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Meet Our Startup CFOs, CPAs and Team

Vanessa Kruze, CPA, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Vanessa Kruze, CPA

Founder & CEO

Deloitte Alum
Former Startup Controller
Lover of bad reality TV

Scott Orn, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Scott Orn

Chief Operating Officer, CFA

Kellogg MBA
Former VC Partner and Investment Banker
Espresso junkie

Bill Hollowsky, CPA, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Bill Hollowsky, CPA

VP of Accounting Services

University of Maryland
CPA. KPMG and Oracle alumnus. I've lived in three countries, 10 states and the District of Columbia.
Loves cooking, swimming, scuba diving and yoga

Blake Rutledge, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Blake Rutledge

CFO

Chartered Accountant, ANZ, University of Technology Sydney
Corporate FP&A specialist
Gardening rookie

Healy Jones, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Healy Jones

VP of FP&A

Dartmouth, Wharton
Atlas Venture, Summit Partners, Sunrun
Pizza lover

Matt Ziser, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Matt Ziser

VP of Business Operations

JD-MBA from Kellogg/Northwestern and a BA from UC Berkeley
Matt touches on over 15 years of operational, strategic, and general management experience
His favorite quote: "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." - Winston Churchill

Alex Janeck, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Alex Janeck

Head of Onboarding & Sales Operations

Clemson University
William Blair Investment Banking, Former Transaction Advisory Services Consultant
Avid triathlete, golfer and travel aficionado. Loves the NBA and good coffee!

Kevin Houk, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Kevin Houk

MCP/BPO Director

Gonzaga University
Former Startup Controller
Travel aficionado

Tatiana Marin, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Tatiana Marin

Operations Manager

CCTU (EU) Foreign Languages Graduate
University of Portland MS in Ops and Technology Management candidate

Randy Hall, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Randy Hall

Senior Director Accounting Services Operations

Kennesaw State University
IBM Alum; Former CFO/President of Global Digital Marketing company
Loves backpacking and bicycling

Michelle Deshotels, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Michelle Deshotels

Corporate Training Manager

15 years of Training and Performance Consultant experience. 5+ years of Management experience. Most recently Manager of Operations Training at a Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) company.
My passions in order of importance: Reading, cooking, and traveling.

Dave Lowe, CPA, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Dave Lowe, CPA

R&D Tax Manager

Wichita State University (Master’s in Professional Accounting)
20+ years corporate tax experience in both private and publicly traded companies
Love to travel with my wife to tropical destinations, snorkeling, running, and baseball (Go Royals!)

Amir Rezaei, CPA, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Amir Rezaei, CPA

Sr. Manager/Controller

University of Florida MBA
Banking Alum, former business instructor
Roadtrip Enthusiast

Morgan Avery, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Morgan Avery

SUT/R&D Sr. Tax Accountant

University of Memphis (MS in Tax Accounting & BBA)
EY risk advisory intern, Watkins Uiberall tax intern
Yogi and avid reader

Wilfrido Garcia, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Wilfrido Garcia

Sr. Accountant

University of the Pacific
Former translator/interpreter for government body in Japan
Loves collecting trading cards

Bryan Sandt, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Bryan Sandt

Onboarding Manager

James Madison University
Baker Tilly Audit
Backpacker & musician

Casey Walters, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Casey Walters

Sr. Manager/Controller

Western Kentucky University (undergrad), Morehead State University (grad)
Small business owner and years of experience in the startup world as a Controller/CFO.
Former owner of two tattoo shops and I love ink.

Bradley Kusumo, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Bradley Kusumo

Sr. Accountant

University of San Francisco
First Intern at Kruze Consulting in 2017
Loves football (soccer), born and raised in Indonesia

Red Lily Zosa, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Red Lily Zosa

Sr. Accountant

Silliman University
Former Accounting Manager for a few Philippine corporations

Steve Clippinger, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Steve Clippinger

Staff Accountant

McNeese State University-BS Regis University-MBA
Former owner of 5 Subway Sandwich Shops
Hiking, biking

Katherine Vargas, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Katherine Vargas

Sr. Accountant

Mariano Galvez University - MFA
Former Financial & Consolidation Coordinator for Central America for one of the largest telecommunications company in the region and Spain.
Dances flamenco, loves dogs

Naneva Cordell, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Naneva Cordell

SALT Sr. Tax Accountant

The University of Alabama -BS Webster University - Master
Former Operations Manager for a firm that did classified systems engineering and Accountant/Office manager for a small firm. CPA Candidate.
Hiker, camper - all around adventurer. Roll Tide.

Nyoke James, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Nyoke James

Controller

Strayer University -MS Robert Morris University - BBA
Former Controller for manufacturing, retail and service companies
4 wheeling, swimming and road trips, Adjunct Instructor

Edith Silva, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Edith Silva

Onboarding Manager

University of Texas at El Paso
Former Technical Accounting Manager at a Fintech SaaS startup
Certified Yoga Instructor and future Holistic Health Coach. Obsessed with her Pug and Frenchie

Steve Burt, CPA, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Steve Burt, CPA

Controller

University of Notre Dame graduate
Charitable interests include Alzheimers Association, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Veterans for Veterans.
Hobbies include skydiving, travel and Fighting Irish football.

Scot Escaravage, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Scot Escaravage

Sr. Accountant

Troy University
Loves anything Baseball (Go Mets), spending time with family, gaming with my wife, and relaxing on the beach.

Adriana Garcia Reyes, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Adriana Garcia Reyes

Sr. Tax Accountant (SALT)

Aurora University, MBA
Former sales & use tax, franchise tax consultant and Sr. accountant in Financial Reporting.
Loves running and reading as well as being a soccer mom.

Claudine Vantomme, CPA, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Claudine Vantomme, CPA

Sr. Manager/Controller

University of Santo Tomas
Former Controller with International Accounting Background
Personal Motto: Will Travel for Food

Alyssa Cowan, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Alyssa Cowan

Account Manager

Ohio State University
Former Controller for a Print Company
Loves camping, baseball and dogs

Alvin Yu, CPA, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Alvin Yu, CPA

Senior Accountant

University of Delaware
CPA, Former Accounting Manager of SaaS Startup
Aficionado of nerdy & quirky jokes

Sary Hijazi, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Sary Hijazi

Senior Accountant

BBA: American University of Beirut, MBA: National University of San Diego
Former Accounting Specialist Manager at a FinTech SaaS startup
Loves traveling, gaming, basketball & football (soccer)

Chelsea McDuff, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Chelsea McDuff

Staff Accountant

Tarleton State University
BBA in Accounting
Love: country dancing, music festivals, trying new foods and spending time with my dog & my daughter!

Fay Cai, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Fay Cai

Controller

Woods College, Boston
Former Director of Finance & Accounting for a high-tech company with four international subsidiaries.
Loves baking and enjoys afternoon tea.

Leyla Rafiimanesh, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Leyla Rafiimanesh

Controller

Carlson School of Management & St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, MBA, CIS
Former CFO and Finance Executive. Former PhD candidate in IS Security
Animal lover, Scuba Diver, Runner. Love cooking, reading, gardening and meditating

Pilsang Kang, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Pilsang Kang

Staff Accountant

University of Maryland-Baltimore County (BS-Financial Economics), Sogang University (Certificate-Accounting)
Former Accounting Manager for a Private Corporation
Loves swimming, skiing, golfing and travel

Beth Bassler, CPA, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Beth Bassler, CPA

Controller

University of Michigan and University of Chicago graduate.
Former VP Finance and Director, Corporate Controller and Assistant Treasurer for manufacturers and professional services companies.
Hobbies include a community singing group and watching US and European professional football.

Jack Wright, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Jack Wright

Staff Accountant

Graduated from UT Tyler with his bachelors and masters degree in accounting.
Spent the first two years of his career working in audit.
Got married in 2019 to his high school sweetheart and they love to spend their time watching movies with their two Great Danes.

Scott Fausel, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Scott Fausel

Operations Manager

University of California, Berkeley
Former Product Manager and Director of Operations at startups.
Aspiring home chef. Loves swimming and tennis.

Ian Williams, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Ian Williams

Onboarding Manager

The University of Alabama (BS-Finance), University of Missouri (MBA Candidate)
Experience in wealth management, corporate banking, and FP&A/Accounting for SMBs and startups
Loves ice hockey, snowboarding, traveling, and the outdoors

James Alcantar, Kruze Consulting Core Team

James Alcantar

Controller

University of North Carolina Master of Accounting
Former Controller for an international farming operation
Loves to garden and travel

Karen Yates, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Karen Yates

R&D Technical Writer

Wayne State University (BS in Chemistry)
Former Pharmaceutical Research Chemist
Loves hiking, water sports, travel, and vegan food

Miriam Price, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Miriam Price

Accounting Services Analyst

King’s College and Drexel University
20 years of experience in a variety of roles, most recently a Sr. Analyst of Business Operations
Loves to dabble in art, spend time with family, read, and enjoy yummy food, Pug enthusiast and girl mom

Logan Schiff, CPA, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Logan Schiff, CPA

Controller

Purdue University and University of Southern Indiana graduate
Former Controller for Startups
Likes running, college and professional sports

Ashley Seymour, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Ashley Seymour

Accounting Manager

Florida State University Alum
Former Accounting Manager for eCommerce and SaaS businesses
Loves to travel, explore new restaurants, and attend sporting events

Sanjay Patel, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Sanjay Patel

Controller

BA in FInance from CSU-Long Beach MBA
20 plus years supporting startups in accounting, finance, tax and compliance
Cigar and Whiskey enthusiast

David Lynch, Kruze Consulting Core Team

David Lynch

Controller

St. Francis University, Loretto, PA
Former CFO in the retail and service industry
Love sports and coaching my kids. Huge Pittsburgh Steeler and Penn State Football & Wrestling fan.

Lana Bustami, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Lana Bustami

Senior Accountant

University of Illinois at Chicago
Experience in Big 4, Venture Capital, and Tech startups
Love spending time with my family, traveling, cooking, playing tennis, and drinking coffee

Kyle Snearly, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Kyle Snearly

Director of Accounting Services

Western Michigan University
HP Alum, Former Financial Services Manager
Huge college basketball fan

Marylln Blankenship, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Marylln Blankenship

Controller

Indiana Wesleyan University (MSA)
15+ years of Accounting experience in a variety of industries from large corporations to small businesses. 5+ years of HR experience in small businesses Most recently Director of Admin & Finance for a government support contractor.
Loves to travel and attend my daughter's multitude of activities

Beth Hughes, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Beth Hughes

Controller

University at Buffalo - MBA, BS
Multiple years of Controller/Accounting experience across a variety of industries from small businesses to large corporations
Loves riding and competing in Jumpers with my horse

Robert Mazeika, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Robert Mazeika

Tax Project Manager

Florida Gulf Coast University (BS-Accounting)
Former Tax Administrator and baseball scout.
An avid sports fanatic (Go Yankees!)

Janika Harris, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Janika Harris

QA Manager

BS and MS in Accounting from St. Francis College in NY.
I love jet skiing and I was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago.

May Hara Pacuno, Kruze Consulting Core Team

May Hara Pacuno

Internal Accountant

University of San Carlos
Big 4 experience in the Philippines. CPA candidate.
Loves sci-fi movies, pho and snowboarding.

Bryan Long, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Bryan Long

Content Marketing Manager

MBA and MA in English, Stetson University
20+ years marketing experience focused on financial and technology companies
Drinks copious amounts of coffee

Martha Tan Cruz, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Martha Tan Cruz

Staff Accountant

University of Santo Tomas
Loves Touch Football (touch rugby), and being in nature

Jeneice Gatlin, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Jeneice Gatlin

Tax Manager

BCU Alum- Accounting BS, Transformational/Operational Leadership MS
Trinbagonian
Loves traveling, working out in any form and "studying" to be a Wine Connoisseur

McKenzie Faith, Kruze Consulting Core Team

McKenzie Faith

SALT Staff Accountant

Business Administration/Criminal Justice
Loves to travel, hike, and try new foods

Lisa Borroto, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Lisa Borroto

Senior Accountant

Nova Southeastern University (BS-Accounting)
Experience in a variety of accounting roles and industries, most recently Sr. Accountant at a multi-national organization
Loves yoga, travel, art, nature, music

Carrie Knecht, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Carrie Knecht

Sr. Manager/Controller

Regis University
20+ years startup Controller
Loves pilates, cooking, and gardening

Abdullah Halawani, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Abdullah Halawani

Staff Accountant

University of San Francisco, BA
Former AR supervisor at Nestle
Love cooking, football (soccer), and comedy

Subineel Chakraborti, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Subineel Chakraborti

Staff Accountant

B.Com Jain University
Founder of multiple charities
Dad joke expert (Not a dad)

Chinnu Soby, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Chinnu Soby

Staff Accountant

B.com, Bangalore University and M.com specialized in Finance, Bangalore University.
Loves traveling, going to the gym, singing and Biriyani.

Lauren Wood, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Lauren Wood

Controller

Oregon State University
Former SaaS, eCommerce, & Professional Services Controller for Seed stage Startups
Competitive dancer and professional artist loves to ride horses, travel and play with her two Corgis

Kimberly Andrews, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Kimberly Andrews

Operations Associate

University of Phoenix (BS-Accounting)
20+ years in a variety of administrative support roles
Air Force spouse and mom of two. Loves coffee, pilates, traveling, and exploring nature.

Heidi Grey, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Heidi Grey

Controller

Bachelors of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration - Rockford University
20+ years of accounting experience, including 15 years in Public Accounting
Loves reading, indoor cycling and being a hockey mom.

Heather Taylor, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Heather Taylor

Senior Accountant

University of Arizona
13+ years experience in mining and gaming industries
Love traveling and spending time outdoors with my husband and four kids

Katherine Garrity, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Katherine Garrity

Account Manager

Lewis University, MBA
Former client services Account Manager for Not-for-Profits, specializing in grants and efficiency implementations
Loves camping, skiing, dirt biking and indoor plants

Jennifer Keller, CPA, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Jennifer Keller, CPA

Controller

Shippensburg University (BSBA), Eastern University (MBA)
15+ years in public and private accounting in a variety of industries. Former audit manager and senior manager for a tech distributor.
True crime junkie, dog obsessed, loves to dance and watch my son play baseball.

Stacy Love, SPHR, PHRca, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Stacy Love, SPHR, PHRca

Human Resources Director

MA in Organizational Leadership, BS in Business Administration
15+ years of human resources experience within investment consulting, private wealth advisory, real estate, and insurance
Adore my two dogs, all things Hello Kitty, indie music, cake, and design (graphic, interior, architectural)

Krista Eis, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Krista Eis

R&D Technical Writer

BA in English, BS in Computer Science
Loves baking and hiking

Danielle Novak, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Danielle Novak

Senior Accountant

University of Texas at Tyler- MBA & BS in Accounting
Former Accounting Manager for Mercy Ships with many years of full cycle accounting experience
Loves coffee, gluten free goodies, and family.

Danielle Garcia, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Danielle Garcia

Controller

University of Texas - BBA in Accounting
15+ years of accounting experience in various industries
Military spouse and mom of two. Loves salsa dancing, Texas Longhorns, and all things Texas.

Justin Hanson, CPA, Kruze Consulting Core Team

Justin Hanson, CPA

Senior Accountant

Southeastern Louisiana University
Husband, Father, CPA, Techie
I LOVE spending time with family, drinking coffee/espresso, and singing.

Why you should choose our startup CFO and CPA

Kruze Consulting’s team works exclusively with funded startups

Our CFOs, CPAs and team are startup experts. We only work with companies that have raised seed and venture financing - so you know we’ll know the in’s and out’s of your startup’s books. Our clients have collectively raised over a billion dollars in funding! Here are some of the areas of our expertise:

  • Startup bookkeeping
  • Financial statement preparation for fund raises
  • Startup financial analysis
  • Startup revenue recognition
  • Venture capital book preparation
  • Acquisition book preparation
  • Startup federal taxes
  • eCommerce state and local taxation
  • Financial modeling
  • Part-time CFO searches
  • Startup HR

Contact us today to learn about how we work with leading startups.

What to look for in a startup cfo cpa

Look for an outsourced CFO team with experience helping startups raise capital, transition from cash burning to profitability and experience getting company’s books ready for an acquisition.

Want to learn more about us? Follow Kruze Consulting on Twitter, and checkout the updates on Kruze Consulting’s LinkedIn page. You can also see Kruze Consulting on the Inc 5000, as we are one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. Finally, there are many places you can listen to interviews with our CFOs and CPAs. Listen to Kruze Consulting’s COO on the Cloud Accounting Podcast, or our founder’s interview with Intuit.

Our Locations

Kruze is a US focused, national accounting consulting firm. Our accountants serve startups all over the US, with offices in Austin, San Francisco, Silicon Valley (San Jose), Los Angeles (Santa Monica) and New York City.

1515 7th Street #363 Santa Monica, CA 90401
75 East Santa Clara St San Jose, CA 95113
600 California St. 12th Floor San Francisco, CA, 94108
145 W. 30th Street FL 7 New York, NY 10001
10900 Research Blvd Ste 160c-3024 Austin, TX 78759

Consulting, Tax and Valuation Prices

Competitively priced for high-growth companies

See our monthly pricing plans

Financial Consulting

Staff Accountant $120
Senior Staff Accountant $170
Controller $200
Senior Controller $250
Financial Modeling $400
CFO / COO / VP $400

Tax Advice

Administrative $115
Tax Analyst $175
Senior Tax Analyst $295
Tax Manager $395
Tax VP $495
CEO $495

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We are the experts at helping seed/VC-backed Delaware C-Corps with their accounting and finances!

Talk to an experienced accountant, not a generic sales person

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Viz AI

$250M+ VC Funding Raised


"I had a great experience working with Kruze Consulting when we raised Series A. They know what VCs need to see, and how to present a startup’s books and finances. If you are going to raise venture capital, you need experts like Kruze."
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Chris Mansi

CEO

Startup Venture Capital Assistance

With former venture capitalists on staff, our team is here to help you navigate the fundraising process and manage your board of directors

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Scott Orn
COO | Former VC
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Healy Jones
VP FP&A | Former VC
Pequity

Scale Remote Operations & Team


"Kruze has supported us above and beyond basic accounting needs by ensuring we have everything we need to expand and support our team wherever they may be located"
Zack Fisch

Zack Fisch

Head of Operations & Legal

Clients who have worked with Kruze have collectively raised over $10 billion in VC funding.

We set startups up for fundrising success, and know how to work with the top VCs.

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Vanessa Kruze, CPA
Founder & CEO
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Experienced team helping you

Our US-based account management team is staffed by CPAs and accountants who have, on average, 11 years of experience.

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Bill Hollowsky, CPA
VP of Accounting Services
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Claudine Vantomme, CPA
Controller
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Morgan Avery
SUT/R&D Sr. Tax Accountant
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Beth Bassler
Controller, CPA
Protara Therapeutics

Grew from a 2-person startup to a NASDAQ listed public company.


"The Kruze team helped us grow from a 2-person startup to a NASDAQ listed public company in 2 years. We wouldn’t have gotten public without Kruze’s support. Anyone thinking of launching a startup should make Vanessa their first call!"
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Jesse Shefferman

CEO

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