As a child, I enjoyed working with numbers. During my high school years, I worked as a bookkeeper in a CPA office in New Jersey. While attending Bryant College, I interned in a hospital accounting department and worked for the campus food service. I graduated from Bryant in 1981 with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Accounting. My first job was with a non-profit organization before
securing a position in public practice. I worked for ten years with a regional CPA firm out of Boston and two years with a small local firm here in New Hampshire.
In September of 1991, I went out on my own and contracted my services out to various Certified Public Accountants. The result was an offer to purchase one of those practices and Kathleen Sweeney, CPA was formed May of 1992. In June of 1996, I opened the satellite office in North Conway.
During the summer of 2004, I sat for and passed the necessary exams to become a Registered Investment Advisor. I have formed a partnership with Charles Leonard of Leonard Planning and we both work with Ameriprise Financial.
Professional memberships include AICPA, New Hampshire Society of CPA’s, National Society of Public Accountants and New Hampshire Estate Planning Council. I serve as a Corporator with the Meredith Village Savings Bank and Treasurers of New England Ski Museum and Winnipesaukee Playhouse. I am a board member with the
Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation and an advisor to Advice to the Players.
I enjoy swimming and do so most mornings to help with my arthritis. During the winter months, I get out and ski or hike when possible. In the summer, I enjoy golfing, hiking and fishing. I live a charmed life.
Barbara Champaigne grew up right here in the Lakes Region and until she saw the movie “On Golden Pond” she was unaware of just how lucky she was to be living in such a beautiful area.
Barb made her start as an owner and operator for 16 years of the Dari Maid in Center Harbor, now known as the Red Hill Dairy. She then moved on to become the 11th employee hired at the Meredith Harley-Davidson as head of the Accounting Department, also managing in-house payroll. She survived multiple expansions, covering the accounting needs of three stores and 75 employees, and stayed on for an incredible 20 years. Both business experiences were quite educational in themselves.
Here at the office her background plays a very important role because she can relate to many of our clients and their unique situations. Barb is always ready for a good challenge and she enjoys people of all walks of life.
In her spare time Barb can be found riding her motorcycle, snowmobile, 4-wheeler or paddling her kayak on our great lakes and rivers. She also enjoys training her award winning Icelandic Sheepdogs. Barb has one son, Kevin, who lives in South Carolina with his wife, Neena and their children Sydney and Ryan. So trips to South Carolina are a must for Barb.
Mary Willenbrock has a BA in Business Management from the University of New Hampshire and joined Kathleen Sweeney, CPA in 2007 after building a successful real estate practice with Prudential Joy Tarbell Realty in North Conway. She worked as the marketing director and controller for TN Marketing Inc for ten years before becoming the founder and executive director of The Mount Washington Valley After School Enrichment Program, which she ran for eight years. She is an avid skier, hiker and kayaker and raised two incredible daughters.
Mary handles Quickbooks training, personal and business finances, non-profit, partnership, estate, corporate and personal returns in both the North Conway and Center Harbor offices.
Carm Martinese grew up and was educated in Massachusetts. A product of Northeastern University he stayed and worked in the Boston area. After several iterations he accepted a position with a commercial/ industrial lighting company and has had a successful career in the lighting industry for 33 years. The last was VP/ General Mgr of the Medical Lighting Division for Peachtree Lighting in Covington, GA. Prior to that he was National Sales Manager for Cooper Lighting. He moved back to the valley to enjoy his retirement but that was not to be, as I induced him into working for us during the busy tax season but alas, he never left.
Carm does our billing, collections, processing, intakes and pretty much whatever else that needs to be done.
Lori Bluhm joined us in the Center Harbor office as an Administrative Assistant during the fall of 2016.
Lori grew up in the Lakes Region. After high school she traveled a little throughout the east coast and after traveling knew that New Hampshire would always be her home. Her 9 year old daughter keeps her very busy. There are many activities she enjoys but the majority of them are warm weather activities. She enjoys swimming, hiking, camping, and spending time with family and friends. "Nothing beats finishing out the day by a fire with friends."
Brenda Gillette grew up in central Massachusetts. As a child she and her family camped in the White Mountains
and she enjoyed it so much that she moved to the valley in 1986. It was shortly after that move that she started raising the first of three children. While her children were in school she became very involved with various school activities from field trips to the Jr. Ski Program to becoming president of the Conway Elementary PTO.
She and her husband Eric live in Conway. Her daughter and her family live in RI, one son lives in CT and
the youngest son calls Antarctica home for at least 6-9 months of the year.
She enjoys music, reading, knitting, being on the water, especially the ocean, trips to Portsmouth NH
and spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoys riding in the side car of her husband’s
Brenda is a 20 year Breast Cancer survivor.