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Our Team

Our Team

Linda R. Forde, CPA

Public Accounting

Linda has spent nearly a decade in public accounting working on everything from tax returns, reviews and compilations to bookkeeping, payrolls and sales & use taxes. She has worked with clients from various industries including construction, manufacturing, food/bar service, retail and more. Linda is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and has taught client and community classes to improve QB efficiency and effectiveness. Linda is a member of the AICPA and the FICPA

Industry Experience

Linda has worked in every accounting position available in industry from AP/AR to CFO. This broad expanse of experience gives her a unique approach to solving problems and finding solutions for your business. She has hands on and supervisory experience with everything from heath insurance selection and purchase to tax returns. This gives you the opportunity to work with a full-service business consultant.

US Air Force Veteran

Linda is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. She served overseas during Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield providing critical parts to support the air mission. We would like to celebrate all of our veterans so please let us know if you are a veteran too.

Education

Linda graduated from Wilmington University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Business Management both Summa Cum Laude. She holds an active Florida CPA license and has been licensed in Tennessee (inactive), Texas (inactive) and Alabama (inactive). Linda has been a QuickBooks ProAdvisor certified in Desktop, Enterprise Solution and Point of Sale as well as QBO. She takes her continuing education seriously because she knows it is the way to provide you the most up to date knowledge and expertise.

Community Service

Linda is currently the Treasurer for Fourth & Gold and PossAbilities Plus. In 2021, she will serve as the Vice Chair of the  SBRN Accounting Network. Linda has served as President for the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance 2016-2018. She was the Board Treasurer and CFO of Trinity River Mission in Dallas 2012-2014 and was a member of Women in Defense for 2017-2018. Linda’s husband David was Chair of Criminology & Criminal Justice at University of North Florida prior to purchasing Ocean 60 restaurant and martini bar in Atlantic Beach. Their son Robert hopes to one day be an engineer or CPA.

Megan McAtee, CPA, MAcc

Public Accounting

Megan started her accounting career at Dufresne & Associates in November 2012 and spent four successful years working with governmental and non-profit organizations assisting them with their financial statement audits and filing required IRS Form 990 informational returns.

In April 2018, Megan joined James Knutzen & Associates as the Audit Manager to continue her focus on aiding non-profit organizations with all their financial reporting requirements, including those relating to federal and state grants and those specific to churches of all denominations.

In January 2019, Megan maintained her service to non-profit organizations by becoming the audit manager at the Forde Firm. She has become an expert in dealing with the specific obligations for private schools receiving scholarship funding from the State of Florida.

Education

Megan is a Jacksonville native and holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Central Florida in political science and the University of North Florida in accounting. She also has a Master of Accountancy from the University of North Florida.

Megan holds an active CPA license in the state of Florida and is a member of both the FICPA and the AICPA. She also has earned a Not-For-Profit II Certificate from the AICPA.

Community Service

Megan regularly volunteers with Feeding Northeast Florida in the Jacksonville area. She also has spent time tutoring and working with children through various organizations in Jacksonville.

Ashley Dunsmore, MSA

Public Accounting

Ashley began her accounting career in the tax world helping local small businesses in Jacksonville. From tax returns, she began widening her range to include bookkeeping, payroll, and auditing. She has worked with clients in numerous industries ranging from restaurants to construction to body shops and doctor offices. In June 2020, she joined the Forde Firm.

Education

Ashley is a Jacksonville native but achieved her bachelors at the University of South Florida in Tampa. After moving back home to Jacksonville, she completed her Master of Science in Accounting. Ashley is currently a CPA candidate.

Community Service

Ashley has been an active in the community for years. Starting when she was 15 years old, she volunteered at the Jacksonville Humane Society and her family has remained active with Lab Rescue. In college, Ashley was a part of a sorority whose philanthropy is the Make-A-Wish foundation. She frequently volunteered at Wish Parties, Walk-for-wishes, and Gala’s in the Tampa Bay area. This an organization that has stayed close to heart over the years and she is still an active member in North East Florida. Ashley also enjoys running for different causes. Some of the runs she has partaken in, has benefited St. Jude’s, Girls on The Run, Make-A-Wish, and many more.

Alsatia Brown, B.S.

Public Accounting

Alsatia joined the Forde Firm in August 2020 to provide support to the existing team members. She has written proposals for the construction industry, managed product selections for ecommerce brands, and provided proofing support in the retail advertising industry.

Education

Alsatia is a Jacksonville area native and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Florida in Communications.

Community Service

Alsatia has volunteered with her church’s community initiatives regularly for 10+ years. She is currently a volunteer with AquaJax, a local Non-Profit that is working to bring an aquarium to downtown Jacksonville.

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