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Our Potsdam Team

About Our Firm

For years, Gray & Gray and Associates Certified Public Accountants, P. C. 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 Certified Public Accountants, P. C. 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 Certified Public Accountants, P. C. 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 Certified Public Accountants, P. C. 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., is the founder and managing partner of Gray & Gray Certified Public Accountants, P.C., Canton, NY where he practices 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-Potsdam 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 Advisory services offered through Anantax Investment ServicesSM, 3200 Olympus Blvd., Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75019, 972-870-6000. Gray & Gray and Associates CPA, P. C. and G & G Advisors, LLC are not a registered broker/dealer or registered investment advisory firm. http://brokercheck.finra.org/
  • 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
Masters of Science in Information Systems from Clarkson University
Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Accounting from Clarkson University

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

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

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

Patti O'Neil, Senior Staff Accountant

patti@graycpas.com 315-265-4046

Patti joined Gray and Gray & Associates on October 16, 2019, as a result of the purchase of Larry Reece, CPA firm by Gray & Gray where she had been employed since 2001.
Previous employment:
Office Manager / Staff Accountant - Kennedy/Chaintreull & Co. - 1995 - 2001
Administrative Secretary - Francis Jenne, CPA - 1979 - 1995

Jessica Simonds

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

Jessica joined Gray and Gray & Associates 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.

She is currently studying for the Enrolled Agent Program.

Catalina Rusaw, Administrative Assistant

catalina@graycpas.com 315-265-4046
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY
Studied at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY

Catalina joined Gray and Gray & Associates on January 11, 2021.
Previous employment:
DSA, Sunmount DDSO, Norwood NY - May, 2018 - January, 2021
Pharmacy Clerk, Kinney Drugs, Potsdam, NY - October, 2017 - March, 2018
MDSP, United Helpers, Rensselar Falls, NY - December, 2016 - June, 2018

Her years of experience working with others provides Catalina the ability to be resourceful, and a detail-oriented problem solver who performs well under pressure. Organized and thoughtful, she brings a sense of compassion and understanding to our clients on a daily basis.