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.

Our Team

Victoria Hughes

Victoria Hughes
Operations Manager

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.

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.

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Becky Teves
Account Manager

Fav. Coffee: Dark Roast with Cream and Sugar

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Becky received her degree in accounting from the University of Maryland Global Campus and has worked in accounting for the past 19 years. She prides herself on being a very detailed and organized individual with great communication skills. In her spare time, Becky enjoys attending her children’s sporting events, spending quality time with family, and going out on their boat.

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Aubrey Philipp
Onboarding Specialist

Fav. Coffee:  Non-Fat Flat White with Splenda

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Aubrey lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with her husband and kids. She graduated from Kansas University (Rock Chalk!) and has been using her expertise in bookkeeping and accounting for three years now. Aubrey is dedicated to helping our clients on their path to success while working their team here at Kickstart. When she isn’t working with numbers or building strong client relationships, you can find her trying new recipes. Aubrey also enjoys refurbishing antique furnish in her free time!

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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Jordan Boeshart
Operations Assistant

Fav. Tea:  Hot Coffee with French Vanilla Cream and Sugar

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Jordan resides in Massachusetts. She devoted her early career to mathematics and crunching numbers. Jordan understands that every business is different and enjoys helping small businesses put the puzzle pieces together in their finances. In her free time, Jordan likes to play video games and travel with her family. 

Lisa Budka

Lisa Budka
Junior Account Manager

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.  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 three years and enjoys applying her skills to small businesses everywhere. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.

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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Kari Martin
Bookkeeper

Fav. Coffee:  Drip Coffee with 3 creamers and 3 sugars

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Kari has been working in accounting for over 20 years, meeting new business owners along the way & helping them understand where their business is at. Before joining our team, Kari owned her business allowing her to understand in-depth how important it is for business owners to have a clear plan for where they want to be. In her spare time, Kari enjoys traveling with her husband and watching her boys compete in Crossfit and gymnastics. 

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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.

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Meredith Spurlin
Bookkeeper

Fav. Coffee:  Lavender Vanilla Latte

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Meredith resides in North Carolina, where she received her bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University. With a passion for numbers, Meredith provides a fresh approach to finances. Her favorite part of working at Kickstart is knowing that she is a key component in small business owners effectively running their businesses. In her free time, she enjoys finding new gluten-free cuisines and reading. 

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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Tina Wilson
Bookkeeper

Fav. Coffee: Caramel latte with oat milk

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Tina has an associate’s degree from Western Kentucky University. She has been working in accounting for twenty years and loves completing a task with accurate information. Tina is very much a numbers nerd and enjoys a good challenge. In her free time, you can find her at the beach, kayaking, or enjoying lots of laughs during family game night.

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Amy Encinias
Bookkeeper

Fav. Coffee: Blonde drip coffee with Splenda and half-and-half

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Amy has been working in accounting for over ten years. She has experience working across many industries. Amy enjoys helping her clients gain a clear understanding of their financials. When asked about her favorite part of her job, Amy said, “I love being able to make my clients happy and take a little stress off of them.” In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and spending time with her family. Amy is also an avid reader. 

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