We work with you on a personal level to determine the best solutions for your unique needs, then leverage our seasoned expertise to achieve the best possible results.


We are your trusted partner in success. Our firm is large enough to offer a full range of professional services at a fair price, but small enough to give you the individual attention that you deserve.


Rest assured that when a need arises, our firm is ready and capable to handle everything for you so you can focus on what matters most to you.

Staff Profiles

Cynthia Peters, CPA, Senior Partner

Cindy is an innovative CPA concentrating on aggressive tax reduction strategies for owners of growth oriented businesses, women owned businesses and professionals in the real estate industry.

It all started when Cindy was a child, and her parents would give her a dime to go to the store and get candy or ice cream. When she returned home with her candy, her father would always ask for a piece. He called it taxes! She developed a distaste for taxes at a very young age.

After graduating from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Economics, Cindy became a Chartered Accountant in 1989 while working for Ernst & Young. After moving to California in 1992, she obtained her CPA. Cindy has lived and practiced in Ohio since 2008.

Cindy’s passion is to help business owners keep more of their hard earned money through proactive strategic tax planning and taking full advantage of all of the opportunities the tax code allows.

Gene Peters, Certified Financial Planner, Tax Preparer

Gene brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team. He is a Certified Financial Planner and the Senior Vice President with Goodall & Peters Financial Advisory Group in Mason, OH. Gene has acted as the Field Vice President for Ameriprise Financial and carries 28 years of experience in finance including roles as a Financial Advisor and leader. He currently works with high-net worth individuals, small business owners, and the self-employed.


Gene’s seasonal work at Hartlaub is one-of-a-kind. He weaves together his work at Hartlaub with his work at Ameriprise offering a family-office experience for clients that desire one point of contact.

Micky Landis, Office Manager

Micky has served as an office manager at Hartlaub for years. Prior to Hartlaub, Micky worked at a manufacturer in administration and accounting for thirty years where she became an expert in numbers, pricing and Excel spreadsheets. Micky is analytical, detail oriented, well-organized and has a deep understanding of how to make a profit. After her time at the manufacturer, she took these skills and developed a vending business from the ground up.

Through this opportunity, she added people-skills to her long list of attributes; a skill-set greatly appreciated by the Hartlaub team. Micky has been married thirty years and enjoys spending time with her two adult children and granddaughter. She has a spirited, relentless work ethic and a strong passion for helping clients. She keeps our office functioning efficiently and never misses an opportunity to “go the extra mile” when serving the client.

Diane Grosvenor, Administrative Assistant 

Although Diane is a relatively new member of the Hartlaub team, she is very appreciated for her administrative skills and the reassuring care she gives to clients. Diane is a people person. She is as patient as she is organized and as helpful as she is detail-oriented. Diane never fails to reassure clients that while taxes aren’t easy Hartlaub can help them feel comfortable in the process. 

Diane’s past experience with customer service and client management shines through when she answers the phone and interacts with clients. She has an unstoppable “customers come first” attitude and a curious spirit. Diane is always fully invested in the person right in front of her and the unique story they have to tell. The variety of people and duties Diane experiences are what she enjoys most about working for Hartlaub.

Diane is the proud mother and grandmother of five grown children and eight grandchildren. She loves spending time with her grandchildren and stays very busy attending all of their sports and activities. In her free time, Diane enjoys horse races, travel, decorating, and a good book.

Christine Smith, Bookkeeper

Christine has been faithfully keeping the books at Hartlaub since 2017. She is incredibly competent with Excel and Quickbooks never failing to efficiently round out our accounting portfolio. Christine is detail-oriented, organized, and pleasant to work with. She offers our clients an unending amount of stability by helping them understand Quickbooks. Christine loves the regularity of her job and welcomes opportunities to operate new technology to help streamline the workflow at Hartlaub. 

 Having lived in the Cincinnati area her entire adult life, Christine enjoys traveling to new places when she isn’t bookkeeping. She loves diving into the new perspective travel offers, and never misses an opportunity to explore exciting places with her two young adult children and husband of twenty-three years.  

Melody Scutt

Two years ago Melody creatively developed our payroll division at Hartlaub. Our firm has never been the same since this spirited, hardworking woman walked through our doors. With an outgoing personality and generous heart, Melody is our very own detail-oriented energizer bunny. She is adaptable to change, goes with the flow, and loves to take on any challenge. But, where Melody really shines is in connecting with and helping others. She adds a personal touch to payroll, always willing to discuss matters with clients at their level and teach them what they need to know to be successful.  

Melody’s obvious skill and competency comes from her long background in accounting. In her previous jobs, she worked in bookkeeping and office management, as well as, payroll processing. 

Melody and her husband, Dave enjoy rooting for their hometown at Bengals and Reds games and spending time with her three adult children and grandchildren. When Melody has free time, she loves to put her accomplished seamstress skills to work, knitting, crocheting, quilting, and sewing clothes. As if these talents and attributes weren’t impressive enough, Melody is also fluent in Spanish.