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Puryear & Noonan is a public accounting firm that specializes in serving nonprofits, individuals and businesses with their tax, audit, compliance, bookkeeping, consulting and exit strategy needs. At the end of the day our goal is to come alongside people and businesses to help them succeed.

In 1962, William Puryear began offering public accounting services in Downtown Nashville with the simple goal of helping clients. Over the next several decades he brought on several partners as the firm grew and the firm became known as Puryear, Hamilton, Hausman & Wood. In 1999, Michael McKerley & Spike Noonan founded McKerley & Noonan with the same philosophy as William Puryear – helping clients and creating a family friendly work environment. Over the next 18 years, McKerley & Noonan grew during which Susan Keffer and Justin Schellenberg came on as partners.

Over the years, the two firms developed a professional working relationship, and on January 1, 2019 the two firms decided to merge in order to better serve our client and employees. The ‘helping others’ philosophy continues on in the combined firm.

Meet the Team

Leadership

Justin Schellenberg, CPA

Chief Executive Officer
Justin is the Chief Executive Officer of the firm and splits his time between leading the firm and working with clients. Originally from Orlando, Just
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Susan Keffer, CPA

Partner-in-charge of Tax
Susan is the head of P&N’s Tax Department. A native Nashvillian, Susan received her accounting degree from Belmont University after study at Denve
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Michael McKerley, CPA

Co-Partner-In-Charge of Audit
Michael started his accounting career in 1986 after graduating from the University of Tennessee with his undergraduate and Masters degree in accountin
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Jami Pope, CPA

Co-Partner-In-Charge of Audit
Jami is one of the members in charge of attest services. In the attest field, his passion is providing audit services for his clients. While on locati
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Ron Wood, CPA

Tax Department Partner
Ron is a Partner in our tax department working primary with high net worth individuals and their businesses. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee Stat
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Jeff Hausman, CPA

Partner Emeritus
Jeff has been part of the Nashville Community since 1984. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1979, he began his professional career
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Stephanie Richerson, CPA

Principal

Stephanie joined William Puryear & Co. in 1996 and works in the audit

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Managers & Supervisors

Jessica Gillis, CPA

Audit Manager
Jessica is an experienced auditor with industry expertise in not-for-profits, contractors, hospitality, private equity groups and employee benefit pla
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Nessa Ensey, CPA

Manager, Audit Dept.
Nessa is a manager in the audit department. Prior to joining Puryear & Noonan, CPAs in 2019, she worked in public accounting in Chicago where she
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Sherry Conner, CPA

Senior Manager, Tax Dept.
Sherry is a member of our tax department and has 20+ years’ experience in many areas of taxation including corporations, partnerships, and high net wo
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Kimberly Coward, CPA

Manager, Tax Dept.
Kimberly is a tax manager in our general tax department whose previous experience includes work as a controller at a car dealership, an interim headma
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Bethany Hovater, CPA

Manager, Tax Dept.
Bethany is a Certified Public Accountant and a tax manager with Puryear and Noonan, CPAs. She prepares tax returns for corporations, partnerships, non
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Marilyn Place, EA

Manager, Tax Dept.
Marilyn is a manager in our tax department who works with non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses and individuals on their tax reporting. She
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Senita Baker

Office Manager
Senita is the Office Manager and has the pleasure of trying to keep everyone in order! Senita graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville wi
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Michelle Bramel, CPA

Senior Manager, Tax Dept.
Michelle is a senior tax manager. Originally from Springfield, MO, Michelle received her accounting degree from Missouri State University. Michelle an
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Catherine Denson, CPA

Senior Manager, Audit Dept.
Catherine is a senior manager in the audit department with over thirty years’ experience in a variety of fields with a particular focus on non-profit
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Ashley Nyquist, CPA

Manager, Tax Dept.
Ashley is a manager in our tax department. She spends the majority of her time preparing and reviewing individual and business income tax returns. She
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Sean Queener, CPA

Senior Manager, Tax Dept.
Sean is a senior manager in our tax department. He has experience with many different industries, and primarily works with individuals, businesses, an
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Barry Grimsley

Manager, Accounting Dept.
Barry is the Manager of our Accounting Services Department where he helps supervise and manage the daily operations of the department. Originally from
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Seniors & Staff

Caleb Wood

Staff Accountant
Caleb was born and raised in Brentwood, TN. He received his BBA in accounting at Lipscomb University and his MS in accounting at Maryville University
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Caleb Gerdom, CPA

Tax Department Senior Accountant

Caleb is a senior accountant in our general tax department. After teaching mathematics for several years, he attended Lipscomb Universit

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Nicole Knox, CPA

Tax Department Senior Accountant

Nicole is a senior tax accountant where she primarily focuses her time on the preparation of individual and business tax returns. She is

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Reed Mitchell

Tax Department Staff Accountant
Reed is a follower of Jesus and is married to his best friend.  Together, they have two daughters. Reed graduated from MTSU in December of 2020 with a
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Parker Darnell

Audit Department Staff Accountant
Parker is a staff account in the Audit department.  He recently relocated to Nashville from hometown of Greeneville, TN. Parker is a Summa Cum Laude g
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Olivia Simmons

Tax Department Senior Accountant
Olivia is a Senior Tax Accountant specializing in tax preparation for partnerships, corporations, individuals and trusts. Before joining Puryear and N
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Logan Dorris

Tax Department Staff Accountant
Logan was born and raised in Portland, Tennessee.  He received his Bachelors’ degree in Accountancy with a minor in Finance from East Tennessee State
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Kevin Thomas

Tax Department Staff Accountant
Kevin was born in San Diego, CA and moved to Nashville at a young age. He graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor's in Business Administratio
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Joseph Jones

Tax Department Staff Accountant
Joseph graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He started with Puryear & Noonan in the in
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Kels Fitzpatrick, CPA

Audit Department Senior
After spending twenty years in nearly every capacity of a small family business in Nashville, Kels decided that the time had come to follow through wi
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Nick Bellenfant, CPA

Audit Department Senior Staff
Nick Bellenfant is currently a senior in the audit department where he spends most of his time working on reports, performing audit procedures, and wo
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Liz Haynes

Audit Department Senior Staff
Liz is a senior in the audit department. She started her accounting career after graduating from Tennessee Technological University in 2000. She spent
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Patrick McInnis

Audit/Attest Department Senior Accountant
Patrick is a senior accountant in our audit/attest department where he spends most of his time on audits of for profit and non-profit organizations an
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Pam Puckett

Tax Department Senior Accountant
Pam is a senior tax accountant with over 13 years of diversified public accounting experience. Pam primarily assists managers in providing tax and acc
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Tasha Pursley

Tax Department Senior Accountant
Tasha is a Senior Accountant in our Tax Department where she primarily focuses her time on the preparation of individual and business tax returns. Whe
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Olga Smith

Audit/Tax Department Senior Accountant
Olga started as a staff accountant in 2016 and enjoys working with audit, tax and bookkeeping clients. She graduated from the National Aviation Univer
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Jenna Moyer

Accounting Department Account Manager
Jenna is an Account Manager in our Accounting Services Department where she manages the bookkeeping and daily operations for our clients.  Born and ra
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Brenda Potts

Senior Accountant
Brenda is a senior accountant focusing in accounting services. She started her accounting career working part-time in public accounting in 1977 while
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Courtney Small

Assistant Account Manager
Courtney Small is an Assistant Account Manager in the account services department where she processes bank and credit card reconciliations, transactio
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Chris Golden

Tax Department Staff Accountant
Chris is a Nashville native who graduated from Lipscomb with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Chris has worked with local CPA firms in their tax and
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Rachel Garland

Accounting Department Staff Accountant
Rachel is part of the Administrative department and works in the Cool Springs office. She is originally from Nashville but lived in Florida for 14 yea
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Mary Jo Grimsley

Assistant Account Manager
Mary Jo recently joined the firm.  Her past experience includes bookkeeping and payroll for a road construction/pipeline contracting company and also
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Administrators

Lindsay Thompson

Executive Assistant
Lindsay was born in 1985, in Atlanta GA, but has lived and worked most of her life in the Nashville area. She has been an entrepreneur for the past 17
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Anela Odzakovic

Administration
Anela is originally from Bosnia and moved to Nashville in 1999.  She Graduated from Lipscomb University with a Business Administration degree focusing
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Nicole Garnett

Administrative Department Staff
Nicole is a part of our Administrative department; originally starting with McKerley & Noonan in 2008 Originally from Georgia, moving to TN in 199
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Katina Washington

Tax Department Administrator, Human Resources
Katina is responsible for Human Resources and Tax Admin for the firm. She is originally from Maryland and received her Bachelors from the University o
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Ashley Cardwell

Administration
Ashley is part of the Administrative department and works in the Burton Hills office. She is originally from Knoxville but moved to Nashville in 2015
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