Our Staff

Rochester has been home to Flower City Tax since it's birth in 1983. Company founder, Valarie A. Hill began Flower City Tax & Accounting as an alternative to the large accounting and tax firms that are more interested in their pocketbooks than the customers, and the typical national franchises where you are just a number. Devoted to customer satisfaction and "home-style" financial services, Flower City Tax knows who YOU are and what YOU need in a tax professional.

Accounting Staff

Valarie Hill FCTAValarie Hill, EA  founder of Flower City Tax & Accounting, Valarie is determined that every customer be satisfied, every question be answered, and every deduction be taken.  She has also earned the prestigious title of Enrolled Agent.  An Enrolled Agent is the highest credential awarded by the IRS and is valid in all 50 states.

With 34 years and over 27,300 tax returns under her belt, Valarie has seen the tax laws change hundreds of times. Constant continuing education is the only way to stay on the cutting-edge. Rest assured that your return, whether it be personal, small business or corporate, is prepared using the most up-to-date information and technology. 

Valarie is also a QuickBooks Professional Advisor, ready to solve your QB dilemma, install and set-up your accounting system, and maintain its integrity. Aside from being a tax professional, Valarie is also a wife and mother of 2 kids (if you can call 35 and 32 year olds 'kids") and 2 dogs, Delroy (Pomeranian) and Sunny (Chihuahua). Email Valarie Hill

Penny BelknapPenny Belknap is our Sr. Tax Professional. Having joined us in 2003, her 26 years of accounting and tax preparation experience makes her a wealth of knowledge in the areas of individual, business, investment and Corporate areas of taxation and finance. Penny's expertise in the QuickBooks world lends itself to excellent customer satisfaction when looking for training solutions to their accounting and software issues. 

She is one of our off-site bookkeepers and QuickBooks professionals, ready to serve your accounting needs in the comfort of your own office.  Penny is also a mother of 1 beautiful daughter Kiara, Petey (White Boxer), Harry (Shitzu), and 2 cats and an Iguana.



Becky Hollenbeck is looking forward to her 1st season at Flower City Tax. Having spent 12 years as a tax specialist with a national firm.  Her specialty returns are individuals, families, sole proprietorships and rentals.  She is a mother of 2 beautiful girls and dog mom to Moe, a Maltese Terrier mix.

Jenna Gagner is also new to Flower City Tax but also comes from 10 years as a tax specialist with a national firm.  Her experience covers all individual and business returns, Partnerships and Corporations.  Jenna is mother to 7 energetic children!

Payroll Staff

Lori ThompsonLori Longdue joined the Flower City family in 2004 as an Administrative Assistant . Lori has earned her wings as Payroll Administrator, and manages Flower City Payroll Solutions. Although she may still answer the phone, answer your questions and schedule your appointment, our many payroll clients keep Lori a very busy girl! She is a wife and mom to 2 young adults and a dog mom to a handsome Pitty named Remy.

Support Staff

Kathleen FielderKathleen Fielder hails from sunny California, with a colorful history of accounting for various industries from Automotive to Publishing and beyond.  Kathleen is our in-house and travelling QuickBooks advisor and bookkeeper.  She is also our Sales Tax Specialist,  E-File Co-Ordinator and general go-to person for all things Flower City Tax. Kathleen will track your errant refund and upload your PDF copies to the Tax Cloud.

Brent Schuth & Laura Edwards are our friendly and experienced front desk faces and voices on the phone. They will route your questions, schedule your appointments, call when your bank check or E1 Visa Card is ready to be picked up, or to remind you to come pick up your copies.

Brent Schutch