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About Us

About Our Firm

For years, SHERRILL, BLAKE & HARRISON CPA PA has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning.

SHERRILL, BLAKE & HARRISON CPA PA is one of the leading firms in and throughout the area. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. SHERRILL, BLAKE & HARRISON CPA PA is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of the area's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the area. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose SHERRILL, BLAKE & HARRISON CPA PA receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

Cynthia F. Sherrill, CPA
CPA & Managing Partner

cindysherrill@sbh-cpa.com

She grew up in Western Lincoln County and graduated from West Lincoln High School in 1974, She attended Gaston College for 2 years where she received an Associate Arts Degree in Accounting in 1976 and then went on to Belmont Abbey College, while working, and graduated Cum Laude in May of 1981 with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting. She aspired to be a CPA so she sat for the CPA exam and passed it in 1983. She worked with Gene Miller for 31 years and made Partner with his firm starting in 1984. She managed the Lincolnton office from 1984 until deciding to take the Lincolnton Office and create a new firm with her two current partners in 2010. She currently still lives in Western Lincoln County. She is a member of the NCACPA, AICPA, and has served in several capacities with the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, on the Advisory Board of First Citizens Bank Catawba Area and served on the Board of Hospice and Palliative Care, Charlotte Region representing Lincoln County. She now enjoys spending time with her two grandsons and traveling when she can. Creating a firm that values its employees and provides great service to its clients is one of her most cherished accomplishments.

Terri Q. Blake, CPA
CPA & Senior Partner

terriblake@sbh-cpa.com

Lifetime resident of Lincoln County, Terri graduated from West Lincoln High School. In 1982, she graduated from UNC-Charlotte and went to work for Miller Huggins Fox in October of that year. Over the years, Miller Huggins Fox underwent leadership changes and in 1990 Terri became a partner in the firm which is now Sherrill, Blake & Harrison. Terri is an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crouse, NC and serves as the treasurer for her church and the North Carolina Lutheran Synod. She has served on the board for many non-profit organizations over the last 30 years. Some of those organizations include the Lincoln Arts Council, the Lincoln County Public Education Foundation, the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse, the Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the Helping Hands Health Clinic, Inc. Terri is also a board member at Carolina Trust Bank and a member of the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council. She received the Small Business Person of the Year award from the Chamber of Commerce in 2009. Terri is married to Ron Blake and has four children, Chris and Brian Blake, Tracy Barger, and Matthew Eurey. Terri and Ron have been blessed with eight grandchildren and she enjoys family time with the kids and grandkids.

Dana L. Harrison, CPA
CPA & Partner

danaharrison@sbh-cpa.com

Originally from Florida, Dana moved to eastern Lincoln County in the early 70’s. She graduated from Lincolnton High School and went back to Florida. Later she returned to Lincoln County with her husband, Jack. She then went on to get her BA in Accounting from Belmont Abbey in 1995. While working in the tax department for Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Charlotte she decided she really wanted to work in Lincolnton so Dana called Cindy until she was tired of her calling and gave into an interview –she was hired! Not only did we get a smart, hard working, dedicated employee but also our firm’s entertainment! Dana made partner in 2010. Dana and Jack have 2 daughters, Annsley who is in college at the University of Alabama and Jaclyn who is a freshman at Lincolnton High School. She is a member of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hardin, NC – where she serves on several committees. Dana also enjoys watching football and sitting in the sunshine with sandy toes and warm water.

Ginny Ward CPA

ginnyward@sbh-cpa.com

Ginny was born in Upstate New York and her family moved to Lincoln County when she was 4 yrs. old. She grew up in Lincoln County and graduated from East Lincoln High School in 1983. She continued her education at Appalachian State University and graduated in Dec 1987 with a BSBA in Accounting. On Nov 1987, Ginny sat for the CPA exam and then joined Miller Sherrill Blake CPA while finishing her last month of college. Ginny attends Lebanon UMC in Maiden, where she is very active and has served as the treasurer since 1988. Ginny and her husband, Lamar, have three children, Kyle, John and Hannah. Their children attended Long Shoals Wesleyan Academy and Ginny was very active in the PALS group and in supporting the school activities. She enjoys spending time kayaking and biking with her family.

Anna C. Shields CPA
CPA & Master of Organization

annashields@sbh-cpa.com

Born and raised in Lincoln County, Anna Caroline Cook Shields graduated from East Lincoln High School in 2004. She continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where, in 2008, she graduated from the Business Honors Program with degrees in Accounting and Finance. In 2011, Anna earned her Certified Public Accountant certificate and in 2012 she completed her Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting also from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Anna is a member of the AICPA and the NCACPA. Anna worked as a tax accountant with regional pubic accounting firm Cherry Bekaert, LLP in Charlotte for three years before joining Sherrill, Blake & Harrison CPA PA in 2011. Anna and her husband Jeremy Shields live in Vale with their critters. Anna enjoys spending time with family and being outside with their dogs, trail riding on their horses, and playing with her miniature donkey, Rufus.

Brooke Sherrill Lyerly
Tax Preparation
Jack-of-All-Trades (Marketing & AR)

brookesherrill@sbh-cpa.com

Born and raised in Lincoln County, she graduated from Lincolnton High School and then went on to attend The College of Charleston where she graduated with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She started work with the firm part-time while in high-school and came to work full-time after college. What was supposed to be a temporary position, turned into a Marketing-Accounts-Receivable-Information-Technology Career. Brooke married her good friend of several years, Drew, in 2016 and now is a mom of 2 sweet boys who have gobbled up all of that extra energy she always had. When she finds herself with a spare moment she does still enjoy traveling and remodeling houses.

Kim Baker
Director of Information Collection

kimbaker@sbh-cpa.com

She graduated from West Lincoln High School and then furthered her education at Sacred Heart College, where she also graduated with a degree in Social Work. She came to work at SBH in 1987 to answer the phone for only one day as a fill-in and 32 plus years later here she still is. One might not think the Social Work degree works with the accounting profession but as the front desk staff she gets to be the first ear and face everyone sees or gets to bend so she has certainly put her degree to good use as she deals with all types of people every day. She is married to Mike Baker and in their free time they enjoy traveling and going to antique shows.

Virginia Costner
Payroll Queen and Accountant

virginiacostner@sbh-cpa.com

Virginia graduated from LHS in 1981. She met her husband while cruising L-town. Chuck is a graduate of WLHS class of 1980. His family ran the Coca-Cola Bottling Co in Lincolnton, he currently works for the US Postal Service. They got married in 1983 and have two boys: Charley graduated from WCU in 2015 and works in Charlotte, Chase graduated from ASU in 2018 and lives in NYC. Her boys are one of her biggest joys. After graduating high school, she worked Blue Bell Wrangler Distribution prior to getting married and at North State Insurance until coming to Miller, Johnson & Sherrill. She went back to school in 2007 to take one class and Graduated from Gaston College in May of 2011 with an Associate degree in Accounting. In 2020 she celebrates her 32nd year at Sherrill Blake & Harrison CPA. Her job is very versatile, some of her duties are to process payroll, process payroll reports and year end W-2’s and 1099’s, handle tax notices for clients, payroll issues, work comp audits and preparing tax returns. Other duties are to order supplies and change the trash and making sure the office is clean. She is a member of Messiah UMC and coordinates children’s activities and missions with the younger families since early 90’s. In her spare time, she and Chuck love the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, cycling swimming or doing yoga and most important is pending time with her family and taking as many vacations as time allows.

Sheryl Long
Admin Assistant & Bookkeeper

sheryllong@sbh-cpa.com

Grew up in Gastonia and moved to Lincoln County in 2003. She graduated from Hunter Huss High School in 1977. In 1980 she received an Associate Arts Degree in Liberal Arts from Gaston College and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Belmont Abbey College in 1982. Sheryl is a member of Covenant Church where she serves with various ministries. She and her husband, Jeff, have three adult children, Tayler, his wife Anna & daughter, Brennley, Cameron, and Abbey. She enjoys spending time with her family and spending time in God’s creation by way of camping, hikes on the various mountains of North Carolina, and walking on the local trails in Lincolnton.

Anna Long
Administrative Assistant &
A Smiling Face

annalong@sbh-cpa.com

Born and raised in Dallas, NC, Anna Clemmer Long graduated from North Gaston High School in 2008. She went on to further her education at Gaston College and received an Associate’s Degree in General Education. To further her education, she went on and graduated from Caldwell Community College with her Associates Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography May of 2016. Once she finished her schooling she then married her husband Tayler Long September of 2016. February 28, 2019 Anna and Her husband Tayler welcomed their beautiful baby girl Brennley Long. Anna is a member of Venture church in Dallas. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and family and loving on their French Bulldog Nicki.

Rebecca Ritchie
Accountant

rebeccaritchie@sbh-cpa.com

Born and raised in Orlando, FL, Rebecca moved to North Carolina in 2002. In 2013 she received an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Paralegal Technology from Central Piedmont Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Belmont Abbey College in 2019. She practiced creditor and debtor and bankruptcy law as a paralegal before returning to school in 2015. During this time at school she had her daughter. Rebecca is a member of Southminster Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, NC. In her spare time she enjoy's reading a good book and as a family they enjoy traveling.