Nichole Ruf, Senior Manager

Nichole Ruf joined Drescher & Malecki LLP in October 2007 as a staff auditor. Since 2007, she has gained significant experience serving governmental entities. In addition to overseeing auditing services, Nichole specializes in providing bookkeeping services to governmental clients including financial statement reporting, regulatory reporting, budgeting and monitoring finances and financial software implementation.

Nichole graduated from Canisius College with an MBA in professional accounting. She also received a Bachelor of Science degree in fashion and textile technology from the State University of New York, Buffalo State, where she graduated summa cum laude.

Outside of the office, Nichole spends her free time with her family, cheering for her son Max on the baseball and football fields and practicing yoga with her daughter Sienna. Nichole and her family love to spend time outdoors riding off-road vehicles and exploring new camping destinations.

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Erica Handley

Erica Handley joined Drescher & Malecki LLP in the summer of 2011 after receiving her MBA from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. Prior to attending Canisius, she received her bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance from Mercyhurst College located in Erie, Pennsylvania and attended high school at Nardin Academy in Buffalo, New York.

Erica is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), New York State Government Finance Officers' Association (NYSGFOA), and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA).

Erica lives in West Seneca, New York and in her free time enjoys practicing yoga, reading, spending time with friends and family, and attempting to keep the neighborhood deer out of her garden.

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Johanna Gross

Johanna Gross rejoined the Drescher & Malecki LLP team in September 2014. She previously interned with Drescher & Malecki while in college, went on to work for a Big Four accounting firm, and then ventured into private accounting. Truly enjoying the private accounting world, Johanna was excited for the opportunity that Drescher & Malecki LLP provided her, allowing her to focus her energy on the Accounting Services sector while working with a great team of people.

In May 2008, Johanna received her Bachelor of Science in accounting from the State University of New York at Geneseo, graduating magna cum laude. She was active in the Accounting Society and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Johanna enjoys being outdoors, volunteering at her children’s schools, and traveling. Her husband, two children, and her dog, Goober, can also be added to her list of favorites. When she isn't helping with homework or cleaning up art projects, you can find her planning her next house project or watching sports with her family.

Johanna recently formed a local chapter of 4H for her children and local families to take part in. As the group's Organizational Leader, this allows her love for children, organization and creativity to all come together while fostering the development of essential life skills of the children involved in the group.

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Charles Trottier

Charles joined Drescher and Malecki LLP in August of 2013 and has subsequently been promoted to manager as of January 2018. He works directly with municipalities and not-for-profit entities throughout New York State, providing both audit services and other attestation engagements.

Charles, originally from Quebec City, Canada, came to the United States in 2008 to study accounting, while simultaneously playing Division I College Baseball. He began his study of accountancy in Kansas before transferring to Canisius College in 2010. At Canisius, he completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies in accounting, earning a BS in accounting in 2012 and an MBAA in 2013. In addition, Charles completed all four parts of the CPA exam during his graduate year.

Charles resides in the City of Buffalo with his wife, Brianna and they welcomed their first son, Emmett, in January 2018. Other than his passion for baseball and his title of General Manager/team player of the D&M softball team, Charles enjoys many other sports, such as hockey, skiing, golf, tennis, and hiking, to name a few. Although Charles calls the United States home, he takes advantage of every opportunity to return to his hometown of Quebec, to spend time with family and friends.

Fun Fact – Charles drank out of the renowned Stanley Cup at the age of 8 years old.

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