About Us


Certified Public Accountant

Hope St. Clair

Hope St. Clair

Hope St. Clair, CPA is a Certified Public Accountant specializing in tax and accounting for small businesses and their owners since 2006. Hope is an expert in tax planning strategies using tax credits, deductions, and loopholes to maximize benefits to her clients. For nearly 25 years, Hope has called Georgia her home after transferring from Southern California to work with The Coca-Cola Company. Besides being a mother of two and new grandmother, she leads the Cherokee CPA team with grace and enthusiasm. She finds joy snuggling her twin grandsons, ensuring the financial success of Starbucks, brushing up on her baking skills and attending hometown festivities with her husband, Roger.

Enrolled Agent, Senior Tax Manager


Kim Dearborn

Kim Dearborn is an Enrolled Agent with over 30 years of practical experience to assist clients and safely navigate the waters of compliance and tax planning. Her passion is helping individuals, non-profits, and businesses create and implement tax plans that maximize their long-term economic wellbeing. With a lifelong love of numbers and organization, this Foxboro, MA native earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Bentley. Kim also volunteers her time with local community groups and events. She holds a license for Real Estate Sales. She serves as the Trustee of her condo association and in her free time, enjoys exercise, baking, walking and Sudoku. Kim is also a Reiki Master who dabbles in DJing and cake decorating.

CPA, Senior Tax Manager

Blake Thompson

Blake Thompson is a lifelong Georgia resident, having lived in various parts of the state. He grew up in South Georgia and later moved to Athens for his education. Currently, he resides in Smyrna, GA, where you can often find him at the Battery enjoying a Braves game after work.

Blake is a Certified Public Accountant with over six years of experience in public accounting. He earned both his Bachelor's in Business Administration in Accounting and his Master of Accountancy from The University of Georgia. His passion for accounting began in childhood while working for his father, spending weekends counting inventory and reconciling financials. This early experience sparked his lifelong dedication to supporting small businesses and their owners.

Outside of his professional life, Blake enjoys spending quality time with his wife, whom he met in high school, and their golden retriever, Magnolia. He also loves visiting family, fishing and hunting in North Georgia and the Great Smoky Mountains and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs (Go Dawgs!) and the Braves.

Business Development Manager


Erin Preiser

Erin has been a Georgia transplant for 16 years but is originally from the Midwest. She has a BA in Psychology and an MBA. She worked as a project manager before joining the local school district, and as a small business bookkeeper before joining Cherokee CPA. She and her husband of 23 years are the proud parents of five children ranging from elementary school to adult. Erin's been known to bring home stray animals, she's fluent in movie quotes, loves to get lost in a good book, watch the Braves, take beach vacations and is addicted to tattoos.

Staff Accountant


Jennifer has been a resident of Cherokee County for over 40 years. Prior to joining Cherokee CPA, she worked in the local school district, pouring into our young residents of Cherokee County. With 24 years of experience as a small business owner alongside her husband, transitioning to Cherokee CPA as a bookkeeper was an ideal fit. Jennifer and her husband of 23 years are proud parents to three wonderful children and two beloved fur babies. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking up treats in the kitchen, and cheering on her favorite team, the Tennessee Volunteers!

Staff Accountant

Michael Medori

Michael Medori

Michael moved to Georgia in 2010 after spending 18 years residing in Newark Delaware. He earned a baseball scholarship and a Bachelor’s degree in Business at Young Harris College and from there the rest is history—North Georgia became his home.

Following his college years, Michael embarked on an entrepreneurial path, owning and operating multiple businesses. This hands-on experience provided him with invaluable insights into business operations and financial management.

After earning a Certificate in Accounting at Liberty University, Michael is currently on the journey to achieving his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.

Outside of work, Michael’s most cherished role is that of a Father. He has one son, John Michael Medori, whom he calls Johnny. Both Michael and Johnny are quite the adventurers, finding joy in activities like fishing, hunting, hiking, and Johnny’s most favorite place in the whole world—Urban Air, a trampoline park.

Assisting clients in their financial goals, growing their businesses, and finding financial freedom is what motivates Michael. Business development, advising, and proper accounting is his goal and the client is always the priority. With integrity, determination, and focus, Michael loves ensuring that the goals of each client are achieved.

Office Manager and Client Relations

Elizabeth Garrison

Elizabeth Garrison portrait

Elizabeth was born and raised in New York where she earned a BS in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Oneonta. From there, she joined her parents in South Florida but decided to leave and move to Cherokee County in 2018. Before joining us at Cherokee CPA, she was an elementary school teacher for 12 years. From her time in education, she brings strengths in organization and building relationships. When she’s not busy working, Elizabeth enjoys working out, spending time in the sun, relaxing with her sweet pup Penelope, and most recently learning to embroider.

Staff Accountant

Renee Foley

Renee Foley's journey started in the heart of Kentucky, but she blossomed in Roswell, Georgia. For over three decades, she has called Woodstock her home, after moving from Smyrna. Inspired by her mother's bookkeeping skills, Renee's love for numbers began early. Her professional path took off in banking and then transitioned to mortgage processing. She paused her career for ten years to focus on raising her two wonderful children, Jessica and Justin.

When Renee returned to the workforce, she found herself back in banking before taking on the role of accounting manager at a chemical manufacturing company, where she thrived for 16 years.

Life for Renee is delightfully busy with her husband, Dan, their blended family of four children, and two energetic grandsons. When she's not crunching numbers, Renee loves outdoor adventures, playing games, and her newest hobby: crafting beautiful charcuterie boards for gatherings with friends and family.



101 Mountain Brook Drive, Suite 101
Canton, Georgia 30115
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