Located in the heart of Cabbagetown, we’re a collaborative team of creative professionals that speak the language of business. 

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

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 in accounting?
I am not the accountant on our team.

 

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

Jonathan Landrum

Senior Accountant

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What is your education and experience?
– Bachelor’s in Accounting from Valdosta State University
– Four years as Senior/Staff Accountant

 

What is your area of expertise in accounting?
– Corporate and Individual Tax
– Production Accounting

 

Where are you from originally?
Stockbridge, GA

 

What was it about Element that made you decide it was a good fit for you?
John, Kristy, Karin, and the rest of the staff. The culture here at Element is unlike any firm that I’ve been a part of. I enjoy how connected I am with clients and through that connection comes a tangible feeling of how my contributions are benefiting our clients.

 

What do you do for fun, extracurricular activities?
Spend time with family and friends
Playing golf and soccer

 

What is your hidden talent or superpower?
A “social” ice breaker lifting the mood in any room!

 

jlandrum@elementcpas.com

Katy Womack

Tax Consultant

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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

Sergey Oplachko

Staff Accountant

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What is your education and experience?
– 2 BBAs from Georgia State University in Accounting and Finance
– Currently pursuing my Masters and CPA
– 2 years of working in accounting and audit

 

What is your area of expertise in accounting? 
Assurance & Data analysis

 

Where are you from originally?
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

 

What was it about Element that made you decide it was a good fit for you? 
The opportunity to work directly with clients alongside an outstanding, professional and experienced team.

 

What do you do for fun, extracurricular activities? 
Mountain biking, soccer, and gaming.

 

What is your hidden talent or superpower? 
Ability to identify risks before they become problems!

 

soplachkoe@elementcpas.com

Jared Whipple

Staff Accountant

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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

Andreka Johnson

Administrative Support

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Filip Borjeson

Production Accountant

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Coming Soon!

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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.

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