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About Us

About Our Firm

About Our Firm

For years, Berry Kington & Utley PSC 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.

Berry Kington & Utley PSC is one of the leading firms in and throughout the area. 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

At Berry Kington & Utley PSC we believe in the value of relationships and that our success is a result of our client's success. Our mission is to provide you with quality work in a timely manner, no matter how large or small the task, offer you a level of service that exceeds your expectations on any needs you might have, and to value the trust you place in us with our promise that we will work hard to earn your trust in your business every single day. We are deicated in meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the tri-state 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 assure that individuals and businesses who choose Berry Kington & Utley PSC receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

Our Partners

Janet R Berry, CPA CFE CITP

Partner

Janet is a cofounder of the firm, Berry Kington & Utley, PSC that was formed in 1995. She has over 40 years of accounting experience. After graduating from Loyola University (1975), New Orleans, she practiced in Louisiana and Florida before locating to Madisonville, Kentucky. Janet eventually teamed up with Charlie in 1995 and Shellie in 2014 to form a practice together.

Janet specializes in corporate, individual and not for profit income taxes and planning, information systems integration and management consulting. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Information Technology Professional and a Diamond Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. She has experience with Open Systems Accounting Software, Sage 100 and Viewpoint Construction Software.

As an Diamond QuickBooks Pro Adviser she can assist you with QuickBooks On Line, QuickBooks Desktop, QuickBooks Enterprise, QuickBooks Point of Sale and a myriad of related products.

Janet has extensive qualifications for computer assistance and functioning. She has an expertise in business startup for all of the technological needs of the acquiring business. Janet values all of her clients and provides excellent service and considers communication with the client to be of utmost importance.

Education and Certifications

  • Loyola University - New Orleans, LA: Bachelor of Business Administration, May 1975
  • Certified Public Accountant - Louisiana, 1976
  • Certified Public Accountant - Kentucky, 1977
  • Certified Public Accountant - Indiana, 1998
  • Certified Fraud Examiner - 2006
  • Certified Information Technology Professional - 2007
  • Intuit QuickBooks Diamond Certified ProAdvisor

Professional and Community Associations

  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Madisonville Business and Professional Women's Club
  • Baptist Health Madisonville - Board Member
  • Catholic Diocese of Owensboro - Finance Committee

Charles A Kington

Partner

Charlie cofounded the firm, Berry Kington & Utley PSC in 1995.  He has over 30 years of accounting experience.  He started out his career as a staff accountant in Owensboro, KY and later decided to move back to Madisonville where he settled.  He and Janet formed Berry & Kington, PSC in 1995 and Shellie Utley in 2014 and this has been a diligent working partnership ever since.

Charlie's practice consists of extensive experience in individual, corporate, estate and fiduciary taxation. He also has extensive experience in governmental auditing primarily in local governments.  Charlie values all of his clients and provides excellent service and considers communication with the client to be of utmost importantance.

Education and Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant - Kentucky, March 1986
  • University of Kentucky College of Business and Economics - Bachelor of Science in Accounting, December 1983
  • Madisonville North Hopkins High School graduate

Professional and Community Associations

  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Chairman, 1999-2000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors Member Chairman, 1997-1998
  • Salvation Army Advisory Board Member
  • Madisonville Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation Board Member
  • First United Bank Board of Directors

Shellie K Utley

Partner

Shellie K Utley, CPA is a partner with Berry Kington & Utley PSC. She began her career in public accounting after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Evansville in 1988. After receiving her license in 1990, she pursued training in both the public and private sectors of accounting. Her experience includes personal and business income taxation, small private company, local government and not for profit auditing and establishing accounting systems using various software systems. As a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kentucky Society of CPA's, she maintains her continuing education credentials in order to assist her existing and future clients in their business endeavors.

Education and Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant - Kentucky, August 1990
  • University of Evansville - Bachelor of Science in Accounting, May 1988

Professional and Community Associations

  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Red Cross, former board member
  • Northwest Kentucky Forward, currently Kyndle, former board member
  • Webster County Economic Development Corporation board Member
  • West Kentucky Archery Association, volunteer
  • Webster County 4-H council and volunteer
  • Webster County Extension Council, board member
  • Hopkins County Toy Fund, volunteer
  • Webster County Distinguished Young Woman Program, volunteer.

As a native of Webster County, Kentucky, she believes we each should strive to make our community better in order for others to enjoy the place she loves to call home.

Our Staff

Melissa Love, CPA

Melissa joined Berry Kington & Utley PSC, in 1999.  She has over 18 years of accounting experience.  Her duties include governmental and non-profit audits, tax preparation services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and trusts, and QuickBooks payroll and accounting services to clients in Webster and Hopkins counties.

Education and Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • University of Southern Indiana - Bachelor of Science

Professional and Community Associations

  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • QuickBooks ProAdvisor
  • Treasurer, Clay First General Baptist Church
  • Treasurer, Slaughters Elementary PTA 

Jill Whaley CPA

S. Jill Whaley, CPA joined Berry Kington & Utley, PSC in 2017. She has over 20 years of accounting experience in both private industry and public accounting. The majority of her accounting career was spent in Tennessee and Pennsylvania before making Madisonville, Kentucky her home. Her duties include tax preparation and auditing.

Education and Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant, August 2008
  • Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN – Bachelor of Science in Business Admin/Accounting, 1993

Professional and Community Associations

  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants