About CPA in South Miami, FL

Meet the team at Parlade & Schaefer


Jaime L. Parlade, CPA

Jaime was born and raised in Miami, FL. He attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, and earned his BSBA, Finance in 1995. He moved backed to Miami and realized the importance of having an accounting background despite what career path he chose. He took all the undergraduate accounting requirements via post-baccalaureate studies at Florida International University (FIU).

Jaime began his career at Price Waterhouse, now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC) in 1997. Jaime sat for the CPA exam in 1998 and passed all four sections on the first try. While at PwC, he attended FIU and received an MS in Taxation in 1999.

In 2002, Jaime, along with his current partner, Justin Schaefer, decided to leave the big accounting firm world and start their own firm. Since that time, he and Justin have had great success (and a lot of fun) building Parlade & Schaefer, CPAs, PA.

Jaime currently lives in Miami, FL with his wife Julie and his three children – Jaime, Cristina and Claudia. His personal interests include fishing and boating, travelling, wine collecting, his kids’ activities and spending quality time with his family and friends.

Justin A. Schaefer, CPA

Justin A. SchaeferJustin was born and raised in Miami, FL. Other than a few years in Europe studying languages and attending graduate school at the University of Notre Dame, he has never lived outside of Miami. Justin started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the area of international taxation. He went on to work at Deloitte and Touche, until he ultimately joined his partner, Jaime Parlade, in Parlade & Schaefer, CPAs, PA.

Education and civic involvement are important aspects of Justin’s life. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Florida International University in Miami, followed by a Master’s of Science in Accounting, with a concentration in Taxation from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He has been involved with the boards of Camillus Health Concern, Mount Sinai Hospital Founders Association, and The Cushman School. Since an early age, Justin has studied languages, including German, Spanish, and French.

For fun, Justin enjoys spending time on the water whenever and however he can. He enjoys fishing, diving, relaxing, and exploring the complex and beautiful islands of the Florida Keys and the Bahamas.

Justin lives with his wife Oxana, who gave birth to their son Alexander Paul Schaefer on January 10, 2017.

Mindy Reed, Firm Manager

Mindy has 23 years of accounting experience in both public and private accounting.  Mindy joined Parlade and Schaefer, CPAs, PA in 2015, and has been working to assist our clients with their accounting needs. After studying Accounting at the University of Memphis, she began her career holding accounting positions, where she managed an array of accounting and operational services for businesses. Mindy has extensive experience in the wholesale, manufacturing, and construction industries.

Mindy grew up in North Carolina and is a mother of 2. She enjoys spending time with her family, any water activiites, cooking and entertaining.

Stanton Leach, Associate of Accounting Department

Stanton was born and raised in Michigan, and after attending Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, studying Speech Education and Music, and touring England with the University Sacred Music Ensemble, he worked 3 years as an Auditor for a Resort in his home state.

In 1993 Stanton moved to Nashville, TN working 6 years as a Senior Administrator at Deutsche Bank in the Investment Securities Department before accepting a role as Senior Accounts Receivable Specialist at Mitsui & Co, USA where he spent 7 years as Team Lead.

Visiting Miami in 2008 for the first time, Stanton decided to make it his home and began his employment as Staff Accountant for 3 Fastsigns Franchise locations before joining Parlade & Schaefer in May 2017, as the Accounting Manager. Bringing his 20+ years of experience in the Small Business, Corporate Investing and Hospitality Industry, Stanton delivers a well-rounded knowledge of finance to our clients.

At home, Stanton enjoys anything outdoors as long as the Florida weather holds up.

Claire M Parlade, Manager of Payroll Department

Claire ParladeClaire is the payroll manager at Parlade & Schaefer, CPAs, PA. Her responsibilities include processing payroll and preparing quarterly and annual payroll reports for the Internal Revenue Service, as well as over two dozen states.

Before specializing in payroll, Claire was involved with the accounting of multiple companies, including financial statement compilations. Although the majority of her time is spent providing clients with payroll services, she continues to provide accounting services for a number of clients.

Claire has worked for over 30 years in the accounting and payroll field. Prior to joining Parlade & Schaefer CPAs, she worked for many years at a law firm in charge of the firm accounting, the Trust Accounts and the payroll.

Originally from Cuba, Claire moved to the United States with her family at the age of 8. She has resided in Miami, FL most of her life. There, she attended Miami Dade Junior College and graduated with an AA in accounting. She is the mother of three and the grandmother of 5. She loves reading, cooking and traveling.

Edward Schwartzman, Senior Manager of the Tax Department

Ed SchwartzmanEd joined Parlade & Schaefer, CPAs, PA during 2011 as a manager in the Tax Department, upon moving to South Florida from New York. His experience exceeds 20 years with boutique firms specializing in ultra-high net worth individuals and complex financial transactions.

Ed was born in Russia and grew up in Israel, before immigrating to the US via New York. He is a graduate from Queens College in New York, a husband, and a father of three boys.


Elay Linero, Manager of the Accounting Department

Ed SchwartzmanElay Linero was born in Hackensack, New Jersey and moved to Miami, Fl at a young age.

In 2015 Elay graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Miami Dade College. She is currently attending Nova Southeastern University on track to obtain her Masters in Accounting. Her ultimate goal is to obtain her CPA.

Elay has extensive experience in the banking and accounting arena and is a focused member of the firm. So focused in fact that her motto is “The grass is greener where you water it”- Neil Barringham. Her goal is to always make things the best they can be.

When not focused on servicing our clients, Elay enjoys outdoor activities, reading cheesy romance novels, watching movies and dancing.

Anthony Francisco, Associate of Tax Department

Tony FranciscoTony joined Parlade & Schaefer, CPAs, PA as an accounting/tax associate in 2015. He is actively involved in tasks such as monthly accounting, tax preparations, FIRPTA withholding certificates and additional consulting services to its clients. Tony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Colorado Technical University.

Prior to joining the Parlade & Schaefer team, Tony was a professional dancer and choreographer.  He had the opportunity of being involved in various types of entertainment productions.  Throughout the years, he has danced in world tours with several chart-topping musical artists.  From 2011 through 2014, Tony held the position of dancer and choreographer for several movie productions.

Muhammed A. Khan, Associate of the Tax Department

Tony FranciscoMuhammad A Khan “Ali” was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan and moved to the US in 2016. In Pakistan, he finished high school and went on to pursue his certification for ACCA (Association of Charted Certified Accountants). After his migration to US, he continued to pursue his career in accounting.

Ali earned his Bachelors of Accounting from Florida International University where he maintained a position on the dean’s list for 3 consecutive years. He is now pursuing a Masters in Accounting, with specialization in Taxation at NOVA University.

Ali joined Parlade & Schaefer CPAs, PA in January of 2017. He began his career in public accounting at A//BACS as a junior accountant in 2009 and moved to the private sector to work for a medical practice as full charge bookkeeper in 2013.

In addition, he holds the credential of an Enrolled Agent with the IRS and has passed all four CPA exams in 2016 on his first attempt.

He is fluent in English, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi.

His hobbies include painting, traveling and most recently playing with his newborn son.

Mara Jaime,Client Coordinator

Mara was born and raised in Pereira, Colombia. She earned her accounting degree at the Private Catholic University of Perera, Colombia. One year after arriving in the United States, Mara worked with Archdiocese of Miami at the Catholic cemetaries. It is there that she gained her experience in the field of accounting. She is currently studying to become a certified income tax preparer.
Mara is in charge of tax return processing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and general customer needs at Parlade % Schaefer CPAs PA

Mara is married and the mother of two boys who happily take up her weekend hours.

Adria Chestaro, Receptionist

A native of New York City and raised in Miami, FL Adria Chestaro joined Parlade & Schaefer CPAs PA, as an Administrative Assistant in 2017. With over 10 years of Administrative Assistant experience within CPA firms and Law firms, she has a proven track record being successful within a fast-paced field of business. Adria, at work, is very ambitious and outgoing. Adria, at home, is the mother of a 3-year-old boy with whom she enjoys visiting Museums, Parks, Libraries and watching movies at home.

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