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Team: Meet the Team


Get to know us!


Founder and Owner
Senior Accountant & Bookkeeper


Since 1981, Susan has worked in non-profit as well as for profit Accounting and Bookkeeping. 

A resident of Columbia County her whole life, Susan learned bookkeeping at an early age having been trained by her mother at her first job at age 18.  Susan attended school at night at Columbia Greene Community College and then Sage College of Albany where she received her graduate degree in Accounting.

Along with her education, Susan received on-the-job training as a Para-Professional Accountant with Pattison, Koskey, Howe and Bucci (now known as UHY Inc.)  She moved on from there to work for The Shaker Museum and Library as Financial Manager and The Columbia Land Conservancy as Accounting Coordinator. 

In 2013 Susan decided to go out on her own and provide bookkeeping and accounting services for local small for-profit and not-for-profit companies.  Over the last 7 years her business has bloomed to include 4 staff members and serves 27 local businesses.


Junior Bookkeeper


The newest addition to the SVT family, Colin is expanding his knowledge of the bookkeeping process and helping to facilitate the growth of the SVT name.

With nearly a decade of customer service experience, organizational skills, and money handling ability, he brings a wide variety of work experiences with him on his latest endeavor. His years of work experience include serving and bartending in the restaurant industry, managerial positions, vocational labors, as well as both software and website development. Paired with 4 years of education at Syracuse University, he is ready to dive into bookkeeping and accounting head first.

Working with some of SVT's largest and smallest clients, he is excited to continue to learn more advanced Bookkeeping skills under Susan and the rest of the team.


Katie Joern is a junior bookkeeper at SVT Bookkeeping with extensive experience in customer service and organizational skills. As an entry level bookkeeper, she is responsible for data entry, filing, corresponding with clients and continuously learning new bookkeeping tasks under close supervision of Susan Van Tassel. Prior to joining SVT Bookkeeping Ms. Joern worked as a Paralegal at Attorney James Kleinbaum’s office. When Katie is not in the office, you can find her serving tables on Warren Street, Hudson at La Mision or enjoying the great outdoors of Columbia County.  



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Junior Bookkeeper

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Junior Bookkeeper


Shannon's attention to detail keeps the office in order and running smoothly.   She assists SVT Bookkeeping with our largest client, managing multiple large projects at a time and taking a hands-on approach in assisting with cash flow and billing for a local construction company.  


As a part of the SVT team since 2017, Shannon is familiar with the local people and is the friendly face you see upon entering the office.


Jared is a junior bookkeeper with numbers in his veins. Joining the company with his mother Susan, he is making SVT a true family business.

With customer service experience from early jobs in cafe's and farmers markets, as well as technical and professional experience from his time as a Warehouse Manager with COARC, his work ethic and desire to learn make him valuable addition to the SVT team. With constant training, he is becoming experienced and adept in new bookkeeping tasks, services, and techniques.

Serving a large variety of client types and sizes, his work is helping to bring additional capacity and efficiency to SVT Bookkeeping as a whole. 



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Junior Bookkeeper

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