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Our Team

We are Connolly Steele.

Connolly, Steele & Company is a Pittsburgh CPA firm whose principals share more than 60 years of public accounting experience. Our team serves corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships and non-profit organizations in a wide range of area industries. Connolly, Steele CPAs are active members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).

Connolly, Steele is a growing firm whose members have extensive experience in helping small businesses and individuals achieve their financial goals and manage their technology challenges. Our team approach allows us to assess a company’s overall objectives and offer a clear focus on how best to meet those goals.

We operate with integrity. Our continuing quality control program includes regular peer review of our accounting and auditing practice. These reviews are always available to our clients.




Elizabeth S. Connolly, CPA




Lewis M. Steele, Jr., CPA




A 1961 graduate of Davidson College, he spent several years working in the construction and insurance industries before graduate training in accounting at Duquesne University. His public accounting career began in 1972 with a Sewickley firm specializing in tax matters. Later a sole practitioner and then a partner in a large regional firm, he currently serves as a financial executive in the transportation industry, as well as a founding principal at Connolly, Steele & Company. He is experienced in accounting and auditing, tax matters including tax advocacy, tax planning for businesses and individuals, business start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation support.

412.761.9180 ext. 511



Michael J. Connolly, Jr.




Mike is a Duquesne University graduate with a degree in Management Information Systems. He runs the technology services division specializing in designing, installing and maintaining server environments, workstations and peripherals. Mike is a Microsoft Small Business Specialist and an authorized Dell reseller.

412.761.9180  ext. 513





Our Staff


Robert D. Corcoran, CPA, MBA

A 1975 graduate of Notre Dame University followed by an MBA from Duquesne University, Bob brings a variety of experience both from years in public accounting and private industry to our clients. His specialties include accounting and auditing, tax and business consulting for small business clients and the related individuals.

412.761.9180 ext. 516 / 412.298.6379 cell


Tracy A. Kramer, CPA

A 1988 graduate of Duquesne University with a B.S. in Accounting.  She began her public accounting career as a staff auditor with Touche Ross.  Following almost a decade in the healthcare industry, Tracy worked as a Controller for a local country club for a few years before joining Connolly Steele as a tax manager.  Tracy’s specialties include small business consulting,  business and individual tax planning and preparation and financial statement preparation.

412.761.9180 ext. 515


Debra S. Merklin, CPA

A 1994 graduate of Robert Morris with a B.S. in Accounting, her public accounting career actually began much earlier, in 1978, when she served as staff accountant for Lewis Steele, CPA, then a sole practitioner. She returned to the profession upon completion of her degree and obtaining her CPA license. Debbie is a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor able to help with the set up and design of your accounting system.

412.761.9180 ext. 512


Lori K. Mittereder, CPA

Lori graduated from Robert Morris with a B.S. in Accounting. She began her public accounting career in the audit department of Arthur Anderson, followed by a decade in corporate financial reporting in the banking industry. Later she joined Killmeyer & Company working specifically with small businesses. Lori's current specialty is income tax preparation for individuals and all business types.

412.761.9180 ext. 522


Darlene A. Fallert

Darlene is the friendly voice on the other end of the phone when you call. As the Firm’s Office Manager, Darlene is responsible to make sure the client information flows smoothly in and out of the office.

412.761.9180 ext. 500



Kelly L. Deasey

Kelly graduated from Clarion University with a B.S. in Accounting. Kelly has more than five years of accounting and finance experience, including the preparation and analysis of financial statements, projections and estate planning. She now works with bookkeeping and payroll for the business clients of Connolly, Steele & Company.

412.761.9180 ext. 525


Linda M. Werner

Linda graduated from Duquesne University with a B.S. in Accounting. Prior to joining Connolly, Steele & Company, she served as a Controller for a local manufacturer. She now brings her knowledge and expertise in accounts payable, account receivable, financial statements and inventory control to the business clients of Connolly, Steele & Company.

412.761.9180 ext. 526


Leslie A. Whalen

A 1997 graduate of Duquesne University with a B.S. degree in accounting, her public accounting career began in the audit department of Schneider Downs & Company.  After starting and operating a small business servicing banks, attorneys and title insurance companies with their real estate transactions, Leslie returned to public accounting.  Her current focus is bookkeeping, payroll and accounting for our small business clients.

412.761.9180 ext. 518