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Our Accounting Team

KP Monaco Accounting Firm Team Arlington TX

K.P. Monaco & Associates CPA firm offers personalized and professional accounting, tax, and payroll services to both individuals and businesses. We’re large enough to have a carefully chosen staff of experts who can handle not only the everyday needs of most of our clients but also the very specialized requirements of our clients. Yet, we’re small enough that you’ll feel at home each time you call or visit our office.

You’re always welcome – always part of the family.


Karen Monaco — President, CPA, CFE

Karen, K.P. Monaco’s owner, has 20 years of accounting practice under her belt. With a no-nonsense personality, Karen enjoys crunching numbers and budgets and generally, getting things done. She’s been married since 1981, has raised three children and loves spending time with her family and extended family (her dogs).  In 2010, Karen became a Certified Fraud Examiner, and offers assistance in fraud prevention, detection, and deterrence.

485A9877Michele Evans — Payroll Manager & QuickBooks Certified Professional

Michele has been with the firm since 2002, managing payroll and specializing in individual tax return preparation. Additionally, Michele has received advanced Intuit certification as a QuickBooks Certified Professional and gives clients tailored, one-on-one QuickBooks training. She enjoys time at home with her family, gardening, sewing, and reading.



John Monaco

John Monaco — Office Manager

John has been with the firm since 2006. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Personal Financial Planning in 2010 and is currently pursuing his Masters in Accounting.  John understands that taxes and finances go hand in hand and assists our clients with their financial budgeting and investments. He enjoys the challenge of option trading, the relaxation of fishing, and the simplicity of jogging.

Janie Nelson

Janie Nelson — Bookkeeping and Administrative Assistant

Janie Nelson a former Coloradan,  joined the KP Monaco team in 2013 as a Tax Preparer.  Her background includes Property and General Liability insurance for an Insurance Agency as well as having worked at UTPA in the International Student Advisement office and Admissions &  Records for 5 years before moving to North Texas. She has two beautiful children and 2 fun loving dogs that keep her busy.  She enjoys spending  time with her family, gardening, boating at Canyon Lake, and traveling whenever possible.


Cassi Thorn — Administrative Assistant

Cassi is known around our firm for her upbeat outlook and can-do attitude.  Her cheerful personality is contagious and helps set a positive tone at our office.  She is a lifelong resident of Irving and adores her three children, ages one, seven and ten. Cassi enjoys spending time with them – going to water parks, boating on the lake, and taking bike rides.



Paul Monaco

Paul Monaco — Senior Associate

Paul has been with K.P. Monaco since 2007. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting in 2008 and received his  Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) from University of Texas in Arlington in 2013. When Paul is not crunching numbers he enjoys fishing, reading, and participating in soccer.



Yvonne Barton Accounting TeamYvonne Barton — Office Organizer

Yvonne helps the KP Monaco team run smoothly as the Office Organizer. Since 2014, she has been responsible for organizing the office files and mailings, as well as keeping every corner of the office in order. Yvonne is a wife of 25 years and a mother to three children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, walking her two dogs, reading and sewing.



Gator — Security Specialist

Gator is the only member of the K.P. Monaco team who has revealed little about his background and has refused our customary formal background check. Gator was recruited in late 2011 from the Arlington Animal Shelter. He is in charge of all after-hours security functions for K.P. Monaco & Associates. Although he has also been offered a daytime security shift, Gator prefers to spend his days napping and begging for handouts from his co-workers. When he’s not on the job he enjoys short walks, turkey, peanut butter, and more napping.