Our firm provides outstanding service to our clients because of our dedication to the three underlying principles of professionalism, responsiveness and quality.

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Our firm is one of the leading firms in the area. By combining our expertise, experience and the energy of our staff, each client receives close personal and professional attention.

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Companies who choose our firm rely on competent advice and fast, accurate personnel. We provide total financial services to individuals, large and small businesses and other agencies.

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WR Ramsey and Associates is a full-service Accounting firm licensed in Kentucky. All our CPAs hold valid
Kentucky State CPA Certificates.

Meet Our Staff:

LOU ANN HYDER - President

Lou Ann began at WR Ramsey in the Fall of 2016. As President of the firm, she oversees the day to day operations to ensure the highest quality service to our clients and is responsible for the overall direction and administration of all company operations.  In addition, she is actively working to grow our offering of services, primarily focusing on guiding clients through the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit.

She holds degrees in Social Work and Health Information Technology from University of Kentucky and Alfred State University, and has 30 years of experience in executive level nonprofit and corporate healthcare. Lou Ann resides in Woodford County. 


Bill started the firm in 1990, after spending 25 years is private accounting. Over the past 24 years, Bill has dedicated his time and energy to not only preparing financial statements and income tax returns, but truly being a financial partner to his clients.

Bill’s expertise covers the full range of accounting, advisory and tax mitigation strategies. Bill takes pride in treating every client as though they are his only client. Bill believes this philosophy is the single most important small business strategy and the key to his success.

Bill is an Enrolled Agent, certified to partner with any client that might be facing issues with the Internal Revenue Service.

Bill grew up in Corbin, KY.  He played basketball while attending Sue Bennett Jr. College, were he received an Associate's Degree in Business and achieved a BS Degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Bill is a father of 3 children and grandfather of four. Bill enjoys playing golf and is a member of Moss Hill Golf Club in Versailles, KY.

LARRY WHEELER, CPA - Senior Vice President

Larry Wheeler is a Certified Public Accountant and has over 30 years’ experience, mostly involving taxation of indivduals and small business owners.  After several years working with regional and local accounting firms, he joined WR Ramsey and Associates in 2004 as a partner. 

Larry also has extensive background working with entrepreneurs in launching new business ventures, from helping clients develop pro-forma financials to getting all the appropriate business licenses.  He also is hands-on regarding tax preparation for individuals, corporations and partnerships as well as reviewing and assuring the accuracy of tax returns prepared by the staff.

Larry is a graduate of Morehead State University with a BS in Administration and Accounting and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

He resides in Lexington with his wife Karen, son Blaine, and black lab Max.

HOPE ABRAMS - Operations Manager

Hope joined WR Ramsey and Associates in 2001.  Hope supports the firm’s clients with processing payrolls, payroll taxes and sales taxes. She also helps clients stay financially organized by maintaining financial records and executes the payment of certain bills. In addition, she keeps the firm running smoothly by managing IT hiccups and upgrades.

Hope enjoys working with her clients and thinks of them as part of her extended family.  Hope prides herself on making time in her busy day to take a phone call or answer client questions.  The personal service she provides each of her clients helps them run their businesses more efficiently and hopefully contributes to their success.  She truly wants, and hopes her clients view her as a valued business partner.   

Hope lives in rural Madison County with her husband, Marshall, 2 horses, 2 dogs and 4 cats.  She enjoys gardening and spending quality time with her family, including four children and seven grandchildren.  

SANDI BEARD - Credit Manager

Sandi started with WR Ramsey and Associates in 2000 and is a proud shareholder.   Sandi is instrumental with our small businesses in creating and maintaining yearly bookkeeping and sales tax returns.  She also heads up our Accounts Receivable department and faciliates the payment process to make it as streamlined for our clients as possible. 

In addition to her responsibilities at the firm, Sandi started and now manages a local non-profit cat rescue, One Stray At A Time. Through this rescue, she endeavors to steward the stray cat population in Winchester, KY through spaying & neutering, feeding, protection from the elements, fostering, and adoption events. Many of her rescues find a forever home on her own property. 

Sandi has a BS in Accounting.

JACQUELINE S. CHRISTIANSEN, MSA (JACKIE) - Manager of Technical Services

Jackie joined WR Ramsey and Associates through an acquisition in 2007, and is a proud Shareholder of the Firm. She is a certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor and is excited to train clients in the efficiencies of QuickBooks. She also partners with our small businesses entrepreneurs, with Business Start-Ups strategies.  She assists our clients with the application process to get the proper Tax Identification Numbers for Federal, State and Local governments, as well as registering with the Secretary of State.  

Jackie is a graduate of Morehead State University, where she earned a BA in Radio and Television.   She recently earned her Masters in Public Accounting from Strayer University.  Jacqueline is also an author of.   ‘Business Start Up and Maintaining Compliance'  A great reference for any small business owner.

Aside from her Business Start-Up and QuickBooks Pro duties, Jackie also performs payroll, bookkeeping, financial statements, and corporate and personal tax returns. 

On a personal note, Jackie has been married 35 years and enjoys the country life on a cattle farm in Scott County, Kentucky.


Peggy joined WR Ramsey and Associates in 1998.  Peggy is an Army Veteran and graduated from UK with a BS degree in Accounting and Minor in Agricultural Economics.

Peggy specializes in helping businesses with startup registrations on federal, state and local levels.  In addition to assisting businesses obtain required licenses such as Liquor, SNAP, Lottery and more, Peggy prepares individual and business returns, payrolls, and sales tax requirements.  

RUTH MITCHELL - Bookkeeper

Ruth Mitchell started with the firm: January 2009 and works to accurately record bookkeeping for our clients.  She is very detail oriented and strives to do the best work possible. She received a BS in Accounting from UK.

Ruth lives in Versailles with her husband Gary.  She enjoys fishing, gardening, dancing and music.  She is involved in small groups at her church, and is a member of New Horizons Band in Lexington.

LAUREN SCHLAGEL - Marketing Director

Lauren joined WR Ramsey & Associates in the fall of 2015, bringing with her several years of private bookkeeping and payroll experience.
She supports our clients through bookkeeping, payroll, payroll tax and sales tax services.While Lauren enjoys the variety in working with many clients, she strives to give each client personal service and attention to best meet their needs.

As Marketing Director, Lauren is proactive about networking, including being an active member of a local BNI chapter, Master Networkers, and attending Commerce Lexington events. She also manages our online presence and is always looking for ways to spread the word about the value we offer our clients. 

Lauren was raised in a missionary family on the island of Hispaniola.  She came to the U.S. to attend Berea College, where she earned her B.A. in Chemistry.  She now resides in Clark county where she spends her time with her family and church community.

DIANA WHITEHOUSE - Office Coordinator

Diana joined our team in January 2018. Her efforts are essential to our firm's success, as she is the first face you'll see when you walk in the door and is instrumental in coordinating many details of our services. She most enjoys working directly with clients and team members on projects and deadlines.

She has an extensive background in office management and coordinating events, schedules, and processes. Diana enjoys primitive camping, boating, and furniture restoration projects with her significant other, John, and cuddling with her two cats, Gemma and Jacs.

Lexington, KY Accounting, WR Ramsey & Associates Inc.

WR Ramsey & Associates Inc. | 3201 Summit Square Place, Ste 100, Lexington, KY 40509 | Phone: (859) 268-0765 | Fax: (859) 269-0608 | info@wrramseyassoc.com