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Ira Wayne McConnell, CPA

Managing Partner

Ira Wayne McConnell is Managing Partner where he is primarily responsible for guiding the firms’ strategic direction and has overall responsibility for management of administrative...

Thomas Jones Jr., CPA

Partner, Tax and Small Business Solutions

With close to four decades of experience in tax compliance and financial management, Mr. Thomas Jones Jr. works directly with corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and business...

Odysseus Lanier, CPA

Partner, Enterprise Risk Advisory Services

A Certified Public Accountant with more than 35 years of experience, Mr. Odysseus Lanier leads the firm’s Internal Audit and Risk Advisory practice which works...

Sharon Murphy, MBA

Partner, Business Process Consulting

­­ Sharon E. Murphy is a partner within consulting division of McConnell & Jones and a founding partner with McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy LLP (MJLM),...

Tene’ Thomas, CPA

Partner, Tax and Accounting Services

Tene' Thomas is a licensed CPA with more than 19 years of technical experience in tax compliance and accounting services. As Partner of the Tax...

Eric Ernest, CPA, FCCA

Partner, ERISA Compliance and Assurance Services

Mr. Eric Ernest has more than 24 years of experience in accounting and financial audits for a variety of industries and plan sponsors. For the...

Wendy Nguyen, CPA

Partner, Commercial Audit Services

An audit and assurance expert with more than 15 years of professional experience in various industries, Ms. Wendy Nguyen manages the firm’s SEC and commercial...

Marlon Williams, CPA

Partner, Governmental and Nonprofit Assurance Services

Mr. Marlon Williams leads our Governmental and nonprofit audit practice and is the partner in charge of our Dallas office. With over two decades of...
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Michelle Brumfield, CPA

Director, Employee Benefit Plan Audit and Compliance

Ms. Michelle Brumfield serves as the Employee Benefit Plan Audit and Compliance Director. She has the unique experience required for managing numerous employee benefit plan...

Gilbert Hopkins, CPA

Director, Consulting Services

Mr. Gilbert Hopkins specializes in providing financial management and business process improvement services to organizations in many industries.  With more than 35 years of business experience, Gilbert...

John Zimmerman,CPA

Director, Assurance and Advisory Services

Mr. John Zimmerman, a leader in federal financial management advisory services, serves as the Washington D.C. based Director of Assurance and Advisory Services where he...

Mark Schwartz, CPA

Director, Assurance and Advisory Services

Mr. Mark Schwartz is an expert in federal audit, internal controls, and financial reporting. As the Assurance and Advisory Services Director in the Washington D.C....

Lori Jamail, MBA

Director, Marketing

Ms. Lori Jamail serves as the Director of Marketing where she is responsible for the firm-wide marketing strategy including the implementation of marketing campaigns; developing...

Mandy Szabo

Director, Human Resources

Ms. Mandy Szabo serves as the Human Resource Director where she is responsible for managing a full spectrum of human resources support including talent acquisition,...
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Traci Gholson

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Traci Gholson serves as Chief Financial Officer for both McConnell & Jones and MJLM Federal Services. An experienced and versatile executive, Traci has 20+...

Calvin Chang

Director, Information Technology

Mr. Calvin Chang has more than 14 years of experience in information technology strategies in mid-size accounting firms. As the Director of Information Technology, his...