OUR TEAM


A FULL SERVICE CPA FIRM IN NW FLORIDA

Christine E. Carter, CPA / Managing Partner

Christine graduated from the University of Georgia in 1992 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and major in accounting. Her near twenty years in public accounting began at Smith and Radigan, PC in Atlanta, Georgia. She specializes in the financial and compliance audits of affordable regulated multifamily housing properties. She also works with many local not for profit entities and community associations. As the sole owner of Carter & Company, CPA, LLC she is a member of the AICPA and FICPA. Additionally, Christine is a member of IMPACT 100 and serves on the board.  She is also a board member of The ARC of the Emerald Coast Foundation and the Sacred Heart Foundation. Christine grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is married with two children. She enjoys travel, boating and the beach with her family.

Kenneth W. Bryant, CPA / Partner

Ken graduated from Auburn University in 1979. His thirty plus years of experience began at Touche Ross (aka Deloitte & Touche USA LLP) in Atlanta, Georgia then Smith & Radigan, PC where he was a partner for twelve years. He specializes in the financial audits of affordable regulated multifamily housing properties as well as partnership taxation. Ken has experience in all phases of audit, accounting and tax and is a member of the AICPA and FICPA. Currently, he serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Walton County and the Walton County Chamber of Commerce. Ken has three children and enjoys cooking, general aviation and deep sea fishing.

Sam Boerma, CPA / Partner

Sam graduated from Bob Jones University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in mathematics in 2003. Sam began as an intern at Carter & Company, and now has over thirteen years of experience in partnership taxation, specializing in affordable housing and tax credits. Sam also has significant experience with the evolving issues surrounding not for profit taxation. He is a member of the AICPA, SCACPA, and FICPA. Sam grew up in Wisconsin, is married with two daughters and enjoys the beach and family time

David Bell, CPA / Partner

David earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bob Jones University and a Master of Accountancy from The University of West Florida. David interned with Carter and Company for two busy seasons prior to full time employment in 2006. He specializes in the financial and compliance audits of affordable regulated multifamily housing properties and not for profit entities. David is a member of AICPA and FICPA and is a graduate of the Destin Forward Leadership Class of 2013. David is originally from Hershey, Pennsylvania, is married, and enjoys traveling.

Ashleigh Lyons CPA / Audit senior

Ashleigh graduated from the University of West Florida in 2012 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting.  Ashleigh interned with Carter & Company for two busy seasons before accepting a full time position in 2012 and became a licensed CPA in June 2017.  She is QuickBooks certified and specializes in the financial audits of affordable regulated multifamily housing projects as well as  common interest realty associations.  She is a member of the AICPA and FICPA.  Ashleigh was born and raised in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and enjoys spending time with her husband and son.

Christina Lueck / Tax senior

Christina graduated from Florida State University in 2011 with her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting and graduated from University of West Florida in 2014 with her Masters of Accountancy degree. She has worked for Carter & Company as an intern for five busy seasons before accepting a full time position in 2013. Christina specializes in partnership taxation. She is currently studying for the CPA exam and is a junior member of the AICPA and FICPA. She is married and has a pitbull named Zeus. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, watching sports and traveling.

Clara Fornella / Audit senior

Clara graduated from the University of West Florida in 2008 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting.  She was a member of the UWF golf team and Uruguay national golf team for four years.  In 2008, she joined Carter & Company and is a junior member of AICPA and FICPA.  Clara specializes in audit and tax. She is also a member of IMPACT100.  Clara was born and raised in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Jay Scheer / Audit Staff

Jay graduated from the University of West Florida in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting and a minor in Finance. He was an intern for one busy season at Carter & Company before accepting a full time position in 2015. He is currently studying for the CPA exam and is a junior member of the AICPA and FICPA. Jay was born and raised in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida and enjoys traveling, sports, and spending time with friends and family.

Justin Rathke / Audit Staff

Justin graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting and from The University of West Florida in 2014 with a Masters of Accountancy degree.  He was an intern for one busy season before coming on full time in 2013.  He is a junior member of the AICPA and FICPA.  Justin was born and raised in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and enjoys sports, the outdoors, and spending time with his wife and little girl.

Mitchell Ankersen / Tax Staff

Mitchell graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting and is currently pursuing a Masters of Accountancy degree from the University of West Florida. He was an intern for two busy seasons at Carter & Company and joined full time in 2016. Mitchell was born and raised in Destin, Florida and enjoys sports and reading.

Dee Dee Blandford / Administrative Assistance and Office Manager

Dee Dee attended college in Denison and Dallas, Texas.  Her over thirty years of administrative experience include managing a legal and business newspaper and executive assistant and capital campaign coordinator for the YMCA of Florida’s Emerald Coast. In 2006 she joined Carter & Company.  Dee Dee was born in Sacramento, California, raised near Dallas, Texas, and is married with two children. She is a member of IMPACT 100, Treasurer of her HOA and enjoys biking, kayaking and working out.

Michelle Neubauer / Quality Control and Client Assurance

Michelle was born in Mountainview, CA and was raised in California, Washington D.C. and Hawaii.

She has lived in Destin/Fort Walton Beach area for 35 years and has worked with Carter & Company during the tax season as Quality Control for the last four years.  She is now full time and comes  with 20 plus years of Banking and Customer Relations experience.  She has a daughter and grandson both living in Destin.  She enjoys local volunteer opportunities, fund raising events for local charities, traveling and photography.

LaDonna Umberger / Compliance Manager

Ladonna graduated from Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri, with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and Major in Accounting. She began working with Carter & Company in 2007 and is the compliance manager for the affordable regulated multifamily housing properties. Ladonna began her career with a large management company and spent ten years as an accountant of multifamily housing properties. She was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, is married with three children and enjoys traveling.

Sophia Lombardi / Audit Staff

Sophia graduated from William Woods University in 2017 with her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting and a minor in Spanish. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Leadership. Sophia was born and raised in Missouri. In her free time she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and going to the beach.

Monica Inglesias / Audit Staff

Monica graduated from the University of West Florida in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting and a minor in Management. She was an intern for one busy season at Carter & Company before accepting a full time position and is currently studying for the CPA exam. Monica was born and raised in Miami, Florida and enjoys eating, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

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