"Keeping our commitment to quality for over 45 years"

Our Team

Hottel & Willis, P.C.

  • 314 N Braddock St
  • Winchester, VA 22601
  • Office: (540) 662-0325
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Kerri A. Burkhart, CPA

Managing Principal

Kerri Burkhart began her accounting career in 1996 after graduating from Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, WV with a BS degree in Accounting. She joined the firm in 2001 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of CPAs.

Kerri has been a principal with Hottel & Willis, P.C. for more than twelve years, and assumed the managing principal role in October 2015. She manages all practice areas in which the firm engages, including audit and attestation services, and tax preparation and advisory services.  As part of her practice management responsibilities, she continually reviews the firm’s system of quality control to ensure policies and procedures adhere to all applicable professional standards and regulatory and legal requirements. She enjoys using her experience to work directly with individuals, closely-held businesses, nonprofit organizations, and estates and trusts in the practice areas of accounting, audit, tax, and a variety of other consulting services.

She values the relationships she has developed over the years with both clients and colleagues. “I have been blessed with strong mentors throughout my career,” she says. “I am so proud to be part of a firm that has maintained a solid reputation and commitment to excellence for over four decades. We truly appreciate the continued trust and confidence our clients have in the firm.  A foundation of trust and solid relationships are what drives the firm's success.  I never take that for granted.” 

Kerri places high level of importance on her leadership role with the firm and encouraging and motivating her team members to find their highest value of contribution within the organization. “My definition of success has evolved exponentially since taking on the managing principal role and it no longer served me well to define my success strictly by my billable hour. Success to me is helping other people thrive. To know that I have had made a positive impact in their journey, whether it be in mentoring and education, navigating career decisions, advising and guiding business or financial decisions, or offering counsel in overall quality of life decisions, that has become my measure of success.”

Kerri believes strongly in giving back to the community. She continues to serve on the board of the Adult Care Center in Winchester, a non-profit day program for adults who are coping with physical or cognitive challenges caused by Alzheimer's disease. She recently joined the board of the Laurel Center, an organization situated in the City of Winchester, whose mission is to empower victims of domestic and sexual violence by providing resources, advocacy, support and education to break the cycle, and to bring a community awareness through education. She enjoys being an active member of the Winchester Rotary Club, having previously served on the board, and now serving on various committees and helping with many of their projects and events, including providing substantive effort with the organization of the Winchester Rotary Club Charitable Foundation. She was humbled and honored in November 2017 to receive the Winchester Rotary Club’s Distinguished Service award.

Kerri resides in Martinsburg, WV with her husband, Larry, and their son, Nick. They are active members of St. Joseph Catholic Church and enjoy spending time with family and friends. Kerri particularly enjoys watching and listening to her son play percussion for the Hedgesville High School Eagles marching band and is embracing her role as a ‘band mom’.

Heather J. Tweedie, CPA

Senior Manager

Heather Tweedie, a Front Royal native, has been with the firm since February 2003. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a BS degree in Accounting. 

Heather has become a trusted expert in the practice area of employee benefit plan advisory and assurance services. Her other practice areas include accounting, audit, tax, and consulting services for individuals, closely-held businesses, nonprofit organizations, and trusts.

Her position a Senior Manager with the firm allows her to take both her firm and professional experience and institutional knowledge and focus that in a direct client service and staff development role. 

Her disposition and talents make her well suited for the role. “I love solving problems,” she says. “I like to figure out ways to make our clients' lives easier. I enjoy getting to know our clients. I also like getting to know the community and appreciate the opportunity that my career affords to actively participate in this community.”

She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of CPAs, and most recently served on the board of the Sinclair Health Clinic. 

Promoting a healthy work/life balance is front and center in Heather's life as she stays busy away from the office, enjoying time with her three children; Elvis, Gabriel and Reagan, and keeping up with their many talents and interests. These include band, soccer, softball, scouting, and performing arts. She volunteers in a number of capacities for her children’s sports teams and other interests. The family enjoys going hiking, riding roller coasters, zip-lining, taking in shows, and going places, experiencing things, and embarking on new adventures whenever possible.

Kyle D. Gardiner, CPA

Senior Tax Manager

Kyle Gardiner brings 20 years of experience to Hottel & Willis, P.C. Kyle is a graduate of James Madison University and joined the firm in 2013, bringing not only private company and nonprofit industry knowledge, but also prior public accounting experience. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of CPAs.

Beginning in November 2018, Kyle has accepted additional leadership responsibility with the firm and accepted the executive role of Firm Administration Manager, along with her current position of Senior Tax Manager.  Her desire and ability to organize workflow, team member needs and communication, and other administrative firm management tasks made her an ideal candidate for this position.  She will be sharing the depth of her knowledge and working alongside the executive leadership in many practice management areas to achieve firm objectives for growth and success.

Her individual philosophy of service aligns entirely with the firm's overarching ideology. “We strive every day to provide the best service to our clients, and I would never want anyone to hesitate to ask for our opinion about different things that may be occurring in their personal financial life or in their business,” she says. “I truly enjoy being accessible to them and helping them work through the decision-making process.”

Kyle grew up in Winchester and graduated from Handley High School, making her proud to serve both local residents and businesses, along with those from the surrounding area. She and her husband, Wally, have two children, Danielle (a student at the University of Virginia) and Andrew (a student at Millbrook High School). In 2016, Kyle and Wally celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, and they are looking forward to many more years traveling, seeing live shows, enjoying concerts, and enjoying their family and friends.

Jonathan Motichka, CPA

Senior Audit Manager

Jonathan has served as the senior audit manager at Hottel & Willis, P.C. since December 2016. Not only does Jonathan come to the team with extensive management expertise, but his financial capabilities also lie in audit and tax work.

Before joining the team, Jonathan served as a financial reporting manager for American Woodmark Corporation in Winchester. “I am a numbers guy and enjoy getting to help our clients provide accurate, reliable quality financial statements that can be used as benchmarks, as well as measure financial performance.”

Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Shepherd University in May 2011. Volunteering his professional talents, he has served as treasurer for Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick-Clarke.

In his free time, Jonathan loves spending time with his wife and two children. He also enjoys playing golf on the weekends and loves playing a good game of cards.

Stacy L. Rembold, CPA

Manager

Stacy Rembold joined the firm in May 2016 with a background in both public accounting and nonprofit grant administration. She holds an undergraduate degree with a double major in accounting and business administration from Shepherd University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of CPAs.  

A self-proclaimed “people person,” Stacy finds public accounting her calling and enjoys working and interacting with clients from all backgrounds. Her particular area of focus is individual and business taxation—providing a perfect opportunity for her to do what she most enjoys.

Among her favorite people, however, are her husband and two children, with whom she enjoys running, being outdoors, and whatever family-focused adventures she can devise.

Lauren A. Giffen

Senior Accountant

Lauren Giffen relocated to Winchester in September 2015 after beginning her public accounting career with a national firm, working out of their Baltimore, MD office. Graduating in May 2011, from West Virginia University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting, Lauren brought valuable independent audit experience to her position at Hottel & Willis, P.C.  She is a member the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of CPAs.  

Her area of specialty is primarily audit and attestation engagements, but is gaining experience in the preparation of individual, business, and nonprofit tax returns. 

“I enjoy working with a vast array of different companies and organizations,” she says, “and learning about their different processes and how best I can serve them in succeeding.” Lauren is an outgoing professional who is dedicated and strives to give her best in every aspect of her position.

When Lauren is not studying for the CPA exam, she enjoys spending time with friends, family and her dog, Brie. She also enjoys reading and outdoor activities, such as hiking.

Tyler C. Lackley, EA

Supervisory Senior Accountant

The newest member to the Hottel & Willis, P.C. team, Tyler joined in January 2018, bringing more than four years of experience.

A graduate for Roanoke College, where he received B.A.’s in Accounting and Finance in 2013, Tyler started his career as a tax associate. During those years, Tyler worked on tax prep for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and trusts. He worked on quarterly planning and was promoted to a supervisor position. There he began to deal with returns of higher complexity, including quarterly planning and bonus calculations for medical practices. 

“I enjoy the line of work because every person and business is different, so every project is a new challenge. Taxes can be very complex. I enjoy helping people prepare, understand, formulate, and execute a plan best suited for them and their situation.”

Being a Winchester native, Tyler enjoys the fact that he is able to serve the local community through his work.

When not at the office, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and playing his trombone.

Grant Davis

Staff Accountant

A recent graduate of Shepherd University, Grant joined the team in 2017 as a staff accountant. He is excited to continue building relationships with current and future clients. “I have a strong passion for accounting, and enjoy getting to work with the clients at Hottel & Willis, P.C. every day.”

Grant graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting where he studied the intricacies of economics and accounting, as well as client and personal service. Not only was Grant an accomplished student as a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, but he also developed his leadership skills as the Shepherd University Men’s Tennis Team Captain.

When Grant is not at the office, he can be found at the gym, on the tennis court, or watching a game on T.V. His love for sports and fitness is almost as great as his love for accounting.

Siddhi Patel

Staff Accountant

Siddhi has served as a staff accountant at Hottel & Willis, P.C. since November 2017. She is hoping to learn about all aspects of public accounting.

Before joining the team, Siddhi worked as a payroll accountant for a year and a half in Cheyenne, Wyoming before moving to Virginia. She ran weekly and monthly payrolls and went out in the field to interact with the supervisors and employees for whom she prepared payroll.

"I love helping people keep track of their finances. Coming from a family of small business owners, I know how important it is to track where your money is going and what you can do to increase profit. The first step is making sure that all expenses are recorded, so you have an accurate measure by which to determine if there are unnecessary expenses that can be reduced. With this line of work, that is what we do for our clients. We help record their income and expenses, and compile financial statements that will show exactly where their expenses are and what their bottom line profits are."

Siddhi earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Wyoming in 2015. 

In her free time, Siddhi loves to travel, bake, and spend time with her family.

Jennifer Cordero, CPA

Senior Accountant

Jennifer Cordero relocated to the Shenandoah Valley, after a 16-year career in public accounting in Roanoke. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Dallas, and completed accounting coursework at Virginia Western Community College and Hollins University before passing the CPA exam in 1999. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of CPAs.

Focusing on the firm’s small business clients, tax return preparation, and payroll services, Jennifer finds that her day-to-day work fulfills a need to work with numbers and expertly facilitate the accounting and bookkeeping needs of firm clients. “I enjoy bringing order to an accounting system,” she explains. “I enjoy working with clients who are interested in improving their business and personal accounting systems.”

Married with three adult children and three beautiful grandchildren, Jennifer enjoys life in Winchester with her corgi and loves to read, cook, bake, and travel.

James M. Vermillion, Jr., CPA

Tax and Advisory Consultant

Jim has been with the firm since its inception in 1971. He became partner with the firm in October 1981 and later assumed the role of managing partner until his retirement in May 2013. 

When he is not golfing, Jim continues to provide consulting and tax services to a number of firm clients. 

Jim lives in Stephens City with his wife, Ann. 

Tina M. Kulha

Senior Support Associate

For more than 20 years, Tina Kulha has not only provided quality, professional services to the clients of Hottel & Willis, P.C., she has also been an integral part of the overall firm management. She ensures the firm’s internal operations run smoothly, thereby ensuring client services are unaffected by operational matters. Her tenure and experience allows her to be involved in all aspects of the firm, but she is delighted by the work saying, “Every day presents a new challenge and a new opportunity to work on an interesting project.”

Tina grew up in Bunker Hill, WV and resides in Winchester with her husband of twenty-five years. Their daughter, Christy, is currently attending Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting and sewing, unless the weather is nice enough to be outside gardening.

Lucy L. Harrison

Payroll & Tax Services Associate

Lucy Harrison joined the firm in July 2015, bringing with her five years of experience in payroll and administrative support to the Hottel & Willis, P.C. team. A graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, she holds an undergraduate degree in business administration with a minor in accounting and “loves working with numbers and learning new things.”

When away from the office, she enjoys reading, photography, crafting, baking, and spending time with her family and friends. She resides in Chester Gap with her husband and her two children, Faith and Brantley.

Bethany Tavenner

HR & Tax Services Associate

Bethany joined Hottel & Willis, P.C. in November 2017 as a Payroll Processor. She will graduate in May 2018 with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies as a Leadership major from Old Dominion University. Bethany previously worked for two small businesses in Winchester performing payroll duties involving issuing and distributing paychecks, managing direct deposits, benefits withholding, payroll deductions, garnishments, federal and state payroll tax deposits, new hire reporting and W-2 reporting.

“I enjoy collecting, calculating, and working with numbers, reconciling data and making everything balance. I love working on a team and interacting with our clients to help fulfill their payroll needs.”

When not at the office, Bethany enjoys gardening, walking, and spending time with her family.

Becky Knox

Executive Assistant

Becky began her career at Hottel & Willis, P.C. in October 2017. Relatively new to the industry, she brings over 35 years of administrative and customer service experience in the health, human resources, and manufacturing industries.

Serving as an executive assistant, she is instrumental in the day-to-day management of the firm. “I have over 30 years of administrative experience, and over this time I’ve cultivated strong organizational and interpersonal skills that I embrace when working with our clients at Hottel & Willis, P.C.”

When Becky is not at work, she enjoys a host of outdoor activities. Along with her love for nature, Becky stays healthy by doing yoga and pilates. She is also a devoted animal lover with an affinity for her feline friends.