Hottel & Willis, P.C.
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Kerri A. Burkhart, CPA
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 partner with Hottel & Willis, P.C. for over ten years, and assumed the managing partner role in October 2015. She manages the firm’s audit and attest practice, which includes the firm’s system of quality control to ensure policies and procedures adhere to all applicable professional standards and regulatory and legal requirements. Her other practice areas include accounting, tax, and consulting services for individuals, closely-held businesses, nonprofit organizations, and trusts.
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.”
Kerri believes strongly in giving back to the community. She is the treasurer 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 was the recipient of the 2016 “Sonny Shiley Volunteer of the Year Award” for her fifteen years of service to the Center. She enjoys being an active member of the Winchester Rotary Club, serving on various committees and helping with many of their projects and events.
Kerri resides in Martinsburg, WV with her husband, Larry, and their son, Nick. They are active members of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and enjoy fun times with family and friends. Kerri particularly enjoys watching her son play soccer on the travel circuit and listening to him play percussion for his middle school band.
Heather J. Tweedie, CPA
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 was promoted to partner in October 2012, and since that time 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 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 serves on the board of directors for the Free Medical Clinic of the Northern Shenandoah Valley as their secretary/treasurer.
Heather 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 childrens’ sports teams and other interests, most recently serving as treasurer for the Warren County Girls Little League Softball. 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.
William P. Hottel, CPA
Bill, a lifelong resident of Winchester, received his accounting degree from Virginia Tech and has been a member of the firm since 1980. His father, Doug Hottel, was one of our founding partners and namesake of the firm. He has built a philosophy for service that governs the firm's commmitment to quality and excellence.
He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of CPAs. Bill is deeply rooted in the community and is an active member of the Winchester Rotary Club. He also serves in different capacities for a number of area nonprofit organizations.
Bill's vast experience includes accounting, tax, and business consulting and planning for individuals and corporate clients. His practice area also includes estate and trust services including administration, planning, and consulting.
Spending his career at Hottel & Willis, P.C. has allowed him to develop friendships with many of his clients. In his free time, he enjoys being at home and restoring antique clocks and pocket watches.
James M. Vermillion, Jr., CPA
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.
Kyle D. Gardiner, CPA
Kyle Gardiner brings twenty years of experience to Hottel & Willis, P.C. Kyle is a graduate of James Madison University and joined the firm three years ago, 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.
Her particular area of focus is individual and corporate taxation—providing a perfect opportunity for her to do what she most enjoys. She not only enjoys working in a field where she gets a chance to meet new clients with varied backgrounds, she also loves an opportunity to learn how different industries work.
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 opinions 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 will celebrate 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.
Tina M. Kulha
For twenty-two 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.
Lauren A. Giffen
Lauren Giffen relocated to Winchester, VA in September 2015 after beginning her public accounting career with a national firm, working out of their Baltimore, Maryland 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.
Alyssa D. Lundberg, CPA
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Alyssa relocated to Winchester, VA upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse in December of 2012 with a B.S. degree in Accounting and Finance. Originally from Lindstrom, Minnesota, Alyssa joined Hottel & Willis, P.C. in January of 2013. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of CPAs.
Alyssa has gained tremendous experience since joining the firm, and was promoted to senior accountant in the spring of 2016. Her area of specialty is primarily preparation tax returns - individual, trust, business, and nonprofit organizations; however, she has become an integral part of the firm’s audit practice as well. Additionally, she manages the firm’s tax software, e-file maintenance, and client portal use.
Her diverse experience allows her the opportunity to work with clients in many different capacities. “I like working in public accounting because I get to do a variety of things for our clients,” she says. “I enjoy working with and learning about our clients, whether I’m dealing with an individual or a business. Every client is different, their needs are different, and that’s one of the things that make working in public accounting great!”
Alyssa loves the fact that every day at the firm is unique, but she particularly enjoys the fast pace of tax season during which she loves preparing tax returns. When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, and reading.
Stacy L. Rembold, CPA
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.
Jennifer Cordero, CPA
Jennifer Cordero relocated to the Shenandoah Valley, after a sixteen year career in public accounting in Roanoke, VA. 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.
Lucy L. Harrison
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, VA, 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, VA with her husband of eight years and her two children, Faith and Brantley.