Burkett & Beattie, Inc. is a CPA firm with seven professional staff members.  The practice is a full-service accounting and tax company that has a concentration in small, growing businesses in a variety of industries plus an expansive individual tax consultation arm.  The firm also performs forensic audits and assists attorneys as an expert witness.



Partner – BBA/MST/CPA

Sandy Burkett received a BBA from the University of Iowa in 1990 and began her CPA career working for Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Chicago, in their audit and tax departments. In 1993, she joined a professional tax practice in Libertyville, Illinois to form what is now Burkett & Beattie, Inc. Sandy completed her Masters in Taxation from DePaul University in 1996. She is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Illinois CPA Society. Personal interests include endurance sports, travel, and family activities. She and her family reside in central Lake County, Illinois.


Partner – BBA/MST/CPA

In 1994, Chris received his BBA from the University of Missouri and followed that with an MST from DePaul University in 2010. In between, he married, raised a family and joined his sister at the practice. In 2002, he became a partner and the firm’s name changed to Burkett & Beattie, Inc. He is a member of AICPA. A baseball enthusiast, Chris is active in Little League. He also likes to camp and hike with his family. He resides in central Lake County.



Lisa has twenty-five years of financial accounting experience and twenty-two of them are with Burkett & Beattie. She applies her expertise to all aspects of accounting support with particular knowledge of payroll processing. Lisa and her family reside in northern Lake County. When not crunching numbers, Lisa likes hiking and reading.



After graduating magna cum laude from NIU with a BA in Accountancy, Susie went on to get her MAS in accounting followed by her CPA in 2007. From 2005-2010, she worked at BDO USA LLP gaining public accounting experience. Her primary focus since then has been on family-owned businesses. Susie specializes in tax preparation and general accounting. She and her family reside in northern Lake County where they enjoy camping and boating.



Toni became a CPA in 1983, working for Price Waterhouse in the tax department for 6 years. She then worked in the tax department for local CPA firms in Valencia, CA and Libertyville. She joined Burkett & Beattie in 2008 specializing in tax. Toni enjoys entertaining friends and visiting family. She and her family reside in central Lake County.



Jamie has been an accountant since 2010. She specializes in small business and start-ups with expertise in payroll and sales tax.  Jamie received her BS in math from National Louis University and her MBA from Lake Forest College.  She and her family live in central Lake County, Illinois.



Cristina has a diverse business background. She lived overseas while working in accounting and hospitality management. Upon returning to the US, she received an MBA from the University of Arizona, became a CPA, and worked as an auditor for PriceWaterhouseCoopers. After taking time off to raise her children, she returned to the workforce in 2013 as a financial assistant. She recently joined Burkett & Beattie as the office manager. Cristina provides organizational and administrative services for the firm and friendly, personal service for its clients.