Partner Profile: Jill Cohen

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Jill Cohen is an audit and assurance partner and manager of the firm’s bookkeeping department. She began with WNDE in 1993 as an intern, and has spent the majority of her career with the firm. During 2003 and 2004, she worked as a controller in private industry, and returned to the firm in 2005.

In her role, she provides financial reporting and consulting services for privately-held companies in a variety of industries including manufacturing and distribution, restaurant and retail industries, construction, investment trusts, medical groups and non-profit organizations. Her areas of expertise include audits, reviews and compilations, internal control studies, agreed-upon procedures, bookkeeping and on-site interim controller services. She also has experience with employee benefit plan audits for defined contribution, defined benefit and health and welfare plans.

Jill knew she wanted to be an accountant upon graduating high school. She said, “I think a lot of that had to do with my mother ‘putting me to work’ for her business in performing various accounting roles before I even knew what debits and credits were. I enjoyed the work, took the courses in college, and this is where I am today!”

Jill earned her Bachelor of Arts in business administration with an accounting concentration from Cal State Fullerton in 1993, and her CPA designation in 1995. She is a member of the AICPA.

She likes working for WNDE, she said, because of the people with whom she works and the flexibility of her job: “The people make all the difference in the world about loving your job. I enjoy the people that I work with and they truly care about your personal and professional life, and help you attain your goals. They have also been very flexible with my work schedule so that I can have the work/life balance that suits my career and my family.”

She is married with two children, and lives in Yorba Linda. Her free time is spent attending her children’s school and sports activities and reading.

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