•  Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (accounting concentration), University of Washington , 1996

•  Master of Professional Accounting (taxation track), University of Washington , 2004

•  Certified Public Accountant, State of Washington , original issue - 1996, license to practice public accounting 2006

Our family moved from ex-Soviet Union (presently Ukraine ) in 1989, when I was 15 years old. We have been living in Seattle area since 1990. I graduated from University of Washington in 1996 with degree in Accounting.

My first work experience came in the field of database management and accounting information systems. Over the period of 7 years I worked for Microsoft Corporation, Go2Net.com and Infospace, Inc. Eventually I came to conclusion that corporate America is not my calling, but rather working for myself and having a direct effect on people's lives.

I decided that working as a CPA in public accounting would meet my career and life goals. With that in mind, I went back to University of Washington in 2003 and earned my Master of Professional Accounting degree (taxation track) in 2004. Soon after, I was working as a tax accountant at Sterling, Kuder & Co., P.S. in Mercer Island , WA . After 2 ½ years there I was able to acquire a small CPA firm in Seattle (firm's present location is Historic Downtown Issaquah) and it has been a true pleasure helping my clients since.