Team Bios

Jim White

Founder & Managing Partner

Jim brings 24 years of experience in top firms to J.S. White & Associates. A CPA since 1994, Jim has worked for one of the “Big Four” accounting firms as well as another mid-tier firm, where his client base has been exclusively the non-profit and government sectors, including school districts, counties, and municipalities, as well as non-profit entities organized as both 501(c)3 and 501(c)6 statuses. He also has experience in the private sector with Northern Trust and Exelon.

Jim has presented on numerous governmental and non-profit accounting and auditing topics to groups such as the Illinois CPA Society, the Illinois Governmental Finance Officers Association, and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials. Jim has a BBA in Accounting from Loyola University Chicago and is licensed as a CPA in the State of Illinois.

Sarah White

Partner

Sarah has held a CPA certificate since 1999 and has experience in public accounting and working within the private sector. Sarah’s focus has been on the small business and not-for-profit client base, with a specialty in providing outsourced CFO and Controller functions to a number of non-profit organizations. She is particularly proficient with budgeting and analytics, and has a strong working knowledge of QuickBooks and related tools used by many small organizations. Sarah graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a BBA in Accounting.

Christine Grobart

Accounting Supervisor

Serving as the Accounting Supervisor for J.S. White & Associates, Christine brings a wealth of experience to the position. Since graduating from Benedictine University with a BA in International Business and Economics, Christine has worked in several finance and accounting positions with local small businesses. Christine’s rich and diverse background brings a unique skill set to her position, as well as the analytical skills needed to excel in her supervisor position. Christine is also the owner of her own small business, and has served in a volunteer finance role for several organizations in the community.

Sara Petiprin

Office Manager

Sara joins the team at J.S. White & Associates with over 10 years of Managerial and Human Resource experience. Prior to her role as Office Manager for our firm, Sara held a General Manger position with a national retail company. This experience gives Sara the skills to provide our accounting team, as well as our clients with quality, professional administrative skills. Sara graduated from Western Michigan University with a BA in Management, and Training & Development.

Deisy Avila

Staff Accountant

Deisy serves as the Staff Accountant for J. S. White & Associates. Her accounting knowledge and experience allow Deisy to play a major role in providing auditing, bookkeeping, and tax services for our clients. Deisy brings with her a proficiency in Quickbooks, as well as additional accounting software. These skills combined with her strong attention to detail enable Deisy to deliver top quality, professional services for our clients. Deisy holds a BA in Accounting from Roosevelt University.

Maureen Stecker

Executive Assistant

Maureen has worked as an Executive Assistant for non-profit and local governmental organizations for almost thirty years. Maureen brings her experience and skill set to assist our clients with a wide range of administrative services. Her ability to provide organization and set clear goals is especially valuable to entities that need guidance utilizing their resources efficiently to accomplish their mission. Maureen has directly helped many superintendents, administrators, and governmental boards to accomplish their critical management and governance responsibilities.