Kevin L. Stephens, CPA
Kevin L. Stephens, CPA is the founder and managing member of Stephens & Company PLLC, an innovative firm of Certified Public Accountants. The firm has offices in both Flagstaff and Phoenix, where it guides a broad range of forward-thinking, entrepreneurial clients with assurance, tax, and advisory services. Kevin has been practicing public accounting for over 25 years and has previously served as a partner at both Frost, Stephens & Company PC and HintonBurdick PLLC. Kevin was recognized as the 2015 Outstanding Accounting Alumni at Northern Arizona University where he earned a degree in Accounting. He is the long-time color commentator for television and radio broadcasts of Northern Arizona University football, where he played quarterback many, many years ago. Kevin loves playing golf, water-skiing, and eating great food.
Director of Operations
Laurie Baggarly is pursuing her Associates Degree in Applied Science with a concentration in Accounting at Coconino Community College. She has enjoyed managing her family’s businesses over the years and plans to excel as an accountant. Laurie appreciates the growth in business that comes from organization and detail that only proper accounting can provide. When she is not at the office, Laurie can be found either at the gym, perhaps cooking at home, or on a random hike with her family in search of a refreshing swimming hole or hot spring.
Sam Fisher, senior manager at Stephens & Company, PLLC, has been practicing in public accounting for over 20 years, beginning at his father’s accounting firm when he was a teenager. Sam also has over 15 years of working experience in the private sector, including the construction, non-profit, educational, and medical communities. He currently works with a wide variety of clients throughout the United States in industries that include hospitality, construction, real estate, agriculture, and non-profit. He also provides off-site Controller services for clients who needs his expertise. Sam enjoys assisting clients expand and reach their business, accounting, and financial goals. He is involved with the community and enjoys the beauty that Northern Arizona provides.
Jeff Olsen, is a CPA and manager at Stephens & Company and has been in the tax and accounting industry for several years. Jeff has a breadth of experience in tax, accounting, and assurance services. He specializes in small business and non-profit tax planning, strategy, and preparation. He enjoys saving our clients time and money by streamlining their accounting and planning for their short and long-term tax goals. Jeff enjoys providing VIP accounting and tax services to clients in the medical professional services industry. Jeff is involved with the non-profit community and currently serves as the West Flagstaff Little League volunteer treasurer. Jeff and his wife love living in northern Arizona with their four young children. They enjoy spending time in the beautiful Flagstaff outdoors, hiking, riding bikes, playing sports, and going to the park. He also enjoys building Legos, playing board games, and playing "Fruit-Basket-Tip-Over" with his family.
Paul A. Fox, CPA
Paul Fox graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2010 with his degree in accounting. He is a CPA who excels at finding innovative accounting and tax solutions to his client’s problems. Paul has worked with a number of entities to help implement streamlined cloud-based accounting systems to help them make the most of their company’s resources. He works with a wide variety of clients throughout Arizona in industries that include hospitality, construction and non-profits. Paul was born and raised in Arizona and enjoys getting outdoors, whether it’s camping or fishing or just enjoying a short hike with his family. He also has a deep appreciation for chocolate milk and is considered by many to be one of the foremost experts on peanut butter M&Ms.
Senior Client Advisor
Caroline Herrington graduated Magna Cum Laude and with Honors from the University of Arizona where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy and a Bachelor of Arts degree in French in 2014. She then earned a Master in Business Administration degree with an accounting emphasis from Northern Arizona University in 2015. Caroline loves the problem solving and critical thinking that is required in public accounting, as well as the variety that comes from the different aspects of the tax, accounting, and assurance work. Caroline is a Certified Public Accountant candidate and is on her way toward completing the exams. As she studies, Caroline makes sure to take breaks to cuddle her dog (Amelia, the mini long-haired Dachshund) and fill her grumbling stomach with food from one of the many local restaurants in Flagstaff.
Carleigh Hughes graduated in 2015 from Colorado Christian University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She has now gone back to school to further her studies in Accountancy and become a Certified Public Accountant. Carleigh enjoys providing accounting structure and professionalism to the clients she serves and looks forward to her continued professional development. She provides our clients with a wide range of services including tax, assurance and outsourced accounting services. Carleigh was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona and enjoys being active and spending time with her family.
Travis graduated from Northern Arizona University with degrees in Business Administration: Finance and Accountancy in 2019. After moving from Queen Creek, AZ to Flagstaff to attend school, Travis is excited to make Flagstaff his new home. He is currently working towards obtaining his CPA while continuing his education at NAU. Travis enjoys working with clients and makes a vested interest in their lives and success. After work, Travis enjoys watching and playing sports, finding a great show, and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Sara Palmer graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy. Sara is QuickBooks Online certified and loves working with cloud-based accounting software and finding ways to promote efficiency in our clients’ business processes. She is involved with accounting services, as well as tax preparation for our clients. She is also currently working toward becoming a Certified Public Accountant. In her free time, Sara enjoys reading, running, hiking, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Shania Whiting recently moved to Flagstaff with her husband to pursue her degree in accounting at Northern Arizona University. She enjoys working with clients to help them understand the realities of their financial position and help them reach their financial and business goals. As a full-time student and employee, any free time is filled with homework, cooking, and cleaning, but as time permits, she enjoys dancing, spending time with family, and going on drives in the mountains.
Bri Smart graduated from Coconino Community College with an Associate of Business Degree in 2018 and is working towards a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree at Western Governors University. Bri is Quickbooks Online certified and Bill.com certified to help clients with their Quickbooks and accounting integration needs. Bri loves working closely with clients and enjoys the detail and organization that working in accounting requires. Although originally from Chicago, Bri has called Flagstaff home for over 17 years. When she is not at work, Bri is either absorbed in a good book, attempting a challenging puzzle, or spending quality time with her husband, 3 children, and black Lab.