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  founder of Flower City Tax & Accounting, Valarie is determined that every customer be satisfied, every question be answered, and every deduction be taken. 

With 30 years and over 26,600 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 32 and 28 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 23 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 and Peachtree worlds 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.


Christine Morse is enjoying her fifth season with us, and has become a valued member of the "family". In her past life, Chris spent many years as both a tax professional and manager at Liberty Tax.  Chris is a wife and mother to three adult kids, and two Boston terriers, Lola and Lily.  Chris is looking forward to meeting and serving the Flower City Tax clientele for another year.

Christine MorseDiane Donofrio, E.A.

Diane Donofrio, E.A. is looking forward to her 8th season at Flower City Tax. Having spent years as owner of Liberty Tax offices in Tennesee and Florida, Diane has had a wealth of experience in all types of tax returns.  Her specialty is in self-employed and rentals, but Corporations, Partnerships and Limited Liabiity Companies are a close second! She is a wife, mother and proud grandmother, and dog mom to two frisky cocker spaniels, Chloe and Daisy.


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 mom to 2 teenage boys, and a herd of animals including Delilah (Pomeranian), Luther (Staffordshire), Luna and Sammie (Frenchies), cats Jared, Daisy and Rudolph and birds Willie Nelson and Mary Jane.


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 & Angela McLaughlin  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 bonus check or E1 Visa Card is ready to be picked up, or to remind you to come pick up your copies.

Brent SchutchNancy Laclair