Accountants Columbia MO | Beard Boehmer and Associates

Jack E. Beard Jr., CPA

Firm President

Jack began working at the firm in 2000 and became partner in 2010. He leads the tax department and oversees non-profit audit and other areas of the firm. Jack earned is BA from Columbia College and Master’s in Accounting from William Woods University. Jack serves as Treasurer of the Columbia Entertainment Company and has served as an officer for the Downtown Optimist Club and Missouri Zone two of Missouri Optimist International. Jack has known he wanted to be an accountant since high school, and enjoys using his love for numbers to help real people, his clients. He is a Mid-Missouri native and avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, Mizzou Tigers, and St. Louis Cardinals.

Gary Boehmer, CPA, CFE

Firm Partner

Gary retired as Senior Auditor from the State of Missouri Auditor’s office on 2003. He joined the firm shortly after that, and became partner in 2010. Gary graduated from Northwest Missouri State University and is both a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. Gary has been a number cruncher since he worked at the local grocery store in high school. He excels at going beyond the numbers to understand the ‘why,’ and to search for waste, abuse, and fraud. Gary enjoys playing golf and fishing, Duke sports, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Jessica Willenburg

Jessica is a degreed accountant and has been with the firm since 2009. She received her degree in Accounting from Missouri State University. Jessica’s efforts cover a range of accounting services including tax, payroll, and assistance with audits. She enjoys numbers and the wide variety of projects to which she can contribute. When not working, she likes to spend time with her husband and two sons and occasionally finds time to read.

Lylah Kennedy

Lylah began at the firm in the 2014 tax season, assisting with payroll and accounting projects. Lylah holds a BS from the University of Missouri in Parks & Recreation. At work, she has fun with numbers and enjoys staff comraderie. Outside of work, she likes singing, music, and spending time with her son.

Sandra Hope


Sandie began at the firm in September 2017, assisting with payroll and accounting projects. Sandie holds a Certificate IV in Accounting, obtained in Australia. I have only lived in the US since April 2017, as my husband had a work transfer from Australia. Outside of work my hobbies are reading, quilting, golf and enjoying the great outdoors in the US.

Diana Bezmelnitsyna

Staff Accountant

Diana earned her Master’s of Law from University of Missouri School of Law in 2012 and received her Enrolled Agent license in 2016. She began at the firm in the 2017 tax season by preparing business and individual tax returns. She likes to learn and get new information about taxes and accounting. Diana enjoys to spent time with her husband.