Team

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Margaret Schopp 

CPA

Accounting & Business Tax

About: Margaret has been a CPA for over 20 years. While she started her career in public accounting, she quickly moved into the corporate world holding positions at Deloitte, WildBrain (animation studio) and THX. This "real world" experience gives Margaret a unique perspective when working with her clients. She has also shared her experience with entrepreneurs via 14 Week Business Class at Renaissance Center. 

 

Affiliations: Member of CalCPA, Co-Chair of East Bay Chapter Managing your Accounting Practice, Board Member of CalCPA East Bay Chapter.

 

Hobbies: Travel and home improvement (she is currently looking for house number seven).

 

Life Goals: Return to Kruger National Park, South Africa and build a house from the ground up.

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Twila Tibbens
Enrolled Agent, Masters in Accounting

Individual, Business & Estate Tax

About: It all started years ago when I underwent an IRS audit.  I had no idea of what I was about to encounter.  Now, over 30 years later I specialize in individual, business and fiduciary taxation.  I am dedicated to building relationships with clients to understand their needs and assist with tax compliance/planning, business solutions and business goals.  I enjoy helping clients understand the taxation process.  I pride myself with being a part of helping clients meet their tax compliance needs and obtaining their financial goals. 

 

Hobbies: Yoga and gardening and beach outings.

Life Goals:  Retire at the beach.

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Jess Combs
Tax Specialist

Individual, Business & Estate Tax

About: I have been working in the tax arena for over 6 years. My tax expertise ranges from individual taxation to nonprofit and for-profit organizations as well as trust and estate taxation. I enjoy that tax is not just numbers, but it is also regulations, compliance, and law. It is my goal to make sure that my clients not only feel secure in their prepared tax returns but that they are also comfortable with their tax return. The client relationship is my top priority outside of compliance. Taxes can be very confusing and at times, downright frustrating, so it is very important for me to bridge the gap between the unknown and frustration to clarification. 

 

Hobbies: Woodworking, crafts (of all kinds), cold-case investigations

 

Life Goals: Start a nonprofit organization that teaches low-income and disadvantaged individuals financial literacy and wealth building.

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Jennifer Morrison
Client Experience Manager

Individual, Business & Estate Tax

About: I am an articulate, compassionate, personable professional with over 25 years of experience in both Human Development and Business Administration. My background as the Executive Director of a non-profit combined with bookkeeping and administrative assistant roles over the years make me a perfect fit for Schopp & Co. I have an excellent eye for detail and an ability to genuinely connect with everyone I encounter. Challenges that require creative problem solving and thinking outside the box are what motivate me both personally and professionally. I enjoy getting to know our clients and putting the human touch to tax preparation.

 

Hobbies: wine tasting, trying new restaurants, enjoying her cabin by the Russian River and enjoying my 3 teens while I still can. 

Life Goals: Opening a Bed & Breakfast (with a wine tasting happy hour) near the Russian River. “My friends call me “snacks” and I’m Italian - what do you expect!?”

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Marina Kanushkina

MBA

Financial Business Analyst

About: It all started when she was 12 - Marina wanted a clothing empire. "I tried to talk my Mom into joining me in a clothing business - she wanted no part of it, but it did start my love with business and getting them going." She has come a long way since then; hospitality management in Switzerland, operating a profitable start-up restaurant, getting an MBA in The City, and working in a CPA firm preparing tax returns. Marina moved to the Bay Area seven years ago to pursue her MBA degree. Four years later after working in a CPA firm, she helped Margaret to launch Legal Thrive because there is more to life than just a tax return. Her passion is to help business owners to understand financial data and to improve their firm’s operations by drawing upon technology. In addition that entrepreneurial mindset that she has had since she was 12 helps to ignite that same spirit in firm partners. ​

 

Hobbies: World traveling, boxing and snowboarding.

 

Life Goals: Start a wine-making family business somewhere in France.