Our Team

Our goal is to offer quality accounting and consulting services to serve a diverse range of clients and organizations. Members of the Firm are trained and experienced in a variety of professional and business functions, and as a team, we offer the skills necessary to address a broad range of client accounting and business matters.

We strive to maintain the highest standards of performance by maintaining a highly skilled staff with an in-depth understanding of the assigned client, substantive expertise in the technical aspects of the engagement, and a capacity for problem-solving.


CPS Group Partners

Tamara J. Burroughs, CPA


Tami Burroughs grew up in Ocala, FL. She knew early that she wanted to be a Florida Gator and attended the University of Florida for undergraduate and graduate programs. In 1992, she graduated with her Master of Accounting, Tax Concentration.

She began her career with Arthur Andersen in West Palm Beach. In 1995, Tami joined Baylis and Company and became a part of CPS Group CPAs with the merger of the two companies, where she has been able to pursue her interest in helping clients on a one-on-one basis. Tami’s special interest is in helping families with their estate and trust issues.

Tami loves to be outdoors biking, hiking, and kayaking. She and her husband enjoy traveling the United States and visiting our country’s national parks and forests. They have backpacked across Catalina Island and hiked mountains wherever they visit. They have been cyclists for decades and have biked such popular trails as Tsali (NC), Ellijay (GA), Tahoe (CA), and Durango (CO). They also fly small planes to destinations including the Bahamas, Keys, New Orleans, and up and down the East Coast. They are currently attempting to climb the “New Hampshire 48”, 48 peaks in the White Mountains over 4000 feet.


Tracy Y. Kimbrough, CPA , CFST


Tracy is a daughter, sister, aunt, 5th generation Floridian, and multiple-type cancer survivor. Even though she moved around due to life in the Navy, Tracy’s family believed in growing deep roots in the cities of Sarasota, Lakeland, and Bartow.

Tracy graduated 6th in her class from Lake Gibson High School, holding close to her the value of education. Following high school, she graduated from Hillsborough Community College with an AA in Business, the University of South Florida with a BS in Management, and Florida Southern College with a BS in Accounting.

Surrounded by her father, a CPA for the IRS, and her mother, a stay-at-home parent who maintained the family’s finances, Tracy was exposed to both sides of accounting: compliance and bookkeeping. At a young age, Tracy decided she wanted to serve in public accounting, assisting many entities. With over 30 years of public accounting experience, Tracy is an engagement partner that oversees the audit department and its related tax obligations.

Tracy learned that giving back to the community is a passion of hers. As soon as she could, she sought out organizations, serving in many capacities as a board director, treasurer, and president. Currently, Tracy is involved with the following: Rotary International (local, district, and foundation), Polk Education Foundation, Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, and participates in the “Serves” program mentoring young professionals from Lakeland, Bartow, and Winter Haven. These endeavors allow her to be an effective leader and grow professionally.

Outside of work (if Tracy isn’t spending time with her fur baby, Miss Mimi, her family, & friends), you will find her watching and reading “Who Done It” mysteries and traveling the world on cruise ships.


Karen P. Lean


Karen is the Firm’s Small Business Services Partner. Karen manages the Firm’s Small Business Services where she has been responsible for all accounting and tax reporting activities for monthly, quarterly and annual clients. Karen is proficient in various computerized accounting systems including Bidtek, Timberline, Sage, and Quickbooks, and maintains the Firm’s accounting software. Karen has participated in financial and compliance audit engagements for a wide variety of organizations. Karen is experienced in preparation, review, and research regarding a variety of state tax returns, including income, sales, franchise, tangible and intangible tax returns. She completes and reviews income tax returns of not-for-profit organizations, corporations, S corporation, partnerships and individuals.


Tax & Accounting Professionals

Jennifer L. Del Negro


Shadina R. Diehl


Penni J. Griner



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