Chelsea discovered her passion for accounting when she selected it as an elective course at Ponchatoula High School. She received her Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Accounting from Southeastern University of Louisiana in May, 2012. Later that summer, she began her career at ITL Accounting & Tax Service, Inc. The relaxing atmosphere and friendly team made it feel like home and the right place to work. Also, the fact that her husband’s parents are the owners may have helped with that decision. Very few people can say that they like their job and/or co-workers, but Chelsea is blessed to have the ability to say it about both.
In addition to being a staff accountant, she and husband, T.J. Barends, are owners of Bare Sounds. Located at 276 E. Pine Street, Bare Sounds offers music lessons, audio recording, gear, and is all about providing a music community for artists to learn and share music. Music is a large part of this family’s life and is major aspect that brings them together.
Chelsea has been a Ponchatoula resident all of her life and loves this town! She and T.J. used to spend their free time watching movies and shows, playing video games, and attending music performances before their entire world changed in December of 2016. Their son, Coen, arrived much earlier than expected, but is the best Christmas surprise and gift one could receive. They are elated to have found that parenthood is rewarding and fulfilling beyond words can attempt to describe. Coen brings so much joy and laughter to their lives. With the help of family, she is still able to allocate time to enjoy the previously mentioned interests.