Meet the Team

Prathana Harris – Owner, Principal CPA

Prathana (Mai) Harris is the principal accountant and founder of My Accounting Advantage.

She has a bachelor of commerce majoring in accounting and law. She is a qualified CPA with over 20 years experience in accounting and taxation. She is a Xero certified advisor and is an expert with this industry standard software.

Prathana started her career as a trainee accountant in Sydney and worked her way up to be in a senior manager’s position for a long-standing accountancy firm in Gosford. She specialises in business structures and business coaching and her aspiration is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and with ease.

She has two wonderful daughters who keep her on her toes when she is not working on the business. Her husband is a lead software architect for a major multi-national. Her ambition is to give back to the community and make a difference. Her passion for success will take your business to the next level!

Prathana Harris – Owner, Principal CPA

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Oksana Shelepen – Senior Client Manager

Oksana graduated from Belarusian State University (with Honours) in 2003 and was teaching languages and literature for 3 years before coming to Australia and pursuing her accounting career.

Upon completion of Advanced Diploma in Accounting (with Distinction) at Hornsby TAFE she then graduated from Macquarie University as Bachelor of Commerce-Accounting.

Oksana is a member of Charted Accountants of Australia and New Zealand with about 14 years of combined local experience in bookkeeping, accountancy, taxation and auditing.

She is a mum of three. After work you will often find her riding bike with the kids or at the local beach. Her other interests include table tennis, bushwalking and guitar playing. Her favourite energisers at work are green and herbal tea with dark chocolate mixed with sound of quiet piano or guitar at the background.

Oksana Shelepen – Senior Client Manager

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Sophia Gillam – Client Manager

Sophia graduated from Newcastle University in 2020 with a Bachelor in Business majoring in Management and a Bachelor in Commerce majoring in Accounting. She is currently studying toward her CPA qualification.

In the 11 years prior to beginning her career in accounting Sophia gained experience in a variety of industries from pharma, medical, hospitality, childcare, and retail. It is this experience that gives her a broader understanding of the dynamics of small businesses and the importance of a strong and reliable network of support.

She has also been involved in a number of charities and not for profits focused on building houses in underprivileged areas, fundraising for international educational centres in underdeveloped areas, and pollution awareness campaigns. Sophia’s private interests include reading, hiking, and yoga.

Sophia Gillam – Client Manager

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Lana Senkevitch – Senior Accountant

Lana has a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in accounting. She has over 30 years’ experience working closely with clients assisting them with tax compliance and accounting needs. Lana started her career in Russia and then moved with her family to New Zealand for 13 years before moving to Australia.

Lana has called Australia home for the past 15 years and enjoying the Sydney lifestyle whilst working as a senior accountant for a North Sydney Firm before jointing My Accounting Advantage.

Lana is now appreciating the work life balance at My Accounting Advantage leveraging her decades of accounting and taxation experience and seeing her family on the Central Coast more often. When she’s not working with numbers, Lana loves spending time with her husband, her two children and two grandsons. Lana is a passionate cook and loves being creative with sewing and dressmaking.

Lana Senkevitch – Senior Accountant

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Juan Wu – Intermediate Accountant

Juan (Jan) graduated from Macquarie University in 2013 with a bachelor degree in accounting. Currently, Juan is undertaking her CPA study and is expected to accomplish this degree at the end of 2023. Juan has a passion for learning and is committed to be the best in her professional field.

Juan believes in striking a healthy work life balance. She enjoys regular exercise to improve physical and mental health well-being.

From a young age she aspired to be a fashion designer. Embracing her love for fashion, even in small ways, can add creativity and enjoyment to her daily life while she continues her journey as an accountant and a busy mum of two.

Juan Wu – Intermediate Accountant

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Gillian Hobbs – Administration

Gillian began her career by graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor Degree in teaching and a Bachelor Degree in Arts. She worked as a primary teacher for a short while before having children. She then went on to complete a Certificate IV in Early Childhood to open her own Family Daycare to be able to work from home and look after her own family of three children.

She has now completed her Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping and her traineeship with My Accounting Advantage.

She enjoys drinking coffee and making them for others. When not working, she is often taking her children to their various sports or continuing to work on her studies.

Gillian grew up here on the Central Coast playing soccer and was able to represent NSW as part of the Academy and also for indoor soccer. She loves the surf, snowboarding and spending time with family.

Gillian Hobbs – Administration

Gillian Hobbs

Montip Sridee – Bookkeeper

Montip graduated from Ramkhamhaeng University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accounting. She worked as a Tax Audit Officer for Thai Taxation Office in Bangkok, before migrating to Australia in 2009. She subsequently completed an Advanced Diploma in Accounting at Newcastle TAFE in 2012.

Montip has gained her experience and expertise in accounting as a Bookkeeper working for over 10 years for a small Bookkeeping firm in Newcastle before joining My Accounting Advantage.

Outside her professional life, she enjoys the adventure of travelling, hoping in her car and exploring new destinations. Montip has a passion for both Thai cooking and baking delicious treats, her burnt orange cake is to die for.

Montip Sridee – Bookkeeper

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Meet the Team @ My Financial Advantage

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Nicholle Shepherd

Financial Planner, Director

Lisa Hoddinott

Lisa Hoddinott

Financial Planner Assistant

Marnie Crampton

Marnie Crampton

Financial Planner Assistant

Sophie Halls

Financial Planner Assistant

Meet the Team @ My Mortgage Advantage

Luke Talbot

Luke Talbot

Principal Finance Broker

Emily Krivohlavy

Emily Krivohlavy

Finance Broker