Sandra G. Johnson, CPA, EA, CFE
Ms. Johnson handles all management responsibilities of the firm, provides business advisory services, tax planning, tax return preparation and tax resolution. In her own words, “The ability to work with clients to help them save taxes and plan for the future; assisting businesses to understand financial statements and teaching them how to use those statements to grow their businesses; and helping individuals who have tax problems find solutions: these are the driving forces that guide me. Working with a dedicated team of people is the icing on the cake.”
Sandra G. Johnson, CPA, EA, CFE is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Johnson CPA. With over 30 years accounting experience, she is a leader with a strong sense of character and the human fundamentals required for compassionate, sensitive understanding of each client’s distinctive needs and goals. Ms. Johnson, who everyone knows as Sandy, has earned a reputation for a “let’s get down to business attitude” and the concern of a family to her staff and clients. This almost ironic combination has made Johnson CPA a sought-after professional firm, which differs from the mundane reputation shared by many other accounting and business advisory firms.
The recipient of a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from SUNY Old Westbury and an Associate Degree in Accounting from Nassau Community College, Ms. Johnson is herself an educator, currently as an instructor in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. She has shared her knowledge and passion as an instructor at LaGuardia Community College, an adjunct professor at Five Towns College, and an instructor at Hofstra University. She is licensed by New York State as a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and an Enrolled Agent qualified to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. As required by the New York State Department of Education, she earns mandatory, annual continuing education credits (CPE), remaining current with her profession, as well as continuing education credits for both EA and CFE certification.
Ms. Johnson is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Among the organizations where she has held leadership positions are the National Conference of CPA Practitioners, Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores and Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women. Her accomplishments have been recognized numerous times by her peers and others. Among those awards are Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today magazine; Pathfinder Award in Business by the Town of Hempstead; Women of Distinction in Business by the New York State Assembly; Best of Long Island in Accounting for three consecutive years by Long Island Press readers; and Business Person of the Year by the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce.
A well-known lecturer on topics including tax, business strategy, marketing and fraud, Ms. Johnson has been published in Accounting Today, The Practicing CPA and the Journal of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners. Her volunteer activities run the gamut of African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative instructor and programs at her alma mater, SUNY Old Westbury: School of Business for Mock Interview Day, Accounting networking reception, mentoring night and lecturing for the Accounting Society.
Although it might seem that she has little down time, Ms. Johnson has mastered work/life balance, something she encourages in her employees, as well. Her down-time includes hiking, reading, baking, cooking, entertaining, swimming and gardening; Sunday dinners with family, hosting holiday festivities, and trips to the mountains.
Christine Murphy, EA, is an Accounting Manager at Johnson CPA. She specializes in small business and not-for-profit business advisory and tax return preparation, as well as individual tax return preparation. She comments that Johnson CPA has an outstanding work environment, with hands-on assistance provided to its clients. In addition, she states that it is the personal relationships that the firm’s staff builds, adding to the unique character of service provided to its clients.
Ms. Murphy earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Hofstra University. She holds an Enrolled Agent (EA) certificate, QuickBooks Proadvisor certificate and attends the annual Long Island Tax Professionals Symposium, presented by the National Conference of CPA Practitioners.
Prior to joining Johnson CPA, Ms. Murphy served as an Assistant Treasurer at Chase Bank and a Staff Accountant at Texaco Inc. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and crafting, entertaining family and friends, and playing tennis.
Honorine M. Campisi, CPA, is a Senior Tax Manager at Johnson CPA. Her work centers on tax resolution, the preparation of individual income tax returns, and posting original content to the firm’s blog. As such, she keeps abreast of the ever-changing federal, state and local tax implication and other information of pertinence to the blog’s readers. In this vein, Ms. Campisi states that her greatest satisfaction comes from helping clients, along with working with a great group of people who are supportive and encourage professional growth.
Ms. Campisi earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Hofstra University. She is a member of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners, attending the annual Long Island Tax Professionals Symposium. As required by the New York State Department of Education, she earns mandatory, annual continuing education credits (CPE), remaining current with her profession.
Prior to joining Johnson CPA, Ms. Campisi was employed by the national accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP and New York City-based Deloitte Tax LLP. In her free time, Ms. Campisi enjoys going to the beach, all kids’ sports, reading, movies and her favorite team, the New York Mets.
Renee Greenspan is a Staff Accountant at Johnson CPA. Her responsibilities include monthly and quarterly bookkeeping and bank reconciliations; preparing sales tax and payroll tax returns; and preparing individual and corporate tax returns. She describes Johnson CPA as a firm where she has increased her knowledge and a place where accuracy on projects matters.
Ms. Greenspan earned a Master of Science in Taxation degree from LIU Post, an AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)-accredited school, and Bachelor of Science in Professional Accounting and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degrees from SUNY Oneonta, an AACSB-accredited school. Ms. Greenspan possesses QuickBooks Proadvisor certification. She is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and while at Oneonta, was a member of the Accounting Society.
Prior to joining Johnson CPA, Ms. Greenspan was an intern at a Melville, NY Certified Public Accounting and Business Consultation firm. In her free time, she enjoys playing softball and kickball, as well as spending time with family and friends, dining out and walking her dog.
Kayla Brown-Thomas is a Junior Tax Accountant at Johnson CPA. Her responsibilities include tax return setup and input; filing electronic returns (e-filing); assisting senior accountants; and providing supportive client relations.
The newest employee of the firm, Ms. Brown-Thomas values the opportunity to assist Johnson CPA’s clients with their accounting needs, while working with a team of professionals who love what they do. Previously employed as a Customer Care Manager/Yearbook Coordinator at Irvin Simon Photographers based in Elmont, New York, she left her background in customer service to pursue her dream career in accounting and to further her education. Ms. Brown-Thomas is a member of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners.
Ms. Brown-Thomas attended Clark Atlanta University and SUNY Old Westbury, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. In her free time, she participates in sports including volleyball, track and basketball and enjoys family activities.
Catherine Heckman is an Administrative Assistant at Johnson CPA. Her responsibilities run the gamut of support services: answering telephones, scanning documents, creating mail merges for tax resolutions, managing appointments and meetings for staff and monthly billing, among other clerical duties. Ms. Heckman updates the firm’s multiple social media accounts and keeps them relevant to the firm’s activities and what is going on in the world of accounting and business consulting. She echoes the sentiments of her coworkers when she states that she values them and how well everyone performs as a team. Benefitting its clients, she adds that Johnson CPA is a great work environment with wonderful communication.
Ms. Heckman attended Nassau Community College and earned an Associate Degree from Katharine Gibbs School. Prior to joining Johnson CPA, she was a legal assistant at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. In her free time, Ms. Heckman enjoys family excursions to sporting events, festivals, parks and beaches, as well as crafting, decorating, taking walks and road trips.