Alumni Profiles

Our business alumni have taken time to reflect on their DeSales experiences which describe their time as a student and their personal challenges and achievements. We hope you find the information interesting and helpful. 

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Barnes, Jason C. - Class of 2004


Jason C Barnes
Staff Accountant - Tax Services
Beard Miller Company, LLP

Why I Do What I Do: I like the area of accounting because it offers many different opportunities.

Birth Place: Pottsville, Pennsylvania

High School: Marian Catholic


  • National Honor Society Member

  • National Spanish Honor

  • Society Member

  • Student Government Member

  • Named to the Principal's Top 10

Higher Education: 
DeSales University


  • Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society Member

  • USAA National Collegiate Business Merit Award Recipient

  • President of the Accounting and Finance Club

  • Named to the Dean's List for Six Consecutive Semesters

Jobs Held In College:

  • Summer Intern

  • Greater Hazleton Health Alliance

  • Tax Intern, Beard Miller Company LLP

  • Tax Preparer, Beard Miller Company LLP

  • Student Assistant, Trexler Library Server

  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Hobbies: Sports, Hanging Out With Friends, Traveling

Courses I Loved: Federal Income Taxation, Federal Tax Planning, Financial Markets and Institutions, Corporate Financial Reporting

Biggest Achievement: 
Showing myself what I could really accomplish by securing a position with a large regional accounting firm before the start of my senior year.

Career Goals: Obtain my CPA license and continue furthering myself in the area of taxation. I plan on attending law school to specialize in tax law.

Influential People: My parents and grandparents have pushed me to further myself in every aspect of my life, and for that I am forever grateful. My uncle, who conquered one of the hardest obstacles life could throw at you, influenced me; and my friends who have always believed in my abilities. Finally, my professors who have take me under their wings, especially Dr. Cocozza, Dr. Hojjat, Mr. Dwyer, and Mr. Krajsa.

Favorite Quote: "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

Biggest Challenge: Overcoming myself. Learning to believe in my abilities.

Best Advice Received: Do what makes you happy.

Advice I Would Give: Just be yourself.

Toughest Obstacle I Overcame: Myself

What I Liked Best About DeSales: The family relationships that you form with your friends and teachers.

Advice for Present DeSales Students: Don't listen to what others say about a class or teacher. Experience it for yourself.

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