MEDOWS CPA, PLLC is a boutique CPA firm located in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan servicing the needs of high net worth individuals, freelancers and small businesses by providing comprehensive tax and accounting solutions.
The experience and academic credentials of our professional staff provide our clients with the expertise of a larger firm. Our commitment to superior customer service offers a personal, one-on-one approach. Take a moment to meet our team:
Jonathan Medows, CPA, Managing Member
Jonathan Medows is the Managing Member of MEDOWS CPA. He received his Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude in economics and accounting and his MBA in finance from the Stern School of Business, New York University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
Jonathan has also worked as a staff accountant for Arthur Andersen and as a Senior Consultant in the Restructuring Group of KPMG. Mr. Medows has been featured as an expert CPA in The New York Post, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Accounting Today, Forbes taxation blog, and other publications.
Jonathan’s interests and education go far beyond accounting and taxes. Jonathan also holds a Master of Arts in Judaic Studies and, although he decided to pursue accounting over a rabbinical career, Jonathan received his Rabbinic diploma from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. View Jonathan’s academic and professional credentials here.
Prakash Kasat, CPA, Manager
Prakash Kasat is the manager of MEDOWS CPA. He has worked with our firm on a consulting basis since 2006 and joined us full-time in 2012. Prakash has worked extensively preparing tax returns for small to mid-sized corporations and providing tax planning services for businesses and their owners. His experience includes working with entities in a wide range of industries including retail, wholesale, real estate, investment, textiles, and construction. Prior to joining MEDOWS CPA full-time, Prakash worked at one of the top 25 accounting firms in New York City.
Prakash graduated from Queens College with a Master of Science degree in accounting. He is a licensed CPA in Colorado and New York. He is also a licensed chartered accountant in India.
Brian Choi, CPA, Senior Accountant
In addition to his in-house accounting experience Brian is a graduate of New York’s Baruch College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in finance and investments. He also earned a masters degree in accounting at Hunter College in New York.
Brian is a Certified Public Accountant in New York. When he’s not helping clients, Brian enjoys running and hiking.
Taimoor Shahid, CPA, Staff Accountant
Taimoor joined MEDOWS CPA in 2015 with expertise in individual and small business returns, sales tax and workers’ compensation resolution. His responsibilities include bookkeeping, preparing tax returns, sales tax, and payroll tax. Prior to joining MEDOWS CPA, Taimoor worked as a tax accountant at a small business accounting firm.
Taimoor attended Baruch College in New York earning his bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is s a Certified Public Accountant in New York.
Outside of work, Taimoor enjoys jogging and playing soccer.
Stephen Casey, CPA, Director, International Tax Practice
Stephen heads the International Tax Practice at MEDOWS CPA. In addition to assisting clients in meeting their overseas tax filing obligations, Stephen advises on tax structures and planning.
Prior to joining MEDOWS CPA, Stephen worked in New York City as a financial controller in the video industry and also with hi-tech multinational businesses including Wall Data and DoubleClick. In these positions Stephen gained extensive experience working in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Stephen has advised on tax residency, foreign tax credits, permanent establishment, warranties, tax deeds, tax treaties and transfer pricing. He has represented clients being audited by the IRS, HMRC (UK), and the Revenue Commissioners (Ireland), negotiating settlements, disclosures, resolving VAT issues and claiming R&D tax credits. In addition, he has advised on international trading structures and project financing.
Stephen is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA – UK and Ireland), holds an MBA, an LLM (International Commercial Law) and international tax certificates. Outside of work Stephen enjoys running and has completed the New York City Marathon.
Bryan Rocchio, CPA, Staff Accountant
Bryan Rocchio joined MEDOWS CPA in June 2016. He is responsible for individual tax returns, corporate tax returns, and sales tax returns. Bryan’s keen attention to detail and creative thinking have allowed him to find his true niche in individual returns. Bryan is a licensed CPA in the state of New York.
Prior to joining the MEDOWS CPA, Bryan worked at BNY Mellon (BNYM) as a Senior ETF and Mutual Fund Accountant. He was responsible for managing the daily operations of client’s multi-billion dollar portfolios. Following his service at BNYM Bryan serviced the people of Brooklyn working at J.D. Pantzis, CPA completing both individual and business tax returns.
Bryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from St. John’s University and a Master of Science degree in accounting from Long Island University.
Bryan works hard to please his clients and to help in any way that he can. When Bryan is not assisting clients he is helping the people of New York City as a firefighter for the FDNY. Bryan also enjoys traveling the world and eating delicious food.
Diane (Dianyi) Chen, Staff Accountant
Diane graduated in June 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree (major: accounting) from Wuhan University in China. She received her Master’s degree in accounting from Simon Business School, University of Rochester. Diane has successfully completed 11 out of 14 ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) exams.
When she’s not working, Diane enjoys reading, flowers and searching out delicious food.
Victoria Favia, Office Manager
Victoria joined MEDOWS CPA in February 2015. With her attention to detail and organizational skills, Victoria keeps our firm running smoothly and ensures that our clients receive exceptional service. In addition to overseeing administrative functions and workflow, Victoria manages appointment setting and client communication while making sure that our accountants have what they need to serve our clients efficiently.
Prior to joining our firm Victoria held an administrative management position. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York.
Gaynor Meilke, Marketing & Public Relations
Gaynor graduated from the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in consumer studies and marketing. She completed graduate studies in public relations and corporate communications at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. She also earned a Master of Science degree in integrated marketing communications from Eastern Michigan University.