Our Team

Rita E. Anderson, CIRP, LIT


Rita, President, has been providing insolvency advice in Personal and Corporate Restructuring for over 30 years. Rita is a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Professional (CIRP) and a Licensed Insolvency Trustee (LIT) and is licensed for all of the Atlantic Provinces, but her primary focus remains at home in Cape Breton, including Guysborough & Antigonish counties. Rita sits on the Professional Conduct Committee of the Canadian Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Professionals as well as on the board of the Nova Scotia Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Professionals.

Along with her passion for gardening and enjoying the beauty of Cape Breton, Rita is a friend of and former member of the Rotary Club of Sydney.


Andrea Mailman

Senior Manager

Andrea, our Senior Manager, has worked in personal finance for over 25 years, covering almost every area from lending to banking to investments, and has dedicated the past 15 years to helping consumers and corporations recover from financial difficulty. A focus on continuing education of personal family finances, has led Andrea to complete her degree in human ecology (home economics), various personal financial planning courses, CAIRP’s Administrators Course, CAIRP Insolvency Counsellor’s course and various other CAIRP Trustee training courses.

She can often be found outside enjoying all four seasons of our beautiful Atlantic area, as well as volunteering with the Laubach Literacy Council and on their Fundraising Committee.


Doug Ivey

Estate Manager

Doug, an Estate Manager (and unofficial “tech guy”) has been with Rita Anderson since 2017. With a wide range of education and employment experiences to draw from, Doug is one of our BIA Counsellors offering solid money sense with a kindness and understanding. Currently, Doug is hard at work to become a Licensed Insolvency Trustee while working with Rita Anderson & Associates. He aims to help Rita grow the business by meeting and helping many new clients from across Nova Scotia.

Doug is a family man and avid outdoorsman and loves to spend quality time with his wife and son. He loves hockey and volunteers at a Learn to Skate program in Sydney Mines for adults and children.


Charlotte DeViller

Estate Administrator

Charlotte, an Estate Administrator, has a diploma in Executive Office Administration with over 25 years experience working in the administrative field. Charlotte has completed the CAIRP Insolvency Counsellor’s Course and is looking forward to furthering her education in completing a Bachelor of Community Studies degree at Cape Breton University.

A strong believer in giving back to her community, she has volunteered as Ski Patrol and coached children in preparation for the Doctor's Nova Scotia run which is affiliated with the annual Fiddler's Marathon but is most passionate when volunteering with Girl Guides of Canada. A Member until recently, for several years in Ceilidh Area here in Cape Breton has held various positions within this organization. Charlotte initially served as a Leader for various ages, then moved into various District and Area council positions such as Secretary, Advisor and District Commissioner.


Shelley Baker

Office Administrator

Shelley, our Receptionist (and our “cruise director”), joined our team in 2016 after completing the Age Advantage Plus program through Cape Breton Partnership. She keeps the office running smoothly, having brought a wealth of organizational and customer service skills to our team and clients gained over 30 years of local experience working in customer service and supervisory roles.

Shelley was involved with the Sydney Kinette Club for over 10 years and held various council positions such as Secretary, Vice President and President. When not working, Shelley enjoys reading and listening to music.


Ron Harvey

Estate Administrative Assistant

Ron, an Estate Administrative Assistant, joined the team in 2019 after over 30 years of customer service and management positions. His depth and breadth of business expertise and dedication to customer care has added to our team and helped our clients since his very first day.

A true volunteer, Ron’s experience with the St Vincent de-Paul Society started from an early age with delivering groceries and helping the less fortunate receive what they need, and has expanded to include rescuing greyhounds.


Joanna Lirette

Estate Administrative Assistant

Joanna, an Estate Administrative Assistant with a focus on taxes, joined the team in 2019 after a career in the financial world that led to experience in banking, investment, and seasonal tax preparation.

Outside of work, Joanna’s focus is always on her family; her husband and two children, and she enjoys keeping the whole crew happy, healthy, and fit.


Kelly MacEachern

Estate Administrative Assistant

Kelly, an Estate Administrative Assistant (and all around ball of sunshine), joined the team in 2020 after 18 years in the hospitality industry. She is currently working on obtaining the Insolvency Administrator's Course to further her ability to help our clients.

Friendly, outgoing, and never in a bad mood, Kelly spreads joy wherever she goes, from her Mickey Mouse collection to her absolute love of music.