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About Us

About Our Firm

For years, Clarke Whitney, CPA, Inc. has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning.

Clarke Whitney, CPA, Inc. is one of the leading firms in and throughout Bremerton.  By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve.  Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis.  Clarke Whitney, CPA, Inc. is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism.  We have been a staple of Bremerton's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the area.  We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base.  Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose  Clarke Whitney, CPA, Inc. receive competent and timely advice.



Our Team


Clarke Whitney, CPA
Managing Partner

Clarke Whitney is a Certified Public Accountant and has been providing accounting services in the Kitsap area for over forty years.

He graduated with an A.A. Degree from Olympic College in 1971 and graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1973 with a B.A. Degree in Business with an emphasis in accounting. He has experience in the completion of attest, tax, and consulting services in various industries including, but not limited to construction and development, healthcare, hospitality, education, entertainment, community organizations, and government.

Always active in his community, Clarke has been the President and Treasurer of the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce, board member of the United Way of Kitsap County and East Bremerton Rotary Club.

Casey Winters
Audit Manager

Casey Winters is an experienced accountant that has over ten years of experience in providing attest, tax, and consulting services to clients in various industries including but not limited to healthcare, hospitality, education, entertainment, community organizations, telecommunications, and government. He graduated from Washington State University with a B.A Degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting and international business.

Casey is also active in his community acting as a youth leader for a young men's program and is currently board member and Treasurer of Tracyton Soccer Club. Casey is also a current member of the Washington State CPA’s.

Merit Anderson
Senior Accountant/Poulsbo Manager

Merit Anderson is a graduate of Chimacum High School (1994) and the University of Washington (1999). She has worked in accounting since 1995 and joined the firm’s Poulsbo office in 2000. Merit obtained her IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) in 2010 and began participating in the Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP) in 2015. In 2012, Merit became a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals. Her specialties include payroll, accounting, and tax returns for individuals and small business.

Merit has loved numbers since about age 10 and often jokes it is in her blood as her career follows in the footsteps of multiple family members. Her volunteer work includes the Miss Poulsbo Miss Kitsap Miss Silverdale Scholarship Organization pageant since 2001 and AVEDA’s Earth Month campaign since 2007. Away from work, Merit loves trivia, travel, and live music with friends and family. She resides in Poulsbo with her husband and cats.

Lori Kenney
Staff Accountant

Lori Kenney is a bookkeeper with over 25 years of experience in the accounting field. Knowledgeable in balancing and maintaining accurate records, paying vendor invoices, tracking bank account balances, coordinating bank deposits and preparing quarterly and monthly tax returns along with payroll, operating, and business taxes. She lives with her family in East Bremerton and enjoys reading, crocheting, and cheering for the Seattle Seahawks and UW Huskies football teams.

Sandra Rice
Senior Accountant

Sandra Rice is a senior accountant with over 20 years of experience in the accounting field. Knowledgeable in bookkeeping, tax preparation, and audit services, Sandra has increased her interest in the ever-changing field of accounting. She has begun her Master of Science in Accounting in April of 2022 as a means to qualify to sit for the CPA exam.

Away from the office and school, Sandra enjoys spending time at her home in Olalla with her husband Derek, her mother Betty, and her two dogs, Miami and Basmati.

Charles Spencer
Senior Accountant

Charles Spencer is a senior accountant with experience in tax preparation, attest services, and bookkeeping. Originally from North Carolina, Charles graduated with a B.A. in business administration with a focus on accounting from Campbell University (2020) before he moved to Bremerton and joined the firm the same year. Charles is currently working towards his masters of science in accounting, and plans to sit for the CPA exam soon after.

Away from the office, Charles is a avid player of ultimate frisbee, and is involved with multiple groups throughout Kitsap and Pierce counties. He also enjoys cooking, reading, skiing, and spending time with friends.

Nadia Thompson
Audit Manager

Nadia Thompson is an experienced accountant with over 25 years in the accounting and bookkeeping fields. She has provided accounting, audit, tax, and consulting services to clients in various industries, including but not limited to: non-profit, construction, real estate, fishing, and high-tech service providers. She graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. Degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting and business management and a minor in economics. Nadia is eligible to sit and is currently studying for her CPA exams.

Nadia is active in the community as a long-time prior member of Soroptimist of Port Orchard and a current member of Soroptimist of Greater Bremerton. She is also a volunteer with the Miss Poulsbo Pageant. Nadia enjoys spending time with her cat Francious, great nephew Jaleel, niece Nelly, her sister Janette, and her friends. She also loves to hike our Great Northwest.

George Burke
Staff Accountant

George Burke is an experienced corporate accountant, working in the industry prior to joining Clarke Whitney, CPA. At Clarke Whitney, CPA, George is an auditor, tax return preparer, and bookkeeper. George earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Central Washington University, graduating in 2018. George is currently working on his Master of Science degree in accounting with the intention of sitting for the CPA exam.

Out of office George enjoys riding motorcycles, camping, snowboarding, and exploring what the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Belinda Haskell
Staff Accountant

Bio coming soon...

Benjamin Smith, CFP®
Senior Accountant

Benjamin Smith joined the company in October of 2022 as a Senior Accountant. Benjamin is experienced with tax preparation and planning, business consulting, and financial planning.

In addition to his work at Clarke Whitney, CPA, Inc., Benjamin is also the founder and CEO of an investment advisory firm in Gig Harbor named Briarwood Financial Planning. At Briarwood, he is focused on creating customized investment portfolios guided by strategic wealth planning.

He holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Certification and has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics from Seattle Pacific University. Before entering the financial services industry, Benjamin worked in the telecommunications industry for several years in sales, operations, and management roles.

Benjamin is also active in the community being a coach for the Bremerton High School wrestling team, and volunteering for other various organizations.