Practice & Experience

Kelly Koch and Dara Lis created Beyond Accounting in July of 2009. 

Previously, they had worked independently in the accounting field garnering clients who recognized their ability to "go beyond" accounting and provide superior customer service. 

Now, they do the same, only as a team.



Dara has lived in Wilson, NY for the past 17 years with her husband. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from the University at Buffalo in 1992. She worked for a small firm for 13 years before starting her own business. Realizing a need for more than just accounting services, she combined her business with Kelly Koch in July of 2009 to create Beyond Accounting. Dara specializes in personal and corporate tax returns for local and out of state clients.


Kelly Koch lives in Orchard Park, NY with her husband. She attended UNLV, majoring in accounting. Recruited by a large software company in 1995, she traveled the country for training and consulting, along with personalized customizations. She started her own business in 2000 and in July 2009 she combined her business with Dara Lis to create Beyond Accounting. Kelly specializes in consulting, training, and education. She is a certified QuickBooks Advisor and a certified notary.

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Sue is a Clarence native and currently lives in the Village of Williamsville with her 3 children.  She earned her BS in Mathematics from the University at Buffalo in 1988 and attended Georgia State University for her graduate coursework. Following her passion for teaching, Sue worked as a math professor at Erie Community College as well as a scientific Research Analyst for Wilson Greatbatch Ltd and a Financial Analyst for Delta Airlines. Sue and her late husband were business owners and thus she accumulated over 25 years of experience in marketing and business finance. Sue is the Office Manager and works with Dara and Kelly to oversee the office and manage payroll and bookkeeping functions with the team.


Jess is the Beyond Accounting team's receptionist and payroll administrator. She joined the team in 2021.


Ashley Markle-Klapp is Beyond Accounting's Staff Accountant. 


Ashley joined the team in 2021. She is excited to help clients and work with the Beyond Accounting team.