Our Staff

Paul A. Speed

Paul is a graduate of Husson University and has been with the firm since 1998. Paul is responsible for various tax services including review of tax returns. Paul participates in compilation, review and audit engagements. Paul is also the varsity soccer coach for Central High School and truly enjoys all sports. Paul and his wife Erin live in Corinth with their three children.

Amanda N. King, CPA

Amanda graduated from Husson University in 2010 and has been with the firm ever since. Amanda practices in the firms extensive tax practice and also participates in various audit, review and compilation engagements. Amanda currently resides in Bradley with her husband Brad, two boys Nolan and Madden, and their cat Roxi.

Lyndsey C. Violette, CPA

Lyndsey is a graduate from the University of Maine at Machias and Husson University. She joined our firm in 2011 and is responsible for some of the firms audit engagements as well as performing compilation's, reviews and tax engagements. In her spare time Lyndsey enjoys spending time with family, her husband, daughter and their two German Shorthaired Pointers.

Justin A. Hayes, CPA

Justin graduated in 2013 from the University of Maine at Presque Isle, with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a minor in Accounting. He joined the firm in 2015 following the completion of his Masters of Business Administration degree from Husson University. Justin is responsible for tax return preparation as well as performing compilations and review engagements. He is originally from Dover-Foxcroft and now lives in Bangor with his wife Samantha and their children Michael and Madeline, along with their dog Brass.

Donald E. Higgins, CPA

Donald graduated from Thomas College in Waterville with a Bachelor's degree in accounting in 1986 and has worked in public accounting ever since. He joined the firm in 2017, and brings with him a wealth of experience in income taxation as well as governmental and nonprofit accounting. Donald is a member of the AICPA and resides in Pittsfield with his wife Marjorie and their two daughters.

Geneva Kelly

Geneva is a graduate of Thomas College in Waterville and is responsible for the firms bookkeeping services, QuickBooks advising, and payroll tax preparation. Geneva joined our firm in 2008 and has been working with public accounting for over 25 years. She currently resides in Newport with her two children. Geneva enjoys spending time outdoors and with her family.

Shane P. O'Brien, CPA

Shane attended the University of Maine and received both a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting (2013) and a Masters of Business Administration (2015). He joined the firm in 2021 and brings with him experience in a wide variety of Tax and Auditing matters. His specialties include preparing individual, business, trust, and estate tax returns as well as preparing audited, reviewed or compiled financial statements. Shane is also a member of both the AICPA and Maine Society of CPAs. Originally from Rockport, he now resides in Hermon along with his wife, Heather, their daughter, Kingsley, and their dog, Batman.

Yussif Rishani

Yussif is a graduate of Husson University in Bangor, Maine. Yussif joined the firm in 2019 and assists with the preparation of tax returns for individuals and businesses.

Michele M. Hersey

Michele is a 1995 graduate of the University of Maine and previously worked as a Sr. Tax Accountant with IDEXX Labs. She joined HEC in 2007 and practices in our tax practice preparing various corporate, partnership and individual tax returns. Michelle is an active member of the local youth hockey program and currently resides in Brewer with her husband Chris and their two children.

Cole G. Benner

Cole joined the firm immediately following his graduation from Husson University in 2021 with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and a Master's Degree in Business Administration. Cole assists with the preparation of tax returns, audits, and financial statements. He is originally from Holden and currently lives in Bangor with his fiancé Megan, dog Osgood, and cats, Maisy and Emmy.

Jamie M. Gorecki

Jamie graduated from the University of Maine in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry. In 2021, she graduated with a Masters degree in Accountancy from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. She began working with the firm in 2021. She lives outside of the Bangor area with her husband and two sons. She enjoys traveling and hiking with her family and friends in her free time.

Abby Coleman-Powers

Abby graduated from Husson University in 2019 with her master’s degree in Business Administration. She is currently a full-time office administrative assistant and lives in Bangor with her husband, 6 guinea pigs, and 4 cats. She is an avid gamer, ranging from console, computer, to tabletop including D&D.

Sally Wight -
Administrative Assistant