Diane earned her accounting degree from the University of Wisconsin. She joined the firm in April 2018 after serving more than 20 years at a publicly traded software company in Wisconsin where she was Director of Financial Reporting. Her extensive experience in accounting, audit preparation and financial reporting provide for a wonderful addition to our outsourced accounting department.
Ken Murtha, Staff Accountant
Born and raised in the New York City metropolitan area, Ken moved to Florida in 2018 and started as a staff accountant with the firm. His background as the Tax Manager of a Fortune 500 Company headquartered in New York City has brought us a wealth of knowledge in the business tax arena. Ken is a graduate of Iona College and holds a master's degree from Long Island University. An avid sports fan, Ken’s loyalty still lies with the Yankees and the Rangers!
Julie Whittaker, Firm Bookkeeper
Julie joined the firm in 2004 and was hired as a member of the eBookkeeper team. In 2010 she took over the job of doing all payroll, accounts receivable for our clients and all daily bookkeeping for the firm. When not working, she loves to spend time in her garden, baking and spending time with friends and family.
Denise LaBelle , Staff Accountant
Originally from northern Minnesota, where she owned her own accounting and tax business, Denise moved to Venice in 2018. In 2020 she joined our Outsourced Bookkeeping department. With her 26 years of experience she has become a valuable member of the team. Denise loves what she does and now enjoys everything Florida has to offer.
Katrina Esparra, Staff Accountant
Katrina graduated from the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee in May of 2016. In July of 2015, she was a tax and audit intern for a firm in Sarasota, Florida. After graduation, she continued auditing with the firm before working for a local government. She decided to return to auditing and is excited to be a part of Whittaker & Associates. In her spare time, Katrina likes to hang with her family, work out, and be with her cat.