We are pleased to serve our clients near Dickson, TN through our convenient office located on East College Street right outside historic downtown Dickson. Get to know our team below and click to read more about the history of our Dickson office.
Wm. Michael Walters, CPA
Dickson Office Managing Director
Mike Walters is the Managing Director of the Dickson office. Mike grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, the 2nd of 10 siblings, and graduated from the University of Alabama in 1973. He worked as an internal auditor for Genesco for 3 years, served as the Director of Internal Audit for Nashville Electric Service for 3 years and then started practicing public accounting in Dickson in 1979. Mike has served many local business and commerce organizations in a variety of capacities, including but not limited to Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce. Mike works with many not-for-profits and businesses in and around Dickson, and has audited numerous Cities over the years as well.
Mike has 3 children, and is married to his lovely wife Judy. Mike loves fishing & enjoys golf whenever he can find some spare time.
Michelle Balsley, CPA, CIA, CGMA
Asst. Quality Control Director
Michelle is the Assistant Director of Quality Control with the firm. She is a graduate of West Virginia University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and a Master of Professional Accountancy degree. Throughout her 25+ year career, she has worked in the public Big Four as well as private accounting sectors, focusing on a variety of industries including not-for-profit, construction, banking, broker/dealers, health insurance, and manufacturing. Michelle is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the states of Tennessee and Minnesota, a Certified Internal Auditor, and a Certified Global Management Accountant and is a member of her licensors’ various professional societies. In the course of executing high-quality audit services, she seeks to support her clients’ success through process improvements and reporting transparency.
Michelle resides in White Bluff, TN with her husband, Kevin, and is an active member of St. John Lutheran Church of Burns, an American Red Cross Community Volunteer Liaison, and serves as president of the Dickson High Noon Rotary Club, vice chair of the Community Foundation for Dickson County board, and vice chair of the Habitat for Humanity Dickson County board.
Ian Brison is a Sr. Associate at Blankenship CPA Group and currently works with the Reporting Solutions Group. He has over 5 years of experience at the Firm, starting out in the Tax and Audit departments. Ian earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Tennessee Tech University. Primary responsibilities include preparing engagement letters, drafting and modernizing reports for the Audit department and finalizing finished audit reports. Ian is a team player with a positive attitude and brings integrity and flexibility to the team. When not working he enjoys reading from a wide range of genres, playing strategy games, weight lifting and golfing.
Sharla Buckner joined BCPAG in February 2011. She graduated from Nashville State in 1986. Born in Platte, South Dakota, Sharla has also lived in Texas and Iowa. She and her husband, Calvin, now reside in McEwen They have two sons. Sharla attends the McEwen Church of Christ and teaches the Sunday school. She enjoys traveling with her family, riding bikes, taking walks, and working in the garden.
Trudi Hayes joined BCPAG in January 2010 at the Dickson location, where she has been providing clerical and bookkeeping services since 1989. Trudi is married and enjoys spending time with her husband, Maurice. She has two adult children, a daughter, son-in-law and twin granddaughters in Springfield and a son in Washington state. She loves to spend time with her family. She attends Bethel Baptist Church in Dickson where she helps to teach Sunday School for 2 and 3 year olds each Sunday.
Anita Lowe joined BCPAG in January 2010 as a staff accountant at the Dickson Campus, where she has been providing accounting services since 2002. She has an Associate Degree in Computer Accounting from Nashville State Technical Institute and was the valedictorian of her class.
Anita was born and raised in Burns, TN. She attends Burns Church of Christ. Anita loves to read and is a member of a book club. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Debora Mitchell joined BCPAG in January 2010 as a staff accountant at the Dickson Campus when Mayes and Walters, CPAs joined the firm. She has been in accounting since 1985. She handles monthly accounting and tax returns.
Debora is native to Dickson, Tennessee. She and her husband have two daughters and the blessing of raising their grandson who is now a teenager. She attends Diverse Community Church in Dickson where she volunteers with children's church. Debora enjoys contemporary Christian music and has a passion for genealogical research.
Magan Morris, CPA, MAcc
Audit and Tax Associate
Magan Pernell Morris joined Blankenship CPA Group in August 2011 at the Dickson office. Magan She graduated from Lipscomb University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Accountancy degree. Since that time, she has been providing tax preparation, accounting, and auditing services. Magan is a licensed CPA and a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants. Magan and her husband, Jesse, were born and raised in Dickson County. They enjoy spending time with their family and friends.
Melissa graduated with honors and the Business Dept award in 1983 from Dickson County Senior High. She received an Associate degree in Computer Accounting in 1985 from Nashville State Technical Institute and has been working in accounting ever since. She has been with the Dickson team since 1995 between both firms. Her main job is monthly write up work along with sales taxes, business taxes and payroll. During tax season, she is responsible for electronically filing the tax returns.
Lindsey T. Ray
Associate |Reporting Solutions Group
Lindsay Ray earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin in Accounting. She has 3 years of experience in public accounting. She currently is the ASG specialist for the RSG team. Lindsay is very personable and easy to talk to. She enjoys getting to know clients and assisting them with their accounting needs. Lindsay has two children and enjoys yoga, painting, archery, shooting and jogging.
John “Kevin” Rye joined BCPAG in early 2011. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1989 with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and a Masters of Accountancy from Belmont University in 1995. He has worked in various capacities in the private and public sector with over 20 years experience serving as a CFO and principal of a public practice. His areas of practice have included Home Health Care, Hospitals, construction and other small privately held companies providing tax, business consulting, and strategic planning services. Mr. Rye is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants.