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Principal Staff

Heather A. Peterson, CPA
Principal and Managing Partner
518-372-9518 ext. 302
heather@watsonpeterson.com

Kenneth C. Ashe, CPA
Staff CPA
518-372-9518 ext. 304
ken@watsonpeterson.com

Paul Andrew Vosteen, CPA, JD
Staff CPA
518-372-9518 ext. 307
paul@watsonpeterson.com

Rebecca Smith
Staff Accountant
518-372-9518 ext.305
becky@watsonpeterson.com

Gail B. Weiss
Staff Accountant
518-372-9518 ext.301
gail@watsonpeterson.com

Jael Dick
Administrative  Assistant
518-372-9518 ext.300



 


 

 

 

Heather A. Peterson, CPA
Principal and Managing Partner

Heather PetersonAreas of Expertise

  • Individual and Fiduciary Income tax preparation
  • Estate, gift and trust taxation
  • Accountings for estates, trusts and guardianships
  • Small business set up
  • Bookkeeping services for seniors

Personal Profile

Heather has a style that combines a professional attitude with humor. Her approach is to take the time and listen to the client in order to understand their needs and objectives. Once the mission is clear, she is tenacious about getting the job done.

Education and Professional License

New York State
Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant, 2009

College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York
B.S/M.S., Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, 2006

Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady, New York
A.A.S., Accounting, 1999

Additional Professional Experience

Watson, Peterson & Company CPAs, PLLC, Schenectady, New York
Member/owner in company established July 1, 2009.

Susan M. Watson, Certified Public Accountant, Schenectady, New York
1991 - 1999 Paraprofessional
1999 - 2009 Staff Accountant

Professional Associations

2015 YCWC Susan Rosenthal Woman in Business Award
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants
Treasurer, Kiwanis Club of Schenectady
Treasurer, Schenectady Kiwanis Foundation
Co-chair, Glenville Oktoberfest
President, Board of Directors, Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp.

 


Kenneth C. Ashe, CPA

WPA

Kenneth C. Ashe, CPAAreas of Expertise

  • Individual and Fiduciary Income tax preparation
  • Estate, gift and trust taxation
  • Accountings for estates, trusts and guardianships

Personal Profile

Ken has worked with Heather since 1991.  He has an incredible eye for detail and “excels” at accountings that require detailed spreadsheet work. He is the go to guy for getting our software to perform better and more efficiently.  His preparedness, patience and ability to work with clients are carried over from his long career as a Niskayuna middle school math teacher.    

Education and Professional License

New York State
Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant, 1988

State University of New York Oneonta, New York
B.S. Education May 1971
M.S. Education May 1972

Russell Sage, New York
B.S. Accounting May 1984
Omicron Delta Epsilon, Honor Society in Economics May 1985

Professional Experience

Watson, Peterson & Company CPAs, PLLC, Schenectady, New York
Senior staff CPA from July 1, 2009 to present

Susan M. Watson, Certified Public Accountant, Schenectady, New York
1991 - 2009 Subcontracted

Niskayuna Central School District, Niskayuna, New York
Math Teacher, 1972 - 2005

C. L. Marvin & Company, P.C., Schenectady, New York
Tax Accountant, August 1986 - August 1988

Kenneth C. Ashe, CPA
Sole practitioner, 1988 - 2013

Professional Associations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants

 

 

Paul Andrew Vosteen, CPA, JD

WPA

Paul Andrew VosteenPersonal Profile

Paul has over twenty years of public accounting and governmental experience.  His primary focus is taxation.  Paul is certified as a public accountant and New York State licensed attorney.  When he is not working with the Watson Peterson team, he is a tenured professor teaching both accounting and law at Morrisville State.

Education and Professional License

Western New England College School of Law 
Juris Doctor, 2004

State University of New York at Albany 
B.S., Accounting, Summa Cum Laude, 1993

Additional Professional Experience

SUNY Morrisville State College
Current Accounting and Law Professor

Fulton County District Attorney
Assistant District Attorney

WDR CPA
Tax Advisor/Auditor

NYS Office of Real Property Services
Senior Accountant

New York State Department of Tax and Finance
Tax Auditor 1

 

 

Rebecca P. Smith, Staff Accountant

Rebecca SmithAreas of Expertise

  • Individual and fiduciary income tax preparation
  • Small business setup and bookkeeping

Personal Profile

Becky has the organizational skills and patience to work with small business clients and their diverse and creative bookkeeping methods. Whether clients deliver their records in an organized binder, a QuickBooks file or a shoebox, they will be greeted with a smile.

Education

State University of New York at Albany
M.S. Accounting, May 2005

State University of New York at Fredonia
B.M. Music Education, December 1992

Professional Experience

Watson, Peterson & Company CPAs, PLLC, Schenectady, New York
Staff Accountant 2013 - present

Tully Rinckey, PLLC
Internal Auditor 2010 - 2013

New York State Division of the Lottery
Senior Accountant 2008 - 2009

State University of New York - System Administration
Internal Auditor 2007 - 2008

The Research Foundation of SUNY
Internal Auditor 2006 - 2007

Dorfman-Robbie, CPAs, PLLC
Staff Accountant 2003 - 2006
Administrative Assistant 1998 - 2003

Professional Associations

Former Member, Institute of Internal Auditors

 

Gail B. Weiss, Staff Accountant

Gail WeissPersonal Profile

Gail has the tenacity to reach a goal despite setbacks. She works with clients to collect each necessary detail for a tax return including the facts that seem evasive. After living internationally, she returned to her hometown with her husband and they have four children.

Education

State University at Albany 2000
a. MS Accounting Information Systems, Delta Gamma Psi Honor Society

Columbia University 1991
a. MBA Finance

Cornell University BS, ALS 1987

Professional Experience

Realtor
NYS Licensed Salesperson, SFR,CBR 2003-2013

Empire State Development Corporation
Manager Treasury 2002-2006

PricewaterhouseCoopers
Auditor 2000-2001

Small Business Owner
1991-2000

Cowen & Co
Assistant Bond Trader 1988-1991

Professional Associations

American Institute of CPAs
National Association of Realtors

 

Jael Dick, Administrative  Assistant

Jael DickPersonal Profile

Your first impression of our firm begins with Jael.  Her friendly and high energy personality will get your attention right away and make you smile.  Think of her as your personal concierge here at Watson Peterson.  Jael  is a Schenectady native, an active community volunteer and youth mentor. 

Education and Professional License

State University of New York at Albany 
B.S., Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, 2016

Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, New York
A.A., Honors Liberal Arts and Science: Humanities and Social Science, 2012

Additional Professional Experience

Watson, Peterson & Company CPAs, PLLC, Schenectady, New York
Administrative Assistant 2017 - present

Farm Credit East ACA, Batavia, New York
Summer Intern, June - August 2016

BCI Construction Inc., Loudonville, New York
Accounting Department Intern, January - May 2016

 

 

 

 

 





 
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