Staff

You don't have to be a tax expert, that's our job
Our Team

We combine our expertise and experience to make assure that you receive the close analysis and attention you deserve. Our clients agree. They return year-after-year because of our dedication to high standards, our personable and friendly tax accountants and our ability to answer all their questions.

Career Opportunities

We are always seeking great accountants. If you have 3 years of recent tax experience, and you want to enjoy a good living and a good life, apply now!

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Brenda W. Smith
Brenda W. Smith
President and CEO
CPA

Brenda Smith has been in public accounting for more than 30 years. She has dedicated her career to assisting small business and individuals with their tax and accounting needs. She opened her firm in 1993 with one office in New Hudson and has since expanded with two additional locations in South Lyon and Madison Heights.

As owner and operator of the firm, Brenda believes every customer should get the best service possible in a friendly, efficient environment. She is glad you trust us to prepare your taxes and has gathered the best staff available to help see that you pay the least amount of tax.

Phone: 248-437-6010
Fax: 248-437-0395

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Jessie Mehl
Jessie Mehl
Staff Accountant
CPA

Jessie heads up our small business accounting department. She came to us with a background in business controllership, budgeting and cost accounting. She can answer all your business finance questions and she will keep your business in compliance with all federal and state regulations and tax laws. Jessie works out of our South Lyon office during the tax season. Stop in and say hello!

Jessie’s passion is tennis, so you will not find her here on Wednesday mornings – she is busy killing her opponent on the court.

Phone: 248-437-1000
Fax: 248-437-4926

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Laurie Mathis
Laurie Mathis
Office Manager

Laurie is our office manager and has been with us for eight years. She handles all of the firms accounting and billing issues. She is also in charge of training and managing the firm’s administrative assistants. Her most challenging project is keeping Brenda organized — not an easy task.

She is married to Mike and has two fabulous children, one in the Brighton School System and one off to college. Laurie and her family enjoy camping and boating.

Phone: 248-437-6010
Fax: 248-437-0395

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Paul Whelan
Paul Whelan
Staff Accountant

Paul comes to us with a tax background along with experience in the tax software industry. Holding a bachelor’s degree in both accounting and finance, Paul knows how important it is to pay the least amount of tax possible and make your money work for you. He works with Jessie and Kathy in our business department and in South Lyon during tax season.

Paul is a proud Central Michigan alumni and tenor saxophone player. You can be sure to see him playing and marching with the band every homecoming in Mount Pleasant.

Phone: 248-437-6010
Fax: 248-437-0395

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Kathleen Hahn
Kathleen Hahn
Staff Accountant
MBA

Kathy came to B.W. Smith + Company with years of industry experience, specializing in budgeting and cost accounting. She is a QuickBooks expert and does our QuickBooks training and support. She works with Jessie in our business accounting department and joins her at our South Lyon office during the tax season.

Kathy plays even more tennis than Jessie, and she travels often with her daughter’s sports team.

Phone: 248-437-1000
Fax: 248-437-4926

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Landry Roebuck
Landry Roebuck

Landry has joined us on part-time basis while pursuing his bachelor of accountancy degree from Walsh College. He owned and operated his own business from 1999 to 2009 then successfully merged it with a complementary business, remaining on as a division manager until 2014. He is proficient in QuickBooks and other accounting software and has years of experience managing employees and handling all aspects of small business management.

When not working or going to school, he is very busy chasing after his two small children.

Phone: 248-437-6010
Fax: 248-437-0395

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Laurie Cothran
Laurie Cothran
Tax Planner and Preparer
Enrolled Agent

Laurie has years of tax preparation experience and joined the firm in 2010. Her passion is tax planning. She thinks it is most important to know where you are going – whether you are planning for retirement or taxes. Preparing the return correctly after you have done proper planning ensures you pay the least amount of tax.

Phone: 248-714-9314
Fax: 248-714-9351

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Tami Blackledge
Tami Blackledge
Staff Accountant and Tax Preparer
CPA

Tami has had varied accounting experience as a staff accountant, cost accountant, and tax professional. Tami is a long time South Lyon resident and has worked with us for nine tax seasons. She works at both our South Lyon and New Hudson offices.

If Tami does your return – you will have a very detailed interview. She will leave no money on the table – making sure she understands your tax situation to insure you get the biggest refund to which you are entitled.

Phone: 248-437-1000
Fax: 248-437-4926

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Denise Muir
Denise Muir
Tax Preparation
Enrolled Agent, MBA

This is Denise’s fifth tax season with B. W. Smith + Company. In addition to five years of prior tax experience, she worked at Ford Motor Company in Purchasing and Quality Control in a variety of accounting, supervisory, and management positions. She takes pride in conducting thorough client interviews for analysis of their tax situation. She enjoys assisting clients in developing the most advantageous tax strategies for future tax years.

Denise adds to her interesting career with a short stint in education. She holds B.S. in Mathematics and M.A. in Educational Administration. She is also a new grandma!

Phone: 248-437-6010
Fax: 248-437-0395

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Cheryl Lipan
Cheryl Lipan
Tax Preparer
MBA

Cheryl comes to us with many years of diversified experience. She has a BBA in accounting from U of M and a MBA in Organizational Leadership from Cleary University. She has been a small business owner focusing on payroll, accounting and government compliance.

As a seasoned tax preparer, Cheryl knows the importance of offering great customer service while getting the best returns legally possible. Her background in human resources and management makes her uniquely qualified to answer many of the questions posed by small business owners.

Cheryl is a long-time resident of South Lyon.

Phone: 248-437-6010
Fax: 248-437-0395

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Melissa Mueller
Melissa Mueller

Melissa is our software guru, as she has 17 years of experience working for Thomson Reuters, our tax software company. If we have questions about how to get the software to do something, she will always have the answers. Melissa has a BBA from U of M and this is her second tax season with the firm.

Melissa got her love for preparing taxes from her dad, who has prepared taxes for over 40 years. She will make sure you get all the deductions and credits you deserve.

When not at work, Melissa is busy managing the busy lives of her two fabulous daughters.

Phone: 248-437-6010
Fax: 248-437-0395

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Kim Thoresen
Kim Thoresen
Tax Preparer
MBA

Kim has been with EDS Tax as a tax preparer for 5 tax seasons. Previously, Kim has worked in banking and a number of financial institutions. Throughout the year, Kim also focuses on payroll and accounting for small businesses, and is knowledgeable in QuickBooks. Kim has an undergraduate in Finance from Central Michigan University and an MBA from University of Detroit/Mercy.

In her free time Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

Phone: 248-542-1331
Fax: 248-542-0537

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Linda Funk-Guysens
Linda Funk-Guysens
Enrolled Agent

This is Linda’s fifth year at EDS Tax + Accounting following five years at our predecessor firm, Elliott-Dutcher. Over her career, she has worked at various CPA firms as a staff accountant and also worked in a small family business as office manager. She has degrees in both management and accounting from Lawrence Technological University.

Linda tries to make sure that clients understand their tax situation helping them make the most of all tax savings opportunities.

Her cubicle is the one with the Red Wing Decorations. When she is not working or following the Red Wings, she is spending time with her large extended family.

Phone: 248-542-1331
Fax: 248-542-0537

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Cecile Fredericks
Cecile Fredericks
Tax Preparer

Cecile has been preparing taxes for nine years and joined the EDS Tax team in 2016. Prior to that, she had worked at H&R Block. She enjoys meeting with people and assisting with their tax situation, as every person has a story to tell. she also likes to leave the client with a little piece of advice going forward dependent on their situation.

She has also been a part-time real estate agent for over 10 years.

In her rare spare time, Cecile likes to golf, travel, play cards and visit estate sales mainly to check out the houses.

Phone: 248-542-1331
Fax: 248-542-0537

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Toni Kupski
Toni Kupski
Administrative Assistant

Toni is our administrative assistant and has been with us for 2 years. She is the smiling face who greets clients when they first arrive to see a tax preparer. She is in charge of filing, scanning, scheduling appointments and assisting clients or preparers with any other administrative needs.

Toni is engaged and has 2 wonderful kids. They love going to the park and enjoying a nice walk, especially up to the ice cream store.

Phone: 248-542-1331
Fax: 248-542-0537

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Our Locations

New Hudson
Extended hours January - April, Mon-Thurs 9-8; Friday 9-5; Saturday 9-4; May - December, Mon-Fri 9-5
South Lyon
Open daily January through April, May through December by appointment
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Madison Heights
Open daily January through April, May through December by appointment