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TEAM

Professionals built from American Tradition

 

At the Gael Knight Company, we pride ourselves on our talent pool. Consummate professionals, our staff believe in the same core American principles that our patriarch George Knight did. With their help, we carry on age old traditions. From our family to yours.


 

GAEL KNIGHT
Owner

Gael Knight is a Certified Public Accountant and PFS certified Financial Specialist with 17 years’ of accounting, tax and financial planning office experience. Gael helps individuals and businesses flourish through a range of financial services utilizing a complex knowledge base navigating the federal and state tax codes maximizing his clients capital efficiently. When he isn’t overseeing monetary matters, you can find him coaching and watching baseball, and supporting the San Francisco Giants.

 

SERGEI KOVALEV
Tax Manager

A Certified Public Accountant with 25 years’ of tax office experience, Sergei helps clients overcome financial obstacles, save money, and secure positive futures for their families and businesses. When he’s not at GKC, Sergei likes to spend time with family, decipher puzzles and play games. 

 

POLLY KNIGHT
Office Coordinator and Tax Manager

Polly is the quintessential number cruncher and people pleaser. With almost two decade’s experience in a professional tax office and 14 years’ as a Tax Manager, Polly cultivates warm and personable working relationships with all of GKC’s clients. When she’s not following in the footsteps of George Knight, you can find her watching her boys Chase and Dash play baseball, coloring with her daughter Penny, playing cars with her littlest boy Colt and always cheering on the San Francisco Giants.

 

SHEILA FARRAUTO
Senior Staff Accountant

Nobody understands the principles of the Knight family brand quite like Sheila. A world class financial specialist, Sheila has 30 years’ in professional tax office life behind her and an EA license that certifies her as a federally approved Enrolled Agent. When she’s not got her head buried in GKC paperwork, Sheila loves going to the movies and supporting her daughter at sporting events. 

 

ROBYN FAULBAUM
Senior Staff Accountant

A Certified Public Accountant with a Master’s in Tax, Robyn has worked for almost two decades in tax and accounting firms. Give her a financial puzzle and she will solve it! When she’s not deciphering for GKC clients, Robyn loves spending time with her dogs, seeking out new adventures, and whipping up culinary storms in the kitchen. 

 

JULIE BRASIL
Senior Staff Accountant

Julie is a CTEC certified tax preparer with 10 years in the financial game. She enjoys working closely with many clients, focusing on preparing tax returns and bookkeeping services. When she’s not at GKC, you can find her at UCLA football games and spending quality time with her family.

 

MARIANNE BEELER
Staff Accountant/Payroll Specialist

With over 7 years’ experience in professional tax offices, Marianne is GKC’s payroll and admin whizz, keeping everything behind the scenes in ship shape order. When she’s not calculating figures and overseeing business operations, Marianne enjoys spending time with her niece and nephew, visiting family, reading, and playing flute in the symphony orchestra! True fact! 

 

KRISTIN HAMM
Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional

Kristin is GKC's administrative specialist with over 12 years' experience in bookkeeping and customer service. She has earned the designation of Financial Paraplanner through the accredited College for Financial Planning. Every day, Kristin brings harmony to our business operations with her efficiency, problem-solving skills, fastidious organization, and keen attention to detail. When she's not establishing the perfect office balance, you can find Kristin cooking for family and friends, or traveling the world over with her husband.

 

ESTEPHANIE HUERTA
Administrative Assistant

Having gained excellent early career grounding working in a professional office for three years, Estephanie joins the Gael Knight Company on the cusp of her graduation from San Jose State University. When she's not warmly engaging clients or ensuring our team are operating at peak potential, you can find her carrying out charitable work within the community (organizing school donation drives for adults and children in need), going to the movies, or relaxing with a good book. 

 

JULIA ALSBERG
Project Manager

A Certified Project Manager with over 29 years’ of professional experience, Julia oversees projects from inception to execution, developing ground-breaking new ways to strategize, problem solve, and overcome obstacles. When she’s not supervising important ventures at GKC, you can find Julia travelling, cycling, and spending time with her children. 

 

KELLY REYES
Administrative Assistant

Although Kelly is new with GKC, she has been an administrative assistant for over a decade. Kelly has quickly become an integral part of our team assisting with day-to-day operations, scheduling, and document retention.  She enjoys learning new tasks, working on projects, and has a true passion for data entry.  She loves to discover new restaurants, taking her dog to the dog park, and wine tasting.  When she is not at GKC, you will find her spending time with her family and whipping up new recipes. 

 

TENAJ FISCHER
Administrative Lead 

With over 20 years of multi-faceted office managerial experience and bookkeeping service behind her, Tenaj is embracing a new role in the tax industry as Lead Administrative & Accounting Assistant.  She is quickly becoming the go-to person to keep things organized and running smoothly for both clients and colleagues. Her attention to detail and dedication to provide the best customer service makes her a valuable asset.  Tenaj likes to see a company from “where every little penny was spent”, but also finds the bigger picture fascinating. How did the company grow? How can the company improve? Skills like this make Tenaj a one of a kind find for our team. Tenaj enjoys reading a good book, catching a Sharks game, and cooking with friends.  Cheering on her daughters at dance competitions and spending time with family are how you will find Tenaj on a weekend.