Karen E. Burhans



CPA (1998) New York State Certificate No. 0816596


Not-For-Profit and Housing Organizations – Auditing, financial reporting, tax compliance, consulting, budget preparation, CFO services.  Performed numerous audits of nonprofit and governmental organizations.  Board governance and corporate compliance specialist.  Facilitate client finance committee meetings. Performed non-profit and governmental forensic and internal control audits. 

Performed hundreds of audits of nonprofit and housing organizations, including organizations funded by New York State Division of Housing and Community renewal (DHCR), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Housing Trust Fund Corporation, Community Preservation Corporation and Affordable Housing Corporation.  Prepared specialized reports required by funding and other agencies including NYSTRS, HUD, DHCR, OMRDD, OASAS, AHC and SED. 

Businesses – Audits, reviews, and compilations and financial reporting.  Consulting and advisory services to numerous commercial entities, including real estate and construction companies.  Budgeting, strategic planning and management advisory services.  Pension and Department of Labor audits.    

Development Stage/ Start Up Companies - Accounting and consulting services to start-up development stage companies

Construction – substantial experience in new build construction and job costing, including acquisition rehab projects and real estate rental projects. Performed audits of hundreds of HUD low-income housing and tax credit projects.  Performed cost certifications of new build construction projects, including projects funded by HUD, DHCR, AHC, HTFC and civic facility bonds.


  • Bachelor of Accounting – Canisius College - 5/93


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Board Member and Treasurer – Tuscarora Yacht Club
  • Presenter - Corporate Compliance Seminar to County Funded Agencies - 2009
  • Presenter (Nonprofit Financial Reporting) Harvard Business School Club of Buffalo – 2010