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.
Founding Partner, CPA
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 graduating from Tennessee Temple University in 1992 with her BS in accounting. 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. Currently, she maintains her CPA license in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. 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 business owners achieve their financial goals.
Merilee joined the Walls Group in the fall of 2020. She serves alongside the firm partner and CPAs to ensure the entire company is working towards a unified goal. Prior to joining The Walls Group, Merilee worked in the Events and Catering industry as a director over a large convention center. Her background in organization and execution make her a perfect fit for this roll. She is a University of Tennessee alumni (Go Mocs!) with a Degree in Business Marketing and Data Analytics with a minor in entrepreneurship. Merilee spends most weekends at home with her two young boys and husband enjoying each other’s company.
Senior Tax Accountant, CPA & CVA
Shelbye Lynn joined The Walls Group in 2013 after finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She continued her education and earned her Master’s in Accountancy and obtained her Certified Public Accountant and Certified Valuation Analyst designations. She focuses on accounting and tax work, including business consulting, tax planning, and tax preparation for small businesses and individuals as well as business valuation services. When she is not mastering a new skill in accounting, Shelbye enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially time with her husband relaxing on the boat.
Audit Manager, CPA
Jennifer Morrison joined The Walls Group in 2019. Prior to joining the Walls Group, Jennifer served as the Chief Financial Officer for a local nonprofit and several years as an auditor. Jennifer performs audits, reviews, compilations, and agreed upon procedures for a variety of industries. She specializes in non-profits and seeks to serve her clients by working alongside them to help ensure accurate and transparent financial reporting. She assists by identifying risks and evaluating controls that allow the client to do what they do best in the most efficient, effective, and accurate way.
Jennifer received her Bachelor’s of Accounting degree, cum laude, from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and her Master's of Business Administration degree from East Tennessee State University. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors and exploring new places with her husband and their two young sons. She is active in her church and her faith is a vital source of hope and joy for her in every season of life.
Staff Accountant & QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program Elite
Sonya has been with the firm since 2007. She is an accountant with a QuickBooks ProAdvisor Program Elite certification. 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 the Red Bank Community Pantry, or helping with church activities.
Senior Accountant, CPA & QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor
Kimberly Pouilly began working with us at The Walls Group in 2019 after moving to the Chattanooga from Illinois. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Western Illinois University with a focus in agricultural business management. She continued her education at Bradley University in Peoria where she earned her Master of Science in Accountancy degree. Kimberly has the heart of an educator and patiently spends time leading her clients through understanding the in’s and out’s of their accounts. She has four adult children and stays busy outside of work by reading, crafting and doing puzzles. She is active in her church music ministry and makes every excuse to “See Rock City” which is her favorite tourist activity in the Scenic City to date.
Staff Accountant, QuickBooks Pro Advisor
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 a QuickBooks ProAdvisor 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.
Client Care & Processes Coordinator
Beth Siggers is the voice and face that greets you when you call or visit our office. As client care and processes coordinator, Beth always goes the extra mile to assist our clients while also ensuring project set up and processes are done correctly. 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. 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.
Staff Accountant, QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor
Melissa came to the firm in 2014 to assist in office administration and soon took over the client communications and community partnerships role as well. Not content with handling those responsibilities, she has taken on bookkeeping and tax preparation tasks and now primarily acts as a tax preparer and provides accounting services to her clients. She is steadfastly focused on the success of her clients and her coworkers with her relationship-based, supportive mindset. Her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bryan College and her years as a small business owner and retail manager allow her to bring practical expertise to our team of accountants. In her time away from the office, Melissa is passionate about the great outdoors, including serving as a Certified Tennessee Naturalist in volunteer capacities around the state. Her two teenage kids (who she adores) are often in tow on adventures such as biking, hiking, kayaking and cross-country road trips to any and every national park available. She attends Covenant Presbyterian Church and holds her family and friends, some of whom are pets, dear.
Staff Accountant, QuickBooks Online Advanced ProAdvisor
Charlotte joined our team in 2020. Her career includes 18 years co-owning a local business with her husband and software implementations with accounting system integration. Charlotte is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and a small business advocate. She loves spending free time with her family and watching college football.
Curt is one of our seasonal tax preparers who has been with us for 8 years. He has the heart of a teacher & the brain of a mathematician. He is a retired pastor & educator who enjoys traveling with his wife & puppy.
Debra joined The Walls Group in 2015 assisting mostly during tax season. Debra plays a vital role in assisting the tax and accounting department with scanning and organizing all applicable information for processing returns. She thrives in this position thanks to her keen attention to detail. Debra moved to the Chattanooga area in 1983 and is married with one son with 30 plus years of bookkeeping and accounting experience. On the weekends you will find Debra playing softball, pickleball or crafting.
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