R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC

Knowledge | Perspective | Partnership

THE TEAM

Debbie Townsend
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. 

Rich Townsend
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 Irpino

 

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.

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Trey Walker
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.

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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 Humphries
Ashley is a Senior 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.  

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Patrick Ferrell
Patrick joined the firm as a Professional Associate in 2021 and is a licensed Professional Engineer (Environmental) in the State of Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's Degree in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology. Patrick served as a Senior Project Engineer and Project Manager in the Enivornmental Consulting and Engineering Sector. 
Arbeline Medina

Arbeline began working at R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC in 2016. She is a Professional Associate. She graduated from University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. 
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Megan Grund

Megan began working with R. L. Townsend & Associates in 2018 as a Professional Associate. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Ocean Engineering. From 2011 until 2017, she was a Project Engineer in the Oil and Gas Industry in Houston.
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Blade Wayne

Blade joined the firm as a Professional Associate in 2022. He graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering. Prior to his experience as a field engineer for train station and power plant projects, Blade served as a Contract Negotiator and Representative for the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers on Army/Air Force projects and as a Captain in the Army Reserves.
 
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Melissa Heinz

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.  
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Adrian Ellis

Adrian began working with R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC as a Professional Associate Assistant in 2022. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2002 with a Bachelor's of Business Administration degree in Information and Operations Management.
Patricia Farrell-Shear

 

Patricia joined R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC, in September 2008 and is a Project Executive. 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 Addison
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 Bacchus
Lanna began working with R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC in 2014. She is a Senior Professional Associate.  Lanna graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Jonathan Tran
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 Brown

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.
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Brian Arnett

Brian began working at R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC in 2022 as a Professional Associate. He graduated from Brigham Young University - Hawaii with a Bachelor's of   Science in Business Administration. He has worked as a Project Manager in the home building industry.
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Tonia Waller

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. 
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Marie Jones

Marie has worked with R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC as a Professional Associate Assistant since 1992.
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Gayla Gunderson

Gayla joined R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC, in August 2021 as a Professional Associate Assistant. Gayla holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University and an MBA from Trident University International. Her background is in accounting and finance.
Ron Bourgeois
Ron Joined R. L. Townsend & Associates, LLC as a Senior Contruction Cost Control Consultant in 2004.  Ron has over 30 years of construction cost control experience.