Katina Peters, Jami Johnson, and Jaime Staley are the owners and founders of PJS & Co. CPAs. Peters, Johnson and Staley began working together at CPA MOMS, where they founded a business relationship and discovered the strength they had as a team. While the core of our business is providing a service of unmatched quality, our true essence is mission driven. Our values as a company can be found on our About Us page.
PJS & Co. CPAs’ commitment to providing the best value in the industry has been paramount in earning a reputation of trust and reliability. We support a team of accomplished, dedicated professionals you will be thrilled to welcome to your business.
Katina Peters, Owner, CPA, CGMA, is a business growth and profitability advisor with a passion for helping clients achieve their dreams. Katina works with service-based businesses, focusing her expertise on law firms and construction contractors. She utilizes her credentials, education and 20+ years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant in providing clients with insight to their business and acts as a partner in strategic planning and execution.
Jami Johnson, Owner, CPA, MSA, focuses on increasing growth and profitability for service-based businesses and specializes in insurance, IT, real estate and health care industries. Her passion for entrepreneurship began at an early age. You could say it runs in her blood. Her grandparents and parents were all small business owners, so she grew up watching the work it took to invest in something bigger than yourself. With this firsthand experience, she developed a passion for helping others.
Jaime Staley, Owner, CPA, MSA, earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bradley University and shortly thereafter earned her CPA designation. Jaime started her career in public accounting at KPMG in Chicago working in the tax department. She then moved to the Tribune Company where she gained invaluable experience in multiple roles over a 10-year period while earning her Masters of Accounting from Loyola University Chicago. During her tenure at the Tribune Company, Jaime began as a Financial Analyst in the corporate office later advancing to Senior Financial Analyst. She was later promoted to Accounting Manager with a business unit and finished as Controller of Metromix Chicago. After starting a family, Jaime found that working in a more flexible setting gives her the balance she needs to be successful. While looking for opportunities that offered a better work-life balance, she found CPA MOMS, where she met future business partners Katina Peters and Jami Johnson.
Joan Weiss, CPA, has over 20 years of accounting, audit and tax experience. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and began her career at Reznick Fedder & Silverman (currently CohnReznick), a Maryland public accounting firm. After moving to San Francisco in 1998, she joined another public accounting firm, Novogradac & Co. LLP, where she managed audit, tax and consulting engagements of low-income housing Section8 HUD and tax credit real estate properties and also conducted firm CPE trainings regarding HUD audits and tax credits. After 10 years in public accounting, she moved into private industry as a Vice President of Finance for a real estate development and property management company where she was heavily involved in both construction and property management accounting. Since 2009, Joan has been working with clients in a broad range of industries and supporting their financial goals.
Melissa Strength, CPA, has worked in both corporate and public accounting for over 9 years. She began her career in Texas at a Big 4 public accounting firm and throughout her career has gained advanced tax experience in various areas of taxation. She’s earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Science with a concentration in Taxation. Melissa has extensive experience preparing individual, partnership and corporate tax returns including small businesses. She enjoys serving small business clients the most.
Cindy Kelly, CPA, CVA, is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Valuation Analyst. Cindy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Montana. She obtained her license in one sitting for the CPA exam. Cindy has decades of experience in tax, litigation support, business advisory services, and as a chief financial officer.
Cindy began her career in public accounting, where she quickly advanced to an ownership position in a CPA firm with 60 employees at the largest office in Montana. During that time, Cindy specialized in many areas of tax and managed a diverse client base to include banks, consolidated groups, auto dealerships, real estate development, oil and gas drilling partnerships, manufacturing, medical clinics and practices, and law firms.
Amy Timmer, CPA, obtained her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The Master’s University in Southern California, scoring in the top 2% on the National ETS Exam for accounting graduates. Amy’s accounting career began with The Walt Disney Company in the Film Studio division, and continued with the grocery chain Albertson’s/Safeway, where she participated in an aggressive management development program for future leaders. Since then, Amy has worked as the senior financial officer of a large non-profit organization, and a senior level accounting manager of a corporate manufacturing entity. A desire for a true work-life balance led her to PJS & Co. CPAs, where she is able to use her skills and experience while regularly participating in family life.
Melanie Nuckolls, CPA, obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance and her Master of Accountancy from Texas Christian University. Melanie began her accounting career over 12 years ago with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Dallas, Texas. While at PwC, she participated in the audit planning, fieldwork and completion of private equity funds invested in foreign and domestic debt and equity securities for Fortune 500 companies. Melanie then gained 9 years of financial accounting experience in the private sector with Beal Bank. During her career at Beal Bank, she progressed from a Senior Accountant position to Assistant Vice President of Loan Accounting. In this role, she was instrumental in creating a new cohesive chart of accounts across multiple entities and upgrading the accounting system, resulting in more efficient and accurate reporting. In addition, she designed databases for forecasting and oversight used by executive management. She also has experience developing, implementing and documenting internal control procedures for multiple industries. Melanie resides in Frisco, TX, with her husband, young daughter and German Shorthaired Pointer.
Theresa Lauer, CPA, is on a mission to help people; with their lives, businesses and passions. Theresa attended the University of Wisconsin Madison where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration followed by a Master of Accountancy with an emphasis in Tax. Her career started out somewhat traditionally as she spent 10 years as a tax CPA with Grant Thornton LLP. During her tenure there, she worked primarily with corporations and their owners to meet compliance needs and provide tax consulting. While Theresa gained deep technical experience, her true love was small business. Theresa decided to make the leap and obtained SBA financing to launch a business with her husband. During that time, she also served as the Finance Manager for a large Habitat for Humanity affiliate. Theresa eventually sold her family business and made her way back to public accounting where she felt she could best help others with the experiences she had gained.
Theresa is truly a holistic accountant because she knows first-hand what it is like to be in the client’s shoes. Theresa works with a variety of small businesses – not just to crunch numbers and prepare tax returns, but to help navigate life as a business owner from startup to sale and everything in-between. Outside of helping her clients, Theresa loves trying out new recipes on her family, building Legos with her kids, and working in the yard with her husband.
Kim Nixon, Operations Manager, is a former hotel executive and controller with 20 years of operations, financial, management and sales experience and has a proven track record of creating and implementing operational controls that improve the bottom line. Her career spanned properties of all sizes from the small family-owned inn to the large high-end resort. Kim grew up with a father in the military and a mother who devoted her time as a volunteer. Being about service is in her DNA and she is committed to doing her job well. Kim has learned to be focused on the long-term success of an organization and make decisions with this goal always in mind. Kim helps others set priorities and stick to them. She uses her outstanding project management skills to focus the team on the critical path to success. She is a leader you want on your team. Kim is an active community volunteer and lives in San Diego with her husband and their two children.