About The Steadfast Group

The very definition of the word steadfast is “dependable, reliable, committed,” and those adjectives epitomize our mission to give each client the peace of mind they deserve so they can run their organizations more effectively. Led by Founder and CEO Bernadette Peterson, The Steadfast Group has assembled a team that is comprised of diverse skillsets, exceptional credentials, and an unwavering commitment to providing you with the best, most comprehensive financial and accounting services available.

Given our experience working with clients across numerous industries, The Steadfast Group has the foundation to provide you with superior accounting services all while stressing the importance of integrity, value, and trust. No matter what your accounting needs are, at The Steadfast Group, we will always deliver on our promise of being your trusted partner.

Bernadette A. Peterson, CPA, CFA, CFE

Bernadette A. Peterson oversees the strategic direction and overall operations of the company. She works on behalf of individuals and both public and private companies that range from small start-ups to large, multi-national corporations. She provides accounting and consulting services including accounting support, process improvement/internal controls, budgeting/forecasting, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, and outsourced Controller and CFO services. Bernadette’s expertise covers numerous industries, including manufacturing, wholesale distribution, retail, real estate, technology, biotech/healthcare, and specialized services.

Prior to forming Steadfast, she spent several years with Ernst & Young in the Assurance and Advisory Business Services group. During that time, she was selected nationally to serve on the Beta Alpha Psi’s Board of Directors.

Bernadette graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University, Fullerton, where she received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Business Administration, one with a concentration in Accounting, and another with a concentration in Finance. While attending college, she was recognized for several prestigious awards, including the CSUF’s Alumni Association Undergraduate Student of the Year Award, the CSUF’s Business Department’s Student of the Year Award, the CSUF’s Overall Most Outstanding Senior Award, the CSUF’s Overall Outstanding Role Model Award, and Woman of the Year.

She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the CFA Institute, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She has also been a featured speaker at top colleges across the United States, and has served as an instructor for numerous accounting and financial seminars.