Diversified Strategies is a full service accounting and bookkeeping company serving alll of Hampton Roads (Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News, and Hampton). We offer small business bookkeeping, general accounting, service company accounting, contractor accounting, budget accounting, and tax preparation.

Mary Lantier

Tax Specialist

Mary is our tax specialist and comes to us from Jacksonville, Florida. She has a rich history of working with taxes starting her career off at Jackson Hewitt for three years, then working for the IRS for twelve years before relocating to Virginia. She loves cats and really enjoys working with people and providing them with quality services. 




Sheryl Derby

Staff Accountant

Ms. Derby has been in the accounting and payroll field for over twenty years. She provides a unique perspective that we are so thankful to have on our team. We are so blessed to have her on our team.

Deena Baynard

Administrator/Tax Manager

Deena has been with Diversified Strategies for the course of 6 six years. We are so thankful to have her on our side. She provides excellent customer service and helps ensure our customers feel like they are at home when they come in.

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Chaka Birdette

​Accounting Lead

Chaka is our newest team member and we have been so grateful to have her on our team. She graduated with her Bachelors in accounting in 2017. Chaka is a woman of goals. She is currently working to obtain her certification to be a CPA. She is also working with Linda to learn the business side of taxes. 


Crystal Exum

Staff Accountant

Crystal is a part of the accounting department and she is a Hampton Roads native. She has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Norfolk State University. Her background in accounting includes working as a staff accountant for a large property management company for seven years in Atlanta, GA. She currently resides in Chesapeake with her daughter.

Jameika Simmons

Office Manager

Ms. Simmons has always been community and customer oriented. She has a Bachelor's degree from Ferrum College and  is currently working towards her Master's degree in Marketing. Initially, she began as an admin. assistant and has gradually worked her way up. 


Sondra Beatty

Payroll Manager

Sondra is a great asset to have on our team. She is very knowledgable and has over twenty years of experience. She is currently the owner of Help Unlimited Small Business Assisters and has been apart of the Diversified Strategies' team for many years.


Linda S. Carrington


Mrs. Carrington has over 30 years of experience in the business arena, as well as 20 years in insurance sales. She was the former owner of Help Unlimited Small Business Assisters, Inc., which helped over 38 small businesses.She is a financial services expert and tax specialist.