Patrick F. Kerns CPA

Patrick has more than 12 years of experience serving a variety of not-for-profit, higher education, employee benefit plan, retail, construction and professional services clients. He has significant experience with Uniform Grant Guidance audits, in particular audits of the Student Financial Assistance cluster.

Patrick is responsible for the management, coordination and delivery of audit-related services to all of his engagements. Such responsibilities require the knowledge of clients and their industries, project management skills, the ability to develop distinctive relationships with clients, knowledge of financial reporting requirements and key technical pronouncements, and understanding of operating and internal control risks and concerns of the entities that are served. In addition, Patrick focuses on providing timely, pragmatic and insightful feedback on business risks opportunities for improving and evolving regulatory environments. Patrick works closely with the firm’s integrated resources to ensure that his clients receive well researched answers on the multitude of ways issues may impact his clients.


B.S.B.A - Accounting, Duquesne University

Professional and Community Involvement

Member—American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants

Vice Chair—ACG's Pittsburgh Chapter Future Corporate Leaders Board

Member—Schneider Downs Higher Education Group 

Member—Finance Committee of St. Malachy Church

Do you have a hobby/personal passion?  
Running, swimming and spending time with my family.

What was the best advice you’ve ever received?
Be true to yourself and always be honest.

Who is your role model?
My parents.  They taught me to work hard and never give up on your dreams.

What was your childhood dream?
To be a farmer.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your college self? 
Study abroad and travel more, you will never regret and you will never have more time than in college.

People would be surprised to know that I…
Built a second story deck (mostly) by myself.

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?
Everyday I get to work with an amazing team of people and help to find solutions for a multitude of business issues and meet more great people.  

What was your first job?
My first job was a cashier at a small grocery store.

When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do?
Read, I have a passion for reading and learning

Do you have advice for young professionals?
Find a career with people that you enjoy as the people make the difference and make it more than a job.

Patrick F. Kerns CPA

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A tax shareholder with more than 25 years of private and public accounting experience, Chris joined Schneider Downs in 2017 and advises clients in diverse sectors, including consumer products and retail, healthcare, and manufacturing and distribution.

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