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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

Amy White
Receptionist, Bookkeeper & Notary Public
Clinton Office

Amy was born right here in Clinton and came back as an adult. She and husband, Randy, whom have been married for 25 years, have raised 2 daughters, Jordan and Tylar, on their family farm, where they raise cattle.  When not working, rather it be here at Bernard Tax, Backroad Antiques or on their farm, she enjoys Antiquing, attending Mudruns around the area, reading and spending time with family, including her 2 grandchildren.  Camping and being on the Lake are a couple of her favorite past times as well.


  • Notary Public

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Owner, Backroad Antiques in Clinton, MO

Darlene Conrad
Tax Processor

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

Levi Macy
Warrensburg Office

Levi joined the firm as a Staff Accountant in November of 2022. He has lived in the Warrensburg area since 2020. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accountancy from the University of Central
Missouri in 2022. Levi is working on finishing his Master of Arts in Accountancy from UCM and is set to graduate in Spring of 2023. Ever since he completed his tax internship, he’s wanted to start his career in the tax field. His interest in tax and his love of Warrensburg led him to work at Bernard Tax & Bookkeeping.

Levi grew up in Clearwater, KS and graduated from Clearwater High School in
2018. Following graduation, he moved to Arkansas City, KS to get his
Associate degree in Accounting from Cowley College. While at Cowley, Levi
was a Tutor for Accounting and Math students, as well as a Resident
Assistant for the dorm he stayed in. After Cowley, Levi moved to Warrensburg
to get his bachelor’s degree from UCM. He is married to his wife, Katie, who
is the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at the First Baptist Church of
Warrensburg. In his spare time, Levi enjoys spending time with friends and
family, reading, and playing video games.


Jessica Grant
Payroll Specialist
Warrensburg Office

Jessica joined the firm as a receptionist and payroll clerk in May of 2022. In 2016 she started her journey as a fitness instructor which led to co-owning a local gym for a few years where she gained valuable experience as a small business owner. Jessica has always had a love for numbers, solving problems, and organization which led her to Bernard Tax & Bookkeeping.

Jessica grew up in Independence MO. She moved to the Centerview area in 2006 where she graduated from Crest Ridge High School in 2009 and has stayed the Warrensburg area. She is happily married to her best friend Calee Grant who is an EMT. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, teaching fitness classes, and random road trips with no destination in mind.


Sydney Mieser
Warrensburg Office

Sydney joined the firm in January 2024. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Economics from the University of Central Missouri. She has always had an interest in numbers and working with people, which ultimately led her to this position.

Sydney was born and raised on a farm in Warrensburg, MO. She has one daughter, Evelyn, and one dog, Lucy. She is married to her husband, Dailen, who recently started his own business. She enjoys spending time with her family and cooking for them. She also enjoys exploring new foods and restaurants with her husband.