Meet KNKBS


Our team is small and mighty, and we come with decades of experience! 
We are located from California to Texas, and work remotely with companies all across the United States.

A Family Business

Partners since 1954!

K&K stands for sisters Kerry and Kathleen.
After growing up together, they developed their accounting careers at a real estate syndicator before deciding to form a business together. Today, all of us at KNKBS take a personal, one-on-one approach to working with our clients.

Meet our team

Kathleen Fernan

Kathleen has been working in accounting since the '70s! While working for Angeles Corporation, she was in charge of over 75 sets of books under year-round audit. Since then she's worked for a range of businesses, including a software developer and a wholesale tree grower. Kathleen founded KNKBS with her sister Kerry in 1991, and has been helping small and mid-sized businesses with technical and accounting challenges ever since.


Kerry Whitmire

Kerry began her accounting career in real estate - from bookkeeper to Controller to CFO to Senior VP in 13 years. Ever since starting KNKBS with Kathleen in 1991, Kerry has been providing CFO-for-hire and consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses. She can immediately evaluate any set of accounting records and determine how to get a business on the right track - and she can make the best out of a mess.


Arlene Karma

Our accounting sleuth! Arlene has been with KNKBS since 1997 working full time keeping clients' books squeaky clean. She prides herself on balancing every account and is not afraid to take on a troubled set of books. Arlene specializes in contractors and job costing; she's also a payroll expert. Arlene works remotely from her Texas office, and when she's not balancing the books, she's a professional barrel racer! Check out one of her rides here.


Carina Martinez

Carina is a bookkeeper located in Southern California and is a wife and mother of two beautiful daughters. She studied accounting in college and quickly began working for multiple organizations on the finance team. In 2013, Carina took a hiatus from her career to begin a family and in 2019 teamed up with KNKBS to provide accounting support including bookkeeping, payroll, and reconciliation for multiple businesses. She and her family have recently found a passion for traveling and camping across Southern California.


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Griselda Conde

Griselda has over 3 years' experience working in Accounts Receivable in QuickBooks Desktop and Online. She is an accounting student at Santa Monica College and aspires to transfer to a four-year university. Griselda loves problem-solving and working with clients to keep everything running smoothly.




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Julia Morse  

Julia has been using QuickBooks since high school, working summers at her family's small business; at KNKBS, she supports the rest of the team with project implementation, reconciliations and bookkeeping. She's always excited to take on a new challenge and has become our team's Zoho Books expert. Coming from a nonprofit background, Julia loves working with people and finding solutions that make their lives easier.


Kitty Morse, CPA

Kitty's experience ranges from performing financial audits while at Ernst & Young, to SEC reporting at The Walt Disney Company.  She went on to spend 20+ years as CFO of a small family-owned manufacturing business.  Kitty brings a broad understanding of management needs, compassion for the bookkeeper's responsibilities, and a deep appreciation for accuracy to her work as a conversion and clean-up specialist at KNKBS.

Michele Haisman

Michele has worked for KNKBS for over 20 years as a part-time bookkeeper, supporting multiple companies with their financial record-keeping . She loves gardening and spending time with her 3 grown kids,  and has been a foster mom to countless kittens.





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Penny Todd

Penny has worked for KNKBS for over 20 years as a specialized paralegal. She maintains all the compliance for many corporate entities. She enjoys the Big Bear area, skiing and horses.






Tess Crabtree

Tess started her career as a Budget Analyst in the corporate world, and has since worked as a pharmaceutical rep, a professional assistant, and the co-owner of an online needlepoint company. She's been with KNKBS for several years, managing billing and applying her excellent professional organizing skills to keeping our office in tip-top shape. In her free time, Tess loves to spend time with her family, go fly fishing and water and snow skiing, and do needlepoint and jigsaw puzzles.