Our Team

Joanne L Edgar, CPA
Managing Partner

Joanne founded J. Edgar Group, PLLC in 2001. Inspired by her observation that traditional CPA firms are great at compliance but not at ensuring business success, she shaped the J. Edgar Group into a provider of CFO services on demand.

Joanne currently serves as Acting CFO for Namtek Corp., Tandem Care, LLC, Oztek Corp., and half a dozen other companies. She has managed mergers and acquisitions worth more than $5 million, and has negotiated corporate financing for property and operations totaling over $3 million. Actively involved in her local community, she sits on the Board of Directors of the Financial Management Association of New Hampshire, and serves as Trustee of Trust Funds for the Town of Andover, New Hampshire.

Joanne graduated cum laude from Plymouth State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She began her career with KPMG, spending six years as a senior accountant in the audit department where she specialized in construction, service, and manufacturing. In 1993, she was appointed corporate controller of Kinderworks Corporation. In 1996, she returned to public accounting with Connor & Associates, P.C., specializing in service, construction, and nonprofit (A-133) audits. Joanne has served as Treasurer and Board President for AIDS Response Seacoast and Business Network International, and as Treasurer for the New Hampshire Women’s Lobby.

Peter F. Pike, CPA
Partner – CFO Services

Peter joined the J. Edgar Group in 2009 to enhance its offering of high-quality financial management services to small businesses. Peter brings over 25 years of experience as a senior financial manager for both closely-held and public companies, as well as working at a Big 6 accounting firm. He was Northeast Regional Controller of Covanta Energy, a multibillion dollar publicly-held company, and played an instrumental role in integration following Covanta’s purchase of American Refuel. His clients at the J. Edgar Group range from high-tech to nonprofit, including attorneys, retailers, movers, welders, Realtors, and a medical device manufacturer.

Peter is experienced in finance, taxes, treasury, financial systems and project management. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Maine and New Hampshire and earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey. He is actively involved with local community service projects.

Michelle E. Lambert, MSW
Vice President, Operations

Michelle keeps the J. Edgar Group running smoothly both for our staff and clients. Responsible for the daily operations of the firm, she also oversees compliance with IRS regulations. Michelle joined us in 2002, already well-qualified to keep a team of accountants in line thanks to her many years in social work.

Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in human services administration at Plymouth State University, where she headed up the university’s Women’s Caucus, and served as Vice-President of the Plymouth Chapter of the National Organization for Women. She went on to earn her master’s degree in social work, graduating cum laude from the University of New England.