Kayla Bledsoe

Staff Accountant – Canastota Office

315.697.2345 ext 120



  • Ithaca College, M.B.A. in Public Accounting, 2016
  • Ithaca College, B.S. in Accounting, 2015

Professional Licenses and Activities

  •  Currently working towards my CPA license

Professional Experience and Achievement

  • Gustafson & Wargo CPAs, December 2016-present
  • Marks Paneth, January 2015-April 2015

Professional Responsibilities

  • Prepares federal and state tax returns for individuals, partnerships, and corporations
  • Prepares audit workpapers in conformity with GAAP
  • Performs audit, review, or compilation procedures as assigned
  • Prepares payroll tax returns and assists with 1099 filings

Andrea Wickert, E.A.

Senior Accountant – Canastota Office

315.697.2345 ext 115



  • BA Political Science – Syracuse University, 2002
  • Professional Licenses and Activities
  • EA, Enrolled to Practice before the Internal Revenue Service, 2010
  • Member of New York State Society of Enrolled Agents
  • Member of National Association of Enrolled Agents

Professional Experience and Achievement

  • Gustafson & Wargo CPAs LLP 2005 – present
  • Nodell, Jones & Kendall, LLP 1995 – 2005

Professional Responsibilities

  • Fiduciary Tax Specialist
  • Engagement Staffing Coordinator
  • Graphic Design of Company Brand

Areas of Practice Expertise

  • Lead accountant – estate and trust department
  • Payroll tax oversight and compliance
  • Supervision of numerous in-house bookkeeping engagements

Community Involvement

  • Assistant Secretary, Canastota Development Corporation
  • Former Assistant Secretary & Honorary Member, NY Democratic Rural Conference


Kylene E. Jordan

Senior Accountant – Utica Office

315.735.0705 ext 214



• B. S. in Accounting, State University of New York IT – 2007
• A. S. in Applied Science Accounting, Sandhills Community College – 1997

Professional Experience and Achievement

• Gustafson & Co., CPAs, 2001– present
• PCSI Healthcare Consultants, 1997-2000

Professional Responsibilities

• Prepare tax returns
• Prepare audit work papers and financials
• Customer Service

Areas of Practice Expertise

• Tax

Community Involvement

• Member, Trinity Lutheran Evangelical Church in Herkimer, NY
• Board member, Trinity Lutheran Evangelical Church

Barbara Devendorf, CPA

Partner – Canastota Office

  • Barb_DevendorfTax Planning/Compliance for Business and Individuals
  • Audit

315.697.2345 ext 110



  • Associate of Applied Science, Accounting – Cazenovia College, 1991
  • Bachelor of Business Administration – University of Oklahoma, 1993

Professional Licenses and Activities

  • Licensed as a CPA in Oklahoma and New York State
  • Member of Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants 1996 – 2005
  • Member of New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 1996 – 2009
  • Quick Books ProAdvisor

Professional Experience and Achievement

  • Gustafson & Wargo CPAs, LLP 2006 – present
  • Fust, Charles, Chambers, LLP 2004 – 2006
  • Greenwell & Co., P.C. 1993 – 1995, 1998 – 2004
  • Ernst & Young, LLP 1995 – 1998

Professional Responsibilities

  • Review and prepare income (1040, 1120, 1065, 1041), estate and gift tax returns.
  • Audit, review and compilation preparation and supervision.
  • Correspondence with the IRS and States regarding notices and audits.
  • Firm scheduling, billing, payroll, hiring, training and mentoring staff.

Areas of Practice Expertise

  • Multi-state income tax preparation
  • IRS Application for Recognition of Exemption
  • Family-owned business

Community Involvement

  • Treasurer Chittenango Rotary Club 2008 – 2014
  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Chairperson of The Oklahoma Society of CPA’s – Two terms
  • Director at Large for The Oklahoma City Chapter of Oklahoma Society of CPA’s – One term

Ronald J Wargo, CPA

Partner – Utica Office

315.735.0705 ext 211


Work History

  • Ronald J Wargo, CPA, 01/03-present; public accounting firm with concentration in tax and closely held businesses.
  • Anderson Co. Group, 11/05-1/07, Chief Financial Officer, responsible for all financial functions of three separate business groups: parent + two subsidiary staffing companies doing approx $300M in payroll; Lloyd’s of London insurance brokerage company in the UK + two US insurance brokerage subsidiaries; and a real estate development/construction group.
  • D’Arcangelo & Co, LLP, 1/03 – 1/06, position Principal, working 800 – 1000 hrs/yr, staff supervision, client retention & promotion, billing, 70% of time on tax (corporate, individual, tax audits, tax planning). Merged firm into D’Arcangelo 01/01/03.
  • Wargo & Robertello, CPA’S, 1977 – 12/02, Founder & Managing Partner, all firm administrative functions, client promotion & retention, firm size ranging between 6 – 13 employees,  work was primarily tax & small business with emphasis on tax & business planning. Contract Controller for several larger, closely held clients.


  • Utica College of Syracuse University 09/65 – 05/1969, BS Business Administration
  • Syracuse University, 1971-1973, additional courses to complete major in Accounting
  • Continuing Professional Education, have completed all required credits for New York State License, Nevada License; member of American Institute of CPAs, and New York Society of CPAs

Computer Programs

  • Quickbooks, ATB Write Up, Creative Solutions Software, ATX Tax Software; ProSystems Tax Software, ProSeries Tax Software, RIA Tax Research, MS Excel

Community Involvement

  • Extensive Business, Civic, and Political Boards of Directors and Committees

Julie Steele, CPA

Partner / Firm Manager – Canastota Office

  • Tax Planning/Compliance for Business, Non-Profits, and Individuals
  • New Business Setup Assistance

315.697.2345 ext 127


  • Certified Public Accountant – November 1993
  • New York State Society of CPAs – 1993–present
  • American Institute of CPAs – 2003–present
  • Gustafson & Co. – 1989

“In high school I wanted to become a teacher… until I took accounting. I loved math and accounting and never looked back. I took the CPA track at Utica College and started at Gustafson two weeks after graduation in 1989.

“Now I get to be a teacher one-on-one with my clients. I teach them ways to prepare their books that saves them time and money…and that makes sense for both of us. And through our consultations I help my clients better understand their businesses. They also like the fact that we’re here for them all year, not just during tax season.”

Julie started her career in accounting immediately after graduating from Utica College with a Bachelor of Science degree in May of 1989. She started with Gustafson & Co. in the same month and has been with the firm ever since. She obtained her CPA in 1993 and today is partner at the Canastota office specializing in tax for business, individuals, estates, and trusts.

Julie and her daughter live in Oneida Castle. She’s Treasurer of the Clayville Library Association, member and past-president of the Mohawk Valley Business Women’s Network, and Church Council President and Worship Committee Chair at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. She’s fond of reading novels, mostly mysteries, science fiction/fantasy and political intrigue.

Elizabeth Scully, CPA

Partner – Utica Office

  • Tax Planning/Compliance for Business and Individuals
  • Audit

315.735.0705 ext 205


  • Certified Public Accountant – 1995
  • American Institute of CPAs – 2012-present
  • New York State Society of CPAs – 1995–present

“All of the partners here have a significant amount of client interaction and I love that…working with and teaching my clients…we really become friends. And we go out and visit our clients regularly, especially if they have an emergency. We’ll stop in to see them, no problem.

“A big advantage at Gustafson & Wargo is that my partners and I are part of the same team. We present our clients’ situations to each other all of the time. And not all firms work that way. Between all of the CPAs at G&W, our clients get the best expertise there is. ”

Liz graduated from Utica College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She joined Gustafson & Co. right after graduation and has been there ever since. She’s now a partner working from the Utica office. Her expertise is in small business accounting, governmental audits, and counseling clients with advice on small business.

Liz and her two children live in Whitesboro, New York. Her hobbies revolve around the kids: field hockey, karate, volleyball, orchestra, cheerleading and more. She also teaches religious education at Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Utica, NY.