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Team

It's how we work with our clients that makes us special. Getting to know the ins and outs, pain points, goals and organizational structure of your business is what makes how we work, and our product and process so amazing. Put simply, we want to make your job easier and add value.

Each member of our team brings something unique to the table. Simultaneously, we all share the same passion for serving clients, and each other, in an extraordinary way, with kindness and respect above all else. They are pretty awesome, you'll see!

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Joy L. Pearson

FOUNDER & CEO

Meet Joy - Finch & Daisy's, Founder! Joy brings to the table 20+ years of experience in leadership, staff development, project management, and process improvement. After working in Corporate America for 20 years, she decided that she wanted to try her hand at entrepreneurship, and work with companies all over the world to help develop highly engaged teams and efficient processes. Joy named Finch & Daisy in honor of her parents - they loved yellow finches and yellow daisies, and one of her goals is to continue to honor their memory. When not busy with Finch & Daisy, you'll find Joy spending time with her beloved children, Olivia and Jack, and 6 pets. That's right. 3 dogs (Henry, Maude, and Archie) and 3 cats (Penny, Bandit, and Bear).

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Melanie Sawyer 

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Melanie uses her 25+ years of human resources, real estate, and operations experience to fuel her passion for helping people and building trusted relationships.  Known for her dedication and roll up your sleeves approach to any problem, she is committed to helping Finch & Daisy tackle the daily challenges of a growing business.  In her free time, Melanie enjoys vacations to warm climates and spending time on the lake with her family in the summers.

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Renae L. Baird 

SENIOR CONTROLLER

Renae brings with her real estate and corporate accounting experience dating back to 1991. She has a passion for leading others, clear and defined processes, and ensuring the client is along for the ride every step of the way. In her free time, you'll find Renae playing with her dog Stewy, volunteering at her daughter’s high school, or enjoying dinner out with her husband. 

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Michelle Bade

SENIOR PROJECT CONTROLLER

Michelle’s background in accounting began in 1994, and includes experience leading teams and working hands-on with clients to help them meet their business goals. Michelle was responsible for overseeing property account services for a team of accounting professionals for several different clients throughout her career. Her free time is spent either at the baseball field or hockey rink watching her teenage son play. She also enjoys spending weekends hiking with her family through the Minnesota State parks and golfing.

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Margaret Lynch

CONTROLLER

Margaret has worked in commercial real estate accounting since 1998, with a focus on office transitions, mergers, and acquisitions. Margaret’s known for her focus on policies and procedures, building strong team relationships, improving operational efficiency, and ensuring exceptional service to her internal and external clients. Margaret is also a proud mom of two teenage girls who are in the marching band. On weekends in the summer, you will find her cheering them on at parades and in the fall at band competitions.

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Ben Scheffler

CONTROLLER

Ben has experience in real estate accounting, leadership, project management, and client support dating to 2004; including working with a wide range of clients. His passion for helping others and jumping in to get the job done, along with his kind and energetic way, is exactly why he makes such a positive impact with everyone he meets! Outside of work, Ben enjoys the outdoors, spending time with his family, and experimenting with new dinner recipes.

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Jake Cordes

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Jake brings experience in corporate sales and project management dating back to 2010.  In addition to his corporate experience, Jake served eight years on the Farmington Area School Board.  He has a passion for helping people, building relationships, and serving within his community.  During his free time, Jake enjoys spending time with his friends and family, running 5Ks, taking pictures of landscapes and architecture, and of course spending time with his fiancé Bridget and their COVID puppies Ripley and Knox.

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Jessica Amell

ACCOUNTANT

Jessica joins the team and brings accounting experience dating back to 2009, including property management accounting experience dating back to 2016.  She enjoys the structure and the order in real estate and especially enjoys reading and reviewing leases.  When she isn’t focused on accounting, she loves to spend time with her family.  She and her husband have four children and are always looking for the next crazy adventure.  They love to watch baseball and cheer on their favorite team the Houston Astros.

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Jacob Briggs

ACCOUNTANT

Jacob joins the team after having worked in property accounting since 2020.  He enjoys working in accounting and is incredibly flexible with the tasks he is comfortable doing to meet a clients goals and exceed their expectations.  His favorite part of the job is working with different clients and being a part of their operations.  When he isn’t working he loves to spend time with his black lab Matilda, taking her on walks and playing fetch.  He also enjoys working out, golfing, and watching sports…including MMA and UFC matches.

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Kate Carlson

ACCOUNTANT 

Kate's love and prowess for Excel is like nothing you've ever seen! With experience in accounting-related fields dating back to 2012, Kate brings extensive knowledge and passion to the work that she does, and has a special place in her heart for reconciliations, data conversions, monthly reporting, and analyzing data. In her free time, you'll find Kate who's a mama to two boys, either on the bleachers at a sporting event, or crawling around on the floor playing peekaboo with her youngest.

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Ashley Cox

SENIOR ACCOUNTANT 

Ashley has been in property accounting since 2018 and is known for both her accounting acumen and her ability to connect with others. Her open communication, adaptability, and strong work ethic allow her to deliver a timely and accurate product to her clients. In her free time, you can find her playing fetch with one of her three dogs, out fishing with her husband on the lake, or curling up with a good book by a bonfire.

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Anndi Ertel

ACCOUNTING MANAGER

Anndi has worked in property accounting since 2017, after taking real estate courses and majoring in Accounting at St. Cloud State University, Anndi felt that property accounting was a natural career choice since it comes naturally to her.  Her favorite part of the field is how it is always changing and every day there is something new to learn.  When she’s not working, she loves playing with her two dogs, spending time outdoors, and hiking the mountains of Wyoming!

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Daniel Hespenheide

ACCOUNTANT

Dan brings a strong work ethic, passion for learning, a get it done attitude, and love of “detail” to his role at Finch & Daisy.  He is a graduate of Metro State University with a B.S. in Business Management. In his free time, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife, playing knee-hockey with his young son, Houston, and enjoying everything about the great outdoors of Minnesota, regardless of the season.

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Krissy Hynes

ACCOUNTING MANAGER

Krissy has been in property accounting since 2010, and she is bringing that experience to Finch & Daisy.  Included in this is experience in organizations of varying sizes and types of accounting roles, from office settings to on-site property accounting.  Her favorite part of the role is getting to know her client’s properties and the complexities that come with the work.  Outside of her accounting work, Krissy enjoys spending time with her two daughters, and chasing them around the backyard or at their various activities.

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Matt Jirik

SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

Matt has been working in real estate accounting since 2007, from new apartment development to institutional commercial REITs. He is very proud to be working with such an ambitious and talented team, and excited to jump into the next project coming down the pike. Off the clock, you can find him bringing the family canoeing during the summer, pulling out the snowshoes after a good snowstorm, or checking out the latest Switch game with his three kids.

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Sam Jirik

ACCOUNTING MANAGER

Sam joins the team as an Accounting Manager having worked directly in real estate accounting since 2015. He loves a special project or solving a puzzle, especially if it allows for learning something new in Excel. He enjoys absorbing knowledge from his co-workers and clients and using that knowledge to find ways to make things even more efficient for everyone. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters outdoors, doing puzzles, playing board games, baking, and watching Minnesota sports.

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Cassandra Johnson

ACCOUNTANT

Cassie has been working in accounting since 2017 and is excited to start her journey in property accounting. She prides herself on her interpersonal skills, organizational abilities, and drive to always stay busy, which helps her meet and exceed her clients’ needs.  She loves accounting because of the variety it offers and that is allows her to continue learning for decades to come.  In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, hiking the mountains of Wyoming, and if the weather isn’t cooperating, she loves to dive into a new book.

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Dani Johnson

ACCOUNTING MANAGER

After graduating from the University of St. Thomas with an Accounting degree, Dani lived and worked in London while earning her Master of Arts in Entrepreneurial Management. Following this, she strengthened her experience in global business and worked in International Accounting as a Corporate Accounting liaison for Latin America. Dani enjoys combining her analytical brain with her passion for people. In her free time, Dani enjoys traveling as much as possible, yoga, and a good cup of coffee.

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Melantha Kresin

ACCOUNTANT 

Melantha has a strong background in accounting, finance, banking, and leadership and finds great joy in building relationships with clients, understanding their challenges, and finding solutions that align with their current and future needs and goals.  She is a forever learner, so when she is not knee-deep in numbers, you will find her researching an interesting topic, taking a class, or head down in a novel.

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Lena Larson

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT 

Lena joins our team and brings with her a strong background in a variety of administrative support roles.  She is incredibly detail oriented and is excited to begin working on client projects.  Her passions in the workplace include providing excellent customer service and solving problems.  When she isn’t busy at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, taking her dogs Macy and Pete on walks, and traveling with her husband Todd. 

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Brittany Laulainen

SYSTEMS SUPPORT ANALYST

Brittany brings a plethora of experience to Finch & Daisy.  Since 2013 she has worked in a variety of roles, including experience in real estate accounting technology support—with experience in Yardi, AppFolio, and other software systems.  Her favorite part of working in these systems is helping people to solve problems and working with users to derive a solution to get the software back up and running for them!  She lives in Alaska with her husband, and in her free time she loves to explore Alaska and all its natural beauty, including picking berries, seeing all the wildlife that Alaska has to offer.  When it’s too chilly to get outside, she loves to sew and cook!

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Kindra Looney

ACCOUNTANT

Kindra has worked in property accounting since 2017.  She had no idea she wanted to get into accounting until she took her first accounting class in college, and even though it gave her a migraine she still wanted to stick with it! She loves how there is a logic behind everything in accounting. When she’s not hard at work, she loves spending time with her husband and their two children.  They love to travel to the mountains when they can, and they are a football family through and through so they love watching and attending football games in the fall.

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Angie Miller

ACCOUNTING SPECIALIST 

Angie has been working in property management, commercial real estate, and accounting experience since 2010 and she is excited to bring that experience to Finch & Daisy and our clients.  She studied in the administrative business program at St. Cloud Community College. When she isn’t working with numbers and helping clients, she enjoys attending concerts and listening to music, including her favorite genres of 90s grunge, hip-hop, and alternative music.  She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, seeing art exhibitions, and being with her two cats Mats and Sluggo.

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Clarissa Reyes

ACCOUNTING SPECIALIST

Clarissa brings to the table a wealth of expertise in accounting, processes and procedures.  She's known to love living in the details, with one of her favorite work items being completing lease abstracts. In addition to being a wife and mother to two absolutely adorable boys, she and Joy have a great story of how the two of them came to meet and work together - make sure you ask her sometime!

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Randy Schmit

SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

Randy joins the team with experience in direct real estate accounting dating back to 2012, growing in his roles and handling complex portfolios with strict financial reporting needs, he finds joy and energy from building relationships with clients and wowing them with his high level of service and expertise. In his free time, he enjoys all sports especially football, music, and hiking in the great MN outdoors.

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Toni Willems

ACCOUNTANT

Toni joins our team bringing 20 years of professional experience, including 4 years in accounting roles.  She has loved learning more and more about accounting and it’s ever-changing nature. When she’s not working, her favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband, 15-year-old step-son, and their two dogs. In the summer they love to spend as much time as possible at their seasonal camping spot in Northern Minnesota.  Toni has also taken up crocheting and loves working on warm and cozy projects to donate or give to friends.

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Sonya White

ACCOUNTANT

Sonya brings experience in lease administration, accounting and property management dating back to 2000, to benefit her clients, customers, and co-workers.  She is married to a 20 year veteran of the US Air Force and has a college-aged son, as well as three dogs – all of which keep her on her toes at all times.  In her free time, Sonya enjoys spending time with her family, perfecting her shopping skills, and tapping into her inner detective by watching crime shows.

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Nathan Youso

ACCOUNTANT

Nathan has been interested in accounting since taking his first accounting classes in college.  He enjoys exploring the logic behind accounting and how everything balances out.  For him accounting just comes easy and that’s why he’s excited to start this new career in property accounting after a career as an office manager.  In his free time, Nathan loves to spend time with his wife and young son.  They love to do anything outdoors including hunting and fishing and going on hikes with their German Shepherd Luna.