Alison Rhoades, CPA, MT

About Alison

A CPA also holding a Master of Taxation degree, Alison is highly valued by clients for her professional leadership and hands-on application of knowledge to help organizations large and small achieve their business goals. She is a self-starter with a diverse skill set including accounting, tax, finance, project management, and process improvement, and she has a keen ability to assess her clients’ needs, develop innovative solutions, and deliver successful project results.

With 20+ years of experience, eight of them in the nonprofit arena, Alison has demonstrated her capacity for operating effectively in diverse, fast-paced, high-intensity environments. She has held tax consulting positions in public accounting at Big Four global services firm Deloitte, as well as a regional top-60 independent accounting firm. Both opportunities provided exposure to a wide range of industries and business structures. Alison also held the top tax management position at a central Ohio, top-rated nonprofit healthcare system and a newly created, dual-role position of Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (CFAO) at a regional nonprofit economic development organization.

As a project manager, Alison has tackled intricate projects, including a unique multi-million-dollar payroll tax refund, a multi-legal-entity unclaimed funds reporting process, and the development of multiple processes to meet newly introduced and rapidly changing IRS compliance metrics. Alison has demonstrated her aptitude for successfully navigating complex multi-entity organizations and very complicated projects.

Clients value her can-do attitude, willingness to tackle new or unfamiliar projects, and demonstrated drive to exceed the job description, as well as her evident talent for developing and managing cross-functional teams.

Alison Rhoades

Alison Rhoades

Industry Experience

Government, Healthcare, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Nonprofit 


  • Capital University Law School, Master of Taxation  
  • Columbus State Community College, Certificate of Accounting Concentration with honors 
  • Ohio University, Master of Science, Physiology 
  • Ohio University, Bachelor of Science, Journalism 


  • CPA  Certified Public Accountant  Ohio 

Professional Affiliations

  • The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants 

On a Lighter Note

What are some causes you like to support? Do you volunteer anywhere?
I love supporting the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and other community food banks. Time constraints often prevent me from volunteering regularly, but I’m a frequent supporter with canned and boxed goods, as well as monetary donations.

What is the first car you ever drove?
That would be a full-size Oldsmobile Delta 88 station wagon – while sitting on my dad’s lap at the age of 12! It was a reward for helping him work on the engine, and it was glorious!!!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies?
My ultimate favorite day is one where I have no pressing deadline and I can tinker in my garage, yard, or workshop. I like to repair, maintain, or experiment. I also LOVE to cut and split firewood!!