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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

Jeff Hausman, CPA

Co-Chief Executive Officer
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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Susan Keffer, CPA

Co-managing Partner, Tax Department Head
Susan is co-managing partner and the head of P&N’s Tax Department. A native Nashvillian, Susan received her accounting degree from Belmont Univers
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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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Justin Schellenberg, CPA

Partner-In-Charge of Accounting Services
Justin is the partner in charge of our accounting service department where he spends most of his time consulting with clients about their back-office
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Troy Tschantz, CPA

Tax Department Partner
Troy is a partner in the tax service department where he spends most of his time consulting with clients on tax planning and preparation of business a
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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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Stephanie Richerson, CPA

Principal

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

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Managers & Supervisors

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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Katie Almond, CPA

Senior Manager, Tax Dept.
Katie is a senior tax manager. Originally from Florence, AL, Katie received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Auburn University.
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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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Stephen Hill, CPA

Manager, Tax Dept.
Stephen is a Manager in the tax services department where he works with closely-held businesses and individuals in a variety of industries including r
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Ashley Nyquist, CPA

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

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

Supervisor, 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

Kels Fitzpatrick, CPA

Audit Department Staff
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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Molly Ballitch

Tax Department Senior Accountant
Molly is a senior tax accountant at Puryear & Noonan CPAs, where Molly’s primary focus is in working closely with clients for their Corporate, Par
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Nick Bellenfant

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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Sherry Conner

Tax Department Staff
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

Tax Department Senior Accountant
Kimberly is a senior accountant in our general tax department whose previous experience includes work as a controller at a car dealership, an interim
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Callie Goldsby

Accounting Department Staff
Callie is a staff accountant that provides service to clients in various settings. She has most of her experience in auditing Nonprofit entities. She
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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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Kylie House

Tax Department Senior Accountant
Kylie is a senior tax accountant in the general tax department. She works on a variety of tax returns throughout the year and has experience in bookke
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Bethany Hovater, CPA

Tax Department Senior Accountant
Bethany is a Certified Public Accountant and a senior tax accountant with Puryear and Noonan, CPAs. She prepares tax returns for corporations, partner
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Rebecca Johnson

Tax Department Senior Accountant
Rebecca is a senior tax accountant, spending the majority of her time preparing Federal and state tax returns for partnerships, corporations, individu
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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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Marilyn Place, EA

Tax Department Senior Accountant
Marilyn is a senior tax accountant who works with non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses and individuals on their tax reporting. She especial
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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 Staff
Tasha is a staff accountant where she primarily focuses her time on the preparation of individual and business tax returns. When she isn’t busy prepar
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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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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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Shonda Griffin

Accounting Department Staff Accountant
Shonda is a staff accountant in our accounting services department where she manages several accounts providing a broad range of accounting services.
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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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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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Desmund Horne

Account Manager
Desmund is an Account Manager in our Accounting and Bookkeeping department where he does monthly bank reconciliations and manages daily operations for
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Administrators

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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Rachel Garland

Administration
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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