Staff

Bluebird CPAs is proud to serve all our clients with professional and dedicated staff members

April Dockrey

Associate, Marketing Coordinator

April Dockrey

Background
April Dockrey started at the firm in late 2012 as the receptionist. She has since moved to an associate position where she took over proofreading and formatting our endless reports. April is also our Employee Engagement Advocate, party planner, Newsletter writer, official package shipper, marketing expert-in-training, and tradeshow specialist.

Education
University of Nevada, Reno – Bachelor of Arts in English Literature

Pierce College – Associate of Arts

Interesting Fact
April is passionate about organization, the Oxford comma, and correct formatting. She practices tai chi three times a week, loves binge watching tv shows, enjoys live music, and was reintroduced to fishing by her red-bearded boyfriend.

Andrew Hofstetter

Tribal Government Affairs

Andrew Hofstetter

Member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Andrew is an enrolled Tribal Member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon. He has over twenty years of experience in casino operations and regulation in Indian Gaming. Through his experiences, he discovered the importance of networking and training, which led to the creation of nation-wide symposiums to address issues and concerns of the industry. In 2010, he was appointed to a nation-wide intelligence network known as the Tribal Gaming Protection Network. He started working for the firm in early 2015. Andrew assists in marketing, is a coordinator for our many seminars and speaking engagements, assists with our scholarship and screens applicants, musters up new clients, works with NIGA on their certification classes, and provides cultural training for our staff. Andrew is in the process of publishing an inspirational novel and finds inspiration in everyday life. He strives to understand humanity and is always learning new things. He has two girls who fascinate him every day.

Denise Jacobsen, CPA

Manager

Denise Jacobsen, CPA

Member of the Chickasaw Nation

Background
Denise serves as the firm’s Quality Control Manager and technical reviewer. She has over twenty years of professional experience in public accounting, security exchange commission (SEC) reporting, finance, regulatory experience, and employee benefit plans.

Prior to joining the firm, Denise worked at a regional accounting firm where she performed internal auditing work specializing in employee benefit plans and primarily self-insured health and retirement plans, including the Public Employees Retirement System of Nevada ( PERS). She also has significant experience in performing compliance audits, federal grant auditing, and detailed analytical review of governmental audits.

Denise spent five years as a financial analyst for a publically traded company where she provided financial data and analysis for earning releases and calls, Board of Director reports, and prepared financial forecasts and analysis for executive management.

She was an instrumental person in the initial public offering of a company on the New York Stock Exchange and developed the company’s first Form 10-K and 10-Q’s in compliance with SEC regulation. She also implemented processes for gathering, analyzing, and the construction of accurate and timely reports for public filing and earnings calls for the company.

Certification
Certified Public Accountant

Professional Affiliations
Beta Alpha Psi
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Nevada Society of CPAs

Education
Texas Christian University
Master of Science in Organizational Communication
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Organizational Communication, minor in Marketing

Interesting Fact
Every year Denise volunteers her time for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for low income families and individuals where she performs quality reviews. She grew up in small town Nevada and spent her summers in another small town in Oklahoma, Bokchito, working on her grandparent’s farm. Denise has raised two children and now dotes on her two dogs, Eva and Sophia. Every year she and her husband go on at least one vacation, usually to Napa which has contributed to her love of fine wine. One of her prized possessions is her 1978 Pontiac Firebird Sky Bird.

Jackson Henniger, CPA

Senior Auditor

Jackson Henniger, CPA

Background
Jackson began his professional career working as a staff accountant for a third-party servicer of leases and loans. He began working for the firm in early 2014 as a staff auditor and has since been promoted to senior auditor.

Certification
Certified Public Accountant

Professional Affiliations
Beta Alpha Psi
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Education
University of Oregon, Eugene
Bachelor of Science in Accounting, minor in Economics

Interesting Fact
Jackson grew up in the Pacific Northwest in the Seattle and Portland areas. He developed a love for client relations while working as a member services employee at a country club. Jackson is passionate about recycling and being green and is an avid biker and golfer. He is very proud of the recorded hole in one he has in golfing.

Phone:775-827-5999

Jamshed Kudratov, CPA

Supervisor

Jamshed Kudratov, CPA

Background
Jamshed joined the firm as a staff accountant in 2012, shortly after graduating with his Masters of Accounting degree and has since been promoted to Supervisor. He previously worked as a tax CPA and as a graduate assistant and in the College of Business while attending UNR. He was a recipient of the Nevada Society of CPAs scholarship and a member of Beta Alpha Psi.

Education
University of Nevada, Reno Masters of Accountancy

Tashkent Financial Institute, Uzbekistan Bachelor of Science in Banking

Certification
Certified Public Accountant

Professional Affiliations
Beta Alpha Psi

Interesting Fact
Jamshed speaks fluent English and Russian and is always on the search for knowledge. He enjoys learning new things and is always up for a challenge. If you can stump him with a good, thought provoking word puzzle, you will earn a gold star in his book!

Joel Medina

Staff Auditor

Joel Medina

Background
Joel joined the firm a few months after graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno. During his time at UNR, he held leadership positions in Beta Alpha Psi as the Vice President of Social Activities and the Vice President of Professional Activities.

Education
University of Nevada, Reno

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Professional Affiliations
Beta Alpha Psi

Interesting Fact
Joel is a massive soccer fan and keeps up with the top 8 European leagues in the world. His favorite team is Liverpool FC. One day he plans to fly to England to watch his team play at home against their rivals, Manchester United. Joel is fluent in Spanish and English and has started the grueling process of learning French.

Joshua Peukert, CFE, CIA

Manager

Joshua Peukert, CFE, CIA

Background
Josh joined the firm in 2010 as a senior accountant. As the firm’s MICS Compliance AUP manager, Josh manages internal audits, Title 31 compliance, and various agreed-upon procedures. After earning his degree, Josh worked for a regional public accounting firm specializing in servicing Tribal entities. Josh has performed numerous specialized engagements such as internal audits, NIGC MICS audits, Title 31 audits, A-133 audits, accounting assistance, and fraud investigations. He is both knowledgeable and efficient in the management of the audit process.

Education
University of Idaho – Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Certification
Certified Fraud Examiner Certified Internal Auditor

Professional Affiliations
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Institute of Internal Auditors
Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists

Interesting Fact
Josh is very outdoorsy and recently dedicated himself to leading a healthier lifestyle by quitting smoking and getting in shape. He visits Wisconsin frequently to see his daughter and is a Green Bay Packers fan.

Kami Alt

Accounts Manager

Kami Alt

Background
Kami joined the firm in early 2015. She has prior experience in retail and customer service but found she was seeking a more career focused profession. Kami started as the Receptionist/Travel Coordinator and is now the firm’s accounts manager. She is in charge of the accounts receivables and payables, making sure the firm is paid for its services and that all of the firm’s bills and vendors are paid. She also reconciles the employee expenses and client invoices.

Education
Truckee Meadows Community College
Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Law

Interesting Fact
Kami likes to travel and spend time with her husband and dogs. She hopes to see as much of the world as she possibly can in her lifetime.

Kyle Salasky

Senior Auditor

Kyle Salasky

Background
Kyle joined the firm in early 2015 after earning his degree. He had previously interned for a manufacturing plant as a cost accountant and financial analyst. Kyle is currently studying for his CPA exams.

Education
University of Nevada, Reno
Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Interesting Fact
During his free time, Kyle enjoys skiing and boating. He also plays golf with friends and coworkers during the weekends and the occasional workday

Lara Ayres

Associate, Travel Coordinator

Lara Ayres

Background
Lara joined the firm in August 2017 as the receptionist and travel coordinator. She has diverse experience in customer service, psychological research, music therapy, teaching, and even directing nursing home activities. Lara is one of the people you will talk to when you call the office, and she does all of the travel-booking for the firm on top of typical administrative duties.

Education
University of Nevada, Reno
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
Bachelor’s Degree in Music

Interesting Fact
Lara studied opera in college and has been singing competitively since the age of twelve. She enjoys puns, puzzles, painting, and the occasional alliteration. She spends her weekends painting, hiking, and gardening.

Leilani Juarez

Senior Auditor

Leilani Juarez

Background
After earning her degree, Leilani began her career at a publicly-traded gold mining company and joined the firm in early 2015. She is currently studying for her CPA exams.

Education
University of Nevada, Reno
Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Information Systems

Interesting Fact
In between traveling to different clients and studying for her exams, Leilani volunteers her time to give back to her sorority, Delta Gamma, where she serves as an advisor to the local UNR chapter. Some of her favorite things to do are traveling, hanging out with friends, and participating in any and all festivities. Her most recent exploits include house hunting, obsessing over Fixer Upper, cooking, and learning to fish; a very different change of pace for a very non-domestic girl.

Michel Knott, CFE, CPA

Manager

Michel Knott, CFE, CPA

Background
Michel started his accounting career with the firm in 2007.  It was here he learned financial auditing for Tribal governments and their enterprises.  As a senior staff auditor, he started leading single audits of governments, financial audits of enterprises, internal audits, defined contribution employee benefit plan audits, and agreed-upon procedures engagements.

In 2009, Michel left the firm to continue public accounting for regional and national accounting firms.  While continuing to perform audits for Tribal governments and their enterprises, he added expertise in auditing financial service companies, petroleum companies, and State governments.  He gained more experience and responsibilities with these firms and was promoted to audit manager.

Next, Michel decided to gain accounting experience as a private accountant for a State component unit in the insurance industry.  He learned a new unique basis of accounting, gained experience developing an Enterprise Risk Management program and founded an accounting practice on the side.  As President and Director of the accounting practice, he helped Tribal governments with indirect costs proposals and outsourced Chief Financial Officer services in addition to performing tax services for local businesses and individuals.

Michel rejoined the firm as an audit manager in 2017.  With over 10 years of experience, he now manages financial audits of Tribal governments and their enterprises and helps in mentoring our staff and performing various training sessions.

Education
University of Oregon, Eugene
Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Minor in the Japanese Language
Graduated with Honors

Certifications
Certified Public Accountant
Certified Fraud Examiner

Professional Affiliations
American Institue of Certified Public Accountants

Interesting Fact
Michel has been to every state in the contiguous United States; the culmination of which occurred after a twenty-five state cross country drive.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time hiking with his dog Dixie, gardening, and volunteering.

Peng Gao

Staff Auditor

Peng Gao

Background
Peng started at the firm in early 2015 after he graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Master of Accountancy. He is currently studying for his CPA exams.

Education
University of Nevada, Reno- Master of Accountancy

Interesting Fact
Peng speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and is a fan of soccer. His favorite teams are Manchester United and Real Madrid; whenever they play in the United States Peng will fly or drive to the game and is there cheering them on.

Qimeng Zeng

Staff Auditor

Qimeng Zeng

Background
Qimeng started at the firm in mid-2015 and previously worked as an AR accountant for Checkpoint System, Inc. and as an admissions assistant at the UNR Office of International Students and Scholars.

Education
University of Nevada, Reno
Master of Accountancy
Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Professional Affiliations
Beta Alpha Psi
Golden Key Society

Interesting Fact
Qimeng is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English. When she isn’t studying for her CPA exams, Qimeng enjoys travel, cinema, and exercising.

Randall Spierer

Senior Auditor

Randall Spierer

Background
Randall began his professional degree in early 2015 when he joined the firm and is studying for his CPA exams.

Education
University of Nevada, Reno
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and Information Systems
Magna cum Laude

Interesting Fact
He previously served as the CFO of the Robby Schlesinger Foundation, a charity raising money for suicide prevention and grief support. Randall is an amateur baker (he makes a mean crème brûlée), an aspiring mixologist, enjoys metal core rock music, and considers himself a foodie. He finds it hard to pass up any food challenges posted by restaurants.

Sara Lee, CPA

Manager

Sara Lee, CPA

Background
Sara started at the firm in early 2012 as a staff auditor and has worked her way up to a manager position. As a manager, Sara manages several Tribal and casino audit engagements. She previously worked in the private industry and public accounting, but enjoys the challenges that working in auditing can bring.

Education
University of Nevada, Reno Master of Accountancy

University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Certifications
Certified Public Accountant

Interesting Fact
She is very organized and was awarded with the Dewey Decimal Award by our employees. Sara speaks and writes fluent Korean, teaches piano lessons, and is an active member of her church. She likes working out and tries to stay active through mountain biking, hiking, and snowboarding, even though she isn’t able to go as often because of her work schedule. One of Sara’s goals in life is to visit Paris.

Taylor Wilgenbush

Staff Auditor

Taylor Wilgenbush

Background
Taylor started at the firm in 2017 after she graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She is currently studying for her CPA exams.

Education
University of Nevada, Reno
Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Interesting Fact
In between traveling to different clients and studying for her exams, Taylor loves playing with her newly adopted puppy, Luka. Aside from caring for her dog, Taylor also enjoys spending time with her family, lounging in Lake Tahoe, and binge-watching Game of Thrones.

Ying Vue, CPA

Manager

Ying Vue, CPA

Background
Ying gained experience in governmental audits while working for a CPA firm in Sacramento. She joined the firm in early 2012 as a staff auditor and was recently promoted to Audit Manager. As a manager, Ying is responsible for the auditing of several Tribal and casino properties and performs the quality and technical review for several engagements.

Education
California State University, Chico
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting

Certifications
Certified Public Accountant

Professional Affiliations
Beta Alpha Psi

Interesting Fact
Ying can write and speak fluent Thai, she returns to Thailand every couple of years to visit family and friends. She enjoys hiking and recently started practicing yoga.

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