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Financial &
Accounting Services

We are a team of highly driven and talented individuals who become ignited when faced with challenges. Our team is energized, focused, and eager to put our heads together to achieve measurable success for our clients.

In this world of ever-changing federal regulations, our team of consultants continually works to develop new strategies for our clients to take full advantage of tax opportunities and reduce tax burden. Our experienced tax advisors offer consulting for challenging tax issues as well as identify the impact of tax legislation so that we may adjust the strategy for our clients.

Experience
Partners & management team
John A. Solari
John A. Solari
Certified Public Accountant and Managing Partner

John Solari has more than 30 years of accounting, tax and business consultation experience and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. He founded J.A. Solari & Partners after years of experience at a national accounting firm.

In his years in the business, John has earned a reputation for helping clients plan for the future and build their business. As managing partner, John actively participates in critical decision making on clients’ behalf and oversees a team of certified public accountants who specialize in estate and tax planning for complex business transactions and for high-net-worth individuals. The firm also provides business consultation for middle-market companies in the real estate, health care, aviation and manufacturing industries.

John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants, and serves on numerous community boards.

Amy Allen Certified Public Accountant and Partner
Amy Allen
Certified Public Accountant and Partner

Amy Allen brings more than 25 years of diverse accounting experience to the table. Her list of skills is overwhelming, but it is her special energy and dedication that drives her to achieve results for her clients time and time again. Allen specializes in manufacturing, professional services, the technology industry, local government and non-profit assurance. She also handles outsourcing tax department functions including tax provisions, tax management and compliance. Allen has much experience dealing with multistate and foreign matters. Allen holds a Master of Science degree in Taxation.

Duke Kelly, J.A. Solari
Duke Kelly
Certified Public Accountant and Senior Tax Manager

With more than 25 years of experience in public accounting, Duke’s expertise is preparing tax returns for entities, specializing in construction and development as well as numerous other industries. Duke holds a Bachelor of Science in Business (Accounting) and a Masters of Accountancy from Virginia Poly Technic Institute and State University.

In his free time, Duke enjoys spending time with his wife, three sons and daughter, as well as, hunting, fishing and hiking.

Sarah
Sarah Myers Mitchell
Certified Public Accountant and Tax Manager

Sarah is a driven advisor and comes to us with 10+ years in public accounting and has experience with high net worth individuals and pass-through entities.  She is passionate about taxation and client service and is always hunting for opportunities to help clients find creative solutions for their tax concerns.

Her most recent experience was with a firm based in New York City where she did both preparation and review of all tax returns, financial statements and advisory.  She managed clients with investments, real estate and taxation and financial advisory.  She is a leader in implementing process, procedures and solutions.

When she’s not busy providing tax advisory services, you can find her enhancing her knowledge and skills on a pool table.  Most recently, she earned an opportunity to compete at the USAPL National Championships.

Melanie Geschwind
Certified Public Accountant

Melanie has experience providing tax and accounting services for business clients in various industries as well as high net worth individuals. Prior to becoming a Certified Public Accountant, Melanie served as a Legal Administrator for over 12 years. Melanie completed her certification in accounting at UCSD Extension after receiving her MBA and BS in Biochemistry and Cellular Biology. Melanie is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Melanie is very active in her community and currently serves on the Board of her local Rotary Club. She enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and spending time with her family and dogs.

Monica Hientzman, J.A. Solari
Monica Heintzman
Senior Staff Accountant

Monica was born and raised in Alaska before moving to Reno in 2016 to begin school at the University of Nevada, Reno. She has since earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and is currently working toward her Masters of Accountancy. She loves to travel to other countries and learn about other cultures, and she is passionate about advocating for human rights. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the mountains with her dog.

Connor Keegan
Staff Accountant

Connor was born and raised in Murrieta in southern California. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno where he graduated in Spring 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is continuing his education there by pursuing a Master of Accountancy.  One of Connor’s passions is skiing, spending winters at Mammoth Mountain from the age of 4. Besides skiing he also has a love for all thing aeronautics, and obtained his pilot’s license at the age of 17. His latest passion is scuba diving, which he learned in 2018.

Michael
Michael Lafferty
Staff Accountant

Michael is currently studying to receive his master’s in accounting and due to graduate in the summer of 2025. Prior to coming here, he was in the United States Marine Corp Amory and spent time stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He then was a Civil Project Engineer Intern at Q & D Construction before deciding he was interested in accounting.

Michael likes to read philosophy, enjoys outdoor activities and has recently started a family; he has a 2-month-old daughter, Anneliese, and is engaged to be married to Stephanie.

Marcy West
Office Manager and Wonder Woman

Marcy is the Office Manager at J.A. Solari & Partners, but we like to call her Wonder Woman. She keeps the wheels greased and keeps everything moving on time and on schedule.  Marcy brings over 20 years of administrative experience in Office Management and  Human Resources to our team, overseeing the day-to-day administrative functions of business operations, interacting with clients and ensuring all projects are completed in a timely manner. Marcy also assists in the development and implementation of firm policies and procedures. When she’s not spending time with her children or their littles, Marcy enjoys the outdoors and traveling.

Sarah Meadows
Sarah Meadows
Communications

Sarah Meadows has joined our team to help behind the scenes with communication, recruiting, and anything we need extra hands on to keep things running smoothly. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from UNR. Sarah is a Nevada native that spends her time exploring our beautiful landscape with her pup, Doja. She likes to travel, craft, and read lots of fiction!

Ha Le
Administrative Assistant

Ha Le was born in Vietnam and raised in Lawndale, California. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and moved to Reno shortly after graduation, where she received her CAPM certification in project management. Outside of work, Ha Le loves to do word search puzzels, travel, and spend time with her children.