Favazza & Associates, LLC CPAs

Chesterfield, MO CPA Firm

Offices in Chesterfield and Saint Peters

Michael R. Favazza, CPA

Owner, Partner


Mike R. Favazza, CPA

Michael R. Favazza Sr., CPA is the owner of Favazza & Associates, LLC, CPAs. He was born and raised in North St. Louis County. He is a graduate of Rosary High School and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Mike comes from a very business oriented family. His father was a bookkeeper and part owner of a company on Produce Row in St. Louis and his brother Matt Favazza is the President of Central Bank of Chesterfield, Missouri.

Mike has been married to his college sweetheart Linda who is a Registered Nurse at Missouri Baptist Hospital. His son, Mike Jr. followed in his father's footsteps and is a CPA. Mike’s daughter Julie followed in her mother's footsteps and is a registered nurse In Cincinnati, Ohio. Mike is the proud grandparent of 5 grandchildren and is a resident of St. Louis County. When Mike is not in the office you can find him on the golf course or at his grandkid’s games.

Mike has a passion to give back to the community and is always lending his talent and time to civic and charitable organizations that keep St. Louis and St. Charles County a wonderful place to live and work.

Mike was the 2015 Chairman of the Board of Directors for the O'Fallon Chamber of Commerce. Mike was also past President of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce and is still currently a member. Mike also is involved and serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for Vision St. Charles County Leadership Program, Inc.

Favazza & Associates, LLC specializes in CFO controllership services for organizations of all types. We manage all accounting aspects of the business from bookkeeping, business planning, tax planning and preparation.

Amy J. Smith

Director of Operations


Amy J. Smith Amy manages our team by providing technology, client service and operational support. Amy has been with the firm for 13 years and has performed functions to include marketing, sales, technology management, software training, event planning, office relocations, bookkeeping, human resources, tax processing and some tax preparation.

Amy has worked alongside of Mike Favazza on the growth and development of the firm and takes immense pride in its values, successful milestones, and continued accomplishments. Amy has assisted clients with marketing strategies that has led to additional growth in revenue. Prior to joining Favazza & Associates, LLC Amy worked in small business and consumer banking as well as payroll sales for small businesses.

Amy is a wife and mother of 4 with 3 boys and 1 girl as well as 1 granddaughter. Amy was born and raised in St. Louis County now residing in St. Peters for the Autism advocacy and support that is provided in the public schools for her youngest son. Amy enjoys decorating, DIY shows, organizing, and shopping.

Christy M. Straight

Manager of Accounting Services


Christy Straight

Christy has more than 12 years of industry experience in accounting. Prior to starting her career in accounting, she spent over 5 years in customer service roles. Before joining Favazza & Associates, she worked for a diverse range of organizations including large corporations, medium sized software company, and privately owned commercial electrical contractor with multiple locations. In these roles, Christy was responsible for Accounts Receivable and Payable, Payroll, General Ledger, and Financial Reporting.

Christy currently prepares business and individual income tax returns for our firm clients. Christy helps clients by looking “Outside the Box” when faced with challenges and can look at the whole picture to find a solution. She can help your company work through the books so you can focus on the business itself. Christy has experience with online businesses, multi-state sales tax and can help you navigate through Nexus. Christy is also an expert at QuickBooks and QuickBooks On-line. Christy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Lindenwood University as well as an Accounting Certificate from St. Charles Community College, graduating with honors in both. She will be continuing her knowledge by enrolling at Lindenwood University to work on obtaining her CPA Certification. In her off time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and shopping. She is also a big supporter of the St. Louis Chapter of Huntington Disease Society of America.

Melissa M. Feathers

Manager of Accounting Services


Melissa Feathers

Melissa currently has 15 years of experience in the accounting profession. Prior to joining Favazza & Associates, LLC in 2016 she was working for a national bank. Melissa was a referral from a client that knew she was looking to get back into public accounting. We welcomed her with open arms.

Melissa specializes in working with businesses that generate up to $5 million dollars in sales annually. Her experience and knowledge of intercompany cashflow transactions and multi owner businesses is unique, and she makes the complex look easy.

Melissa currently holds her Bachelors of Business Administration and Associates Degree of Applied Science with emphasis on Paralegal studies. She is QuickBooks Online Certified, a Notary Public in the state of Missouri and most importantly a Mom.

Her ambitions include attaining her CPA License to further her career path with our firm.

Gina M. Prather

Tax Accountant

636.487.0006 gina@favazzacpa.com

Gina M. Prather

Gina holds certification from the H&R Block Income Tax Course. Annually, she engages in continuing education classes to keep up to date with the current tax laws. Gina has more than 10 years of tax preparation experience.

Before joining Favazza & Associates in 2016, Gina was employed for 9 years with an accounting firm in Northwest St. Louis County. Gina was responsible for data entry, review and processing of tax returns.

She is detail oriented, organized, always eager to assist other team members, and is a big believer in doing things right the first time. Outside of work Gina enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Anthony M. Foppe

CPA Staff Accountant


Anthony has a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and his MBA with emphasis in finance from Lindenwood University. Anthony is in pursuit of obtaining his CPA license with only needing his 2 years of public accounting experience to complete this designation.

Anthony has prior experience working for different sized companies. His prior month-end close accounting experience will serve our clients the proper attention to detail they expect. Anthony gives top-notch customer service and is always eager to assist his team.

When he is not working he enjoys spending time with his family and going to the gym.

Lacy E. VanDeman

Staff Accountant

636.916.1010 ext 2213lacy@favazzacpa.com

Lacy E. VanDeman

Lacy manages clients by providing all aspects of accounting work including, but not limited to; Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, and Monthly Reconciliations.

Lacy is a qualified accountant with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri St. Louis, and has been a member of Favazza & Associates for 2 years.

Lacy is no stranger to accounting, having spent 3 years bookkeeping prior to joining our team. During that time, she managed many different companies accounts payable and payroll, including union companies. Lacy has experience working with Sage 50/Peachtree and QuickBooks.

Tina M. Hummel

Administrative Assistant


Tina M. Hummel

Melinda Clark

Staff Accountant


Melinda joined the Favazza team in 2018. Melinda’s prior work history include operations management in the construction and medical fields. She has spent her last 15 years in business management for a large restaurant franchise. Her skills include, Accounts Payable, Cost Accounting, Human Resources and Payroll.

Melinda’s education includes an Associate degree in Business Management with Professional Human Resources certification.

Melinda strives to be a servant leader. She is a licensed notary in the state of Missouri. She is a dog mom to 2 Great Dane’s and enjoys traveling with her family and learning about other cultures.

Sara Walters

Administrative Assistant


Sara joined our firm in fall 2017. She has former experience in the accounting industry serving as an accounts receivable and payable clerk. Sara also worked for a chain tax preparation business for 2 tax seasons prior to joining us. Sara’s education includes an Associate degree of Science in Business and Accounting.

Sara’s former work history also include a 911 dispatch operator. Sara has excellent communication skills and excels at deescalating any situation. While Sara serves as an assistant her position requires much more than you may think. She assists with managing the office, serving the executives and staff, helps manage computer needs and is our front line during our busiest times of the year.

Sara is the person that answers the phone and greets you when you come into the office. She is always happy to assist with making appointments, taking payments over the phone, collecting and delivering information for tax returns and can handle most questions that you may have.

Her passion includes being a mommy to a beautiful daughter and spending time with family and friends. Her helpful heart and nature is exactly what we need and she is a great example of what our firm represents.

David K. Buenger, CPA



David is a CPA of 30 years with broad experience in accounting that includes public accounting, private accounting, and academia. David grew up in Troy, Missouri before moving on to Truman State University where he graduated with a degree in accounting. While David has enjoyed each phase of his career, he is excited and feels privileged to be part of a dynamic service-oriented CPA practice that is responsive to client needs and part of their growth. David is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Missouri Society of CPAs.

David lives in St. Charles, Missouri and has three grown children. A life-long St. Louis Cardinals fan, David also enjoys playing the piano. David is active with his church in St. Peters and you might find him out on the softball field playing outfield or singing in the choir.