A bit about us…

Crista Gruendyke

Strategist · Systems Analyst · CEO

Crista started Infusion Accounting with a passion to see businesses succeed with the aid of smart and effective accounting tools. For over fifteen years, she has held key positions in accounting and business in a wide range of industries. Her expertise in financial systems, coupled with her degree in business finance from Middle Tennessee State University, make her uniquely suited to assisting small businesses in streamlining accounting operations and developing efficient solutions.

Her early years were spent on the Hawaiian Islands. While her journey through distinct chapters of life have lead to diverse places, she now resides in Southern California. She is passionate about caring for orphans and assisting impoverished communities with small business strategies. She also has a love for the great outdoors, perspective gained from travel, and playing classical piano. She married her best friend, Eric, who owns a custom homes company, Citrus Homes. When they’re not working, they are soaking up their happy little ones, Emmett & Addie.

Chelsea Doyle


Chelsea has always had an interest in Business & Accounting. Her background is in Finance and while she spent 10 years in banking as a consumer loan underwriter, it was the business side of things, she always came back to. An entrepreneur at heart, she has also owned or been a partner in providing consulting and management services to other small businesses over the last two decades. She has held administrative and management positions at local organizations such as Seattle Children’s Hospital, Evergreen Medical Center and Lake Washington School District. She has an eye for detail and finds accounting & management both challenging and satisfying.

When not organizing data and creating new systems from her home office in the Pacific Northwest, you can find her spending time on her yoga mat, camping and hanging with her family and friends. Chelsea and her husband Toby, live north of Seattle, with their 3 kids and rescue pup.

Christine Riney


Christine is a dedicated professional with over 10 years of experience in business operations and management, holding a double bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas. With a fervent passion for helping and growing business owners and entrepreneurs, she excels in creating strategies that foster business development and success. Christine’s leadership skills are evident in her ability to inspire and grow her team, driving them towards achieving collective goals.

Outside of her professional life, Christine is an avid sports enthusiast, enjoying both baseball and football. She cherishes spending quality time with her family, often traveling together and taking relaxing trips to the lake. Christine lives in Texas with her husband, Micah, and their two active boys, where they create cherished family memories and embrace the vibrant local culture.

Jessica Mack


Jessica is a highly skilled administrative professional with a wealth of experience in the real estate field. With a strong background in administrative work, she has excelled in roles that require attention to detail, organization, and multi-tasking.

In her time working in real estate, Jessica has acquired extensive knowledge of the industry, particularly in marketing strategies and promotional techniques. Her expertise in these areas has contributed to the success of various projects and campaigns, helping to increase visibility and drive business growth.

Outside of her professional life, Jessica has a passion for animals, especially dogs. She finds joy in travelling and exploring new destinations and seeking out new experiences. Attending concerts is another favorite pastime of hers and live music brings her joy in her free time.

Penny Lundgren


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Kristen Lockyear


Kristen has an intellectual curiosity and strong work ethic, both of which drive her to excellence in all of her endeavors. Having obtained her bachelor’s degree as a pre-med and art history major at UC Berkeley, Kristen also recently completed her Masters in philosophy and ethics at Biola University. While completing her graduate degree, she has worked as an Adjunct Professor teaching chemistry laboratory classes. After working in the accounting department for a local company, she found enjoyment in the accounting realm and began working for Infusion Accounting in 2013.

Kristen currently resides in Wyoming with her husband, Russell, and enjoys spending time outdoors with her son and twin girls and playing classical piano and harp.

Kai LaRue


Kai was born and raised in Orlando, FL and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Shortly after graduating, a role in bookkeeping was offered to her at one of the schools she frequently substitute taught at while in college. After working for a couple of years as a bookkeeper, she realized that accounting is where her true passion lies. She graduated from the University of West Florida with her master’s degree in Accounting in 2023. Prior to her journey into accounting, Kai worked mainly in the classroom setting as a substitute teacher and a classroom tutor through Americorps. Some of Kai’s previous accounting experience consists of accounting for a non-profit firm, an engineering firm, and an organic supplement company.

In her free-time, Kai likes to spend time and travel with her husband, complete home DIY projects, gardening, baking, kayaking, listening to podcasts, yoga, weightlifting, learning new things, and embracing minimalism.

Cristina Grant


Cristina graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. While at CCSU, she found a passion for accounting, and gained valuable experience through her work as an intern and associate accountant for a CPA firm. Now that she is expecting her first child, she decided to explore other areas of accounting that allow her to be home with her son.

When she is not working, Cristina enjoys spending time at the beach or hiking up a mountain with her dog.

Rachel Smith

Lead Executive Client Manager

Rachel graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a minor in business management. Rachel always felt the need to be highly organized while growing up, especially as a quintuplet. Her organizational skills and attention to detail are what led to her to the accounting world, and they continue to be an asset in her accounting work. After graduating, Rachel gained experience in the world of accounting in various positions and looks forward to learning more.

While living in Southern California, Rachel loves to spend time at the beach and at Disneyland, which is where she met her husband during college.

Josefina Gonzalez

Executive Client Manager

Josefina graduated from California State University Northridge with a degree in Accountancy. While at CSUN, she volunteered for VITA preparing tax returns for low income families and served as a translator for Spanish speakers. Josefina worked for Los Angeles Unified School District supervising the development and organization of enrichment programs at multiple elementary schools. She is passionate about helping others succeed and is excited to take on new clients and help them thrive in their businesses.

When not in office, she enjoys being in the water, playing poker and going on new adventures with her family. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Jaime and their two boys, Leo and Robert.

Natalie Meyer

Executive Client Manager

Natalie took her first accounting class in high school and fell in love. In college, she began working at a local credit union and made it her goal to work for their accounting department. After a year of waiting for a position to open, her accounting journey began. The ability to work and study simultaneously made difficult classroom topics understandable in the workplace. Natalie earned her degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton and continued to work in the banking industry for more than 20 years.

In her free time, you will find Natalie at the soccer field with her husband watching their kids play. Natalie enjoys cooking, attempting to bake the perfect chocolate chip cookie, reading historical fiction and spending time with her family.

Anastasia Passarelli

Executive Client Manager

Anastasia graduated from CA State University Sacramento with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition. While obtaining her degree, she worked at a hospitality group where she worked as a restaurant manager for five years and then was promoted to an accounting supervisor for another five years. She has since worked in accounting for a local HR company, assisting local businesses with their finances as well as accounting for large state agency contracts. Beyond numbers, her interests include weightlifting, cycling, gardening, cooking, and taking lake trips. Recently, she has ventured into DIY projects, crafting benches and planter boxes for her garden. She is born and raised in Sacramento, CA and she lives with her boyfriend Miguel and their charming five-year-old dog who is an English Springer Spaniel named Bennie.

Eileen Garcia

Executive Client Manager

Bio coming soon!



Joy Woodburn


Joy graduated from Western Governors University in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Accounting. With a lifelong passion for setting goals and working toward them with intention, she spent years as a small business owner in floral design before discovering a love for the accounting field. Joy has always enjoyed organization and detailed work, as well as creativity and problem solving. Originally graduating with a degree in Music Performance, she sees the marriage of creativity and structure as a theme throughout her endeavors. Joy is excited to embark on her Accounting career with Infusion.

In her free time she enjoys studying botany, writing and recording music, making mixed-media visual art, and training her dogs for agility trials.

Laura Alvarez

Accounting Associate

Laura received her Bachelor’s in Accounting at the University of Alaska Anchorage and furthered her education with a Master’s in Business Administration. Growing up in a small town in Southeast Alaska, Laura found her passion for business while working for local tourism companies. Her interest in business, and having a head for numbers, is what lead her to pursue an education and career in accounting. Laura is eager to delve into the world of virtual accounting, which enables her to be a devoted military spouse and mother.

In her free time, Laura enjoys traveling to new places and baking for her friends and family.

Lexus Castillo

Accounting Associate

Lexus graduated at the top of her accounting program in Minnesota, after completing all math and business classes available at her high school. She has worked in accounting for almost 10 years in a variety of industries; ranging from personal accounting portfolios, mom and pop stores, corporations, and enterprises. Her significant experience is in auditing and is always available to solve new arising problems.

Lexus chose a new career path through virtual accounting to better meet the needs of her and her family with Ehler Danlos. They spend most of their free time learning new hobbies, reading or watching movies together.

Samantha Erickson

Accounting Associate

Samantha is a highly qualified professional with a diverse educational background and a strong foundation in accounting and finance. In 2008, she earned an AAS degree in Multimedia from Hibbing Community College. Seeking to broaden her expertise, she returned to academia a decade later, achieving an AS degree in Business from Anoka-Ramsey Community College and a BS degree in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing from Bemidji State University. Her journey into the world of accounting commenced a decade ago, and since then, Samantha has honed her skills through various roles in different industries. She is dedicated to ongoing growth and has an enthusiasm for acquiring new skills.

Outside of her professional pursuits, she finds joy in practicing aerial arts, discovering new destinations in and around Florida, and cherishing moments with her husband, family, and beloved pets, Luna and Lottie.

Monica Carrillo

Accounting Associate

Monica developed an interest in accounting at the young age of 16 volunteering for an internship at a construction company. This sparked an interest in accounting and pushed her to look for more knowledge and training in the field. She started her first job in bookkeeping for a local carpet cleaning company. Monica found herself moving on to jobs with greater workload and responsibility. Her ability to learn from her work and find answers or asking the right questions while working brought her to many opportunities and eventually being a member of the accounting team for a successful restaurant group. These opportunities have made her reliable and very experienced.

In her free time, Monica enjoys the great outdoors, hiking or chasing waterfalls and sunsets.

Kara Erdman

Accounting Associate

Bio coming soon!


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