Melanie Barnes

For-Profit Assurance Leader

Melanie Barnes, CPA, is a partner at Sikich and leads the firm’s For-Profit Assurance practice. With over 17 years of public accounting and industry experience, Melanie understands her clients’ business goals and works with them in a pragmatic approach to provide technical accounting expertise, ensure compliance requirements are met and help position them for success.

Prior to joining Sikich, she worked at a global accounting firm in audit services and at Navistar in both technical accounting and finance business transformation roles. Melanie has extensive experience serving diverse businesses, ranging from private equity-owned companies to family-run businesses, with a focus on middle-market, for-profit companies.

Melanie also has in-depth experience in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures on both the client advisory side and in an industry role. She has assisted clients with the implementation of new accounting standards and has helped to lead a US GAAP to IFRS conversion in a previous role. Melanie is also passionate about streamlining processes and leveraging technology, and she has led finance and accounting business transformation initiatives.

When she is not working, Melanie can be found cheering on her son at a baseball game or watching her daughter dance. She also enjoys traveling with her husband and playing pickle ball with friends.


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Illinois CPA Society


  • Bachelor’s Degree, Accountancy, Wake Forest University
  • Master’s Degree, Accountancy, Wake Forest University
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

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