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About Us

Our Firm

Founded in 1970, Kelley Hardesty Smith and Co began helping our clients achieve success by offering a variety of accounting services to closely-held enterprises of all sizes.

Kelley Hardesty Smith and Co is a full-service CPA firm.

We offer a wide array of accounting, advisory and financial services to individuals and privately held businesses throughout Indiana and the surrounding states. We specialize in turning your information into recommendations to help achieve your personal and business goals.

 

Our Mission

To provide you with financial and consulting services that will assist you in attaining your business and personal goals.

To recognize the personal worth of our team members by providing an atmosphere that allows personal satisfaction in work accomplished, professional growth in the career experience, advancement opportunities and means to share in the company's success.

 

Our Commitment

We are committed to your success. We make it our business to know your business in order to help you improve your financial position. We will help you implement strategies to lower your taxes, improve your capital position, define your business structure, develop your acquisition potential and much, much more.

We earn our fees by adding value to your company. Together we can apply our knowledge to enhance your company's growth and success.

 

Our Partners

 

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Mark Scheaffer C.P.A., Managing Partner

Mark joined KHS in August 1988 and became a partner in 1991. He took over the managing partner responsibilities when after the three KHS namesakes retired. Mark graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1984. He has worked with Shop with a Cop, Breakfast with Santa, Beech Grove Education Foundation, Greater Beech Grove Chamber of Commerce, Institute of Management Accountants and the YMCA. He is also an avid supporter of Friends of NRA which funds youth shooting sports programs.
 

 

 

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Bryan Whisler C.P.A., Partner

Bryan became a partner in the firm in August of 2006. He continues to concentrate in the business development area of the practice. Bryan received his B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University in 1992 and holds leadership positions in a variety of professional and community organizations. Currently he is focusing his community efforts on increasing the networking relationships among food and clothing pantries in Central Indiana. Bryan also is an avid supporter of Friends of NRA which funds youth shooting sports programs.

 

 

 

 

Kara Lauth

Kara Lauth C.P.A., Partner

Kara became the sixth partner of Kelley Hardesty Smith and Co in January 2020, four years after joining the firm. She previously operated her own small accounting business after building her own client base. Kara graduated from Manchester College in 1993 with a B.S. in Accounting and earned her C.P.A. license in 1997. In her spare time, Kara likes to travel, be outdoors and spend time with her family and friends.

 

Our Partners: Past and Present 2009

 

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Bryan Whisler, *Bill Kelley, *Bill Hardesty, *Larry Smith, Mark Scheaffer

*retired

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Team

Lisa Feldhake C.P.A.

lisa@khscpa.com

Lisa has been a team member for more than 30 years. She began her career in 1981 after graduating magna cum laude from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Lisa joined the KHS team in 1984, and went part-time in 1988 to raise her three daughters with her husband Kris. She’s an active member of St. Mark Catholic Church. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family.

Andrea Callahan

andreac@khscpa.com

Andrea returned to school to obtain her BS in Accounting from Western Governor’s University in 2017, having completed her initial BA in Geology from Earlham College in 1997. Her family volunteers frequently at the library, and spends most of their free time playing board games and watching old movies.

Margo Wills

margo@khscpa.com

Margo Wills earned a Bachelor of Science in Business with concentrations in accounting and finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 2007. She has worked in the private sector for the last 20 years operating & managing her family’s business in material handling equipment sales and service. Margo is married to Christopher and they enjoy spending their free time boating, fishing, hunting, camping and training their bird hunting dogs. She also enjoys reading, gardening and photography. Margo is excited to broaden her experiences in the public sector, and to work with a great team of people to benefit our clients in the best possible way.

Mike Coy

mike@khscpa.com

Mike received his Master of Science in Accounting in 2012 from Liberty University. He's worked in public accounting for more than 30 years. Mike is married with two adult sons who live in the Indianapolis area. Mike and Carol enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, camping and going on cruises.

Leah Despain

leah@khscpa.com

Leah earned her Bachelor Degree from Indiana State University in 2007 and has worked in the accounting world since 2015. She enjoys hiking with her dogs and traveling to new places with her husband. When time allows, she spends her free time with her fluffy kids, scrapbooking, gardening and reading.