Team

Ben Sevcik CPA, PFS, CFP®

Partner
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Ben Sevcik is a Partner with Forum Tax and Accounting Services, LLC, and Forum CPA Group, LLC. Ben specializes in individual and small business taxation and QuickBooks® consulting and training. Ben also has a strong background in advisory services, financial statement preparation, and IRS correspondence. Ben believes that strong client relationships, open communication, and structured organization lead to attaining the tax and accounting goals of his clients.

Ben is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Ben holds memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and QuickBooks ProAdvisor® Program.

James Lapera, CPA

Partner
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James Lapera, CPA is a Partner with Forum Tax and Accounting Services, LLC. Prior to the merger with Forum Tax & Accounting Services, LLC, James was managing partner for Pinnacle Financial Solutions PC. With more than 30 years experience in the financial and tax services, James specializes in individual and small business taxation, government compliance and QuickBooks® consulting. He builds a trusting relationship with his clients. This helps develop a full understanding of their individual situation to help them attain their tax and accounting goals.

James earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the College of Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. James holds memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, IL Certified Public Accountants and QuickBooks ProAdvisor® Program.

Ann Marie Behrendt, EA

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Ann Marie joined Forum Tax & Accounting Services, LLC in January, 2020. She began her career working as a regional controller for a corporate entertainment and production firm. She shifted her career to public accounting in 2003 and earned her Enrolled Agent designation in 2013. Ann Marie specializes in small business accounting, consulting, and tax preparation and planning for small businesses and their owners.

Ann Marie earned her BA in Accounting from North Central College in Naperville, IL. She and her husband, John, live in Lombard where they raised two boys. In her free time, she enjoys live music and spending time with family and friends.

Rachel Bolt

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Rachel has been a familiar face around the office for years, but as of August 2020 she officially joined the Forum Tax and Accounting team. Rachel has 10 years of leadership experience, managing the finances of numerous small business entities throughout her career.

Rachel attended Arizona State University earning her B.S. in Organizational Leadership. Currently she lives in Denver, CO with her roommate, Czar —her new puppy. In her free time, she enjoys live music, adventuring outdoors and making jewelry.

Lahoucine (Leo) Elasli, CPA

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Lahoucine Elasli (Leo) specializes in individual and business tax preparation, accounting, and correspondence with the IRS and State Tax Agencies. He earned his CPA in 2017.

Leo received his Master degree in Accounting and Financial Management from Keller Graduate School of Management in 2009. Leo Lives in Wheaton, IL. He enjoys working out, biking on the weekends, and going for long walks outdoors.

Marina Kladis, CPA

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Marina has been with Forum Tax and Accounting Services, LLC since September 2014. She has been working in public accounting since 2007 and earned her CPA in 2010. Marina specializes in business and individual tax return preparation, accounting, and consulting.

Marina is a graduate of DePaul University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She received her Master of Science in Accounting from the Keller Graduate School of Management. She lives with her husband, John, and two kids, Paul and Anastasia, in Palos Heights.

Isabella Lapera

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Isabella recently joined the Forum Tax & Accounting Services, LLC as the firm merged with Pinnacle Financial Solutions PC where she worked for 2 years prior. She is a support specialist and office event coordinator that works remotely part-time. She is currently studying and pursuing a double major in accountancy and information systems at the Gies College of Business in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ann McGrath

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Ann joined Forum Tax & Accounting Services, LLC in 2007 as a staff accountant, and has over 25 years of accounting experience in multiple industries. She works with a variety of small to mid-size companies in multi states providing accounting, payroll, and bookkeeping services. Prior to joining Forum, Ann worked in the accounting groups for a futures brokerage firm and the brokerage division of large international bank.

Ann has her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Northeastern Illinois University.

Matthew Melnikoff

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Matthew recently joined Forum Tax & Accounting Services, LLC as the firm merged with Pinnacle Financial Solutions. He has worked in office management for over 1 year, processing data, resolving local IT issues, bookkeeping, management of office bills and policies, and overseeing organizational workflow.

Matthew graduated from University of Illinois Chicago with a bachelors in Criminal Justice and a bachelors and English. He lives in Irving Park, a neighborhood in Chicago IL. He enjoys craft beer and spirits, movie nights with his wife Kat, and is a teacher of mushroom foraging and identification, leading classes and forays around the Northern Illinois area.

Manjunath H. Rao, CMA. PhD

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Manju is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) from the US as well as India. His degrees include a MSA (Masters in Accountancy), MBA, and PhD (Management). His research interests are in cost and management accounting. He has published two research articles in the Management Accountancy journal of the Institute of Management Accountants, “Exploring the role of Standard Costing in Lean Enterprises” and “Do Lean Initiatives have Adequate Accounting Support?”.

In his current position, he does bookkeeping and individual taxes. His hobbies include yoga, biking, meditation and Eastern Spirituality, and learning South Indian Classical- Carnatic Vocal.

Sandi Redman, CPA

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Sandi joined the Forum Tax & Accounting Services, LLC team after coming from Pinnacle Financial Solutions, where she worked for 6 years.

Sandi has extensive experience with private corporations and public accounting in a variety of industries and sizes. Her background includes accounting, budgeting, financial statement compilation and analysis, taxes and tax planning, IRS/State correspondence, Payroll, sales tax and has worked with a variety of software applications.

Sandi is a graduate of the University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and earned her CPA. She enjoys gardening and spending time with her two cats, Stormy and Milo.

Roger Scalise, CPA

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Roger Scalise is a manager with Forum Tax and Accounting Services, LLC. Roger has worked in public accounting for over 20 years. Roger works with small business clients and individuals on tax planning & preparation.

Roger is a graduate of University of Illinois-Chicago with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Roger is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Karen Sigerich

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Karen has been working with Forum Tax and Accounting Services, LLC since January 2012. She has worked the last 7 years part time doing tax assembly and payroll work. She has 20 years’ experience with small businesses providing bookkeeping, payroll and accounting services. As of September 2019 she is now happy to be full time at Forum Tax and Accounting.

Karen and her fiancé Rick are outdoor enthusiasts, and love hiking, yoga and attending sporting events. She enjoys spending time with her three children Stephan, Christopher and Rachel.

Angel Ethell

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Angel joined Forum in March 2023 as a temp but was soon asked to join us permanently. She has been an asset around the office ensuring the team has what they need to succeed and works to keep up with administrative needs. Angel has over ten years of Office Administrative experience along with an extended background in Restaurant Management and Customer Service.

While she’s not at her desk Angel can be found greeting anyone in the office she doesn’t recognize or chatting up colleagues in passing about their weekend plans.