Our Team

Chris M. Williams, CPA and OwnerChris M. Williams, CPA, CGMA


Family first.  A phrase that is often tossed around to make you feel warm and tingly but when it comes down to it, it is usually just lip service.  Meet Chris M. Williams.  He is the owner of CM Williams & Associates LLC and also carries the title of CGMA which means Chartered Global Management Accountant and is only given to members of the American Institute of CPAs who have attained a wealth of experience.  Mr. Williams brings his knowledge and skill to you in true family first fashion both in practice and service.

Mr. Williams was born and raised in Salem County graduating from Pennsville Memorial High School in 1995 and continued as a Dean’s List student and Presidential Scholarship recipient at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey until his graduation in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.  Chris was also a member of the National Business Honors Society.  It was in 2001 when Mr. Williams earned his Certified Public Accounting Certificate and was granted the coveted CGMA title in 2011.

After years of dedicated service to larger firms, Chris decided to build his own company around his own core values: helping clients understand their financials, minimizing clients’ costs and taxes, and last but very certainly not least creating strong and lasting relationships.

The family approach to business wouldn’t be more than an empty shell without real follow through.  Mr. Williams humbly serves his community through a bevy of organizations that he believes carry the spirit and good will we should all strive to radiate.  He is an active member of the Pole Tavern Ruritan and Salem County Sportsmen’s Club.  In addition to these personal passions, Mr. Williams also provides his professional services as Treasurer for the Woodstown Little League, the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Business Association and various tristate non-profits. Chris also enjoys his associations with the Salem County Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Williams’ dedication to his community and clients is only second to his own family.  Should you find yourself interested in any of these associations or causes, please feel free to discuss your passions with Chris at your next meeting.

When Chris M. Williams, CPA isn’t busy master crafting financials for his clients, he can be found doing a wide variety of activities with his beautiful family of wife Melissa, sons Noah and Colton, and daughters Paisley and Hannah.  The entire family enjoys living in Woodstown, spending time on New Jersey beaches, and assorted outdoor activities.  Chris himself is avid fan of all Philadelphia sports.

Chris built this Firm around his core beliefs:
Helping clients understand their financials  ♦  Minimizing their costs and taxes ♦  Creating long term relationships

Deborah Maurer Accounting DirectorDeborah Maurer

Accounting Director

Deborah was born and raised in Pitman, New Jersey. She knew at a young age that business was something she excelled at as proven by her ‘Best Business Student’ award upon graduation from Pitman High School.

She continued to Gloucester County College to earn her Associate’s Degree and maintain Dean’s List status. She moved directly to Rowan University earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in the field of Accounting graduating Cum Laude and passed the CPA Exam in 1994. Her love for learning has led her to complete multiple personal enrichment classes for math, computer science and art through Rowan College.

When she isn’t buried in the books or enjoying time with her three boys, Nate, Zach & Jake and three pets, Liam, Isabella & Julius; she enjoys all things tech, self-taught sewing, laughing for any reason, reading and movies.

Deborah has enjoyed over thirty-five years of accounting in both the private and public sectors and we are thrilled to have her on the CM Williams & Associates family. Her wealth of knowledge enhances our ability to serve our clients and her voracious continuing education translates into having a team you can count on to keep up with your financial needs.

Jamie Patrick Accounting ManagerJamie Patrick

Accounting Manager

Jamie became a member of the CM Williams & Associates team in January 2017, bringing with her an expertise in accounting.  In 2006, Jamie graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Accounting, and she passed her CPA exam in 2008.  During her career, she has worked for three different public firms where she has cared for various types of clients — from SEC to nonprofits, manufacturing to retail, reviews to audits to tax returns.  She has also worked at a non-profit that builds/manages affordable housing for vulnerable populations in NJ, DC, Philly and surrounding areas.

Jamie lives with her perfect husband, Andy, and their two kids, Wyatt and Willow in Upper Pittsgrove. Her kids bring her joy and striving to be here best everyday. When she isn’t at her desk, Jamie loves to be her kid’s cheerleader at various sports and other activities.  She also enjoys camping with family and friends.  Her philosophy is to be mindful, intentional, and present in every aspect of life.

Betsey Andrews, Client Services CoordinatorBetsey Andrews

Client Services Coordinator

Betsey joined the CMWilliams team in September of 2020 and has 30 plus years experience in accounting administration.  She is a cum laude graduate of Goldey Beacom College.  She was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up on a farm in Salem County NJ, she now resides in Upper Pittsgrove Township. Betsey is a caring devoted wife and mother to her husband and three children. She has a very unique cat named Tires that she loves to spend her time with.  When Betsey is not found in the office she is cheering on her favorite team the Phillies, spending time on Ocean City Beach, cooking in her kitchen and also enjoys participating in the MS City to Shore Bike Ride each year.

Laura Taylor, Sr. AccountantLaura Taylor

Sr. Accountant

Laura is a graduate of Goldey-Beacom College and has been a huge asset to our team since 2018, she can tackle anything you throw at her in the office and is always around to help our clients with any questions they may have. Laura is a very nurturing and loving wife to her husband of 17 years and their three children in Salem County. When Laura is not in the office you can find her various different sporting events with her kids such as baseball, field hockey and soccer. Born and raised growing up on a Dairy Farm in Salem County Laura has always been very tied into our community she is a member of Woodstown Youth Field Hockey and Woodstown Little League just to name a few. We are very lucky to have Laura a part of our firm.

A dog on a beach with palm trees and sun in background

Group photo of all staff

Meet the CMWilliams Team

Jamie Patrick – We all refer to Jamie as our team leader.  Jamie solves all our issues and does it with a smile.  We can always count on Jamie to give sound advice to our clients as well as her co-workers.  Let’s just say Jamie is the “straw that stirs the drink”.  She is the most outspoken and life of the team.

Debbie Maurer – We like to consider Debbie our solid rock.  Debbie is a constant and tackles some of our most difficult tasks. She does it all with her crazy sense of humor.  We always enjoy a good laugh when Debbie is around. 

Laura Taylor- Laura just brightens up the office as soon as she walks in.  Her big smile and adorable giggle just makes our day that much better.  She is very dependable and tackles anything that comes her way fully.  We all just love Laura.

Marina Clifford –  Marina is the newest member of the team and we all couldn’t be more happier.  Marina not only is a beauty queen, literally, but she brings dedication and a readiness to work each morning.  Our day is so much brighter with Marina around. 

Betsey Andrews – Betsey is the face you see as soon as you walk in the office.  She will greet you with a smile and hopefully make your day a bit brighter. Betsey is the mother hen of the office and always makes sure everyone is taken care of.   

Chris Williams – Chris is the boss and has the privilege of working with all these amazing ladies each day.  It may seem that Chris hides in his back office, but him and Ivy (our office bulldog) stay busy review tax code and updates. 

Ivy – Ivy is not only Chris’s companion, but our office mascot.  You will most likely see Ivy walking around the office, looking for a treat, or sunbathing in the front yard.  Ivy keeps Chris grounded. Ivy’s favorite thing to do is take her afternoon walks down the sidewalks of Elmer and comes back to take her nap, She even makes friends with the Elmer police sometimes. Ivy brightens up ours and all clients days.