President & Principal CPA
Michele Sweeten, CPA, founded the Sweeten CPA accounting firm in 2002 as a one woman operation. Since then she has grown the firm through her hard work and vision to a staff of 16 CPAs, accountants, and bookkeepers with clients in a wide array of industries including construction, retail, professional services, and education. She is dedicated and loyal to her clients, and now more than 400 individuals and small businesses rely on her for the trusted relationship, intelligence and responsiveness they have come to know and expect. In addition to delivering high quality and cost-effective bookkeeping and tax preparation services, Michele also prides herself in connecting dedicated professionals with each other in order to reach their goals and grow their businesses through involvement in various networking groups, business coaching, and leadership services.
Accounting Services & Client Relations Manager
Jackie Sweeten is the Accounting Services & Client Relations Manager and she joined Michele in her business venture in 2003. Her diverse skill sets as a Tax Drafter, Legal and Executive Assistant in the corporate world, Escrow Secretary, Commercial Accounts Manager for various Savings and Loans throughout Texas, as well as being an entrepreneur, give her a fresh perspective new business owners are looking for to help guide them in the formation process for their new businesses and institute an accounting tracking system that best fits their needs. She is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor who onboards all new accounting service clients with complete setup and training in QB desktop, QB online, and payroll. Lost your corporate status and need to reinstate? Time to terminate your entity with the Secretary of State? She is our specialist in these areas and will be happy to assist you!
Senior Accounting Analyst
Meredith Schrup is our Senior Accounting Analyst. She has worked with Sweeten CPA since 2003 and is fluent in QuickBooks (PC and Mac) and an expert in ProSeries. She has also headed diverse special projects such as designing detailed job costing systems, converting payroll systems, and reconciling QuickBooks POS to its QuickBooks retail companion. She is a ready and able consultant, whom we are grateful to have on our team. She is furthering her education by adding to her original Bachelor of Science degree the accounting courses that will qualify her to take the CPA exam. Go, Meredith!
Bookkeeping Team Lead
Christiana Schaefer joined the team as a bookkeeper in 2013. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Texas State University, she is a motivated self-starter who enjoys a challenge and is ready to tackle any bookkeeping problem thrown her way. She is such a fast learner that she has already emerged as our in-house expert on the unique issues with accounting for law firms, and she has many that she regularly maintains. She now is a bookkeeping Team Lead and helps new bookkeepers learn the ropes, passing along her proficiency for time management, client relations, and efficiency.
Bookkeeping Team Lead
A Magna Cum Laude alumna of Lubbock Christian University, Abigail Jones started with us shortly after graduating in 2014. Her bachelor’s degree in mathematics gives her the perfect tools to make sure everything adds up. She is an eager bookkeeper, junior tax drafter, and also Special Projects Manager, a job which includes software research and implementation, process efficiency testing, this kick-butt team page, and updating social media for the company. She is pursuing her masters in accounting at UTA and is a bookkeeping Team Lead for the Arlington branch.
Ryan Rabinowitz began with us in 2015. He started helping around the office but did not take long to learn the ropes of after-the-fact bookkeeping. He is a quick learner with a proficiency for efficiency. We expect him to move on, however, when he eventually holds the world title in boxing. Until then, he continues to improve and gain knowledge and may just make CPA one day.
Linda Jarrell, CPA, graduated with her accounting degree in 2005. She uses her CPA license to work on complicated, full-service bookkeeping clients. She is adept at juggling payroll entries and accrual items, like accounts payable, accounts receivable, accrued expenses, etc. She also prepares tax returns with the tax team.
The definition of go-getter, Kristine Munselle is a quick learner and a follow-up-er. Organized and dependable are a bit of an understatement. Graduating from A&M with a degree in theater (which livens up team meetings), Kristine has pursued jobs in finance and accounting her entire career because of her love of processes and accuracy. She's been part of the team since 2017 and we couldn't be more glad to have her.
Ellen Vaughn is a master of order and seeing the big picture. Graduating from A&M with a degree in math, she found her way to Sweeten in search of a challenge. We're still trying to stump her, but she makes quick learning look effortless and tackles new skills with ease. Passionate about order, efficiency, and analyzing trends in the numbers, Ellen is reliable and smiley, logical and warm.
With a passion for small businesses, Rebecca Yates started her bookkeeping career bailing out and troubleshooting the books for friends' mom-n-pop shops. Even with a long career in teaching math, she dove into the literal trash bag of receipts to help passionate people gain financial peace. Years later, she's moved from trash bags to QuickBooks Online in her quest to solve accounting systems. She's a hoot and a half (at least), a natural conversationalist, and a joy to work with.
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