Kara began her career in public accounting in 2011 with Barnes Dennig as a co-op on the Non-Profit Client Service Team. She quickly impressed clients and co-workers with her work ethic and her “can-do” attitude. In early 2013, Kara was recognized with the University of Cincinnati’s Professional Achievement Recognition Award / Accounting Co-Op of the Year.” Kara is a trusted advisor for her clients and works diligently to ensure efficient engagements and exceptional client service.
In her time at the firm she has worked with non-profits in the social service, behavioral health, healthcare and arts sectors. She also has received specialized training and performed compliance audit work under OMB Uniform Grant Guidance (formerly, Circular A-133).
Kara has seen the inside workings of a non-profit through her prior volunteer and internship experience at Dress for Success, a non-profit that provides professional attire to disadvantaged women to help them thrive in the workforce. In addition, Kara joined the Board of Upspring, a non-profit that provides educational enrichment to children experiencing homelessness, in September 2014 and has served as Treasurer since September 2015. She facilitates the annual audit and form 990 preparation and oversees all financial processes.
Kara earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA). Through her professional affiliation with these organizations, Kara receives extensive continuing professional education and attends the AICPA Non-profit Industry Annual Conference.