BADGER SUMRALL - Key Persons


Christine Badger

Christine Badger is part of the original merger of the Badger & Sumrall firms. In her position as Accountant she works primarily with small businesses & not-for-profit organizations, focusing on internal accounting system set-up, local and state compliance reporting and payroll processing. She has more than 25 years of experience and takes a hands-on approach to accounting and client interaction. Her specialties in addition to general accounting and tax preparation include QuickBooks training and monitoring client on-site systems through remote access.

Gunnar Hempel

Gunnar Hempel joined Badger, Sumrall & Co. in 2010 and has more than 15 years of professional experience as a CPA. Gunnar oversees assurance engagements and has expertise in tax preparation and strategic tax planning for individuals, closely-held businesses and non-profit organizations. He provides internal control analysis, risk assessment, and other management advisory services. Gunnar has extensive experience working with clients across a range of industries including non-profit, government contracting, professional services and real estate. Prior to joining the firm, Gunnar spent several years in corporate accounting gaining valuable practical experience from the client's perspective. Gunnar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Kevin Underwood

Job Titles:
  • Principal
Kevin specializes in individual and business taxation as well as Fortune 500 consulting engagements. He is a graduate of James Madison University earning Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Computer Information Systems. He has been automating the accounting and financial functions of Fortune 500 companies since 1998 and became a licensed CPA in 2001. Kevin has a passion for helping individuals and business entities make smart financial decisions. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor water sports and giving back to the community through various charities.

Patti Hempel

Patti Hempel joined Badger, Sumrall & Co. in 2010 following more than 25 years in the hospitality and customer service industry. In her position as office administrator and a tax services specialist, she excels at helping clients navigate the entire tax-filing process from beginning to end, with a specialty in cloud-based systems that help clients move to paperless. She also excels at keeping day-to-day operations running smoothly. A collector of cat figurines, avid noodler and dream-catcher maker, Patti attended the University of Maryland, College Park.

Samuel Potter

Job Titles:
  • Staff Accountant
  • Staff Accountant at Badger - Sumrall & Co
Samuel Potter is a staff accountant at Badger Sumrall & Co.. Sam is responsible for both individual and business tax return preparation. He also has bookkeeping and auditing experience. Samuel completed his BSBA in Accounting in June 2013 at Thomas Edison State College and joined the firm in August 2014. He received his CPA license in 2016 and is pursuing his MBA at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey. He is a history, film, and literature buff and also enjoys foreign travel, culinary pursuits, the outdoors, and playing the bagpipes in his spare time.

SHAWN SUMRALL - Founder

Job Titles:
  • CO - FOUNDER
  • PRINCIPAL
  • Co - Founder of Badger
Shawn, a co-founder of Badger, Sumrall & Co., joined the firm 2004 when combining his independent practice with current partner Richard Badger. Shawn's career began as a staff accountant for a local church and he has carried his passion for non-profit accounting and ministry to his own practice. He currently works with small businesses, non-profit associations and individuals to plan, strategize and execute various financial and management decisions. Previously Shawn worked for small, independent firms in the Northern Virginia region. Shawn is a licensed CPA in Virginia and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Shawn is a graduate of Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, earning a Bachelor's degree in Accounting in 1990. His interests include sports with his three boys and teaching English as a second language in Slovakia.

Vanessa Beale

Job Titles:
  • Staff Accountant at Badger
Vanessa Beale is a CPA at Badger, Sumrall & Co. Vanessa is responsible for bookkeeping, and both individual and business tax return preparation. She also prepares quarterly payroll tax returns and has had some auditing experience. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in May 2015. She began with Badger, Sumrall & Co. as part-time in June 2014 while attending school and became a full-time employee in August 2015. Vanessa enjoys being by the ocean, exploring the outdoors, playing soccer and being an aunt to four girls. Vanessa Beale is a staff accountant at Badger, Sumrall & Co. Vanessa is responsible for bookkeeping, and both individual and business tax return preparation. She also prepares quarterly payroll tax returns and has had some auditing experience…