Cheri Hughes, EA
Cheri’s entrepreneurial spirit took her in a new direction when she opened Forward Focus Accounting in 2017. Prior to this, she founded and led Ohio State Bookkeeping for 7 years. Cheri has worked in the industry for over 15 years. She founded Forward Focus Accounting with a single mission: To help her clients understand their financial story by crafting a plan to help them keep more of their earnings.
Her expertise allows her to know exactly how your payroll services will affect both your business and personal tax return. Her experience as both a bookkeeper and tax preparer, allows her to properly set up your account. Cheri can assist you with tax related questions and can also explain any Federal, State, and Local tax codes to you.
In addition to her accounting background, Cheri is an Enrolled Agent, (EA). This means that she has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service in the case of an audit or other issues. Enrolled Agents, like attorneys and CPAs, are unrestricted as to which taxpayers they can represent, what types of tax matters they can handle, and which IRS offices they can represent clients before.
Cheri attended The Ohio State University and Franklin University and has also trained in mediation at Capital University.
Cheri enjoys spending her free time with her daughter and granddaughter, Charlie. She also loves a good game of Wii Golf.
Kelli has worked assisting Cheri her entire career. Her knowledge in bookkeeping and payroll is instrumental to Cheri’s success as a business. Prior to Forward Focus, Kelli was a bookkeeper at Ohio State Bookkeeping for 4 years and also worked as an assistant manager for Oles and Associates, CPA.
Kelli graduated from The University of Cincinnati with a BFA in Broadcasting and worked in TV for 15 years. She has 3 teenagers and in her spare time Kelli loves to travel.
Kelli started her career with Cheri as a contractor specializing in seasonal tax preparation. She has since been hired as a permanent, part-time employee helping Forward Focus with both administrative tasks and tax preparation. In addition, Kelli assists Cheri and her team with her Practice Forward clients. She is also a small business owner and former National Educator for John Paul Mitchell Systems.
In her free time she likes to support non-profits that work with children with Autism. She is also a wife, mom and grandma who enjoys spending a lot of her time with her grandson.