Our People


Stewart L. Hayes

CPA, PFS, MST, Partner

Stewart received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University in 1986 and his Masters in Taxation from Portland State University in 1996. Stewart is a member of the AICPA, OSCPA, and Marion-Polk Building Industry Association (MPBIA). In addition to tax and estate planning expertise, Stewart has in-depth experience with mergers and acquisitions, and offers securities and investment advisory services through KMS Financial Services, Inc., member FINRASIPC and an SEC registered investment advisor. He has served on various finance committees and is currently the treasurer and a founding board member for the Salem Multicultural Institute. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife Mona and their two grown children, as well as staying physically active. He is a life long San Francisco Giants fan.

Dean L. Allen

CPA, CVA, MAFF Partner

Dean directs the firm’s attest, business valuation, forensic accounting and litigation support services and provides advanced tax planning and compliance services to clients in various industries. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF). He testifies regularly as an expert witness with experience in matrimonial litigation, lost profits and other business litigation matters. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Linfield College where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1989. Dean is active in community organizations including Exchange, Toastmasters International, various youth sports organizations and the Salem Basketball Officials Association where he officiates basketball for area high schools. Away from the office he enjoys coaching, running, fishing and spending time with his wife and three sons. (Curriculum Vitae)

Stephen P. Joye

CPA, MST, CVA Partner

Stephen was born and raised in Salem, Oregon where he graduated from Douglass McKay High School in 1986. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with an emphasis in foreign language from Missouri State University in 1993 and his Masters of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University in 2006. He is a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA). He has served as treasurer on various community service organization boards and chaired their finance committees. He is also the current treasurer and member of the Salem Basketball Officials Association where he engages in officiating basketball for the area schools. He has two daughters attending Sprague High School. Away from the office he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, boating, camping, fishing, and spending time with his family. (Curriculum Vitae)

Certified Public Accountants

James W. Doerfler


  • Certified in 1989
  • Business/Individual Taxation
  • Small Business Consulting & Planning
  • Valuation

Hayley M. Eld


Jerome Fischer


Shareholder Emeritus

Elizabeth A. Schmitz


  • Certified in 1995
  • Business/Individual Taxation
  • Small Business Consulting & Planning

Jeremy Wentworth


Christeena Whitfield


Steve Griswold


Brian Kottek


Elizabeth Lancaster


Accounting Staff

Debbie L. Dixon

Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor®, Licensed Tax Preparer

Paulette E. Carrieri

Accountant, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor®

Sytha C. Sanders


Linda Brier


Sheri L. Schmidt

Licensed Tax Preparer

Melissa Wells


Nicki Dippel

Accountant, Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor®

Sherri Hodgson

Accountant, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor® Online

Administrative Staff

Kim Fitzsimmons

Office and Property Manager

Administrative Assistant (Willamette Valley Wealth Management)

Shelia Roberts

Administrative Assistant

Cindi Harris

Executive Assistant

Kristen Breedlove


IT Department

Clint Opine

IT Support