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Wheeler Wolfenden and Dwares, CPAs is an accounting and business consulting firm dedicated to providing the highest quality services to our clients. Our team of experts is small enough to get to know you but large enough to meet your needs. And our membership with CPAmerica, Inc., an association of independently owned and managed CPA and consulting firms, extends our capacity to serve clients locally, nationally and around the globe.

Founded in May 1998 by John Wheeler and David Wolfenden as Wheeler & Wolfenden, P.A., the firm acquired Leonard S. Dwares & Company in January 1999, forming the firm it is today. In January 2006, we moved our headquarters from 824 North Market Street in Wilmington, where the firm started, to our Pike Creek location. We opened our Lewes office in November 2008 to better serve our ever-expanding group of clients in Sussex County.

Over the years, Wheeler Wolfenden and Dwares, CPAs has made a name for itself among clients as the go-to source for accounting, tax and advisory services. Our firm is second to none when it comes to providing services to clients within niche industries, such as nonprofit, construction, hospitality, and professional practices, and our size affords us the ability to effectively serve these clients.

Our team is nimble and flexible when it comes to dealing with time-sensitive issues, and can change gears instantly to accommodate. Every day, we strive to meet and exceed client expectations.

As a firm, our ties to the local community run deep. Most members of our team are graduates of local colleges and universities, particularly the University of Delaware. We even selected our firm’s colors to celebrate our Blue Hen pride. We feel strongly about giving back to the community we call home. Our leadership team members are active on the boards of many business and nonprofit organizations, and enjoy participating in several local events and activities each year.

Now that you know about us, we’d like to know more about you. Contact us and let us know how we can help you meet your business and financial goals.


Kathleen Corcoran
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • AICPA Tax Section
  • AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services Section
  • Delaware Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Wilmington Tax Group
  • LPGA Amateur Golf Association Delaware Chapter



Kathy joined Wheeler Wolfenden and Dwares, CPAs in 2001, after graduating from University of Delaware with a bachelor of science degree in Accounting. Her tax expertise and enthusiasm for working with clients has led her to advance through the ranks at the firm. She co-chairs the firm’s Tax department.

Kathy specializes in tax, accounting and auditing, forensic accounting and litigation support. Her clients include high net worth individuals, businesses and professional services firms. Kathy’s strong professional knowledge and ability to communicate complex tax matters in an easy-to-understand way have helped her build long-standing client relationships.

“I love getting to know my clients, to see what they care about and what makes them tick. Once you get to know someone, you can better serve them. I always make an effort to help clients feel at ease by explaining tax issues in terms a non-financial person can understand.”

She serves on the board of directors of The Committee of 100 and as treasurer of the LPGA Amateur Golf Association Delaware Chapter. In addition, Kathy schedules and manages the Olympics qualifying event for the Senior Olympics basketball program, and has coached the varsity girls basketball team at a local high school.

Kathy was recognized in 2016 by Delaware Business Times as one of the “40 Under 40” Achievers and Innovators. She has excelled in sports all of her life, and played Division I basketball for University of Delaware. In 2012, Kathy was inducted into the Central Bucks West High School Hall of Fame for her leadership on the basketball, tennis and track teams.

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