About Us

Lee Mandel

Lee Mandel

After graduating with a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Michigan, Lee went to work for the IRS as an auditor. He also worked for the Criminal Fraud Division. From there he moved to Seidman BDO, a public accounting firm, where he consulted with small and mid-size companies on an array of business and compliance issues. Following his time at Seidman BDO, Lee moved to First Chicago Bank (now Chase) where he worked in mergers and acquisitions. Next came Foote, Cone & Belding, a nationally renowned advertising agency, where he gained valuable global experience in tax management.

Since opening his own practice, Lee has served on several boards, ranging from St. Paul Federal Bank in Chicago to privately-held businesses across the country, as well as various non-profit organizations including Turning Pointe Autism Foundation. A popular lecturer and speaker, Lee has taught as an adjunct business professor for the College of DuPage as well as Aurora University. He has also served as a guest host on a radio show talking about all things tax. An entertaining, though slightly frenetic speaker, Lee has become a favorite speaker for several associations and groups where he combines an occasionally off-beat sense of humor with his diverse knowledge of all things business and taxes. While most people don’t find taxes funny, Lee uses humor to teach valuable principles to his audiences.

Aside from his professional “everything taxes” side, Lee is a musician and an artist. He has been a guitarist in Rock-n-Roll bands and currently spends his days off as a landscape artist. He’s not your stereotypical accountant. He’s your right-brained and left-brained tax guy and a real people person with an interest in leveraging his years of accounting and consultation experience to find solutions to your toughest tax and business problems.

lee@leemandelandassociates.com


 

Joanna Thorne

Joanna Thorne

After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Eastern Illinois University, Joanna put her degree to use during a 13-year accounting career, working for both public and private companies. She enjoyed working with clients in a variety of industries, such as manufacturing, service, not-for-profit, and government, gaining experience and insight from companies like Nicor Gas, State Street Financial Group, H&R Block, The Morey Corporation, and Blackman Kallick (now Plante Moran).

Joanna joins Lee Mandel & Associates from The Morey Corporation, where she was a Senior Accountant. While working at The Morey Corporation, Joanna incorporated an Accounting Policies and Procedures Manual to provide departmental support for performing all accounting functions and assist with cross training among staff and between departments. Joanna has extensive experience working on streamlining processes to maximize efficiency and profitability for businesses, as well as financial statement analysis.

Joanna and her husband are kept very active by spending time with their three children and attending to all of their sporting and school activities.

joanna@leemandelandassociates.com


 

Patricia “Patty” K. Komar

Patty Komar

Patty received an Accounting degree from Northern Illinois University and began her career at Comdisco, Inc. While working at Comdisco, Inc., Patty expanded the work responsibilities for her group and improved the efficiency of the monthly close process. In addition, she had significant participation in the mainframe system conversion. She then moved to Director of Accounting at FTD, Inc. While at FTD, Inc., Patty was responsible for the accounting department as the responsibilities transferred from Detroit, Michigan to the Downers Grove, Illinois headquarters.

Patty joins Lee Mandel & Associates after working for a local attorney performing tax returns for select clients. Patty also administered all the billing to clients. In her free time, Patty is active with scout troops and in her church group, where she teaches religious education. Patty is currently the treasurer of three volunteer committees and lives in the Naperville area with her husband and four school-age children.

patty@leemandelandassociates.com


 

Marie E. Satinover

Marie Satinover

Marie has an Accounting degree from Bradley University and an MBA from Loyola University. Marie started working in the financial services industry 20 years ago, in both private and public institutions, including Illinois Department of Revenue. Marie worked as a loan officer and a credit analysis at First National Bank of Niles, before moving to Merrill Lynch Business Financial Services, where she was Division Credit Manager/Vice President. While at Merrill Lynch, Marie managed a staff of credit managers and was integral in staffing decisions. She analyzed financial statements, corporate and personal tax returns, cash flow, profitability, break-even analysis, and industry trends of business clients in order to make credit decisions.

Before joining Lee Mandel & Associates, Marie worked as a teacher’s aide at an elementary school, after taking some time away from the corporate world to care for her young daughters. Marie has applied her financial knowledge in her free time, as she has volunteered as PTA Treasurer, overseeing financial transactions and records, and serving on the Executive PTA board. Marie, along with her husband and daughters, enjoys being active in their neighborhood.

marie@leemandelandassociates.com