Our People

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Debra A. Curry, CPA

Principal

Phone 217-735-1576 ext. 134

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Debra (Deb) Curry graduated from Illinois State University and received her CPA certificate in 1979. She began her career with our firm in 1980 and became a partner in 1994. Deb oversees the auditing and accounting services areas of the firm and is also the managing partner. She is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Deb also serves as a board member of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.


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Clayton L. George, CPA/PFS

Principal

Phone 217-735-1576 ext. 129

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Clayton received his accounting degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 1981 and passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in 1982. He is an Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) and achieved status as a Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) in 2008. Clayton has worked for the firm since 1983 and has been owner and partner since 1994. His 30 years plus experience is invaluable in solving issues and planning strategies for the firm's clients. Areas of expertise are individual and business taxation, business entity formation and strategies, estate planning and real estate issues.


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Jamie J. Johnston

Firm Administrator

Phone 217-735-1576 ext. 144

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Firm Administrator, Jamie Johnston joined our firm in 1988. She handles the day-to-day operations of the firm. In her free time, she enjoys movies, gardening, and just spending time with her family & friends.


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Andrew H. Hayes, CPA

Tax Manager

Phone 217-735-1576 ext. 132

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Andrew Hayes, Partner and Tax Manager received a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Master’s in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants and Illinois CPA Society. He is an Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Board Member, volunteer fireman, and Rotary Club Member. His four boys keep him busy, especially when he steps into coach multiple basketball and baseball teams.


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Kristen Lanning, CFP(R)

Certified Financial Planner

Phone 217-735-1576 ext. 126

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Kristen Rose Minder Lanning currently works as an Investment Advisor Representative and Chief Compliance Officer for Pacesetter Financial Group, LLC, our sister firm. She also assists J.M. Abbott & Associates with tax returns, retirement planning, and individual tax planning, as needed. Kristen graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s in Finance and received her Financial Planning Certification from Boston University. When she’s not on the job, she’s either remodeling her historic home, gardening, or coordinating youth group activities for the Logan County Active Catholic Teens. Her husband David and two daughters live with her on her family's centennial farm.


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Debra C. Last, CPA

Audit Manager

Phone 217-735-1576 ext. 125

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Audit Manager, Debra Last, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Illinois State University, with a bachelor degree in Accounting, and a minor in Business Administration. She was Controller at Lincoln Christian University from 1995-2001. She specializes in Not-for-Profits and is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor.


Debbie uses her accounting expertise on the finance committee of Lincoln Christian Church, where she is also involved in the Harvest of Talents that raises funds to feed the hungry in disaster areas around the world. The mother of two adult children, she enjoys traveling, cross-stitch, reading and spending time with her young granddaughter.


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Andrew Fitzpatrick, CPA

Financial Planner & Tax Accountant

Phone 217-735-1576 ext. 136

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A graduate of Illinois State University, Andy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Accounting, with a Minor in Construction Management in 2006. Following graduation, he worked as a Staff Accountant for Sulaski & Webb, CPAs, focusing on the areas of audit and tax.


Since joining J.M. Abbott & Associates, Ltd., and Pacesetter Financial Group in 2007, Andy continues his work in audit and tax and has added financial and investment planning and investment advisory compliance to his areas of expertise. In 2009, Andy became registered as an Investment Advisor Representative, expanding his ability to provide clients with various types of financial planning and wealth management services. In 2013, Andy took on extensive responsibility for Pacesetter’s operations by adding the role of Chief Operations Officer to his planning and advisory position.


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Lori Johnson

Staff Accountant

Phone 217-735-1576 ext. 135

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Lori Johnson attended Richland College. She has worked in the accounting field for over 30 years. Lori provides business services such as payroll preparation, payroll and sales tax compliance, and financial statement preparation. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, antique shopping and spending quality time with family and friends.


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Ann Proefrock

Staff Accountant

Phone 217-735-1576 ext. 124

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Ann Proefrock joined the team as an Accountant after graduating with a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Illinois College. She provides business services, such as payroll preparation, payroll and sales tax compliance, and financial statement preparation. Ann has three sisters and is a proud aunt to three nephews and one niece. Her hobbies include shopping and reading, but traveling is her favorite. Her goal is to visit all fifty states.


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Patty Guzouskis

Administrative Assistant

Phone 217-735-1576 ext. 121

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Patty has been with the firm since 1996 as an administrative assistant.


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Jennifer Singleton

Administrative Assistant

Phone 217-735-1576 ext. 131

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Jenny Singleton joined the team in 2015 as the office’s Administrative Assistant after acquiring over fifteen years of customer service and administrative experience. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and being outdoors. Interesting fact, she’s also a twin!


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Peggy Morrow

Support Staff

Phone 217-735-1576 ext. 133

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Peggy Morrow works as a Seasonal Tax Assistant. She is involved in the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary and Carroll Catholic School Club. She enjoys spending time with family.


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Carrie Schleich

Staff Accountant

Phone 217-735-1576 ext. 122

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Carrie Schleich received a Bachelor of Science from Lincoln Christian University and boasts over twenty years of experience providing payroll and accounting services to small businesses and organizations. In her spare time, she directs children’s musicals at church and assists with Lincoln Community Theatre.

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Tim Bacus

Staff Accountant

Phone 217-735-1576 ext. 122

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Tim received his Bachelor’s of Christian Ministry from Ozark Christian College and Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Lincoln Christian University. Tim works in the tax and accounting departments of the firm. He enjoys spending time with his wife and children and is active in church and physical fitness. Tim has also enjoyed traveling abroad in France, Taiwan, Germany, Moracco and Niger.

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Broc Dodge

Staff Accountant

Phone 217-735-1576 ext. 122

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Broc received his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University. Originally from Streator, Illinois, he resides in Lincoln and joins our firm to assist with tax, auditing, and accounting. He enjoys a wide variety of sports.