Key Personnel

Learn more about our leadership team here at Sonrise

Kenneth N. Shirk, EA

As founder Ken was the driving force behind the growth and success of the firm.  A graduate of Millersville University, he is listed in several Who’s Who publications for his expertise in clergy tax matters.  Ken is an Enrolled Agent licensed by the Treasury Department to represent clients before the IRS.  Churches frequently use Ken as a consultant in matters related to taxes, and compliance with regulations. Ken can be found preparing taxes at our Myerstown tax location.
Active in the community and his church, Ken is a member of Gideons International and a former school director. He and his wife Susie have been married since 1970 and have four married sons. In his spare time, Ken enjoys flying kites, reading, and working with Susie on home decorating and home improvement projects. After tax season is over, they look forward to traveling, crossing items off their “bucket list” & watching any one of their 13 grandchildren’s activities-especially soccer!

Aaron Shirk, EA

Aaron is both an expert tax professional and an extremely knowledgeable Notary Public.  He started working in the family business as a pre-teen and progressed to tax preparation before graduating from high school. Now, Aaron can be found at the Lebanon tax office on Cumberland St during the busy season, and at the Lebanon Notary Title and Tag office on 9th St the remainder of the year. Few have amassed Aaron’s experience and knowledge in taxes and licensing at such an early age. Attending tax and notary seminars and workshops throughout each year keeps his skills sharpened. Soccer has always been part of his life and in recent years he has become very involved with coaching and reffing in the local area & leagues. Aaron and his wife Heidi are active in their church and community and have three young daughters.

Matt Behney, EA

Matt is CEO and Co-Founder of Compass Tax. Matt has over a decade of experience working in the area of tax and finance. Matt is an IRS Enrolled Agent and he studied at Liberty University. He has experience in the areas of tax audit, tax preparation, tax resolution, tax compliance, and more. In the past, Matt has been an expert witness on the topic of personal income tax. At Compass Tax, Matt works with the IRS to get clients resolution. Matt analyzes financials, prepares resolutions, prepares tax returns, and represents clients who are in collections, with a Revenue Officer, or in appeals. Matt has lived most of his life in Central Pennsylvania. Matt is a father of 4, an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, loves the outdoors, and plays the bass guitar. He also coaches his daughter’s soccer team.

Derek Shanaman

Derek is CFO and Co-Founder of Compass Tax. Derek has a B.S. in Economics and Finance from West Chester University and a M.S. in Tax and Financial Planning from Widener University. Derek has over a decade of experience in the realm of tax and finance. At Compass Tax, Derek handles accounts payable, and also serves clients with financial analysis, resolution, tax preparation, tax audit, and more.
Derek has lived most of his life in Central Pennsylvania. Derek is a father of 2, enjoys music (especially the Beatles), coaches his son’s t-ball and soccer teams, and is a fan of the Washington Commanders. Derek also enjoys a good cup of coffee.