Why.

At Pacific Crest Group, we wake up each day, grab a cup of coffee and look forward to making a positive difference in our clients lives. Not everyone finds that exciting, but we do! We thrive on identifying, and navigating a course to improve our client’s financial, accounting and HR challenges and taking away the day-to-day burden of hiring, compliance, financial reporting. We live and breathe in this world.

How.

We take a hands-on approach to providing HR and accounting services, and that begins with listening and learning. Once we understand a business, we custom tailor our services to make an operation better and more efficient. Some of our clients need a complete package of strategy, systems and maintenance while others only need specific sections. We work hard at establishing the best mix of services for our clients.

Promise.

We take a holistic, systems-based approach to professional services. We want businesses to be successful, and work with business leaders to craft strategy and develop goals. That means gently guiding a business. The process is engaging and directed. As the business grows and advances, we help it change and adapt.

Meet the team.

Amy Freet

HR Consultant

Amy has over 20 years of HR consulting experience with an emphasis on compliance and best practices. Amy often helps set up and organize the HR infrastructure of small businesses, authors some seminar products and oversees several key services, particularly the handbook customization process for clients in every state. Amy has a BA in Psychology.

In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, being outdoors, and playing with her dog.

Angela Clausen

Sales Manager

Angela has over 20 years of experience in business development and strategic planning across non-profit and private sectors. With a Ph.D. in Human Services and a background as a director in a non-profit specializing in foster care and teaching human services at Southern New Hampshire University, Angela brings a unique blend of leadership skills and industry knowledge. She has also played a pivotal role in contracting and securing business development opportunities with large hospital systems, contributing to restoring sight for visually impaired individuals.

Angela enjoys traveling and outdoor activities like hiking in her free time and values quality time with her family.

Barbara Freet

Senior HR Consultant

As the founder of Human Resource Advisors, Barbara holds more than 20 years experience in consulting, product development, sales, and training. She is sought out by professional groups and private employers as a guest speaker on a variety of employment-related topics. She has a BA degree in Social Science and coursework toward an MBA.

In her spare time, she enjoys photography and traveling with her husband.

Franka Winchester

Partner, Business Development

Franka has over 20 years of experience and provides sales and marketing for the company. She works directly with clients on accounting and human resources and helps them work on long-term strategy. Franka earned a bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University — San Luis Obispo. She has held positions at Softbank and Colo.com. She served as the finance and compliance chair of Entrepreneurs’ Organization and has been a longtime member of the organization.

Franka enjoys spending time with her family and likes outdoors activities such as hiking, skiing and yoga.

Jennifer Tanguay

HR Consultant

With more than 20 years of experience in private, nonprofit, and large and small businesses across various industries, Jennifer is a strategic partner in HR services, manager development, systems and processes to support company and employee growth and success, and compliance. In addition, she is passionate about partnering with owners and stakeholders for education and growth in DEI, communication, and creating strong teams. Jennifer holds a BA in English Literature, is a certified PHR while studying for her SPHR, and is certified in Instructional Design and Love + Work.

She enjoys theater, hiking, book clubs, literacy tutoring, supporting the local community, and lazing with her cats in her spare time.

Katrina Fehring

Partner, Senior HR Consultant

Katrina provides business development and senior HR consulting to clients. She delivers strategic HR services, management coaching and employee relations bringing over 20 years of experience in private, nonprofit, large and small businesses across a variety of industries. Her work experience includes senior HR positions at The Marine Mammal Center, Nuprecon, Washington Mutual Bank and the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership. She is a NCHRA Regional Chair and former President of the Seattle Chapter of SHRM. She studied Organizational Sociology and HR Management at the University of Washington in Seattle, is a trained Mediator and earned the SPHR designation.

Kim Coenen

HR Consultant

Kim brings more than 20 years of human resources and compliance experience across various industries in the private, public, nonprofit, and global sectors. She has worked with large companies as well as several startups where she established their HR processes and systems to scale for growth and success. Her passion is assisting business owners, executives, and stakeholders in establishing and integrating HR processes and systems customized to their unique needs to support success and engagement. Kim earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Political Science from San Francisco State University and completed post-graduate studies in Forensic Psychology. Kim is a certified diplomat of the American Board of Vocational Experts and has testified in civil matters throughout the Bay Area in cases regarding employability and earning capacity.

In her spare time, she enjoys international travel with her daughter and time with good friends and good food.

Kim O'Connell

Partner, HR Consultant

Kimberly began her career working as a Staffing Manager for Robert Half International where she became one of the Top 10 producing recruiters for the company world-wide. Afterwards, she joined SelectQuote Insurance Services in San Francisco and grew the company from 40 internal sales agents to over 120 sales agents across three locations.

Kimberly is dedicated to her clients; eager to help with all aspects of their Human Resources needs; and passionate about helping her clients grow and succeed in their business.

Melanie Logue

Partner, Controller

Melanie is responsible for the management and oversight of the bookkeeping staff, month-end reviews, reconciliation work and making sure all accounting records are correct and up to date. Melanie has a very close relationship with all of her clients and provides guidance and insight to their financial needs. She earned an associate’s degree in accounting from San Diego Mesa College. Melanie has over 10 years experience in the accounting and consulting industry.

Melanie's spare time is spent enjoying the time together with her family and 2 young children.

Nancy Amador

Financial Consultant

Nancy Amador has over 20 years of experience in accounting, auditing, and financial management. She has worked with various businesses, from nonprofits to banking and other small and large companies across different industries. She has vast experience in consolidation and budgeting processes for companies with more than 16 entities worldwide. Nancy has been in charge of leading teams of controllers and accountants and has helped organizations undergo more than ten years of audits, all with unqualified opinions. She holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master’s in finance.

Nancy is passionate about helping small businesses grow and enjoys learning about different industries. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring different activities with her son.

Rachel Mannhalter

HR Consultant

Rachel brings over 15 years of expertise in Human Resources, specializing in establishing HR systems and practices, leadership and team development, and organizational growth. Her diverse background encompasses roles in the non-profit sector, finance, and higher education, providing her with a comprehensive understanding of various industries.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources and a Master of Science in Administration with a focus on Organizational Leadership. She is recognized as a Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®) and holds the SHRM-CP® certification, underscoring her proficiency in HR management. Additionally, Rachel is a certified executive coach with BECI, further enhancing her ability to guide individuals toward success.

Rebecca Sedgwick

HR Consultant

Rebecca is a Human Resources professional with nearly two decades of experience in a broad range of Human Resources functions. Specializing in labor and employee relations, culture development, compliance, benefits administration, strategic planning, and talent management.

Sarah Stephens

Advanced Accountant

Sarah has over 30 years of bookkeeping and accounting experience. She is responsible for paying client’s bills, reconciling bank accounts and doing monthly reporting. She worked at Greenpeace USA and Greenpeace Canada as a production accountant in the fundraising department. Sarah specializes in retail accounting, especially customers that have retail stores and manufacturing operations. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dominican University of California.

For fun, Sarah enjoys hiking and gardening. In her spare time, she builds hand-made books.

Svetlana Savinov

Controller

A Quickbooks guru, Svetlana brings over 20 years of exceptional accounting experience to the team. She worked in a public accounting firm and then focused on providing bookkeeping and accounting services to numerous businesses across multiple sectors to include design firms, restaurants, medical practices and construction. She is experienced in tax preparation for both individuals and business entities. She has a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and has earned a Master’s degree in taxation from Golden Gate University.

Outside of work Svetlana appreciates spending time with her children and hiking with her dog, Kir.

TJ Van Voorhees

Partner, CEO

TJ is responsible for long-term strategy and providing the necessary resources for the company to pull off its objectives. He also sets the company’s tone, culture and leadership. TJ has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and 15 years of experience in the accounting and human resources field. He earned a bachelor’s degree in applied science and business from the University of San Francisco and has served as the president of the San Francisco chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization. He was previously the CEO of McKendree’s Inc.

In his spare time, TJ enjoys mountain biking, skiing, traveling and volunteering. He has two teenage sons and a mini-Aussie.

Veronica Day

Partner, Financial Consultant

Veronica has over 15 years of experience working with business owners. She has worked with clients in the software, medical and personal care industries. She focuses on systems and technology, and uses QB, QBO, Intuit Payroll and Bill.com. Veronica creates financial reports and streamlines procedures.

In her spare time, Veronica spends time with her family and loves to read.

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