Meara Welch Browne, P.C.

Certified Public Accountants




2020 W. 89th St.

Suite 300

Leawood, KS  66206

(816) 561-1400

John W. Meara, CPA, ABV, CFE, CFF, (john@meara.com), a certified public accountant, accredited in business valuation, certified fraud examiner and certified in financial forensics, provides overall direction for the firm’s auditing, business valuation and litigation support services, and provides general business consulting services.


Prior to becoming a partner/shareholder with Meara, Welch, Browne, John operated John W. Meara & Co., since 1977. His experience also includes positions as a tax manager with Price Waterhouse, and subsequently a partner and Director of Tax Services in the Kansas City office of Laventhol & Horwath.


He earned his bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Illinois and attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School. He has served as an instructor through the Graduate School of Financial Studies of the American College and has lectured on the subject of advanced tax planning for the Graduate School of Administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In addition, he has presented numerous programs on business and tax matters to a wide variety of business, professional and private organizations. He also provides expert witness testimony on accounting, valuation and fraud issues.

Julie A. Welch (Runtz), CPA, PFS, CFP, (julie@meara.com), a certified public accountant, personal financial specialist, certified financial planner and a partner/shareholder with the firm, is the Director of the firm’s tax department.


She earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from William Jewell College and her Master of Science in Accounting with a Taxation Focus from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She received the MSCPA Women to Watch Award for 2007 and the UMKC Alumni Achievement Award for 1999. She serves on the faculty of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants National Tax Education Program.


She has written articles for several publications including The Practical Accountant, The Kansas City Star, and The Asset. She is a co-columnist for the Journal of Financial Planning. She recently co-authored and published 101 Tax Saving Ideas, Tenth Edition. She speaks nationally on tax planning topics, and has appeared on radio and television. She has been quoted in numerous publications on many tax issues. Julie is a member of several professional organizations including the AICPA, MSCPA, and FPA.

Stephen W. Browne, CPA, ABV, CITP, CFE, CISA, CFF, (steve@meara.com), (i) a certified public accountant, (ii) licensed in Missouri and Kansas, (iii) accredited in business valuation, (iv) a certified information technology professional, (v) a certified fraud examiner, (vi) a certified information systems auditor, and (vii) certified in financial forensics. He serves as partner of Meara Welch Browne, P.C. and directs the audit, valuation and litigation support departments.


Prior to joining the firm in 1990, he was an auditor with Ernst & Young. He earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Accounting from Kansas State University and a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.


For over 20 years, he has participated extensively in engagements for audit and accounting, mergers and acquisitions, business valuations and damage analysis studies as both a client advisor and an expert witness. He has conducted work for both Federal and State authorities on white collar crime matters and has been a court appointed monitor for companies under criminal indictment. He has served as an expert witness in multiple states and jurisdictions.