Michele L. Nichols, CPA

Tax Manager
NC License #35442

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Michele joined our firm in 2010 after she and her family relocated to North Carolina from Minnesota. She came to Gordon, Keeter & Co. with ten years of experience with a large regional firm. Michele graduated from Moorhead State University in Minnesota in 2000 with a BS in accounting and finance.  As a CPA licensed in both North Carolina and Minnesota, her focus is on corporate and partnership tax compliance and reporting and she does a great deal of consulting work with small businesses.  

Michele completed leadership Cabarrus in 2011 and has served on the steering committee since graduating. She has served as president and vice president of the local BNI chapter.

As NASCAR fans, she and her husband and four children like the racing experiences the Concord region offers.

Heather Richter, CPA

Tax Manager
NC License #32664

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Heather joined the firm in 2018 and primarily focuses on individual income taxes. She has a broad range of public accounting experience spanning 18 years. Her experience includes assisting individuals, small to mid-size businesses and not for profit entities with both tax preparation and planning.

Heather graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA with a B.S. in Finance in 1990 and received a Masters of Accountancy in 2006 from UNC Charlotte.
She has served on the School Board and the Finance Committee of a public charter school for the past 8 years.

Heather and her husband reside in the University area of Charlotte with their two children and two dogs. She is an avid outdoors person who enjoys spending time hiking in the mountains of North Carolina.

Kaitlyn Herman, CPA

Corporate and Partnership Tax
NC License #35660

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Kaitlyn joined our firm in February 2016.  She came to Gordon, Keeter & Co. with six years of tax experience with a national accounting firm.  Kaitlyn graduated from Appalachian State University in 2008 with BSBA in Accounting and Master of Science in Accounting in 2009.  She is a licensed CPA in North Carolina and is a member of the AICPA and NCACPA.  Kaitlyn focuses on corporate and partnership tax compliance and reporting.

As ASU alumni and football fans, she and her husband and two children often make the trip up the mountain in the fall to cheer on the Mountaineers!

John R. Ormesher, CPA

Individual Tax, Trusts and Estates
NC License #36657

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John joined Gordon, Keeter & Co. in February 2015, after relocating back to North Carolina from Nebraska. He is a licensed CPA in Nebraska and North Carolina. John graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2003 with a BA in Economics. John moved to North Carolina in 2005 to work in the financial services industry. He received a Master of Accountancy from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2009 and worked for a local CPA firm and his father’s CPA practice remotely before returning to Nebraska in 2012 to assist his father in closing his CPA firm. John primarily focuses on individual income tax, estates and trusts and has extensive experience in the agricultural industry.

John currently lives in Fryeburg, Maine and with technology today, can work easily and efficiently remotely and virtually. He and his wife Nicole, have two sons ,Josh and Zach, two dogs, Penny and Butch, and a cat, Holly. Prior to relocating to Maine, John was a member of the Afton Sunset Rotary Club and completed Leadership Cabarrus with the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2016 Class. He is an avid baseball, college football, and outdoor sports fan.


Heidi B. Brausch, CPA

Individual and Business Tax
NC License #34437

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Heidi joined the firm in 2013 and focuses on individual income taxes.  She has a broad range of professional experience spanning over 20 years.  Her experience includes working with small to mid-size businesses performing audits and reviews and preparing compilations.  After starting a family, she transitioned to providing bookkeeping and tax preparation services to several small local businesses including her husband’s family business.   Heidi has also served as Director of Finance for a local non-profit organization.

Heidi graduated from Long Island University – C. W. Post School of Professional Accountancy in 1993.  In 2006, she and her husband and three children relocated to North Carolina.  They all currently reside in Concord with their two dogs.

Barbara J. Pedrick


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Barbara joined the firm in January 2014 after relocating to North Carolina from Connecticut. She and her husband have four children and live in Concord. Barbara was hired as part-time seasonal clerical staff and quickly transitioned into the Office Manager role. In 2017 Barbara moved into our bookkeeping department where she spends a great deal of time on payroll compliance and processing for our clients. Her previous experience as an office manager of a construction company makes her an excellent fit for her role at Gordon, Keeter & Co.

Barbara and her husband are active volunteers in the local sports community. Barbara can be found each weekend on a field coaching one of her children's softball or baseball teams.

Shelia W. Kellis

Bookkeeping Manager

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The founding partners of Gordon, Keeter & Co hired Shelia in 1989 before they bought out the local office of the regional firm and became Newberry, Cathey & Co in 1992.  She is a lifelong resident of Cabarrus County and graduated from Northwest Cabarrus High School and Rowan Cabarrus Community College.  Shelia is QuickBooks Pro certified and does a great deal of consulting with businesses on their payroll, sales tax and bookkeeping issues.  Shelia and her husband have three sons and three granddaughters within their blended family.

Brandon Jones


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Brandon joined Gordon, Keeter & Co. in June 2018, after relocating with his family from Upstate NY. After graduating from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego in 2005 with a BA in Public Justice, Brandon went on to receive his Masters of Accountancy from SUNY Polytechnic Institute in 2012. He then went on to work for a small regional accounting firm in NY for over 5 years.

Brandon moved to Concord with his family this past year and has been loving the NC sunshine ever since. He enjoys cheering on his two boys during soccer, baseball, and karate, the Syracuse Orange, and exploring his new state on the weekends.

Rebecca Peterson


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Becky joined Gordon, Keeter & Co. in early 2019 to assist during tax season and shortly after became a year-round staff member. Becky has 25+ years of accounting experience working for U.S. based domestic & international corporations. She graduated from Regis University in Denver, Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, minor in Communication and academic certificates in Mediation and Conflict Resolution.

As a child, Becky's family vacationed in North Carolina and she fell in love with the area. In 2015 she decided to move from Colorado to North Carolina to start a new adventure. Four years later her son followed suit and headed east. As an avid outdoors woman, Becky enjoys exploring the NC mountains and ocean sides.

Her passion for animal welfare and the environment is a keystone part of her life. She is an active volunteer in the community and the former treasurer for a local non-profit organization.

Karen Matson

Office Manager

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Karen joined the firm in August 2017 and was the former Office Manager for 21 years for her family’s 65-year-old water treatment business located in Ohio. Karen graduated from Cedarville University with a business degree in 1984. She has 2 adult sons who also reside in North Carolina and her newest hobby is ballroom dancing.

Nicole Powell


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Nicole joined Gordon, Keeter & Co. in 2019, after she and her family relocated to North Carolina from their lifelong home in Connecticut. She came to the firm with over 15 years of Administrative and Office Management experience. When she is not in the office, Nicole enjoys exploring some of the new adventures and opportunities North Carolina has to offer, with her fiancé and teenage twins.

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