James (Jim) Scott, Jr., CPA/CGMA

Senior Managing Principal and Co-Founder


 Originally from Texas, James Scott, Jr. graduated with honors from the University of Baltimore with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.  He began his career with the U.S. Marine Corp, earning the rank of sergeant.  After the Marines, he joined the large international accounting firm of Ernst & Young.  In 1990 James co-founded Penan & Scott, P.C.


Today, James is a co-founder and senior principal of Penan & Scott, P.C. James advises government contractors and businesses of all sizes, including Medicaid service providers, real estate investors and general contractors on all types of tax and financial issues. He has significant experience with auditing financial statements of closely-held companies, structuring complex corporate and individual tax transactions, and negotiating financing for closely-held businesses.  


James is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, The Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants as well as a Board Director at a regional bank.  


In his spare time he enjoys collecting African American art, travel, exercise, attending sporting events, and, most recently, golf.  James resides with his wife, Terri, in Ellicott City, Maryland and is the proud father of two adult sons, Jason and Jereme.


James' Email:  jscott@penanscott.com

Meg Mouser, CPA/PFS
Principal


Meg Mouser grew up in South Bend, Indiana and now resides in Montgomery County, Maryland.  She earned her accounting degree from The American University and her masters in Information Technology from Hood College.  She was first introduced to the accounting firm of Penan & Scott, P.C. while working as a controller for one of its clients.  She joined the firm in January 2000. 


Today, as a principal at Penan & Scott, P.C., Meg specializes in business and individual income tax compliance, financial consulting, and overseeing financial statement engagements.  In addition to providing tax saving strategies to her domestic clients, Meg is also knowledgeable in international tax reporting.


Meg is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.


In her spare time Meg enjoys working out, horseback riding, and traveling.  She and her husband Stan, have four children.


Meg's Email: mmouser@penanscott.com

Renée Kascic, CPA/ABV/CFF/PFS

Principal


Renée Kascic lived in many parts of the country before settling in Minnesota where she earned her BS in psychology.  Her goal was always to help people. After moving to Maryland, Renée decided that the best way to do this was in the world of finance.  Therefore she went back to school and earned her CPA.  She joined Penan & Scott, P.C. in 1995.

 
Today, Renée is a principal at Penan & Scott, P.C. Renée has total responsibility for sophisticated income tax, financial, and valuation consulting, economic analysis and financial advisory services, and business planning for many diverse types of clients.  She simultaneously plans, supervises and administers financial statement and tax engagements for clients of all sizes and business types.  Renée also provides business valuation and litigation support services.

 
Renée is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.

 
In her spare time she enjoys dancing, swimming and spending time with her family.  She enjoys supporting her husband’s martial arts, her daughter’s many artistic activities and her son’s participation in the Boy Scouts of America.  Renée resides with her husband, Paul, in North Potomac, Maryland and is the proud mother of two children, Isabella and Michael.


Renée's Email: rkascic@penanscott.com

Principals

The cornerstone of Penan & Scott, P.C.'s success in providing professional services emanates from our commitment to the entrepreneurial approach to business, and our ability to deliver high quality service through our expertise. We can provide this level of service, because unlike most other accounting firms, our partners are directly involved on a continuing basis on every assignment. 

John Vestal grew up in El Paso, Texas.  Before getting his bachelor and masters degrees in accounting from New Mexico State University, he served in the U.S. Army’s Honor Guard Company as a sentinel and relief commander at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  After college graduation, he began his career at the accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand in El Paso.  He joined Penan & Scott, P.C. in 2000.


Today, John is a principal at Penan & Scott, P.C.  John works with businesses of all sizes preparing audited and reviewed financial statements and tax returns. He is involved in complex tax planning, and financial and tax consulting.  He works with a large variety of industries with an emphasis on government and construction contractors.


John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.


In his spare time John enjoys reading, traveling, relaxing at the beach, and time in the New Mexico and Colorado mountains.  He is an avid fan of “Hatch green chile” from New Mexico.


John's Email: jkvestal@penanscott.com

 SHAWN TALLEY, CPA
Principal 

JOHN VESTAL, CPA
Principal

Shawn was born and raised in Southwest Florida.  He earned his accounting degree and Masters of Professional Accountancy (Tax) from Clemson University in South Carolina before relocating to Cape Coral, Florida.  There, Shawn began his career in public accounting.   Looking for a change of pace (and weather), Shawn and his family moved to the DC Metro area in 2002 and spent three years with one of the oldest public accounting firms in the area before joining Penan & Scott, P.C. in 2005.  

Today, as a principal at Penan & Scott, P.C., Shawn assists business and individual clients in all aspects of their tax and financial planning.  Although a large portion of Shawn’s client base is related to real estate, including residential and commercial owners, developers, brokers and various construction contractors, he also provides needed tax and financial statement services to a variety of other entrepreneurs, both locally and nationally.  Shawn also assists clients with capital transactions.  

Shawn is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.

In his spare time Shawn enjoys simply getting outside, whether it be camping, fishing or taking a long hike.  Shawn resides with his wife, (aka high school sweetheart) Michelle in Urbana, Maryland.  Shawn is the proud father of three sons, Michael, Matthew and Parker. 


Shawn's Email: stalley@penanscott.com

Barrett Penan, CPA/ABV/CFF/PFS

Senior Managing Principal and Co-Founder


Barrett Penan is a native of Maryland having attended Spring Brook High School and the University of Maryland where he graduated with high honors.  After a short period with the Defense Contract Audit Agency, Barrett found his true calling working for the Nation’s premier real estate focused CPA firm Kenneth Leventhal & Company.  He then went on to be one of the first partners of the largest locally owned CPA firms in Maryland.  In 1990 Barrett co-founded Penan & Scott, P.C.


Today, Barrett is a co-founder and senior principal at Penan & Scott, P.C.  Barrett has total responsibility for sophisticated income tax, financial, and business planning for a multitude of diverse clients including real estate professionals, entrepreneurs, professional service firms and self-employed individuals.  Barrett provides creative solutions for structuring real estate deals as well as business valuation and litigation support services.  


Barrett is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.


In his spare time Barrett enjoys boating, watching the Maryland Terps, travel and spending time with his grandchildren.  Barrett resides with his wife, Frances, in Rockville, Maryland and is the proud father of two adult sons, Stuart and Charles, and three grandchildren. 


Barrett's Email: bpenan@penanscott.com