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Thought Partner, Financial Coach, External CFO, for your business and life

What We Do

At Creating Answers, we offer an outside the box hybrid model of external Chief Financial Officer services and financial coaching. In conjunction with this we offer bookkeeping, financial analytics, cash flow projections, budget composition, and much more. And we make it fun!


When it comes to financial support, one size doesn't fit all. That's why we customize a package based on you or your organization's needs and budget. We'll listen to your ideas, goals, and challenges and create your financial clarity path. We look, see and tell the truth about your finances through consistent communication and the use of creative financial tools.


We consider ourselves partners in the businesses, organizations and families we work with.

Whether you are an individual, an entrepreneur, or living in the not-for-profit world, we make a great addition to your financial team.

Our Team

Shawna Fitzgerald, CFO/Fearless Leader of Creating Answers

Her passion for numbers and helping people find stability and growth in their finances drives Creating Answers to new heights. She has worked with hundreds of businesses throughout her career and has started, sold, and purchased multiple businesses of her own. A hidden talent for interior design and a love for visiting wineries with the intention to someday own one herself of course. Her most important role is being mom to a little girl who is sure to rule the world someday. 

Fearless Leader / CEO

Shawna Fitzgerald


Stacey Powell

One of the most creative people you'll ever meet. Her ideas are limitless and well matched by her get it done attitude. A well-respected leader with nearly three decades of experience transforming financial systems for not-for-profit organizations and small businesses. Her love of not-for-profits led her to start Creating Answers and it carries through in all the work she does. A deep passion for personal finance transformation and education led her to start Finance Gym. Check it out at A board gamer at heart, you can find her playing Agricola with her friends or 20-something kid.

Chief of Strategic Impact / Not-for-Profit CFO


Amy Schutz 

We have our very own Southern belle! Amy started her career spending 10 years in public accounting working with many different industries including small businesses and medical practices. Exploring her philanthropic side, she spent 7 years as an Executive Director for a local Habitat for Humanity. Ultimately, she found her true passion was returning to accounting and working with small businesses.  You can find her camping, boating, and enjoying wine night with the girls! Amy lives in Alabama with her husband, 2 stepsons, and her 2 Yorkshire Terrier's Daisy and Max, who rule the roost.

Zen Master of Profit / For Profit CFO


Jessica Swingle

Jessica spent the first decade of her career in public accounting working with local governments, multiple business industries, and nonprofits, followed by 11 years occupying various leadership roles in the Finance Office of a not-for-profit higher education institution. On weekends you can find her outside in all seasons doing a long run through the Pennsylvania countryside, followed by dinner at one of her favorite craft breweries or relaxing at home with a glass of wine and a good suspense novel.

Non-Prophetess of Finance / Not-for-Profit CFO


Sovereigness of Structure / Not-for-Profit Senior Accountant

A master at the art of organization and crushing not-for-profit's month end deadlines. This mother of two has over 20 years of accounting and business experience working in many different industries. She by far has the most interesting stories of anyone on our team. On the weekends she can be found teaching dance and religion to children.

Jody Lozano 


With a true love for audits, budgets, and forecasts it's no wonder she fits right in with our team. Jenn joined the non-profit world three years ago and instantly knew it was her passion. When she's not implementing new client software she can be found at a concert, movie, or sporting event with her 2 kids. She's a huge Raiders fan!

Jennifer Rogers 

Queen of Compliance / Not-for-Profit Senior Accountant 

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Our resident animal rescuer, Laura has more than two decades of experience in small business and not-for-profit accounting and management. She and her husband share their home with four dogs, two chickens, and the occasional foster or stray dog. You can also find her bird watching or trying the newest restaurant in town.

Laura Blickle 

The Number Whisperer

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The Chaos Coordinator

While working behind the scenes to keep our operations smoothly sailing she is entertaining, enthusiastic, and up for whatever challenge comes her way. A former Dental Assistant of 11 years and a country girl at heart.  Along with her husband and 3 adorable dogs, she loves to travel and explore. After nearly 12 years of living in Utah she’s enjoying all the California breweries.

Tonya Schlieper 


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Join Our Team

We are always on the lookout for our newest creative and dynamic team member.  Please send your cover letter and resume to


We Can Help

We love to help pave the financial clarity path. Drop us a line or give us a call at (916) 930-0777 to schedule a free 30 minute meeting to see how we can help you.

Contact us by phone, email or via our social media channels.

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Hours of Operation: Monday Through Friday 7:00am-4:00pm