Michael R. Hackett, CPA

Tax Partner & Practice Leader

As a partner in our tax group, Mike provides general tax services to a wide range of client groups including family-owned businesses, closely held investment partnerships, widely held corporations and private equity structures. In addition, Mike has a strong background with multinational clients – providing them with cross-border tax advice on inbound, outbound and transaction structure planning.

Mike came to the firm in 2014 from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was a member of the core tax and international tax groups for five years.  Prior to PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mike graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Finance and Accounting and a Master’s degree in Taxation from Bentley University.

Mike is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants (VTCPA).

Chelsea  has broad experience working with companies in the real estate industry, including inbound international real estate investment funds, multinational construction companies, and real estate developers. Her experience includes work with pass-through entities, foreign corporations, and owner-operated S corporations. She has provided tax consulting relating to pass-through entity withholding, foreign withholding, percentage of completion method accounting, and IRS examinations.

Prior to joining the firm in 2016, Chelsea spent 13 years in the Federal Tax Real Estate group with KPMG in Atlanta and Boston.

Chelsea is a member of the AICPA and Vermont Society of CPAs, serves as a Board Member of the Burlington Business Association, and is also involved with the Vermont Welcome Wagon Project, helping new Vermonters settle in and feel more at home in the Green Mountain State. She is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Taxation.

Chelsea lives in South Burlington with her husband Chris and two children.

Chris is a senior manager in our tax practice.  He works closely with partnerships, S corporations, corporations and individuals. His clients include entities in various industries including manufacturing, distribution and retail, both in the US and Canada. He has a focus in cooperatives and solar entities.

Chris joined GFC in October 2012 after graduating from the University of Vermont with a Master of Accountancy degree. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants.

He currently resides in Jericho and spends his free time on two wheels.

Alena works with a variety of clients, from  private to investor-owned business, with a concentration in closely held businesses and their owners. Alena’s work with these clients focuses on tax compliance, planning, structuring and consulting, but also encompasses general business advisory, consulting and accounting services.  Alena has extensive experience with financial reporting and financial statement engagements, and therefore has the ability to apply that lens to her work with clients. At the heart of all that she does is her passion for working with businesses to support their current needs and future goals. She forms relationships with, and provides services to, clients in a broad range of industries, including professional services, software development, retail, manufacturing, distribution, and construction.

Alena joined GFC in 2009, after graduating from Northeastern University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree with concentrations in Accounting and Finance. While attending Northeastern, Alena worked in the greater Boston Area for firms including RSM US LLP, RINET, and Ernst & Young.

Alena is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants (VTCPA).

She currently resides in Westford, Vermont, with her husband, Josh, and their two children, Nora and Wyatt.

Angela provides general tax services to a diversified client base, including individuals, corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, with a focus on multi-state corporations. In addition, Angela works with clients in various industries including manufacturing, technology, distribution and service.

Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Angela was a tax senior at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. She spent four years at PricewaterhouseCoopers after graduating from Suffolk University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She also obtained her Master’s Degree in Taxation at Suffolk University in 2010.

Angela is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants (VTCPA). She currently serves on the board of directors of the VTCPA.

Angela currently resides in South Burlington, VT with her husband, Philip, and their daughter, Keira.

Sirisha provides general tax services and consulting to a diverse client base with a primary concentration of serving client groups including family-owned businesses, closely held partnerships, S corporations and medium to large C corporations. Additionally, Sirisha has a strong background with high-net-worth individuals providing them with tax planning and consulting services. Sirisha also has strong background in areas of complex corporate tax provisions.

Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Sirisha spent three years in the General Tax Group at KPMG, LLP in Burlington, Vermont. Sirisha has Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Computer Science from India and completed her U.S. accounting studies at the University of Vermont.  She is also  a 2012 graduate of the Champlain College Management Excellence program.

Sirisha is an Enrolled Agent (EA) and member of National Association of Tax Professionals. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants (VTCPA).

 

Steve provides tax services to a diversified client base, including high-net-worth individuals, corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies.  Steve works with clients in a  number of industries, including real estate, professional services, manufacturing, and construction.  Additionally, Steve provides tax consulting in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, business formations, estate tax planning, and other complex tax issues.

Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Steve was employed at Deloitte & Touche, LLP in Boston, Massachusetts.  Steve graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

Steve is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants, and is a member of the Vermont Tax Advisory Board which meets periodically with the Vermont Tax Commissioner.

Elisia provides general tax services to a diversified client base, including corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and individuals.  Additionally, Elisia specializes in tax consulting for credits and incentives, with an extensive background in helping clients identify, document and support R&D credits.

Prior to rejoining the firm in 2019, Elisia was a manager at RSM US LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. She spent eight years at RSM focusing largely on R&D credits and compliance for large multi-state C corporations.  Prior to that, she was with BDO in Los Angeles, California, for three years focusing primarily on R&D credits amongst other general tax services.  Elisia started her career with GFC after graduating from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and minor in Statistics.

After living in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston over a span of 10 years, Elisia and her husband have returned to Vermont to raise their twins in the same town they grew up in, Colchester.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her family/friends, snowboarding, traveling, and practicing yoga.

Frank provides general tax services to a diversified client base, including individuals, corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies, with a focus on private equity structures. Frank works with clients in various industries including manufacturing, technology and service.

Frank came to the firm in 2017 from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was a member of the core tax and asset wealth management tax groups for four years. Prior to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Frank graduated from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine with degrees in Business Finance and Management. Frank is also a graduate of the College of Charleston with a Master’s in Taxation.

Frank is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) and the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants (VTCPA).

 

Rick works closely with the owners of entrepreneurial businesses, advising them on a wide range of topics, including tax planning, estate planning, inventory valuation, and pension and profit sharing.  He has a strong background in international taxation, having structured outbound transactions for U.S. companies doing business abroad and inbound transactions for foreign corporations doing business in the United States.

Rick came to the firm in 1992 from Miami, Florida, where he served as a senior tax manager with BDO Seidman.  Rick was one of eight CPAs firmwide selected to be on BDO’s National, State and Local Tax Specialty Group, which provided advice on multi-state taxation to all branches of the firm.  With states aggressively trying to raise as much revenue as possible, state and local tax planning are now deemed to be as important as federal tax planning.

Known as an exceptionally good communicator, Rick is interviewed frequently by the Burlington Free Press for tax-related stories; he has also appeared on local television news, and has testified before the Vermont House Ways and Means Committee, in an effort to help control Vermont taxation.  When Rick lived in Florida, he was often quoted in the Miami Herald and interviewed on Miami television news. In addition, Rick has published several articles in The Tax Advisor, a prestigious professional journal, and is a frequent public speaker, addressing civic, social, and professional organizations on current tax issues and concerns.

Rick graduated cum laude from San Francisco State University in 1978 with a degree in business administration and accounting.  In addition, he is a member of the Tax Technical Working Group, a new committee to improve communication between the Vermont Department of Taxation and Vermont Tax Professionals.

  • Graduated cum laude from San Francisco State University in 1978 with a degree in business administration and accounting
  • Member of the Tax Technical Working Group, a committee created in 2012 to improve communication between the Vermont Department of Taxation and Vermont Tax Professionals.