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 we’re not working, we’re soaking up our happy little guy, Emmett James.

Kristen Lockyear

Executive Client Manager

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 the Denver area with her husband, Russell, and enjoys spending time with her horse Winston and playing classical piano and harp.

Jessie Taylor

Executive Client Manager

Jessie earned her Bachelors of Science in Accounting in 2006 and has nearly 20 years direct experience in the field. In her early career, she served as Finance Director for several child advocacy organizations.  She transitioned to outsourced accounting in 2012 to achieve more flexibility while raising children and assisting her husband in managing his construction company.

More recently, she and her family relocated from Denver to San Diego. The opportunity to continue assisting small businesses with their accounting and finance needs is close to her heart as both she and her husband are small business owners and understand the demands of entrepreneurship.  Jessie is a fitness enthusiast and certified kickboxing instructor. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, and hitting the beach whenever possible with her husband and their three teenage kids.

Ashley Palomarez

Client Account Manager

Ashley has always had a love for numbers and organization which led her to graduating with an Associates Degree in Business Administration and an Accounting Certificate. Through her past 5 years she has worked to continue her experience in the accounting field and has found that her love to organize has benefited her career choice greatly. Accounting is not only a hobby and love of Ashley’s but it also has a soft spot in her heart as she met her husband in their first introductory to accounting course in college. Outside of work you can find Ashley spending as much time with her young son as possible and going on walks and hikes around their new home in Montana.

Mae Nelson

Client Account Manager

Mae Nelson earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College in December of 2012. She chose to accompany her degree with a concentration in accounting after completing her first college accounting course and absolutely loving it! Since graduating she has completed additional QuickBooks training courses and is currently in the process of becoming a certified tax preparer. In addition to all things accounting related, Mae enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with family, being outdoors, and getting lost in a good book.

Emily Davis

Client Account Manager

Emily graduated from Biola University in 2014 and has been passionate about numbers since her youth, when she discovered an affinity for calculus. Needless to say, her love of mathematical problem solving makes her a valuable member of the Infusion Accounting team. Growing up on the Central Coast of California, Emily also enjoys the outdoors, whether hiking in the mountains, coaching volleyball on a sunny beach, or just a stroll by the river with her family. Emily is currently living in Idaho with her husband, sweet puppy, and soon to be baby boy!

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Southern California
Denver Area
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