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Our Team

Our Team

Mercedes M. Pasqualetti, MBA, EA

President and Managing Partner

mercedes@hlmtax.com (404) 836-1120 ext.110 Enrolled Agent

Mercedes has been with the firm since November of 2001. She has learned the practice from all angles. As the former general and tax manager at HLM, Mercedes has a wealth of information. She completed her MBA with a concentration in Small Business and Entrepreneurship and is a federally licensed Enrolled Agent, Enrolled to Practice before the Internal Revenue Service. As a nationally licensed EA, she has the credentials to practice in all 50 states and handle all federal or state tax issues here and abroad. She has the ability to look at the big picture and plan for the future. Mercedes has clients all over the world and is versed in foreign income and US taxation. She performs financial services for elder care clients and their families, business planning and consulting, individual tax planning and consulting, payroll preparation and strategic planning. As the Managing Partner of the firm, it is her primary goal to ensure our clients receive the highest level of service possible.

Mercedes is a past board member of the Decatur Business Association, is a Past President of Decatur Kiwanis Club, and former Treasurer of Decatur City Dance.

In her spare time, Mercedes loves to listen to music with her daughter, play with her dogs and watch NetFlix.

Deloyd Johnson-Jones, CPA

Vice-President and Partner

Deloyd@hlmtax.com 404-836-1120 Ext. 125

Deloyd joined HLM as Principal in September of 2016 after 25 years in various corporate accounting and financial leadership roles with small and large companies. He began his career in public accounting with Deloitte where he earned his certification as a CPA . As Partner, he manages the execution of individual, corporate, non-profit and estate tax returns. He manages the accounting department which includes preparing compilations and reviews of financial statements, account reconciliations and cash flow forecasts. Deloyd is not just an accountant, but a business adviser who is an expert in accounting. He brings to every engagement an entrepreneurial spirit and energy that stems from years of operations and process improvement experience with small and large retail, consumer goods, franchising, financial and manufacturing companies. Deloyd earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA in Marketing from Iona College. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Georgia and an active member of the Georgia Society of CPAs. He loves to travel overseas, especially to warm climate locations and exercising and spending time at home with his family.

Lynn Pasqualetti ATA, ATP, CTP, EA

President Emeritus

lynn@hlmtax.com (404) 836-1120 ext.116

Not your typical accountant, Lynn thinks outside the box and is truly an entreprenuer.

Lynn is an Enrolled Agent, Enrolled to Practice before the Internal Revenue Service, a Certified Tax Professional, Accredited Tax Advisor, Accredited Tax Preparer (designations from the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation : ACAT). She has a BS in Accounting and was the Managing Partner of HLM between 1986 and 2017. Her area of expertise is taxation, consulting and business development.

Since 1992 Lynn has also been a national Tax Seminar Speaker, teaching other tax professionals the new tax laws for with HLM/Income Tax School, Inc. (ITSI). HLM also offers seminars locally to business owners.

Lynn is proud to have been a founding director of a local community bank from 1996-2011 serving as the Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee for the first nine years, then as a member of the committee, Chair of the Technology Committee, member of the Executive Committee and various other positions over the fifteen years ofher involvement. Serving the Decatur community in this capacity was an incredible experience and one that will be forever cherished.

Lynn loves to travel, read, golf and walk/jog half marathons. She spends most of her free time with her children, grandchildren and partner of 30 years, hiking in the North Georgia mountains, and more recently driving her convertible with the top down every chance she gets.

As member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA), National Society of Accountants (NSA), National Society of Tax Professionals (NSTP), and National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) along with multiple state organizations affiliated with the national organizations Lynn is dedicated to maintaining the ethical standards mandated by her affiliations with these professional organizations.

Laura L. Bevins

VP Emeritus and Controller Manager

laura@hlmtax.com (404) 836-1120 ext.111

Laura Bevins has a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Criminal Justice from Bemidji State University, graduated from the Georgia Law Enforcement Academy, and studied accounting at Mercer University.Since 1989 Laura has played an integral role in the development and the success of HLM Financial Group. Laura is currently working with larger companies who have "outsourced" their controller position to our firm and is currently Controller Manager.

In her off time Laura enjoys walking, Jazzercise, reading, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also loves to travel.

Cody Crowder

Staff Accountant

Cody@hlmtax.com 404-836-1120 Ext.126 B.S.B.A Finance and Accounting

Cody is a native of Decatur, Georgia. He graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Banking. During his college career, he was employed as an Assistant Manager to a real estate and rental company, where he was responsible for financial reporting, client interaction, customer service, and maintaining staff. After graduating from college he worked in a CPA firm based out of Cumming, GA and was responsible for cash flow for various clients and handling all manners of accounting processes including financial projections. Cody strives for perfection in customer service, client interaction, and exceeding SLA's. He will go above and beyond to ensure all needs are met and then more. He has experience in accounts receivable, accounts payable, budgeting, and office administration.Outside of the office, Cody enjoys hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, adventures with his chocolate lab and traveling to the beach.

Jennifer Gibbs

Gibbs Law Firm

jennifer@jgibbsfirm.com (404) 692-5846

Jennifer Gibbs moved to Atlanta in 2003 after living in various states including Virginia, New York, California, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Florida and she also lived in Mexico. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with Bachelor’s Degrees in both Education and History. Jennifer taught history and coached basketball in both the public and private school systems in St. Louis, Missouri as well as Jacksonville, Florida for over ten years. Jennifer left teaching to earn a Master's degree in Sports Administration followed by her law degree. Since graduating from Emory School of Law, she has been practicing civil litigation, estate planning, and family law. Jennifer is admitted to practice in the Georgia trial courts, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Georgia Supreme Court. She is also admitted to the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Lan Davis

Office Administrator

Lan joined HLM in October 2016 and is our Office Administrator. Although born abroad, she lived in California a few years before moving to Atlanta. She graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art. She plans to return to Georgia State University to pursue her MBA in the summer.

Prior to joining HLM, Lan was a graphic designer in the Marketing Department with a well-known retailer. She was responsible for meeting tight deadlines on print ads, marketing campaigns, and collaborative event efforts. She has many years of customer service experience, thrives to find solutions to problems, and loves to make customers happy.

In her free time, she loves to take bike rides with her husband and little boy, garden, searching for healthy oil-free vegan recipes, read, and experiment with growing orchids hydroponically.