Partners

The key to success for any organization begins with leadership. At Bluebird CPAs we have surrounded ourselves with the best leadership team in the industry. All of Partners have extensive experience and are specialists at firm management, strategic planning, audit management, customer service, education, and consulting. In addition, our Managers are the best in the country and have spent their careers in Tribal and/or casino auditing, accounting and compliance.

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Partner

Ryan Burns, CPA

Director of Audit and Assurance

Managing Partner – Financial Statement Audits

CPA | BS, Accounting – University of Nevada, Reno

Ryan started at the firm in 1998 after earning his degree. The backbone of the firm, he gained majority ownership in 2008 with Sheryl and became managing partner. Ryan has almost twenty years of experience in exclusively auditing Tribal governments and enterprises. He has worked within the firm to establish the most effective and efficient audit procedures for the performance of the compliance audit and Program Specific Audits for Tribal Governments. Ryan has performed consulting and attestation engagements for Tribes and provides training for Tribal Councils, Tribal Gaming Commissions, financial institutions, and accounting students at his alma mater. Ryan promotes financial literacy for grade schoolchildren through his work with Junior Achievement in Northern Nevada. He can often be found at games for the Reno Aces, UNR football and basketball, and his children’s numerous sporting events. Ryan is a workout enthusiast, enjoys golf, outdoor activities like skiing and running, and looks forward to his family vacations every year. Full Bio

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Partner

Sheryl Ashley, CFE, CIA, FCPA, CPA

Director of Risk Consulting

Gaming and MICS Compliance AUP Partner

BS, Accounting and Computer Information Services – University of Nevada, Reno

Sheryl has been working for the firm since 1999, shortly after its inception. In 2008, she gained majority ownership with Ryan and has since been a cornerstone of the firm. Sheryl manages financial and compliance gaming audits and oversees internal control assessments.  She is an operational and compliance guru in gaming machine analysis, online gaming machine systems, and related revenue audit procedures for poker, pari-mutuel, keno, pull-tabs, bingo, and table games.  Sheryl was a key player in several fraud engagements exposing embezzlement schemes. Sheryl also performs a wide variety of consulting and investigative engagements for our clients.  When Sheryl isn’t uncovering fraud, she is off globe-trotting with her husband, creating needlepoint works of art, attending Peter Gabriel concerts, or spending time with her fur babies named Trudy and Wally. Full Bio

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Partner

Gemma Han, CPA

Financial Statement Audit Partner

CPA | BA, Business Administration, minor in Accounting and Economics and Trade – Kyungpook National University, South Korea, Texas Tech University

Gemma became a partner in 2012 after joining the firm as an associate in 2008. She is experienced with complex aspects of gaming and Tribal government issues and acts as team leader in the supervision of financial and compliance audits for several casinos, tribes, and tribal enterprises. Gemma is committed to providing an unparalleled approach to satisfying all accounting and audit needs in the most reliable and cost-efficient manner and holds a reputation for fostering long-lasting relationships with each of her clients. Gemma writes and speaks fluent Korean and often returns to South Korea to visit with her family. She enjoys the finer things in life, traveling to Paris, tennis, snowboarding, and Pilates. Gemma recently embarked on the lifetime adventure of raising a child and often regales the office with stories of her toddler and the nonsensical things she does. Full Bio

George Metkovich
Partner

George Metkovich, CPA

Financial Statement Audit Partner

CPA | BS, Accounting – University of Nevada, Reno

George became a partner in 2012 after joining the firm 2010 as a manager. George began his career at a gaming corporation as an internal auditor where he performed operational and compliance audits of casinos for Nevada and Indian casinos. He later moved to public accounting where he conducted compliance and financial audits for Nevada and Indian casinos. As financial statement audit partner, George is responsible for the financial and compliance audits of benefit plans and casinos. He also performs and manages internal audits and Title 31 compliance audits for many of our casino clients. George has instructed seminars on compliance issues and provides leadership to our younger staff and helps them develop technical and personal skills. George is passionate about golfing, the Cowboys, and staying in shape. One of his goals in life is to spoil his two nephews.

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Partner

Alycia Wilkinson

Partner, Director of Client Relationships

BS, Business Administration in Accounting – University of Phoenix

The cornerstone of the firm, Alycia serves as the face of the firm and is the primary contact for our clients. She is the daily business liaison of the firm and is responsible for the satisfaction of our customers and employees. Alycia began working for the firm in 2001 as an administrative assistant, served as the firm’s office manager, then was promoted to Director of Client Relationships. After years of hard work and dedication to the firm, she was made a partner in 2011. While working for the firm, Alycia earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting and recently passed all parts of the CPA exam. When she isn’t taking care of her work family, Alycia manages a house full of three children, three massive and energetic dogs, and a husband. Her schedule is often full with her children’s activities, but in her downtime she enjoys watching movies and pampering her mother and herself. Full Bio

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