About Us


The team at Cherokee CPA

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.

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


Alicia Franklin

Alicia is a Georgia native and has called Cherokee County home for the past 10 years. She obtained a degree in Accounting from Chattahoochee Tech and has previous experience in customer service, project management, office and accounting management. Alicia spends her free time chauffering her three children and wrangling her beloved chickens. She also enjoys weekend escapes with her husband. You can also spot Alicia at her favorite Mexican restaurant every Friday night.

Office Administrator and Client Relations


Charlotte Johnson

Charlotte moved to Cherokee County in 2022 but has called Northwest Georgia home since 1990. She has an AA in Criminal Justice but found a passion for customer service while working at a gift boutique in her hometown. Charlotte discovered that administrative work perfectly combined her love of service & support with an innate talent for organizing & task management. She has over a decade of diverse experience across various industries including educational administration and accounting. When she’s not tidying up after her husband/daughter/pets, Charlotte loves creative endeavors like experimenting in the kitchen as well as classic British detective stories and enormous cups of coffee.



101 Mountain Brook Drive, Suite 101
Canton, Georgia 30115
Monday - Friday 9am-5pm