Masters of Coin is committed to building civic engagement through financial education.

Located in Phoenix, AZ Masters of Coin is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low income and elderly individuals with income tax preparation, helping new entrepreneurs learn how to set up accounting records to comply with tax laws, and helping aspiring political candidates learn how to comply with campaign finance laws and reporting.



Jim is a Professor of Computer Information Systems and Accounting at Scottsdale Community College.

He started Masters of Coin to bring together the many volunteers who have helped make the SCC VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program such a success and expand the reach to help people become better citizens through financial education.

During his career at SCC, Jim established the SCC VITA program.

This program uses student volunteers from his accounting classes and other community members to provide free income tax preparation for low-income, disabled, and elderly taxpayers.  Masters of Coin will now expand these services to open more VITA sites, offer QuickBooks training to budding entrepreneurs, and provide non-partisan campaign finance training for aspiring political candidates.  These services will be offered for free whenever possible, except for a minimal cost for supplies and training materials.

Jim’s occupational experience is wide and varied,

including entrepreneurial experience as the owner of a fence contracting business, corporate experience at BF Goodrich Aerospace as an international sales representative, and professional experience as a CPA at McGladrey & Pullen, CPAs.  His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, and a Masters in Tax, all from Arizona State University.  He earned a PhD in Education from Walden University.

Jim Simpson, CPA, PhD Masters of Coin Founder


Eddie Genna, JD, PhD

Eddie is a Professor of Philosophy & Political Science at Phoenix College.  Eddie brings the experience of working as an attorney with low-income individuals, election law expertise working on political action committees, and serving on the board of Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS).

Andrew Loubert, MA, CED

Andrew is the President of Community Reinvestment Solutions and has a background working with many non-profits including Habitat for Humanity and several low-income housing projects.  His banking background as a Sr. VP at Bank of America also provides the credentials for teaching professional education seminars in the banking industry.  Andrew has certified as a VITA volunteer.

John and Rea Abel

Both John and Rea have intense technical backgrounds in computer engineering working for firms such as Honeywell, Motorola,  and General Dynamics, but more importantly, they have many years’ experience working as VITA/TCE volunteers through AARP.  Rea was the district director for seven AARP tax assistance sites with the help of her husband, John who provided the technical expertise for the sites.

Tim Kaehr, CPA

Tim worked for years at Price Waterhouse as a tax manager and recently retired from DMB Associates where he served as EVP/CFO.  Tim serves on the board of AASK—Aid to Adoption of Special Kids, the largest foster care agency in Maricopa County. He is also a volunteer at VITA and SHIP, which provides Medicare counseling and assistance.

Paul Ulan

Paul of Primary Consultants provides election consulting services to aspiring as well as experienced political candidates.  Paul’s specialty is education bonds, and he also serves on the board of the Arizona Business & Education Coalition.

Dennis Molnar, CPA, CIA

Dennis is an internal auditor who has worked with AAA Arizona, SRP, and TriWest Healthcare Alliance.  Dennis is also a site coordinator at the Scottsdale Community College VITA site.

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