Melanie Barnes

Melanie Barnes, CPA, is a partner at Sikich with over 17 years of public accounting and industry experience. Melanie understands her clients’ business goals and works with them in a pragmatic approach to provide technical accounting expertise, ensure compliance requirements are met and help position them for success. Prior to joining Sikich, she worked at …

Matthew Denton

Matthew Denton, CPA, MBA, is a partner at Sikich and has been with the firm since 2013. He is one of the youngest associates to be elected partner. Matthew delivers assurance and advisory services to a variety of middle-market businesses, with a passion for serving privately-held companies. With a history of building long-standing relationships, he …

Rahsaan Sales

Rahsaan Sales, Sikich’s General Counsel, is responsible for all legal and risk management matters at the firm. Rahsaan is an accomplished attorney with significant experience at public and private consulting firms. Throughout his career, he has been a valued advisor to executives, management and boards of directors. He also has experience in merger and acquisition …

Robb Zerfass

Robb Zerfass, CPA, is a tax partner in Sikich’s Chicago office. Robb has over 30 years of experience working with clients in a number of industries, from professional services, including law firms and healthcare organizations, to manufacturing and distribution, real estate, and food and hospitality. He specializes in U.S. federal tax planning and consulting, state …

Tom Leach

Thomas K. Leach, CPA, is the market lead for the Decatur office. He has more than 30 years of experience serving clients in a variety of industries. He has extensive experience working with not-for-profit organizations and local governmental and commercial audit clients. In addition, his expertise includes supervising audits of large State of Illinois agencies, …

Rick Herbst

Richard Herbst is a partner in the Chicago office of Sikich Investment Banking. Rick has more than 20 years of experience in general management, strategy and consulting. Prior to joining Sikich, Rick was a managing director with Levi Littell Herbst & Co., a boutique investment bank in Chicago, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and strategic …

Mary O’Connor

Mary O’Connor, ASA, CFE, is the partner-in-charge of Forensic and Valuation services. She specializes in business valuation and the appraisal of tangible and intangible assets for litigation and financial statement reporting with special focus in intangible assets in property tax appeal, securities, and transaction matters. She also possesses extensive experience with fairness and solvency opinions. …

Jim Savio

James R. Savio, CPA, MAS, is responsible for providing technical services to Sikich’s governmental clients in all areas of governmental accounting, auditing, financial reporting, revenue and expenditure forecasting and cash and debt management. Jim has participated in hundreds of audits of municipalities and other governmental units since he began his career with Sikich in 1995. …

Dan Berg

Daniel A. Berg, CPA, is a partner on Sikich’s governmental services team. With more than 35 years of experience in public accounting, Dan concentrates on all areas of accounting, auditing, financial reporting, budget development, revenue and expenditure forecasting, cash and debt management and cable television franchise agreed-upon procedures. He has participated in more than 1,200 …

Chris Geier

Christopher Geier is the CEO and Managing Partner of Sikich LLP. In addition to leading the overall strategic and financial direction of the firm, he is responsible for large mergers and acquisitions and is a member of the Executive Board. Chris is focused on delivering the highest level of professional client service and creating a …

Cheryl Aschenbrener

Cheryl Aschenbrener, CPA, is a Partner and the National Leader of Transaction Advisory Services, with over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, business advisory and assurance services. Cheryl’s clients rely on her for deep industry expertise and a hands-on approach in structuring and due diligence work for portfolio company acquisitions, strategic …

Chad Lucas

Chad A. Lucas, CPA, is a partner in the Springfield office. He has more than 20 years of experience providing clients a broad range of audit, accounting, tax and consulting services. Chad has served clients in the local government, construction, agribusiness, healthcare, and manufacturing and distribution industries. Affiliations American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Illinois …

Brian LeFevre

Brian D. LeFevre, CPA, MBA, is responsible for providing technical services to Sikich’s governmental clients in all areas of governmental accounting, auditing, financial reporting, budget development, revenue and expenditure forecasting, and cash and debt management. Brian has participated in hundreds of audits of municipalities and other governmental units since he began his career with Sikich …