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Heather L. Birkett, CPA, MST

Phone: 847-517-4300 X 228

Heather began her accounting career in 1994 as a tax staff accountant with one of Chicago’s top accounting firms. She was a member of their Real Estate and Hospitality tax group primarily working with top Chicago real estate lessor and developer clients. After gathering experience in the real estate industry with a couple of private real estate companies in their in-house tax departments, Heather decided to return to public accounting and began her career with Burton Partners in 2005.

Heather has experience in tax and financial consulting for closely held businesses and individuals, with a specialization in partnerships and the rental real estate industry. Heather is a certified public accountant and has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a masters in taxation from DePaul University. In her spare time, Heather is active in volunteering with the Girl Scouts organization and other community organizations.


Shawn M. Jenkins, CPA

Phone: 847-517-4300 X 248

Shawn began his accounting career in 1992 in public accounting. He specializes in tax and financial planning for individuals and small businesses. Shawn is a certified public accountant and a graduate of Bradley University with a bachelor of science in accounting.

He is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and various community groups. In his spare time he enjoys coaching his kids in whatever sport they are participating.



Kariann L. Mackie, CPA

Phone: 847-517-4300 X 238

Kariann is a staff accountant who started at the firm in 2017. Her previous experience, with a mid-sized accounting firm focused on tax compliance and planning for individuals, businesses, and trusts. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 2007, and she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2013.

Kariann became a certified public accountant in 2017. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association. In her free time, Kariann enjoys walking, reading, baking, and listening to music. She also loves going to the theater or to a movie.


Jim Minadeo

Phone: 847-517-4300 X 232

Jim has been in public accounting since 2000, joining Burton Partners in 2008. He specializes in small business tax planning and preparation, including income, payroll and sales. He also has extensive knowledge of QuickBooks accounting software.

Jim graduated from Xavier University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.



Velimira Nedyalkov

Phone: 847-517-4300 X 252

Vel has been with Burton Partners since 2016.  She specializes in compilations, partnership, corporate and individual taxation. Prior to joining Burton Partners, Vel has over 15 years' experience working for several private and public companies. She embraces new challenges as she continues her learning in the industry and looks to use this passion to build new and lasting client relationships.

She earned her bachelor's of science in accounting from DeVry University and her masters in accounting and financial management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Outside of work Vel, enjoys reading a book or taking long walks with her husband in Riverwalk or Millennium Park.

Frank Ricci

Phone: 847-517-4300 X 250

Frank joined Burton Partners LLC in January of 2004 as an accountant. Frank has extensive background in tax return preparation and bookkeeping as well as a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from Penn State University.

In his spare time he enjoys watching college football, riding his motorcycle and collecting miniature trains.

Ed Sterling, CPA

Phone: 847-517-4300 X 227

Ed is a staff accountant and has been with the firm since July of 2007.  He has experience in small business accounting, bookkeeping, and taxation. He earned his bachelor of science degree in environmental health in May of 1993 from Illinois State University.

Ed studied accounting and taxation at Harper Community College and Northern Illinois University, and has been a certified public accountant since 2006.