Meet the Team




Brook Avey, CPA


Brook Avey has over eighteen years of experience assisting organizations in improving their financial processes and streamlining the preparation of financial reports.  Ms. Avey worked with KPMG and the Department of Defense to enhance business flow and efficiently prepare the Army’s financial statements.  She has also worked as the CFO of an international non-profit organization strategically positioning the multi-million dollar operations for growth.  Most recently, Ms Avey has taken her financial expertise to small business owners to help alleviate the stress of financial uncertainty.

Areas of Expertise:  

Cash Flow Management, Financial Reporting for Small Businesses and Non-Profits, Budget Preparation, Cost Analysis,  and Tax Preparation/Planning

Clientele has included Retail, Manufacturing, Non-Profit, Service, Trust, Rental Properties, Daycare, and Education.

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A. J. Amspaugh, CPA

Vice President of Operations

A. J. Amspaugh is a graduate of Indiana University where he received his BS in Accounting and Finance from the Kelley School of Business. He has over ten years of accounting experience ranging from overseeing accounting functions for a large construction company to assisting governmental entities with utility rate studies and bond structuring. He worked for a regional municipal advisory firm where he consulted and advised municipal and non-profit clients on an ongoing basis through a range of financial and regulatory reports as well as leading clients through the process of marketing municipal bonds on the primary market.  He has also worked as the Assistant Controller of a large, regional construction company where he oversaw accounts payable/accounts receivable functions, managed a multi-million dollar inventory system and developed numerous technology-based processes to make the accounting functions of the company more efficient.  A. J. lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Heidi, and his two children.

Areas of Expertise:  

Financial Reporting, Budget Preparation, Process Improvement and Management, Database Management, Software Implementation, Excel and Golf




 Ladimer Baird, CAPP


Ladimer Baird has over 15 years of experience working with small to medium sized companies in creating financial information that allows them to strategically grow.   Mr. Baird’s experience has crossed individual tax preparation, manufacturing, and non-profit accounting.  He started his accounting career working for H&R Block in Sioux Falls, SD preparing individual tax returns.  Mr. Baird then spent 11 years working for the Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc as Controller.  Moving to Indianapolis, he was the primary accountant for 5 sister businesses in the tissue bank industry crossing procurement, manufacturing, and sales.  Today, Mr Baird works tirelessly and diligently with small to medium sized businesses to improve their financial processes and position them to have data at their fingertips for strategic decisions.

Areas of Expertise:

Accounts Payable Management, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Streamlining Accounting Functions, Financial Statement Preparation, Cash Flow Projections, Quickbooks, Excel

Clientele has included Non-Profit, Manufacturing, and Service Industries





Jeanette Habing


Jeanette Habing is a Butler University Graduate with her BS in Accounting, and an IUPUI Kelley School of Business Graduate with her Masters of Science in Accounting. She has experience in public and corporate accounting, as well as the world of wealth management accounting software.  She served on the Finance Committee for the Indiana Region of the Disciples of Christ Church. Jeanette lives with her husband and two children in Carmel.

Areas of Expertise:

Public and Corporate Accounting, accounting software, Nonprofit Organizations


Melissa Cory

Payroll Specialist


Terry Lehman

Tax Accountant- Ft Wayne Office

Terry Lehman received his Bachelors degree from Indiana University.  Terry’s experience includes 18 years in Insurance, 5 years in K-8 Education in Technology and also /Database Administrator; over 33 years of various retail experience which includes a Business Owner  of 2 businesses,  a specialized school uniform /spirit wear company and tax preparation; 18 years of volunteer service including fund raising assistance, cash management and bookkeeping.  He brings a abundance of experience to our company in tax preparation, accounting knowledge, and computer solutions.   Terry and his wife Molly, have 2 children in college (plus have also been foster parents), Terry enjoys spending time with his diverse very large family, he and his wife, Molly, are each 1 of 10 children.

Areas of Expertise:

Tax preparation, Business and System Analyst, Database Administration, Financial Account Management, Technology Education, IT, Purchasing and Inventory Control, Business Ownership, cash management, fund raising.




Darrell Poeppelmeyer, M.Div., M.B.A., E.A.


Darrell Poeppelmeyer has over 20 years of accounting experience with accounting courses from North-Central Business College. He did commercial loan reviews for National Bankcorp in Chicago for three years, and has been involved in economic development since 1991. He has administrated or secured over $2.65 million dollars in government grants for small business development. He is adjunct faculty at Indiana Wesleyan University teaching business management courses in the Devoe School of Business. He is an enrolled agent with the Department of Treasury doing income taxes and providing audit support since 2012. Darrell has a passion for helping small businesses succeed.

Areas of Expertise:  

Accounting including non-profit experience. QuickBooks and the major Microsoft Office programs, including training and set-up. Audit representation in both personal and business income taxes.


Doug Haywood


Doug Haywood graduated from Wabash College with a BA in Liberal Arts.  He later received his Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting from Indiana University.  Doug has been a licensed CPA since January 1993.  He has worked in various accounting jobs for local to global manufacturing (Windamatic Systems, GE, Cooper Standard Automotive) and retail (SUPERVALU) companies and in public accounting as well.  Doug has experience in AP, AR, general ledger, payroll, and tax.  Prior to joining Brookside Accounting, Doug was an SAP business analyst for fixed assets for five years.  In this role, he participated in implementation projects for Cooper Standard Automotive facilities in North and South America.  Doug and his wife, Donna, are the parents of Elizabeth, Rachel, and Rebecca.  He is active in the Knights of Columbus and at Our Lady of Good Hope Church.

Areas of Expertise:  

Manufacturing, retail and public accounting (global and local).  Business analysis, AP, AR General ledger, payroll and tax.





Jennifer Avey  


Jenn Avey has been with Brookside Accounting since 2014 as a part-time bookkeeper.  She obtained a BS degree in Mathematics from Grace College in 2003.  Jenn worked in banking for 3 years and then spent 10 years as both a for-profit and non-profit business bookkeeper before becoming a Brookside team member.  Jenn is married to her college sweetheart, Scott, and they have 3 adorable children at their home in Frederick, MD.

Areas of Expertise:  

Mathematics, Bookkeeping, QuickBooks

Clientele has included Non-Profit and For Profit Organizations, Service Industries and Banking


Hannah Ross


Hannah Ross graduated from Grace College with a degree in Business Administration.  She later received her MBA in Finance from the University of Dayton.  She spent most of her career at NCR, Corp. where she worked in the Finance and Accounting department, focusing on compensation, inventory accounting and account reconciliation.    She is married and the mother of 3 children, residing outside of Dayton, OH.

Areas of Expertise:  

Compensation, inventory accounting and account reconciliation





Maribeth Leininger

Administrative Assistant

Maribeth Leininger joined Brookside Accounting part time in 2016 to provide administrative support for the accountants and bookkeepers at Brookside. With extensive experience in nonprofit management, she is experienced at providing customer service to clients. Ms. Leininger also has experience in bookkeeping and financial management for nonprofit, government, and business entities.

Areas of Expertise:  

Customer Service, Bookkeeping and Financial Management, Nonprofit Management.  Experience includes nonprofits, government and business.




Sandra Avey  

Administrative Assistant- Special Projects

Sandra Avey serves Brookside Accounting as an Administrative Assistant, fulfilling designated projects for the firm. Sandra’s  experience includes over 21 years working with numerous and varied agencies ensuring all back office support is handled with efficiency and accuracy.  Sandra has 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren and resides in Winona Lake, IN with her husband Tom.

Areas of Expertise:  

Administrative details relating to Communications, Scheduling, Event Coordination, Marketing, Sales, Customer Service, Account Receivable and Payable Processing, Purchasing, Government Permits.

Experience includes administrative positions held within: College Department, Non-Profit Organization, IT and Internet Services, Auto Auction, and Manufacturing.

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