Budget and Accounting

Laura Carpenter, Budget and Accounting Director, Comptroller

Laura Carpenter joined CS Partners in March of 2010. As Comptroller, she leads the Budget and Accounting staff to provide excellent customer service to schools by assisting them in all areas of finance, including fulfilling the requirements and deadlines of the school’s stakeholders.  Laura attended Michigan State University where she completed both her Bachelor of Arts in Professional Accounting, and her Master of Business Administration.  She then went on to become  licensed CPA. Prior to joining CS Partners Laura spent time as a senior staff member at Price Waterhouse,  provided accounting services for small businesses, owned and operated her own retail store, and was an adjunct Accounting Instructor for the University of Michigan-Flint.

Nancy Stebbins, joined CS Partners in 2011.  As Assistant Director, she handles financial statement preparation, budgeting, and audit support.  Nancy received her bachelor’s degree in finance from Oakland University, and upon graduation joined Chrysler Corporation’s Accounting staff.  Nancy went on to earn her Master of Business Administration in Finance from Wayne State University, and served in a variety of managerial and analytic roles in the finance and accounting fields.  Prior to joining CS Partners, Nancy also worked at Charyl Stockwell Academy.

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Sandy Jenkin joined CS Partners in May of 2010.  As a Budget Manager, she provides financial statement preparation and budgeting and audit support services to our schools.  Sandy ea2rned her degree in business marketing from St. Clair College.  Before joining CS Partners, Sandy provided accounting services to a mid-sized construction company. 

Suzanne Surdu, Budget Manager

Suzanne Surdujoined CS Partners in June of 2011.  As a Budget Manager, she is handles financial statement preparation, budgeting and provides audit support.   She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oakland University, as well as a Master of Music degree from Wayne State University. Prior to joining the accounting staff at CS Partners, she was employed for twelve years at Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings as Finance Officer and Director of Operations.

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Geoffrey Yelenjoined CS Partners in June of 2011.  As a Budget Manager, his primary duties include financial statement preparation, budgeting, and audit support.  Geoff earned a dual B.B.A. in accounting and business management from Grand Valley State University.  Prior to joining CS Partners Geoff worked for public accounting firms in Fenton and Lansing where he held positions in corporate accounting, payroll and various tax positions.

Jill Hendrickson joined the Budget & Accounting Team at CS Partners in February 2016. Jill earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and has taken classes towards a Master of Accounting at Walsh College. Jill is also an IRS Enrolled Agent and spent several years developing tax software before joining our team as a Budget Manager.

Trumaine Patrick joined CS Partners in June 2015. As an Accountant, his primary duties include financial statement preparation, budgeting, and audit support. Trumaine earned his Bachelor of Business Administration with major in Accounting from the University of Michigan-Flint. Prior to joining the CS Partners team he served in a variety of managerial roles for Hertz Corporation and also at JPMorgan Chase as a Relationship Banker.

Laura Blankenship joined CSP as an Accountant in June of 2016 after having worked at Grand Blanc Academy for 2 years. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with a Professional Track in Accounting from Ferris State University.  She has experience in non-profit organizations providing board reports and working with grants.  She works with the Budget and Accounting team as an accountant, producing financial reports for many of our schools.

Sue Hinkson joined CS Partners in July 2014.  As Accounts Payable Clerk, she helps our clients process invoices, communicates with vendors regarding payment information, and works closely with the accountants to ensure accurate account coding.  Sue earned her associate’s degree in accounting from Ferris State, and came to CS Partners with over 15 years experience working in accounts payable as an office manager. 

Miranda Williams joined CS Partners in April 2015. As an accounts payable clerk she helps our clients process invoices, communicates with vendors regarding payment information, and works closely with the accountants to ensure accurate account coding. Prior to joining CS Partners she worked in accounts payable/receivable for a real estate brokerage firm.