R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC
Knowledge | Perspective | Partnership
President & Executive Professional Associate
Prior to joining the firm in 1997, Debbie spent 19 years as a professional internal auditor for JCPenney and EDS where she was responsible for managing various audit functions including construction auditing. In 2012, she became President of R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC assuming primary responsibility for managing our Plano based construction audit staff. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Construction Auditor, and a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Executive Professional Associate
Rich founded the company in 1984 and has served as the in-charge project manager for construction cost control engagements for a wide variety of organizations throughout the United States and Canada. He is also active as a seminar leader for professional development training programs associated with construction auditing and construction cost control. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Construction Auditor.
Chris joined R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC, in January 2008, and is a Senior Professional Associate. Chris joined the firm after attending one of R. L. Townsend's seminars and subsequently saving his company a total of over fifteen million dollars in construction-related cost recoveries. He brings a wealth of experience gained during his twenty years with a major pharmaceutical company. Chris is a Certified Construction Auditor.
Prior to joining R. L. Townsend & Associates, Trey served as an Operations Specialist 2nd Class in the United States Navy. After being honorably discharged, Trey graduated magna cum laude from The University of Texas at Dallas with a Masters of Science in Accounting. Trey is a Certified Public Accountant. His construction auditing experience includes analysis of project GMPs ranging from $35M to over $200M.
Rachel Townsend Smith
Rachel is a Licensed Professional Engineer (Mechanical) and Senior Professional Associate who joined the firm in 2016. She graduated in 2012 from Baylor University and holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. From 2012 to 2016, she was a Project Engineer for a large Oil and Gas Contractor in Houston, Texas.
Ashley is a Professional Associate. She joined the firm in 2015. She is a graduate of University of North Texas. Her previous work experience involved work with international oil and gas service firms. She is a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Construction Auditor.
Jonathan is a Licensed Professional Engineer (Civil) who joined the firm as a Professional Associate in 2017. He graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He has worked as a Project Engineer for the oil and gas industry.
Gevonia began working at R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC in 2016. She is a Professional Associate. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing.
Tonia joined R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC in 2018. She is a Professional Associate who graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering. She has previously worked as a Director of Process Improvement in the healthcare industry.
Melissa began working with R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC in 2016 as a Professional Associate Assistant. Melissa graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance.
Patricia joined R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC, as a Senior Professional Associate in September 2008. She has over 25 years of professional experience in Construction and IT Project Management, Contract Administration, Vendor Relations, Facilities Maintenance, and Audit Management. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Construction Auditor.
Clay joined R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC as a Senior Construction Cost Control Consultant in 2015. Clay has over 25 years of Owner oriented construction management experience. He is a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Building Science and Construction Management. He is a LEED AP and a Certified Construction Contract Administrator.
Lanna began working with R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC in 2014. She is a Professional Associate. Lanna graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Sarah joined the firm as a Professional Associate in 2016. She is a graduate of Houston Baptist University and has a M.S. in Accounting from The University of Texas at Dallas. She is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner.