We are pleased to serve our clients near Brentwood, TN through our convenient office located in Maryland Farms. Get to know our team below and click to read more about the history of our Brentwood office.
Christopher L. Griffin, CPA, ABV, CFF
Partner, Brentwood Office Managing Director
Chris Griffin joined the firm in 1996 and became a partner in January 1999. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Middle Tennessee State University and spent six years with the IRS. He is a CPA and Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) with the AICPA. Chris currently serves as Tax Director for the firm, but also provides business valuation, tax, audit, accounting and consulting services to individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organizations, with special emphasis in corporate and partnership taxation. In the last half-decade he has become involved in overseeing the offices outside of the Brentwood office including providing management support over those team members who practice in all areas of the firm.
Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, Angela, and their four children, two of which have graduated from college and two are in high school. They like to travel, go camping, attend sporting events, visit amusement parks, and most all types of outdoor recreation. He was born in Tennessee and has lived here for most all his life with a small portion of his childhood spent in St. Louis, Missouri. He currently resides in Franklin, TN and is a member of Fellowship Bible Church where he enjoys participating in additional bible studies and activities outside of the traditional Sunday morning services.
Colleen Adams, CPA
Colleen is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting. She has over 30 years in public accounting experience, 20 of those operating her own firm. Colleen has experience working with clients in a variety of areas including performing arts, media production, land development and construction, professional services, and other privately owned companies. She focuses on tax compliance, consulting, and planning for individuals and small businesses. In addition to her public accounting experience she has over 8 years of experience in the private sector.
Colleen is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants. She and her husband, Rick, have been married since 1988 and are active in their church.
Kelvin Ault, CPA
Kelvin is an experienced Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in public accounting, healthcare, and academia. He began his career in Tax at EY before moving into various tax leadership roles in the healthcare industry with LifePoint Hospitals and Vanguard Health Systems. Kelvin even returned to Big 4 public accounting during his journey as a tax partner with PwC and served as PwC’s investor-owned healthcare tax practice leader. He also served as a Professor of Practice and Program Director for Accounting/MIS at Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business and as a member of such boards as YMCA of Middle Tennessee and Nashville Zoo. Kelvin’s family includes his wife, Sheryl, two married sons and their wives, a daughter finishing her final semester at Belmont, and three fur babies. He will be based remotely.
Dorian T. Bailey, CPA
Dorian is the Director of our Consulting practice at Blankenship CPA Group and has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of Accounting, Audit (Internal and External), Finance and Consulting. She has worked with multi-national firms and Big 4 Accounting firms. Licensed in both the states of Tennessee and California she has significant experience in team building, finance transformation and strategic planning. Dorian has advised C-Suite and extended leadership to large multi-national corporations; transforming Finance and improving core Finance processes, unlocking efficiencies and cost savings through process redesign, technology enhancements and analysis of operating models and organizational design. She has served global clients across industry lines including Automotive, Energy, Oil & Gas, Retail and Technology. Dorian also held various global Controller and Governance roles. She earned her MBA with an emphasis in Human Resource Management. She and her husband live in Franklin and have two adult children, one in Nashville and the other in San Francisco.
Tiffiny Barger joined BCPAG in September of 1996 as our receptionist. She has lived in the Nashville area since 1995 and has loved every minute of it. She has family in South Carolina and Texas and is the youngest of two children. She enjoys traveling, is a big time Tennessee Titans fan and loves going to see plays at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and going to concerts.
At BCPAG, she is responsible for answering the phones, greeting clients who walk through the front door, processing all of the tax returns, overseeing the transition process for new clients as well as general administrative responsibilities. She does it all!
Cassie Benson, CPA
Client Services & Tax
Cassie joined our team in 2012. Before joining BCPAG, she worked at a regional public accounting firm in Richardson, TX. Cassie graduated from Liberty University with her Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2008 and her Masters of Science in Accounting in 2009. She primarily specializes in individual and business tax consulting and preparation. Cassie is a licensed CPA in both Texas and Tennessee and holds memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants. Cassie met her husband, Brock, while at Liberty University and they married in August 2008. They have three energetic young boys – Kandler, Garner & Tucker – who keep them running between baseball fields, basketball courts, the Tennessee River, and their family farm land.
C. Thomas Bates, CPA, ABV, CVA
Tom has more than 40 years of experience in tax and accounting. He provides accounting and tax services to individuals and small businesses as well as assurance and consulting services to commercial and not for profit organizations. He also provides valuation and litigation support services. Industries served by Tom include music and entertainment, intellectual properties, retail and distribution, software development and construction, among others.
Tom graduated with honors from David Lipscomb University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He is a CPA and Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) by the AICPA. He is also a Certified Valuation Analysts (CVA). He holds professional membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA).
Tom is an active member of Immanuel Church. He also serves on the boards of Camp Soaring Eagle Foundation, an organization which provides seriously ill children the opportunity to go to medically supervised camps, and Kingdom Men United, an organization which equips church pastors and leaders to build more effective men’s ministries.
CJ Blankenship, CPA, CGMA
CJ Blankenship is the Managing Partner at the firm and consults with clients and the BCPAG team on the most challenging tax, accounting, management and financial matters. He is a National Merit Scholar and received his Bachelor of Business Administration with honors in Accounting from Belmont University. He has over twenty years of management experience in a variety of industries and service sectors and had worked at two top ten national firms prior to joining the firm in 2007. CJ was admitted as a partner in the firm in February of 2009 and has served as the managing partner since. Over his career CJ has performed a variety of consulting services for hundreds of clients, including serving in an outsourced CFO capacity for an international manufacturing and distribution company with operations and customers around the globe. CJ spends his workdays on mergers and acquisitions, not-for-profit consulting and compliance matters, planning (particularly with tax favored investment strategy), management consulting, tax compliance, accounting systems and matters for businesses, not-for-profits and individuals, and manages the strategic direction of the firm.
CJ has a heart for Christian ministries and is the Founder and President of Christian Recovery Houses, Inc., and consults with several not for profit boards. He has also served the TSCPA Nashville Board and Federal Tax Committee, and has served a variety of boards including the largest church in Nashville and as the Treasurer at the Tennessee Christian Chamber of Commerce. He used to spend a lot of hours with the guitar and Christian song-writing, playing golf, living outdoors, writing and exercising. Now, he is blessed to have married up to his lovely wife Amanda, and spends most of his free time as a father of two wonderful sons and a sweet little girl to round out the brood.
Jonathan joined BCPAG in 2015 and provides administrative services. Prior to coming to the firm he served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a rifleman and radio operator in an infantry company from 2006-2013 where he reached the rank of Sergeant.
In addition to attending multiple specialized training schools at almost every major Marine base in the continental United States, he deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and also to Antigua for Operation Tradewinds. He also participated in the first ever Marine Week in U.S. history which was held in Boston. After leaving the service he acquired an Associate of Science from Nashville State Community College. Jonathan enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor recreation (especially fishing!). He also enjoys traveling and he and his family go to Thailand often to visit his wife’s family.
Bill Bomar, CPA
Tax & Accounting Services
Bill Bomar is a graduate of the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga where he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1974. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1978 and is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has experience in both private industry, having served as Controller for a construction company specializing in residential construction, and public accounting offering tax and accounting services to individuals and small business clients including tax preparation, consulting and financial statement preparation. He has been an authorized Internal Revenue Service Electronic Return Originator (ERO) since 1998.
Ian joined the firm in 2016. He graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a Bachelor degree in Accounting and is currently studying for the CPA exam.
Rodger B. Byrd, CPA
Client Services & Tax
Rodger B. Byrd joined BCPAG in September, 1993. He had his own accounting firm prior to that. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University in June, 1968 and started his career with Touche Ross (now Deloitte and Touche).
Rodger and his wife have been married since 1974 and are the proud parents of two children and have one grandchild. He enjoys watching sporting events, being with his family and friends and traveling.
Client Services Associate
Kaleb Cook is a graduate of Belmont University. He is an Associate here at Blankenship CPA Group and works in the Tax and ASG departments dealing primarily with taxes, payroll and bookkeeping. He is well versed in Bill.com and Quickbooks. Kaleb is detail oriented and brings a desire to build strong client relationships and excellent client care. Kaleb is a huge fan of the Nashville Predators and is a season ticket holder! He also enjoys all things Marvel and is on the AV team at Forest Hills Baptist Church.
Don Coomer, MSFS, MSM, CPA, ChFC, CFE, CLU
Tax, Estate & Trust Services
Don Coomer joined the team in November 2008 when Coomer-Wells & Co. CPA became a part of BCPAG. After more than half-century in public accounting, Don's primary areas of interest are tax controversy, wealth transfer, estates and trusts.
Carol Crick, CPA
Carol Crick joined BCPAG in February 2010 as a Tax Manager. She has over 10 years in public accounting experience and 8 years in private industry. Carol graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from the University of Tennessee.
She is a board member of the Donelson/Hermitage YMCA and a Patricia Hart Society Member. Carol also volunteers with the Heart Beat Community Help Center.
Mike Dunn, CPA
Tax, Estate & Trust Services
Mike Dunn is a principal at the firm and joined the team in January 1999. He is a 1990 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, while majoring in Accounting. He worked for a CPA firm in his hometown of Martin before moving to Nashville in 1993. Since that time, he has been providing tax preparation and planning, primarily for individual and small business clients. His work has a strong emphasis in the planning, preparation and administration of estates and trusts as well as working closely with non-profit and charitable organizations.
Charles Elliott, CPA
Senior Tax Manager
Charles joined BCPAG in 2014. A native Nashvillian, he graduated from Lipscomb University in 1980. After spending several years in private industry, he has over 15 years in public accounting, focusing primarily on Federal, state, and certain foreign taxes for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and not-for-profit organizations. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Charles lives in Brentwood, has family in various parts of the country, and corresponds from time to time with relatives in Germany with the help of a good German dictionary. His hobbies include exercising and various forms of dance, from two-step to ballroom and swing.
Scott comes to Blankenship CPA Group from Ohio having owned his own CPA practice while also serving as the controller for an organization with average revenues of $5 million and over 100 employees. Scott has experience with Federal, State & Local, and some foreign taxes for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and not-for-profit organizations. He is also a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and has worked with a number of small businesses in an advisory capacity. He is a member of the AICPA, TSCPA and the Ohio Society of CPA’s. Scott believes in the importance of listening to every client’s story to better understand the opportunities available and then helping craft a plan together to best meet the needs of each individual situation.
Scott is a native of Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in Exercise Science. Originally a Certified Athletic Trainer, he spent 8 years on staff with the ministry of Athletes in Action in Central Ohio and throughout Europe. He and his wife Adrienne reside in Nolensville with their four children.
Nancy R. Frabutt
Nancy joined BCPAG in January 2018 and provides administrative services. Her family recently relocated to Franklin, Tennessee from Michigan when her husband accepted a new position with Nashville Metro. Prior with her move, she worked the past 10 years in a public accounting firm providing both administrative and accounting assistance. She also has over 20 years experience as a residential real estate agent.
Nancy, along with her husband Dave and two sons are avid Detroit sports fans and continue to follow the Lions, Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings. Other hobbies include gardening, reading mystery novels and taking long walks in the local arboretum and parks.
Kristen E Francisco, CPA
Kristen is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham Alabama and joined the audit team at Blankenship in 2018 after heeding the call to return to her hometown of Nashville. She works primarily with not-for-profit, employee benefit plan and governmental clients. She is a member of the Tennessee Society of CPAs as well as the Tennessee Government Finance Officers Association. In her free time, Kristen enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Judy Grayson joined Blankenship CPA Group in 2017. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Mississippi State University. She is serving BCPAG as administrative assistant to Tom Bates and has eighteen years’ experience providing varied administrative support in the public accounting arena. She brings over 30 years’ administrative service to the firm.
New to the Tennessee surroundings, she is embracing the variety of talent and entertainment the Nashville area has to offer. Born in Mississippi, she has also lived in Texas and Alabama and decided she was “moving on up” to be near family here. She loves being outside and already enjoys the area’s scenery.
Becca Hazard, CPA
Becca is a graduate of Baylor University where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy. She spent 5 years with a large public accounting firm before starting a family and in 2018 transitioned back into the field at Blankenship on the audit team. She has experience with non-profits, commercial clients and contractors. When she’s not in the office you can find her spending time with her husband and kids, volunteering at her church or children’s school, working out or baking!
Flex Tax Manager
Jan Kolb, CPA
Jan started her accounting career in 1985 at Price Waterhouse, and from there went to several local firms, including Kruse and Associates, PLLC, which merged into Crowe Horwath. Before coming to Blankenship, Jan was a partner in a small local firm specializing in small to mid-size business accounting and tax services. Jan has dealt with a diverse client base in her career, ranging from small, start-up businesses to large, publicly-held SEC companies. Her area of expertise is tax consulting, planning and compliance for closely-held companies and their shareholders.
The received a BA with high honors from the University of Tennessee in 1982 and a Masters of Business Administration from Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School, with a major in accounting and finance, in 1985.
Jan is a member of the AICPA, TSCPA, and has been involved in the Nashville Rotary, Nashville Chamber and various roundtable groups. She has taught tax continuing education classes, as well as spoken to various groups on tax highlights and strategies.
Don Kotval, CPA
Don Kotval joins Blankenship CPA Group as a Senior Consultant handling tax controversy issues after an extensive and successful 30 year career with the IRS. Prior to his retirement in August 2018, he was an Appeals Officer in the Appellate Division for six years settling over 700 tax disputes through traditional hearings and mediation.
Prior to IRS Appeals, he spent time in collections, compliance examination as a Revenue Agent in both the general and large case programs, Learning and Education as a National Subject Matter Expert, and as a Large Case Employment Tax Specialist. As an Employment Tax Specialist he audited executive and non-executive fringe benefits, stock-based compensation and international payroll tax issues.
Throughout his career he has had many opportunities teaching courses related to new hire corporate and partnership taxation, insurance tax accounting, Basic and International Employment Tax and even developed a course to detect money laundering in the insurance industry. Don also designed the first required financial accounting course for all IRS engineers. Throughout his career he has been a presenter, guest speaker and trainer. While serving as a Subject Matter Expert he coordinated the nationwide delivery of all training for insurance examiners conducting audits of life, health, casualty, and property insurance companies, and captive insurers throughout the United States.
Don has served as an Adjunct Professor of Accounting, teaching tax and accounting courses at Tennessee State University for sixteen years and at Aquinas College for eight years. Don holds a Master of Science degree in Accounting and Information Systems from Middle Tennessee State University and earned his MBA, with a concentration in Finance, from the University of North Alabama. He has studied public policy at the doctorial level and is currently a CPA in the state of Tennessee and IRS Enrolled Agent.
When not at work or teaching Don enjoys golfing with friends and new acquaintances, spending time with his wife Charity of 39 years collecting seashells at the beach, and time with his two sons, Jonathan and David, and daughter-in-law, Jenny, a future CPA who recently earned her Master’s in Accountancy.
Ginny joined BCPAG in January 2018. Her public accounting career started in a small firm in California and she completed the required accounting and business classes to sit for the CPA exam. Ginny has spent fifteen years providing individual and small business tax preparation and planning to clients. Prior to joining BCPAG, Ginny worked for five years in International Tax for a Fortune 100 company.
She received a BA in education with high honors from Virginia Tech and is a member of the TSCPA. Ginny also participates in the volunteer tax preparation program, VITA, sponsored by the United Way. She and her husband, John, have been married for 36 years and enjoy travelling, hiking, gardening and visiting their two adult daughters.
Alex Laine, CPA
Alex joined the audit team of Blankenship in December of 2015. Prior to that he worked in the banking industry with roles in credit administration and portfolio management. Alex graduated from Middle Tennessee State University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants. Alex and his wife Kristin reside in Nashville. He enjoys spending his free time golfing, exercising, and playing guitar.
Accounting Solutions Team Leader
Prior to joining the Blankenship team in 2017 Kaitom worked for a Nashville public accounting firm where she focused predominantly on accounting services, with additional experience in tax. In her current role Kaitom spends her time supervising internal firm ASG processes and works primarily with small and medium sized business clients in the entertainment and service industries. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy from Middle Tennessee State University. Kaitom and her husband met at MTSU and married in 2016. They love watching their children grow, spending time outdoors, watching sports and being involved with their church.
Suzanne McClelland, CPA
Client Services & Tax
Sue McClelland joined the firm in November 2009 after moving from McLean, Virginia where she was a principal in a small firm in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. She has over thirty years experience in public accounting and specializes in individual, fiduciary and estate tax consulting and preparation.
She enjoyes living in Franklin and spending time with her grandson and family who live nearby. Her volunteer interests focus on low income housing and feeding the needy. She does financial counseling for new owners of Habitat for Humanity homes and volunteers with Second Harvest.
David L. Middlebrook, CPA
David is Tax Manager at Blankenship CPA Group. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, majoring in Accounting and Finance with a minor in International Business. He completed his Master of Business Administration at Lincoln Memorial University. David served on the board of the Nashville Chapter of TSCPAs as the treasurer and enjoys giving back to the accounting profession. As a child he was well served by the Barefoot Republic Christian based youth camps and has subsequently served as a board member as a way of giving back. When he isn’t working or out in the community building relationships, networking or serving, he enjoys spending time with his wife Dana and three children.
Pam Owen, CPA
Pam Owen joined BCPAG in November 1996 as a Staff Accountant in the Accounting Services Department. She has prior experience in both public accounting and private industry accounting. Pam was born and raised in Middle Tennessee. She is a graduate of David Lipscomb University.
Mindy joined BCPAG in June of 2014. Most of her 30 years of bookkeeping and accounting experience is in the Music Industry. She has an Associate Degree from Nashville State Tech, is a Quick Book Certified User.
Mindy is married and has two children. She enjoys spending time with her family where ever that may take her. Volunteering for organizations and events that her children are involved in, has taken Mindy from mountain skeet shooting ranges to beach vacations.
Royce Rhea, CPA
Royce Rhea CPA, PFS, CGMA - Royce is a principal with Blankenship CPA Group, PLLC. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University and moved to Tennessee in 1994. He has served as President for both the Nashville Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants and the Nashville Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Audit Senior Associate
Johnathan has a unique background with over 20 years of experience in Law Enforcement. Originally from Illinois, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Tennessee State University and worked for Metro Police. After getting married and having children he decided to go back to school at the University of Mississippi where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He worked as a cost accountant in food manufacturing and in Assurance with a construction group but in January of 2020 he joined the Blankenship team! He loves coaching his son’s little league football team and finds it rewarding to help shape and mold the kids and teach life lessons outside of sports. He enjoys bowling, family time with movies or game nights and attending church together.
Tonya joined BCPAG in 2015 and works in Accounting Services. She has over 30 years of accounting experience beginning her career in public accounting and then moving to the private sector. Throughout the years, she has worked for small businesses and nonprofit organizations primarily churches.
Before joining the team, Tonya lived in Missouri where she and her husband, Matt, owned an Audio Video Integration company. Tonya and her family are active in worship ministry at their local church. She and Matt also enjoy canoeing, kayaking and visiting new places together. They have two sons, and a daughter-in-law. The newest member of the family, their first grandchild, is the joy of their lives.
Accounting Solutions Associate
Kim joined Blankenship CPA Group in 2018 after managing the accounting operations of several private companies. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wittenberg University and a Master of Business Education from Ohio State University. Kim taught both high school and adult business education. She gained many other skills as a mortgage loan officer, office manager of a medical practice and by home schooling for 10 years. Kim and her husband have lived in Franklin for the past 35 years where they raised three children. They enjoy spending their time with 5 young grandchildren.
Gina Seales joined BCPAG in June 2014 as administrative assistant to CJ Blankenship. Prior to joining the firm she worked at Vanderbilt Legends Club for 16 years in sales and event management. Gina graduated from David Lipscomb High School in 1986 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Western Kentucky University in 1991.
Gina has been married to her husband Roger since 2007. They enjoy traveling to St. Vincent and the Grenadines where Roger was born and raised. She is a die-hard Tennessee Titans fan, enjoys entertaining friends, decorating and spending time with family.
Alan Siliski, JD, CPA
Client Services & Tax
Alan Siliski received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in Durham, NC, an MBA degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, and a JD from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. He works mainly in the areas of tax and auditing for construction, health care, professional service providers and non-profits. Alan has a wide variety of clients from landscapers, HVAC installers to doctors and dentists.
In his spare time Alan enjoys playing golf and tennis, and traveling to the New England area to see the beautiful scenery in the summertime.
Don Slaughter, CPA
Don Slaughter joined BCPAG in 2010 as a member of the audit team, and we were pleased to have him join the partner group in 2013. Don has over 20 years of public accounting experience in a variety of sectors, including work with very large governmental and private company clients and experience with PCAOB firms . He is a 1990 graduate of Louisiana Tech University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He has worked for regional and local firms in Arkansas, Louisiana, Nevada, and Florida. His areas of industry focus are government, not-for-profit, hospitality, telecommunications, real estate, manufacturing, distribution and construction.
Ben joined BCPAG in 2017, after spending 10 years with Caterpillar, Inc. A native of Illinois, Ben earned an Accounting & Finance degree from Olivet Nazarene University in 2007, completed the CPA exam in 2009, and gained a Six Sigma Black Belt certification in 2012. While at Caterpillar, Ben progressed in a general management career with roles in finance, logistics, marketing, aftermarket solutions, dealer support, and mergers & acquisitions. Ben played a key role in deploying Caterpillar’s Operating & Execution Model, and he participated in Caterpillar’s 2017 Enterprise Strategy refresh. As part of his professional journey, Ben has travelled the globe extensively and relocated five times, including living in Europe from 2009-2012 and in Nashville from 2014-2015.
With family roots in small business, an interest to serve multiple industries, and a desire to get off the road, Ben has found a great match in Blankenship CPA Group. At BCPAG, Ben is merging his CPA and general management experiences to meet clients’ consulting needs and contribute to BCPAG firm administration.
Ben and his wife, Bekah, have been married since 2006 and have four children. The whole family is thrilled with the many benefits of middle Tennessee and their new hometown of Nolensville, TN. They all enjoy serving in the church and spending time together, especially when getting outdoors or following the St. Louis Cardinals.
Nicolle M. Thesing (Harb), CPA
Senior Audit Staff
Nicolle joined the team in 2014. She attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she earned a Bachelor degree in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy degree with an Assurance concentration. Nicolle interned and worked at a Knoxville firm before returning home to Middle Tennessee. She is a member of the Tennessee Society of CPAs.
Nicolle lives in Franklin and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, boating, exercising, and watching the Vols play football. She is also an active alumna of her sorority, Sigma Kappa.
Phillip Venable, CPA
Client Services and Business Valuation
Phil joined BCPAG in February 2015 and works part-time. Phil grew up in Western Kentucky and attended the University of Kentucky, graduating with a Bachelor of Science with Distinction Honors in Accounting degree. After graduation, Phil spent five years in public accounting-three years with Price Waterhouse and two years with a local firm. For the next 35 years Phil worked in the corporate world, primarily as a CFO. His background includes experience in food manufacturing, wholesale distribution as well as the not-for-profit arena.
Phil and his wife Rita have been married for over 35 years. They live in the Cool Springs area of Franklin and have a son and daughter-in-law, daughter and son-in-law as well as two grandchildren. Phil and Rita enjoy traveling and camping. Phil enjoys reading, especially historical fiction and non-fiction. They attend Fellowship Bible Church in Franklin.
Leigh Ann Vernich, CPA
Leigh Ann began her career in regional and Big4 public accounting before pivoting to the healthcare industry. Leigh Ann spent three years at SpecialtyCare, where she developed a passion for indirect tax. She returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers for the past six years, where she grew to an Indirect Tax Senior Manager. Leigh Ann and her family live in the 12 South area of Nashville. She and her husband Paul have two children and a miniature dachshund named Molly. Leigh Ann will be based remotely.
Marsha A. Wall, CPA
Marsha Wall joined the firm in October 1992. She graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Business Education degree. She has extensive experience offering tax and accounting services to individual and small business clients including tax preparation, review and consulting as well as financial statement preparation and analysis.
Marsha is a native of Western Kentucky but has lived in Nashville since 1987 after spending almost 9 years in Chicago. She is married and has 2 grown children as well as 4 grandchildren.Her hobbies include home decorating, reading and spending time at the pool in the summer entertaining the family.
Bonnie joined BCPAG in February 2013. Prior to joining the firm, Bonnie worked for David Talley, CPA in Nashville for over 20 years. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and played college basketball for the Lady Raiders of MTSU.
Bonnie has 2 daughters, Kristen and Lauren Wasson. She enjoys spending time with her girls, road trips with friends, reading, and watching Lady Vol basketball games whenever possible.
Anne D. Waters, JD, CPA
Tax, Estate & Trust Services
Anne Waters is an attorney and joined Blankenship in September 1998. She graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 1994. She worked with several large law firms in Nashville prior to joining the firm. For her undergraduate work, she attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Accounting. Her primary focus area is estate planning, including estate and gift tax, wills and trusts, and trust and estate income tax work.
Anne lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her three children, who are active in a variety of extracurricular activities, including acting and baseball. Their favorite family activity is traveling, near and far, whether to Alabama for baseball tournaments or Los Angeles, for star gazing.
Matthew A Wall
Matthew joined Blankenship in 2018 after graduating from Tennessee Technological University with a bachelor degree in Accounting. He works primarily in tax by serving corporations and partnerships, trusts and individuals. When not in the office Matthew enjoys hunting, fishing and anything outdoors! He grew up in Brentwood playing hockey and has been a lifelong Nashville Predators fan and watches whenever he can!
Frank Waters, CPA
Frank A. Waters, Jr. is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Valuation Analyst and is also certified in Financial Forensics. He is well known in the business community as a consultant to some of Nashville’s top entrepreneurs and companies with annual revenues between $2 and $250 million dollars. In his role as part-time CFO, he arranges bank financing, assists in budgeting, forecasting and cash flow analysis, preparation of long-term strategic and business plans, and performs special project work as required. He has spearheaded over twenty major merger & acquisition deals over the last 15 years for companies with revenues in excess of $100 million. He is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s, Tennessee Society of CPA’s, National Association of Certified Valuation Specialists and the National Association of Tax Return Preparers.
Frank graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He obtained the certifications of Certified Public Accountant in 1978, Certified Valuation Analyst in 2001 and Certified in Financial Forensics in 2010. Additionally, he obtained the Series 7 & 66 Securities Licenses and is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and QuickBooks trainer.
Wayne Wells, CPA, CFE
Client Services & Tax
Wayne Wells graduated from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1970, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Economics. Mr. Wells began his career in public accounting in 1970 with the national firm of what was then Touche, Ross & Co. in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 1974, he joined a local accounting firm in Nashville. This firm provided accounting, auditing and tax services to small and medium size businesses as well as extensive tax services to individuals. After a total of over 47 years of experience, he is today a Principal with Blankenship CPA Group, PLLC in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Mr. Wells has conducted numerous seminars in accounting, auditing, fraud and taxation. He holds a Certified Public Accountant certificate in Tennessee, and is also a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Mr. Wells is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He is a recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Discussion Leader Award from The Tennessee Society of CPAs and the 2014 Outstanding Discussion Leader Award from The AICPA, and the 2016 Outstanding Discussion Leader Award from Surgent, CPE.
Wayne is a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church and Academy. He and his lovey wife have been blessed to be married for 25 years and they share 3 sons. Other than spending time with his family, he enjoys his work, conducting seminars, fishing and golf.
Joey West, CPA
Joey West is a Principal with BCPAG, having joined the firm in December 2014. He has more than 19 years of public accounting experience including 17 years with a Top 10 regional and national firm. His experience is focused in small to medium sized businesses and individual tax compliance. In addition to his public accounting experience he has 3 years of private industry experience. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants. Outside of work, Joey has served as the Finance Chairperson for Saint Henry School for 8 years. Joey received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Tennessee Technological University in 1994.
Joey and his wife have been married 22 years and have 2 daughters.
Penny Wilson, CPA
Tax, Estate & Trust Services
Penny Wilson joined BCPAG in October 2005 and works in tax services at the firm. She has been in public accounting since she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Belmont University in 1979. Her primary emphasis is taxation. Penny is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Tommy Wooten, CPA, Ph.D.
Tommy Wooten has been a Senior Audit Manager on a part-time basis with the firm since 1997. He specializes in the audits of not-for-profit entities including ministry organizations and churches. He holds a Doctorate in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Accounting and a Master of professional Accountancy degree from Georgia State University. Tommy is currently a Professor of Accounting at Belmont University and teaches undergraduate principals of accounting, auditing, advanced accounting, and applied accounting theory. His previous experience includes work as a Senior Auditor for Coopers & Lybrand, CPA’s (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and as a Financial Accountant for Yancy Brothers, where he performed financial and managerial duties. Tommy’s involvement in both academics and industry allow him to stay on the cutting edge of auditing and accountanting standards.
He is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Management Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Accounting Association and the Tennessee Society of Accounting Educators. Tommy is very active in his church, where he has served as a Deacon and as chair of the Finance Committee. He also enjoys volunteering his time with other local nonprofit organizations.
Emily Ziadeh, CPA/PFS
Emily Ziadeh recently joined the BCPAG team. She has 7 years of experience working for a large firm in their Wealth Advisor and Business Tax departments. Originally from Frankfort, Kentucky she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Louisville and a Master of Accountancy from Middle Tennessee State University. She holds a Tennessee CPA license as well as an AICPA PFS credential (Personal Financial Specialist). Emily has a wide range of tax experience which encompasses individual, partnership, corporate, and multi-state taxation. Her clients value her caring manner, knowledge and responsiveness.
Emily currently resides in Franklin with her husband, son and daughter. During her free time, she loves Hot Yoga and spending time outdoors with her family.