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Candy Irwin, EA

Candy has been preparing tax returns professionally for the past 15 years, and she joined the Stevens Group in 2008. She is an Enrolled Agent (EA) licensed to practice before the IRS. In addition to Candy’s tax expertise, she is the Vice President of the Ohio Chapter National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) and has been a chapter board member for six years. Candy is also licensed in Property and Casualty insurance.

Outside of the office, Candy and her husband Larry are active in her church and enjoy spending their spare time with their three children and four grandchildren.

Melissa Leathers, CPA

Melissa joined the Stevens Group as a tax accountant in 2010. She brings with her knowledge of accounting and experience in preparing both personal and corporate taxes, as well as monthly financial statements for clients. Melissa is currently working to help our corporate clients implement 401(k) plans as well as to help our individual clients invest for their future.

Melissa graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Mississippi State University. In addition to her licensure as a Certified Public Accountant, she is also licensed in investments as well as Life and Health insurance.

She has been married for 20 years to her husband Kenny and has three very active children to keep up with. She loves watching her kids participate in a variety of activities and sports, and also enjoys teaching children at her local church every Sunday.

Dawn Spiker

Dawn joined the Stevens Group as a licensed Insurance Agent in 2010. She is the Account Representative for the insurance side of the business. In addition to having a Property and Casualty Insurance license, she also holds a Life and Health license, and is currently studying for the Series 6 investment exam.

Dawn originally graduated with an Associate’s Degree with the intention of going on to become an English teacher. However, she was persuaded to put her education on hold, and she now has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. Originally from Kansas, she moved to Cincinnati 12 years ago.

Dawn has been married for 21 years to her husband Bill, and they have three very active children. She spends most of her time driving to and watching her kids’ many activities, and in her spare time she enjoys reading and spending time with her husband.

Sandy Eisele

Sandy has worked with John Stevens on investments since 2000, and officially joined the Stevens Group full-time in 2006. Sandy is the Senior Client Services Coordinator and works closely with John in all aspects of the financial planning business. Sandy holds licenses for Life and Health insurance and Property and Casualty insurance. She is also currently studying to take her Series 6 investment exam.

Sandy has been married to Rick for 33 years. They have two daughters and one son, and are lifetime residents of Miamisburg, Ohio. In addition to working and raising a family, Sandy loves her numerous “kitty cats,” and in her spare time she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Amanda Salcedo

Amanda has been with the Stevens Group since 2012 and is our in-house QuickBooks specialist. Her duties also include the preparation of personal and small business tax returns. Amanda graduated from Miami University in 2012 with a B.S. in accountancy and is currently pursuing her CPA. Outside of the office, Amanda coaches youth cheerleading and tumbling.

Chris Reddington

Chris has been a member of the Stevens Group since 2013, and is a client services coordinator for the investment group. Chris is currently developing his professional portfolio by receiving his Property & Casualty insurance license, and working towards other certifications, including his Series 6. Chris married his better half in 2011 and they live in Hamilton with their 2 dogs. Outside of the office, Chris enjoys playing golf and softball.

Mark Howie

Mark has been a member of the Stevens Group since 2013 and is currently working as a Client Services Coordinator for the office. Mark has developed his professional portfolio by receiving his Life and Health insurance license as well as his Series 6. Mark has a passion for helping clients “Win With Money”. Mark Lives in Miamisburg and recently celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary. Outside of the office he enjoys spending time with his Wife and 2 Children.


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