Our Leadership

Michelle Ryan
Partner & Accounting/Advisory Service Leader
”Helping clients and employees achieve their goals.“

Michelle joined Adams Brown in 2008, soon after earning her Master of Accounting from Kansas State University. She serves as a Partner in the firm’s Overland Park office. Michelle specializes in helping clients achieve their business goals by providing consulting, tax, and accounting work for a number of businesses in a variety of industries. She assists in managing the financial aspects of their business through budgeting, cash flow analysis, break-even analysis, strategic coaching, and other management functions.

Outside of her client responsibilities, Michelle leads the firm’s CFO Service Line with specialty service areas including outsourced controller and CFO services, implementation of technology into business processes, and business and management consulting.

Committed to helping others through her work, Michelle is described by her peers and co-workers as a great leader who is always willing to help. She was inspired to go into accounting because it gave her the ability to work with business owners to help them execute a plan to achieve their goals. Michelle attributes her success to a strong work ethic and a drive to always be moving forward.

Michelle grew up in Linn, Kansas, and currently resides in Shawnee with her husband, Josh, and their children, Leah and Parker. Many might not know that from ages 10 to 20, Michelle played fast-pitch softball, both pitching and playing first base. She still enjoys playing co-ed slow-pitch, as well as spending time with her family, and being outdoors.


  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – Kansas
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Kansas Society of CPAs (KSCPA)
  • KSCPA Western Kansas Chapter, President
  • Colby/Thomas County Chamber of Commerce, President
  • Colby Rotary Club
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Treasurer
  • Kansas State University Alumni Association


  • 2017 AICPA/KSCPA “Woman to Watch” Experienced Leader

  • KSCPA “20 up to 40” Graduate

  • LEAD Academy Alumni and Advisor


  • Kansas State University

    • Master of Accounting (2008)

    • Bachelor of Business Administration (2007)

Auditors | Accountants | Consultants | CPAs – Adams Brown is a Certified Public Accounting firm serving high net worth individuals and businesses across the central United States, including Kansas and Arkansas offices in Wichita, Kansas City, Great Bend, Colby, Hays, McPherson, and Jonesboro (AR). The firm provides a variety of tax, audit, consulting, and advisory services to guide businesses toward their goals.  Key industries served include agriculture, construction, government municipalities, professional services, and manufacturing.  To help businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we provide a variety of consulting services including outsourced accounting, cash flow planning, and comprehensive tax review.