Professional Staff

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Back row: Brian Gallagher, Joe Araneo, Steve Araneo

Front row: Deanna Blandino, Adrienne Perrone, Bettina Johnson


Joseph Araneo, CPA

Joseph Araneo is a Certified Public Accountant and an investment advisor whose practice is concentrated in the area of individual income tax preparation and financial planning. Joe realized early in his career that financial planning goes hand-in-hand with tax planning. He earned his CPA designation in 1985 and became securities licensed in 1986. He has been preparing taxes and handling investments for over 25 years. He strives to be a trusted advisor and friend to many families in Ozone Park, Howard Beach, and the surrounding areas. Many clients who have moved from the New York area still choose to keep Joe as their trusted advisor. Joe received a B.S. in Accountancy from the State University of New York at Albany in 1982. Check the background of this investment professional on FINRA's BrokerCheck.


Steve Araneo, CFP

Steve Araneo is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, concentrating in personal income tax preparation and individual/family financial planning. He began his career as a tax preparer and financial planner in 1995, working for a national firm in Forest Hills and Ozone Park, NY. Like his brother Joe, Steve strives to be a trusted advisor and friend to many of his clients. He is a two-time president of the Ozone Park Kiwanis Club. He received his B.S. in Business Administration-Finance from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1995, and his CFP designation in 2002. Check the background of this investment professional on FINRA's BrokerCheck.

Bettina Johnson

Bettina Johnson is a licensed investment representative who focuses on individual income tax preparation and investments. She began her career as a tax preparer and investment representative with Araneo Tax and Financial in 2004, while pursuing her degree at Pace University where she received a B.B.A in Finance in the same year. Her other areas of competency are Social Security planning and life insurance. Check the background of this investment professional on FINRA's BrokerCheck.

Brian Gallagher, CFP, EA


Brian Gallagher is a licensed investment representative and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP), focusing on retirement and income tax planning as well as general financial planning and wealth building for his clients. Brian has been in the financial industry for over 25 years and grew up in Howard Beach. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from Queens College. Check the background of this investment professional on FINRA's BrokerCheck.


Deanna Blandino, MAcc


Deanna Blandino is a licensed financial advisor. She has been with Araneo Tax and Financial since January, 2014. She has a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Queens College. She has also attained her Master's degree in Accounting from Rider University in July, 2017. She has her IRS Annual Filing Season Program Record of Completion for 2015-2017, and is listed in the Directory of Federal Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications. Deanna is working towards a CFP designation. Check the background of this investment professional on FINRA's BrokerCheck.


Adrienne Perrone is our financial assistant. She has been with us since 2011. Adrienne is working towards her securities licenses, and has taken tax classes.


Carole Gutowski (not pictured above) has been with us since the beginning, January 2000 (and before). She is often the first voice you hear when you call our office, and the first person you see when you come in. She is a great help to us and our clients, getting them what they need when they need it. She is our receptionist.


Joanne Greenberg (not pictured above) is an independent tax preparer working with us since 2002, and a great source of knowledge and experience (25 years+).


Maribel Blanco, Lee Grieco and James Araneo are also important members of our team.