Chuck Benvenutti, CPA
Chuck is a native of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi where he resides. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1977 while serving in the United States Navy (1971-1978). After his military service was completed, Chuck began his accounting career as an agent for the Internal Revenue Service and subsequently opened his own CPA firm in 1982. He merged his firm with AVL in January 2018. Chuck is a member of the AICPA, the Mississippi Society of CPAs, Mississippi Economic Development Council (Treasurer 1987-2007), Gulf Coast Business Council (Treasurer), Bay Waveland Rotary Club, Hancock Housing Resource Center (Board Chairman) and Gaits to Success Therapeutic Riding Center (Board Chairman). He has also served on numerous other boards including the Mississippi Gulf of Mexico Commission, Hancock County Community Development Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Habitat Bay Waveland, Governor’s Commission, Partner’s for Stennis (Chairman 2003-2005), United Way of South Mississippi (Board Member 1990-1993, President 2000-2001), Hancock County United Way (Board Member 1982-1990 and first Chairman to consolidate the United Way of South Mississippi, 1989), Bay St. Louis-Waveland School Board Member (1987-1992, Secretary and President), Hancock County Chamber of Commerce, Campaign for Gaming in Hancock County (Manager 1990), and served as Campaign Chairman and Treasurer for Gene Taylor’s Campaign for Congress in 1990. Chuck organized the Boys and Girls Club for the Bay Saint Louis/Waveland Community and was awarded South Mississippi’s Outstanding Community Leader (2004) and Hancock County Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year (2004). In his spare time, Chuck enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, gardening and traveling.Read More...
Jerry Favre, CPA, CITP
(228) 863-0411 ext. 7113
Jerry is a native of Long Beach, Mississippi, and currently resides in Bay St. Louis. Jerry obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1978 after first obtaining an Associate of Arts from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in 1976 where he graduated with honors. While at Southern Miss, Jerry was ranked in the top 10% of his class and received numerous awards including Chancellor’s List, Dean’s List, University of Southern Mississippi Academic Achievement Award Scholarship and Phi Beta Lambda Annual State Leadership Conference Accounting Contest Winner. He was the National Accounting Honorary for Beta Alpha Psi, the National Business Honorary for Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Junior College Academic Honorary for Phi Theta Kappa, and a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Honor Society in Economics) and Kappa Sigma, a national social fraternity. Jerry began his career with AVL in 1990 and became a partner in 1992. He has been honored to receive the Pat Santucci Spirit of the Coast Award (2017) and has been recognized as one of South Mississippi’s Top 10 Community Leaders (2011). Jerry received the Forever Young Award from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce (2011) and was selected to the Alumni Hall of Fame (2008) for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He was awarded the Lumeni Christi (Light of Christ) Award by the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi (2005) and the MSCPA Public Service Award (1995). Jerry has served on numerous boards including Catholic Diocese of Biloxi, Leadership Gulf Coast, Gulfport Kiwanis Club, Long Beach Youth Baseball League, Thomas L. Reeves Elementary School PTO, Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA/Long Beach, Harrison County Task Force of Governor’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal (Hurricane Katrina), and Harrison County Unmet Needs Task Force. He also served on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, board of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Gulf Coast Business Council (charter member), the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Biloxi, Infinity Science Center Organization, Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Jerry currently serves on the National Association of Corporate Directors, University of Mississippi School of Accountancy Board, the University of Southern Mississippi Accounting Standards Board and the Hancock Whitney Bank Board. He is a member of the AICPA and the Mississippi Society of CPAs. Jerry was a founding member of AVL Wealthcare, LLC in 2000 where he served until January 2019. In his spare time, Jerry enjoys spending time with his family and traveling. Jerry is an avid NFL Saints fan and is a season ticket holder.Read More...
Kim Marmalich, CPA, Cr.Fa
(228) 863-0411 ext. 7112
Kim is a lifelong resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and is proud to call the Coast her home. She joined the AVL team in 1996, and she became Partner in 2017. She has over 20 years of experience as a CPA providing audit, forensic accounting, litigation support, tax and advisory services to numerous professional, for-profit, governmental, and non-profit clients. She is a member of the AICPA, Mississippi Society of CPAs, American Board of Forensic Accounting, and AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services. She is a graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast Class of 2012 and the Emerging Leaders Academy Class of 2017. In her free time, Kim enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors with her family. She is an amateur chef with a passion for great food. Kim is a committed trusted advisor to her clients and provides the best service that AVL has to offer. Kim spends most of her time in our Gulfport office.Read More...
Lucinda K. (Cindy) Sloan, CPA
(228) 863-0411 ext. 7228
Cindy is a native of Beardstown, Illinois, where she completed high school in the top 10 of her class. She has called Wiggins, Mississippi, home since 1983. Prior to moving to Wiggins, she completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Economics in 1983 at Illinois College. Throughout her college career, Cindy was ranked in the top 10% of her class and was on the Dean’s List. She was awarded the Rammelkamp Scholar Award, an award presented annually to the student with the highest GPA as well as the Graduating Senior Business Award. Cindy was a member of the Gamma Delta Literary Society, National Honor Society and served as class Vice President. She is a member of the AICPA, the Mississippi Society of CPAs, and a board member for the Bank of Wiggins. Cindy has served on numerous boards including Stone-Wiggins Recreation Association (2006-2009), Stone County Economic Development Partnership (1999-2012) and First United Methodist Church (2001-2011). She is a former member of the Mississippi Tax Institute, and has received numerous awards including, Bank of Mississippi and Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 (1998), Mississippi Business Journal’s Leaders in Finance Award (2015), and Stone County Economic Development Citizen of the Year (2010). Cindy began her career with AVL in 1983 and became a partner in 1989. She has been with the firm for 36 years. She became a partner in 1989 and has been managing partner since 2019. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys crossfit training and running with her husband. Cindy has two sons. Her youngest son is an undergraduate student at the University of Southern Mississippi, while her eldest son is working on his PhD in Polymer Science, also at the University of Southern Mississippi.Read More...
Debbie Benigno Vignes, CPA
(228) 863-0411 ext. 7128
Debbie is a native of Pass Christian, Mississippi, where she resides with her husband and two daughters. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting and management from the University of Southern Mississippi. Debbie joined AVL in 2001 and became a partner in 2017. As Partner/Director of our Client Accounting Services Division, her primary responsibilities include managing CAS staff and small business engagements. She also oversees and reviews income tax engagements for both individuals and businesses. Debbie is a member of the AICPA and the Mississippi Society of CPAs. Debbie is a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Academy Class of 2017. She currently serves as Vice President of the St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School Advisory Council. In her free time, Debbie enjoys travelling, seeing Broadway musicals, and building puzzles. At any given time, she could be planning a trip to Disney World for some quality time with her family.Read More...
R. Ben Young, CPA (Partner)
(228) 863-0411 ext. 7273
Ben was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, and was raised in Gulfport, Mississippi, where he resides. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in December 1980 where he was on the Dean’s and President’s Lists. After working with a firm in Jackson, Mississippi and owning his own firm for a few years, Ben began his career with AVL in 2001 where he is currently serving as director of our tax department. He is a member of the AICPA and the Mississippi Society of CPAs. He has served on numerous boards including the Gulfport Yacht Club, Edgewater Rotary Club (charter member), and the United Way of South Mississippi. Ben is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and Les Cavaliers Mardi Gras Krewe. In his spare time, Ben enjoys sailing with his wife on their Beneteau sailboat, Been Jammin’. Ben has been an active sailboat racer for many years competing in races in Mexico, Cuba, Key West and the Bahamas.Read More...
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Brandon is from Mobile, Alabama, where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting at the University of South Alabama in 2016. He is currently preparing for the CPA Exam. Brandon transferred to Gulfport, Mississippi, with his wife, Marian, in 2017 to be closer to family. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys tennis, boating, and traveling. He is based in our Gulfport office.Read More...
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Ashley Dedeaux, CPA
Ashley, originally from Woodstock, Georgia, moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2010. She currently resides in Bay St. Louis. Ashley started her career with AVL in January of 2018. Prior to starting at AVL, she worked in public accounting, specifically in tax, since 2012. Ashley completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi. She was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in March of 2018. She holds many civic positions including the PTO treasurer for Holy Trinity Catholic School. At any given time, you can catch Ashley spending time with her two boys and husband.Read More...
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Steve Dockens, CPA
(228) 863-0411 ext. 7270
Steve was born in London, England, in a military family. During his childhood years, he lived in numerous places including France, California, Georgia, Kansas and Alabama. He currently calls Vancleave, Mississippi, home. Steve received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting from the University of South Alabama. He began his career with KPMG in Birmingham. After spending two years in Birmingham, Steve accepted the position of Partner with the Biloxi firm Moore & Powell where he continued until he joined AVL in 2001. He is currently a Senior Manager and the Quality Control Director for AVL based in our Gulfport office. Steve is an active member of the Gulfport Kiwanis Club where he has served as a past president and board member. He is the current Treasurer and a board member for Samaritan Ministry of Jackson County, a local food pantry. He is also on the board of Southern AgCredit. Steve was nominated as Outstanding Young Man 1984 and Who’s Who in Mississippi. He was named as an Outstanding Business Leader for the Gulf Coast by the Coast Business Journal. He was named as Who’s Who in Finance and Industry in America. Steve is a lay minister in his church. In his spare time, Steve enjoys fishing, reading, coin collecting, and spending time with his daughter and son-in-law, who reside in Poplarville, Mississippi.Read More...
Teri Donart, CPA
Teri Donart, CPA
Teri Donart, CPA, is a senior tax manager with AVL. A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi while residing in Long Beach for 12 years and began her career at AVL in 1999. In 2006 she returned to Green Bay and worked for a regional firm in Wisconsin for a year before AVL called and asked she return as AVL’s first remote employee. She has been working remotely for the last 12 years and the flexibility allowed her to move to Dallas, TX in 2018. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is the mother of 2 married daughters and Nana to 2 grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike, walking and watching football.Read More...
Rebecca Eldred, CPA
Rebecca (Becky) Eldred is a native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and a graduate of the University of Arkansas where she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting in 1988. She obtained her CPA license from Oklahoma in 1994, and is also licensed in Mississippi and Louisiana. Becky has over 30 years of accounting experience, having worked in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Mississippi. She lives in Slidell, Louisiana, where she has been since 1996. Becky began her career with AVL in January 2018 and currently works part-time from our Bay St. Louis office in the tax department. Becky is the mother of two young adults and has hosted foreign exchange students from Belgium and Finland. She is an active member of her church in Slidell, where she has volunteered as a youth group counselor and has participated on multiple mission trips across the country. In Becky’s spare time she enjoys needlepoint, Broadway shows and traveling with her husband.Read More...
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Kelli Lyons, CPA
(228) 863-0411 ext. 7257
Kelli joined AVL in July of 2005 where she works in our audit department. Kelli obtained her CPA license in 2011 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is also a graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast, Class of 2016, and is currently in the third year of the Emerging Leaders Academy, Class of 2020. Kelli is an avid runner and a member of the Gulf Coast Running Club.Read More...
Megan Mills, CPA
(228) 863-0411 ext. 7605
Megan Mills, CPA is a tax manager in the Gulfport office for AVL. A native to the Gulf Coast, she returned home in 2016 after working in Jackson, Mississippi for several years at a national accounting firm. She earned a Bachelor of Accountancy and Master of Taxation from the University of Mississippi in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Megan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Mississippi Society of Certified Accountants, and the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants. Megan has previously served as a board member of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants Young CPA group and treasurer of the Jackson Symphony League. Additionally, Megan is a graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast and is active in Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and their two dogs.Read More...
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Lori Mozingo, CPA
(228) 863-0411 ext. 7108
Lori has more than 30 years of experience with AVL. She has extensive knowledge in the areas of tax, estates and trust, and financial and tax planning. Lori has been in management roles for more than 20 years in AVL’s tax department and AVL Wealthcare. She mentored accounting students for many years through AVL’s internship program. Lori is a lifetime resident of the Gulf Coast. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi. Lori has served on numerous boards over the years and is a graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast. Away from work, Lori enjoys spending time with her husband Don, two grown sons, Matthew and Zachary, and their golden retriever, Traveller. She enjoys traveling and being involved in a Mardi Gras Krewe.Read More...
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Maria Saylor, CPA
(228) 863-0411 ext. 7448
Maria is originally from Akron, Ohio, but has called the Coast home for over 20 years. She currently resides in Biloxi, Mississippi. Maria received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting and a Master of Professional Accountancy from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was awarded the Outstanding Master of Professional Accountancy and Dean’s Excellence Awards. Maria began her career with AVL in January 2018 as a staff accountant in our auditing department. She is based in our Gulfport office. Maria currently serves as a board member with the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Mississippi Society of CPAs. In her spare time, Maria is a prolific reader and has a passion for live music.Read More...
(228) 863-0411 ext. 7414
Sheree was born in California, but was raised on the Coast of Mississippi. Prior to obtaining her Bachelor of Science Business Administration/Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi in December 2014 where she graduated with highest honors, Sheree spent 18 years working in the customer service industry while supporting her children’s baseball careers. After working as an intern with AVL, Sheree was hired as a full-time tax accountant. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband of 23 years and their two sons. She also enjoys camping and reading. Sheree is based in our Gulfport office.Read More...
(228) 863-0411 ext. 7362
Marsha Brown, a Gulfport native, has been with AVL since November of 2016. She currently resides in Pass Christian. Before coming to AVL, she was a business manager for an orthodontic practice for 24 years. Marsha is a receptionist in the Gulfport office. She greets everyone that walks in the door with a smile and ensures that all work is delivered to clients promptly and correctly. Marsha enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, family, and friends. She is an avid college football and Saints fan. She also enjoys reading, gardening, and being outdoors.Read More...
Sandy started her career with AVL in 2005 as an administrative assistant/bookkeeper where she currently works in our Wiggins office. She is originally from Wiggins and has been happy to call it home since 1975 after spending many years traveling with her military family. Her working career began at an early age right out of high school. Prior to joining AVL, she obtained an Associate of Arts Degree in Accounting Technology. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter as well as taking care of her parents.Read More...
Terri is a lifelong resident of the Necaise Crossing community in Hancock County. She has worked for Charles Benvenutti CPA for 30 years and continues her legacy with his firm since he merged with AVL in January 2018. Terry is active in her community and has served on many boards including Gaits to Success (Treasurer 2000-2016), Necaise Ball Association (Treasurer 2004-2009), Hancock High School Booster Club (2002-2003), St Matthew the Apostle Fall Festival (Treasurer 2011-2017). She also served on the committee to elect Gene Taylor to Congress in 1999 and 2002. In her spare time, Terri enjoys spending time with her husband, Carlos and son, Alex. She also enjoys crocheting, sewing, extreme couponing, and volunteering for church functions.Read More...
Mary is originally from La Junta, Colorado, and currently resides in Hancock County, Mississippi. She received an Accounting Certificate from Otero Junior College. She began working for Chuck Benvenutti CPA, in 1996 and continues to work for AVL since Chuck‘s firm merged with AVL in 2018. Prior to beginning her accounting career, Mary owned her own business, Mary’s Eatery, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. After 9 years, she sold her restaurant to Tony Trapani in 1995 who now owns Trapani’s Restaurant. Mary is the former Vice President of the Bay St. Louis Downtown Merchants Association. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, quilting, walking, hiking, and traveling. Mary is a huge enthusiast for all animals but has a special love for horses.Read More...
(228) 863-0411 ext. 7460
Carla is a native of Gulfport, Mississippi, and currently resides in Saucier. Carla joined the AVL team in 2015 as a client accounting specialist where she provides bookkeeping and accounting services to individuals and businesses. She is based in our Gulfport office. Prior to joining AVL, Carla spent many years working in nonprofit and contracting companies wearing many hats. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and their black labs. Traveling, RVing, cooking, and scuba diving are some of her favorite activities.Read More...
Kim is originally from Bogalusa, Louisiana, and currently resides in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She works primarily in our Wiggins office in our accounting services department, where she began her career with AVL in September 2017. Prior to joining AVL, Kim worked at a CPA firm in Bogalusa. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and riding her bike. She also loves spending time at the beach.Read More...
Before joining the AVL team 20 years ago, Lori worked in various bookkeeping and administrative positions for attorneys and engineers. She is the Human Resources Administrative Assistant and in-house bookkeeper for AVL working primarily in our Wiggins office. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and visiting their daughter. Lori calls Wiggins, Mississippi, home and is a lifelong resident of south Mississippi. Lori is a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Wiggins, Mississippi.Read More...
(228) 863-0411 ext. 7435
Rio, originally from Picayune, Mississippi, started with the AVL team in December of 2017. Rio holds the position of runner for our clients and receptionist. Currently, Rio is working towards her associate degree at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. She is a talented artist that enjoys painting and spending time with her pets, family and friends.Read More...
(228) 863-0411 ext. 7118
Born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Melissa earned her Associate of Arts from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jefferson Davis Campus, in May 1991. She joined the AVL team in January 1995 where she has spent the last 24 years in the Client Accounting Services (CAS) department. She enjoys the client relationships that are made and being able to assist others with their accounting needs. Melissa is a past School Board Advisory Member of Sacred Heart Elementary School in D’Iberville, Mississippi and is currently a member of the Altar Society at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Woolmarket, Mississippi. She and her husband Ricky live in Woolmarket and have two daughters, Alexis and Sydney. In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book.Read More...
(228) 863-0411 ext. 7196
Gayle is a native of Gulfport, Mississippi, where she graduated from St. John High School. Gayle spent 8 years on the Coast before venturing out to California where she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from California State Polytechnical University of Pomona. She spent 10 years in California as the comptroller of a law firm before moving back to the Coast with her husband and two children. She began working with AVL in 2001 in our accounting services department. She is based in our Gulfport office. In her spare time, Gayle enjoys biking, exercising, baking and cooking.Read More...
Cindy is a native of Laurel, Mississippi, and after many years of following her husband’s Air Force career, settled in Wiggins. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Great Falls, Montana. She began her career with AVL in June 1994 and splits her time between the tax department and accounting services department. Cindy tutors accounting students at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Learning Resource Center and serves on the finance committee of her church. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys sewing, reading, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.Read More...
(228) 863-0411 ext. 7177
Alicia is a Mississippi Coast native born and raised in the Latimer Community. Prior to accepting a position at AVL in July of 1999, Alicia was a homemaker caring for her husband and two sons. With 20 years of experience in AVL’s Client Accounting Services Department, Alicia was instrumental in the transfer of the CAS department to electronic filing for all payroll forms and related tasks. Alicia plays a monumental roll in the CAS department and is treasured by all the clients with which she works. She enjoys camping and spending time with her family, especially her four grandchildren.Read More...