Meet The Team

We’re a modern strategic advisory firm specializing in providing financial analysis, forecasting, accounting, bookkeeping, and tax solutions.

Rebecca A. Knipp

Growing up in a small business family, Rebecca learned about running and owning a business from a young age. It was from these conversations and observations that she knew she wanted to be a business owner one day. Rebecca became interested in accounting when attending North Callaway High School, where she competed on the national-winning FFA Farm Business Management team. The team participated in contests, where participants completed tests that included business, economic, and accounting concepts.She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, with a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting with Summa Cum Laude honors. After more than a decade working in the tax department of a local firm, Rebecca decided to leave public accounting to pursue her lifelong dream of owning her own business. In 2019, she founded Optimized CFO & Controller Services LLC. Optimized CFO uses Rebecca’s extensive experience and knowledge of accounting systems to outsource CFO and controller services projects. These projects are customized to meet the needs, goals, and constraints of the business. Optimized CFO helps businesses optimize their accounting and financial system.
Outside of running her own business, Rebecca and her husband, Jason, enjoy living in Columbia, along with their daughter, Grace. In addition to family, Rebecca believes in giving back to the community. She is a member of the Columbia Metro Rotary, a founding member of the ACA Business Club of Columbia, and also is a member of the Missouri United Methodist Church and its finance committee. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks with family, cheering on the Mizzou Tigers, doing yoga, and reading.

Pete Stansberry

Pete Stansberry joined the OCFO team in 2021 as a senior accountant. As a senior accountant, Pete provides accounting services to clients and prepares financial statements and tax returns. Pete holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in accountancy from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Valuation Analyst.
Prior to joining OCFO, Pete worked at a local accounting firm for five years. Outside of work at OCFO, he enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor activities.

Monica Davis

Monica earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in accountancy from Truman State University and has a background in public and private accounting. Outside of work, she enjoys running, reading and spending time with her husband and goldendoodle.

Jordyn Christensen

Office Administrator
Jordyn Christensen joined the OCFO team in 2021 as an office administrator. Her responsibilities include client billing, coordinating client tax information and managing office activities. Jordyn has a bachelor’s of social work degree from William Woods University. She previously worked at Edward Jones and has past experience in the accounting field.
Jordyn stays busy outside of work spending time with her family and as a committee member for Millersburg Preschool.

Sarah Spatafora

Staff Accountant
Sarah Spatafora joined the Optimized CFO team in 2020. As a staff accountant, Sarah works on accounting and financial duties for Optimized CFO’s clients. She also works on bookkeeping and payroll outsourcing. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in business management, from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She previously worked in public procurement and finance for more than five years and worked on small business bookkeeping and payroll for more than twelve years for multiple industries.
Outside of her work at Optimized CFO, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, John, and daughters. She also looks forward to spending her free time reading or to vacation.
Jennifer Taylor, Accountant

Jennifer Taylor

Staff Accountant
Jennifer joined the OCFO team in 2024.  As a staff accountant, Jennifer works on accounting and financial duties for Optimized CFO’s clients.  Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Columbia College.  Prior to working at OCFO, Jennifer started her accounting career working in nonprofit higher education in procurement accounting.  Outside of work, Jennifer loves spending time in nature or at Lake of the Ozarks, and riding on the back of her husband’s (Chris) motorcycle.  If she has to spend time indoors, she loves reading a good book or spending time with her family. 

Brooke Schnurbusch, Accountant

Brooke Schnurbusch

Staff Accountant
Brooke joined the OCFO team in 2024. Brooke holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from Columbia College. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining OCFO, Brooke worked as an accountant for a mortgage company for nine years. Outside of work, she enjoys hot yoga classes, playing volleyball, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.

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