Don Franty

Don Franty, CPA Principal

Don is a Pittsburgh native and 1985 graduate of West Virginia University. Don has been helping business owners and individuals navigate through the complexities of a fast-paced business and tax environment for nearly 30 years. Through all of the changes we’ve experienced, Don’s mission has been constant – to help our clients achieve their goals. Franty & Company has grown by identifying our clients’ needs and by providing them with high quality, timely and proactive services. The Company has grown because our clients have found value in our relationship.

Don resides in McMurray with his wife, Ellen, their awesome kids, Nick and Emily, and their even more awesome Shih Tzu, Cosmo.

Tom Kress

Tom Kress, CPA

Prior to joining Franty & Company in 2002, Tom had 15 years of experience working with small business clients and their owners. His understanding of business and individual tax issues has helped his clients recognize significant tax savings over the years. Tom earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Tom and his wife, Christine, reside in South Park.

Christine Bradford

Christine Bradford, EA

Chris has been with Franty & Company since September 1999. She has been in the tax preparation business for over 25 years, preparing tax returns and teaching. She holds Enrolled Agent status with the Internal Revenue Service, earned after passing a comprehensive exam covering individual and business tax returns, giving her unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

Chris resides in Castle Shannon, with her husband Terry and enjoys traveling and making memories with her eight wonderful grandchildren.

Stuart Cunningham

Stuart M. Cunningham, EA

Stuart earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Washington & Jefferson College in 1998 and received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2001. Stuart is an Enrolled Agent and enjoys working closely with clients to help them achieve their goals as business owners. Stuart is experienced with small to medium sized businesses, along with high-net-worth individuals.

Stuart resides in South Park with his wife Jennifer, twin boys Parker & Troy, and the family dog, Cody. When not at work you’ll more than likely find Stuart coaching youth sports in South Park.

Jordan Ferguson

Jordan M. Ferguson

Jordan earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Robert Morris University. Since he has gained experience in various accounting roles across the manufacturing, retail, and professional service industries. He is currently working towards becoming a Certified Public Accountant.

Jordan resides in Sharpsburg. He enjoys spending his free time playing basketball or with his family.

Ellen Franty

Ellen Franty, Director of Communications

Ellen serves as the Human Resources department for Franty & Company. She’s worked with Franty & Company for 11 years, and her goal is to make sure that all of our clients are receiving excellent service. Ellen earned her undergraduate and graduate Nursing degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and she also is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

Ellen is a certified Health Coach and Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at Washington & Jefferson College, so she makes sure the Franty & Company team stays healthy and happy. Ellen is Don’s wife of 26 years, and mother to Nick and Emily.

Christie Hayes

Christie Hayes, Office Manager

Christie resides in Pleasant Hills with her husband Jeff and college bound daughter Brianna. Christie & Jeff also have two grown sons, Dan and Greg. Christie graduated from the Sawyer School in 1985. Before joining Franty & Company in 2007, Christie was employed at Mercy Hospital for 20 years. She is a commissioned Notary Public and also possesses a cosmetology license.

Christie enjoys spending time with her family – especially camping – tackling home remodeling projects and interior decorating.

Merritt Blake

Merritt Blake, Client Service Specialist

Merritt is a Peters Township native and a graduate of Westminster College with a B.A. in Organizational Behavior. Prior to becoming a mom to two wonderful children, (now young adults) she had a career in Human Resource Management. She has been with Franty & Company since 2008 and loves interacting with and serving our clients and our staff any way that she can.

Merritt spends her free time listening to and playing music, enjoying various outdoor activities, including running and dirt bike riding.