MEET OUR DIVERSE & DYNAMIC TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS
Brenda A. Barnes, CPA, Managing Principal
Brenda has over 30 years of law firm management experience handling the day-to-day operations of very small, to the oversight of the administration of very large law firms. She has a unique perspective on running a legal practice – she understands how to run your company like a business.
Brenda earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of Texas and has her Certified Public Accountant designation. She also has her Masters of Business Administration with emphasis in Management. Prior to opening up B2 Legal Management in 2008, Brenda was the firm administrator for Hilgers & Watkins, P.C.
Brenda is the past President of Austin-Central Texas Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) and past chairman of the Education Committee.
Brenda focuses on implementation of new office set-ups and oversees a staff of accountants who handle the day-to-day accounting & billing functions for numerous B2 clients. Brenda also assists clients with developing business plans as well as financial & profitability analysis.
Karen S. Ator, Client Operations Manager
With over 30 years of experience, Karen brings a strong background in operations management and leadership to the B2 Team. Working primarily in the employee benefit plan and compensation management areas during the past, she has extensive experience in client service management. Her principal goal is to ensure that B2’s current and future clients receive the highest service level of efficiency and accuracy in a timely manner.
Her past clients have included many of Texas’ law firms and she has a knowledge of their industry requirements. She will utilize this knowledge to assist in leading the B2 Team in providing the exceptional service that it has been known for since its inception in 2009.
During her time away from the office, Karen enjoys day-tripping in Central Texas, gardening and is an avid canine enthusiast.
Amy Buckland, Accountant/Billing Specialist
Amy joined the B2 family in 2019 as an Accountant. She has many years of solid accounting and billing experience working in multiple industries, bringing her the knowledge in different types of businesses. Amy appreciates the challenges that the accounting and billing atmosphere brings and putting her analytical skills to work with the clients’ goal of success in mind.
Outside of work, Amy has a passion for fitness, everything basketball and football. She adores watching her daughter play sports and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys spending time at her beautiful mountain retreat in New Mexico. Two other highlights in her life are Sully, her Gentle Giant Great Dane, and cat, Lilly.
Teri Burgess, Accountant
With over 30 years of bookkeeping and accounting experience, Teri has always sought growth and new challenges in her career, starting with striking out to Texas shortly after receiving her Bachelor’s in Finance from the University of Illinois. Since then, she has gained extensive bookkeeping and accounting experience in the legal, corporate, and oil and gas industries. She brings a strong attention to detail, excellent organization and management skills, and a “can do” Texas work ethic to each of her clients, adding value to their firms. She has extensive experience with accounting software specialized for each of her client’s specific requirements.
Teri enjoys living the Texas Hill Country life on the weekends with her husband, after having recently moved from her only other Texas home in Houston.
Donna Cooke, Accountant
What do you do when you have over 35 years of accounting and administration management experience in the legal services industry and are not ready to retire? Donna faced this question, researched available options, and was drawn to the business model offered at B2 Legal Management. With broad based experience in all aspects of bookkeeping, office management and software systems, Donna enjoys learning what each of her clients require and becoming a dependable and seamless part of their business.
Donna lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. An ex-skier, ex-scuba diver and ex-weight lifter, Donna now spends her leisure time researching natural medicine, healing technologies and anything that helps her understand what makes people tick
Connie K. Copeland, Partner – Controller & Operations Director
Connie has been with B2 almost from day one in various roles and responsibilities. And for this reason, Connie has earned a partnership role with B2. Her focus is on financial and operations management and serves as the Controller and Operations Director.
Connie has worked within the oil and gas industry, public transportation, financial services, public education, and nonprofit sectors. She earned a BS in Management from Louisiana State University-Shreveport and an MBA in Finance from Dallas Baptist University. She has also served on various boards as past Treasurer for the Austin Human Resources Management Association (AHRMA) and the Central Texas Compensation and Benefits Association (CTCBA).
As a volunteer, she has worked with the Austin High School Football Boosters, Cheer Booster, Red Jackets, and Band, as well as many school-related committees. Currently, Connie is an Austin Aggie Mom. She is the proud mom of four children.
Connie enjoys genealogy, history, documentaries, listening to music, and fishing. She considers “football season” a real season and you can see her during this time cheering on her favorite teams — Texas Aggies and of course, LSU!
Julie Ellison – Human Resources Consultant
With over 25 years in Human Resources and firm management, Julie Ellison is the consummate professional when overseeing HR needs of our clients. Her extensive experience allows her to provide effective assistance to start-ups as well as large established companies. A Firm Administrator for a large Austin law firm, an HR Director for a startup company and the Manager of Human Resources for Sysco Food Services (200+ employees), Julie has a diverse understanding of every work environment large or small and the fundamental groundwork that must be in place for any business entity to have a healthy framework for their employees. Accordingly, she understands the direct correlation between a thriving staff and a thriving company. From day to day operations and regulatory compliance to benefits enrollment and staff training, Julie has the solution to our clients’ needs.
Julie is a member of the Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA). She was an Education major at the University of Texas at Austin and has attended numerous HR and administrative related courses over the past 25 years and even developed content for those courses.
A passionate volunteer for Heart of Texas Lab Rescue and Mobile Loaves & Fishes in her free time, Julie also enjoys traveling and just hanging out with her two Labs and French Bulldog.
Jessica Howard, Team Leader, Accountant
For over 20 years, Jessica has built solid experience in working with a wide variety of clients. Working within many different industries has provided her with a valuable skill set that has allowed her to manage any client’s back-office operations effectively and efficiently. Putting the clients’ needs first has always been her approach. With a professional and friendly attitude, Jessica makes the bookkeeping process understandable to clients and has proven to be instrumental in helping them grow their business. She has extensive experience with a variety of accounting and client management software and is a certified QuickBooks Online advisor.
Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 sons and working on crafting projects.
Megan Jaynes, CPA
Megan Jaynes is an experienced CPA that guides B2 clients in a thorough understanding of their financial position and addresses complex accounting issues. Megan practiced public accounting for eight years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a manager in the Audit division and worked with a diverse range of clients, including both public and non-public companies. She has extensive experience in financial statement preparation and analysis as well as application of accounting principles. Megan’s knowledge and analytical skills are used to help clients in forecasting, budgeting and maximizing financial efficiencies to help grow their business.
Megan earned her Bachelor degree in Business Administration with Honors and her Master’s degree in Finance from Texas A&M University. She is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas.
Megan is active in the community and has served on various executive committees at her children’s schools and her church. In her free time, Megan enjoys traveling with her husband, watching their kids play sports, spending time at the lake and attending Aggie athletic events.
Nadra Kassim, Team Leader/Accountant
Nadra is a CPA candidate who provides exceptional client services, working with attorneys to manage their accounting and reporting needs. She is well versed in financial reporting and analysis that is useful to her clients to drive strategic decision making. She is happy to help set up accounting and billing systems for new clients that would enable them to increase their efficiency. Nadra graduated from St. Edward’s University and enjoys exploring new hiking spots and good conversation
Nicole Morgan, Accountant
Nicole joined the B2 team in August 2019. She has over a decade of experience as a non-profit accountant. Her specialty is working to understand a client’s intricacies to create more efficient and consistent procedures. She also has experience working as the lead on annual audits, engaging with executive committees and board of directors, writing technical accounting procedure documentation, and training staff. Nicole has a Bachelors in Accounting from the University of Minnesota.
In her free time, Nicole loves to sew and knit her own clothes, bake, and cook.
Tina Ochoa, Accountant
Tina joined the B2 team as an Administrative Accountant in June 2017. She provides multiple level support to various accountants at B2 and plays a lead role in facilitating our clients’ accounting needs. Her responsibilities include audit, financial reporting, business management and customer satisfaction. When she became a member of the B2 team, Tina brought over 11 years of experience in the banking industry, with a focus in Wealth Management. She is most fulfilled when helping people grow professionally and understands the importance of a well maintained financial plan. Tina is finishing her last year at the McCoy Business School at Texas State University to earn her degree in Accounting. She plans to continue her education beyond graduation to pursue a Master’s degree to become CPA eligible.
Tina enjoys the diversity and nightlife of Austin. She spends most of her time with family and friends trying new restaurants, art galleries, live music, volunteering and traveling the world.
Karen Reed, Accountant
With over 15 years of law firm management experience, Karen brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our law firm clients. A certified QuickBooks Online advisor, Karen is adept at managing the intricacies of law firm billing and accounting. She is also a technical writer specializing in Help Desk and Process documentation. An energetic self-starter with strong analytical and organizational skills, she is a true asset to our team and our clients benefit greatly from her innovative problem solving and extensive experience in law firm administration.
In her spare time, Karen is a beekeeper and enjoys the outdoors. Her other passions include archaeology, sports and travel.
Rita Reyes, Team Leader, Accountant
Rita has 15 years’ experience working in the legal industry and has spent the majority of that time in the administrative and accounting departments. She has successfully managed law firms and uses the knowledge gained there along with her analytical and problem solving skills to help with onboarding new clients and working to ensure their bookkeeping is clean and accurate.
With the abundance of accounting and client management software available to Clients, Rita takes satisfaction in being proficient and enjoys continuing to improve on her knowledge base in order to be better able to assist clients in their accounting needs.
In her spare time, Rita loves spending time with family and extended love ones. With such a huge circle, there is always a reason to get together and enjoy each other’s company, whether it’s just a bar-b-que, supporting family children in their extra-curricular activities, camping, or vacation trips out of town.
Jane Robichaux, Accountant
Jane has been in the accounting profession for over 30 years. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin. Jane gained her accounting and financial analysis experience by working in the beverage distribution, pharmaceutical research and legal industries. She is a diligent worker who loves learning new things and is passionate about giving the best care to her clients.