Key2 Accounting Team Staff
Melissa Clary – Owner, Tax Manager
Melissa has been self employed since 2005 and is the former owner of Kruger and Clary, CPAs. She decided to branch out and form Key2 Accounting in 2013 so she could focus on helping businesses with their accounting, payroll and tax needs.
Melissa graduated from Colorado State University in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and has been a CPA since 2000. She is Certified in QuickBooks online. She specializes in QuickBooks, Business Consulting, Accounting and Income Tax Preparation and Planning.
In 2009, Melissa was on the list of Women of Influence and Forty under 40, in the Northern Colorado Business Report. In 2011 she won firm of the year with the accountants group PASBA. The Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce awarded her young professional of the year in 2012.
Carol McElwain – Payroll Client Relations and Growth Manager
Carol McElwain is Client Relations and Growth Coordinator with Payroll Vault, the sister company of Key2 Accounting. Carol joined the team in 2011. She has over 30 years of varied business experience ranging from private business office support, to restaurant management, to owning a music therapy record label.
Carol attended Western Michigan University where she majored in commercial art. When Carol isn’t at the office she can be found working on her horse ranch and boarding facility near Eaton, CO where she lives with her family. She spends her free time painting.
Myriah Milton – Owner, Accounting Manager
Myriah joined the firm in 2012 as a staff accountant and became part-owner in 2015.
Myriah focuses on sales tax, business accounting and income tax planning and preparation. She is Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor.
Myriah graduated from Colorado State University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Her previous experience includes completing audits of financial statements for privately held companies, not for profit entities, and employee benefit plans before joining the Key2 Accounting Fort Collins CPAs staff. Her interests include gardening, canning, knitting, and sewing.
Miranda Thompson – Payroll Operations Manager, Certified Payroll Processor
Miranda joined the team of Fort Collins accountants at Payroll Vault in 2015 as a payroll specialist. She has since moved into a manager role and oversees the payroll department. Miranda is currently a Certified Payroll Processor. She received her Associates in Accounting from Front Range Community College in 2014 and has several years of payroll and bookkeeping experience. When Miranda is not working with numbers she enjoys relaxing on long motorcycle trips or curled up with a book and her pets.
Courtney Errico – Payroll Specialist
Courtney Errico joined Payroll Vault in 2017 and joined the Key2Accounting team in 2020. Her previous client services roles include decades of exacting customer service in the accounting, financial aid, and banking industries. At Key2Accounting Courtney focuses on payroll processing, providing a personal touch for small businesses seeking timely and efficient payroll support. She graduated from Regis University with an BA and MBA with an emphasis in accounting. She enjoys road trips with her family, puzzling, playing golf, and decorating for the holidays.
Danielle Sands – Administrative & Marketing Assistant
Danielle, has been working as an administrator for 15 years and greatly enjoys this role. She graduated from Auburn University in 2006, with a Major in Business Administration and a Minor in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Business Applications. Originally from the Caribbean, Danielle has fallen in love with the Colorado snow and mountains. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.
Emily Thielke – Front Desk/Administrative Assistant
Emily joined the team in 2020 and has brought with her a wonderful vigor, strength, resilience and a great work ethic.
A former Patent Paralegal and Notary Public, Emily has seamlessly transitioned into our tax and accounting world. An avid sports enthusiast and an athlete herself, Emily enjoys playing volley ball and kickball and is a die hard Broncos fan!
Nicholas Weiss – Staff Accountant/Payroll Specialist
Nick joined the team in 2019 assisting with tax preparation and bookkeeping. He has moved into payroll processing as well in 2021. Previously, he was active duty Air Force from 2002- 2008. He is a graduate of CSU with a double major in Accounting and Finance. Nick loves spending time with his family, running ultra-marathons, watching movies, and reading.
Kathryn Murphy – Staff Accountant
Kathryn Murphy joined the team in 2017 as an intern and transitioned to a staff accountant in 2018. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting. She is currently studying for the CPA exam. Kathryn is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor Online. Her focus is income tax preparation, sales tax preparation and bookkeeping. When she’s not working, Kathryn enjoys playing tennis, cooking, and taking care of her 2 dogs.
Deborah Couture – Staff Accountant
After earning her Bachelor’s degree from CSU, Deb received her CPA license and worked for accounting firms Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and Anderson & Whitney PC. She then served in various roles at Colorado State University Foundation while also providing financial services for her family owned businesses. Deb is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, cycling, and just being in the Colorado mountains, especially with her husband and three daughters.
Ana Lawrence – Staff Accountant
Ana originally joined Key2 Accounting as an intern in 2013 and moved up to a Staff Accountant. She attended Regis University to obtain a Bachelors in Accounting in 2015. After a couple years away from the firm she has returned in January 2021 and will be working on tax returns and bookkeeping. When not working, Ana is either running after her 2 kids on the family’s cattle ranch or curling up to watch a movie or read a book.