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Staff Profiles – Clinton Office

Scott Bernard, CPA
Acccountant & Principal Owner
Clinton Office

Scott Bernard is a Certified Public Accountant and principal owner of Bernard Tax & Bookkeeping in Clinton, Missouri.  He has extensive tax preparation experience for individuals as well as large and small businesses. Additionally, he is knowledgeable in new business creation, bookkeeping, payroll and providing solutions to other tax and accounting issues.

After obtaining his CPA designation, Scott joined a moderate-sized accounting firm in Springfield, Missouri, where he earned the title of Senior Accountant.  His experience led to his return to Clinton, where he joined Sue Cochran at Cochran Bookkeeping & Tax Service.  In 2008, he purchased the business and became principal owner of what is now known as Bernard Tax & Bookkeeping.

He is married to wife Stacy, a Registered Nurse at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton, Missouri.  In his spare time, Scott enjoys traveling, music, golf, and interacting with his four dogs.  Scott was born and raised in Clinton, the son of Adele and the late Bill Bernard.  After high school, he was selected to travel with the multi-cultural music group Up with People for a year. He played bass guitar and was able to travel to several states and even internationally.


  • Certified Public Accountant, Missouri


  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing Research, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • National Association of Tax Professionals
  • Clinton Rotary Club, Treasurer
  • Twin Lakes Hospice, Former Board Member
  • Clinton School District, Member of the Board of Education
  • Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Clinton Personnel Board
  • Former member of City of Clinton Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Clinton Animal Shelter Volunteer
  • Boxer/Schnauzer Rescue of the Ozarks Volunteer

Stacy Hinkle
Senior Accountant
Clinton Office

Stacy Hinkle is Senior Accountant at the Clinton office. Her areas of expertise are tax preparation for farms, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations.  She also has a vast amount of experience in bookkeeping and payroll and provides QuickBooks instruction.

She was born and raised in Henry County on the family farm in the Mt. Zion area.  Being raised on a farm was a natural fit when it came to tax preparation for farms, both large and small.  She is now married to James and they have two sons: one resides in Clinton and the other is in the United States Marine Corps currently stationed in San Diego.

After graduating from Lakeland High School, she attended college in Warrensburg.  Upon graduation from UCM, she was employed in an engineering firm before moving to Clinton to take a position with Schreiber Foods at the Capri Plant.   After leaving Schreiber, Stacy and her husband James took over Hinkle Screen Printing and operated the business for over a decade.  They have continued to attend the Missouri State Fair for 20+ years selling t-shirts and other souvenirs.  This small business experience has given her the background for helping with small business tax preparation.

Stacy started her own tax office in Lowry City before merging with Bernard Tax and Bookkeeping in 2011.  In addition to her work in bookkeeping and tax preparation, she and her husband own and operate Sounds Like Videos.  They produce videos and provide live streaming for numerous sporting events for schools in the area.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, walking trails, and the outdoors.


  • Master of Business Administration, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Clinton Main Street, Board member and Economic Vitality Chairman
  • Golden Valley Day Care, Board member
  • Clinton Booster Club
  • Owner, Sounds Like Videos
  • Audio Book Narrator, Sounds Like Videos

Kristin Harbin
Clinton Office

Kristin Harbin joined Bernard Tax in October 2020.  She brings with her 35 plus years of managerial accounting across several industries including, financial services, healthcare, construction, logistics and hospitality.

Kristin was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She relocated 10 years ago to her family farm outside of Osceola, MO.  She and her family are the third generation to operate the cattle farm.

Her interests include all things agriculture, snow skiing, horseback riding and fishing.


  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, University of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Robin Austin
Office Manager, Bookkeeper, Notary Public
Clinton Office

Robin Austin came to Bernard Tax in 2016 with extensive experience; Robin held a management position in the non-profit sector for 10 years in Warrensburg, Missouri. She currently owns a small retail business in Chilhowee, Missouri. Robin’s career experiences include manufacturing, food service, retail, contract labor, and floral business. She can tailor her skills to meet the needs of our various clients.

Robin was born and raised on a farm just outside of Chilhowee in Johnson County, Missouri. Small-town business, school, and community involvement are very important to her. She and husband Jimmie live just west of where Robin grew up, staying close to her small town. Their three children were raised to appreciate the value of a small town and family traditions. She and Jimmie have four grandchildren that they enjoy spending time with who also live close by.


  • Notary Public

Professional and Community Involvement

  • President of the Carpenter Cemetery
  • Chilhowee Community Fair Advisory Board
  • Co-Treasurer of Chilhowee Community Fair board
  • Chilhowee County Fair Book Publisher
  • Owner, Hometown Convenience Store in Chilhowee, MO
  • Participant in the C.L.I.M.B. Leadership Program, Warrensburg, MO

Melissa Warren
Receptionist, Bookkeeper
Clinton Office

Melissa Warren joined Bernard Tax in May of 2021 and holds the position of receptionist and bookkeeper.  She has over 10 years of experience in customer service and gains a sense of purpose in being able to satisfy customer’s needs.  Melissa’s career experiences include food service, retail, tourism, health education, bookkeeping and management. She is detail oriented, and a good problem solver.

Melissa was born in Missouri but spent much of her childhood in East Africa. While overseas she participated in several trips throughout Kenya and Tanzania assisting in building homes, schools, churches and offering medical services for both people and animals. She and her two children relocated to Clinton in 2019 to be closer to family.

Darlene Conrad, Bookkeeper

John Cochran
Clinton Office

John Cochran has been a constant with the business since it first began as Cochran Bookkeeping in the mid 70’s.   John’s late wife, Sue Cochran, was the original owner who began her tax career doing tax returns at the library.  He continues to support the office maintaining files and continuing valuable relationships with our customers.  He retired from Honeywell in 2002 but remains a vital part of Bernard Tax and Bookkeeping.


Staff Profiles – Warrensburg Office

Dean Specker, CPA, EA
Senior Acccountant
Warrensburg Office

Dean Specker has practiced as a Certified Public Accountant in the Warrensburg area since 2011. He obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Central Missouri in 2008.  He has owned and operated an income tax business, serving individuals and small businesses, since 2011. He became licensed to sell health, life, property, and casualty insurance in 2012, and passed the Series 65 test in 2017.

In his spare time, he likes to hang out with his children and grandchildren.  He also enjoys gardening and cooking.


  • Certified Public Accountant, Missouri


  • Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO

Conor Krause, CPA
Warrensburg Office

Conor Krause joined the Bernard Tax team in 2019 after graduating from UCM. He does a variety of work including payroll, bookkeeping, and tax returns. Conor completed a tax internship at a small firm in Warrensburg, Missouri, prior to coming to Bernard Tax. In addition, he is a member of the Young Professionals committee with the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce.

Conor is married to his wife, Jeni, and has three children. He enjoys working out, hiking, skiing, and spending time with family. Conor is from Knob Noster, Missouri, and has lived there most of his life.


  • Certified Public Accountant, Missouri


  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO

Corinna Babb
Receptionist & Payroll Clerk
Warrensburg Office

Corinna Babb joined the organization as a receptionist and payroll clerk in November of 2019.  She was previously with the Health Department and worked with a local veterinarian office.

She graduated from Warrensburg High School. She has a rather large family and spent a lot of time in the Bolivar and Springfield areas where she grew up.

Corinna loves working with animals.  Her favorite thing to do in her spare time is baking; her specialty is detailed sugar cookies. She is very crafty and enjoys making a variety of fun things to decorate with, especially during the holidays. She currently lives in Warrensburg with her partner, Ben, and their two cats.


Angela Wiebusch
Payroll Specialist and Bookkeeper
Warrensburg Office

Angela joined Bernard Tax in November 2021 and primarily works at the Warrensburg office.  She has a vast amount of experience with small to medium sized businesses, as well as experience as an owner/accountant/manager for her own past companies in the construction (government contracts), small business retail, convenience store, and residential rental industries.  Angela graduated from University of Central Missouri with a BSBA in Business Administration and went on to study Accounting at Longview Community College in Blue Springs.  Her first job was Cost Accounting for a marketing point of purchase display manufacturing plant.  Her second job was working in an Independence MO CPA firm preparing client’s bookkeeping, payroll and payroll taxes, and assisting in tax preparation.  Every position since she has been doing the management, accounting, and payroll for other businesses in several different industries as well as her own successful businesses.     

Angela grew up in Higginsville the daughter of Dr. Derald (Chiropractor) and Johanna Beschnett, and has lived in the area most of her life.  She currently lives in Emma with her son Brandyn and their three rescued cats.   Her hobbies include quilting, painting, swimming, gardening, and traveling.  


  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
  • Accounting, Longview Community College, Blue Springs, MO