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Get to Know GJM’s Kelly Childress

Kelly Childress Gilmore Jasion MahlerKelly Childress has settled into her new role as an administrative assistant at Gilmore Jasion Mahler. While COVID-19 has made things interesting to say the least, she's gotten to know the team. Here's a chance for you to get to know her a bit better. Enjoy this Q&A.

Describe your role at GJM: I support our Consulting and Assurance team

When did you start with GJM? December 2nd 2019

Why did you choose the accounting industry? It wasn’t so much the industry I was looking to get involved in, it was more finding the right company fit. I wanted to be a part of a company with a reputation of good customer service, family values, work life balance, and community support. GJM encompasses all of this and more.

Are you from the Toledo area originally? If not, where are you from? I grew up in Genoa and then moved to Downtown Toledo in 2019. I am in the suburbs now, making my way back to downtown.

What do you like about living in Northwest Ohio? There is always something to do, there is no reason to be bored in this city.  And even though we may have road construction nonstop, the traffic is still nothing to complain about.

Anything you’d like to share about your past professional experience? My history includes banking, nonprofit work, and IT office management. The accounting world is a whole new ballgame for me.

Do you have any pets, hobbies, family? Fitness is a passion of mine. I’m certified to teach a variety of fitness classes. I also recently did my first NPC competition and am looking forward to doing another. 

How do you like to spend your free time? I love to golf, although I don’t very well. I also enjoy a good concert, festivals, and live for college football.

Favorite song or music? I enjoy all kinds but am a country girl at heart.

Favorite book or movie? I like any light hearted, feel good type of entertainment.

Are you involved in any community organizations, do any volunteer work? My philanthropic history includes serving on the Northwest Ohio Susan G Komen Race, including chairing the event in 2012 and 2013. I’ve also been active in Junior League of Toledo, serving as President 2017-2019. Further, I served with Harbor House for over 10 years. I’m currently looking for the next endeavor to get involved in. I think most likely it would include something with autism.

What is something people may be surprised to find out about you? I am a legal Baroness. It was a title gifted to me, but as any Bravo fan knows, if you have a title, you shall be referred by it.

Established in 1996, Gilmore Jasion Mahler, LTD (GJM) is the largest public accounting firm in Northwest Ohio, with offices in Maumee and Findlay. Locally owned, GJM offers cloud-based accounting and provides comprehensive services including assurance, business advisory, tax, risk advisory, healthcare management and outsourced accounting. The Firm’s professionals specialize in industries including construction & real estate, healthcare, manufacturing & distribution and utilities.