Jarrard, Nowell & Russell, LLC, a certified public accounting and business advisory firm, has hired Julia Ridley as staff accountant.

Ridley, who previously worked as a staff auditor at McGladrey and Pullen, is in the process of being licensed as a CPA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in global economics from Siberian State University of Lines of Communications. She also holds a master’s degree in accounting from the College of Charleston, where she received an outstanding student award prior to graduating in 2008. That same year, she was named a member of Beta Alpha Psi. Ridley, a Russian native, currently resides on Daniel Island with her husband and son.