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Belfint Lyons & Shuman, CPAs Announces Firm Promotions & Certifications

It is with great pleasure that Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, P.A. (BLS), a certified public accounting and advisory firm with offices in Delaware and Pennsylvania, announce the following well-earned promotions and certifications.

Christina K. Bell, CPA has been promoted to principal as of January 1, 2019. Christina will be celebrating her 18th work anniversary with BLS on February 2. Her passion for charitable and community endeavors is not only evident in her personal life but also as a trusted engagement leader to many of our nonprofit clients. She has a unique ability to understand her clients’ expectations and is proactive in designing her level of service and her responsiveness. In addition, Christina mentors and develops the staff, demonstrating the teamwork and leadership skills that are essential to the success of the firm. She is also a frequent contributor to the firm’s nonprofit blog – The Belfint Nonprofit Ledger.

She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Delaware Society of CPAs. Her true passion comes from her involvement in the community, where she is active with Children’s Ministry and the Salvation Army Angel Tree Coordination for Asbury Methodist Church of Smyrna, with the Down Syndrome Association of Delaware’s ICAN Bike Camp, a participant in multiple 5ks that benefit local nonprofit organizations, as well as a volunteer and fundraising advocate within the firm. Christina earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Wilmington University and resides in Clayton, Delaware.

Tracy M. Lyons has been promoted to Administrative Services Manager. Tracy will be celebrating her 29th anniversary with BLS in September. She is an invaluable member of the BLS Team and to the many clients that she assists throughout the year. Tracy oversees the firm’s administrate services team and the firm’s project workflow.

Michael H. Abernathy, CPA has been promoted to Senior Accountant. Michael will be celebrating his 4th anniversary with BLS in June. He provides compliance and auditing services to individuals, small businesses, and nonprofits. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Delaware and currently resides in Middletown, Delaware.

Emily V. Schmidt, CPA, CFE successfully earned her Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certification. Emily is a Senior Accountant in the firm’s Accounting & Auditing department where she provides compliance, auditing, and planning services to individuals, small businesses, and nonprofits. Emily will be celebrating her 4th anniversary with BLS in June. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of Delaware.

About Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, P.A.:

Belfint, Lyons & Shuman was founded in 1923 as a small accounting practice whose staff was committed to building long-standing, mutually beneficial relationships with clients and business associates. Today, with 70 professionals, we have become one of the largest and most respected certified public accounting firms in Delaware while never losing sight of our founding commitments. We have a diverse client base and offer services such as: advisory, assurance, auditing, tax planning & compliance, small business services, litigation support, employee benefit plan audits, succession planning, business & management consulting, and corporate services for investment holding companies. Visit our website at

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