About Kickstart Accounting

About Danielle Hayden

Meet Danielle, CEO & Founder

As a Chief Financial Officer for over 10 years, Danielle loved accounting but felt like something was missing while just helping investors and board of directors of large companies.

That’s when she realized her thrill for helping entrepreneurs, especially women, who were breaking the rules of business in order to create something amazing – something the rest of the world didn’t expect them to do. Danielle left corporate accounting and formed Kickstart Accounting, Inc; an accounting firm designed to help female entrepreneurs understand their financials in order to grow their businesses and become more profitable.

Since then she has realized entrepreneurs need more than just a bookkeeper; they need real financial analysis and education in order to get the confidence required to create the sustainable wealth they deserve.

Operations Team

Victoria Hughes

Victoria Hughes
Operations Coordinator

Fav. Coffee:  Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

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Victoria was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN, but the military has moved her to Germany, North Carolina, Georgia, and most recently Tennessee – where she currently lives with her husband and dog, Lola. Victoria has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has a passion for helping businesses grow and perfect their processes. During her time living abroad, Victoria discovered her love of traveling. Her favorite place she has traveled to is Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. In her free time, Victoria enjoys yoga, hiking, and kayaking.

Alexis Watt

Alexis Watt
Marketing Lead

Fav. Coffee:  Caramel Cold Brew w/ Almond Milk

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Alexis is originally from Western Kentucky but currently resides in Clarksville, TN with her boyfriend and labradoodle – Luna Bell. Alexis received a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Mississippi and has various digital media marketing experiences over the past few years. While Alexis has a passion for design and formatting outside of social media, she enjoys spending her free time traveling, walking, and reading. She has lived in four states in less than four years.

Account Managers

Kelsey Chester

Kelsey Chester
Lead Account Manager

Fav. Coffee:  Black Drip Coffee

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Kelsey began her journey at East Carolina University, where she earned her BSBA with a concentration in Accounting. Five years at KSA and hundreds of clients later, Kelsey has seen what works and what doesn’t. She thrives on watching her clients flourish, and has made it her mission to support entrepreneurs across the country as they make their dream businesses a reality. Kelsey resides in Fayetteville, NC with her two kids and husband. Whenever she has free time she enjoys traveling to visit her family and friends that live all over.

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Sara Stettin
Account Manager

Fav. Coffee:  Black Caramel Swirl Coffee

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Sara lives in Independence, Ohio with her husband, Shawn, and their five children. She has been in accounting for over fifteen years, six of which have been with KSA. She enjoys getting to know her clients on a personal level so she can properly assess their business needs and wants. Sara believes this is an important piece of owning a business and knowing your numbers! She loves working from home and says most would consider her a night owl as she is most productive in the evening! In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending quality time with her family.

Katie Stevens

Katie Stevens
Account Manager

Fav. Coffee:  Decaf Caramel Americano w/ Oatmilk

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Kate is from Washington and attended Big Bend Community College, where she obtained her associate’s degree in business administration. She has been working in accounting for almost ten years and loves meeting new clients and learning more about different types of businesses and industries. She takes pride in ensuring the accuracy of her client's books. In her free time, Katie enjoys reading and has curated a large library of books over the years. Kate also enjoys hiking and being active outdoors! Katie resides in Washington with her husband and newborn baby.

Bookkeepers

Ali Austin

Ali Austin
Bookkeeper

Fav. Tea:  Hot Green Tea w/ Lemon

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Ali was born and raised in Westlake, Oh, and currently lives there with her husband, 3 teenage boys, and 2 boxer dogs, Zoe and Chloe. Ali began her career with a degree in Fashion Merchandising from Kent State University. She owned and operated an upscale boutique in Westlake, OH for 20 years before deciding finances were her thing. Since Ali has been at KSA she has provided next-level insight into retail finances. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, especially to visit her son who moved away for college. Ali also enjoys reading or playing tennis when the weather is nice.

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Jessica Bolton
Bookkeeper

Fav. Coffee:  Hot Black & White Mocha

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Jessica recently moved to Bellevue, Nebraska but is originally from Northern California. Jessica has been in finance for over 14 years. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Western Governors University, graduating early and with honors. She has been working in accounting for over 9 years and has experience in many industries. She considers herself a nerd for numbers and finance! Analyzing financial data and helping business owners better understand their financial standpoint is Jessica’s passion. When she is not geeking out over numbers, you can find her on her yoga mat, out on a hiking trail with her family, or reading a book.

Lisa Budka

Lisa Budka
Bookkeeper

Fav. Coffee:  Caramel Macchiato w/ Almond Milk

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Lisa lives in Brunswick, Ohio with her daughter and husband. She has been in accounting for the past 10 years. She originally went to college to be a nurse but decided that accounting was the way to go. Lisa has a bachelor's degree in Accounting and a Master's of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has been working with accounting for the past 10 years, during this time she has perfected her organization skills. Lisa has been with Kickstart for almost two years and enjoys applying her skills to small businesses everywhere. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Kayla

Kayla Cody
Junior Account Manager

Fav. Coffee:  Iced White Chocolate Mocha

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Kayla found her passion for accounting while completing her associate's degree. After graduating she held a position at a local CPA firm for almost two years before joining the Kickstart Accounting Inc. team. Kayla loves serving clients by finding ways to improve their business' efficiency. Kayla resides in Texas with her husband, three cats, two daughters, and one dog. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, particularly baby items. Her favorite way to relax is going to the beach with friends.

Krista DeFino

Krista DeFino
Junior Account Manager

Fav. Coffee:  Flat White Coffee

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Krista is originally from New Jersey but spent the past decade living in San Diego, CA. She recently relocated to Ft. Worth, TX, where she lives with her husband and dog – a labrador retriever named Denzo. To say she is obsessed with Denzo would be an understatement! Krista graduated from San Diego Mesa College with an Associate in Business Administration. She has over six years of accounting experience and has always loved working with numbers. Krista enjoys making them make sense to business owners, as she knows it can be irritating and stressful for them to not know what all their finances mean. In her spare time, you can find Krista cooking, painting, reading, or spending time with her husband and Denzo.

Wendy Graham

Wendy Graham
Bookkeeper

Fav. Coffee:  Cappuccino w/ Almond Milk

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Wendy chose a career in accounting after finding a passion for numbers by helping her friends and family with filing taxes. During her spare time, she also serves as the coordinator for her local food pantry and is the treasurer of her church. Wendy likes to include finances, budgeting, and numbers in all aspects of her life, as she believes it helps things make more sense. She currently lives in Wakeman, OH with her husband of 23 years and their seven children.

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Erin Adolph
Bookkeeper

Fav. Drink:  Hot Chocolate

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Erin has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Ohio State University and a Master's of Science in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts. She has been working in accounting for the past 10 years. She has a passion for helping people and businesses succeed. She loves building relationships with clients and says that helping her clients understand their financials gives her a sense of purpose.

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Kaiti Metzger
Bookkeeper

Fav. Coffee:  Caramel-Flavored Coffee of all Kinds

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Kaiti is from Oklahoma and currently resides there. She has been working in accounting for seven years and loves meeting the attention to detail required in bookkeeping because it feels like solving a puzzle whenever she gets to help clients get coordinated. She takes pride in ensuring the accuracy of her client’s books. In her free time, Kaiti enjoys knitting and even runs an Etsy shop with her creations. She also enjoys reading and writing as well.

Kimmy Stockdale

Kimmy Stockdale
Bookkeeper

Fav. Coffee:  Drip Coffee w/ Sweet Cream

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Kimmy spent eleven years with GE Lighting’s finance team, gaining experience in various capacities as a Finance Analyst and Accounts Payable Manager. In 2017 she joined the Kickstart Accounting Team and enjoys working to meet the individual needs of each client. In her free time, Kimmy enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children, hitting the coasters at Cedar Point, and attending concerts. She also likes hanging out on the beach…Any day at the beach is a great day!

Dannelle Tomarchio

Dannelle Tomarchio
Bookkeeper

Fav. Drink:  Cherry Advocare Spark

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Dannelle is originally from Arkansas but has lived in over 10 states during her time in the US Air Force, and currently resides in AR with her son Frank. She graduated with a BA from Wichita State University and has over six years of experience in accounting. Dannelle has worked in various industries of accounting including; museums, restaurants, private CPAs, municipalities, and the military. She has a passion for accounting and enjoys helping her clients understand things better and giving them one less thing to worry about in their busy lives of owning a business. In her free time, she enjoys playing sports like softball, hike, and enjoy other activities with her dog, Cavalier.

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Barb Tsivitse
Bookkeeper

Fav. Coffee:  Blonde Roast with Cream and Sugar

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Barb graduated from Ohio State with a bachelor's in marketing, however she found herself doing accounting and has been in the industry for almost 10 years. She enjoys bringing integrity to clients books and finances. In Barb's free time she enjoys playing pickleball and spending time with her family. 

Katie Vitt

Katie Vitt
Bookkeeper

Fav. Coffee:  Black Coffee (& Hot Green Tea)

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Katie has an associate's degree from Ashworth College. She has been working in accounting for seven years. She loves being able to help her clients organize their financial processes and better understand their financial picture. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the lake, being outdoors, and spending time with family & friends.

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