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Staff Profiles – Clinton Office

Scott Bernard, CPA
Acccountant & Principal Owner
Scott@bernardtax.com
Clinton Office

Scott Bernard is a Certified Public Accountant and principal owner of Bernard Tax & Bookkeeping in Clinton, Missouri.  He has extensive tax preparation experience for individuals as well as large and small businesses. Additionally, he is knowledgeable in new business creation, bookkeeping, payroll and providing solutions to other tax and accounting issues.

After obtaining his CPA designation, Scott joined a moderate-sized accounting firm in Springfield, Missouri, where he earned the title of Senior Accountant.  His experience led to his return to Clinton, where he joined Sue Cochran at Cochran Bookkeeping & Tax Service.  In 2008, he purchased the business and became principal owner of what is now known as Bernard Tax & Bookkeeping.

He is married to wife Stacy, a Registered Nurse at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton, Missouri.  In his spare time, Scott enjoys traveling, music, golf, and interacting with his four dogs.  Scott was born and raised in Clinton, the son of Adele and the late Bill Bernard.  After high school, he was selected to travel with the multi-cultural music group Up with People for a year. He played bass guitar and was able to travel to several states and even internationally.

Certification

  • Certified Public Accountant, Missouri

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing Research, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • National Association of Tax Professionals
  • Clinton Rotary Club, Treasurer
  • Twin Lakes Hospice, Former Board Member
  • Clinton School District, Member of the Board of Education
  • Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Clinton Personnel Board
  • Former member of City of Clinton Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Clinton Animal Shelter Volunteer
  • Boxer/Schnauzer Rescue of the Ozarks Volunteer

Stacy Hinkle
Senior Accountant
Stacy@bernardtax.com
Clinton Office

Stacy Hinkle is Senior Accountant at the Clinton office. Her areas of expertise are tax preparation for farms, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations.  She also has a vast amount of experience in bookkeeping and payroll and provides QuickBooks instruction.

She was born and raised in Henry County on the family farm in the Mt. Zion area.  Being raised on a farm was a natural fit when it came to tax preparation for farms, both large and small.  She is now married to James and they have two sons: one resides in Clinton and the other is in the United States Marine Corps currently stationed in San Diego.

After graduating from Lakeland High School, she attended college in Warrensburg.  Upon graduation from UCM, she was employed in an engineering firm before moving to Clinton to take a position with Schreiber Foods at the Capri Plant.   After leaving Schreiber, Stacy and her husband James took over Hinkle Screen Printing and operated the business for over a decade.  They have continued to attend the Missouri State Fair for 20+ years selling t-shirts and other souvenirs.  This small business experience has given her the background for helping with small business tax preparation.

Stacy started her own tax office in Lowry City before merging with Bernard Tax and Bookkeeping in 2011.  In addition to her work in bookkeeping and tax preparation, she and her husband own and operate Sounds Like Videos.  They produce videos and provide live streaming for numerous sporting events for schools in the area.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, walking trails, and the outdoors.

Education

  • Master of Business Administration, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Clinton Main Street, Board member and Economic Vitality Chairman
  • Golden Valley Day Care, Board member
  • Clinton Booster Club
  • Owner, Sounds Like Videos
  • Audio Book Narrator, Sounds Like Videos

Kristin Harbin
Accountant
Kristin@bernardtax.com
Clinton Office

Kristin Harbin joined Bernard Tax in October 2020.  She brings with her 35 plus years of managerial accounting across several industries including, financial services, healthcare, construction, logistics and hospitality.

Kristin was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She relocated 10 years ago to her family farm outside of Osceola, MO.  She and her family are the third generation to operate the cattle farm.

Her interests include all things agriculture, snow skiing, horseback riding and fishing.

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, University of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Robin Austin
Office Manager, Bookkeeper, Notary Public
Robin@bernardtax.com
Clinton Office

Robin Austin came to Bernard Tax in 2016 with extensive experience; Robin held a management position in the non-profit sector for 10 years in Warrensburg, Missouri. She currently owns a small retail business in Chilhowee, Missouri. Robin’s career experiences include manufacturing, food service, retail, contract labor, and floral business. She can tailor her skills to meet the needs of our various clients.

Robin was born and raised on a farm just outside of Chilhowee in Johnson County, Missouri. Small-town business, school, and community involvement are very important to her. She and husband Jimmie live just west of where Robin grew up, staying close to her small town. Their three children were raised to appreciate the value of a small town and family traditions. She and Jimmie have four grandchildren that they enjoy spending time with who also live close by.

Certifications

  • Notary Public

Professional and Community Involvement

  • President of the Carpenter Cemetery
  • Chilhowee Community Fair Advisory Board
  • Co-Treasurer of Chilhowee Community Fair board
  • Chilhowee County Fair Book Publisher
  • Owner, Hometown Convenience Store in Chilhowee, MO
  • Participant in the C.L.I.M.B. Leadership Program, Warrensburg, MO

Susan Hutcherson
Marketing, Bookkeeper
Susan@bernardtax.com
Clinton Office

Susan Hutcherson joined Bernard Tax in January 2020 and holds the position of receptionist and bookkeeper.  She enjoys working with people, meeting new people, and developing strong customer relations.  As a retired business teacher, she has experience in multi-tasking, organization, and close attention to detail.

She and her husband, Bob, are both Clinton residents with family ties to Clinton.  They have three grown children, as well as two grandchildren.  Susan is a retired business teacher and FBLA adviser, where she spent 25 years dedicated to encouraging and preparing Clinton School District students for future careers.  In her spare time, she enjoys a variety of hobbies which include outdoor activities, graphic design, sewing, and exploring opportunities for personal growth.

Certifications:

  • Microsoft Office Specialist Certified

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Education, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri

Professional and Community Involvement:

  • Bright Futures Advisory Board, Clinton Schools
  • P.E.O. International, Chapter IU, Clinton, MO
  • Missouri Retired Teachers Association

Darlene Conrad, Bookkeeper

John Cochran
Clinton Office

John Cochran has been a constant with the business since it first began as Cochran Bookkeeping in the mid 70’s.   John’s late wife, Sue Cochran, was the original owner who began her tax career doing tax returns at the library.  He continues to support the office maintaining files and continuing valuable relationships with our customers.  He retired from Honeywell in 2002 but remains a vital part of Bernard Tax and Bookkeeping.

 

Staff Profiles – Warrensburg Office

Dean Specker, CPA, EA
Senior Acccountant
Dean@bernardtax.com
Warrensburg Office

Dean Specker has practiced as a Certified Public Accountant in the Warrensburg area since 2011. He obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Central Missouri in 2008.  He has owned and operated an income tax business, serving individuals and small businesses, since 2011. He became licensed to sell health, life, property, and casualty insurance in 2012, and passed the Series 65 test in 2017.

In his spare time, he likes to hang out with his children and grandchildren.  He also enjoys gardening and cooking.

Certification

  • Certified Public Accountant, Missouri

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO


Conor Krause
Accountant
Conor@bernardtax.com
Warrensburg Office

Conor Krause joined the Bernard Tax team in 2019 after graduating from UCM. He does a variety of work including payroll, bookkeeping, and tax returns.  Conor is a CPA candidate and hopes to have his license soon. He completed a tax internship at a small firm in Warrensburg, Missouri, prior to coming to Bernard Tax.

Conor is married to his wife, Jeni, and has three children. He enjoys working out, hiking, skiing, and spending time with family. Conor is from Knob Noster, Missouri, and has lived there most of his life.

Certifications

  • CPA Candidate

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO

Karen Elwell
Payroll Supervisor
Karen@bernardtax.com
Warrensburg Office

Karen Elwell is a Payroll Supervisor in the Bernard Tax & Bookkeeping office in Warrensburg.  She has been working with payroll clients since 1990 and became part owner of Central Financial Services in 2012.   She was born and raised in Warrensburg, MO.  Her hobbies include attending concerts and Broadway shows.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri

Corinna Babb
Receptionist & Payroll Clerk
Corinna@bernardtax.com
Warrensburg Office

Corinna Babb joined the organization as a receptionist and payroll clerk in November of 2019.  She was previously with the Health Department and worked with a local veterinarian office.

She graduated from Warrensburg High School. She has a rather large family and spent a lot of time in the Bolivar and Springfield areas where she grew up.

Corinna loves working with animals.  Her favorite thing to do in her spare time is baking; her specialty is detailed sugar cookies. She is very crafty and enjoys making a variety of fun things to decorate with, especially during the holidays. She currently lives in Warrensburg with her partner, Ben, and their two cats.