LWS Tax & Accounting Schedule Appointment

Our Team

Blake W. Shaffer – Owner

Blake is the owner and started LWS in 2008. He has extensive experience in business start ups; guiding small & medium sized companies into successful businesses.

His experience:

– BS in Accountancy/Finance from Wright State University
– Worked for two full service accounting firms in Springfield, OH before starting LWS Tax & Accounting
– Expert in taxes, having prepared all types of taxes and representing clients before various local, state and federal government agencies

Blake is a family man and loves spending time with his wife Tina and their two children, Landon and Aliya. He teaches his kids to love every aspect of life with joy and laughter. He also loves to play softball, office basketball and enjoys taking his daughter skating. And to top it off, he’s basically a ping pong powerhouse. (Brian will argue that he is better.)

All in all, Blake is revamping the way humans view taxes and accounting by creating an experience that is fun and welcoming.


Brian Plank – Payroll Specialist, Accountant

Brian has been with LWS since it’s birth. He is excellent at scaring his colleagues when they least expect it. He’s basically the Will Ferrell of our office.

His experience:
– Helps business start-ups and cuts costs for firms
– Specializes in individual taxes and business payroll
– Extraordinary with customers and well informed about tax laws and regulations

Brian is recently engaged to his beautiful fiancée Sara. They have two kids named Aynslee and Tucker. Brian dominates in office basketball games and will destroy you with his insane ping pong skills. (Blake will argue that he is better.) He always brings laughter to the office with his amusing humor and quick wit. You’ll like working with him.


Joseph Hogue – Accounting Manager

Joe (or as we like to call him, “Cash Flow Joe”) is our Accounting Manager. He guides clients through financial decisions with his ninja-precise attention to detail and problem solving skills.

His experience:
– BS in Accountancy from Wright State University
– Graduated with honors and was inducted into Betta Gamma Sigma
– Accountant at a local credit union for 6 years
– Extremely experienced in QuickBooks and client accounting

When Joe isn’t working he likes biking, hiking and anything that involves being outdoors. He also creates art through computer programs. If you have the chance to meet with him, we think you’ll appreciate his kind spirit and his eagerness to provide exceptional service to all clients.

Also, his ping pong skills are superb. In case you were wondering.


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Heather Shaffer – Administrative Assistant

Heather is our Administrative Assistant. She will be the first person you’ll see when you come to our office.

Her experience:
– Payroll Specialist at a large company in Cincinnati
– ACE Certified Personal Trainer
– Associate’s degree in Human Resource Management

While she is not so good at the ping pong, she is well organized and detail oriented. In her free time she enjoys working out, spending time with her lab puppy, Miles, and spending time with her awesome family. It is debatable that she is the strongest person in the office.


Sarah Burns – Staff Accountant

Sarah is a staff Accountant at LWS. She is the quiet one out of the bunch, but don’t let that fool you. She fits in perfectly with the rest of the crew, and brings a great work ethic to the table.

Her experience:
– Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Urbana University
– Worked at Security National Bank for 3 years as a New Accounts Customer Service Representative

She is the wife of Adam Burns and the mother of an adorable baby boy Liam. She enjoys spending time with family, and slow pitch softball in her free time.


Marilyn Morrison-Manning – Staff Accountant

Her experience:
– Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Husson University
– Graduated Summa Cum Laude and was inducted into Sigma Beta Delta honor society
– Worked at a construction company for 9 years in their accounting department

Marilyn recently moved to Ohio from Maine. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband going hiking, kayaking, and any outdoor activity. She also has a golden retriever puppy that she is training to compete in dock diving competitions.