Our Staff

  • Mellanee Walls, CPA

    Founding Partner

    Mellanee Walls, CPA and founding partner of Hutchinson & Walls now The Walls Group, is our fearless leader. She has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1994 after she graduated from Tennessee Temple University with her BS in accounting in 1992. Since founding the firm in 2001, her life has changed in some ways, but in others it’s just the same. She’s still devoted to her family and active in her church as pianist and a teacher. Currently, she maintains her CPA license in Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Tennessee Society of CPAs and the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute. She is a strong supporter of small business and is dedicated to helping the business owners achieve their financial goals.

    423.664.1004 ext.206 Email Me
  • Bernadette Bales

    Accountant/QuickBooks ProAdvisor

    Bernie guides her clients to worry-free processes and reporting. Bernie began her career in Mechanical Drafting and made the switch to accounting in 2001. She is one of our QuickBooks ProAdvisors and has been with the firm since 2007. She loves making and fixing things and excels at building strong relationships with the small business clients to whose success she is devoted.

    423.664.1004 ext.215 Email Me
  • Shelbye Brooks


    Shelbye Brooks joined The Walls Group in 2013 and within the firm focuses on accounting and tax work including consulting, planning, and tax preparation for small businesses and individuals. Her ability to work under pressure and strong commitment to research continue to make her a valued member of the team. Shelbye has her Master of Accountancy from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she was awarded the Outstanding Master’s Student in Accounting. Shelbye is a member of the Tennessee Society of CPAs through which she serves on the Ronald McDonald House Autumn Children’s Festival Committee, The Red Shoe Society of Greater Chattanooga, and The Construction Specifications Institute of Chattanooga (CSI). In her free time, Shelbye enjoys reading, live music, and good food while in even better company.

    423.664.1004 ext.213 Email Me
  • Melissa Cleveland

    Director of Client and Community Engagement

    As an avid lover of words and people, you will find Melissa making useful posts on our Facebook and Twitter feeds and see her in person networking at community events. She brings years of experience in customer service, community relations and small business ownership to the table and understands what it means to sit on both sides of the desk. Melissa is committed to adding value to each experience we have with our clients and to increase our presence in the community including events through the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Chattanooga Women Mean Business and CWLI.

    423.664.1004 ext.203 Email Me
  • Sonya Keller

    Office Manager/ QuickBooks ProAdvisor

    Sonya has been with the firm since 2007. As our office manager she oversees the daily responsibilities of the team. She is an accountant with a certification in QuickBooks as a ProAdvisor. She graduated from Chattanooga State with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Accounting Technology and the Outstanding Accounting Graduate Award. Before completing her degree in accounting, she managed restaurants for 10 years in Johnson City and Chattanooga, TN. Management comes easy with a Marine Corps background “using that oorah attitude”. On her off days you will find her with her family at many local sporting events, serving on the PTA, or helping with church activities.

    423.664.1004 ext.207 Email Me
  • Beth Siggers

    Director of Communications

    Beth Siggers is the voice and face that greets you when you call or visit our office. As Director of Communications, Beth always goes the extra mile to assist our clients. Beth is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Before joining The Walls Group, Beth held various accounting and financial positions. This extensive background has made her an invaluable member of our team. Beth lives in Ringgold with her husband, Mike, and youngest daughter, Grace. After hours, you may find Beth in a Zumba class or running down a road. She hopes one day to add “Marathon Finisher” to her list of accomplishments.

    423.664.1004 ext.200 Email Me
  • Rachel Walls

    Intern Tax Associate/Accountant

    Rachel Walls has been working for her aunt, Mellanee Walls, almost since she can remember. She has enjoyed helping to organize and streamline information flow in our office since she was 13 and now as an accounting student at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville (Go Vols!) she is assisting in the tax preparation process and getting hands-on experience with small business accounting. Rachel continues to contribute to make us a more organized and efficient firm as she also develops into a fantastic accountant. When she is not in class or studying, she enjoys spending time with friends and family in every season and her smile will warm your heart!

    423.664.1004 Email Me

About Us

At The Walls Group, small business is our passion. We focus on small and mid-sized businesses at all stages from inception to exit. Our experienced team of professionals can help you navigate today’s increasingly complex business environment with the knowledge, energy, and careful attention to detail that your business deserves, nurturing growth and shielding you from pitfalls – freeing you from accounting headaches to focus on doing what you love.

  • Accounting system development
  • Budgeting and cash flow analysis
  • Business planning services
  • Business startup services
  • Cash management services
  • CFO services
  • Financing services
  • Financing Analysis
  • Fraud services
  • Litigation support