Meet Our Team

Jennifer DeWilde Eubanks, CPA, CGMA, CMA

Jennifer Eubanks, CPA, purchased a solo tax practice from a retiring CPA in 2014 and from that base launched CPA Department, a boutique CPA firm. She brings clients a vast skillset acquired throughout her career in roles as CFO, DCAA auditor, and corporate controller for a leading public company. CPA Department provides sophisticated, strategic outsourced accounting, business consulting, tax preparation, and financial services to small- to mid-sized organizations and their owners. Clients include commercial businesses, non-profit organizations, and government contractors nationwide.

In her current role, Jennifer and her team partner with businesses in pursuit of corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance and in need of outsourced accounting, controller, CFO and back office services. She provides pricing and proposal support and designs financial strategies for enhancing operational growth, implementing strategic financial management, and managing accounting departments. Jennifer is recognized for her inspirational leadership along with her integrity, thoughtfulness, and client-centric approach.

Prior to launching CPA Department in 2014, Jennifer held roles as Sr. Contract Auditor for DCAA, where she was assigned as a full-time contract and systems auditor for Northrop Grumman. As Chief Financial Officer at Pac-West Telecomm in San Francisco, she led financial operations while furthering business development initiatives, mergers and acquisitions, and post-acquisition integration. Earlier in her career, she held roles as financial controller, as corporate controller for a public company, and as accounting manager within professional services, computer hardware, and the security and investigations industries. She’s an active participant in fundraising events to support Semper K-9 and is committed to assisting veterans and their families.

Jennifer is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Science in Accounting. She’s also earned CGMA designation and CMA certification. Jennifer is board member for the George Mason School of Business Center for Government Contracting and has been a guest speaker at George Mason University (her alma mater). In addition, she’s a Cohort of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program and member of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF), the AFCEA professional association, the Vistage® CEO network, the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA®), the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and the Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA).  Jennifer was nominated a Top Financial Professional by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2016, 2018 and 2019.

Karen Dickert, Director of Accounting Services

Karen Dickert joined CPA Department as Director of Accounting, where she leads the accounting team and is responsible for managing the outsourced accounting function. Working closely with the founder, she supervises and evaluates employees to keep activities focused on the company’s overarching mission and goals. Karen is recognized for her extensive experience in accounting, government contracting, and information technology. She brings humility and authenticity to her role and is able to quietly build strong teams and trusted relationships with peers, direct reports, and customers.

Earlier in her career, Karen spent a decade as Vice President of Accounting at FCi Federal, Inc., a leading government contractor providing business process outsourcing services to federal agencies including the Department of State, the Department of Treasury, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this role, she led the finance and accounting department through tremendous growth and the onboarding of thousands of employees spanning more than 40 states and territories, and ensured corporate compliance with the Service Contract Act.

Eventually employing 5,000, the company was named one of the fastest growing government services support firms in the nation. Along with the company’s expansion came a considerable increase in responsibilities, and two accounting systems migrations—all of which Karen handled with great success. Later, Karen played a pivotal role in the financial and due diligence efforts required during the company’s successful divestiture of FCi Federal to PAE, a federal contractor.

Fran Rucker, Director of Business Development

Fran Rucker joined CPA Department as Director of Business Development trailing two decades in the financial services and technology fields.  She is recognized for her personable demeanor, her exceptional listening skills, and her innate ability to forge and manage key relationships. She is an important executive in the organization, taking on the role of client advocate and standing first in line to ensure our clients are engaged, satisfied and well-served.

Prior to joining the company, Fran held domestic and international business development roles, including positions with Prudential Securities, DLT, Insperity and the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce.  She spent a decade in London, where she drove measurable improvements in European, Middle Eastern, and Asian sales territories.

As a personal fan of veterans and the sacrifices they make for our country, Fran enjoys employing her event planning skills in support of veteran groups and their initiatives.

Fran holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from the University of Georgia. She currently serves on the Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) programs committee, on the Reston Chamber of Commerce GovCon Committee, and is a member of the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA).

Khang Tran, Director of Tax Services

Khang joined CPA Department with more than 20 years of experience in delivering professional tax services.  Khang leads CPA Department’s tax team and works with clients to help manage tax compliance, controversies, and strategic planning for income, property and other related tax matters.

Prior to joining CPA Department, Khang worked with Big Four public accounting firms, including KPMG and Andersen, before moving to Fortune 500 companies in Tax, Accounting, Advisory and Program Management roles.  Khang has a broad knowledge of tax and deep expertise in the financial services and financial instrument area, specifically working with clients in the private equity, manufacturing, information technology, real estate, banking, securitization, and financial services industries.  His depth and breadth of knowledge brings significant compliance and strategic planning opportunities to CPA Department clients, particularly related to federal, state and international income taxes.  Khang earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Administration in Accounting from Drexel University.

Terrence Ahoua, Senior Accountant

As a valued member of the accounting team at CPA Department, Terrence arrived with 3 years in the Financial Services Industry in NYC and 4 years of service to the US Army as a Financial Management Technician. His experience has given him the expertise to serve CPA Department’s accounting clients with responsiveness and accuracy. Terrence received a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and Information Systems from CUNY, Queens College in NYC. He attended the Investment Banking Institute subsequently, where he completed an intensive course in Financial Analysis and Corporate Valuations. In his spare time, he loves to bowl and play softball.

Sheetal Sood, CPA, Senior Tax Accountant

Sheetal is a senior member of the tax team with 6 years of experience in accounting and tax.

In this role, Sheetal participates in tax planning and preparation on behalf of our clients, as well as maintaining accounting records in support of client tax returns, and mentoring our junior staff. She received her undergraduate degree at George Mason University and completed a Masters Degree in Accounting with a tax concentration at Strayer University.  Sheetal earned her CPA certification in 2018. In her spare time, Sheetal enjoys cooking and working out at the gym.

Howard Turpin, CPA – Senior Tax Accountant

Howard has a broad range of experience in accounting and financial management.  As a former Controller of a large telecoms company and also of a smaller firm he understands the internal processes of a company and that our clients depend on timely, correct financial information.  Howard began his accounting career at Ernst and Young auditing and advising clients.  This diverse background serves him well and he cares deeply about our client’s wellbeing.  When not working, Howard enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.

Amy Boling, Accounting Specialist

Amy Boling joined CPA Department with over 9 years of accounting experience. Her prior roles include supporting nonprofit organizations, tax preparation, auditing, and supporting both commercial businesses and government contractors. Amy has worked throughout the world in her accounting roles as she followed her husband’s military career. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Virginia Tech. Her biggest joy is making personal connections with clients and having open communication to provide outstanding support for client business needs. In her free time, Amy enjoys going on vacation, reading, and spending time with her family.

Eric Cangemi, Accounting Manager

Eric Cangemi contributes over a decade of accounting experience to CPA Department clients.  He brings strong skill sets in data analysis as well as Managerial and Project Accounting. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Business Management in 2005 and since that time has worked for commercial organizations and in the construction industry delivering high-quality, timely financial reports.   As an Accounting Manager at the CPA Department, Eric is responsible for driving team performance success and for helping our team meet and exceed the needs of our clients. Eric enjoys the camaraderie of teamwork and values being a part of a professional, closely-nit team at the CPA Department.

 

Claudette Palermo, Payroll Specialist

With 15 years of experience managing payroll, Claudette acts as an integral part of our client service team, liaising with our clients to ensure their employees are paid on time and accurately. Claudette has served as an advisor and consultant to businesses in the past, ensuring implementation of successful business practices. She brings a solid understanding of the importance of payroll management for business operations. Claudette obtained her BA in Psychology from George Mason University. In her spare time, Claudette likes to spend time with her family. .

 

Nahom Woldesenbet, Staff Accountant

Nahom Woldesenbet provides outsourced accounting services to our business clients.  In his role, Nahom prepares monthly financial statements, creates customer billings, performs job costing, and processes accounts payable and payroll transactions for CPA Department’s clients.  Nahom’s background with the Dulles Chamber of Commerce prepared him well to work with business owners with a client centric approach.  Nahom joined CPA Department as an intern during his senior year at George Mason University and joined as a full-time employee upon graduation.  Nahom plans to attain his CPA certification in 2020. In his spare time, Nahom likes spending time with friends and family and is a movie fanatic.

Kayla Price, Senior Accountant

Kayla is a valued senior member of the accounting team at CPA Department. Kayla started her career with Bank of New York Mellon, and over the ensuing 8 years has worked for healthcare as well as financial services organizations.  Kayla received an MBA in 2014 from Point Park University, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 2012, also from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, her hometown.

In her spare time, Kayla enjoys spending time with her husband and their three dogs, Kobe, Jax and Piper. She is also an avid sports fan and spends many evenings rooting on the Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers and Pirates.

Sun Mo Lee (Stephanie), Staff Accountant

Stephanie provides outsourced accounting services and analysis to our business clients.  She graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Economics, and draws on her understanding of economics and analysis in her current role.  Stephanie prepares financial statements, performs incurred cost proposals, prepares client billings, job costing, accounts payable, and payroll services.  Stephanie worked as an intern with us during her senior year at George Mason University, becoming a full-time employee upon graduation.  In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys bullet journaling, flag football and tennis.

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