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Updates From AccountingDepartment.com

Meet our Team

Meet the co-founders of AccountingDepartment.com. Their passion for accounting technology coupled with
a collective desire to deliver accounting done right has developed into the best virtual accounting service
in the industry.

Connecticut

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Bill Gerber

Co-Founder
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Bill Gerber
Co-Founder

location: Connecticut

Meet Me: Bill Gerber has worked in the financial field for more than 18 years, bringing a wide range of expertise in technology and business consulting. Bill is responsible for setting the innovative company-wide strategies and building the overall business using state-of-the-art accounting technology. He oversees the sales, marketing, quality assurance and successful delivery of business process outsourcing (BPO) accounting and bookkeeping services to clients. With his assistance, AccountingDepartment.com has become the nation's leader in virtual accounting services, winning the CPA Technology Advisor Award and the Forbes Award. Bill and his team design cutting-edge procedures to streamline accounting departments while providing the blueprint for accounting industry business practices.

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New Jersey

Certifications: CPA (Certified Public Accountant)

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Dennis Najjar

Co-Founder
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Dennis Najjar
Co-Founder

location: New Jersey

Certifications: CPA (Certified Public Accountant)

Meet Me: Dennis Najjar has worked in public accounting since 1982. After graduating from Rutgers University in 1982, Dennis joined Coopers & Lybrand. In 1986, Dennis started the public accounting firm Dennis M. Najjar, CPA. His practice has an emphasis on tax planning and preparation for corporations, partnerships and individuals. Throughout his career, Dennis has worked exclusively with small, medium and start-up businesses, giving him the knowledge and experience to oversee the AccountDepartment.com team in helping clients with strategic business planning for future success and growth.

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Alabama

Certifications: CPA (Certified Public Accountant), QuickBooks Pro Advisor

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Kris Merritt

Controller and Accounting Manager
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Kris Merritt
Controller and Accounting Manager

location: Alabama

Certifications: CPA (Certified Public Accountant), QuickBooks Pro Advisor

Meet Me: Kris Merritt has worked in the accounting field for over 19 years and joined AccountingDepartment.com as director of client services. In this position, Kris is responsible for further enhancing client experiences with AccountingDepartment.com's outsourced virtual accounting services firm. Kris also continues to improve upon accounting policies and procedures for AccountingDepartment.com's full charge online bookkeeping, as well as the development and delivery of training and enhanced financial reporting.

Kris leads the team of outsourced online bookkeepers, supervisors and financial controllers to continually develop systems of communication for clients and their accountants using the most innovative solutions in virtual accounting. In addition, Kris works closely with clients to develop financial and managerial accounting procedures to streamline and organize clients' virtual accounting services.

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North Carolina

Certifications: CPA (Certified Public Accountant), QuickBooks Pro Advisor & Enterprise Certified, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor

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Shawna Kaylor

Controller and Accounting Manager
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Shawna Kaylor
Controller and Accounting Manager

location: North Carolina

Certifications: CPA (Certified Public Accountant), QuickBooks Pro Advisor & Enterprise Certified, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor

Meet Me: Shawna Kaylor joined AccountingDepartment.com with over 20 years of accounting experience working with public and private companies that provide financial reporting and financial controller services to small and midsized companies. She is a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor as well as a specialist in implementing internal controls, SEC reporting for public companies, portfolio management, budgeting/forecasting and implementing accounting software. Shawna received a Bachelor's degree in accounting from San Diego State University.

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Illinois

Certifications: CPA (Certified Public Accountant), QuickBooks Pro Advisor, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor, Method Certified Consultant

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Jennie Hoffman

Controller and Accounting Manager
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Jennie Hoffman
Controller and Accounting Manager

location: Illinois

Certifications: CPA (Certified Public Accountant), QuickBooks Pro Advisor, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor, Method Certified Consultant

Meet Me: Jennie Hoffman joined AccountingDepartment.com with over 15 years of accounting experience working within both the public accounting and industry sectors. As controller, she is responsible for the accuracy of all financial transactions, budgeting/forecasting, account reconciliations and reporting. Along with due diligence/acquisition experience, she has significant knowledge in accounting system conversions. She is a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and is a Method Certified Consultant. Jennie has a Bachelor's degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University.

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Massachusetts

Certifications: CPA (Certified Public Accountant), MBA, Bill.com Expert

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Kimberly Maki

Controller and Accounting Manager
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Kimberly Maki
Controller and Accounting Manager

location: Massachusetts

Certifications: CPA (Certified Public Accountant), MBA, Bill.com Expert

Meet Me: Kim Maki joins AccountingDepartment.com with over 20 years of experience in both public accounting and a wide variety of industries. She specialized in providing full cycle accounting services to small and mid-sized companies, becoming integral to her clients' management team. She was also responsible for corporate, individual and payroll tax returns as well as non-profit audits. In addition, she has managed accounting staff for a number of large companies, both privately and publicly held. Kim received a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Fitchburg State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Rivier University.

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Indiana

Certifications: CPA (Certified Public Accountant), QuickBooks Pro Advisor, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor, Bill.com Expert

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Mariam

Controller and Accounting Manager
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Mariam
Controller and Accounting Manager

location: Indiana

Certifications: CPA (Certified Public Accountant), QuickBooks Pro Advisor, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor, Bill.com Expert

Meet Me: Mariam Ghumman joined the AccountingDepartment.com team with over 10 years of experience in public accounting. Mariam worked with large international firms and a local firm where her responsibilities included accounting and tax work for businesses in various industries. Mariam was responsible for corporate, individual and partnership returns. Also Mariam was responsible for financial statement review. In addition, she has managed accounting staff for the various firms she was with. Mariam received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Simon Fraser University.

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North Carolina

Certifications: CPA (Certified Public Accountant), QuickBooks Pro Advisor, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor

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Ashley Robinson

Controller and Accounting Manager
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Ashley Robinson
Controller and Accounting Manager

location: North Carolina

Certifications: CPA (Certified Public Accountant), QuickBooks Pro Advisor, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor

Meet Me: Ashley Robinson joins AccountingDepartment.com with over 20 years of experience in both public accounting and private industry. Ashley has worked in a national, regional and local firm where she performed auditing and assurance work for clients in various industries. She also performed work in internal auditing, leading teams that focused on company process improvements and as a controller of a manufacturing company. Ashley received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Missouri

Certifications: CPA (Certified Public Accountant), QuickBooks Pro Advisor, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor, Bill.com Expert

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Jennifer Westrich

Controller and Accounting Manager
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Jennifer Westrich
Controller and Accounting Manager

location: Missouri

Certifications: CPA (Certified Public Accountant), QuickBooks Pro Advisor, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor, Bill.com Expert

Meet Me: Jennifer Westrich joined AccountingDepartment.com with over 25 years of experience in both public accounting and private industry. During her 10 years in public accounting she experienced all facets of the services provided by participating in audits, tax preparations of all entity types, sales tax filings, payroll preparation along with monthly, quarterly and annual filings, as well as, monthly compilations.

As a controller in the private sector, she had the opportunity to oversee and manage staff in all areas related to the financial performance of the organizations. In addition, she was an integral part in development and evaluation of budgets, forecasts, KPI’s and cash flow forecasting models and managed the outside relationships with auditors, banking and legal counsel. She has significant experience in a wide range of businesses from construction to distribution and specializes in developing tools to evaluate and enhance the performance of businesses. She graduated Cum Laude from Southeast Missouri State University obtaining her CPA certification in 1994.

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Amy Wall

Controller and Accounting Manager
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Amy Wall
Controller and Accounting Manager

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North Carolina

Certifications: QuickBooks Pro Advisor, POS Certified, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor, Bill.com Expert

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Fran Stephens

Implementation Supervisor, Specialist & Bookkeeper
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Fran Stephens
Implementation Supervisor, Specialist & Bookkeeper

location: North Carolina

Certifications: QuickBooks Pro Advisor, POS Certified, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor, Bill.com Expert

Meet Me: Fran Stephens has worked in public accounting since 1999, and joined the AccountingDepartment.com team in 2005. Prior to joining AccountingDepartment.com, Fran initiated and developed a QuickBooks consulting practice for an accounting firm in Nashville, TN, leading to a significant increase in the firm's QuickBooks client base. She has implemented QuickBooks accounting software for businesses of all sizes in a wide variety of industries. Her expertise is in QuickBooks implementation, setup, training and troubleshooting.

Fran has a Bachelor's degree from Davidson College and has been a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor since 2002. She is also certified in QuickBooks Point of Sale software, and is currently working on her Enterprise Solutions and Advanced QuickBooks certifications.

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Alabama

Certifications: QuickBooks Pro Advisor, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor

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Dana Watson

Implementation Supervisor, Specialist & Bookkeeper
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Dana Watson
Implementation Supervisor, Specialist & Bookkeeper

location: Alabama

Certifications: QuickBooks Pro Advisor, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor

Meet Me: Dana Watson has been a member of the AccountingDepartment.com since 2006. In addition to implementing online accounting systems for our new clients, she is also responsible for developing internal policies and procedures, as well as developing and implementing our training program for new staff members. She has been a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor since 2006, and is currently working on the Advanced QuickBooks Certification.

Dana has 15 years management and bookkeeping/payroll experience with small to medium businesses. Prior to working with AccountingDepartment.com, she worked in many industries including construction, healthcare, media relations, restaurant and retail. She is currently working towards completing her Bachelor's degree in business administration from Huntingdon College.

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Florida

Certifications: QuickBooks Pro Advisor, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor, Bill.com Expert

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Nancy Gordon

Implementation Supervisor, Specialist & Bookkeeper
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Nancy Gordon
Implementation Supervisor, Specialist & Bookkeeper

location: Florida

Certifications: QuickBooks Pro Advisor, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor, Bill.com Expert

Meet Me: Nancy Gordon joined AccountingDepartment.com in 2007. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in management with a concentration in marketing. Since graduation she has worked in small and medium-sized businesses in the construction, elevator, restaurant and automobile industries. Her emphasis has been in management and bookkeeping. She has been a QuickBooks ProAdvisor since 2007.

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Idaho

Certifications: QuickBooks Pro Advisor, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor, Bill.com Expert

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Dana Gray

Implementation Supervisor, Specialist & Bookkeeper
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Dana Gray
Implementation Supervisor, Specialist & Bookkeeper

location: Idaho

Certifications: QuickBooks Pro Advisor, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor, Bill.com Expert

Meet Me: Dana Gray joined AccountingDepartment.com in 2007. She started her career in accounting in 1998 after working with a CPA firm during tax season. In 1999, she joined a small telecommunications company as office manager with duties including bookkeeping, human resources, payroll, purchasing and customer service. Prior to joining AccountingDepartment.com, Dana worked as an independent contractor assisting several small companies in various industries in the setup and/or conversion to QuickBooks and staff training. Dana has been a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor since 2007.

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Arkansas

Certifications: AIPB Certified Bookkeeper, QuickBooks Pro Advisor, Advanced Certification, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor, Bill.com Expert

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Joy Osuch

Implementation Supervisor, Specialist & Bookkeeper
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Joy Osuch
Implementation Supervisor, Specialist & Bookkeeper

location: Arkansas

Certifications: AIPB Certified Bookkeeper, QuickBooks Pro Advisor, Advanced Certification, QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor, Bill.com Expert

Meet Me: Joy Osuch joined AccountingDepartment.com in 2008. She is a graduate of Saint Leo University with an associate degree in business administration. Since 1998, Joy has worked in a variety of accounting fields ranging from food processing, small retail businesses and the lumber industry. She has a strong foundation in job costing and detailed customized reporting. Joy has been a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor since 2009 and an Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor since 2010.

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