Meet Our Team

Being a Southard Beckham client means having experts with answers at your fingertips at all times—answers you can trust, not just answers you can Google. Our friendly staff is quick to respond and always one step ahead of your needs.

Partners  •  Managers  •  Team Members


Partners

Kim M. Atwater CPA

Partner

Team Member Since 1979

Kim has been a practicing CPA since 1980. He’s a true native of the area, having grown up in Bremerton, where he attended West Bremerton High School. He now lives in Port Orchard with his wife, Marilyn. When Kim isn’t busy with work, he enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, and staying involved at his church, where he serves as deacon. Kim competes in Senior Basketball tournaments around the country and serves as treasurer of Westsound Youth Basketball Association, a basketball skill development program in Kitsap County.

Organizations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (WSCPA)

Education

University of Washington School of Business (Cum Laude)

Debbie Corrington CPA, PFS

Partner

Team Member Since 1997

Debbie received her training in taxes as an IRS business tax auditor but decided to move into the public accounting world to help business owners instead of audit them. This proved to be a rewarding move for her as she has been able to build meaningful relationships with her clients and team members. She has now worked in the public accounting and financial planning industry for thirty years and has spent the majority of those years at Southard Beckham. She was born and raised in Missouri and attended college in Iowa, where she met her husband of 32 years, Scott. They moved to Gig Harbor, Washington to make their home after graduating in 1987. Together they love traveling, camping, and enjoy exploring new places. Debbie and Scott have one son, Jake, who graduated with an Architecture degree from University of Washington and is currently “living the life” working at a downtown Seattle architecture firm.

Organizations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (WSCPA)
Quickbooks® Professional Advisors
Past President of Kitsap County Estate Planning Council

Education

Graceland University

Todd Eggers CPA

Partner

Team Member Since 1998

Todd was born in California but relocated to Kitsap County with his family as a teen. During high school and college, Todd was a competitive swimmer—a passion that continues to this day. His college swim teams of 1984 and 1986 have been inducted into the Central Washington University Hall of Fame. He now lives in Port Orchard with his wife, Susan. Together, they’ve raised two boys, and now have three gorgeous grandchildren. During his free time, Todd enjoys all things outdoors, including golf, swimming, camping, biking, and hiking. He’s even hiked all the way up Yosemite’s Half Dome, as well as Zion’s Angel’s Landing.

Organizations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Washington State Society of Certified Public Accountants (WSCPA)
Quickbooks® Professional Advisors
Kitsap County Estate Planning Council

Education

Central Washington University

Derek Burk CPA, MST

Partner

Team Member Since 2014

Derek has been a practicing CPA since 2012. Originally from Southern Oregon, Derek grew up in Port Orchard, Washington and graduated from South Kitsap High School. He now resides with his wife and kids in the Gig Harbor area. Derek enjoys volunteering at his church, playing basketball, camping, and spending time with his wife and kids.

Organizations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (WSCPA)

Education

Golden Gate University
Central Washington University

R. Christopher Beckham CPA

Former Principal

Team Member Since 1979

Christopher has forty-seven years of public accounting experience that includes the preparation of financial statements, individual income tax, estate tax, gift tax, fiduciary income tax, partnership income tax, corporate income tax, non-profit income tax, pension valuation, and business valuation. He lives in Port Orchard with his wife, Monica.

Organizations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (WSCPA)
Past President, Kitsap County Estate Planning Council
Past President, Beta Kappa Chapter, Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity

Education

Oklahoma State University

Bradford N. Buskirk CPA

Former Principal

Team Member Since 2007

Brad was raised in the Bremerton area and started working at his father’s service station, Buskirk’s Texaco, when he was eight years old. Prior to becoming an accountant, he was a small business owner in Manette, Washington. Brad transitioned to a career as a public accountant in 1991, eventually opening his own Silverdale public accounting firm, Tucker & Buskirk. The firm merged with Southard Beckham in August of 2007. Brad became a shareholder in 2008 and sold his share of the firm at the end of 2019. He now lives in Silverdale with his wife Roxanne, with whom he has five children and seven grandchildren. Brad volunteers with Royal Family Kids and Teen Reach Adventure Camp—organizations that mentor foster children in Kitsap County.

Organizations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (WSCPA)

Education

Olympic Community College
University of Washington
Central Washington University


Senior Managers

Rick Eggers EA

Senior Manager

Team Member Since 2004

Rick has over 15 years of public accounting experience. He has called Port Orchard, Washington his home for 35 years and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Organizations

Quickbooks® Professional Advisors

Education

Central Washington University

Elizabeth Kirscher CPA, MAFM

Senior Manager

Team Member Since 2016

Beth first joined our firm in 2016. She provides tax and accounting services to individuals and closely held businesses and has over a decade and a half of public accounting experience. Over the last few years, she has developed a specialization in trust and estate work under the tutelage of Chris Beckham. She has a passion for helping clients navigate the process of administering an estate from a tax perspective. Beth was born and raised on the Olympic Peninsula, Valedictorian of her high school, graduated from the University of Washington, and passed all four parts of the CPA exam on her first attempt. As a military wife, she traveled overseas and earned her master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and designing floral bouquets to share with her friends and family.

Organizations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (WSCPA)
Former Board Member of Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County

Education

University of Washington (Seattle)
UMUC (Europe)

Nicole Urbanski CPA

Senior Manager

Team Member Since 2007

Nicole started her public accounting career in auditing, but later transitioned into the tax field. Before joining Southard Beckham, she worked for public accounting firms in New London and Glastonbury, Connecticut. She’s an avid runner and triathlete and completed her first Ironman in November 2019. In addition to her own athletic endeavors, Nicole coaches cross country for a local Catholic school and is an active member of her Parish. Nicole and her husband Andrew have two children.

Organizations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (WSCPA)
Quickbooks® Professional Advisors

Education

Christian Brothers University


Managers

Todd Damish CPA, MT

Manager

Team Member Since 2004

Todd has worked in the public accounting field for thirty-three years and has spent fifteen of those years at Southard Beckham. He was raised in Wenatchee, Washington and now lives in Gig Harbor with his wife, Ivette. They have two children, Dawson—who is currently studying Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona—and Bailey, who attends Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma.

Organizations

Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (WSCPA)

Education

Washington State University
Portland State University

Kathleen M. Allen

Manager

Team Member Since 2006

Kathye has 30 years of bookkeeping experience, including 23 years working in Kitsap and Pierce Counties for various small business owners.

Organizations

American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB)

Education

Heald College of Business


Team Members

Malia Chavez

Senior

Jacklyn Marquardt

Senior

Lindsay Pelliciotta

Senior

Sheryl Thomas

Senior

Jessica Burkett

Associate

Shonda Trent

Senior

Andrea Robb

Associate

Joe Burke

Associate

Kerri Adams

Office Manager

Megan Elliott

Office Assistant

Shelley LaFreniere

Office Administrator

Mimi Lundberg

Tax Processor

Caulene Nevin

Office Assistant

Livia Periot

Billing Administrator

Lorrie Schuck

Systems Administrator

Ashley Young

Administrative Assistant