About Us

Baity & Assoc. Tax Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide comprehensive tax and financial services to our clients in order to enable them to meet their personal and business goals more effectively. We are committed to offering our clients valuable time and money saving tips, along with professional, ethical and courteous service. By continuously updating our bookkeeping and tax knowledge through seminars and classes throughout the year, we can make certain your tax returns are not only in compliance, but make available to you the most current benefits possible to reduce tax liabilities.


Debra Baity | Principal / Enrolled Agent

Debra joined the firm of Robert Chessher Financial Services (previous owner) on April 12, 1999, bringing with her many years of private industry Bookkeeping and Tax Preparation experience.

In October of 2000, Debra earned her designation as an Enrolled Agent, the highest credential offered by the Internal Revenue Service, in addition to becoming an Accredited Tax Preparer, a credential presented by ACAT. Three years later – on March 1, 2003, she became a partner in Chessher & Baity Financial Services. In July 2003, Debra purchased the company and changed the name to its current moniker – Baity & Assoc. Tax and Financial Services, Inc. – where she continues to serve the community with her extensive experience and expertise in Bookkeeping and Tax Preparation.

As a requirement to maintain her licenses and remain current in the everchanging tax field, Debra attends numerous seminars and classes throughout the year. She is also an active member of the National Society of Accountants (NSA) and National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA).

After the rush of Tax Season, Debra and her husband, Allen, enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends, particularly snow skiing in Colorado. She has two sons, Jerad and Austin. Her youngest son, Austin, is a recent graduate of Baylor University and is eagerly beginning his Marketing Career in Dallas, Texas. Her oldest son, Jerad, is a Texas A&M graduate and currently holds the position of Managing DIrector here at the firm.

Jerad Heintschel | Managing Director

Jerad is a graduate of Texas A&M’s Mays School of Business. His knowledge and degree in Business Management make him a valuable asset to the office of Baity & Assoc. in his role as Managing Director. Jerad provides bookkeeping and payroll services to many business clients of Baity & Assoc. Internally, Jerad takes care of IT problems around Baity & Assoc., and even wears the Marketing and HR hats from time-to-time.

In his free time, Jerad enjoys rooting for the Rockets and Texans, jamming on the bass, and not having car problems. Car problems are the worst.

Manzoor Ahmed | MBA, CPA

Manzoor is a highly organized and self-driven Certified Public Accountant, passionate about developing his career in the field of accounting and taxation. He joined the team with more than 12 years of experience working in diverse accounting, taxation, and financial fields with multiple public accounting and fortune 500 companies. His key accounting and financial competencies include, but are not limited to, analyzing financial data, maintaining financial records, taxation, and portfolio administration.

In the off-season he likes to hunt, spend time with family, hangout with friends, play and watch sports, and read tax and accounting related topics to keep himself updated on subjects related to his certification.

Vicki Hemminger | Tax Specialist/Enrolled Agent

Vicki joined Baity & Assoc. back in May 2016, bringing substantial tax preparation and bookkeeping experience with her.

Vicki has also passed the exams required to become an Enrolled Agent; this is a big deal in the Tax arena. To keep up with the ever-changing tax laws and procedures, she must complete educational courses through-out the year. Fortunately, she loves to learn and believes in the motto “You’re never too old to learn something new.”

After hours, Vicki stays busy trying to keep up with her niece’s and nephew’s sports calendars. It’s a good thing she likes Volleyball, Track, Softball, Football and Basketball. Vicki enjoys watching the games and spending time with her family.

Merika Barker | Senior Bookkeeping Specialist

Merika joined the firm in November of 2020 and we have been thrilled to have her on the team!

Merika received her Bachelor of Accounting from Sam Houston State University and brings with her to Baity and Assoc. 20 years of experience in various accounting roles.

Merika enjoys traveling with her husband, particularly to Belize and enjoys spending her down time cooking, reading mystery/thriller novels, and playing with their Great Dane.

Jennifer Ruiz | Senior Bookkeeping Specialist

Jennifer received her Associates in Applied Science in Accounting Degree in 2019 with a 4.0 GPA and is currently pursuing her designation as an Enrolled Agent.

She enjoys filling up her spare time with her husband and son Cesar; volunteering at Cesar’s school during the weekdays and taking road trips with her boys on weekends.

Jennifer’s bubbly personality brings joy to the office, and her laugh is contagious. We are grateful to have her on the team!

Jessica Hebert | Client Services Manager

Jessica joined the Baity team in November of 2014. She is well versed in our policies and procedures, making her a true asset at Baity & Assoc. As our Client Services Manager, Jessica uses that knowledge to assist current clients and also properly inform prospective clients. Her desire is that the community know Baity & Assoc. is here to help in all tax matters and to ensure that each client is given the proper Baity & Assoc. treatment.

A giver at heart, Jessica’s passion is volunteering her time to those in need. Of particular interest is the Sanctuary Home, an orphanage she raises money for and visits in India. She regularly brightens our day with her positive attitude and fun sense of humor.

Tehgan Rutland | Internal Controls Specialist

Tehgans inherent work ethic combined with her desire for knowledge and growth within the firm has made a wonderful addition to our team. In addition to the many skills she utilizes within the office, she is an incredibly skilled artist who loves drawing, painting and clay sculpting. When not working in the office or creating art, her time is evenly spent caring for her many animals, rescuing new animals or attempting (unsuccessfully) to grow indoor plants.

Gloria Evans | Front Office Administrator

Gloria joined the firm as an intern while studying at San Jacinto College. She graduated with her Associates of Applied Science in Accounting degree in May of 2020.

Gloria was made an official team member in October of 2020 and we couldn’t be more thrilled with having her on the team.

Gloria enjoys learning new skills and gaining more knowledge about her new career field.

When Gloria’s not working, she loves shopping for deals, being close to the water, and has even picked up a new hobby of diamond painting! Gloria also enjoys dressing up in fancy costumes for the holidays.

Sarai Garza | Tax Liaison

Sarai is a student at Houston Community College for an Associates in Accounting where she is currently pursuing her designation as an Enrolled Agent.

Sarai's joined the team with previous experience in IRS Resolution and Firm Administration and we have been thrilled to have her here, every day since. Her knowledge, work ethic and kindness are unmatched and make her an invaluable member of the B&A team. When she's not working or studying, she enjoys traveling with her family to the Valley to visit more family and friends. She also enjoys going to church on the weekends, reading and growing her skills in hair/makeup.

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