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Firm History

Hilyer & Associates, CPAs begin on May 7, 1971 after Ray Henderson left Diversified Products Corporation to form his own accounting firm under the name G. R. Henderson, CPA. Jeff Hilyer joined the firm in May 1983. Ray and Jeff formed a partnership, Henderson & Hilyer, CPAs, in January 1987 which continued until Ray’s retirement in December 1996. In September 1997, the staff of John E. Crofton, CPA joined Hilyer & Associates, CPAs. In December 1999, the staff of Levins & Associates joined Hilyer & Associates, CPAs. In October 2017, the staff of Novelli, Ennis & Company joined Hilyer & Associates, CPAs.

The firm’s first location was in the Diversified Financial Building, which is now PNC Bank. In the late 1970’s, the firm moved to 100 South Sixth Street and remained there until December 1999 when it moved to 608 Avenue A. In December 2016, the firm moved to its current location of 614 Second Avenue. Coincidentally, the firm’s current location is right across Second Avenue from where the firm began over 50 years ago.

Our Team

Jeff Hilyer

Jeff Hilyer is a Certified Public Accountant (Alabama & Georgia) and an attorney at law. Jeff was born in Opelika, Alabama and has been with the firm since 1982. He graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting, a J.D. degree from Jones School of Law, and an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Alabama School of Law. Jeff is a Certified Management Accountant, Certified Business Manager, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Jeff currently serves as chairman of the Opelika Utilities Board, and is a past board chairman of the Opelika Chamber of Commerce and a past distinguished president of the Opelika Kiwanis Club. He has served the Opelika First United Methodist Church as chairman of the finance committee, trustees, staff-parish relations committee and the building committee.

Jeff is married to Cherry McDonald Hilyer from Opelika, Alabama. Cherry works as a part-time tutor at Carver Primary School in the Opelika School System after retiring with 32 years as a kindergarten teacher. They have two children, Brandon and Amanda, and two grandchildren, Aubrey and Taylor. In his spare time, Jeff has officiated high school football games for the Alabama High School Athletic Association since 1980, and college football games for the Gulf South Conference, Ohio Valley Conference, Sun Belt Conference and Southeastern Conference. He has worked on the field as a referee and in the replay booth as a replay official. He and Cherry enjoy spending time with their family at Lake Martin.

Jackie Moon

Jackie is a Certified Public Accountant. Jackie is from Mobile, Alabama and has been with the firm since 2002. She graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Textile Engineering in 1978 and a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting (Cum Laude) in 2002. She began her career in retail sales management in the Gayfers organization. After receiving her accounting degree, she joined the firm and specializes in audit and reviews, and non-profit organizations. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants. Jackie specializes in audits, reviews and compilations as well as individual, business and non-profit income tax matters.

Jackie is married to Randy from Roanoke, Alabama. They have one son, Jason, and one granddaughter Sophia. They currently reside in Opelika, Alabama. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, needlework, reading and Auburn University football. She is also a member of the Auburn University Alumni Band.

Erin Arrington

Erin is a Certified Public Accountant. Erin was born in Wilmington, Delaware, but grew up in Lanett, Alabama. Erin joined the firm in 2005 initially as a college intern. She graduated from Auburn University in 2005 with a B.S. in Accounting and a B.A. in Psychology. She specializes in preparation of individual and business income tax returns, and preparation, compilation and reviews of business financial statements. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Erin is married to Al from Union Springs, Alabama. They have three daughters, Katie, and twins, Emma and Ella. They currently reside in Auburn, Alabama with their dog, Bella. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

David Ennis

Veteran

David is a Certified Public Accountant. David is from LaFayette and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 to 1972 serving in Vietnam in 1969. He has a B.S. degree from Auburn University in Accounting. David began his public accounting career with Kaufman, Zeanah & Smith in Alexander City, Alabama in 1978, then joined Angelo Novelli, CPA in in 1981 in Lanett, Alabama. David and Angelo became partners in 1984 forming Novelli, Ennis & Company. David joined Hilyer & Associates in October 2017. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants. David specializes in individual and business income tax matters.

David is married to Susan Brinson Ennis from LaFayette, Alabama. They have two sons, David, Jr. and Wesley. They have six grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In his spare time, David likes working in his yard.

Griffin Clark

Griffin is a Certified Public Accountant. Griffin is from Auburn, AL. He graduated from Auburn University in 2016 with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. Griffin joined the firm in 2021 and specializes in preparation of individual and business income tax returns. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants.

In his spare time, Griffin enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors. His hobbies include golfing, cooking out, and boating with his two brothers.

Doug Barfield

Doug is a Certified Public Accountant. Doug was born in Opelika, Alabama and grew up in Marietta, Georgia. He graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. and M.S. in Accounting (Cum Laude) in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, Doug worked at a Big 4 accounting firm, regional accounting firm and operated a consulting business specializing in the audit of financial statements and internal controls, business process improvement, and preparation of income tax returns. Doug joined the firm in January 2022 and specializes in preparation of individual and business income tax returns. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Doug is married to Katie from Auburn, Alabama. They live in Opelika, Alabama. Prior to attending Auburn University, Doug played football at Samford University. He also has volunteered as a youth football coach. In his spare time, Doug enjoys watching sports, playing golf, and spending time with his dogs.

Sandra Smith

Sandra is the lead bookkeeper. Sandra is from Opelika, Alabama. Sandra began her career working for her dad, Melvin Kerby, at Kerby’s Appliance as the bookkeeper. After her dad’s retirement, Sandra began working for LaFoy & Associates, CPAs in Opelika, Alabama as a bookkeeper. After Mr. LaFoy’s retirement, she continued working in public accounting until she joined a private company. She joined Hilyer & Associates, CPAs in 2013. She is responsible for coordinating the bookkeeping functions of the firm as well as working with clients on their individual and business accounting needs.

Sandra is married to Stan from Decatur, Alabama. They have two sons, Daniel and Ben. In her spare time, Sandra enjoys reading and spending time with family.

Lisa Kling

Lisa is a bookkeeper. Lisa is from Billings, Montana. She began her career in a small public accounting firm in Montana before transitioning into bookkeeping in the medical insurance industry. Lisa joined Hilyer & Associates, CPAs in 2014. She works with clients on preparing financial statements, payroll and sales tax returns, and other general accounting functions.

Lisa is married to Tim (a CPA) from Sidney, Montana. They have one son, Zak, and one granddaughter, Sidney. In her spare time, she likes sewing and being creative.

Whitlee Wine

Whitlee is a bookkeeper. Whitlee is from Wetumpka, Alabama and has a B.A. degree from Troy University in communications and a minor in business. She joined the firm in December 2014. Whitlee works with clients on preparing financial statements, payroll and sales tax returns, QuickBooks and other general accounting functions.

Whitlee is married to Aaron from Wetumpka, Alabama. They live in Auburn, Alabama with their son Abe and their Australian Shepard, Grey. They are active in Lakeview Baptist Church in Auburn, Alabama.

Dorothy Keown

Dorothy is a payroll specialist. Dorothy joined the firm in 2020. She is from Birmingham, Alabama and lives in Opelika, Alabama. Dorothy graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Laboratory Technology. She and her husband later opened a small business and she became involved with bookkeeping and payroll. Before coming to Hilyer & Associates, she worked for a small business in Opelika as their bookkeeper and managed the payroll. Dorothy currently coordinates approximately 50 payrolls each month making sure employees are properly compensated and taxes are timely paid and reported.

Dorothy is married to Tommy Keown. They are members of the Tenth Street Church of Christ in Opelika and they have 2 daughters. In her spare time, Dorothy enjoys attending Auburn football games, spending time on the lake, reading, and sewing.

Stephanie Corbin

Stephanie is a bookkeeper. Stephanie is originally from Dothan, Alabama and moved to Auburn to attend college. Stephanie has over 25 years of experience as an office manager/bookkeeper with a local wholesale company before joining the firm in 2020. She works on preparing financial statements and payroll and sales tax returns.

Stephanie lives in Auburn and enjoys spending time with friends and family, her two cats, Baxter and Onyx, and watching Auburn University football.

Audra Randazzo

Audra is a payroll specialist. Audra joined the firm in 2021. She is from Geneva, Alabama. Before joining our firm, she worked as a Payroll Specialist for 5 years with another Certified Public Accounting firm Alabama. Audra currently coordinates approximately 50 payrolls each month making sure employees are properly compensated and taxes are timely paid and reported.

Audra is married to Christopher from Louisville, Kentucky who retired in 2020 as a CW3 with the U.S. Army after proudly serving 20 years of service. He currently flies helicopters for a private government contractor. They currently reside in Smiths Station, Alabama with her stepson Vincent who attends South Smiths Station. They have a Border Collie, Archer and a Bengal, Brooke Clawdia. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family at the lake, attending college football games and scuba diving.

Julie Miller

Julie is a bookkeeper. Julie joined the firm in 2021. She has been a bookkeeper for 10 years. She is from Smiths Station, AL. Julie attended college at Chattahoochee Valley Community College and received an Associate Degree in Accounting. Julie works with clients on preparing financial statements, payroll and sales tax returns, QuickBooks and other general accounting functions.

In Julie’s free time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband, Josh and her three boys Jordan, J.R. and Waylon.

Michele Granados

Michele is a bookkeeper. Michele is from Pennsylvania and served in the US Army from 1982 to 1986 then moved to Texas. In 2003 Michele attended International Business College where she studied Accounting. She joined the firm in February 2022. Michele works with clients on preparing financial statements, payroll and sales tax returns, QuickBooks and other general accounting functions.

Michele has four children Alyssa, Andre, Aaron and Aimee and 2 grandchildren Julian and August. She enjoys camping, traveling, being outdoors and spending time with her children. She also enjoys crocheting and sewing.

Betty Hilyer

Betty is an income tax return preparer. She was born in LaFayette, Alabama and lives in Opelika, Alabama. Betty graduated from Troy University in 1989 with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting (Summa cum laude). She retired from Southern Union State Community College with 25 years of service as their accounting controller. Betty has worked part-time at the firm since 1997 during income tax filing season.

Betty is married to Bill. He is from Opelika, Alabama. They have five sons, twelve grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Diane Blue

Diane is a Certified Public Accountant. Diane is from Mobile, Alabama and lives in Opelika, Alabama. Diane graduated from Auburn University in 1972 with a B.S. degree in Mathematics and again 1975 with an M.B.A. She retired from the Alabama Department of Revenue with 26 years of service as the Field Activities Manager for the income tax division. Diane has worked part-time at the firm since 2014 during income tax filing season.

Diane is married to Buddy. He is from Opelika, Alabama. They have three children and four grandchildren. In her spare time, she works with the Lee County Master Gardeners and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, traveling, sewing, upholstery and flower gardening.

Nicole Moon

Nicole is an Administrative Assistant and Paralegal. Nicole is from Beulah, Alabama and graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. degree in Psychology. Nicole joined the firm in 2017. She has continued her education by taking various accounting courses at Southern Union State Community College and attending seminars. She also received her Paralegal Certificate through Auburn University in December 2020. Nicole is responsible for several administrative functions including billing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and maintaining firm and client records. She also assists in tax and legal matters.

Nicole is married to Austin from Smiths Station, Alabama who was enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry from 2013 to 2016. He currently serves in the Alabama National Guard. They have a daughter, Skylar, and two labs, Lilah and Lucy. They currently reside in Smiths Station, Alabama. They attend church at The River of Columbus. Out of the office, she spends her time with their daughter. In the summer, she enjoys time on Lake Harding and in the fall, watching Auburn University football.

Abigail Way

Abigail is the receptionist. She joined the firm in 2021. She helps with data entry, assembling tax returns, and other office duties as needed. Abigail grew up in Auburn, Alabama and received a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Auburn University.

Abigail resides in Auburn. She is very involved at Lakeview Baptist Church. Outside the office, she enjoys babysitting children, going to the beach, and traveling to visit friends.

Ray Henderson (1971-1996) (deceased December 7, 2017)

Veteran

Ray was a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Alabama and Georgia. Ray was originally from Bells, Tennessee but spent most of his life in Opelika, Alabama. Ray attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) on a ROTC scholarship and graduated with a degree in Accounting in the late 1950’s. After graduating from API, Ray spent four years in the U.S. Navy on an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean. Upon returning to civilian life, Ray became an accountant with Price Waterhouse in Atlanta. In 1964, he moved his family to Opelika, Alabama to become the first corporate secretary/treasurer for Diversified Products. In 1971, he established his own accounting firm in Opelika, Alabama under the name G. R. Henderson, CPA.  In 1987, Ray and Jeff Hilyer formed Henderson & Hilyer, CPAs. Ray retired at the end of 1996.

Ray had four children and numerous grandchildren. He was a member of the Opelika Kiwanis Club and a founding member of the Saugahatchee Country Club. He enjoyed golf and woodworking.

Jim Levins (1999-2020)

Jim was an accountant and IRS Enrolled Agent from 1999 until 2020. He is from Wetumpka, Alabama and received his certificate in accounting from the University of Alabama. Jim began his accounting career as a controller for a private company in 1960. He moved into public accounting in 1964 and formed his own accounting firm, Levins & Associates, in 1980. Jim became an IRS Enrolled Agent in 1985 which allowed him to represent clients before the IRS. In 1999, Jim and his staff joined Hilyer & Associates. Jim specialized in individual and business income tax returns and estate returns.

Jim is married to Sara Nan Yates Levins from LaFayette, Alabama. He has three children and eight grandchildren. They currently reside in Opelika, Alabama. Jim has been very active in the community having previously served as treasurer of the First Baptist Church of Opelika and the First United Methodist Church of Opelika. Jim was a member of the Opelika Lions Club for 27 years. In his spare time, he works with the Opelika Historic Preservation Society and the Museum of East Alabama.

Carolyn Skipper (1997-2019)

Carolyn was a bookkeeper. Carolyn is from Wilmington, North Carolina and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. Carolyn began working for Hilyer & Associates, CPA in 1997, and retired from full time in the summer of 2019. Carolyn continues to help out as needed.

Carolyn is married to John. He is from Wilmington, North Carolina. They have two children and four grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and attending their sporting events.