Our Team

Partners
Managers

We treat employees as ‘investors’ who dedicate their time, effort and skills with the realistic

expectation that they will reap the rewards of their investment. We understand that a happy

investor is also a more productive investor and have created an environment that helps

them balance a rewarding work life with a satisfying personal life.

Ken Hughes

Partner

“The best question is, ‘what is the wise thing to do?'” – Andy Stanley

A member of the firm since 1991, Ken Hughes has more than 35 years of experience in public accounting. Ken specializes in business planning and structuring including mergers and acquisitions and business dispositions. Ken has extensive experience in both federal taxation and financial statement audits of privately held companies. He serves clients in several industries with a practice concentration in real estate development and construction and is nationally recognized for his expertise in mortgage banking.

– Certified Public Accountant
– American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
– Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), Dallas            Chapter
– Affordable Housing Association of Certified Public Accountants
(AHACPA), a group of professionals concentrating in audits of          HUD approved lenders
– Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting,
Panhandle State University

Ken has served as an officer and board member of various local charitable and civic organizations, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ciera Bank in Graham, Texas, where he is a shareholder.
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Vickie Brouse

Tax Partner

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

Vickie Brouse has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting, and currently has a practice emphasis in consulting and tax compliance for business entities and their owners as well as income tax, trust, and estate planning for high net worth individuals.  With experience in a variety of industries including construction, real estate, mortgage banking and professional services, Vickie brings extensive knowledge and practical experience to her clients.

– Certified Public Accountant
– American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
– Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), Dallas             Chapter
– Affordable Housing Association of Certified Public
– Accountants (AHACPA), a group of professionals concentrating         in audits of HUD approved lenders
– Bachelor of Science in Accounting, University of North Texas,
Magna Cum Laude
– Master of Science in Accounting, University of North Texas

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Jennifer Sicking

Lead Tax Partner

“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.” – Jane Austen

Jennifer Sicking is the lead tax partner and leads the healthcare team at KHA. Jennifer performs consulting, tax compliance, and tax planning services for healthcare related businesses. Additionally, she works with individuals as they accumulate wealth. This leads to tax planning and compliance around business transactions, retirement, and estate planning.

– Certified Public Accountant
– Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) designation from the
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
– American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
– Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), Dallas            Chapter
– Rising Star, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, (2014)
– Five Star Wealth Manager
– Bachelor of Science in Accounting, University of North Texas
– Master of Science in Accounting, University of North Texas

Jennifer enjoys giving back to the community by teaching others. A sampling of topics includes:

– University of North Texas: GRIT
– Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound: Biggest Gotchas for Physicians
– Dental Study Clubs: Financial Fluency
– South African Institute of Professional Accountants: How to Serve Your Clients
– University of Texas at Arlington graduate program in Healthcare Management: Financial Management of Physician Practices and Independent Community Pharmacies

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Peter McCleskey

Partner

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” – John 8:32

Peter McCleskey provides tax and consulting services primarily in the real estate and construction, manufacturing, and professional services industries. He consults with clients on mergers and acquisitions, business structures, and tax planning.  Peter serves as our managing partner and provides leadership and general oversight to the firm as a whole.  Peter’s diverse background includes almost ten years in the sales arm of the IBM Company, six years as the general manager and sole shareholder of a vertically integrated agricultural manufacturing and warehousing concern, time in Deloitte’s research tax credit practice, and almost eight years at the helm of the firm  he founded in Denton which was merged into KHA in 2012.

– Certified Public Accountant
– American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
– Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), Dallas Chapter
– “Top Ten” award (signifying one of the ten best scored in the state on the CPA exam)
– Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
– Master in Professional Accounting, The University of Texas at Austin

Over the years Peter has served as an officer and board member of various local civic and charitable organizations, as well as taking various service and leadership roles in his church.  He and his wife, Sheila, live in Denton.

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Chris J. Roberts

Lead Consulting Partner

“What gets measured gets done; what gets rewarded gets done again and again.” – John E. Jones

Chris Roberts leads KHA’s strategic consulting practice and brings significant industry experience to his clients. After eight years in public accounting, Chris spent 16 years as CFO/COO in industry before joining KHA in 2009. Chris focuses on organizational performance improvement and specializes in the areas of CFO services, operational improvement, transaction preparedness, succession planning, and management coaching. Chris also provides tax planning and compliance services to mid-market clients.

– Certified Public Accountant
– Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
– American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
– Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), Dallas Chapter
– Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, St. Mary’s University
– Master of Business Administration, University of Texas at Arlington

Chris is a former member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of Denton County Friends of the Family.

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Cynthia Grieco

Tax and Lead Business Services Partner

“The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.” – Tyrese Gibson

Cindy Grieco joined KHA in 2009 and works across industries leading the firm’s business services group. Cindy also provides tax planning and compliance services to businesses and high net worth individuals in a variety of industries. Cindy is also dedicated to serving tax-exempt organizations.

– Certified Public Accountant in Texas
– American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
– Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), Dallas Chapter
– Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, University of Texas at El Paso
– Fluent in Spanish and Italian
– Client Accounting Advisory Services AICPA Badge
– QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Cindy is a 2011 graduate of the Leadership Lewisville program and recently served on the board of directors of the Lewisville Chamber of Commerce, from 2016 – 2019. Other community involvements include: National Charity League, Inc. Golden Corridor Chapter Treasurer 2021-2023, Lewisville Healthcare Alliance Co-Chair 2019, Lewisville Chamber Annual Awards Committee 2017, and several personal community involvements.

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Josh Coronado

Assurance Partner

“Thirst was made for water; inquiry for truth.” – C.S. Lewis

Josh Coronado has 16 years of public accounting experience providing audit, review, and compilation services for a wide range of privately held entities, with an emphasis in the construction, manufacturing, distribution and retail, and employee benefit plan industries. His diverse industry experience has enabled him to assist clients with a vast range of technical issues, including business combinations, inventory valuations, and complex revenue recognition issues.

– Certified Public Accountant
– American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
– Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), Fort Worth Chapter
– Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance, Abilene Christian University
– Master of Accountancy, Abilene Christian University.

Josh is a graduate of Leadership Fort Worth’s LeadingEdge program and a former board member of Texas Center for Arts + Academics.

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Jacob Nethery

Lead Assurance Partner

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17

Jacob Nethery has significant experience in performing audits and reviews of financial statements for privately held businesses. He concentrates in the manufacturing, distribution, transportation, and oilfield services industries. Jacob joined KHA after working for a regional CPA firm for 14 years where he was the location leader for the Fort Worth office’s manufacturing and distribution industry practice niche. Jacob has authored articles in Automation World Magazine and Industrial Distribution Magazine on various hot topics in the manufacturing and distribution industries.

– Certified Public Accountant
– Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
– American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
– Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), Fort Worth Chapter
– Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Texas at Arlington

Jacob has served on several non-profit boards and is a graduate of Leadership Fort Worth’s LeadingEdge program.

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Scott Krahn

Tax Partner

“This is too difficult for a mathematician. It takes a philosopher. The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” – Albert Einstein, 1944

Scott Krahn heads quality assurance for the tax department and manages tax compliance and consulting engagements, primarily serving mid-market and closely held businesses in the real estate, health care, and service industries. Prior to joining KHA, Scott worked for five years at a large public accounting firm in Columbus, Ohio, where he was a tax manager on compliance engagements and also worked within the firm’s national tax office as a subject matter expert on tax depreciation, cost segregation studies, fixed asset reviews, and the IRS tangible property regulations. Scott has also been self-employed in residential real estate investment and property management. He has been a frequent speaker on tax technical matters at accounting firm CPE sessions, meetings of various entrepreneurial organizations, and a variety of events at Ohio State and other academic institutions.

– Certified Public Accountant in Texas and Ohio
– American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
– Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), Dallas            Chapter
– Ernst & Young Award for Excellence in Scholarship
– Fisher College Pace Setter Award
– University Fellowship Award
– Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude,
Weber State University
– Master of Accounting, Summa Cum Laude, The Ohio State                University

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Jonny Baker

Consulting Partner

“If we will only think, we shall begin to thank.” – Charles H Spurgeon

Jonny Baker provides strategic management consulting services to business clients in a variety of industries with a focus on corporate performance improvement specializing in organizational optimization strategies, performance management systems, process mapping and reengineering, and strategic and business planning. Jonny is a Gold Award winner for the highest exam score on the Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis certification and the Priscilla S. Payne Student Performance Award for the top student exam score on the Certified Management Accountant examinations.

Prior to joining KHA, Jonny performed risk-based operations analysis for a Fortune 100 company eventually reaching the position of Senior Manager. Jonny also has experience serving mid to large-sized businesses in the assurance services practice of a national professional services firm.

– Certified Public Accountant
– Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
– Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis (CSCA)
– Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
– Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
– Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), Dallas             Chapter
– Texas A&M Center for Executive Development Scholar Award
– Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting,
Texas A&M University
– Master of Science in Finance, Texas A&M University
– Master of Business Administration, The University of Texas at           Austin

– University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business Alumni Advisory Board
– Texas A&M Consulting Group Case Competition Sponsor
– Dallas Business Club McCombs Board Member Representative (2018-2019)
– INCubatoredu Pricing and Forecasting Coach (2018)
– Graduate of Leadership Flower Mound
– Graduate Business Council, McCombs School of Business (2013-2015)
– Admissions Committee, McCombs School of Business (2013-2015)
– Actively Involved in Church Community

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Brian Ragan

Consulting Manager

I’ve got a Caribbean soul I can barely control, and some Texas hidden here in my heart.” – Jimmy Buffett

Brian specializes in financial modeling, analytics and corporate strategy development. Formerly he founded Sinevant Corporation and served as its Chief Financial Officer.  Sinevant Corporation simplified logistics in Senegal and Nigeria for the importing and exporting of agricultural and health and beauty products, bringing high quality products to regions that were grossly underserved. Prior to Sinevant, Brian was the Assistant Chief Financial Officer at Relevant Technologies, the world’s leading supplier of obsolete and end-of-life industrial automation components. There, Brian managed all Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, Customer Service, Warehousing and Logistics, and Procurement business units. He interned with the financial consulting firm Feznak and Associates in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.

Brian has received two Master degrees from the University of Texas at Dallas; MBA and MS in Finance. Before he attended Graduate School, Brian earned degrees in Music, Spanish and General Business at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.

Brian aided in the startup of a non-profit organization in Freetown, Sierra Leone that developed micro-finance loan institutions in slum communities, helped start a woman’s vocational training school and funded the operations of an elementary school. It was while working with the Kroo Bay Initiative that Brian realized he was going to dedicate his professional career to helping small businesses realize their true potential in all communities, across the globe.

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Lisa Smith

Senior Tax Manager

“There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking.” – Brian Tracy

Lisa Smith joined KHA in 2013 and provides tax and accounting services to a variety of business and individual clients. Lisa leads the firm’s practice in state and local tax matters. Lisa began her career in industry working in both finance and tax accounting positions before transitioning to public accounting in the Dallas office of Grant Thornton, specializing in state and local tax.

– Certified Public Accountant
– American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
– Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), Dallas        Chapter
– Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance,
University of North Texas
– Master of Science in Taxation, University of North Texas

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Barb Janeway

Tax Manager

“Whatever you do, do it well.” – Walt Disney

Barb Janeway manages services for clients in all areas of taxation including preparation of individual, fiduciary, not-for profit and business returns with an emphasis on fiduciary and estate matters. In addition to tax return preparation, she provides tax planning and compliance services.

Prior to joining KHA in 1998, Barb worked for a large corporation as a staff accountant and as an internal auditor.

– Certified Public Accountant
– American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
– Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), Dallas             Chapter
– Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting,
Texas A&M University
– Master of Business Administration, University of North Texas

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Rebecca Haynie

Tax Manager

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Rebecca Haynie came to KHA with over seven years’ experience working for a local mid-size firm providing tax compliance and planning for a variety of clients in a variety of industries  with an emphasis on real estate. At KHA, Rebecca manages tax compliance and planning projects for multiple industries.

– Certified Public Accountant
– American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
– Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA)
– Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Texas Women’s    University, Summa Cum Laude

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Amanda Hess

Tax Manager

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

Amanda Hess joined KHA in 2015 after several years as a tax accountant in a financial planning practice. Amanda manages tax and accounting engagements for a variety of business and individual clients in several industries, concentrating in real estate and construction, professional services, and healthcare.

– Certified Public Accountant
– Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) designation from American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
– American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
– Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), Dallas Chapter
– Bachelor of Business Economics, Texas Tech University
– Master of Science in Taxation, University of North Texas

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Catherine Huang

Manager

Catherine provides assurance services for small to mid-size businesses in a variety of industries including manufacturing, construction, employee benefit plans, and non-profit industry. Catherine joined KHA Accountants, PLLC in August 2014. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in public accounting at a national CPA firm (RSM) in Texas for 6 years and a local CPA firm in California for 6 years.

– Certified Public Accountant
– American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
– Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), Dallas Chapter
– Master of Business Administration in Finance, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Kyle Lindaman

Tax Manager

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” – Mark 12:30

Before joining KHA, Kyle Lindaman worked for five years at a local public accounting firm near Los Angeles, California, where he provided tax preparation, planning, assurance, and accounting services to individuals and businesses in a variety of industries. Today, Kyle manages tax planning and compliance engagements in several industries.

– Certified Public Accountant in Texas and California
– American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
– Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), Dallas             Chapter
– Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, California State University
Northridge, Cum Laude

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Brandon Reed

Tax Manager

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Brandon Reed manages tax planning and compliance engagements for a variety of business and individual clients in several industries. He spent four years in public accounting in Abilene prior to joining KHA in 2016.

– Certified Public Accountant
– American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
– Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), Dallas            Chapter
– Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting,
Abilene Christian University
– Master of Accountancy, Abilene Christian University

 

Brandon serves on the board of directors of Denton County Friends of the Family.

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VaLissa Padgett

Senior Tax Manager

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

VaLissa Padgett, CPA has more than 25 years of experience providing tax compliance and business planning to privately held entities, working closely with the owners to facilitate their business and personal financial objectives. She represents clients of all sizes in IRS inquiries and audits, and has significant experience serving the unique needs of construction companies, healthcare entities, and professional service firms. 

– Certified Public Accountant
– American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
– National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
– Immediate Past President & Board Member, NAWIC Fort Worth Chapter #1
– Treasurer, NAWIC Fort Worth Chapter #1 Foundation
– Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA)
– Member, Dean’s Leadership Circle, University of Texas at Arlington, School of Business
– Bachelor of Accounting, University of Texas Arlington

 

VaLissa remains a very active alumni and attends many on-campus recruiting events at the University of Texas Arlington.

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Merritt Moore

Audit Manager

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” – Psalm 34:1

Merritt Moore has five years of public accounting experience providing audits and reviews of financial statements for privately held businesses. Merritt joined KHA Accountants after previously working for two national accounting firms and an oil and gas company.

– Certified Public Accountant
– American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
– Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA), Dallas            Chapter
– Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting,
Texas A&M University
– Master of Science in Accounting, Texas A&M University

 

Merritt is actively involved in his church community

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