When it’s time to think about the number side of your business, you get a pit in your stomach and avoid it as long as possible. You’re constantly in fear that the IRS is going to come knocking on your door and you just feel so overwhelmed with taxes and bookkeeping that you aren’t sure where to start.
That’s Where We Come In
Hi, my name is Amy Northard and my amazing team and I are The Accountants for Creatives®. We help creatives like you all over the US navigate taxes and set up bookkeeping systems so they can get back to the part of the business they love – the creative part.
Ready to Get This Stuff Figured Out?
If you’re tired of constantly feeling stressed out by the money side of things or you need a financial expert for your thriving business, it’s time for us to chat. Click here to contact us and we can set up a free 15-minute phone call to make a game plan for you.
Meet Your Financial Partners
Amy Northard, CPA
I’m not your typical accountant. I spent some time working at a traditional CPA firm and realized it was not for me. I wanted to work with clients and teammates who inspired me on a daily basis and made me feel excited for Mondays. That’s where this business grew from.
Now I get to teach creative business owners all about the tax and accounting side of the business so they don’t feel like it’s some big unknown stressful thing hanging over them all the time. I also love taking taxes and bookkeeping off your plate so you can focus on the fun parts of owning a business.
I’m a Certified Public Accountant with nearly a decade of experience in public accounting. I earned my undergraduate degree from Indiana University (Kelley School of Business) and was a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity.
When I’m not helping clients with taxes and bookkeeping, you can find me taste-testing craft beers (confession: not much of a wine person), on a run with my Goldendoodle pup Lilly or planning my dream log cabin with my husband.
James Northard, MBA
James is my right hand man, in life and business. Prior to joining us full-time James led a web design and development agency for just over a decade. His experience as a creative agency leader brings a unique and fresh perspective to our team and gives us deep insight into what creatives are looking for when it comes to their financials.
James holds a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and completed his undergraduate at Purdue University (Indianapolis). James oversees many of our day to day operations, ensuring our amazing clients are served quickly and with the level of service that our clients have come to expect.
Outside of the office James enjoys watching pitches from the local startup community, hiking through the wooded trails of Indiana, and teaching our son (Jimmy) everything he knows about home improvement projects.
Mother to four, and grandmother to three. Michele has worked with me from the start, helping clients get their bookkeeping in shape and taking it off their plate going forward.
Michele got her start in bookkeeping when she assisted her parents with the bookkeeping for her father’s construction business. Since that time, she’s become Quickbooks and Xero certified and is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to quirky bookkeeping things (like those pesky Undeposited Funds).
When Michele isn’t loving on grandkids and working on your bookkeeping, she enjoys researching family history (also called genealogy) and running.
Kaylie Bigham, CPA
Kaylie is passionate about helping inspired entrepreneurs reach their financial goals, which makes her the perfect fit for our amazing clientele.
Kaylie is a Certified Public Accountant with a background in audit and tax. She holds a Master of Professional Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin. Kaylie works one-on-one with our growing list of successful entrepreneurs - providing valuable financial insight to our Virtual CFO and bookkeeping clients.
Kaylie resides in South Texas with her husband and their Golden Retriever, Miley. In her free time, Kaylie enjoys Orange Theory Fitness, trips to the dog park, and cheering on Texas Longhorns Football with friends.
Hannah McCooey, MSA
Hannah enjoys making small business owners feel confident when they meet with their accountant, which makes her the perfect fit for the environment we have built for our clientele.
Hannah holds a Masters of Science in Accounting from Oklahoma City University and has a background in audit and tax. Hannah works one-on-one with our bookkeeping clients.
Hannah resides in Litchfield Park, AZ with her husband and their two pups, Ralph and Stevie. In her free time, Hannah enjoys hiking and camping out of the back of her Kia Soul.
Cassidy Scott, MBA
As a creative and a personal finance fanatic, Cassidy understands the toll bookkeeping and taxes can have on creative entrepreneurs. Cassidy has a passion for easing that financial stress by educating entrepreneurs to make them feel comfortable and confident in their numbers.
Cassidy holds a Master of Business Administration and a Finance & Accounting Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Cassidy works one-on-one with our bookkeeping and Virtual CFO clients.
Cassidy resides in Corpus Christi, TX. In her free time, Cassidy enjoys creating custom enamel pins for her Shopify shop and talking shop with her friends at the local coffeehouse.
Anna is the organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated accountant you've always wanted on your financial team. She has the creative spark that we always look for in team members - someone who is truly passionate about helping our unique clientele.
Anna is a Tax Accountant with over eight years of experience in public accounting. Anna holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from The University of Southern Mississippi. Anna works one-on-one with our bookkeeping and tax preparation and planning clients.
Anna resides in Bay St. Louis, MS with her husband and their dog, Oscar (the grouch). In her free time, Anna enjoys volunteering for a local children’s nonprofit, kayaking, and listening to live music with friends around her hometown and on her regular trips to New Orleans.
Ashley Dedeaux, CPA
Ashley is the accountant friend you’ve always wished you had. Someone who makes you feel like you are the only one in the room when you need help. She has the deep tax knowledge that makes her teammates smile with joy, and an infectious personality to match.
Ashley is a Certified Public Accountant with a decade of experience in public accounting. Ashley holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from The University of Southern Mississippi. Ashley works one-on-one with our Virtual CFO clients, provides monthly insight to our bookkeeping clients, and prepares and reviews tax returns throughout the year.
Ashley resides in Bay St. Louis, MS with her husband and two children. In her free time, Ashley enjoys boating with her family, exploring new restaurants around town, and all of the simple pleasures that come along with raising two young boys.
Rachel Smith, CPA
On any given day you can find Rachel crunching numbers with an infectious smile on her face. She has a passion for teaching entrepreneurs that numbers should be associated with valuable insights rather than fear and loves being the trusted advisor our clients need.
Rachel is a Certified Public Accountant with extensive experience in business and personal tax accounting research and preparation. Rachel holds a Master of Business Administration from Midwestern State University. Rachel works one-on-one with our Virtual CFO, bookkeeping and tax preparation, and planning clients.
Rachel resides in Pueblo, CO with her husband. In her free time, Rachel enjoys fly fishing, skiing, and hiking around Colorado.
Sarah understands the toll bookkeeping and taxes can have on creative entrepreneurs, which is why she has dedicated her career to promoting efficient, timely, and accurate financial reporting.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arkansas Tech University. Sarah works one-on-one with our bookkeeping clients, ensuring our clients' books are organized and accurate.
Sarah resides in Hot Springs, AR with her husband and their young son. In her free time, Sarah enjoys taking in all of the beauty and adventures that Hot Springs National Park has to offer.
Debbie Johnstone, EA
Debbie has small business tax knowledge that would make Uncle Sam cry tears of joy.
Debbie is an IRS Enrolled Agent with over three decades of experience in public accounting. She holds a certification in AG Business Management from the College of Southern Idaho. Debbie works one-on-one with our tax planning and preparation clients where she actively focuses on lowering our client's tax liability.
Debbie resides in Eden, ID with her husband. In her free time, Debbie enjoys exploring the outdoors and spending time with her kids and grandchildren.