Chief Executive Officer
Latesha Burton has twelve years of experience in managerial and interpersonal relations, problem solving, and is proficient in accomplishing time-sensitive tasks.
Latesha started her accounting career as a full charge bookkeeper for a family owned business in 1997. Latesha joined Benay in 2010 as a part-time bookkeeper handling three clients. With Eskandar, Benay’s UK client, and their expansion into the US, she is now responsible for six clients.
Prior to 2010, Latesha was an accounts receivable manager for eight years for a fitness equipment retail franchise. She holds an Associate’s degree in accounting from the University of Phoenix. She is a happily married mother of two and a member of the International Churches of Christ.
Dawn Reshen-Doty has been managing businesses for over 25 years and during that time has handled the financial affairs of over a dozen corporations, publishing houses, and individuals. Ms. Reshen-Doty joined Benay in 1990, after working several years with the Travelers Relocation Division of General Electric as a relocation specialist for the Asian business community. Prior to that, she worked for the international real estate firm of Julian Studley as Assistant Manager of their Asian Division. She previously managed the New York office of Fujitsu, Ltd.
Dawn became the president of Benay Enterprises, Inc. in 2010 upon the retirement of her business partner and father, Neil Reshen, founder of Benay. She is also the founding partner and publisher of For Beginners, LLC, publisher of the For Beginners series, a graphic non-fiction book line.
Prior to 1985, Ms. Reshen-Doty lived in Japan and worked for the Japanese Ministry of Education as a grammar school teacher, where she was able to expand her knowledge of Japan and the Japanese language.
She holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and was a White House intern to Thomas Beard, Special Assistant to President Jimmy Carter.
Director of Business Development
Merrilee Warholak began her career as Publicity Director for a Danbury-area book publisher in 1996. While finishing her English degree at Western CT State University, she joined Benay Enterprises as an intern in 1998, which helped her develop a strong knowledge base of both business and publishing.
Over the years, Merrilee has helped Benay expand in many directions as Director of Client Relations—incorporating new companies; royalty preparation for Benay’s largest publishing client; negotiating author/publisher contracts; and licensing foreign translation rights including numerous New York Times bestsellers.
In 2007, while continuing to assist in managing the daily operations of Benay, Merrilee helped Benay's reach extend into the world of publishing as Editorial Director at For Beginners LLC (formerly Writers and Readers Publishing). Merrilee’s passion for the written word found its realization in overseeing the For Beginners' publishing process in its entirety.
Merrilee achieved a lifelong dream to live in Maine when she moved to beautiful Gorham with her husband, son, dog, and cat in the Fall of 2016. She is the Director of Business Development and Client Relations in Benay’s Portland branch and is thrilled to expand Benay into the thriving business community of Maine. She also serves on the board of Women Standing Together, an organization in Portland that comes together to support and accelerate the advancement of women as entrepreneurs and leaders.
Teresa Turchiano has been working in the bookkeeping field for 25 years. Over those years she has gained in-depth knowledge of accounts payable, accounts receivable, bank reconciliations, payroll and financials.
After living in the Bronx for most of her life, she moved to Connecticut for its bucolic setting to raise her son. She started working for Benay Enterprises, Inc. in March 2003, handling accounts payable for all of Benay’s clients.
Today she handles the payroll for all of Benay’s clients, as well as the complete business needs for several of them. She is happy to be working for Benay Enterprises, Inc. doing what she loves to do.
Anthony Magnano is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business, and is currently working on his Masters of Business Administration. When he’s not fine-tuning his ninja skills in QuickBooks, Anthony is pursuing his passion of photography. He currently lives in Southbury, Connecticut.
Salvatore (Sal) Valvo
Salvatore (Sal) Valvo was born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Sacred Heart University. Sal has many years’ experience in corporate accounting, working for large companies including: Richemont North America, Inc., Honeywell Consumer Products Group, Siemen’s Business Services, and Addivant North America.
Sal found the transition from the corporate world to private business a breath of fresh air. He enjoys the business relationships he has with his clients and the working relationships with his co-workers.
When Sal is not crunching numbers, he takes pleasure in spending quality time with his wife Kathy and son Marc at home in Naugatuck, CT.
STELLA KIM CHAU
Stella Chau was born and raised in Vietnam until she moved to the United States in 2003. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining Benay Enterprises, Stella worked at Hubbell Inc. as a Purchasing Clerk.
During her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and her Scottish fold cat. She currently resides in Danbury, CT.
Dominique Tatis was born and raised in Bronx, New York. She and her family moved to Danbury, CT right before she started her college career at Post University. In May 2019, Dominique graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with minors in Art and Management Leadership. Before Benay, Dominque worked at her school as an associate experience assistant where she did HR-related work.
In her free time, Dominique enjoys traveling, painting, exploring different foods, and shopping.
Stephen Prior is originally from the UK and has been living in America since 2013. He is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.
Stephen and his wife have 3 children and their favorite family activity is to travel. Their bucket list is to visit all 50 states. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys playing soccer and golf.
Suzanne Mercer is from Chantilly, VA where she attended Northern Virginia Community College with a focus in Business Management before moving to North Carolina to be with her husband who was in the United States Marine Corps. She has over 15 years of business administration experience with a focus in HR and Payroll
for both medical and nonprofit companies.
Suzanne lives in Danbury, Connecticut with her husband and their three children. In her free time she loves to garden and explore all the beautiful hiking trails in Connecticut and New York with her husband and husky.
Social Marketing Intern
Niya Davis was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She and her family moved to Danbury, Connecticut where she continued her education at Danbury High School. She graduated from Danbury High School in 2017. Niya is currently a senior at Hampton
University where she studies English Arts on the Pre-Law track. Once receiving her Bachelor's Degree, Niya plans to go to law school to study Family and Juvenile law.
Outside of work, Niya devotes her time to volunteer work and community service initiatives. Niya also enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Divya Vudattu was born and raised in India until she moved to the United States in 2009. She currently resides in Brookfield, Connecticut. Divya holds a Master’s degree in science, but has always been interested in bookkeeping and pursued those interests by looking for related jobs in the workforce. This search landed at Benay in 2019. She is very excited to be part of Benay Enterprises family.
During her free time, Divya likes to do meditation. She also enjoys trying new recipes, playing chess, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Kaneisha Alexis lives in Ansonia, Connecticut. She grew up in an only-hearing family, but was born deaf. Kaneisha graduated from Gallaudet University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in May of 2018. She is passionate about being an advocate for people who are deaf, and encouraging individuals with disabilities that their goals are attainable and opportunities are limitless. Before Benay, she held internships with various companies.
Kaniesha’s hobbies include watching movies, shopping, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Jigna Trivedi was born and raised in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. She received a Bachelor of Science in both Accounting and Law. Before Benay, Jigna worked as an accountant for four years at a construction company where she handled the Payroll, A/P, A/R, HR. When on maternity leave, she started going to school to teach Bollywood dance and eventually opened up her own Bollywood Boutique Studio in Monroe, CT. She is very happy to continue putting her degrees to use at Benay.
In her free time, Jigna enjoys listening to music, spending time with her children, baking, and playing board games.
Amitha Shenoy was born and raised in India before moving to the US in 2009. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with a minor in Computers. She also holds a Certificate in Business Accounting from Charted Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA, UK) and a Bookkeeper Certification from National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers (NACPB), USA. Amitha worked as a Risk Manager for a Citi Bank subsidiary while in India. Once in the US, Amitha worked as an Accountant/Analyst for a year for a major Retail Manufacturer/Construction company located in Brookfield, CT before joining Benay.
During her free time Amitha likes to design clothes, experiment with cooking, and spend time with her family. She lives in Bethel with her family.
Before joining Benay, Rachel Valluzzo worked part time at the Association of Religious Communities (ARC) as their Office Assistant. Rachel has also been working at Central Christian Church of Danbury as their part time Administrative Assistant for 9 years. She recently also started volunteering for the Friends of the Danbury Library board.
Volunteering for non-profit organizations is something Rachel enjoys doing to contribute to the success of each organization, as well as to give back to the community.
Rachel grew up in Danbury and currently resides in Brookfield, CT. She loves getting together with family and friends.
Assistant Client Manager
Tala Rahnavard is from Clearwater, Florida and currently lives in Waterbury, Connecticut with her 17-year-old son and dog. She has an extensive background in office administration and accounting.
In 2019, she received a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Accounting at Post University. Before joining Benay in the fall of 2021, she worked as an office manager at a private Accounting firm.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, yoga on the beach & hiking with her family.