Meet the Team

Thomas Totaro

President and Founder, Tom works with clients large and small, to navigate the maze of tax law regulations and ever changing economic conditions. Although he works with a vast range of clients, his greatest expertise resides in the areas of foodservice, professional services, medical and construction industries.

Since joining his fathers firm in 1989, Tom has perfected a unique management style while helping steer the firm to become a leader in combining technology and business processes by developing cutting edge service opportunities for its clients. Tom continuously strives to assist his clients achieve their financial and personal goals as they travel on their unique financial voyage through life.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in accounting and is certified in QuickBooks and Xero accounting systems. He is involved in many charitable and social organizations including Treasurer of the Toms River Student Loan Fund, past Treasurer of the Lacey Township High School Hockey Booster Club, past Treasurer of Harmony Lodge #18 of Free and Accepted Masons and a member of Rotary.

When not in the office, Tom can be found spending time with his family and enjoying the outdoors of Vermont hiking, kayaking, skiing and playing golf. He also enjoys fine Italian coffee.

Ashley Hughes

Totaro & Co. Partner, Ashley has worked with Tom Totaro since 2011. Dedicated and detail-oriented, Ashley is an invaluable member of the team. Along with her astute accounting skills and expertise in QuickBooks, her experience includes conducting reviews and compilations of a wide range of businesses and preparing multi-state tax returns for partnerships, corporations and individuals.

Ashley embodies the firm’s commitment to personalized client service. She enjoys delivering individual attention and values the rapport developed from working closely with clients who entrust Ashley to solve problems, facilitate and assist.

Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Ramapo College and is certified in QuickBooks Online and Xero Accounting Systems.

Outside of work, Ashley enjoys boating with friends and family. When not on the water she can be found working in her garden and tending her backyard hobby farm.

Katie DeSantis

Katie, Senior Account Specialist, prides herself on her close-knit relationships that she has built with their clientele. Before starting with the firm she had 7 years retail management experience which helped her form her personable touch.

After graduating from Ocean County College and three years of living in California, Katie found herself moving back to New Jersey with more life experiences and a drive to find something that she was passionate about. Katie joined the team in 2011 with a secretarial position and soon was promoted to the position she holds today.

The thing she loves most about the firm is the acquired knowledge on a daily basis. Quickbooks Online Certified, Katie has become a contact and resource for solving bookkeeping challenges and she is driven by ensuring every client receives customized attention.

Aside from working, Katie likes to take trips to see her family in California, read, and enjoy the warm summer days on the beach.

Mackenzie Cavanaugh

Mackenzie joined the team at Totaro & Co in 2018.  She brings with her over 10 years of administrative experience in Office Management and Human Resources.  As office manager, she ensures the smooth operation of the firm with her efficient handling of client relations and management of administrative duties.  She also provides support to the staff on a daily basis. 
Mackenzie holds an A.S. in Business Administration from Ocean County College.
When out of the office she likes to take day trips with her husband and daughter, read books and write fiction.