Amy L. Knight, CPA – President
Having founded the firm in 2002, Amy Knight (formerly Amy L. Taylor) oversees its entire operation focusing on client relations, business development, and IT initiatives. The practice provides complete back office solutions for the home health, hospice, and nursing facility industries. Within these industries, Amy has expertise of how the accounting systems should be designed, so that everything flows efficiently from one system to the next—such as payroll design that effortlessly flows into the year-end cost reporting. Amy has extensive experience with both Medicare and Texas Medicaid cost reporting. Additionally, her staff is highly focused on using integrative technologies to deal with the details so that they can each deliver a one-of-a-kind client experience.
Prior to forming her company, Amy was employed for five years at Craig Carter & Associates in Oklahoma City. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma. Amy is deeply involved with the Texas Association of Home Care & Hospice (TAHC&H) and serves on the finance committee and is chair of the annual & SW meeting committee within the TAHC&H. Outside of the office, Amy enjoys boating, sunning and spending time with her husband and their 3 four-legged kids, Rudy, Roxy and Sadie.
Paul Alvarez, CPA – Manager
Paul joined Knight CPA Group (formerly Amy L. Taylor & Company) in 2012. As Tax Manager, Paul is responsible for providing tax and accounting services, including consulting, planning, research and compliance. He also maintains accounting records, financial statements, and supervises and provides guidance to the firm’s staff.
Paul has more than 30 years of experience in the accounting profession, including 21 years in public accounting where he serviced individuals and their businesses in the areas of taxation, accounting, and auditing, and nine years in the industry as a tax manager for a fortune 500 company headquartered in Austin, Texas. He earned his Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a major in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the state of Texas. Outside the office, Paul enjoys spending time with his family and is awed by watching his three boys grow up.
Direct dial: 512.520.0329
Vanessa Egure, CPA – Senior Accountant
Vanessa joined Knight CPA Group (formerly Amy L. Taylor & Company) in 2013. Her responsibilities as a Senior Accountant include accounting services, such as consulting and maintaining records, as well as financial statement preparation. Vanessa’s previous experience includes accounting and tax work for various industries, including the medical profession, professional services firms, and the automotive, manufacturing, real estate, and construction industries. Before joining the firm, she worked at a CPA firm in El Paso, Texas for three years, preparing compiled financial statements, including the underlying write-up function, and consulting with and advising clients on their technical accounting questions.
Vanessa has extensive experience in preparing federal and state individual, corporation, and partnership tax returns, and she has assisted in complex estate and financial planning cases as well as various litigation support cases ranging from lawsuits to criminal matters. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin. Outside the office, Vanessa enjoys yoga and going to concerts with her husband.
Direct dial: 512.539.2806
Victoria R. Rodriguez – Tax and Accounting Associate
Victoria joined our firm in 2016, and she provides accounting services for our home health agency and nursing home clients. In addition, she prepares financial statements and annual federal tax returns.
Victoria has 10 years of experience in preparing financial statements and tax returns for the automobile and construction industries. She also has significant experience preparing federal and state returns for individuals, corporations, and partnerships.
A graduate of University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Victoria holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting. She is currently a CPA candidate.
Victoria has been a member of Austin Coed Soccer Association since 2011. She is a member of a division four competitive coed soccer team and an active runner. She is also an avid traveler.
Direct dial: 512.522.9341
Robert Knight – Owner & Business Development, Kaizen Payroll
Robert helped co-found Kaizen Payroll Austin in July 2017. He is responsible for all aspects of the company. His primary focus is on networking with other professionals and business owners in the Austin area to bring awareness to the Kaizen Payroll brand.
Prior to his role at Kaizen Payroll Austin, Robert spent the last 16 years of his 24-year career in the auto Industry in sales and sales management for luxury brands including Lexus, BMW and Mercedes—among others. He also served in United States Navy and is a Desert Storm/Gulf War veteran.
With a passion for customer service, Robert is excited about the opportunity to bring the professional and seamless services of Kaizen Payroll to the small businesses who need it most.
Robert attended Rogers State University. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited and Veteran Outdoors.
Robert loves doing anything outdoors: hunting, fishing, boating, cycling, golf and just relaxing with a cold Natty Light. He also enjoys spending time with his and Amy’s four-legged canine kids, Rudy, Roxy and Sadie.
Direct dial: 512.643.7656
Shayla Menefee – Payroll Manager
Shayla joined the Kaizen Payroll team in 2018 as the Payroll Manager. With more than 12 years of payroll experience, she is knowledgeable and precise and ensures compliance with tax laws and obligations. She works with the firm’s accounting department to review and reconcile data sharing and oversees operations to maintain professional and reliable relationships.
Before joining the Kaizen Payroll team, Shayla worked as a bookkeeper throughout college before joining a CPA firm for nine years, where she was involved in a variety of firm activities, including preparing monthly financial statements, filing personal income taxes and processing payroll. It was here that she first discovered her love and expertise for payroll, which she’s been focusing her career on ever since.
Shayla earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma. She is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness, a member of NAMI, and a supporter and volunteer for Project Semicolon.
When away from the office, Shayla enjoys traveling, hiking, nature, and spending time with her husband and their two precious fur babies, Dexter and Desmo.
Direct dial: 512.643.7563