Our Staff

Our Staff

Our firm is structured to provide a personalized touch to each engagement allowing us to establish long lasting professional relationships built on expertise and trust. You can expect our professionals to keep your needs in mind as we work together to achieve your goals. We continue to carefully add members to our staff and place high value on qualities such as academic achievement, enthusiasm for helping others, strong communication skills and commitment to our team and goals. The low turnover at our firm reflects our commitment to investing in our people so they can be fully committed to our clients. Our team continues to improve through continuing education and training and our size and structure enable our staff to provide our clients with the knowledge and support they expect from our firm.

Dawn Mcgruder, CPA

As President of The McGruder Group, Dawn McGruder manages the overall strategic planning and direction of the firm. Dawn is committed to providing the tax and accounting services her clients are looking for. She finds it especially rewarding to help her small business clients’ dreams become reality by providing the essential financial services, education and expertise they need to succeed. She is proud of the friendly, supportive culture she has built at the firm.

Dawn graduated from the University of Richmond in Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She is a licensed CPA in the Commonwealth of Virginia, member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is currently serving on the board of the Greater DC Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners holding the position of Treasurer. She is on the Membership Committee of the McLean Business Forum Chapter of BNI. She is active in community associations and organizations and is a frequent speaker on a variety of tax and accounting topics.

Dawn loves to travel, exploring the history and culture of new places. She enjoys spending time in the Outer Banks and visiting the vineyards of Virginia. She is a big fan of DC sports teams and has been married to her husband, Rich, for almost 40 years. A proud mother of three children, she also has two young grandchildren.

Richard McGruder

Richard McGruder is the Accounting Services Manager with The McGruder Group. Since joining the firm in 2006, Richard has been involved in many aspects of client services in an array of industries. Richard specializes in working with business owners and entrepreneurs in the areas of financial statement preparation and business advisory services. He loves the ability to work regularly with clients throughout the year, developing a deeper relationship that allows for excellence in advice and services.

Richard graduated from Elon University in North Carolina in 2005 with Bachelor of Science degrees in both Accounting and Finance. Prior to joining TMG, Richard worked for Capital Source at their headquarters office in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Richard and his wife Victoria are the proud parents of 2 boys. He enjoys spending time with his family, supporting his favorite sports teams and finding time to golf.

Lauren Ritzert McMinn, CPA

Lauren Ritzert McMinn joined The McGruder Group in 2013 and is currently the Tax Services Manager. Lauren is a Certified Public Accountant and works with individual, business and non-profit clients in the areas of tax preparation and planning. Lauren also represents clients before all federal and state tax agencies. With over 15 years’ experience advising clients, Lauren particularly enjoys helping clients with tax planning by utilizing available mechanisms to save them time and money.

Lauren graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA). 

Lauren loves to travel when she can. She and her husband, Jake, have two children. A native of Fairfax, she enjoys baking and spending time with her extended family.

Amanda McGruder Franceschi

Amanda Franceschi is a Senior Associate assisting clients with accounting and financial statement preparation. She is also responsible for the day-to-day financial administration of The McGruder Group. She loves supporting the team at the firm and working with her nonprofit clients.

Amanda graduated from Christopher Newport University in Virginia in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. After working with USI Insurance and Financial Services in Norfolk, Virginia, she joined The McGruder Group in 2010.

Amanda enjoys travelling and spending time with friends and family in the area, in the mountains or at the beach. She and her husband, Ben, are the busy parents to two kids under two and spend their free time getting all the snuggles they can.

Brooke Moughon, CPA

Brooke Moughon joined The McGruder Group in 2013 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 2016. Her primary role at TMG is supporting clients in the area of tax preparation and planning. Brooke also represents clients before all federal and state tax agencies. She particularly enjoys working with individuals and business clients in tax return preparation and loves that her range of experiences enhances her work with each new client.

Brooke graduated from Lynchburg College in Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Accounting. While at Lynchburg, Brooke was the starting setter on the Women’s Volleyball team for all four seasons, helping them advance to the conference tournament finals twice; the best finish for Women’s Volleyball in Lynchburg College history.

A native of Mathews, Virginia, Brooke has acclimated to Northern Virginia and appreciates all that the metro area has to offer. She finds time to travel, play in local sports leagues, visit family and spend time with her fiancé, Jeremy and their dog, Blanton.


Nathan Banks assists business clients in the areas of accounting and financial reporting helping them reach their long-term goals. Nathan enjoys working with a wide variety of business clients, including government contractors.

Nathan earned a Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in Accounting from George Mason University in 2017 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 2019.  Nathan has been working in the accounting field since 2009 and joined The McGruder Group in 2014.

Nathan and his wife, Anna, have two beautiful children. When he is not spending time with his family, Nathan enjoys following his favorite sports teams, playing tennis and golfing.

Zachary Sekel

Zach is the newest member of the McGruder Group team and works with small business clients providing accounting and financial statement support. Zach loves numbers and finds working with clients with such a friendly team to be truly rewarding.

Zach graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in May 2017.

Zach lives in Great Falls and he enjoys playing basketball, watching sports and spending time with friends.

Michael McGruder

Michael McGruder is currently an administrative assistant who has been working for TMG since January 2014 providing daily support to clients and staff. As the employee most often complimented by clients as a wonderful representative of our firm, Michael exemplifies the team spirit that is a source of pride for our office.

Michael enjoys being a part of the TMG team and loves the friendly and supportive environment. Outside of the office you will find him spending time with friends, supporting his favorite sports teams or playing golf.

Kacy Turner

The McGruder Group is fortunate that Kacy Turner changed her career from Civil Engineering Drafter to Receptionist and joined The McGruder Group in January 2015. Clients appreciate her big smile and happy personality. She is a great multitasker and clients and staff alike depend on her.

Kacy is also a current Notary in the State of Virginia.

Kacy’s love of animals, photography and oil painting brings a necessary creative spark to the office.

We look forward to assisting you with your tax and accounting needs

Contact us today to schedule a consultation.