Meet the team!

Amanda Beard

Amanda BeardIn February 2016, Amanda was welcomed by the Cody & James team as our Junior Bookkeeper. Amanda provides bookkeeping, payroll and tax preparation services to our clients and supports her team in the office by backing up our Office Administrator when absent. Amanda strives to go above and beyond for our clients providing them with the best possible Cody & James experience.

Amanda completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Business Administration at Trent University. Amanda is passionate about continually developing her skills in accounting and is currently enrolled in courses at the University of Toronto in accounting. As an aspiring Chartered Professional Accountant, Amanda is well positioned for successful career in accounting.

Outside of Amanda’s work and school she enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, camping and travelling to warm places. She is expanding her culinary and baking skills with new recipes – including the latest treats to come out of her kitchen – butter tarts, enjoyed by all members of the team!

Beverley Collins

Bev CollinsAs one of Cody & James’ tenured team members, Bev has been providing experienced bookkeeping, payroll and personal tax return services to our clients since January 2010. Bev has established personalized working relationships with her clients and she does so by getting to know her clients and their business so that she can provide relevant and meaningful advice. In fact, if you asked Bev, she would tell you that what she loves most about her job is meeting with her clients and offering them advice on how they can improve their key business results based on their financial statements. One piece of advice Bev would give all her clients is to focus on your business and what you do best and let us focus on what we do best which is bookkeeping, payroll and taxes.

When Bev is not at work you can find her volunteering with her local Legion to help out with a variety of fundraising efforts in her community. Not only does she get to get involved and raise funds for great causes, but it allows her to meet great people who care as much as she does for the cause. Another way Bev loves to meet people is when she vacations in the Caribbean. Not only does the warm sun, fun on the beach and laid back climate appeal to her, but meeting people from all over the world with diverse backgrounds and cultures expands her own perspective on people and places.

As an expert in her field and as a people person, Bev adds a lot of value to the Cody & James team in the relationships she nurtures and the expertise she provides to clients and team members alike.

Cheri Anderson

Cheri AndersonCheri joined the Cody & James CPAs team in October 2015 after a 22-year career with corporate TD Bank and 2+ years owning her own small business. As our Office Administrator she is most likely the person to answer your phone calls or greet you at the front counter. Client care is Cheri’s primary accountability and she strives to ensure a comfortable client experience by catering to each client’s unique needs and/or requests. Cheri is also responsible for supporting the rest of the team, ensuring they all have what they need to do their jobs effectively and efficiently.

Outside Cheri’s professional sphere, she is an ardent outdoors woman and environmentalist. Her husband, Scott of 20+ years and her dog Kelso equally love all things outdoors and they spend their leisure time hiking & camping in the summer and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. Being outdoors, close to nature and with the people she loves reminds her how much we take for granted; how little we actually need to sustain life and that the greatest things in life aren’t things at all!

Cheri has been a great enhancement to the Cody & James team.

Kelly Wagar

Kelly WagarKelly joined our team in January 2017 as an Accounting Technician and is primarily responsible for corporate year-end preparation and will help with personal tax preparation as each tax season ramps up. Kelly’s accounting experience spans 25 years and she has worked for several different public accounting firms, learning something from each one. In fact, she actually worked for TCP Accounting from 2001-2006 before it turned into Cody & James CPAs. 

Working with people and helping them make sense out of their books is what Kelly loves about her work.   In terms of advice, she always advises clients that if you don’t know….ask! There are no stupid questions and knowing can sometimes keep you out of trouble and save you money.

When not at work, Kelly and her husband enjoy their lakefront home on Lower Buckhorn Lake. While they always yearn for summer and being out on the water, each season is equally beautiful in its own way. While their house is humble and quaint, they found a place with room to open up for single moms or single dads to come for a weekend with their kids to enjoy a vacation that they might not otherwise be able to afford.  A small bunkie on the property offers just that and they are always hopeful to host more and more families each year.

Pam Hammett

Pam HammettPam may have joined the Cody & James CPAs team in June 2016, but that is no reflection of her level of expertise! With over 20 years of accounting, bookkeeping and administration experience, Pam is an asset to the growth we’re experiencing in the office and has already made a difference when taking on new clients seamlessly. Pam acquired her education locally at Fleming College and is committed to ongoing development of her skills as demonstrated in her current enrollment in an online taxation course through St. Lawrence College in Kingston. She is gearing up for the 2016 tax season that is fast approaching!

Growing up in Ennismore, Pam has a great appreciation for the Kawarthas and the outdoor experiences it offers. Now living in Peterborough with her husband Doug, you can often find the pair enjoying what the Kawarthas has to offer. Both have a passion for hiking in the outdoors, cycling on the local trails, boating on the Kawartha lakes, gardening and photography. In her downtime, she enjoys nothing more than curling up with a good book on the back patio while feeding the chipmunks and blue jays peanuts. Spending time with family and friends is a priority and baking in the kitchen with her granddaughter is common on Sunday afternoons while making delicious cookies or desserts for the large family dinners. Sampling is always a must!

Sandy Mayhew

Sandy MayhewSandy’s tenure in accounting expands a career of 30 years, of which 15 years have been in a public accounting practice and several years have been in the not for profit sector. Nearing her 4-year anniversary (as at January 2017) with Cody & James, she one of two Accounting Technicians with a wealth of knowledge for our clients and the rest of the team.

As an Accounting Technician, Sandy specializes in bookkeeping and payroll for our corporate and not for profit clients. Additionally, she is accountable for corporate, charity and personal tax returns. Given her helpful and eager character, Sandy welcomes anything else that might be dropped on her desk; accidentally or deliberately!

Sandy’s sense of humour is what separates her from the rest of the team. “Sarcasm. Just one more service I offer.” is on Sandy’s key chain and it’s fairly accurate! If sarcasm was a sport, she would have a gold medal, but it’s always in good fun and Sandy keeps the mood in the office light, even in the most stressful times. She loves the work that she does and it shows in the quality of work she produces. If asked, she’ll tell you that it’s the variety and diversity of the work she does that keeps her interested. The client’s keep her motivated to do her best to support them, and the rest of the team keeps her motivated to come into the office.

On a personal note, Sandy loves music. She frequents local concerts and likes a variety of genres, but if pressed for a favorite, she would pick the Eagles. A true nature lover, her spare time can be spent gardening in the warmer months and walking leisurely in the Ganaraska Forest near her home.

If you’re looking for good advice from Sandy, she’ll tell you; “Be honest with your accountant, do not wait until you are in over your head with CRA before trying to hire one. Shop around and find one that you trust and are comfortable with. Some do speak in common terms and even have a sense of humour.”