A Path to Wellbeing with Gaynor Meilke

Episode 135 of The Unique CPA features the important topic of mental health in the accounting profession. Gaynor Meilke talks to Randy about her experience with mental health struggles from a young age and how she now helps others, including children, tackle their challenges. She provides insights into the stressors accounting professionals face and signs of burnout. Randy also opens up about his personal journey with mental health after experiencing a stroke. They emphasize the importance of self-care, finding your passions, and getting help when needed. Through this candid conversation, they both hope to shine a light on a longstanding problem facing not just the accounting profession, but people in all walks of life.

Important Links

Charisma Ink

Gaynor Meilke’s author page on Amazon

Gaynor Meilke on LinkedIn

Fairy on the Fly

About the Guest

Gaynor Meilke, MS, CBC, CTC, CTRSP-E, is the founder of Charisma Ink, LLC, which is dedicated to helping CPAs, accounting firms, bookkeeping practices, financial services providers and the vendors who serve them achieve market ownership, grow their niches, and increase revenue.

Gaynor is an experienced and innovative entrepreneur, business strategist, professional ghost writer, author, business and transformational coach. She leverages market forces and organizational assets, to help executive leaders to create new opportunities and bottom-line results.

An advocate for mental health both within the accounting profession and in all walks of life, her Fairy on the Fly project provides mental health support to childen. Gaynor is the author of several books, including The Bank Your Brain Blueprint and Avoiding App-Athy.

Meet the Host

Randy Crabtree, CPA


Randy Crabtree

Randy Crabtree, co-founder and partner of Tri-Merit Specialty Tax Professionals, is a widely followed author, lecturer and podcast host for the accounting profession.

Since 2019, he has hosted the “The Unique CPA,” podcast, which ranks among the world’s 5% most popular programs (Source: Listen Score). You can find articles from Randy in Accounting Today’s Voices column, the AICPA Tax Adviser (Tax-saving opportunities for the housing and construction industries) and he is a regular presenter at conferences and virtual training events hosted by CPAmerica, Prime Global, Leading Edge Alliance (LEA), Allinial Global and several state CPA societies. Crabtree also provides continuing professional education to top 100 CPA firms across the country.

Schaumburg, Illinois-based Tri-Merit is a niche professional services firm that specializes in helping CPAs and their clients benefit from R&D tax credits, cost segregation, the energy efficient commercial buildings deduction (179D), the energy efficient home credit (45L) and the employee retention credit (ERC).

Prior to joining Tri-Merit, Crabtree was managing partner of a CPA firm in the greater Chicago area. He has more than 30 years of public accounting and tax consulting experience in a wide variety of industries, and has worked closely with top executives to help them optimize their tax planning strategies.