Director, Accounting Aid Academy
Jeremy Lewis joined Accounting Aid Society in 2021. A native Detroiter, Jeremy has a unique business development and community development background significantly impacted by his time and experiences away from Detroit. After graduating from Hampton University in Virginia, he developed and managed client relationships in advertising sales roles at CNN, WeatherBug and the Weather Channel in Atlanta, New York, and Chicago, respectively. He returned to Detroit in 2015 and combined his passion and connection to the city to support the work of neighborhood-focused small business and community development in traditional and historically underserved communities. Jeremy earned a Master of Community Development from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Rachel Campbell, E.A.
Small Business Financial Analyst
Rachel began her career at Accounting Aid Society in 2010 as a Tax Site Supervisor in Accounting Aid Society’s individual tax program. Driven by her commitment to strengthening Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, Rachel has helped the Academy grow a broad client portfolio by building relationships with business owners and meeting them where they are in their business cycle. Rachel applies her knowledge, experience and uses a hands-on approach to help clients gain a deep understanding of their financial operations and maintain tax compliance. She earned her B.B.A from the University of Michigan - Dearborn, where she majored in accounting, and holds credentials as an enrolled agent.
Small Business Accountant
Lisa Day joined the agency in May of 2021. She is a highly experienced finance professional who brings a wealth of knowledge in the realm of finance. In her current role as the Accounting Aid Academy’s Small Business Accountant, Lisa uses her experience in analysis and customization of financial plans to work with small business owners to achieve healthy and sustainable business growth. Lisa has also volunteered as a tax preparer at Accounting Aid Society, and has volunteered with several other organizations such as the National Association of Black Accountants and Davenport University, where she earned Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Master of Business Administration in Finance.
Maria Mendez, E.A.
Small Business Accountant
Maria has over 15 years experience providing tax services to families and small business owners, with a focus on helping clients navigate and build in systems and structures that have historically excluded underserved populations. In her role as a small business accountant, Maria integrates her extensive experience with her empathetic nature to equip business owners with skills and confidence to pursue what is most important to them. Additionally, Maria is active in several neighborhood-level collaborations who support bilingual and spanish-speaking entrepreneurs. A native of Mexico, Maria received a B.A in accounting from the University of Chihuahua and is an enrolled agent.