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About Our Firm

For over 35 years, Blocker Gruendl CPAs, LLC. has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as payroll processing, financial statements, tax planning, and financial planning.

Blocker Gruendl CPAs, LLC. is one of the leading firms in and throughout the area. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Our Team

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Hugh D. Blocker, CPA

Phone: 410-774-0075
Education: Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Certifications: Certified Public Accountant, MD Lic #12379, Notary Public

The Blocker team started with Hugh's father in 1960. Hugh joined his father's firm after graduating college in 1981, with his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Frostburg State University. Hugh later passed the CPA exam in 1985. When his father retired in 1988, Hugh took over management of the firm. Hugh provides his clients with outstanding personalized tax services and believes in maintaining a close relationship with those clients.

Hugh is an avid downhill snow skier and a member of the National Ski Patrol Eastern Division, acting as their Treasurer since 2014. Hugh is a soccer referee and coordinates the assignments of soccer referees in the area. Hugh enjoys spending time with his wife, Mary Beth, and their children and grandchild. Hugh is also an active member of his church.

Roanna E. Cann

Enrolled Agent

Phone: 410-774-5065
Education: Degree of Distinction Institute of Financial Education
Certifications: Enrolled Agent, QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Certified Bookkeeper

Roanna joined the Blocker team in May 2014 when Hugh acquired Jerald D. Tobin, CPA bringing with her 14 years of public accounting experience. Roanna is an Enrolled Agent, a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and a Certified Bookkeeper. Prior to her career in accounting, Roanna enjoyed a 17-year management career in banking earning a Degree of Distinction through The Institute of Financial Education.

Roanna loves to travel with her husband, Jerry, and enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, and playing with her dachshunds.

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Jessica Dorothy

Enrolled Agent

Phone: 410-774-5322
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Minor in Financial Management
Certifications: Enrolled Agent

Jessica joined the Blocker team in 2015 bringing with her 10 years of public accounting experience. In 2018, she became an Enrolled Agent. Jessica acquired her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland.

Jessica is a martial arts and fitness instructor and has taught karate since the age of 15. Her personal interest includes spending time with family, crafting, gardening, and cooking.

Max Cripe

Enrolled Agent

Phone: 410-774-5434
Education: University of Maryland
Certifications: Enrolled Agent

Max joined the Blocker team in 2021, bringing with him 9 years of experience as a tax accountant for a firm in Rockville, MD. He holds bachelor's and master’s degrees in music and an undergraduate accounting certificate from the University of MD.

Prior to his accounting career, Max served 30 years as a musician with the President’s Own US Marine Band in Washington DC. He continues to enjoy playing in several orchestras around town, traveling with his wife Irma, and enjoys serving his church as a deacon and financial manager.

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Alena Schwandes

Staff Accountant; CPA Candidate

Phone: 410-774-0296
Education: MBA Ural State University of Economics
Certifications: Staff Accountant, CPA Candidate

Alena joined the Blocker team in October 2018 as a staff accountant. Alena is currently studying at Anne Arundel Community College to supplement her degree in Economics in preparation for the CPA Exam.

Alena's interests include yoga, travel and scuba diving.

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Cheryl Raley

Staff Accountant

Phone: 410-774-0120
Certifications: Staff Accountant

Cheryl joined the Blocker team in January 2018 bringing with her 11 years of bookkeeping and office management experience.

Cheryl enjoys spending time at the beach and exploring new places.

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Amber Litchfield

Staff Accountant

Phone: 410-774-5649
Education: BA Accounting; Juris Doctor Degree
Certifications: Staff Accountant

Amber joined the Blocker team in 2018, bringing with her over 20 years of combined professional experience in accounting and law. She holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Amber enjoys time outside with her family, particularly on the beach, in the woods, and in nature. She is a self-improvement enthusiast and appreciates the power of thought.

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Huie Baldwin

Staff Accountant

Phone: 410-774-1549

Adrienne Trent

Staff Accountant

Phone: 667-307-0003
Certifications: Notary Public

Adrienne joined the Blocker team in January 2022, bringing with her over 25 years of experience in Accounting, Auditing and Office Management. Prior to joining the team, Adrienne worked as a Program Specialist in homeowners insurance auditing for a global franchising company.

When Adrienne is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, going on motorcycle rides with her boyfriend, and dipping her toes in the ocean.

Emily Privitera

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 410-721-1300
Certifications: Administrative Assistant

Emily joined the Blocker team in January 2022 as an Administrative Assistant. She has since branched out to learn bookkeeping and payroll.
In Emily’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, and riding her jet ski and dirt bike with her boyfriend.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial stability in the present while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our client’s needs through research and sound analysis. Blocker Gruendl CPAs, LLC. is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a cornerstone of the area’s business community for over 35 years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work and being easily accessible has earned the respect of the business and financial communities in and around the area. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Blocker Gruendl CPAs, LLC. receive competent and timely advice.

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