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!
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).
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.
Renae L. Baird
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sam joins the team bringing experience in real estate accounting dating back to 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.
Nicole’s journey in accounting began in 2006, when offered an opportunity to help her employer’s accounting team. It was never a role she planned for, but she fell in love with accounting and hasn’t looked back. She loves the clear and concise process of accounting and how the numbers tell a story. Outside of her working hours, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jason, and their two cats – Sophie and Kensington. Together, they love to travel, including numerous trips to Mexico as well as road trips exploring Minnesota and beyond. You can also catch them at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival… where they married many years ago.
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.
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.
Marissa brings a wealth of accounting experience dating back to 2015, which includes both property and corporate accounting roles for organizations of varying sizes. She enjoys the puzzle-like nature of accounting and how no matter how much work there may be, there will always be a solution to be identified. In her free time, Marissa enjoys spending time with her son Carson, taking her mini–Golden Doodle Rhett for a walk, reading autobiographies, catching up on the latest Bravo drama show, and you can catch her a few times a week at Pilates or Spin classes.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
SYSTEMS SUPPORT ANALYST
Ryan joins Finch & Daisy and brings over two decades of experience in information technology support. He has consistently worked directly with clients to provide solutions with software issues and will always try to identify efficiencies in their systems. He lives in the Philippines with his wife Clarissa and their two children. In Ryan’s free time, he enjoys spending quality time with his family, watching movies, and enjoying meals at his favorite restaurants.
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.
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.
Haley’s experience in accounting dates back to 2018. She pursued accounting as a profession because she loves the numbers and structure in accounting. Haley is always looking to learn more about accounting and become a better accountant. In her free time, Haley loves to spend time with her husband and their two husky mixes Nova and Aster. She also loves creative writing, focusing on the young adult fantasy genre. Each November she participates in National Novel Month where she writes a 50,000+ word novel in a month.
Beginning in 2021 and for nearly two years, Sonya White worked tirelessly to benefit her clients, customers, and co-workers at Finch & Daisy. Her experience in lease administration, accounting, and property management dated back to 2000. Her husband Cody is a 20-year veteran of the US Air Force. Her son Hunter, and their three dogs always kept Sonya busy. In her free time, you could catch her spending time with her family, perfecting her shopping skills, and tapping into her inner detective by watching true crime shows. Sonya fought a courageous battle against cancer that was lost in early 2023; she will always remain a beloved member of the Finch & Daisy family.
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.