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

Operations & HR Manager

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.

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.

Cristina Grant

Executive Client Manager

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.

Maria Jihanyan

Accounting Specialist

Maria’s aspiration for continuous learning and progressing her career led to exploring new roles in the field of accounting, earning her a Master’s in Professional Accountancy from CSU Northridge. Having diverse roles in the financial, market research, and consulting industries has given her valuable experience in finding solutions for challenging or new situations while implementing effective tools and processes to achieve organizational goals. She has managed financials for multiple companies and is dedicated to providing superior services to support entrepreneurs in their success. During her time off Maria enjoys traveling, visiting vineyards, and reading.

Mari Spinner

Lead Accounting Assistant

Mari graduated from Metro State College of Denver in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and an Early Childhood Teaching License. She has spent most of her adult life teaching Early Elementary school and running a home daycare. However, now that she has three boys of her own, she took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about virtual accounting and has thrived in the new position. When she is not working, she enjoys any kind of exploring outside with her family. With a strong sense of adventure and love for a good challenge, she is truly embracing her new career path in accounting.

Marlena Huerta

Accounting Assistant

Marlena graduated in 2011 from University of California, Irvine, with a bachelor’s degree in Social Ecology and a minor in Criminology, Law, and Society. After graduating, she worked in administrative roles where she was first introduced to the world of accounting. She found that she enjoyed working with numbers and had a passion for the field, and as a result made it a goal to learn and expand her skills in accounting. She is grateful to be working in a career that she is passionate about. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors and exploring new places with her husband Robert and two kids, volunteering at her church in Idaho, and spending time with friends.

Natalie Ayvazian

Accounting Assistant

Natalie graduated in 2020 from California State University, Northridge as Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance: Financial Analysis. Continuing her education, she achieved an Associates in Accounting. After finishing her education, she is ready to put everything she learned into her career and start the next chapter in her life. When she is not working or studying, she likes to hang out with family and her german shepherd.

Christine Almonte

Accounting Assistant

Christine found passion for accounting and her love for helping businesses flourish when family and friends will come to her for advice on how to become more financially stable. Her passion to help others and better serve people led her to continuing her education in Business Finance at Florida International University, where she is currently obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree. Prior to her entering the world of accounting she has held most of her experience in administrative roles in South Florida.

When she is not working, or studying, she’s most likely writing, creating new vegetarian dishes, kayaking, gardening or exploring new places with her family and friends

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.

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Southern California
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