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Experience

Michelle is a Vice President in Meaden & Moore’s Assurance Services Group with 23 years of public accounting experience serving publicly held and private companies.

As a practice leader of the firm’s employee benefits and consulting practice, Michelle has had extensive experience with qualified benefit plan audits, operational reviews, tax issues and the unique complexities of these engagements. She understands the risks to plan sponsors and continuously offers suggestions for improvement to minimize any potential fiduciary liability.

Michelle’s primary responsibility is to ensure that each of her clients receive high-quality, timely service. She continually looks for ways to reduce the costs of the engagement while finding ways to add value to the relationship.

Michelle maintains close contact with clients to develop long-term relationships and earn their confidence. Through sound business judgment and prior experience, she makes effective suggestions and recommendations to maximize efficiencies and to help a company meet its long-term goals.

As an Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst TM (AIFA®), Michelle also assists in consulting retirement plan sponsors and investment advisors in fiduciary best practices and prudent investment process.

Areas Of Specialization

  • Defined Contribution and 403(b) Plan Audits
  • Defined Benefit Plan Audits
  • Health and Welfare Audits
  • SEC Benefit Plan
  • ESOP

Education

John Carroll University, Bachelor of Science degree in accounting

Professional Development

  • Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst TM(AIFA®), professional designation from Fiduciary360 (fi360)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • AICPA Employee Benefit Expert Panel Committee
  • ASPPA Benefits Council of Cleveland
  • WEB Network of Benefits Professionals, Steering Committee
  • Author of several articles to Compensation and Benefits Review
  • Speaker at CEBS events
  • Chair of the Buckeye Local School District Audit Committee
  • YWCA Advisory Council
  • Designated Audit Partner for Employee Benefit Audit Quality Center

Community Involvement

Cuyahoga County Library Foundation, Board Member

Michelle H. Buckley, CPA, AIFA®

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