Michael R. Favazza Sr., CPA
Michael R. Favazza Sr., CPA is the owner of Favazza & Associates, LLC, CPAs. He was born and raised in North St. Louis County. He is a graduate of Rosary High School and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Mike comes from a very business-oriented family.
Mike has been married to his college sweetheart, Linda, who is a retired registered nurse. His son, Mike Jr. followed in his father's footsteps and is a CPA. Mike’s daughter Julie followed in her mother's footsteps and is a registered nurse In Cincinnati, Ohio. Mike is the proud grandparent of 5 grandchildren and is a resident of St. Louis County. When Mike is not in the office you can find him on the golf course or at his grandkids' games.
Mike has a passion to give back to the community and is always lending his talent and time to civic and charitable organizations that keep St. Louis and St. Charles County a wonderful place to live and work. Mike is a Community Board Director for Citizen’s National Bank.Favazza & Associates, LLC specializes in CFO controllership services for organizations of all types. We manage all accounting aspects of the business from bookkeeping, business planning, tax planning and preparation.
Amy J. Smith
Principal, Director of Operations
Amy manages our team by providing technology, client service and operational management. Amy has been with the firm for 14 years and has performed functions to include marketing, sales, technology management, software training, event planning, office relocations, bookkeeping, human resources, tax processing and some tax preparation.
Amy has worked alongside Mike Favazza on the growth and development of the firm and takes immense pride in its values, successful milestones and continued accomplishments.
Amy has assisted clients with marketing strategies that have led to additional growth in revenue. Amy also manages the internal workflow of the office.
Prior to joining Favazza & Associates, Amy worked in small business and consumer banking as well as payroll sales for small businesses.
Amy is a wife and mother of 4, and grandmother of 2. Amy was born and raised in St. Louis County and now resides in St. Peters. Amy enjoys reading, spending time with her family and DIY shows.
Christy S. Straight
Manager of Accounting Services
Christy has more than 15 years of industry experience in accounting. Prior to starting her career in accounting, she spent over 5 years in customer service roles. Before joining Favazza & Associates, she worked for a diverse range of organizations including large corporations, medium sized software company, and privately owned commercial electrical contractor with multiple locations. In these roles, Christy was responsible for Accounts Receivable and Payable, Payroll, General Ledger, and Financial Reporting.
Christy currently prepares business and individual income tax returns for our firm clients. Christy helps clients by looking “Outside the Box” when faced with challenges and can look at the whole picture to find a solution. She can help your company work through the books so you can focus on the business itself. Christy has experience with online businesses, multi-state sales tax and can help you navigate through Nexus. Christy is also an expert at QuickBooks and QuickBooks Online. Christy holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Lindenwood University as well as an Accounting Certificate from St. Charles Community College, graduating with honors in both. She will be continuing her knowledge by enrolling at Lindenwood University to work on obtaining her CPA certification. In her off time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and shopping. She is also a big supporter of the St. Louis Chapter of Huntington Disease Society of America.
Gina M. Prather
Gina holds certification from the H&R Block Income Tax Course. Annually, she engages in continuing education classes to keep up to date with the current tax laws. Gina has more than 12 years of tax preparation experience.
Before joining Favazza & Associates in 2016, Gina was employed for 9 years with an accounting firm in Northwest St. Louis County. Gina was responsible for data entry, review and processing of tax returns.
She is detail oriented, organized, always eager to assist other team members, and is a big believer in doing things right the first time. Outside of work, Gina enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Melinda joined the Favazza team in 2018. Melinda’s prior work history includes operations management in the construction and medical fields. She has spent her last 15 years in business management for a large restaurant franchise. Her skills include Accounts Payable, Cost Accounting, Human Resources and Payroll.
Melinda’s education includes an Associate Degree in Business Management with a Professional Human Resources certification. She is a Missouri Notary Public. Melinda strives to be a servant leader. She is a dog mom to 2 Great Dane’s and enjoys traveling with her family and learning about other cultures.
Chelsea brings a wide range of experience in accounting and small business knowledge to the firm. After graduating from Fort Zumwalt South, Chelsea spent years in customer service and management roles. She worked for a local lumber yard as the full-service accountant and is familiar with the issues that can arise in the construction field and local small businesses. Chelsea’s levelheaded nature and attention to detail are great additions to the Favazza team.
In keeping with her goal to become a CPA, Chelsea graduated on the Dean’s List from St. Charles Community College with an Associate Degree in Accounting. Maintaining her studies diligently, she is now pursuing her accounting degree at the University of Missouri St. Louis. She is looking forward to obtaining her degree while using her skills and love for numbers on the path to obtaining her CPA license.
When Chelsea is not at work, she enjoys spending time as a newlywed, cheering on her favorite sports teams and spoiling her 3 dogs. She is an avid athlete and lifelong softball and volleyball player.
Jacob was born and raised in St. Peters, Missouri. After graduating from Fort Zumwalt East High School, he went on to complete his B.S. in Accounting and a M.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Missouri – Columbia. As Jacob as always shown an affinity for numbers, he was on the Dean’s List and graduated Cum Laude. He has passed all 4 parts of the CPA examination and is finishing the state appointment requirements for his accreditation.
Having years of experience in inventory and customer service, Jacob is no stranger to a hard work ethic. He strives to provide excellent customer care while performing impeccable accounting skills.
In his free time, Jacob enjoys golfing, playing softball and watching movies. Jacob feels that accounting is his calling in life and that reflects in his work performance. “The numbers don’t lie. They are a puzzle that I am always willing to figure out.”
Maggie E. Aldridge
Maggie currently has 12 years of experience in the accounting profession. Before joining Favazza & Associates in 2013, Maggie was employed for 6 years with a public accounting firm in Tallahassee, Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida State University. Maggie has a lot of experience with QuickBooks, QuickBooks Online and preparing tax returns.
When Maggie is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 children and attending St. Louis sporting events.
As the receptionist at Favazza & Associates, Gabrielle will always greet you with a smile and a willingness to help. Her attention to detail and experienced people skills will help make your experience at Favazza & Associates a welcome change to the other firms in the area.
Gabrielle is a graduate of Francis Howell Central where she received honors in choir. She is a Missouri Notary Public and loves learning the IT skills necessary in a fast-paced public accounting firm. At an early age, Gabrielle worked in the loss prevention and recovery department of a large fast food franchise and is dedicated to figuring out how to solve any problem that she is faced with.
In her free time, Gabrielle enjoys driving her mustang, playing with her cats and food.
Mary Russo, Enrolled Agent
Mary currently has 14 years of experience with small business and tax preparation. She graduated from St. Louis University and holds a B. S. in Accounting. In addition, she is an enrolled agent with the IRS and is certified in QuickBooks Online. She worked at AG Edwards while in college and has a very good understanding of analyzing brokerage statements.
Prior to joining Favazza & Associates, she prepared individual and business tax returns along with monthly bookkeeping. In her spare time, she was a volunteer with AARP helping the elderly and low income prepare and file tax returns.
Mary likes working with clients and helping them organize and gather the necessary paperwork to complete the job. She is married and keeps busy with three sons. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, biking and spinning.
Linda is a graduate of University of Missouri, Columbia with a Bachelors in Accounting. She has more than 30 years in the tax and accounting industries. Part of this time was spent as a partner at a large local firm in San Diego. Over the years, she worked with small companies providing bookkeeping services, tax and consulting service. She has also represented clients before the IRS. While in San Diego she specialized in forensic accounting and worked with attorneys on several cases.
She has taken time off to raise her 4 children and has now returned to the work force. She enjoys time with her family, volunteering at her Church and children’s school, and coaching. Her family enjoys traveling and camping. Her favorite past time is cheering on her kids sports teams.