Bringing over a decade of experience providing professional accounting services to individuals and businesses, helping clients succeed and realize their potential is at the heart of Melissa’s vocation. Born in Bethesda, Maryland, Melissa was raised in both Virginia and Idaho. A combination of her love for numbers, and her inspirational CPA step-mother, is what led Melissa to earn her degree in accounting. Upon graduating from the University of West Florida, Melissa immediately began her career in the accounting industry. Combining her career with some breaks to raise her family and due to her now retired husband’s military career, Melissa has had a varied career in geography and experience. In her 15 years practicing accounting, Melissa has learned the value of a proactive, visionary, financial mentor, who serves a greater purpose in the lives of clients than simply providing tax compliance.
Melissa specializes in working with closely held, and family-owned companies; focusing primarily on entities within the real estate industry. Over the course of her career, Melissa has deepened her understanding of the tax implications of trust, estate, and gifting. It is her experience and expertise in these niche areas, as well as insights into wealth transition and planning, that she brings to every client relationship. But beyond providing financial mentorship and guidance, the relationships developed with clients are in reality the most rewarding aspect of Melissa’s job. Often referred to as, “part of the family” by clients, these relationships are the driving forces behind her career.
Outside of work, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband, Sean, and their four children, Grace, Margaret, John, and Jack. An avid leader in her church and bible study, Melissa both teaches Sunday school, and leads in Bible Study Fellowship. Her passion for helping people is evident through her conviction for hunger, poverty, and homelessness, causes of which she volunteers for regularly. Melissa also has a love for the theater.
“Delap’s culture seems almost too good to believe- ability to stay close to and continue to develop client relationships with the same clients year after year, make your family a priority and life/work balance. Yet, it is all true. My personal values and Delap’s are the same and I’m so glad to have come home.”