Our Talent

At Dowd, Whittaker & Associates, we wouldn’t be who we are without our gifted accountants and warm, knowledgeable office staff. Over the years, we’ve hired some of the area’s most accomplished financial professionals, and the result is an accounting team with diverse industry experience and specialized knowledge. We share a belief in straight talk and respectful communication—and above all, a fierce commitment to our clients.


Thomas E. Whittaker, CPA Email

Tom is the Whittaker in Dowd, Whittaker and Associates. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and joined the firm, then known as Dowd & Ryder in 1994. In addition to managerial duties Tom is involved in audits, reviews and all  tax matters. A hands on kind of leader, Tom is a QuicBooks Professional. He searches for high tech solutions to accounting issues and has brought the firm to the forefront of the technologies. Outside the office he has served on the board of  the Venice Christmas Boat Parade, Venice Circus Arts Foundation and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Suncoast.  An aviation enthusiast, Tom spends some of his free time in the air.

 R. Bruce Steves Jr., CPAEmail

 Originally from Texas, Bruce has over thirty years of experience in the tax industry, including time with Arthur Anderson. He moved to Venice in 1996 and obtained his CPA license in 2005 and current duties include accounting and tax preparation.. Bruce is active with Business Network International – Success in Action.

 Robert F. Wilder Jr, Staff AccountantEmail

Bob has been with our firm since 1997 and has been in the accounting field for over 25 years.Over the years Bob has been active with local groups, even serving as a volunteer firefighter for about ten years and served as treasurer for the Venice Touchdown Club and The Friends of the Venice Library. He is also our resident Notary Public and office photographer.


John Scaffidi, Staff Accountant Email

Originally from Bellport, NY, John came to our firm in 2003. His  previous experience includes working for the Internal Revenue Service for fifteen years. As a result he has extensive knowledge with tax preparation and the IRS codes. His duties include accounting and tax preparation.


Lucy Dowd, Staff Accountant Email

Before coming to the firm in 2004 Lucy had several years experience in bookkeeping and QuickBooks. As a staff accountant  prepares corporate and individual tax returns as well as other accounting and bookkeeping services for her clients..


 Julie Whittaker, Staff Accountant Email

Joining the firm in 2004 as a bookkeeper, Julie now handles several administrative duties, but she can boast of over 10 years experience in the accounting field. She has been active in the community with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Suncoast, Friends of the Venice Library and Grace United Methodist Church.


 Bobbi Edmonds, Staff AccountantEmail

Bobbi joined our firm in 2010 and has over twelve years of accounting experience. She is a leader on our ebookkeeper team providing accounting, bookkeeping and payroll services for several of our clients. She has been a volunteer for the Siesta Key Master Sand Sculpting Competition via Mote Marine


 Ann Slabaugh, Staff AccountantEmail

While Ann’s role with the firm is more administrative than most, she brought 20 years of accounting experience with her when she joined the firm in 2013. She does a lot of bookkeeping tasks for the ebookkeeper in addition to her administrative duties including answering phones and processing tax returns and compilations.


Krista Laderer, Staff AccountantEmail

Krista joined the firm in 2006 and was hired as a member of the eBookkeeping team.  Since her time here, the department has doubled in size and has become a substantial aspect of services the firm provides.  She has been certified as a QuickBooks Pro Advisor since 2010 and has prior management experience  in the healthcare and hotel industries.  She also has been a partner and owner  in two small business.  Her focus is providing outstanding customer service and making each client feel as if they are her only client.