Meet the Team

Ellen Gelfand, CPA

Ellen Gelfand grew up in Long Island, and moved to Atlanta the first time a few years following college graduation. After leaving Atlanta to spend about 6 years in both Colorado and Florida, she moved back in 2006 and has been here ever since. Ellen has been a CPA since 1989, which was when the CPA exam took 2.5 days to administer. Only 5% of those sitting for the exam passed it the first time. Of course, Ellen did!

Prior to joining Bach, James, Mansour & Company, Ellen worked for larger CPA firms where she found she was spending more time working through internal processes than with partners and clients. Ellen started looking for a smaller firm where she could make more of a difference, and was introduced to Bach, James, Mansour & Company. “I wanted my voice to be heard, and Neal was looking for someone who could improve the business processes and tax procedures that would ultimately improve service to our clients.” Ellen commented. “It was a perfect fit.”

From Hermione’s accent to Neal’s dry sense of humor, Ellen knew that she wanted to be a part of the team, so she joined in January 2018. “I really enjoy the culture here,” Ellen added. “Everyone gets along, and we find time to have a little fun once in a while – even during tax season!” Clients have been enthusiastic, mentioning that Ellen is very patient and a great communicator, including prompt follow-up to their messages.

When Ellen is not working on tax returns or government agency tax audits, she is quite addicted to British TV crime shows and British mystery crime novels. Her favorite authors include Jane Austen, Peter Robinson, and Stephen King. Ellen also volunteers at Chastain Park’s Healing through Horses program, therapeutic riding for people with disabilities. “I used to ride horses, so I can make a difference while doing something I love,” Ellen said. Ellen has two grandchildren, plus Boots the dog, and Mojo the (mean) cat.

Professional Associations

  • Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Society of Certified Public Accountants

Certifications and Awards

  • Certified Public Accountant, 1989

Education

    • State University of New York (SUNY), Albany, NY
      BA, Anthropology
    • Kennesaw State University
      Tax and accounting courses

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