We work with you on a personal level to determine the best solutions for your unique needs, then leverage our seasoned expertise to achieve the best possible results.


We are your trusted partner in success. Our firm is large enough to offer a full range of professional services at a fair price, but small enough to give you the individual attention that you deserve.


Rest assured that when a need arises, our firm is ready and capable to handle everything for you so you can focus on what matters most to you.

Staff Profiles

Kenneth C. Godwin, CPA


Gerald P. Ballard, CPA
Accountant Emeritus

Gerry is a 1963 graduate of Union College in Kentucky where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He worked for several major industrial corporations prior to entering public accounting with his college roommate in 1973. After merging with a larger CPA firm in 1979, Gerry set out in 1983 to form a smaller, more personalized CPA practice and founded what would become The Ballard Firm, PA.

Gerry is experienced in all matters of accounting and taxation, IRS problem resolution, estates and trusts, business formation, financial planning and investment and business sales.

Gerry obtained certification from the Delaware Society of Certified Public Accountants in 1969 (#203) and was admitted in January of 1970 in addition to becoming a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the National Society of Tax Professionals.

Away from the office, Gerry and his wife, Doris, enjoy spending time with family. He is an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, a licensed pilot, and enjoys watching and playing golf and reading.

Lee W Mistrik, CPA
Accountant Emeritus

Lee W Mistrik brings to the firm many years of experience in a variety of settings. He worked for local, regional and national CPA firms in Philadelphia, Pa.

Lee graduated from the prestigious Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics with a major in Accounting. Lee went on to earn a Master of Science in Taxation from Widener University. He holds CPA certificates in the states of Delaware and Pennsylvania.

In 1971, Lee joined Beneficial Corporation as an Executive Accountant in the Controller’s Department and moved to Delaware a year later. Ten years later, Lee started his own firm serving small businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals, maintaining this practice until merging with The Ballard Firm, PA.

Sarah Beyeler, CPA
Senior Accountant

Sarah is a native Delawarean and a graduate of the University of Delaware where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources and a Master of Science in Accounting. She holds a Delaware CPA Certificate and a Delaware Permit to Practice. She is a member of the Delaware Society of CPAs and the Maryland Society of Accountants.Sarah worked for a large corporation in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Salt Lake City. Her responsibilities included human resources, budgeting and financial statement analysis. She entered public accounting in 1995, working primarily in tax and small business accounting. She also gained experience in non-profit accounting and expatriate taxation while living three years in Canada.

Tom Godwin, CPA
Staff Accountant 

Tom joined the Firm in August of 2011.  He comes to us with a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Delaware.  Tom’s principal focus is bookkeeping, tax preparation, and payroll services.

When Tom is not working, he spends time with his wife and daughters.  You can find him watching movies (especially Star Wars), reading something by Stephen King, or playing board games with friends.  Tom and his family share their home with a yellow lab and three cats.

Shirley Kuhn
Profile coming soon!

Vivian Mahoney
Administrative Assistant

Vivian is responsible for time and expense entry, payroll processing, setting up new incorporations and overall keeping the office together!

Vivian is an avid photographer and self-proclaimed “beach bum”.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and daughter, numerous grandchildren and Labrador Retrievers.