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Kristy Clabaugh, CPA

Founding Partner

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Kristy Clabaugh is a Certified Public Accountant and has 15+ years’ experience in providing accounting, tax and advisory services to businesses and high net worth individuals.  Kristy is motivated by working with clients to minimize taxes at both the state and federal levels. Kristy also has developed expertise in advising start-ups on structuring, budgeting and implementing and meeting strategic goals.  Kristy serves on the executive board of directors as Treasurer for both the Georgia Production Partnership and Women in Film & Television Atlanta. She is also a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

 

kclabaugh@elementcpas.com

John Thomas, CPA

Founding Partner

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John Thomas is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Accountancy as well as a Master of Businesses administration, both earned at Mercer University.  John has long served closely held corporations and high net worth individuals by providing accounting, tax, advisory and consulting services.  John is driven by helping his clients implement strategies that cultivate growth in their businesses as well as building value by opening doors for their further development.  John is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

 

jthomas@elementcpas.com

Katy Womack

Staff Accountant

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What is your education and experience?
– 2 BBAs from Georgia State University in Managerial Science and Accounting
– 2 years as a Staff Accountant
– History in Marketing, website design, and event planning

 

What is your area of expertise in accounting?
Tax and Business Planning

 

Where are you from originally?
Atlanta, GA

 

What was it about Element that made you decide it was a good fit for you?
The culture, the area (Cabbagetown), and the people – this has become my second family.

 

What do you do for fun, extracurricular activities?
Doing anything outdoors: playing sports, roller skating on the beltline, hiking, relaxing by a pool.

 

What is your hidden talent or superpower? 
Client Whisperer

 

kwomack@elementcpas.com

Karin Borjeson

Practice Manager

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What is your education and experience?
Bachelor in Finance from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden
History in Banking and Finance
10+ years in administration at CPA firms in the Metro Atlanta Area

 

What is your area of expertise?
Overseeing the growth and organizational structure for Element and our clients.


Where are you from originally?

Göteborg, Sweden

 

What was it about Element that made you decide it was a good fit for you?
John and Kristy’s ideas of a “new” kind of CPA firm with a focus on staff and clients and with a culture based on kindness and genuine interest in people and their businesses.
Their courage to build something “new”.


What do you do for fun, extracurricular activities?

Walking, biking, travelling, cooking, books and spending time with my “Borjeson people”.


What is your hidden talent or superpower?

Good judgement of soul…..;-)

 

kborjeson@elementcpas.com

Jared Whipple

Tax Accounting Intern

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What is your education and experience?
I am currently a student at Kennesaw State striving for a degree in accounting. I have experience in film industry filling multiple roles including work as a script supervisor and taping professional at a local acting studio.

 

What is your area of expertise in accounting?
Most of my experience is in tax accounting however I also enjoy production accounting.

 

Where are you from originally?
My hometown is in Fayetteville, Ga.

 

What was it about Element that made you decide it was a good fit for you?
As an intern Element had me directly communicating with our clients. This opportunity allowed me to see firsthand how my work will assist our client’s needs. This prospective made it easy to find fulfillment in my job and it speaks to the source of motivation Element has in its company culture. I knew Element was a good fit for me because I found it easy to feel inspired about the service I was providing.

 

What do you do for fun, extracurricular activities?
For extracurricular activities I enjoy going outdoors and exploring local hiking trials. With the beautiful spring weather, I look forward to a short weekend trip with my friends to the “Little Grand Canyon” on the GA/Alabama border.

 

What is your hidden talent or superpower?
My hidden talent is that I like to draw. I have done several portrait drawings of family friends and given them away as Christmas gifts.

 

jwhipple@elementcpas.com

Ayanna Harris

Tax Accounting Intern

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What is your education and experience?
I am currently in my final semester of undergraduate and anticipate to graduate Spring 2021 with my BBA in Accounting! I will begin my journey to pursue my Masters and CPA Fall 2021. I have experience with using software such as Ultra Tax, R-Studios, Tableau, and Excel.

 

What is your area of expertise in accounting?
In regards to accounting, I am currently growing my expertise in the field of Tax.


Where are you from originally?

I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia.

 

What was it about Element that made you decide it was a good fit for you?
The moment I seen the smiling faces of Karin, Kristy, and John I knew Element would be a great fit. I was also attracted by the flexibility, overall growth opportunity, and client exposure that I knew I would experience during my internship!


What do you do for fun, extracurricular activities?

For fun, I enjoy traveling or spending overall time with friends and family.


What is your hidden talent or superpower?

My superpower is the ability to adapt and pivot under any circumstances.

 

aharris@elementcpas.com

Matthew Clarke

Audit Intern

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What is your education and experience?
Undergraduate Senior Accounting Major at Georgia State University

 

What is your area of expertise in accounting? 
Assurance

 

Where are you from originally?
Jamaica

 

What was it about Element that made you decide it was a good fit for you? 
The opportunity to see Element building their culture from the ground up and work along side a team of supportive people.

 

What do you do for fun, extracurricular activities? 
For fun (When I have time) I love gaming, trying new foods, and hiking. For extracurriculars I am the president of the Beta Alpha Psi chapter on GSU’s campus.

 

What is your hidden talent or superpower? 
If I had a power that I can think of it would be brightening the day of those around me. I like to fill the room with energy whenever possible.

 

mclarke@elementcpas.com

CPA PLUS

At ELEMENT the term client services means much more than tax return preparation and accounting services.  At ELEMENT clients trust the sound technical advice and consultation that comes as a guaranteed staple in each of their engagements.  Each professional staff member at ELEMENT understands that every client is unique and requires a distinctive approach to deliver the tailored services that are characteristic of their industries and differentiating circumstances.

Want to work with us?

Want to join the Element team? We’re always on the lookout for talented people. Please reach out and attach your resume and we’ll be in touch. 

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