of the Berkshire County Estate Planning Council, Inc., and also serves on it's board.  Karen graduated in the Fall of 2016 from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program through Babson College. She is an active member of 1Berkshire and the Berkshire Business and Professional Women’s organization. Karen is a 2002 graduate of the Berkshire Leadership Program and an alumnus of its steering committee for 2003. 

karen@kmk-cpa.com

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Jennifer M Catolane, MBA
Accountant

Jennifer earned a Master of Science in Accounting from Western New England College, now Western New England University, in 2007 after earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting, from Western New England College in 2004.  She also earned an Associate Degree in Business administration from Berkshire Community College in 2002.  

Jennifer began her career in public accounting in Berkshire County in 2005 and worked for several local Certified Public Accounting Firms prior to joining Karen M Kowalczyk PC in 2016.

Jennifer’s primary areas of concentration include income tax preparation for individuals and business entities, financial statement preparation, and accounting and bookkeeping services. She has had training in accounting and tax through continuing education courses offered by various institutions, as well as through the Continuing Professional Education Divisions of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

jen@kmk-cpa.com

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Sarah DeZess, CPA
Accountant

Sarah has been a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 2019. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Sarah earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting from the Isenberg School at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, and a Bachelor of Science, with a concentration in Actuarial Science, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, both in 2012.  Sarah earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Berkshire Community College in 2009.

Sarah began her career in public accounting as an assurance associate with McGladrey, now RSM, in Charlestown, MA in 2012. Sarah returned to Berkshire County in 2013 and worked as an accountant for several local Certified Public Accounting Firms prior to joining Karen M Kowalczyk PC in 2020. Sarah also has various private accounting experience.

Sarah’s primary areas of concentration include income tax preparation for individuals and business entities, financial statement preparation, and accounting and bookkeeping services. She has had training in accounting and tax through continuing education courses offered by various institutions, as well as through the Continuing Professional Education Divisions of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

In her spare time Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and baking.

sarah@kmk-cpa.com

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Rachael (Baumann) Armstrong
Administrative Professional

Rachael earned a BS in Business Administration from Champlain College in 2005, and an Associates Degree in Liberal Studies from Champlain College that was completed in 2003. Rachael has continued her education after graduation completing various courses and obtaining various certificates to further her business education.  Being a Berkshire native, Rachael has worked locally at a private law firm and a wealth management company. Rachael brings with her the customer service that is necessary in the accounting world, and a good sense of humor.

Rachael enjoys cooking for her family, reading books for book club and making forts in the living room with her son.

Rachael@kmk-cpa.com