Staff

Accountants


James A. (Chip) Beal, IV – CPA, CFP® Partners

Chip Beal, CPA is married to the former Sharon Whigam of Folkston, Georgia and they have two wonderful children and four even more wonderful grandchildren. He grew up in Alma and graduated from Bacon County High School.

He earned his BBA in Accountancy from the University of Georgia and is a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs. Chip has been a partner in the firm since its inception. He has principally practiced in the areas of taxation of individuals and small business. Clients include professionals, retail, and manufacturing.

Chip is a member of First United Methodist Church and is active in the Waycross Community through service in civic organizations and non-profit boards.

Kella Bell – CPA Partners

Kella Bell has been a staff accountant at BYRT CPAs, LLC since October of 2013 and currently holds the position of Tax Manager. She is originally from Ware County, and graduated from the Ware County Magnet School before attending Valdosta State University. At Valdosta State University Kella received a double major in Accounting and Finance. Kella continued her education at Valdosta State University and received her Masters of Accountancy (MAcc). She has passed all parts of the CPA exam and received her CPA certification in December of 2014. Kella is also a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Kella is involved in the Waycross community through the Waycross Service League, and her and her husband, Dave Bell, are active members of Patterson Baptist Church.

Adam Tolle – CPA Partners

Adam is from Homerville, GA, where he currently lives. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting as well as a Masters of Accountancy from Valdosta State University. Adam concentrates on individual & corporate taxation, financial accounting, and the resolution of client tax matters through correspondence with taxing agencies.  Adam is an active member of the Clinch County Lions Club and his interests include hunting, fishing, sports, and literature.

Lauren Sweat – CPA Partners

Lauren has been employed with BYRT, CPAs since 2012. As a graduate from Valdosta State University and Georgia Southwestern University, she received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Accounting. Lauren received her CPA certification in October 2013. She is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Lauren provides variety of auditing, accounting, bookkeeping, and tax services to a variety of industries.

Lauren and her husband, Brentz, have a two year old son, Briggs.

James S. Rivers, III – CPA, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU® Partners

James is a founding member of BYRT CPAs, LLC. He has been a Certified Public Accountant for more than 32 years and is licensed in Georgia and Florida. James provides consultation in the areas of income tax and estate planning.

Certification and Licenses

Certified Public Accountant – Georgia

Certified Public Accountant – Florida

Larry G. Taylor – CPA Partners

Larry has been a CPA for over 30 years. He has extensive experience in industry and heads up our business consulting business. Larry is our Managing Partner and coordinates our efforts among our different locations. He is a graduate of Georgia State University and lives in Alma, Georgia. 

Larry is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Larry is an active member of the Alma Lions Club and has served on the state level in the capacity of District Governor. He and his wife, Karen, attend Alma First Baptist Church. They have two wonderful adult children, one wonderful daughter in law, and one wonderful grandson.

Debra Yonz – CPA Partners

Debra Yonz, CPA has been a principal of the Firm since its organization in 2002. Debra has over 30 years’ experience as a Certified Public Accountant. Debra is a graduate of Valdosta State College where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. She is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Debra provides auditing, accounting, tax and business consulting services for small to medium sized business entities as well as their respective owners. She serves a variety of industries including medical professions, farming, timber production, manufacturing, governmental, nonprofit, HUDs and financial institutions.

Valerie Thornton Staff: Alma

Valerie Thornton has been married to Shon Thornton of Offerman Georgia for 34 years. They have recently moved back to Pierce County after living most of their adult lives in Wayne County. Their family consist of and 2 natural daughters and son-in-loves, (Brittany and Bubba Edenfield, Shonna and Craig Johnson) one natural son (Aaron Thornton) and 2 adopted children-(Jazmine Taylor and Anna Sapp.) They also have 2 of the most wonderful grand children alive-Brooks and Jocelyn Edenfield.

Valerie has an AAS degree in Accounting from Coastal Pines Technical College. She also has an Associate of Science Degree from Waycross Jr. College majoring in Education. She has over 20 years of experience in the accounting field.  She provides a variety of bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, and tax services. She graduated from Pierce County High School in 1985. She and her husband worship at Grace Assembly of God in Jesup and she enjoys singing on the Praise Team and Teaching 4-5-year-old Children’s church during her spare time.

Tyler Avera Staff: Alma

Tyler Avera joined the BYRT staff in October of 2017. He is originally from Appling County and graduated from Appling County High School before attending Georgia Southern University on a baseball scholarship. Tyler played collegiate baseball for two seasons at Georgia Southern University and transferred to Armstrong State University to finish his last two seasons. Tyler graduated from Armstrong State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics in May 2016. In January 2018 he enrolled into Georgia Southwestern University to obtain his BBA of Accounting. Tyler focuses on a variety of accounting tasks at BYRT including bookkeeping and tax services. Tyler and his wife, Jessie, reside in Appling County and are members of Red Oak Baptist Church.

Marie Henry Staff: Alma

Marie Henry joined our staff as the Receptionist in Alma Ga in March of 2015. She is a graduate of Bacon County and was raised there most of her life. After working in the professional medical field for almost 12 years, she decided to be self-employed in the Salon business for 18 years. Marie has enjoyed all of her experience of professional customer services throughout her life. Working since she was 12, she has respect for all business and clients which she enjoys with the job here at BYRT CPAs.

Marie has two adult children, Patrick and Emily, whom she loves dearly. She loves to go deer hunting in the fall and spending the rest of the year enjoying adventures with family and friends.

Tyler Dasher Staff: Alma

Tyler first became employed with BYRT as an intern prior to graduating from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree. After graduation, Tyler joined the firm full time in May of 2015 alongside his twin brother, Travis. He specializes in a number of bookkeeping and tax services. Tyler is a huge Atlanta Braves fan and enjoys playing golf and spending time with family and friends in his spare time. Tyler and his wife, Katie, reside in Patterson, Georgia and are members of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear

Shanna Clark Staff: Alma

Shanna Clark has been employed with the firm since September 2008. She currently holds the positions of Office Manager and Account Manager for the Alma, GA office. Her primary duties include client accounting services as well as specializing in accounts payable and payroll. Shanna is also responsible for the client billing in her office. Her industry experience is diverse and includes agribusiness, retail enterprises and over the road trucking entities. Shanna has completed Principals of Accounting I & II and Intermediate Accounting college courses and also has experience in customer relations. Shanna lives in Reidsville, GA and she is on the board of directors for the Greater Tattnall County Chamber of Commerce.

Leah Herrington Staff: Baxley

Leah joined BYRT in February 2018. She moved to Appling Co in 2005 when she married her husband. Leah has many talents in the world of customer service. Since moving here she has been a manager in a hotel for 7 years before she was given a position as an office manager of a local pest control company until they changed ownership. Leah thrives on being able to serve others.

Leah really enjoys cooking & has even won a chili cook-off in 2017! Leah has 1 daughter. Her family enjoys the outdoors as much as possible together. They enjoy deer hunting & bass fishing as a family. During the summer you’ll probably find them on the banks of the Altamaha.

Lori Carter Staff: Baxley

Lori Carter, a 1996 graduate of Altamaha Technical Institute with a diploma in Accounting, has been employed with the firm since September, 2004.  She holds the position of Administrative Assistant with duties of data input , preparation of payroll, payroll tax returns and sales tax returns, intake and processing of all income tax returns, client assistance and keeping the front office running smoothly.

She is married to Greg Carter and they have 6 children and 1 grandchild that tend to keep them on their toes.  They attend Cornerstone Renewal Church in Baxley.  In her downtime you will probably catch her curled up with a good book and a cup of coffee.

Karen Wheeler – CPA Staff: Baxley

Karen graduated from Valdosta State University with a major in Accounting.  She has worked in public accounting for twenty-three years.  Karen’s main concentration is in financial accounting and income tax preparation.

When not working, Karen enjoys spending time with her family.

Deborah Mills Staff: Baxley

Deborah holds the position of Staff Accountant and Office Manager for the Baxley office and has been with the Baxley office since August, 1986.  She has also worked in CPA firms in Savannah, GA and Swainsboro, GA before moving to Baxley.

Some of her responsibilities include bank reconciliations through completion of financial statements along with payroll and sales tax return preparation.  She works closely with CPAs and clients to be sure that client’s needs and deadlines are met.  She is responsible for handling the office’s practice management system, accounts receivable and accounts payable along with many other responsibilities to keep the office running smoothly.

Deborah is married to Warren Mills and they attend First Baptist Church.  She enjoys most sports and outdoor activities, but most of all she enjoys spending time with family that includes four grandchildren that hold her heart.

Becky Cummings Staff: Homerville

Becky joined BYRT CPAs in 2017. She currently resides and works in Homerville, GA. Prior to joining BYRT, Becky developed a strong professional history of working in the legal field. She has worked with District Attorney’s offices, judges, prisons, and as a Victim Advocate.

Becky has three kids that she enjoys spending time with. Her oldest son is in the Marine Corp, her daughter is in college, and her youngest son is in high school.

Travis Dasher Staff: Homerville

Travis is from Savannah, GA and currently lives in Blackshear, GA. He has been employed with BYRT, CPAs since 2015. Travis graduated from Valdosta State University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He focuses on a variety of different accounting services that include tax, payroll, and bookkeeping. Travis is an avid baseball fan and loves the Atlanta Braves. He is a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Blackshear. He has a twin brother, Tyler, who is also employed at BYRT CPAs. Travis is the self-proclaimed “better looking” of the Dasher brothers.

Ashlee Barber Staff: Waycross

Ashlee is from Alma, Georgia and is currently living in Waynesville, Georgia. In 2016, she graduated from The College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick with a Bachelors degree in Business Admin and a concentration in accounting. After college, she worked in a smaller CPA Office and also for a nonprofit behavioral health company for about 2.5 years. She plans to begin studying for the CPA Exam this coming year. Her husband’s name is Adam and they have been married for 7 years. They have two little boys, Koah (like Noah except with a “K”) and Nash. In her free time she loves spending time with her family!

Meghan Lancaster Staff: Waycross

Meghan is a 2013 WCHS graduate who currently resides with her husband, Josh, in Waycross, Ga. She has been employed with BYRT CPAs, LLC as the Secretary for the Waycross office since August 2018. In 2015, Meghan graduated from SGSC with her A.S. in Business Administration; she is currently continuing her education through VSU. Before joining BYRT, she held positions in the medical field as an administrative assistant. When not working or doing school work, Meghan is either volunteering at Remnant Church, hanging out with her friends, or binge-watching Netflix.

Chris Wysong Staff: Waycross

Chris was born and raised in Waycross, GA, where he also currently resides. Chris graduated with his Bachelors in Accounting from Berry College in 2016 and with his Masters in Accounting from Valdosta State in 2017. He joined BYRT as an intern while completing his Masters and joined full time upon graduating. Chris focuses on a variety of accounting tasks at BYRT including income taxes, auditing, and payroll. Chris is an avid sports fan, especially in high school and college football as well as baseball. He also loves to travel with his wife and go hiking. Chris and his wife are current members of Waycross First United Methodist Church.

Amy Bennett Staff: Waycross

Amy Bennett is a Blackshear, GA native and currently lives in Mershon, GA. She has been employed with BYRT CPAs, LLC as the Secretary for the Waycross, GA office since April 2017. After graduating from Pierce County High School, Amy spent 14 years working in the medical field. Amy lived in Summerville, SC (2010-2013) and Tifton, GA (2013-2017) before moving back to the Southeast Georgia region to be closer to family. She is married to Brandon Bennett, and she has two stepdaughters, Bekah and Brittany. When she is not working, Amy enjoys cooking, decorating, learning about history and other cultures, and spending time with her family and friends.

Katelyn Andrews Staff: Waycross

Katelyn Andrews is a staff accountant and has worked with BYRT CPAs since January of 2015. At the firm, Katelyn specializes in bookkeeping and tax services. Some of her responsibilities include bank reconciliations through completion of financial statements, payroll and sales tax return preparation, bill pay and payroll, as well as income tax returns. She is originally from Tallahassee, Fl. and graduated from Lincoln High School. She came to Waycross on a collegiate softball scholarship and graduated from Waycross College with honors. She then transferred to Thomas University as a student athlete where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

She is now married to Bacon County native Jeremy Andrews. Together, they are very involved in the ministry taking many mission trips and helping lead worship at Ignite Ministries and Grace Ministries.

Joy Pittman Staff: Waycross

Joy Pittman has an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Waycross College. She has worked as a bookkeeper with BYRT CPAs since 2004. Some of her primary duties include financial statements, payroll, sales tax preparation, as well as, payroll tax preparation.

James A. (Chip) Beal, IV – CPA, CFP® Partners

Chip Beal, CPA is married to the former Sharon Whigam of Folkston, Georgia and they have two wonderful children and four even more wonderful grandchildren. He grew up in Alma and graduated from Bacon County High School.

He earned his BBA in Accountancy from the University of Georgia and is a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs. Chip has been a partner in the firm since its inception. He has principally practiced in the areas of taxation of individuals and small business. Clients include professionals, retail, and manufacturing.

Chip is a member of First United Methodist Church and is active in the Waycross Community through service in civic organizations and non-profit boards.

Kella Bell – CPA Partners

Kella Bell has been a staff accountant at BYRT CPAs, LLC since October of 2013 and currently holds the position of Tax Manager. She is originally from Ware County, and graduated from the Ware County Magnet School before attending Valdosta State University. At Valdosta State University Kella received a double major in Accounting and Finance. Kella continued her education at Valdosta State University and received her Masters of Accountancy (MAcc). She has passed all parts of the CPA exam and received her CPA certification in December of 2014. Kella is also a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Kella is involved in the Waycross community through the Waycross Service League, and her and her husband, Dave Bell, are active members of Patterson Baptist Church.

Adam Tolle – CPA Partners

Adam is from Homerville, GA, where he currently lives. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting as well as a Masters of Accountancy from Valdosta State University. Adam concentrates on individual & corporate taxation, financial accounting, and the resolution of client tax matters through correspondence with taxing agencies.  Adam is an active member of the Clinch County Lions Club and his interests include hunting, fishing, sports, and literature.

Lauren Sweat – CPA Partners

Lauren has been employed with BYRT, CPAs since 2012. As a graduate from Valdosta State University and Georgia Southwestern University, she received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Accounting. Lauren received her CPA certification in October 2013. She is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Lauren provides variety of auditing, accounting, bookkeeping, and tax services to a variety of industries.

Lauren and her husband, Brentz, have a two year old son, Briggs.

James S. Rivers, III – CPA, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU® Partners

James is a founding member of BYRT CPAs, LLC. He has been a Certified Public Accountant for more than 32 years and is licensed in Georgia and Florida. James provides consultation in the areas of income tax and estate planning.

Certification and Licenses

Certified Public Accountant – Georgia

Certified Public Accountant – Florida

Larry G. Taylor – CPA Partners

Larry has been a CPA for over 30 years. He has extensive experience in industry and heads up our business consulting business. Larry is our Managing Partner and coordinates our efforts among our different locations. He is a graduate of Georgia State University and lives in Alma, Georgia. 

Larry is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Larry is an active member of the Alma Lions Club and has served on the state level in the capacity of District Governor. He and his wife, Karen, attend Alma First Baptist Church. They have two wonderful adult children, one wonderful daughter in law, and one wonderful grandson.

Debra Yonz – CPA Partners

Debra Yonz, CPA has been a principal of the Firm since its organization in 2002. Debra has over 30 years’ experience as a Certified Public Accountant. Debra is a graduate of Valdosta State College where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. She is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Debra provides auditing, accounting, tax and business consulting services for small to medium sized business entities as well as their respective owners. She serves a variety of industries including medical professions, farming, timber production, manufacturing, governmental, nonprofit, HUDs and financial institutions.

Valerie Thornton Staff: Alma

Valerie Thornton has been married to Shon Thornton of Offerman Georgia for 34 years. They have recently moved back to Pierce County after living most of their adult lives in Wayne County. Their family consist of and 2 natural daughters and son-in-loves, (Brittany and Bubba Edenfield, Shonna and Craig Johnson) one natural son (Aaron Thornton) and 2 adopted children-(Jazmine Taylor and Anna Sapp.) They also have 2 of the most wonderful grand children alive-Brooks and Jocelyn Edenfield.

Valerie has an AAS degree in Accounting from Coastal Pines Technical College. She also has an Associate of Science Degree from Waycross Jr. College majoring in Education. She has over 20 years of experience in the accounting field.  She provides a variety of bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, and tax services. She graduated from Pierce County High School in 1985. She and her husband worship at Grace Assembly of God in Jesup and she enjoys singing on the Praise Team and Teaching 4-5-year-old Children’s church during her spare time.

Tyler Avera Staff: Alma

Tyler Avera joined the BYRT staff in October of 2017. He is originally from Appling County and graduated from Appling County High School before attending Georgia Southern University on a baseball scholarship. Tyler played collegiate baseball for two seasons at Georgia Southern University and transferred to Armstrong State University to finish his last two seasons. Tyler graduated from Armstrong State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics in May 2016. In January 2018 he enrolled into Georgia Southwestern University to obtain his BBA of Accounting. Tyler focuses on a variety of accounting tasks at BYRT including bookkeeping and tax services. Tyler and his wife, Jessie, reside in Appling County and are members of Red Oak Baptist Church.

Marie Henry Staff: Alma

Marie Henry joined our staff as the Receptionist in Alma Ga in March of 2015. She is a graduate of Bacon County and was raised there most of her life. After working in the professional medical field for almost 12 years, she decided to be self-employed in the Salon business for 18 years. Marie has enjoyed all of her experience of professional customer services throughout her life. Working since she was 12, she has respect for all business and clients which she enjoys with the job here at BYRT CPAs.

Marie has two adult children, Patrick and Emily, whom she loves dearly. She loves to go deer hunting in the fall and spending the rest of the year enjoying adventures with family and friends.

Tyler Dasher Staff: Alma

Tyler first became employed with BYRT as an intern prior to graduating from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree. After graduation, Tyler joined the firm full time in May of 2015 alongside his twin brother, Travis. He specializes in a number of bookkeeping and tax services. Tyler is a huge Atlanta Braves fan and enjoys playing golf and spending time with family and friends in his spare time. Tyler and his wife, Katie, reside in Patterson, Georgia and are members of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear

Shanna Clark Staff: Alma

Shanna Clark has been employed with the firm since September 2008. She currently holds the positions of Office Manager and Account Manager for the Alma, GA office. Her primary duties include client accounting services as well as specializing in accounts payable and payroll. Shanna is also responsible for the client billing in her office. Her industry experience is diverse and includes agribusiness, retail enterprises and over the road trucking entities. Shanna has completed Principals of Accounting I & II and Intermediate Accounting college courses and also has experience in customer relations. Shanna lives in Reidsville, GA and she is on the board of directors for the Greater Tattnall County Chamber of Commerce.

Leah Herrington Staff: Baxley

Leah joined BYRT in February 2018. She moved to Appling Co in 2005 when she married her husband. Leah has many talents in the world of customer service. Since moving here she has been a manager in a hotel for 7 years before she was given a position as an office manager of a local pest control company until they changed ownership. Leah thrives on being able to serve others.

Leah really enjoys cooking & has even won a chili cook-off in 2017! Leah has 1 daughter. Her family enjoys the outdoors as much as possible together. They enjoy deer hunting & bass fishing as a family. During the summer you’ll probably find them on the banks of the Altamaha.

Lori Carter Staff: Baxley

Lori Carter, a 1996 graduate of Altamaha Technical Institute with a diploma in Accounting, has been employed with the firm since September, 2004.  She holds the position of Administrative Assistant with duties of data input , preparation of payroll, payroll tax returns and sales tax returns, intake and processing of all income tax returns, client assistance and keeping the front office running smoothly.

She is married to Greg Carter and they have 6 children and 1 grandchild that tend to keep them on their toes.  They attend Cornerstone Renewal Church in Baxley.  In her downtime you will probably catch her curled up with a good book and a cup of coffee.

Karen Wheeler – CPA Staff: Baxley

Karen graduated from Valdosta State University with a major in Accounting.  She has worked in public accounting for twenty-three years.  Karen’s main concentration is in financial accounting and income tax preparation.

When not working, Karen enjoys spending time with her family.

Deborah Mills Staff: Baxley

Deborah holds the position of Staff Accountant and Office Manager for the Baxley office and has been with the Baxley office since August, 1986.  She has also worked in CPA firms in Savannah, GA and Swainsboro, GA before moving to Baxley.

Some of her responsibilities include bank reconciliations through completion of financial statements along with payroll and sales tax return preparation.  She works closely with CPAs and clients to be sure that client’s needs and deadlines are met.  She is responsible for handling the office’s practice management system, accounts receivable and accounts payable along with many other responsibilities to keep the office running smoothly.

Deborah is married to Warren Mills and they attend First Baptist Church.  She enjoys most sports and outdoor activities, but most of all she enjoys spending time with family that includes four grandchildren that hold her heart.

Becky Cummings Staff: Homerville

Becky joined BYRT CPAs in 2017. She currently resides and works in Homerville, GA. Prior to joining BYRT, Becky developed a strong professional history of working in the legal field. She has worked with District Attorney’s offices, judges, prisons, and as a Victim Advocate.

Becky has three kids that she enjoys spending time with. Her oldest son is in the Marine Corp, her daughter is in college, and her youngest son is in high school.

Travis Dasher Staff: Homerville

Travis is from Savannah, GA and currently lives in Blackshear, GA. He has been employed with BYRT, CPAs since 2015. Travis graduated from Valdosta State University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He focuses on a variety of different accounting services that include tax, payroll, and bookkeeping. Travis is an avid baseball fan and loves the Atlanta Braves. He is a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Blackshear. He has a twin brother, Tyler, who is also employed at BYRT CPAs. Travis is the self-proclaimed “better looking” of the Dasher brothers.

Ashlee Barber Staff: Waycross

Ashlee is from Alma, Georgia and is currently living in Waynesville, Georgia. In 2016, she graduated from The College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick with a Bachelors degree in Business Admin and a concentration in accounting. After college, she worked in a smaller CPA Office and also for a nonprofit behavioral health company for about 2.5 years. She plans to begin studying for the CPA Exam this coming year. Her husband’s name is Adam and they have been married for 7 years. They have two little boys, Koah (like Noah except with a “K”) and Nash. In her free time she loves spending time with her family!

Meghan Lancaster Staff: Waycross

Meghan is a 2013 WCHS graduate who currently resides with her husband, Josh, in Waycross, Ga. She has been employed with BYRT CPAs, LLC as the Secretary for the Waycross office since August 2018. In 2015, Meghan graduated from SGSC with her A.S. in Business Administration; she is currently continuing her education through VSU. Before joining BYRT, she held positions in the medical field as an administrative assistant. When not working or doing school work, Meghan is either volunteering at Remnant Church, hanging out with her friends, or binge-watching Netflix.

Chris Wysong Staff: Waycross

Chris was born and raised in Waycross, GA, where he also currently resides. Chris graduated with his Bachelors in Accounting from Berry College in 2016 and with his Masters in Accounting from Valdosta State in 2017. He joined BYRT as an intern while completing his Masters and joined full time upon graduating. Chris focuses on a variety of accounting tasks at BYRT including income taxes, auditing, and payroll. Chris is an avid sports fan, especially in high school and college football as well as baseball. He also loves to travel with his wife and go hiking. Chris and his wife are current members of Waycross First United Methodist Church.

Amy Bennett Staff: Waycross

Amy Bennett is a Blackshear, GA native and currently lives in Mershon, GA. She has been employed with BYRT CPAs, LLC as the Secretary for the Waycross, GA office since April 2017. After graduating from Pierce County High School, Amy spent 14 years working in the medical field. Amy lived in Summerville, SC (2010-2013) and Tifton, GA (2013-2017) before moving back to the Southeast Georgia region to be closer to family. She is married to Brandon Bennett, and she has two stepdaughters, Bekah and Brittany. When she is not working, Amy enjoys cooking, decorating, learning about history and other cultures, and spending time with her family and friends.

Katelyn Andrews Staff: Waycross

Katelyn Andrews is a staff accountant and has worked with BYRT CPAs since January of 2015. At the firm, Katelyn specializes in bookkeeping and tax services. Some of her responsibilities include bank reconciliations through completion of financial statements, payroll and sales tax return preparation, bill pay and payroll, as well as income tax returns. She is originally from Tallahassee, Fl. and graduated from Lincoln High School. She came to Waycross on a collegiate softball scholarship and graduated from Waycross College with honors. She then transferred to Thomas University as a student athlete where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

She is now married to Bacon County native Jeremy Andrews. Together, they are very involved in the ministry taking many mission trips and helping lead worship at Ignite Ministries and Grace Ministries.

Joy Pittman Staff: Waycross

Joy Pittman has an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Waycross College. She has worked as a bookkeeper with BYRT CPAs since 2004. Some of her primary duties include financial statements, payroll, sales tax preparation, as well as, payroll tax preparation.