Leadership - Manager Profiles
Laura B. Haines, CPA
Accounting and Tax Services Manager
Laura joined Zinner & Co. in 2002 with the inaugural class of the Zinner & Co. internship program. Laura has held several positions within the firm in both the tax and accounting departments. She now serves clients as an accounting and tax manager, providing guidance, strategy, and counsel to private businesses and multi-generational companies. Her expertise helps clients throughout all phases of the business cycle, from start-up through succession planning.
Laura is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs and the AICPA. Her areas of technical expertise include accounting, compilations, and reviews. Her focus spans across all industries and sub-specialty area’s include real estate, professional services firms, and medical practices.
Laura graduated from Kent State University and began her work in public practice in 2004. She is a member of Toastmasters International and the Emerging Leaders Academy, a three-year intensive leadership development program for CPAs who have been identified to lead and grow their firm.
She is a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accounts, The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, Toastmasters International, and the Emerging Leaders Academy - Upstream Academy Network.
Barb Theofilos, CPA, MBA
Accounting & Tax Services Manager
Barbara joined the firm in 2005 and is a member of the accounting and tax group and the not-for profit tax team. In her role as accounting and tax services manager, Barb provides clients with guidance related to accounting and tax issues for private businesses including multi-generational companies and family owned businesses. She assists clients with the management, preparation and filing of IRS Form 990 and 990-T returns. She also helps individual clients by implementing tax planning strategies by remaining compliant and reducing their tax obligations.
Barb’s background with Federal rules and regulations, and how they affect not-for-profit organizations, private businesses and individuals has helped clients create strategies that meet their objectives and satisfy reporting requirements.
She earned her MBA from Cleveland State University and is a graduate of John Carroll University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
Barb is a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, The Estate Planning Council of Cleveland, Women Advancing Women and the National MS Society.
Chris Valponi, CPA
Audit and Assurance Manager
Chris works with employee benefit plans and OMB Circular A-133 requirements. He is also experienced with many types of specialized financial reporting requirements, the Federal Audit Clearing House, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services Cost Reporting, the Ohio Arts Council Financial Form M and the Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Data System reporting.
Chris manages client assurance and employee benefit plan audit engagements, assists with the preparation of the financial statements and serves as a technical resource for client personnel.
He holds a CPA license and earned a bachelor's of Business Administration from Ohio University. He is a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.