Raised in Whitefish, Sarah Gould ventured to Oregon and Idaho for her college education. She supported herself through college by interning as an auditor with a local CPA firm and cramming through the higher accounting classes at night. She was offered a job at that same firm immediately upon graduation.
Despite the incredible opportunities available to her, Sarah missed the Whitefish vibe, her family, and the endless outdoor adventures. Sarah moved back to the Flathead Valley and began putting down roots and furthering her career experience in accounting and finance — gaining valuable tax, auditing, nonprofit, corporate, and small-business expertise.
She also garnered experience in business, leading nonprofit boards, working as both a CFO and a senior accountant with multiple large corporations.
After 10 years in the field, she felt a calling to do things differently.
As an auditor there were many experiences where Sarah walked into a business and noticed the look of fear and failure on her client’s faces before she even said hello. She reveled in the opportunity to meet clients, help them feel comfortable and confident in their accounting experience. She had (and continues to have) a genuine desire to help.
Sarah says, "People often open business to share with the world their gifts; the chef, the graphic designer, the landscaper. However, there is a whole other part of sharing that craft with the world — the business side of things." Sarah noticed this stressful paradigm especially during tax time.
Observations like this began compounding, and ultimately fueled Sarah's drive to open Elevated Accounting— a friendly firm putting people and their passions first, supporting business owners by solving problems and creating systems that work for people, for their business, and for their employees.
"Business owners want to do what they love, not sit in a tiny office and crunch numbers," Sarah says. "That's how it should be, and that's how we manage our client-centered approach with businesses large and small."
Krista has been living in (and loving!) Montana for 12 years now—originally from beautiful northern Minnesota. She graduated from MSU Bozeman with a degree in Sociology, and then decided to go after bookkeeping, and earned a degree in Accounting. Accounting resonated with her because the concepts flowed easily, and she honed in a true passion for setting up a company's financials so they are streamlined with a consistent flow.
Lucky for business owners with little time to have their nose in the details, Krista's favorite task is dealing with account discrepancies. For her, it's not frustrating... it's like solving a puzzle! Krista likes taking the burden off EA's clients and putting them at ease, knowing the financial health of their business is being cared for by professionals.
When not crunching numbers and solving puzzles, Krista spends most of her time with her partner, two baby boys and two giant dogs!
Six years ago, Kendra and her family had a notion to move out of the city and enjoy the great outdoors. So they packed up their belongings and moved to Whitefish, Montana... site unseen! They haven't looked back since. Kendra, her husband and 3 boys can be found enjoying everything indoors or outdoors Whitefish has to offer.
When Kendra was a little girl she could be found playing "office" in her mother's Accounting and Tax Preparation Firm. She took to playing with numbers at an early age and enjoys the little details and being able to help ease frustration for the client by taking the worry out of their hands.
It has been a long time since Kendra has played "office." Today, it's her career. She comes with 20 years of experience in office administration and bookkeeping experience. She is most excited when helping clients with bank reconciliations and the bill payment process in Quickbooks — both online and desktop.
Stephanie grew up in small town Laurel, MT. Her career began as a receptionist and quickly advanced when she learned the ropes of the Corporate world. She has excelled in Payroll and has worked with over 31 restaurants to take care of employer & employee needs. She has specialized in employee/employer specific legalities. To complete the experience package, she has small business experience as a dance studio owner, teacher, & bookkeeper due to her time in Billings, MT.
In 2014 Stephanie and her husband decided to uproot their lives and plant themselves in the Valley with their two dogs. She is a certified Yoga instructor on the side and has specialized in Aerial Silk Yoga.
Math and problem solving have always come easy to Stephanie and she shines whenever she can effectively work through a difficult number puzzle. She has a welcoming presence and a helpful persona.
Victoria moved to the Flathead Valley in 2018 with her youngest daughter after her husband moved here for work. She instantly fell in love with the beautiful Big Sky Country and purchased a home in the Kila area. Victoria appreciates the outdoors now more than ever before. She also loves to cook, read and spend time with her family. Her older daughter goes to college in California and visits as often as she can.
Victoria has a diverse employment background that has made her an integral part of Elevated Accounting. She started off in a CPA firm, then ventured to bookkeeping and payroll for small businesses, only to stumble into the Mortgage industry.
She soon decided the Mortgage industry was a great fit and advanced quickly to a National Ops Manager position.
After experiencing over 17 years of the ups and downs of that industry, she needed a change. She had always been great with numbers and understood how important attention to detail is for any organization. With the experience of the Mortgage industry and dealing with stressful financial situations, Victoria felt the Accounting industry was a natural transition. She was correct and excels in running the Elevated Accounting office, as well as helping with bookkeeping and payroll.