Neal Williams, CPA MPAcc (tax), President
Neal began working for the CPA firm in 1997 as a staff accountant. He worked his way up until becoming a shareholder of the firm in 2003. He currently provides services for governmental clients, small businesses, and individual tax clients.
Neal is a native of Washington State, born in Mt. Vernon, WA, and raised in Seattle, WA. Neal graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Central Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Washington. After college, he began his career at a local CPA firm in Silverdale Washington before coming to work for Hearthstone CPA Group.
Neal currently lives in Silverdale, WA, with his daughter Elizabeth. He enjoys being a father and volunteering his time to her school’s finance committee and board of trustees.
Christopher Cook, CPA, CFP®, Vice President
Chris has been with the firm since 1995 and became a partner in 2003. He provides financial planning, accounting, and management advisory services to businesses, individuals, estates, and trusts. He specializes in forensic accounting, financial and tax planning, estate planning, and estate and trust tax preparation for fiduciary clients.
Chris has bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Washington. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Central Washington University. He is a Certified Financial Planner® and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He is also a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Chris is active in the Kitsap County Estate Planning Council and serves on the board of the Peninsula Community Health Services and the Kitsap County Historical Society. Chris and his wife Sandra live in Gig Harbor, WA.
Larry Hurley, CPA, Secretary
Larry Hurley has over 30 years of public accounting experience. He specializes in providing audit, accounting, and tax services for many clients in the multi-family housing, construction, and not-for-profit industries.
Larry received formal audit training and experience at a nationally recognized certified public accounting firm. In addition to working directly with closely held businesses, Larry also works personally with individuals to help them minimize their overall tax liabilities.
Beyond providing traditional CPA services, Larry has experience investigating business fraud and has been hired to provide expert testimony in this area. Larry is a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Sheila Lott, CPA, Shareholder
Sheila joined the firm in 2005 as a staff accountant. She graduated with honors from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration. She has been a CPA since 2001.
Before joining the firm, Sheila worked for a CPA firm in the Seattle area. She currently enjoys providing services for small businesses and individual clients, as well as governmental clients.
Sheila is a Washington native and has lived in the Bremerton/Silverdale area for many years with her husband, Tony, and son, Tony Jr. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time outdoors with her family and friends.
Michael Lind, CPA, CFE, Shareholder
Mike has been working at Hearthstone CPA Group since 2011. He has over 15 years of public accounting experience with small and nationally-recognized firms. His experiences also include both accounting and tax services.
Mike specializes in partnership and corporation returns, as well as federal tax research and tax planning for businesses and individuals.
Mike was raised in Southern California and moved to Port Orchard, WA, in 2007, with his wife Terry. Mike enjoys reading, running trails, and watching Seahawks football.
Megumi Ueda, CPA, Estate & Trust Manager
A long-time resident of Kitsap County, Megumi has worked in various local financial services. She received her business degree from the University of Washington with honors and has been a CPA since 2002.
Since joining Hearthstone CPA Group in 2001, she has been providing clients with traditional services in taxes, audits, and accounting. She also provides non-traditional services like retirement planning and elder-care consulting.
Nenita Matney, CPA, Audit Manager
Nenita’s experience includes public accounting and focusing on audits, grants, and reviews of for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental organizations. She also handles cases related to A-133 audits and Form 990 preparation.
Nenita has worked in excess of 5,000 hours on contract with the Washington State Auditor’s Office. Her experience also includes tax preparation.
Nenita received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Central Florida with honors. She also earned an Associate degree in Bank Management from Alvin Community College with honors. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Joseph Manjarrez, CPA, MS, Tax Manager
I earned my CPA license in the early 1980s. I graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in Business and a minor in Accounting. I earned my Master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University. I have over 35 years of experience, all in CPA firms.
I am a Washington native who was born and raised in eastern Washington. I currently live on Fox Island with my wife Corinne and son Spencer. I enjoy watching baseball, playing golf, and sailing. I volunteer at the Foss Waterway Seaport serving as the treasurer and chairman of the finance committee.
I am an experienced and insightful tax planner. I emphasize planning, looking beyond the necessary “score-keeping” to potential opportunities and pitfalls. Income tax compliance is very important, but I think the most important and rewarding service I offer is helping clients change and control their financial outcomes. I try to be a proactive and reliable part of their team. I think of that as “financial engineering.”
I concentrate on business taxation primarily at the corporate, partnership, construction, and real estate levels. I also review and prepare complex individual income tax returns, estate taxes, and gift tax returns for high net worth individuals. I have extensive experience in tax research and preparing state tax returns, including multi-state income tax returns.
Michelle Richie, Staff Accountant
Michelle has over 20 years of accounting experience. Her experience includes QuickBooks, accounting, and tax services for individuals, corporations, nonprofits, and partnerships. Michelle received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Washington Tacoma.
Michelle has been a resident of Kitsap County since 1996. She currently lives in Seabeck, WA, with her family. In her time away from work, she enjoys time with family and friends.
Jimmy Zheng, Staff CPA
Jimmy began working at the Hearthstone CPA Group in 2014. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Central Washington University, where he also earned a Master’s in Professional Accountancy.
Jimmy received his CPA license in 2015 and continues to further his knowledge by practicing in various fields of business and individual taxation, bookkeeping, and accounting. In his spare time, Jimmy enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and trying out new things; especially food from other countries.
Olga Martemyanova, Staff Accountant
Olga graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration. She began her career with Hearthstone CPA Group as an intern and joined the firm full-time after graduation in 2014.
At Hearthstone CPA Group, Olga is quickly gaining diverse exposure and experience of accounting areas, such as auditing, taxes, and bookkeeping. Outside of accounting, Olga enjoys exploring the great Pacific Northwest and capturing its beauty with a camera lens.
Lily Scoville, Staff Accountant
Vicki Whiteley, Administrative Assistant
Vicki began working as a receptionist and bookkeeper at Hearthstone CPA Group in January of 2013. Before her employment here, she was the Office Manager/Co-Owner of Whiteley Engineering in Poulsbo, WA, with her husband for 17 years. She brings with her a bookkeeping background, as well as a degree in Administrative Management from Central Washington University.
Vicki has two grown daughters and has served on several boards, such as the North Kitsap Soccer Club and Kingston Junior High Band Boosters. In her spare time, she enjoys playing saxophone in Buz Whiteley’s Big Band and boating with family and friends.