Austin & Macione CPAs LLC is a reliable, accurate and dependable accounting office which specializes in tax planning and preparation for small to medium sized businesses and works progressively towards client satisfaction. We have been successful at developing professional, friendly, long-term relationships with our clients.
Considering the complexity of the tax code, we attempt to communicate with our clients in a manner that they will understand. This and our genuine concern for our clients and their businesses has been the reason for our success.

James Austin, CPA

Partner

James attended Old Dominion University and Southern Connecticut State University. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with a concentration in accounting. After working for a fortune 500 Company, Jim worked for two local accounting firms and obtained his CPA license, expertise and practical experience in the field of public accounting. In 1991, Jim purchased the accounting practice of George Borrows, PA and founded James H Austin CPA which would later become Austin & Macione CPAs LLC.

Jim has served on the board of several local charities and nonprofit organizations over the years and maintains active membership in the following professional organizations: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) National Association of Accountants (NAA) Jim lives in Ledyard, Connecticut with his wife and daughters. After tax season, Jim enjoys running at Bluff Point, playing the guitar, golfing, spending time with his grandsons and vacationing in Ocean City, New Jersey.

Susan Macione, CPA, MSA

Partner

Susan received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Providence College. She earned her Master of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut in 2008 and obtained her CPA license in 2009. Susan began her career at Deloitte & Touche, LLP in Hartford, CT. Susan grew up in Waterford and returned to Southeastern Connecticut in 2013 to join the firm. She was named Partner in 2016. Susan has several years of experience with tax preparation and financial statement audits, reviews and compilations. She is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and maintains active membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA). Susan lives in Waterford, Connecticut with her husband and two sons. She enjoys traveling with her family, riding her Peloton and spending time at the beach.

Caitlyn Vessels

Senior Tax Accountant

Cait earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University. In 2013, Cait earned her designation as an Enrolled Agent which enables her to represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service. Cait is a senior tax accountant with several years of experience with tax preparation, payroll and sales tax reporting, financial statement preparation, and client bookkeeping.

She maintains an active membership in the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) and the Connecticut Society of Enrolled Agents (CTSEA). Cait lives with her husband and two daughters in Ledyard, Connecticut. She enjoys running, camping, and spending time with her family and friends.

Angela Lathrop

Staff Accountant

Angela earned her Associate of Science in Accounting from Three Rivers Community College. Angela is a Connecticut Notary Public and has been a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor since 2011. This certification enables her to provide superior support to clients using Intuit QuickBooks Software. Many of our clients know Angela is the point of contact for setting up a new QuickBooks files and she will be the friendly voice at the other end of the phone when you need someone to solve your problem quickly!

She has several years of experience in the administration of public accounting firms, as well as in tax preparation, client bookkeeping, payroll and sales tax reporting. Angela lives in Norwich, Connecticut with her two children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, trying out new restaurants, listening to live music, and crocheting. She loves going to the beach as often as possible and vacationing in Myrtle Beach with her family

Jennifer Trant

Staff Accountant

Jennifer Trant is originally from Baltimore, MD where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in Accounting and Finance from the Notre Dame of Maryland University. She is currently pursuing her MBA through the University of Phoenix. Jennifer has several years of experience with tax preparation, client bookkeeping, payroll and sales tax reporting.

As a former navy spouse, she has moved all over the world but has settled down in Ledyard to raise her three kids. When she isn’t studying or driving around children, you may find her at the gym teaching or doing a project around her home.

Cassidy Whipple

Staff Accountant

Cassidy earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut in 2017 and is currently pursuing CPA certification. Cassidy has been with the firm since 2018 and also sits on the board of a nonprofit organization as Treasurer. Cassidy has experience with tax preparation, financial statement reviews and compilations as well as payroll and sales tax reporting.

Cassidy lives in Pawcatuck, Connecticut with her husband and dog Larry. She enjoys camping, competing in triathlons, and spending time with family. Cassidy and her husband recently made a 1,250 mile journey from Connecticut to Florida on their jet skis.

Kristen Patton

Staff Accountant

Kristen earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Banking and Financial Services from the University of Wyoming. Kristen received her Master of Science Degree in Accounting from Regis University in 2019 and is currently studying for the CPA Exam. Kristen enjoys working with individuals and businesses and has experience providing tax, accounting, attest and consulting services. Kristen lives in Gales Ferry with her husband and three children.

She regularly volunteers with the Boy Scouts and various other Navy Organizations. Kristen enjoys camping (“glamping”) with family, traveling and reading.

Sarah Katsov

Staff Accountant

Sarah Katsov is originally from Orlando, FL where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Central Florida in 2017. Sarah is a military spouse and recently relocated to Connecticut and joined the firm as a Staff Accountant. Sarah has several years of experience in tax preparation. Outside of the office, Sarah enjoys cooking and exploring all that New England has to offer with her husband and dog.

Michaela Ligeikis

Administrative Assistant

Michaela is often the first person you see when visiting our office. Michaela is originally from South Carolina and shows us that southern charm is a real thing, always welcoming our clients with a smile. Michaela assists with the billing process and all administrative functions of the firm. Michaela is a military spouse and she joined our firm when orders brought her family to Connecticut in 2017.

Prior to joining the firm she was an administrative assistant at an accounting firm in Hawaii. Michaela is married and has two young children. In her free time she enjoys drinking sweet tea and helping people find the perfect accessories.

Julie Craig

Administrative Assistant

Julie earned her Associate of Science in Accounting from Three Rivers Community College. She has been a Connecticut Notary Public since 2007. Julie joined the firm in 2019 after raising and homeschooling her four children while traveling all over the country as a military spouse. Julie handles the firms’ e-filing process as well as many other administrative functions. Julie lives in Gales Ferry with her husband, enjoys hiking, and is a National Park enthusiast.

Jennifer Gebhard

Administrative Assistant

Jenny Gebhard is the newest addition to the Austin & Macione CPAs team having just joined our firm in September 2020. Jenny recently graduated from the University of Connecticut with her Bachelor of Science in Applied Resource Economics and a Minor in Real Estate. Jenny will schedule an appointment for you, provide information about our products and services and she assists with all administrative functions of the firm. Jenny lives in Ledyard with her family. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis and skiing the Northeast with her friends.