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 Client Relations & 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.
Assistant Client Manager
Fengyi Tang was born and raised in Hong Kong, and moved to the United States with her parents in 2009. Fengyi graduated from Norwalk Community College with an associate’s degree in Childhood Education. After working in a daycare for a period of time, Fengyi realized that her passion lies in Accounting. As a result, Fengyi went to Western Connecticut State University to continue her education and changed her major to Accounting. She will be entering her third year in Fall 2019.
Outside of school and work, Fengyi loves exploring different foods from different cultures. She also loves to travel.
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.
Assistant Client Manager
Assistant Client Manager
Andrew Davis was born and raised in Bronx, New York. He and his family moved to Danbury, CT just in time for his first year of high school. Andrew’s most impressive subject was always math. He graduated Danbury High School in 2012. Post-graduation, Andrew studied at Naugatuck Community College and received an associate’s degree in Business Management. Andrew spent time working for a Real Estate Management Office in New York. This experience has sparked Andrew’s interest in learning about and owning real estate. Wanting to implement his love for math in the workforce landed Andrew at Benay!
Outside of his current accounting work, Andrew enjoys trading currencies and going to the gym. He also looks forward to picking up a trade as an electrician.
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..
Tammara Schriefer holds a BS in Accounting from the University Of New Haven CT, and has over 20 years of Corporate Accounting experience working for some of the largest public and smallest private US and foreign held companies. Tammara is skilled in Financial Reporting, Monthly close process, G/L development, BS analysis, GAAP and Revenue Recognition, account reconciliation, Sales and Use, Property and other taxes, AP and AR, collections, Billing/ Invoicing, Inventory controls, Cash flow/forecasting, and budgeting and planning.
In her spare time she loves to be outdoors and to garden. Tammara holds a Master Gardener Certification from UConn School of Agriculture and Science. She is the current President and Treasurer of the Horticulture Club of Newtown and volunteers as Gardener for several rows at the Victory Garden in Newtown, which supplies 1000’s of pounds of fresh organic produce each year to the communities in need.
Lisette Athans was raised in Ansonia, Connecticut. She graduated from Quinnipiac University earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and Computer Information Systems. She accepted a position with the Law Offices of Sheehy & Dillon, where she had served as an intern. Lisette would further her knowledge in the legal field earning a paralegal certificate from Naugatuck Valley Community College. At Sheehy and Dillion, Lisette had many roles including but not limited to paralegal, computer tech, billing, and internal IOLTA auditor in which the latter would fulfill her love of accounting. Realizing her true passion was for numbers, Lisette made the decision to leave the legal field completely, which has led her to Benay Enterprises. A strong work ethic and eagerness to learn new and unfamiliar tasks are some of the traits that have served her well in the legal field. This is what she hopes to bring to Benay.
Lisette is a married mother of two who in her spare time enjoys numbers-based problem solving, gardening, music, attending concerts, campfires, going to the beach, and boxing-based workouts."