Meet Our Team

Morales Burke is a full-service accounting and tax firm.

Meet Our Staff:

Nichole Morales, Managing Shareholder

Nichole began her career as an accountant with a large regional firm. Nichole sharpened her skills as a business taxation specialist and accounting software consultant. Nichole provides software training and consulting in addition to tax and accounting services.

Nichole earned an Associate degree from Antillean Adventist University in Puerto Rico. She then returned to Florida to earned a Bachelor's degree from Saint Leo University. She continued her academic pursuits and earned a Master's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Saint Leo University. She is also a Notary Public in and for the State of Florida. Nichole is active member or associate member in a number of professional organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Enrolled Agents, Florida Society of Enrolled Agents, Suncoast FSEA, National Society of Accountants, National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts, American Society of Tax Problem Solvers, National Association of Tax Professionals and is a Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor.

Cindy Stepp, Founding Member

The Burke Company was established in 1968 providing outstanding service to our clients because of our dedication to the three underlying principles of professionalism, responsiveness and quality. Cindy Stepp is a 1982 graduate of Sullivan Business College. Her concentrations include tax planning and preparation primarily in the areas of small business and personal tax services. She has over thirty-two years experience in public accounting becoming sole owner of The Burke Company in 1999. 

Ms. Stepp holds the professional designation of Enrolled Agent which allows her to represent clients in front of the IRS. It also is a highly prestigious professional designation indicating a very high level of competency in all areas of taxation. She is a an active member of the following organizations: National Association of Enrolled Agents, Florida Society of Enrolled Agents, Florida Society of Accountants, National Society of Accountants, and National Association of Tax Professionals

Darlene Mikes, Senior Accountant

Darlene earned a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University where she majored in accounting.  Darlene began her career in the Tampa office of Ernst & Young, working in both the audit and tax departments.

Darlene held the position of Controller and Chief Financial Officer for a privately-owned business in the Tampa area for many years.

Darlene is a tax preparer and business consultant.  She is a CPA, a real estate sales associate, and a Florida notary.  Darlene is a member of the American and Florida Institutes of Certified Public Accountants. 

In her spare time, Darlene enjoys reading.

Yadira Sanchez, Staff Accountant

Yadira Sanchez earned her Bachelor Degree in Accounting from the University of East in Puerto Rico, graduating with a GPA 3.94 and obtained the Excellence Academic Award in 2016. Yadira began her career at D Group Equities - Real Estate Investment Company working in Finance and Accounting department. 

Then she moved to Florida to continue her career as an Accountant with another Real Estate Investment company and no she has joined us in August 2018 as a Staff Accountant. She is also a Florida Notary and wants to continue to grow and to become an Enrolled Agent and Certifed Public Accountant.

She is married with 3 beatiful daughters that consume all her spare time! 

Teniqwa "Nikki" Walton, Staff Accountant

Nikki joined the Morales and Associates team in June of 2017.  Nikki earned her Associate degree in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Ashford University. She is a staff accountant and works on client's financial statements, payroll, and sales tax.

She enjoys spending time with her family and bowling in her spare time.

Thomas Digney, Shareholder

Nichole Morales and Thomas formed Morales and Associates in 2006. He served in the Marines and comes from a long line of servicemen.

He enjoys spending time with his family and riding his motorcycle.