Meet the Staff

Ward Dean

Ward-website-picWard has spent almost 40 years assisting small and medium sized Virginia companies grow through accounting, payroll, tax, and advisory services. Prior to that Ward was a Revenue Agent with the Internal Revenue Service for over 6 years. Ward and his wife Cathy have been married 44 years, and have two children, a house full of pets, and a wonderful new grandson born in 2017.
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EDUCATION: B.S. Lynchburg College, 1971
MILITARY: US Navy
MEMBERSHIPS: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Lynchburg Estate Planning Council, and Board of Directors for several area non-profit groups including current Treasurer for the Lynchburg Humane Society

Elizabeth Wright

Eliz-website-picElizabeth’s major focus in college was not accounting, but when an employment opportunity presented itself from her father she returned to Virginia to begin work in 2003. After several years of hands on experience she is now the primary payroll agent and office manager for Ward Dean, Jr. CPA. Elizabeth has been married to her husband Tim for 13 years and they have 3 dogs and 2 cats. Elizabeth likes photography, cooking, reading, and, most of all, traveling.
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EDUCATION: B.A., Barton College, 2001
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Individual Tax Preparation accreditation (2006)