Susan M. Kirsch CPA, JD

Sue has more than 30 years of public accounting and industry expertise in tax matters affecting not-for-profit organizations and higher education institutions. As Chair of the Tax Department, she is responsible for directing the firm’s tax initiatives internally and in developing products and services for the Pittsburgh and Columbus tax practices. Sue is an experienced tax and business advisor with experience in both internal and external settings, providing clients with timely, innovative and high-quality advice on a broad array of compliance, planning, regulatory and business issues. Her clients include colleges, universities, secondary educational organizations, arts and cultural organizations, religious organizations, business and professional associations and private foundations.

Sue’s experience includes representing clients in connection with audit representation, obtaining recognition of tax-exempt status, foreign information reporting, governance and operating issues, technical advice on matters such as public charity/private foundation qualification, intermediate sanctions, lobbying, political activities, unrelated business income, executive compensation and fringe benefits as well as Form 990/990-T compliance.

Sue instructs the firm’s personnel and clients with respect to tax issues affecting not-for-profit organizations and she is a frequent speaker on the taxation of exempt organizations.


J.D. - University of Pittsburgh
B.A. - St. Mary's College

Professional and Community Involvement

Member—American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants

Associate Member—AICPA Exempt Organization Technical Resource Panel

Member—National Association of College and University Business Officers

President—International Women’s Forum

Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair—Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Do you have a hobby/personal passion?  
I love every sport with a letter K and I:  skiing, biking and hiking.

What was the best advice you’ve ever received?  
Treat each day as the gift that it is. 

Who is your role model?  
My grandmother

What was your childhood dream?  
To become a ski instructor

People would be surprised to know that I…   
lived in a cave for a week on the island of Corfu 

What was your first job?  
Switchboard operator for a convent

Do you have advice for young professionals?  
Own your career but remember that it is a marathon not a sprint. 


Susan M. Kirsch CPA, JD

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Joining Schneider Downs in 2004, Doug Morally has more than 14 years of public accounting experience. He serves a variety of clients from not-for-profit, construction, retail, transportation, manufacturing industries and professional services.

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