Learn about our faculty who teach in the Master of Taxation (MTax) program.
Anthony (Tony) Berni is a partner in Ernst & Young’s Tax Services practice. His experience includes providing strategic tax planning and tax compliance matters. He has extensive experience focusing on corporate tax issues, with significant experience with accounting for income taxes, tax provision matters, federal tax matters and accounting methods. Tony has deep experience advising clients on streamlining their tax function and gaining tax department efficiencies. He has provided these services in a wide range of industries including: utility, mining, manufacturing, health sciences and retail. Tony received his BBA-Accounting from Baldwin-Wallace College and MTax from The University of Akron. He is also Director with Tax Club of Cleveland.
Tony teaches Tax Research in The University of Akron’s MTax Program.
Rick is recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Trusts and Estates. Rick counsels to the Firm’s clients in the areas of asset protection and taxation, business succession planning, estate planning, estate administration, healthcare, not-for-profit entities, probate litigation, and qualified plans and benefits law. He is a member of the American, Ohio State, as well as Akron Bar Associations. Among Rick’s professional honors and awards are his board memberships with Family Services of Summit County, Summa Health System Foundation, Access, Inc., and American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties.
Rick received his B.A. at The Ohio State University and his JD at The University of Akron School of Law. He teaches Estate Planning as well as Estate & Gift Taxation in The University of Akron’s MTax Program.
Steve Dimengo presently serves as department head of the Taxation Section of the Business Practice Group at Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs. His practice primarily includes consultation and representation with respect to Federal, Multistate and Ohio tax law matters. Steve is routinely engaged to structure proposed transactions in a manner to obtain optimum tax minimization and is actively involved in representation before the Ohio Tax Commissioner, Board of Tax Appeals of Ohio and the Ohio Supreme Court, as well as before the Internal Revenue Service.
Steve received his B.A., magna cum laude, and MTax from The University of Akron and JD, cum laude, from The University of Akron School of Law. He is admitted to practice before the Ohio Bar, U.S. District Court, and U.S. Tax Court and is Chair of the Taxation Section of the Ohio State Bar Association.
Steve teaches State & Local Taxation in The University of Akron’s MTax Program.
Tim Gerspacher is a tax partner in PwC's Cleveland office with over 20 years of experience, providing tax consulting and audit services to companies in a variety of industries. He regularly assists clients with general tax consulting matters, tax efficient structuring, international tax issues, and state and local tax issues. He has extensive experience in leading global tax transformation projects including the coordination of multiple teams, integration of data and software implementations.
Tim also works extensively with clients in the preparation of financial statements and their related tax and accounting issues. He also provides thought leadership and support to local practices in the tax accounting area as a member of the firm's National Tax Accounting Services team. Tim has conducted training and lectures on tax accounting related topics including IFRS readiness in local, regional and national settings including client and industry-based forums. Tim's professional experience also includes six years in private industry as a tax director for one of the world's largest transportation companies. Tim has undergraduate degrees in accounting and in finance from Washington State University, and a Master's Degree in Taxation from the University of Washington. He is a licensed CPA in New York and Washington State.
Tim teaches Tax Accounting in The University of Akron’s MTax Program.
Rob serves as Chair of the Business Practice Group of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs and is admitted to practice before the Ohio Bar. He is member of the American, Ohio State, and Akron Bar Associations. Rob is President of the Akron Bar Foundation, Trustee of the Akron Community Foundation, Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, and Hiram College, as well as Board Member of Leadership Akron and Bluecoats, Inc.
Rob received his B.A., magna cum laude, at Mount Union College and his JD, summa cum laude, at The Ohio State University College of Law. He teaches Partnership Taxation in The University of Akron’s MTax Program.
William “Bill” Nolan is Executive Director, Indirect Taxes at Ernst & Young, LLP. He serves a variety of clients ranging from multinational corporations to private companies either closely-held or owned by private equity complexes. Bill provides multistate assistance to clients in the areas of nexus reviews, look-back (refund) reviews and restructuring. He also has represented clients in numerous audits and appeals in many states and has obtained favorable settlements on issues such as alternative apportionment, combined reporting and challenges to state tax planning structures. He has been recognized as the firm’s outstanding state desk in 2006 and 2010. Bill frequently speaks on state and local tax matters at national and local conferences, including the Georgetown State and Local Tax Institute, COST events and the Ohio Tax Conference. He has had articles published in the Journal of Multistate Taxation and The Tax Lawyer.
Bill received his BBA (Accounting) at Cleveland State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He received his JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1996. He is a member of both the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Bar Association.
Bill teaches State & Local Taxation in The University of Akron’s MTax Program.
Jon focuses his practice on general business and corporate matters, including related tax planning and consulting. His experience includes analysis of a wide range of tax issues, including issues related to LLC and partnership taxation, estate and gift taxation, corporate taxation and state and local taxation. He is admitted to practice before the Ohio Bar as well as U.S. Tax Court and is member of the American, Ohio State, and Akron Bar Associations.
Jon received his B.S., summa cum laude, Accountancy, and MTax, from The University of Akron and his JD, summa cum laude, from The University of Akron School of Law. In the community, Jon is Board Member of Access, Inc. and Project Learn of Summit County.
Jon teaches Partnership Taxation in The University of Akron’s MTax Program.
Before retirement, Carol was Senior attorney (Criminal Tax) with the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, in Cleveland, Ohio. In that position, she served as the legal advisor for the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service and was involved in the tax and money laundering prosecutions developed by criminal Investigation. Carol has a JD from Cleveland State University Marshall College of Law and an L.L.M. in Taxation from Case Western University College of Law. She was also the chair of a subcommittee on Civility and Ethics in Litigation within the Court Practice and Procedure Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation.
Carol teaches Tax Crimes & Forensics and Federal Tax Practice & Procedure at The University of Akron’s MTax Program.
Garrison Ure is Team Lead for the Large Business and International Division of the IRS. As a Team Lead at the IRS, he occupies a senior level position that involves assisting, training and leading his peer agents. Originally from Colorado, he earned both BS Accounting and MTax degrees from The University of Akron. He is a licensed CPA in the State of Ohio. After receiving his BS Accounting degree, he worked in public accounting and then joined the IRS as an internal revenue agent. He has experience in the retail industry, having served as a sales manager of a national office supply company. Manager at Staples. When Garrison is not working or teaching, he enjoys reading, writing short stories and spending time with his wife and three children.
Garrison teaches Federal Taxation and Tax Accounting Methods in The University of Akron’s MTax Program.
Michael F. Urse is a Partner at PwC and is the co-leader of PwC’s US international tax practice, and co-national leader of PwC’s Integrated Global Structuring (IGS) team. Michael has extensive experience in the development of strategies to increase foreign source income and to minimize foreign source expenses (stewardship and SG and A studies, Interest and R & D expense apportionment, etc.). Mike has also worked extensively on tax efficient foreign acquisition structuring and integration. He has over 28 years of international tax experience serving numerous US and foreign-based multinationals. Michael has made frequent speeches and webcasts and has been an author on a variety of international tax subjects. He received his B.A. in Accounting, summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University and JD from The Ohio State University Law School.
Michael teaches International Taxation in The University of Akron’s MTax Program.