Cheryl Jefferson Cooke, CPA|CFF, CFE


    Cheryl Jefferson Cooke is Principal of Cheryl Jefferson & Associates, LLC. She specializes in the areas of government contract accounting, forensic accounting, litigation support, financial statements, internal control, and small business advisory.

    Cheryl has 20+ years of experience working with small businesses consisting of 1 to 150 employees with revenue upward of million. Her background ranges from public accounting to internal CFO functions. She has provided financial statement audits, compilations, and reviews; consulted with business owners for finance staff recruiting, budgets, projections, growth plans, staff training, and financial analysis. She has guided companies in all financial areas of government contract accounting including accounting system setup, continued compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Defense Contract Audit Agency’s (DCAA) requirements, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), policies and procedures, incurred cost submission, claimed cost analysis and indirect cost rate agreements. She has assisted small businesses with services ranging from basic accounting needs to strategic finance and due diligence. Her skills allow her to communicate with all levels of an organization, thus making her a trusted advisor and sounding board for major business decisions including legal matters involving financial accounting, reporting, and compliance.

    Regardless of the complexity of the engagement, she has been able to always convey information in meaningful terms and evaluate and offer recommendations to business stakeholders for future improvement.


    • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – Maryland, District of Columbia, Florida
    • Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
    • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)


    • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), 2007 to present
    • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), 2017 to present
    • Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA), 1997 to present
    • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), 2005 to 2011


    • Board of Directors (2009 – 2011) – Domestic Violence Center of Howard County
    • Treasurer (2006-2007) – National Association of Women Business Owners, Baltimore Chapter
    • Committee Member (2004-2006) – Maryland Association of CPA’s, Technology Committee

        Ronald P. Cooke

        Strategic Advisor

        Ronald’s expertise is in business development and human capital strategies.


        • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration 1983


        Growing up, Ronald always wanted to be an airplane pilot, a perfect career choice in his alternate universe where he is traveling the world with his family in his own private airplane, an Embraer Phenom 100.

            Jamie M. Shryock, CPA

            Client Advisor

            With eight years in banking, Jamie joined CJA in October 2012 as a Client Advisor. She is a CPA.


            • Certified Public Accountant – State of Maryland


            • Bachelor in Business Administration 2001
            • Masters in Accounting 2012


            From the age of 10, Jamie always wanted to be a horse trainer. In fact, in her alternate universe, she is an equestrian at the international level in endurance riding. Ride on, Jamie!

                Maryney F. Ramirez

                Accounting Clerk

                Mary joined CJA in July 2017 as an Accounting Clerk. She is working hard to gain the experience needed to become a CPA, so that once she finishes her Master’s program she can become a full-fledged CPA.


                • Bachelor of Science in Accounting 2016
                • Masters of Business Administration specializing in Accounting (expected 2021)


                As a child, Mary wanted to be a well-respected doctor. But she soon realized how queasy the sight of blood made her, so she opted for another ‘less bloody’ career path of becoming a CPA. In an alternate universe, Mary would be a famed doctor to the stars who was formerly a US Gold Olympian in the sport of Rugby. For Mary, getting her CPA is the next best thing!

                    Adia C. Sabur

                    Administrative Assistant

                    Adia joined CJA in July 2017. She has an administrative and customer service background.


                    • Adia plans to continue her education with a focus on Information Technology.


                    As a young child, Adia wanted to be a school principal and a bus driver. Ironically, today she is a married mother of five who homeschools and “chauffeurs” her children. Later, she had aspirations of becoming a dental hygienist. But with age, came the nauseous feeling at the sight of blood. In an alternate universe, Adia would be an undercover special agent traveling all over the world on secret missions!