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Professional Accountants in Gulfport


Michael E. Guel, CFP®, PFS, CVA, CPA, CFE

Michael E. Guel received his education from the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University. He holds a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Mathematics, a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting, and a Master's of Professional Accountancy from the University of Southern Mississippi. He received a Master's of Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University. Mr. Guel is a licensed CPA in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama.
Additionally, Mr. Guel has taught accounting courses for the University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Park Campus. The courses taught include fund accounting, auditing, intermediate accounting, advanced accounting, personal income tax and corporate income tax.
Mr. Guel has been with the firm since 1975, becoming a partner in 1980. His experience includes audits of planning commissions, cities, not-for-profit organizations, contractors, schools (performing more than seventy-five school audits over the past thirty years) and several other entities. His taxation experience includes individual, partnerships, corporations, fiduciaries, not-for-profit entities, and various other forms of taxes. He also assists many of his clients with estate and other financial planning.
Wright, Ward, Hatten & Guel, CPA's recognize the importance of community involvement and encourage their partners and staff to participate in community services, social and charity activities. Mr. Guel has served or is presently serving as Treasurer for the Gulfport-Long Beach Optimist Club, President of the Finance Committee at St. John Catholic Church in Gulfport, Treasurer of the Westminister Academy Elementary School, Treasurer of Knights of Columbus, and Treasurer for Bayou Bluff Tennis Club.
Mr. Guel is a native of Gulfport, and resides there with his wife and their two sons in college.


Sande W. Hentges, CPA, CFE

Sande W. Hentges joined Wright, Ward, Hatten & Guel in 1997. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting in 1997. Mrs. Hentges has over 12 years of tax, public accounting and auditing experience and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, as well as a licensed Certified Fraud Examiner in Mississippi.
Mrs. Hentges has extensive experience in public accounting with special emphasis in auditing. She has been the audit senior/manager on numerous audit engagements and has been responsible for the planning, performance and supervision of these audits. Mrs. Hentges is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Gulf Coast Chapter of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Mrs. Hentges lives in Ocean Springs with her husband and son where they are actively involved in their community and are members of St. John's Episcopal Church.

Chris Taylor, CPA

Chris Taylor joined Wright, Ward, Hatten and Guel in 2013. He graduated from the University of New Orleans in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He was also a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa. Chris has over six years of public accounting experience with Deloitte and Touche in their New Orleans office. Chris is a licensed CPA in the state of Mississippi and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Chris has over 25 years' experience in private industry having served as controller for saving banks, a law firm and most recently a large homebuilder in Slidell, Louisiana. The companies have ranged from publicly held to start ups. Most have experienced rapid growth and Chris has been heavily involved in the successful transitions of the companies.
He has served on the Board of Directors and been Treasurer of the Pass Christian Yacht Club. Chris and his wife live in DeLisle, Mississippi.

Charlene Kerkow, CPA

Charlene Kerkow joined Wright, Ward, Hatten, & Guel in 1993. In 2000, Ms. Kerkow left the firm for the position of Senior Accountant with the City of Gulfport. Ms. Kerkow once again became a part of Wright, Ward, Hatten, & Guel's governmental audit team in 2004. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting in 1992. Ms. Kerkow has over 18 years of experience in accounting and auditing.
Ms. Kerkow has extensive experience in public accounting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants and Gulf Coast Chapter of Certified Public Accountants. Ms. Kerkow is a licensed CPA in Mississippi.
Ms. Kerkow is a native Mississippian and is actively involved in her community. She has one son and resides in Woolmarket, Mississippi.

Megan Catchot

Megan Catchot joined Wright, Ward, Hatten and Guel in May of 2013. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Accountancy from Mississippi State University. Ms. Catchot currently resides in Ocean Springs, Mississippi where she is actively involved in her community and a member of Ingalls Avenue Baptist Church.


Angel Fortenberry

Angel Fortenberry joined Wright, Ward, Hatten and Guel in July of 2016. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi. Mrs. Fortenberry is from and currently resides in Pass Christian, Mississippi with her husband and two children. She is actively involved in her community and is a member of Most Holy Triniity Church.


Lindsey E. Usry

Lindsey Usry jointed Wright, Ward, Hatten and Guel in June of 2017.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Business with a major in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from William Carey University.  Ms. Usry was born and currently resides in Ocean Springs, Mississippi where she is actively involved in her community and a member of First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs.