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The
Founders
Michael & Susan
Woodruff

 
 

Our Team

Friendly, Timely & Thorough 

 
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Michael Woodruff - Founder

Michael began his career in public accounting more than 20 years ago at a Big 6 firm performing audits for large public registrants and privately held entities. He spent a brief period in internal audit for a Fortune 500 Company before beginning his focus on the middle market. With the ability to bring big company ideas to smaller, usually owner-managed businesses, he was able to provide insight to his clients that was appropriately scaled to their needs. It is this focused approach that honed Michael’s service philosophy to always bring the best and brightest ideas to clients and tailor them to their needs, no matter their size.

Michael is an avid college football fan, and he will often be found in the stands of his alma mater, Texas Christian University, on Saturdays in the fall. He and his wife, Susan, have three children that also keep them busy. He will gladly give you his mobile number, where you shouldn’t be surprised if you find yourself talking to him while he waits for one of his kids at practice.

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Susan Woodruff - Founder

Susan began her career with Centex Homes, where, after 18 years as the controller of Centex’s Builders Supply, she found herself closing down their shop after their acquisition by Pulte. Since then and prior to joining Millner|Woodruff, she spent 8 years in the Technical Accounting group of Thomson Reuters, who produces much of the research and guidance for the public accounting industry. Susan’s client service role includes both large and small entities and is focused on timely, quality deliverables to clients. Susan’s philosophy is to partner with small businesses so that owners can focus on what they do best - growing their business!

Susan and her husband, Michael, can often be found cheering on their younger two kids at soccer and dance and their beloved Horned Frogs at Texas Christian University. Their oldest son is following the family footsteps, working on an accounting degree at TCU.

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Joy Ashman - Director of Administration

Joy serves the firm as the Director of Administration. She provides monitoring of the firm’s policies and procedures and is the point of final quality control for all firm reporting. Her responsibilities include daily operational management and accounting for the firm. Prior to joining Millner|Woodruff, Joy performed similar roles in a variety of industries. Her knowledge of these other industries allows us to have access to best practices that are appropriate for the smooth operation of the firm.

Joy, her husband, and two sons are Texas A&M fans, enjoy a variety of concerts together, and love traveling to see family. Joy can always be counted on to know what is going on in the community. If she hasn’t heard about it, it didn’t happen.

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Sunni Stephenson - Lead Bookkeeper

Sunni is our lead bookkeeper who is fueled by the idea that details, patterns & consistency make a big difference. She started her career in the business world as an Office Manager for a stainless steel company in Dallas and later joined a Coppell CPA firm as an account manager. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Texas Woman’s University. She’s passionate about helping her clients find a process or system that works best for their company and being the accounting support they need to thrive.

In her spare time, you can find her OM’ing in a hot vinyasa yoga class, volunteering/serving at her church in Grapevine, rock climbing or playing with her Boxer (and fur baby).

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Tyler Mouton - Tax & Audit

Tyler began his career in accounting at Millner|Woodruff CPAs, as an intern while finishing up school. Once graduated from Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) with a double major in accounting and sports management, he began working as a full time employee at the firm. Tyler is currently working towards completing his CPA exam requirements, and continues to grow as he keeps up to date in the fields of tax preparation and auditing. His responsibilities include tax return preparation and engaging in audits the firm performs.

Tyler and his wife, Alexa, both graduated from OBU, enjoy being active outdoors no matter what the activity may be, spending time with family, and love being with their German Shepard, Beckham. Tyler was a four year collegiate soccer player at OBU, earning both academic and athletic honors, including being named a 2016 Division II All-American. Any time of the year, you can find him and his wife to be active in local sports leagues such as volleyball, kickball, soccer, and more.

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Beth Strong - Bookkeeper

After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Management, Beth spent the next ten years in branch banking in California. Upon moving to Texas, she took a brief employment break to settle in, then began an 18-year role that evolved from part-time receptionist to full-time Office Manager/Administrator with a Flower Mound church. She currently serves our firm in the bookkeeping department, providing front-office backup as needed.

She and her husband, Larry, have been in Texas since 1994 and their daughters are Donald Flower Mound High School graduates. Beth roots for OU (because they gave her oldest a full ride scholarship), and enjoys the occasional Rangers game. She and Larry serve with their church and enjoy hosting small group dinners. They also enjoy spending time with their daughters’ families – one in Irving and the other in Nebraska. Just ask to see pictures of the grandsons. They’re pretty adorable.

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Emily Harville - Bookkeeper

Emily brings to the firm a strong background in teaching and leadership. Her previous employer was a large government project where she managed a team responsible for providing assistance to veterans. She has a dual degree in Geography and Biology from Keene State College (home of the fighting owls!) in New Hampshire. Emily takes pride in providing quality service to her clients and has been taking additional classes in accounting to help ensure the clients are getting her best!

Although not raised in Texas (she’s a military “brat”), Emily always knew Texas would be her home. She finally moved here in 2007 with her 3 sons. She enjoys spending time in the kitchen - cooking and baking. Her cupcakes have won awards and started heated bidding wars at dessert auctions. When she’s not feeding people, Emily can often be found serving her church, cheering on the local high school marching band, or enjoying a quiet evening with her friends.

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Macy Brown - Accounting

Macy joined the firm as an intern wanting to expand her knowledge and experience in the field of accounting. She has recently transferred back home to the University of North Texas, after spending two years at Texas State University. Moving forward, she will transition to part-time while she continues to finish her education at North Texas. She is prideful in her work and continues to enjoy the learning process in all areas of accounting.

Macy values her time with family, friends, and fiancé, as they are a huge part of her life. She adores her pup, Charlie, and loves spending time with him. She has many passions in life including all things fitness, health, beauty, and business related. However, don’t be fooled - she loves her cookies and ice cream!

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Lezlie F. Pearson - CPA

Lezlie serves as our Senior Tax Specialist, providing both individual tax planning and business consulting services to our clients. She has over 35 years experience in tax preparation for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and fiduciaries. She also has extensive experience with respect to tax and accounting issues of non-profit organizations and is an invaluable resource for our numerous tax-exempt and private foundation clients.

Lezlie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Baylor University and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Texas. During her college years, Lezlie received practical hands-on experience in the accounting field by working each summer for the firm of Ewbank, Wilson and Co., CPAs in Dallas. Upon graduation from Baylor, Lezlie became a full-time employee of the same firm. She has worked in the corporate world as an in-house accountant for a company with oil and gas experience as well as miscellaneous business holdings, and as a controller for a window manufacturer with gross revenues in excess of $65 million. Lezlie’s tenure is public accounting is a testament to her love of working with her diverse group of clients.

Lezlie’s roots run deep in the Lewisville community, having proudly worn the maroon and white of Lewisville High School as a member of the Farmerette Drill Team (Class of ‘78). Lezlie and her family are active members of First Baptist Church Lewisville where she serves on the Finance Committee and volunteers at the Sunday coffee bar. Lezlie resides in Highland Village with her grown children, Hunter and Mackenzie. You may contact Lezlie via email at lezlie@millnerwoodruff.com or phone 214-285-1522, Ext 1011

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Susan Elliott - CPA

Susan obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in both Texas and Arkansas and has over 20 years of experience in public accounting. Her professional experience includes tax preparation for individuals, corporations, partnerships, fiduciaries, and non-profit organizations. During the early years of her career, she also audited a variety of entities including financial institutions, universities and for-profit companies.

Susan uses her broad base of technical experience and outstanding organizational skills to help clients with efficiently operate complex business structures involving multiple legal entities. She brings these skills to the small business owner to assist with tax planning strategies and implementation. Susan and her husband, Sam, (not the actor Sam Elliott) are native Arkansans and believe Arkansas is truly “God’s Country.” However they love their adopted Texas home and have lived here since 2000. They are active in their church and enjoy serving in various capacities there. They have four very sports-active sons who have kept them and continue to keep them busy attending many sporting events year round.


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