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Meet Paula Vancini and Ryan Filker of Vancini Accounting in Somerville

Today we’d like to introduce you to Paula Vancini and Ryan Filker.

Paula and Ryan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started my career working at MIT for 14 years while getting my undergraduate degree in business at Suffolk University. I was lucky in that being a motivated hard worker allowed me to attend night school, all paid for my MIT. I didn’t realize for some time how lucky I was to get out of college without a single loan.

Following MIT, worked for many years as a corporate Controller/CFO. With my MIT experience, it seemed natural that my specialty ended up being tech startups. I loved the thrill of the adventure, working 24-7, tending to engineers and entrepreneurs, and helping to nurture sprouting companies. I’ve loved the successes, having great equity payouts as well as disappointing failures.

My final last startup was the last straw. I saw the failure dead ahead and in retrospect I should have bailed. The failure wasn’t limited to operational failure. The firm got desperate enough for the execs to ask me to falsify financials.

Whoa, that’s out of my realm and nothing to be toyed with in my profession. In a state of dismay and disgust I decided to take a break and simply stop working.

I took the next six months to unclutter the house, deal with personal housekeeping and get my head on straight. Shortly thereafter I got a call from the Somerville Chamber of Commerce CEO, Stephen Mackey, who was looking for some simple assistance with their QuickBooks system. I took on the task, mainly out of boredom, with very low pay.

After several weeks, I decided to turn it into a volunteer assignment after discovering that my gratis work was much more valuable to them than the hourly rate was to me.

I became infused in the Chamber and the Somerville business community. I felt that I found my calling in assisting small businesses, contributing to my home community (where my family has lived for generations) and feeling completely gratified with this opportunity to give back. I made great friends, Colleagues began asking for help with their small business setups. With their taxes. With their organization. With resources.

Next thing I know, Vancini Accounting was born. Never planned nor intended. In fact, I’ve never once advertised except for some small local publications which was intended only to support their own businesses.

My business aims to help and to make things easier. I’m all about small business. No stuffed accounting shirts or high billing rates. No intimating accounting or tax lingo.

Just great relaxed atmosphere located, coincidentally, across the hall from the Chamber of Commerce. One mile from home.

Clients come to their appointments or just to stop in and say hello. Folks bring their dogs, their homemade cookies, and their good cheer and laughter.

I recently partnered with a great CPA, Ryan Filker, who is a hell of a lot smarter than me. I figured it was time, as my client base was becoming more complex and time consuming. Ryan shares many of the same values as I and strives to serve the community in the same way.

I love what I do. I hope many more folks out there can say that.

Love my job, community and I’m proud of my contributions.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My struggles have surrounded my tendency to be over accommodating. I am a people pleaser by nature and have had to learn to say no in a gentle caring manner.

What were you like growing up?
As the oldest daughter of a large Italian family, I was often looked upon to care for my younger siblings. Clearly that’s where I developed my attitude to take care of things. I was always very quiet and shy, and terrible at math. It took me three years to pass algebra. Go figure.

I didn’t have much time for recreational activity as my childhood was eaten up by family responsibility.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 2 Alpine Street
    Somerville, MA
  • Website:
  • Phone: 6174330043
  • Email:

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