About Jessup Group

Jessup Group offers core accounting services and industry specific knowledge to local, regional, and national clients.

Jessup Group is an accounting firm located in Battle Creek, MI.  We are proud to provide accounting services to clients in Battle Creek, the surrounding area, and nationally.

We’re proud members of the AICPA and MACPA and receive a peer review audit under their national standards, as required by Michigan Law.

But our success hasn’t come merely from our professional accreditations. Our business has grown thanks to the word-of-mouth of those we’ve worked with over the last 25 plus years.

Although our firm has grown, we still provide our professional services with the personal and friendly touch our first clients received.

We’re honored to have become trusted financial partners and advisors to dozens of organizations across the country.

We offer many different professional accounting services to our clients, and, we do so with integrity, pride, and expertise that counts.

Our Philosophy

We believe we help strengthen communities by supporting the businesses, organizations, and individuals that create the jobs and services on which people depend.  We do it by aligning our skills and knowledge with attentiveness and loyalty to drive clients to improved results.

The Jessup Group Team

Stephen Jessup

Stephen Jessup, CPA

Steve started Jessup Group in 1982 and is currently the senior audit partner. He also leads the business consultancy service segment, which endeavors to promote solutions for improving fiscal integrity and financial performance.

Through Steve’s leadership, Jessup Group has had the opportunity to provide business turnaround, receivables recovery and management, and cost improvement projects for home care and hospice agencies, as well as entire health systems throughout the United States. His work on activity based costing in health care and its applications for improved nursing staff productivity, process refinement due to mergers, and business strategic planning has been published in professional journals.

Prior to starting Jessup Group, Steve served for eight years as an audit manager with a concentration on hospital audits. He also served as a business process consultant for national and regional CPA firms. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1972 and earned his CPA license in 1974.

In his spare time, Steve enjoys skiing in the winter and sailing in the summer.

Susan McCloskey

Sue McCloskey, CPA

Sue has worked with Jessup Group for over 20 years and is recognized for her professional demeanor and her experience in the tax field. Sue’s main focus as the Tax Partner is on tax planning for individuals, small business, and nonprofits; however, she also has a wide range of experience in the accounting field.

Sue graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree, and later went on to earn a master’s degree at Western Michigan University. She obtained her CPA license a year later.

Sue is a native of Marshall and continues to live there today. She is a devoted wife and mother of two sons. In her free time, when the Michigan weather allows for it, she is active at a local golf club. Sue also enjoys vacationing in Manistee, Michigan throughout the year with her friends and family.

Kelly Bowers

Kelly Bowers, CPA

Kelly joined Jessup Group in 2003, becoming a partner in 2011.  She focuses on individual and small business taxation, as well as consulting and business management services for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations.  Prior to joining Jessup Group, she spent time working in the accounting departments of both a not-for-profit organization and a small, for-profit business.

Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration from Western Michigan University.  She obtained her CPA license in 2008.

Raised in Bellevue, Kelly currently resides in Portage, Michigan. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and attending her children’s activities.

Kristy Foster-PotterKristy Foster-Potter, CPA

Kristy joined Jessup Group in 2014 as a shareholder, bringing over 15 years of accounting experience, including specific expertise in financial accounting and taxation focused primarily on small businesses and individuals.

Kristy earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and in business management from Siena Heights University. She completed graduate studies at Western Michigan University and earned her CPA license in 2002.

Born and raised in Battle Creek, Kristy currently resides in the country, on the outskirts of town. She enjoys travel, movies, and dinner parties.

 

Abby Green

Abby Green, CPA

Abby has been with Jessup Group since 1988. As part of the health care consulting team, she provides assistance with accounts receivable management, billing audit compliance services, financial analysis and benchmarking, business planning, and performance improvement.

Abby earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University in 1992, and subsequently obtained her CPA license in 1994.
Abby grew up on a farm just outside Battle Creek. In her free time, she enjoys teaching and spending time with children.

 

Jennifer Perez

Jennifer Heinrich, CPA

Jennifer joined Jessup Group in 2006. As a senior accountant, her focus is helping businesses of all sizes maintain accurate financial records. She has expertise in several areas of accounting, including payroll, software, budgeting, and reporting. Jennifer prepares tax returns for both individuals and businesses of all types, and she assists in tax planning and projections.

Jennifer graduated from Western Michigan University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and in 2008 with a Master of Business Administration. Jennifer obtained her CPA license in 2014.

Jennifer was raised in Battle Creek, and built her first home there as well. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and her three cats, and traveling. She can often be found biking around the city, and enjoying local restaurants and events.

Kristen Bauman

Kristen Leifeld

As an audit department staff member, Kristen focuses on nonprofit compliance, including audit engagements and bookkeeping services, and tax reporting. She has over five years of experience in the accounting field, having worked for her family’s accounting business prior to joining Jessup Group. Kristen also leads the implementation of technology solutions to help make Jessup Group run more effectively and more efficiently.

Kristen graduated from the Haworth School of Business at Western Michigan University in 2012, majoring in accounting and advertising, and minoring in general business.

Born and raised in Battle Creek, Kristen still resides there today. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing sports, being outdoors, and giving back to the community as a volunteer board member.

Joelle Knoch

Joelle Knoch, CPA

Since joining Jessup Group in 2010, Joelle has used her experience and ability to communicate in order to offer larger, complex organizations a top-quality, cost efficient audit.

Joelle holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and has 14 years of experience managing corporate and nonprofit audit engagements.

Joelle resides in Marshall, with her husband and son. She enjoys family outings around the neighborhood, and traveling.

 

Barbie Hillman
Barbie Hillman

Barbie has worked in the accounting field for over 10 years, with small for-profit companies, manufacturing, and nonprofit organizations.

Barbie earned a bachelor’s degree from Spring Arbor University in 2005 and is currently pursuing a Master of Accountancy through the University of Phoenix.

Barbie lives in Battle Creek with her family. When time allows, Barbie enjoys reading, drinking coffee, and working on her house. She also spends time in Monroe, Michigan with her family and friends.

 

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Kyle Johnston

As a recent accounting graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Kyle is joining the Jessup Group as a staff accountant. He earned both a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a bachelor’s degree in finance in May of 2016.

Kyle is originally from Charlotte Michigan and has recently purchased a home here in Battle Creek. He plans to pursue his CPA license in the future.

One of Kyle’s passions and hobbies is hockey. He grew up playing and still enjoys skating and coaching in his free time.

 

Affiliations

MICPA HomecareandHospice MichiganAssociationforHomeCare BattleCreekChamberofCommerce AICPA