Meet Our Team

Cuddy & Ward, LLP is a full-service Certified Public Accounting firm licensed in NY. All our CPA's hold valid NY State CPA Certificates.

Meet Our Staff:


Paul L. Cuddy, CPA

Paul L. Cuddy, CPA is the founding partner of Cuddy & Ward, LLP. He has been a member of the firm since 1983. Paul graduated from LeMoyne College in 1974 with a Bachelor's degree in accounting, certified by NYS in 1980. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Paul has been a member of several boards of directors including The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center and the Owasco Golf and Country Club as well as a past member of the local Rotary organization. Paul has also served as a volunteer for several local non-profit events including The Great Race and the annual United Way campaign.




Richard D. Ward, CPA

Richard D. Ward, CPA has been a member of the firm since 1998 and partner since 2003. Richard graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 1992 with a Bachelor's degree in accounting, certified by NYS in February 1996. Richard practices in all areas of tax and accounting specializing in auditing and corporate taxation. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Richard volunteers as a board member and treasurer of Hospice of the Finger Lakes since 2002; he is also very active in coaching youth baseball and basketball.





Michael T. Lesch, CPA

Michael T. Lesch, CPA, has been a member of the firm since January 2007 and partner since 2015. Michael graduated from LeMoyne College in 2005 with a Bachelor's degree in accounting, certified in 2010. Mike has extensive experience in taxation and planning for individuals and closely held businesses. He provides tax services and consulting to a variety of the Firm's clients, with a focus on construction, manufacturing and professional services entities. Mike has served as Vice President of Cayuga County Habitat for Humanity since 2010. Also, an avid golfer, Mike has been involved with junior golf in CNY since college.



Jennie Stearns

Jennie Stearns has been a member of the firm since August 2002.  Jennie graduated from Cayuga Community College in 1991 and has attended the State University of New York, Empire State College studying business, management and accounting.  Jennie practices in the areas of partnership and corporate taxation, write-up services, payroll and sales tax return preparation, and bookkeeping.  She is also a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor and works with our clients in software training.  In addition to her daily activities she also oversees the informaton technology for the firm.  Jennie is an active volunteer in her community and served as Trustee for the Weedsport Association of Parents and Teachers from 2007-2016.




Annette Chamberlain

Annette Chamberlain has been a member of the firm since October 2006. Annette graduated from Cayuga Community College with an Associates of Science in Office Technology in 1998. She has overall responsibility for handling telephones, client appointments, file and calendar maintenance, and various other areas essential to smooth operation of the office on a day-to-day basis.



Nicole Carr, CPA

Nicole Carr, CPA has been a member of the firm since February 2012. Nicole graduated from the College of Saint Rose with a bachelor's degree in Childhood Education and a Masters degree in Literacy in 2008. Nicole then returned to school for a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the State University of New York at Oswego and graduated in 2013, certified in 2015. Nicole practices in the areas of taxation, bookkeeping and audit and attest engagements.




Joelle McLaughlin, EA

Joelle McLaughlin, EA has been a member of the firm since October 2011.  Joelle graduated from the State University of New York Empire State College with her MBA in 2010.  She became an Enrolled Agent in April 2015.  Joelle also holds her Master's degree in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Cortland.  Joelle practices in the areas of individual, partnership, corporation and fiduciary tax return preparation and also does write-up services, sales tax return preparation, and bookkeeping practices in the areas of taxation.  Joelle has also been an adjunct professor in Accounting and has also taught the tax law training for the CASH program in Cayuga County.


Gregory Notebaert 

Gregory Notebaert has been a member of the frim since January 2012 upon the merger with Beauchine & Associates where he had been employed as a Senior Accountant for over 20 years.  Greg received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1978.  Greg practices in the areas of partnership and corporate taxation, write-up services, payroll and sales tax return preparation, and bookkeeping.  Greg is the treasurer for Geneva High School Boosters Club and the Fingerlakes Football Associated where he is also an official.