Meet The Team


The Team

Our team is highly skilled and experienced, typically having both superior academic training and national-firm experience. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Michael McDonald

Mike and the NOVA Tax Group team appreciate that every client’s situation needs is unique and requires a strategy that is tailored to each client’s goals with the objective of effective and efficient solutions. With his legal and financial background, Mike is able to carefully listen to each client and develop a plan to maximize their short term and long term goals in face of increasingly complex tax law and regulation.

During his time at NOVA Tax Group, Mike has assisted individuals and small businesses develop plans to minimize federal & state income tax, maximize tax credits and comply with multi-state tax apportionment issues. He has also successfully represented clients responding to both federal and state audit requests.

Mike received his joint JD/MBA and LLM (Master of Laws) in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law. In addition, he graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in Economics.

Mike is an actively licensed attorney (PA) and also provides clients general counsel services.

Benny Piccolo

Benny joined the NOVA Tax Group in 2014 as the Chief Operating Officer.  Prior to coming to NOVA Tax Group he completed a career as an auditor in the Federal Government as a Senior Executive.  He has extensive experience in the field of accounting and financial management and was in charge of an audit organization with over 600 employees. 

Benny is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in accounting.  He has an MBA from University of Maryland University College and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Virginia.  He is a Quickbooks Pro Advisor.  

Pat Kerns

Pat joined the NOVA Tax Group team in 2013 as a consultant. After 38 years of tax experience, desiring a change from owning and operating a private practice, she was drawn to NOVA Tax Group because they share her philosophy and approach to tax preparation in that each client presents distinct situations that require a very personal approach in providing a full range of tax services.

Pat has specialized in all aspects of tax preparation for individuals and as an adjunct service to families of clients has worked extensively in estate and trust taxation. She has experience with corporate and partnership taxation but her main focus and passion within the profession has been individual taxation.

Pat’s credentials in the field include receiving her Department of the Treasury EA licensing in 1983 and CFP designation in 1987. She is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents, Northern Virginia Chapter of Enrolled Agents, the Financial Planning Association and the FPA of the National Capital Area. When not working, Pat enjoys watching college and professional football, working crossword puzzles, researching historic homes and keeping up with the activities of her three grandchildren.