Senior Manager, Dixon Hughes Goodman, Morgantown, 31
On her first paying job:
Cost worked as a bookkeeper for her father's newspaper company.
"I learned discipline and organizational skills. I enjoyed taking the way things were done and figuring out new ways to do them."
Although Karissa Cost has lived in several states, West Virginia always remained home.
The Grafton native received her bachelor's in accounting from West Virginia Wesleyan and her master's in accounting with an emphasis in tax consulting from the University of Virginia. From there, she and her husband Jared moved around before returning home to the Mountain State.
"I feel like in every place we've developed friendships and relationships that have been longstanding," she said. "All the roads leaving West Virginia had led back here to our family."
As a teen, Cost worked as a bookkeeper for her father's newspaper company, where she learned some things she could apply later on in life.
"I learned discipline and organizational skills," she said. "I enjoyed taking the way things were done and figuring out new ways to do them."
Cost is the senior manager of Dixon Hughes Goodman's Morgantown office. She also is a key part of the firm's tax group and is a recent graduate of the firm's Leadership Academy. In addition to that, she is chairwoman of the DHG West Virginia women's Leadership Initiative. Her areas of expertise include tax consulting with respect to federal and state operations of U.S. corporations, tax-exempt organizations, partnerships and individuals.
Outside of work, Cost is involved with her church Mercy Church PCA, where she and her husband lead the music team. She also oversees the United Way Day of Caring campaigns in the Morgantown office.
Cost said the interaction with others on a daily basis is what keeps her going.
"I like the fact that you make a difference to your colleagues and your clients," she said. "I really enjoy teaching the staff and empowering them and helping them learn concepts and watching them grow with the firm."