About JKA Associates LLC

JKA Associates LLC understands that businesses need a competent and reliable financial advocate. We provide comprehensive accounting and tax services for businesses throughout the Atlanta area, but our real strength lies in our ability to stand with you as you grow your business. JKA Associates LLC can be a trusted partner providing the help you need to make the difficult financial decisions necessary for your success.

We would be happy to discuss how we can work together. JKA Associates LLC offers a FREE initial consultation for Atlanta business owners. Call Jayda Abernathy, (404) 480-8190, to set up an appointment today!


Jayda K. AbernathyJayda K. Abernathy

Founder / CEO

Do you recall when the IRS mailed out the 1040 booklet? I read it, cover-to-cover. I love tax and I love accounting. I started JKA Associates LLC in 2016 to help small business owners and nonprofits manage their financial reporting; and file their tax returns. We also help resolve their tax matters with the IRS.

I graduated from University of Arkansas Pine Bluff in 1992 with bachelor’s in Business Administration. I graduated from EMORY University Candler School of Theology in 2000. Our firm is here to serve. Please email me jayda@jkaassociates.org.


Shontell WatsonShontell Watson

Senior Tax Accountant

I remember in grade school when my teacher asked me, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I responded, “an Accountant.” I am excited to say that I have attained that goal. I have more than 20 years of experience in accounting and taxes. I prepare business and tax returns on behalf of our clients. I help our clients save money on their taxes. I graduated from DeVry University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. I am currently pursuing a Master of Taxation with Villanova University.

I am here to help you. Please email me shontell@jkaassociates.org and let me know how I can serve you and your business.


Kourtnay AbernathyKourtnay Abernathy

Director of Operations

I have a profound desire for knowledge and love education. I have more than 15 years of experience as an Educator and Administrator. I inspire and educate our children and oversee the daily operations of JKA Associates LLC. I work behind the scenes with our clients to ensure our systems are working properly. And I work with our Associates making sure they have all the resources needed to ensure their success. I graduated from Miles College in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. I was inducted to the 2011 Sports Hall of Fame. I went on to attend Miles Law School and graduated in 2011 with her Juris Doctorate. I am currently attending Clark Atlanta University and is an expected graduate of the class of 2023 in the School Counseling.


Tacina ManuelTacina Manuel

Senior Accountant

I wanted to start my own business and decided to enroll in school and study accounting. It has been rewarding for me. I have more than 16 years of experience in accounting. I graduated from Columbus Technical College in 2006 with an associate degree in Accounting. I am a Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor. I work with our clients’ general accounting, reconciliation, and monthly financial reporting. I ensure that our clients financials are accurate and up to date.

Let me know how I can serve you. Please email me tacina@jkaassociates.org.


Jessica Ervin

Client Engagement & Payroll Billing Manager

I am from Selma, AL and have loved accounting since High School. I studied accounting and graduated from Strayer University in 2000. I have more than 13 years of experience in managing clients’ financials. I have been with JKA Associates LLC for almost 2 years and enjoy working with our clients. I onboard all our new clients and ensure their satisfaction with choosing our Accounting firm. I also manage the payroll and billing on behalf of our clients.

I look forward to working with you, please email me jessica@jkaassociates.org