Key Figures was formed when five bookkeepers, each with their own personal history in the world of cooperatives, found themselves working together in a growing local bookkeeping practice in Austin Texas. Our backgrounds range from worker co-ops to housing and consumer co-ops, as well as nearly all areas of financial management, small business management, and non-profit social justice work. In the spring of 2014, Andi Shively, co-founder of Cooperation Texas, a nonprofit worker cooperative incubator, started her own freelance bookkeeping practice, and began hiring other skilled people she met through her work at Cooperation Texas. By the summer of 2015, conversations began around the idea of converting the practice into Texas' first financial services worker cooperative, leading to the first steps being taken in early 2016. Key Figures officially formed as a worker-owned entity in the summer of 2017, with the cooperative officially taking ownership of Andi's bookkeeping practice on September 1st. Together, we strive to provide the most high quality service possible for our clients, and an exciting opportunity for other bookkeepers to make a fulfilling career move by joining our growing, inclusive team of financial service professionals.
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Key Figures provides reliable, professional bookkeeping and financial services to a wide variety of small businesses, non-profits, and cooperatives in central Texas and nationwide.
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Andi Shively has been building administrative and financial systems for businesses and non-profits for 15 years. She specializes in budgeting and business planning, excels at translating accounting-ese into understandable language, and gets a thrill out of a smoothly running system. Andi holds an MS in Community Economic Development and currently serves as the President of the Austin Cooperative Business Association. Originally from Columbus, OH, Andi moved to Austin, TX in 2002, following her true loves: sunshine, swimming holes, and live music. She is excited to leverage her experience in cooperative development, small business planning, and non-profit management as part of the Key Figures team.
Dana Curtis is a native Texan and attended the University of Texas at Dallas before attending graduate school at Texas Woman’s University. She left academia to join the labor movement as an organizer before getting involved in cooperatives. As one of the founding members of the Workers’ Assembly at Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery, she oversaw the membership and investment campaign which brought the Co-op from a dream to reality. She currently serves as the Board President of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Treasurer of Shared Capital Cooperative. She has two cats, one dog, and a teenager.
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With nearly ten years of bookkeeping experience, Cathy has now made the leap into tax preparation and consulting, and is an Enrolled Agent (a federally-licensed tax practitioner). Cathy is excited to share her knowledge with the community as a volunteer tax preparer at Foundation Communities in Austin. As one of the founding owners of Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery, a worker-owned bakery, and with over five years’ experience as a paralegal (and paralegal certification from the University of Texas at Austin), Cathy is used to making sense of rules and regulations. Cathy also understands what it means be a small business owner, and now enjoys helping other small business owners with the stuff they don’t enjoy doing. Cathy grew up in the UK and obtained a BA (Honors) from the University of Essex. She has lived in Austin for over 20 years, is an avid animal lover and enjoys being out in nature.
Has been interested in accounting since high school, where he competed and placed 7th at the University Interscholastic League State wide competition. While attending the McCombs School of Business at UT he was a board member and treasurer of a student housing cooperative. His favorite part of the job is increasing productivity by integrating different accounting, financial and business software. He is the Founding Treasurer at La Reunion Cooperative Apartment and was the Bookkeeper for Sunflower Cooperative. He currently serves as the Board Treasurer and Advocacy Committee Chair of the Austin Cooperative Business Association. Ryan is a Certified Quickbooks Online ProAdvisor and speaks fluent Spanish.
A bookkeeper and business manager since 2004, Eldon led the conversion of Shot In The Dark Cafe in Tucson, AZ, into a worker cooperative in 2007, where he designed, implemented, and facilitated democratic decision-making and equitable compensation processes for a ~20-member team. After moving to Austin in 2013, he started Eldon's Helpful Bookkeeping, a freelance practice serving small businesses in a variety of industries in the Austin area. He later co-founded a local grassroots civic engagement non-profit, Left Up To US, in early 2016, and was the Co-Field Director in Travis and Hays Counties for the Rebecca Bell-Metereau for State Board of Education Campaign in the fall of 2016. An organizer committed to a more democratic and equitable world, Eldon views cooperatives as integral to this vision. He is a Certified Quickbooks Online ProAdvisor, and he also loves Austin's warm weather, hiking, bicycling, and swimming.
Amber has over seventeen years of experience in bookkeeping. After working as a controller for seven years, she started her own bookkeeping company. A year or so later, she joined Key Figures as an Account Manager. She has a AA Degree in English from Austin Community College is currently a Business Administration Major at Letourneau University. She also has a Bookkeeper Certification from the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers and is a Certified Quickbooks Online ProAdvisor. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and escapes to the beach anytime she can.
Angie has over 13 years of experience in bookkeeping and QuickBooks small business consulting. She worked in public accounting where she helped small business clients set up bookkeeping systems that fulfilled their needs as well as met tax and financial institution compliance. During this time Angie obtained her Associates Degree at Front Range Community College. Currently Angie is attending Western Governors’ University in pursuit of her BA in Accounting. Angie was born and raised in Colorado, but in 2015 traded in the Rocky Mountains for the Hill Country and beaches of Texas, and she does not miss the snow at all. In her free time Angie enjoys exploring Texas with her family.
Garrick has five years of experience in bookkeeping in small business and nonprofits, and was formerly the treasurer for the technology-oriented non-governmental organization Digital Bridge. He holds a BS in International Business from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and is a certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor. Growing up in Wisconsin and moving to Texas in 2016, you will never be able to convince him that a Texas summer is harsher than a Northern winter. He is an active organizer with the Austin chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, technical advisor with Girls Rock Austin, and a performing drummer in multiple bands.
Shirley Donohue has over 20 years of Bookkeeping experience. She was a Payroll Manager for a Hospital, a Staff Accountant for New Home Builders, and a bookkeeper for a medium sized Church. She has set up and implemented numerous bookkeeping and payroll systems, as well as training staff on how to use and manage the new bookkeeping software. Shirley has also owned several businesses, so she understands the challenges and needs of business ownership. Shirley enjoys working with people and helping them design the best way to accomplish their business goals. She loves special projects where she can identify a problem and then find the best resolution for that problem. Shirley’s passion is her love of horses. She bred, raised and showed her Arabian horses for many years. Now she is down to only 2 horses and just enjoys being around them. Her daughter has taken up riding and she enjoys watching her progress with the horses . She also has 2 cats & an English springer spaniel dog. Shirley is very active in her church. She was also the Treasurer for the Lost Pines Riding Club, a non-profit entity.
Bonnie McAdams has been in working in administration for 5 years and management for 10. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art from the University of Maine at Augusta. She enjoys working in the administration field because of the satisfaction of helping companies succeed by becoming amazing places to work.
"Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another." --John C. Maxwell
Kristen has over ten years of experience in bookkeeping. She loves working with small business owners. She has joined Key Figures as an Account Manager. She is currently working on her Bookkeeper Certification from the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers and is a Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and loves to travel.
With a BA in Psychology and a decade of experience as a residential Interior Designer, Julie Munroe has taken her strong attention to detail and interest in serving the needs of clients to the practice of bookkeeping. After moving from the Pacific Northwest to Austin in 2009, Julie began bookkeeping for small businesses as her primary focus. As a QuickBooks Advanced Online ProAdvisor, she is enthusiastic to bring the same thoughtful processes and care to her clients' business interests as she would her own. Julie also currently serves as Board Treasurer of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance. In her free time, she enjoys a good long walk and some quality hammock time.
Kelly has over twelve years of experience in corporate accounting and also served as the treasurer for a small church for five years. Kelly has her BS in Accounting from the State University of New York at Brockport.
Recently she moved to Austin, TX from Rochester, NY with her family and although New York has beautiful fall colors; she does not miss the cold and snow. During her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.