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Meet The Team

The strength of any organization is its people. The team at Rothrock Payroll Services, Ltd. has been assembled very carefully. Every team member was referred to us by a trusted source and is a long-term employee. When we identify a candidate that is smart, honest and personable, we do our best to hire them and keep them. Building the Rothrock Payroll Service team in this manner results in a strong organziation to support your long-term success.

All of the Rothrock Payroll staff receive on-going training and they are either Certified Payroll Specialists (as designated by the NACPB and/or the American Payroll Association) or Certified Public Accountants.

Our Team

LEANNE HUXTABLE

Leanne’s career began in Florida in the manufacturing field, where she worked for more than 20 years. She started in the purchasing department and subsequently moved to a managerial position. Her duties included purchasing, accounts payable and receivable, production scheduling, employee reviews, and hiring and termination of staff members. By being actively involved, Leanne developed a broad and deep knowledge of all production and services, retained planning and program budgeting. With her effective and inspiring leadership, she developed and implemented training programs for all staff members. Her ability to prepare annual operations budgets, manage effectively within those budgets and accurately report on progress made and challenges encountered ensured the continued financial vitality necessary to sustain the company.

In 2008, Leanne resigned her Chief Operating Officer position to move her newly adopted children to Ohio, her home state. Leanne joined Schulte & Company and Rothrock Payroll in September 2008.

Leanne lends significant assistance to Schulte & Company’s clients in setting up and maintaining their payroll accounts. From the input of weekly payrolls, including garnishments and child support, to the preparation of federal, state and local payroll tax forms to payroll audits and year-end procedures, Leanne is there to help. Her responsibilities also include client billing, accounts payable, and bank reconciliations.

Leanne resides in Cuyahoga Falls with her three children.

SUE SIMKO

Sue brings over twenty years of experience to assist our clients in payroll related services. After majoring in accounting at The University of Akron, Sue worked as a commission specialist in an insurance agency. She subsequently served as an office manager and accounting manager for two privately held businesses. In these capacities she was responsible for all phases of accounting; gaining a wide range of experience and interpersonal skills.

Immediately prior to joining the Schulte & Company team, Sue worked for another certified public accounting firm where she specialized in payroll processing for over six years. She also assisted clients with preparation of college financial aid applications (FAFSA) and delivery of income tax returns.

Sue has two daughters and lives with her husband in Copley.

LAURA KOHN

When Laura joined Schulte & Company in February 2013, she brought over 35 years of in-house payroll experience with her.

In her previous role as an office administrator, Laura handled executives’ travel arrangements and payroll for over 100 employees. She maintained all employees’ records, unemployment forms, workers’ compensation forms, and benefits programs, including 401-K plans, health insurance, short and long-term disability and union reports involving various states. She also has extensive experience with federal, state and local payroll taxes, accounts receivable and payable and job costing within manufacturing, commercial and residential construction businesses.

Laura graduated from Sawyer College of Business and is proficient in Sage Master Builder Software and Timberline Accounting Software.

She enjoys golfing and served on the Executive Women Golf Association-Akron Chapter Board for many years. Laura is presently League Chairman of the Ohio Ladies Golf Association and secretary for two of the association’s eight leagues.

DIANE CRUTCHMAN

Having worked with certified public accountants for over 27 years, Diane brings substantial professional experience to our firm. She has the ability and willingness to work with all of our clients in satisfying their accounting needs.

Her career began at Dorsey L. Arnold, CPA, as a secretary; within a short time, she was able to gain valuable experience and knowledge to assist with all areas of the firm’s operation. With Mr. Arnold’s retirement in 1987, the firm was purchased by Robert Lusk, CPA. At the death of Mr. Lusk in 1997, Schulte & Company purchased the firm. Diane has had the privilege of knowing and servicing families up to four generations and looks forward to many more!

Since joining Schulte & Company, Diane has been responsible for the preparation of financial statements, payroll, individual and corporate tax returns. She has also been successful in assisting clients with IRS penalties, which resulted in abatements of more than $20,000. Diane has served on several boards of various corporations as well.

Diane was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, where she resides with her husband. She has two grown children.

SOPHIA VEILLETTE

EXPERTISE

Sophia is a partner with over 25 years experience providing tax and assurance services, helping small business owners minimize their taxes and achieve their financial goals. Sophia’s broad background as a CPA gives her the distinctive ability to understand how tax and financial accounting issues affect one another. This advanced knowledge sets her apart from other CPA’s and allows her to serve clients’ tax and financial accounting needs efficiently and effectively with a streamlined approach. She joined the firm ten years ago, following a broad spectrum of experience: three years with Price Waterhouse in Washington, D.C. and Greenville, S.C, auditing small and medium-sized companies; several years as an accountant for an Akron funeral home, overseeing accounting, payroll and tax functions; and ten years as accounting services staff and manager for another Akron accounting firm.

Sophia is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Masters of Taxation from the University of Akron, a Masters of Accounting Science from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

SPECIALIZATION

Most notably, Sophia leads the firm’s assurance services. With over 20 years experience in providing these services at the national and local firm level, Sophia brings integrity, attention to detail, and a focus on customer service to each client’s uniquely complex and sophisticated needs. She has extensive knowledge in helping clients in a wide range of industries, both for-profit and not-for-profit, by performing audits, reviews and compilations of their financial statements, helping them arrange financing, recommending improvements in their internal control procedures, recommending tax savings strategies, helping them be tax compliant, recommending workers' compensation cost savings measures, and helping them implement and operate computer based accounting systems. Our clients appreciate her down-to-earth solutions and ability to listen and often request her strong tax planning skills. Under Sophia’s direction, the firm has achieved and maintains peer review acceptance.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND LEADERSHIP

She is a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Sophia uses her skills and passion as a CPA to give back to the community, volunteering as treasurer and league leader for the Ohio Ladies Golf Association, treasurer of the Akron Zoo’s Board of Trustees, treasurer of the Akron Zoo Foundation, past president of the Richfield Chamber of Commerce, and member of Business Network International’s Brecksville chapter.

She has previously volunteered for the Hoban High Schools Booster Club and Christ Child Society of Akron and various organizations at St. Sebastian Church and School.

OUTSIDE THE OFFICE

Sophia resides in Akron with her husband, Bob, and two sons. They attend St. Sebastian Church. She grew up in Maryland. She roots for Hoban High School, University of Akron, Ohio State University, and Cleveland professional sports teams. She spends her free time skiing and golfing with family and friends.

JAMES SCHULTE

James M. Schulte brings a wealth of know-how and experience. His accomplishments in taxation and finance have shown a consistent pattern of contributing to the bottom line through unique and innovative solutions to business opportunities.

While his career started as an auditor, Jim quickly moved into the tax department of Maytag Corporation, where he served as Manager of International Taxation. Beyond compliance and audits for a multi-national business with operations in 29 countries, Jim was charged with tax planning to lower the corporation’s effective tax rate. These efforts resulted in the development and implementation of several international reorganizations.

He held a similar role in the international tax consulting practice of Ernst & Young before becoming Director of Tax and, subsequently, Vice President & Treasurer at Figgie International, a multi-national Fortune 500 corporation. While at Figgie, Jim was integral in the development and implementation of the strategic plan that successfully repaid over $750 million in debt, re-established creditor and shareholder confidence and returned the company to profitability. He met face-to-face with rating agencies, participated in earnings calls and negotiated the sale of several business units.

After finishing the Figgie comeback by securing new credit facilities, Jim assumed the duties of Vice President and Treasurer at Dairy Mart Convenience Stores, Inc. His impact was immediately felt through millions of dollars in tax savings and refunds that were generated through favorable structuring of an M&A transaction that involved one-third of the company’s revenues and several tax planning and filing opportunities. Similar to the successes he enjoyed at Maytag and Figgie, Schulte negotiated favorable agreements with creditors.

In 1998, Jim established Schulte & Company CPAs, Inc. Schulte & Company CPAs is a public accounting firm that serves closely held businesses and their owners by providing a full range of accounting and tax services. Their clients are located in over 20 states and are diverse as to size and industry; but they all benefit from Jim’s vast experience and problem solving.

During his career, Jim has been integral in the sale or purchase of countless businesses; he is a recognized authority on business valuations and has provided expert witness testimony in a variety of complex litigation matters in the Ohio counties of Stark, Summit and Cuyahoga.

His tax experience includes securing free trade zones, drafting private letter rulings for the Internal Revenue Service, representing companies during audits and administrative appeals and the development and implemention of strategies that resulted in substantial tax savings for the companies he has served.

Jim is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Valuation Analyst and is a three time graduate of The University of Akron with undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Taxation. As an undergraduate, Jim served as President of his fraternity, President of the Inter-fraternity Council and Senior Class Treasurer. He was chosen by The University of Akron as an Outstanding Senior Man Finalist and the Outstanding Greek Man.

Jim’s community service began in the Ohio Army National Guard, where he served as a Military Policeman for six years. He currently serves on the board of the Akron Ohio Iota Corporation and the Copley-Fairlawn Athletic Association. He is a member of Bluecoats, a life member of AMVETS and serves on the Accountancy Advisory Board at The University of Akron. Jim has coached and been involved in youth sports since 1995 and has led fund raising and capital improvement projects for Copley-Fairlawn City Schools and at The University of Akron. He resides in Copley, Ohio with his wife Kristi. They have three children. The entire family are avid skiers who enjoy soccer and running.