FSEA SUNCOAST CHAPTER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
GOVERNANCE YEARS 2021-2023
Shonna Bedford, EA
Shonna has come from an extensive background of Accounting. She earned an Accounting Degree early on spending many years in finance, bookkeeping and the tax world. Although she has been self-employed for many years specializing in Customer Retention, Customer Service and tax issues, she began her own tax company Hardwen Capital, along with her fiance a few years ago concentrating on corporations and agriculture. She is a world traveler and over the years has accumulated clients from various states and countries. She earned her Enrolled Agent status and quickly excelled in the realm of representation and resolution. She is a singer/songwriter, screenwriter, producer, director and author. She enjoys quiet time along with her fiance on the ranch training horses. Her son is a musician and collaborates often on her projects.
Valerie Chrzanowski, EA
Crystal Daus, EA, NTPI Fellow
Crystal Daus, EA received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, magna cum laude, from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg in 2013. She received her Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg in 2016. A member of Phi Theta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma, Crystal enjoys challenging herself academically.
While in business school, she started working in the accounting industry part time. Crystal has been working at Fredrick James since 2006. In 2015 she started full time as Chief Operating Officer. Crystal’s passion for accounting is rooted in her joy of serving others; using her financial knowledge to positively impact the world through her God given talents and abilities.
In October 2017 she was admitted to practice before the Internal Revenue Service as an Enrolled Agent. She recently completed her NTPI Fellow designation.
E. Lucia Malinowski-Wright, EA, MBA, PA
Lucia Wright is the Founder, Managing Partner and CFO of EL Malinowski Consulting Co. located in Seven Springs, Florida. Founded in New England after receiving her MBA from Babson College in Accounting, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Wright has been assisting start-ups, small businesses, and entrepreneurs as a beacon of knowledge so they may expand their horizons. The company will be celebrating their 40th year in 2024! Lucia began her career in accounting and taxation after receiving her dual BS in Accounting and Finance, with cum laude honors, from Rowan University in New Jersey in 1986. After 5 years of Corporate Accounting, Lucia chose to attend Babson’s Night MBA, while still working, and completed the program with three concentrations in 3 short years, with Cum Laude honors. At the behest of her fellow classmates who utilized her marketing prowess to compete in the Blank Prize (a seed money competition which has grown to a Founder’s Day tradition at Babson), Lucia started her consulting firm immediately after graduation specializing in marketing analysis and back-office operations for start-up companies. The firm relocated to Florida in 2012, and now specializes in accounting and tax preparation for Real Estate, Construction and other industries in Florida and S-Corps and Small Business nationally. Lucia teaches clients how to use QuickBooks, then retains them as Virtual CFO clients or tax clients. She is a champion of bringing the businessperson to full function, rather than leaving bookkeeping and financials a mystery; “Teach a Man to Fish” theory of growth. She is a QuickBooks Silver Pro-Advisor and a member of NAEA. Ms. Wright started preparing taxes as a VISTA volunteer in 1986 and has been a PTIN preparer since 1999. She became a licensed Enrolled Agent in February 2023. Lucia was a champion PHRF and One-Design sailor in the Massachusetts and Boothbay, Maine circuits. Since moving to Florida she has defeated breast cancer and is a strong advocate for Enrolled Agents being recognized as viable tax professionals and licensed, credentialed accountants in their own right. If there is spare time she enjoys kayaking, the zoo, creating art, and sewing. She is learning to like motorboats, as there are too few sailboats.
Tamara Tarrant Smith, EA (“Tammy”)
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Tamara Tarrant Smith, EA specializes in all aspects of small business accounting (including payroll), and individual, corporate and partnership tax preparation. A graduate of Hickey School for Business in St. Louis, Missouri, Tammy spent three years in public accounting (in Missouri and Illinois) before moving to Florida. She then spent another four years concentrating on tax preparation before becoming an Enrolled Agent in 1991. At that time, she went back to school while working full-time in public and private accounting (medical and construction industries). She graduated from St. Petersburg Junior College before transferring to University of South Florida, where she received her BS in Accounting in 2001. After graduating, she continued in the public accounting area until she started her own business, Accounting For Success, in 2016. In October of that year, she joined the National Association of Enrolled Agents, Florida Society of Enrolled Agents, and the Suncoast Chapter of the Florida Society of Enrolled Agents, and within eight months, she was serving as the Secretary for Suncoast Chapter for a two-year term. In 2019, she went on to become Vice President, and in 2020 she also served as the Chairman of the Awards Committee for FSEA. In June 2021 she was installed as the President of the Suncoast Chapter for the 2021-2023 term.
Tammy lives in Tarpon Springs with her dog, Reno, and enjoys raising butterflies, gardening and volunteering in her spare time.