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Our Canton Team

About Our Firm

For years, Gray & Gray and Associates has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning.

Gray & Gray and Associates is one of the leading firms in and throughout the area. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. Gray & Gray and Associates is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of the area's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the area. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Gray & Gray and Associates receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

John J. Gray, Jr., CPA, CGMA, MBA, Managing Partner

john@graycpas.com 315-386-2925
Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Clarkson University
Masters of Business Administration from Clarkson University
Healthcare Financial Management Association Certificate of Advanced Technical Study


Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in New York State and the State of Florida
Chartered Global Management Accountant
Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association


John J. Gray Jr., was the founder and managing partner of Gray & Gray Certified Public Accountants, P.C., Canton, NY where he practiced in partnership with his daughter, Angela. The firm was established in 1977 in Saranac Lake and operated out of John's home office until 2001. In 2001, John resigned from his full time CFO position and purchased the firm of Canfield and Menz in Canton, which he merged with his own. During the first 25 years, the firm was operated on a part-time basis as John worked as Vice President for Finance and Information Systems in area hospitals for eighteen years, including Canton-Postdam Hospital (eight years) and Adirondack Medical Center (ten years), as well as seven years as the Diocesan Fiscal Officer for the Diocese of Ogdensburg.

Specialties: Personal, small business, and not-for-profit accounting and income tax planning and preparation, Healthcare Financial Management and Administration

John Gray, Financial Advisor, Securities offered through H.D. Vest Investment ServicesSM, Member SIPC, Advisory services offered through H.D. Vest Advisory ServicesSM, 6333 N. State Highway 161, Fourth Floor, Irving, TX 75038, 972-870-6000. Gray & Gray and Associates is not a registered broker/dealer or registered investment advisory firm. Adirondack Asset Management, and HD Vest Investment Advisory ServicesSM are not affiliated companies. http://brokercheck.finra.org/

Credentials and Affiliations

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member National Association of Tax Practitioners
  • Member Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Member Institute of Management Accountants

Activities and Awards

  • Immediate Past President Adirondack Chapter of New York State Society of Certified Public Accounts (NYSSCPA)
  • Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the Canton Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of the Canton Economic Development Steering Committee
  • Past Member Town of Colton Planning Board
  • Former Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the St. Lawrence County Child Care Council
  • Member of the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship Advisory Council and the Business Leadership Council at Clarkson University
  • 2013 State University of New York at Canton Distinguished Citizen
  • 2007 Canton Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year
  • Past Exalted Ruler & Honorary Life Member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Saranac Lake Lodge #1508

Angela M. Gray, CPA, MSIS, Partner

angela@graycpas.com 315-386-2925 Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in New York State

Angela is a Certified Public Accountant with almost fifteen years of experience, and was named a partner of Gray & Gray Certified Public Accountants in 2005. With a broad background in accounting, finances, and taxes, Angela can serve clients in any industry, from retail business to construction contracting, from professional practice to manufacturing, or even restaurants. In addition, Angela's QuickBooks skills are held in high acclaim across the North Country. She teaches and supports entrepreneurs of all kinds how to best utilize the program to fit their business

Angela received a BS with Distinction in Accounting from Clarkson University and a Masters of Science in Information Systems from Clarkson University.

Specialties: Business and tax planning for closely-held business, individuals, and not-for-profits

Credentials and Affiliations

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Certified QuickBooks Advisor

Activities

  • Board member of the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc.
  • Board member and past Treasurer of Seaway Valley Prevention Council
  • Treasurer of the Rotary Club in Canton
  • Board member of Traditional Arts in Upstate New York
  • Board member of Canton-Potsdam Hospital Foundation
  • Board member of Grasse River Heritage, Inc.
  • Board member of Young Women Leadership Institute, Inc.
  • Past President and past Vice President and Treasurer of the North Country Children's Clinic

Laurie A. Crowley, Senior Staff Accountant

laurie@graycpas.com 315-386-2925 Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Clarkson University in 2000
Quickbooks Desktop Certified Pro Advisor

Laurie joined the firm in July 2013. She has over 15 years of prior experience in public accounting. Her areas of expertise include financial statement preparation, corporate & personal taxation, payroll, and bookkeeping. She resides in Ogdensburg, NY.

Danielle E. Susice, Staff Accountant

danielle@graycpas.com 315-386-2925 Bachelors Degree In in Agricultural Business Management & Accounting from SUNY Cobleskill in 2007
Quickbooks Desktop Certified Pro Advisor

Danielle joined the firm in January 2015. Prior to this, she worked at Farm Credit East, ACA for six years where she specialized in agricultural taxation and accounting. Her areas of expertise include payroll, sales tax, and bookkeeping, as well as personal, trust, and small business tax returns. She is also an IRS Registered Tax Return Preparer. She resides in Hermon, NY.

Jessica L. Simonds, Staff Accountant

jessica@graycpas.com 315-386-2925 Quickbooks Desktop Certified Pro Advisor

Jessica joined the firm in January 2015. Prior to this, she had five years of experience in accounting, bookkeeping, and tax preparation. Her areas of expertise include bookkeeping and tax return preparation. Jessica is also a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor for Desktop. Jessica is currently studying accounting and finance with the University of Phoenix, with future plans of continued education to earn her MBA. She resides in Winthrop, NY.

Christine D. Gray, Office Manager

chris@graycpas.com 315-386-2925

Christine has worked in every area of the business since it began in 1977.

In 1988, she began working at SUNY Canton where she held various administrative positions during her tenure. While employed by the college, she continued to work part-time in the business. In August 2012, she retired from SUNY Canton as the vice president for administration.

Since her retirement, Christine has continued to work at Gray & Gray and Associates, overseeing many of the firm's administrative needs.

Christina M. Smutz, Administrative Assistant

christina@graycpas.com 315-386-2925

Christina joined the firm in 2014.

She has fifteen years of prior experience working in a professional office setting.

With her great organizational and people skills, Christina is able to create a welcoming first and last impression for our clients.

She resides in Massena, NY.

Dustin Storie, Staff Accountant

dustin@graycpas.com 315-386-2925 Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Summa Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Associate Degree in Accounting Summa Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Canto

Dustin has successfully passed all four parts of the CPA exam and is awaiting licensure by the State of New York


Dustin joined the firm in June, 2019 and works on tax preparation and financial statements for individuals, corporations, partnerships and not-for profits.

January, 2016 - June, 2019 Dustin was employed as a Senior Accountant, Tax at McSoley McCoy & Co. in South Burlington, Vermont

February, 2015 - April, 2015 was a Tax Preparer at Alexander Edwards and Company CPAs, P.C. in Plattsburgh

January, 2015 - April, 2015 Volunteer Tax Preparer at AARP Tax Aide Foundation in Plattsburgh

January, 2013 - April, 2013 Volunteer Tax Preparer at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program in Canton

Dustin was awarded the NYSSCPA FAE Excellence in Accounting Scholarship

Member of Beta Gamma Signa International Honor Society

Member Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

Member of Accounting and Finance Association and the Accounting Mentoring Program

Dustin resides in DeKalb Junction