Staci Thomas, EA
Staci Thomas, EA graduated from the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting. In 2003, Ms. Thomas was awarded her Enrolled Agent distinction with the Internal Revenue Service. She has been a QuickBooks Pro Adviser since 2008 and has undergone extensive training to help her clients with the most current and up-to-date financial and tax services.
While attending SMU, Ms. Thomas began her career in accounting as a clerk in a small accounting firm and managed the internal accounting duties of four companies. While attending graduate school at the University of Texas at Dallas, she worked for Arthur Andersen and gained extensive knowledge of tax and financial planning while working for a prestigious “big five” firm. While this was invaluable experience, she missed the personal nature of working directly with individuals and small business owners and soon returned to working for a smaller accounting firm.
Lakeside Tax & Bookkeeping began in the year 2000 when friends and associates began to open businesses and ask Ms. Thomas to handle their accounting and tax needs. Referrals from these first clients helped to build Lakeside Tax & Bookkeeping to what it is today as Ms. Thomas enjoys the personal contact of working closely with individuals and small business owners to help them achieve their personal and financial goals.
Ms. Thomas is very active in the Rowlett community. She currently serves as Chairman of the Board on the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and as an Ambassador of the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce. Staci has recently served on the Board of Directors of the The Downtown Rowlett Association and both Team Captain and Chair of Sponsorship for the Rowlett Relay for Life. Staci is a former member of Rowlett CERT and graduate of the Rowlett Citizens Police Academy and Leadership Rowlett.
Little Known Fact: She loves to keep us guessing.
Winnie Mankin is a very valuable part of the Lakeside Tax & Bookkeeping team. Ms. Mankin is a well-trained, full-charge bookkeeper with over 40 years experience in the finance and accounting industry. Her broad skills and knowledge apply to all areas of bookkeeping phases including receivables, payables, reconciliations, payroll and taxes.
Most notably, Winnie worked as the lead bookkeeper for 25 years for a firm in the Washington DC area where she shaped procedures that resulted in time and cost savings to her employer. Ms. Mankin is well versed in all aspects of the QuickBooks software and easily adapts to any system. She volunteers weekly at the Rockwall Helping Hands Thrift Store and she is an invaluable asset to Lakeside Tax & Bookkeeping.
Little Known Fact: She loves to be called Millie.
James Nelson, CPA
James Nelson, CPA, graduated from Texas Tech University in 1967 with a BBA in Accounting. He Has been working in accounting and taxes ever since. Mr. Nelson worked for Sears, Roebuck and Co. for 25 years prior to private practice. After taking early retirement form Sears, James and his wife Donna moved to San Antonio. Mr. Nelson operated his own bookkeeping and tax service for 17 years before selling the business in May of 2010. In October 2010 the Nelsons moved to Dallas in order to be closer to family. James spends most of his time working with taxes, going to family events, and traveling with Donna.
Little Known Fact: He loves orange soda.
Taya Simington graduated from PCI Health Training Center in 2009 with a degree in Medical Assistance. Taya would like to become a nurse. Currently, she is enrolled in college classes to one day achieve her dream.
Taya started working for Lakeside Tax & Bookkeeping in July of 2012 when her career changed from the medical world to being a stay at home mom! She truly enjoys being able to work at home and provide for her growing family. She is executive assistant to Staci and maintains much of the administrative work load for Lakeside Tax.
Mrs. Simington stays very active by chasing around a toddler and running many miles every week. Her goal this year is to run a half marathon! Taya also stays busy by volunteering at her church and helping with their nursery.
Little Know Fact: She loves to bake healthy muffins.