R. Van Ballantyne
About Our Founder

Van holds a BS in Business Administration from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics and his MBA from Southern NH University. He is enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service as an Enrolled Agent (EA).

Van has spent the last nineteen years as founder and CEO of Counting House Associates. Prior to that, he spent 20 years in private industry as accounting manager, controller, CFO and vice president finance and administration for various businesses in the greater Seacoast area.

Van is always busy! When not working he enjoys walking the beach with his wife and golden retriever Koda, spending time at the lake with family and friends and will travel almost anywhere.

Our Team

As always, partners grows with you!

Michele Drenzek, Manager

Michele received her degree in Finance and Administration from the University of New Hampshire and went on to hold controller and CFO positions for several seacoast area businesses, most notably the Timberland Company. She left the corporate world to stay closer to home after her son was born and started and operated an accounting and tax practice in Rye NH.

She loves to workout, vacation in warmer climates and walk the beach with her dogs. Her burning desire is to be a singer in a Nashville band… go for it Michele!

Leanne Bourque, Manager

Leanne received her BS in Accounting from New England College. She also holds an AS in Paralegal Studies from McIntosh College.

Leanne has been in the accounting field for 20 years having worked at Thompson Center Arms and also for a CPA firm before joining Counting House in 2010. She enjoys spending time with her 3 children and grandson. She loves going to concerts, baseball games, and a good poker game. On a nice day, you’ll probably find Leanne out riding on her Harley, another one of her passions!

Lynne Stollstorff, Tax Prep

As an Enrolled Agent and Master Tax Advisor, Lynne brings to Counting House a wealth of experience in the field of taxation and business management.

She earned a BBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Quebec and has an Associate Degree in Accounting from McIntosh College. Her experience includes not only tax preparation but managing a team of 30 professionals at a major retail chain. Originally from Canada Lynne lives in Newfields with her husband and sons.

Donna Dewsnap, Bookkeeper

Donna joined Counting House in 2014 and didn’t take long to learn our business systems and procedures. Some of you might know her better as the former owner and operator of the Italian restaurant Rinaldo’s in Hampton NH. It was there that Donna learned the importance of a good and clean set of books and accounts as well as great customer service skills. Donna loves her commute (she lives in Greenland) and enjoys tennis and raising chickens and honey bees.

Katie White, Bookkeeper

Katie is our newest bookkeeper and has begun a new career at Counting House. Her background includes years of experience in the health care industry as a physician practice manager, community health liaison for a regional VNA and also as medical secretary.

She holds a BA in social work from the University of New Hampshire and later went on to complete her MBA at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management in Waltham. Welcome Katie!

Joey Grattan, Bookkeeper

Joey attended Bryant University and received his BS Degree in Actuarial Mathematics… true story! He returned to New Hampshire after school and worked most recently as a bookkeeper/accountant for Bottomline Accounting in Rye. A native of Portsmouth Joey likes to play and watch sports of all kinds, travel when possible and enjoys the NY Times crossword puzzles.

He hasn’t yet attended a NE Patriots Superbowl but hopes to in the next few years

Rekha Nomula, Bookkeeper

We are pleased to have Rekha join our team!

She was raised in India where she worked as an accountant for several years, and after relocating to America she worked as a tax preparer and also was a teller at Citizens Bank (where she was recognized as Best Teller!).

Rekha holds a Bachelor of Commerce in India and lives with her husband and son in Dover NH. Her spare time is spent reading, time with family and watching Indian movies.

Vanessa Smith, Payroll

A recent addition to our staff, Vanessa has numerous experiences in business & administrative areas, including a broker/dispatcher, phone operator, freight scheduler, and operations assistant for Irving Energy. It’s there that she was introduced to the payroll function and took to it immediately. She is now a self-proclaimed lover of payroll!

Vanessa resides in Farmington with her husband and two sons. She loves music of all types but especially country and is a fan of New England sports teams.

Donna Consalvi, Payroll

Donna ‘C’ has a wealth of education in the fields of business management, accounting, and medical transcription. She has spent her professional career as a bookkeeper, clerical specialist and medical transcriptionist.

Donna is our resident “dog mother” and always wants to know “What kind of dog do you have?”

Barbara Ballantyne, Admin

Barbara was lured out of retirement by a desire to find a place where she can be helpful and be around co-workers. She is a people person! Barbara’s professional career was spent in the elementary classroom where she made a difference in children’s lives. She retired with a BS in Education and three (!) masters degrees. She has two grown daughters nearby, three grandchildren, a dog and cat. She leads a full life and enjoys traveling, reading and gardening.

Our Philosophy

We encourage small businesses to have a firm understanding of their company's accounting practices. By providing our clients with the tools and resources needed to run profitable and successful businesses, we help to create a strong and vibrant community. And that helps us all.