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Rebecca B. Fitzhugh, CPA/CFF, CFE, MBA, CIT, CIGA

Member of the Firm, Forensic Accounting/Litigation Services

(973) 994-9494 x 162

rebecca.fitzhugh@SobelCoLLC.com

Rebecca Fitzhugh is a Member of the Firm serving in the Forensic Accounting/Litigation Services Group, and has over eighteen years of experience in forensic accounting, litigation services and public accounting.

Rebecca uses her technical and analytical skills to help attorneys unravel the financial and compliance puzzles their clients face, in order to resolve their issues efficiently. She leverages her experience to advise corporate and municipal clients with respect to assessing and strengthening their fraud resilience, as well as investigating occurrences of fraud.

She has served clients in sectors including government, construction, manufacturing, financial institutions, commercial real estate, nonprofit and retail. Rebecca led the One World Trade Center Integrity Monitoring team for the firm and also played a key role in the management of the joint venture through which the firm participated in this project. She has provided expert witness testimony and expert reports in a number of shareholder disputes and other forensic accounting matters, and is currently building the firm’s Matrimonial Practice.

Rebecca is passionate about combating fraud by educating people, and also develops and presents Continuing Legal Education classes for attorneys. 

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Credentials and Professional Associations

  • Certified Public Accountant licensed in New Jersey
  • Certified in Financial Forensics by the AICPA
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Construction Industry Technician
  • Member of the Association of Inspectors General
  • Certified Inspector General Auditor
  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA), currently serving on the Education Foundation Executive Committee
  • Served as a Trustee from 2010 – 2012 and on the Content Advisory Board
  • Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and served as treasurer of the New Jersey chapter from 2010 – 2014
  • Member of Morris County Chamber of Commerce
  • Named a “Woman of Note” by the NJCPA in 2012
  • Served as an adjunct faculty member at New York University, teaching an exam review course for the Certified Fraud Examiner credential
  • NJCPA Volunteer Relations Committee

Community Involvement and Philanthropy

  • Board of Trustees Member and Treasurer of Partners for Women and Justice
  • Speaks on a number of fraud-related and financial topics

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Union College
  • Master of Business Administration degree, State University of New York at Binghamton
  • Accounting and Tax - 30 credits, Seton Hall University

Frank Merenda, CVA, ASA, BCA, CMEA, MBA, MSChE

Managing Director, Sobel Valuations, LLC

(973) 994-9494 x 287

frank.merenda@SobelCoLLC.com

Prior to being named as the Managing Director of Sobel Valuations, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of SobelCo, Frank L. Merenda served as the President and CEO of EAC Valuations, LLC. Beginning in May 2007, under Frank’s guidance and vision, the firm developed a well-recognized brand as a leader in the valuations community. EAC, formerly known as Enterprise Appraisal Company, provided in-depth and trusted appraisals and valuation reports since 1971, managing engagements around the world and across the street, completing nearly 14,000 appraisals for clients ranging from multi-national, multi-billion dollar Fortune 100 companies and financial institutions, to privately held local manufacturing and services companies.

Frank has been certified to provide machinery and equipment, inventory, intangible asset and business entity appraisals including valuation of patents, IPR&D, trade names and trademarks, and proprietary technology, both as stand-alone valuation assignments, and part of a purchase price allocation. He will continue to leverage his years of experience and deep specialized knowledge in his role as the Managing Director at Sobel Valuations, LLC. as he expands the breadth of services provided by SobelCo.

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Credentials and Professional Associations
  • Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
  • National Association of Certified Valuators & Analysts (NACVA)
  • Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA)  - Machinery & Technical Specialties
  • Business Certified Appraiser (BCA)  
  • Certified Machinery & Equipment Appraiser (CMEA)  
  • NEBB Institute

Community Involvement

  • Member of National Association of Certified Valuators & Analysts (NACVA)
  • Board Member of NACVA – PA Chapter
  • Secretary/Treasurer of NACVA Pennsylvania East Chapter
  • Member and Board Member of American Society of Appraisers (ASA)
  • Member of Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA)
  • Member of Forensics and Valuation Services (FVS) of AICPA
  • Member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) (1974)
  • Member of American Chemical Society (ACS) (1985)
  • Vice President of ChemPharma (2007-2008)
  • Officer of Legatus (2010-2014)
  • President of Rotary Club of Paoli-Malvern-Berwyn (2006-2007)
  • Member of Finance Committee, Yardley Village
  • Member, Green Hill Sewerage Authority

Education

  • Rutgers University—BS, MS Chemical Engineering
  • Rutgers University—BA, MBA, Business Administration

Monica Kaden

Monica H. Kaden, MBA, ASA, ABV, CHFP

Director of Business Valuations, Sobel Valuations, LLC

(973) 994-9494 x 165

monica.kaden@SobelCoLLC.com

Monica Kaden joined the SobelCo team in 2019 as a Director serving in the Sobel Valuations Practice. She began her career as a commercial lender for a large British Bank before transitioning to a role in the corporate finance group of a “Big Four” CPA firm. Her journey in the valuation profession continued to evolve for more than 23 years as she continued her focus on business valuation services and litigation support.

Throughout her years spent pursuing a dynamic career at large regional accounting firms, Monica has earned several prestigious credentials including being recognized as an accredited senior appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), accredited in business valuation by the AICPA and as a certified healthcare financial professional with the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). Her contributions range from assisting with negotiations of business and assets sales to performing valuations and economic damage calculations and testifying as a business valuation expert. Because of the depth of her experiences and the combination of knowledge, training and leadership skills Monica adds real value for our clients. As a result, Monica was recognized as an integral part of this practice group from her first day in the firm.

Although she has developed a highly regarded sub-specialty in healthcare valuation, qualifying as a healthcare expert for litigation purposes, Monica’s experiences are broad. She has a strong reputation encompassing key areas including divorce and shareholder disputes, valuing intangible assets, calculating lost profits, performing purchase price allocations, valuing businesses for sale or purchase, and more.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Monica is a much sought after speaker as well as author, contributing to the local media, to technical publications such as The Value Examiner Magazine and NACVA Quick Read, as well as to nationally branded magazines like Forbes, Real Estate Journal, and Physician Money Digest - to name just a few.

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Credentials and Professional Associations

  • Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) with the American Society of Appraisers
  • Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) with Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Trustee of the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey
  • Northern New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers
  • Member of the Medical Group Management Association
  • Member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Morris County Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Treasurer, American Society of Appraisers, Northern New Jersey Chapter

Community Involvement and Philanthropy

  • Current President, Hadassah Morris County Chapter
  • Past Treasurer, American Society of Appraisers, Northern New Jersey Chapter
  • Past Executive Board Member, Adath Shalom Synagogue
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association
  • Brandeis University Alumni Association

Education

  • MBA degree – Corporate Finance and Accounting, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (graduated Beta Gamma Sigma with distinction)
  • Post-MBA Graduate Certificate Program, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Bachelor of Arts degree, Brandeis University

 


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Megan Kelly, CPA, CFE

Manager, Forensic Accounting

(973) 994-9494 x 154

megan.kelly@SobelCoLLC.com

Megan Kelly is a Manager in Forensic Accounting/Litigation Services. During her 8 years at SobelCo, she has worked on a number of challenging forensic assignments including financial institutions, a major telecommunications company, governmental and state agencies, and several closely held businesses. She was also a member of the firm’s 1 World Trade Center Integrity Monitoring team. 

Professional Designations 

  • Certified Public Accountant 
  • Certified Fraud Examiner 

Specializations 

  • Financial institution internal investigations 
  • Construction integrity monitoring 
  • Shareholder and contract disputes 
  • Criminal and civil fraud investigations 
  • Corporate internal investigations 
  • Regulatory and contract compliance assessments and evaluations 
  • Counter fraud analyses 

Professional Associations 

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 
  • New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants 
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Recipient of the NJCPA Volunteer Award 2018

Education 

  • BS, Accountancy, The College of New Jersey 

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Director of Business Valuations
Sobel Valuations, LLC

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