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Since 2001, The Shafer Group CPAs, PC in Colorado Springs, CO has provided exceptional, personalized accounting services for businesses and individuals. The Shafer Group, founded by Gregory Shafer, CPA, has grown from a sole proprietorship to a thriving CPA practice employing 24 professionals.
We take a team and group approach with every client, which benefits clients of all sizes. More minds means more solutions, and this method encourages collaboration between team members. It puts their combined knowledge and experience to work for you and your business. Our services let us focus on your finances, so you can focus on running your business.
The Shafer Group is a proud member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the Colorado Society of CPAs, the Better Business Bureau, the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, and the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce. This ensures our clients always receive exceptional service and resources from seasoned professionals who understand the tax system and always changing accounting and tax laws.
Meet Our Management Team
Gregory L. Shafer, CPA - License #18919
Mr. Shafer has 30 years experience in public accounting, much of it having been with one of the nation’s largest accounting firms. In addition to having performed professional services to the public as a CPA, he has held positions in industry, both in sales management and as a financial executive. His experience includes a wide variety of industries, working with small businesses in addition to larger firms. Gregory’s substantial experience in taxation includes specialization in estate, trusts and business planning. He also holds accreditation in individual financial planning and performs these services for a number of individual clients. Gregory holds a master’s degree in Accounting and an MBA in Taxation.
Andrea LeDeaux, SHRM-CP
Andrea oversees the firm’s finance, accounting and administrative activities to include human resources, marketing and information systems. Andrea joined The Shafer group in 2002 to help build the business foundation and position the company for growth. She currently manages day to day business office functions and works closely with senior management to develop and implement future business strategies. Prior to joining the firm, she spent 18 years in healthcare marketing and management. Andrea holds a Master of Science degree from St. Joseph’s University in PA.
Yoonmi Kim, CPA – License #25055
Senior Tax Manager
Joining The Shafer Group in 2007, Ms. Kim’s technical mastery has facilitated her advancement through the ranks from Staff Accountant to Senior Tax Manager. With over 10 years of accounting and tax experience under her belt, Yoonmi’s role includes the oversight and professional development of the tax staff. She has extensive experience in business consulting, tax planning and tax return preparation for individuals, corporations, partnerships, fiduciary, and exempt organizations across various industries. She holds a BS in Accounting and English as well as a MS in Education. She earned her CPA license in Colorado in 2006. Yoonmi speaks fluent Korean.
Vidhya Krishnamoorthy, CPA – License #29150
Vidhya has over 10 years experience in public accounting. She joined The Shafer Group in 2008. She works with a diverse base of corporate and individual clients to minimize their federal and state tax liability. Her commitment to client service makes her an asset to growth-minded clients in all industries. She also oversees complex research projects for a variety of clients. She develops and motivates associates by reviewing their work and providing them with counseling, leadership and career guidance. Her personal interests are cooking, traveling and gardening. She and her husband share an interest in activities with their two children. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She is a member of Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Katie Fenton, E.A.
Katie has over 11 years experience working in public accounting, most of which has been working with The Shafer Group. She holds a license as an Enrolled Agent (EA) which is a federally authorized practitioner who specializes in tax and who can represent taxpayers before the IRS for audits, collections, and appeals. She manages the tax preparation of individual, corporation, partnership, fiduciary and benefit plan tax returns. She strives to help her clients grow personally and professionally in all facets of their life. Her favorite pastime is reading, but she also loves spending time outdoors boating, four-wheeling and camping with her husband, family and friends
Karen Brandenburg, CPA- License #0034009
Karen is from Ohio and moved to Colorado in 2007 to enjoy Colorado’s amazing weather, mountains and outdoor adventure activities (skiing, snowshoeing to backcountry huts, 14ers, trail running and mountain biking). She graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. Karen has over 15 years of experience in tax, accounting and internal audit in various industries from real estate, pharmaceutical and private equity investments. She started her career with seven years at one of the “Big 4” accounting firms in their general business tax compliance practice. Karen is excited to be at a smaller firm where she can build a relationship with her clients and know she is making a difference by helping them with tax compliance, planning and to grow their business.
Jay Zeng, CPA - License #33333
Jay has over seven years of public accounting experience preparing tax returns for businesses and individuals, and assisting clients with IRS issues. Jay, a CPA and an Enrolled Agent, earned his MSA in accounting from East Carolina University in 2011 and also speaks fluent Chinese. His favorite hobby is following the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team.
Accounting and Business Advisory Manager,
Julie Perry is a full-charge bookkeeper with over 20 years of experience helping businesses with their accounting needs. While Julie excels in many areas, her key strengths are with business planning and problem solving. Her knowledge base includes payroll, payroll tax returns, sales tax returns, audits and year end tax preparation. Julie is a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor who has mastered all aspects of QuickBooks implementation and usage. What stands out most about Julie is the optimal customer service she provides to her clients.
Lisa is an accountant with over 14 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She has a Bachelor of Accountancy from the Univ. of North Dakota and held a CPA license early in her career. Lisa helps businesses of all sizes with various accounting needs to include preparing financial statements, general bookkeeping, payroll and payroll taxes, and payroll tax reports. She is proficient using QuickBooks and other accounting software. Lisa enjoys her interaction with business professionals and the satisfaction gained from helping them run a sound business.
Professional Staff Directory
- Angelica De Jesus-Lopez, Accountant
- Brittany Sekavec, E.A., Accountant
- Carine Avis, Accountant
- Cameron Enger, E.A., Accountant
- Chris Parker, Accountant
- Emalee Imperio, Jr. Accountant
- Hiwa Habibi, E.A., Accountant
- Joe Totoro, Accountant
- Ryan Lesansee, Accountant
- Shelly Wolfe, Accountant
- Willow Torres, Accountant
Our friendly administrative professionals work close together to facilitate office operations. They support our entire staff and our clients in every imaginable way including scheduling, e-filing, tax document assembly, client service and billing. From the moment our client is greeted, to final product pick-up, our administrative team is hands-on and intricately involved in every aspect of the process. Feel free to contact any one of them if they can be of service.