Our People

Kathleen Bernards, CPA

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Founder, President and Managing Partner of the firm. Kathy holds a Linfield College degree. She has been a CPA since 1974 with experience in all areas of the practice.  Under her leadership, the professional staff lives out the firm’s commitment to community service.

Karen Bryan, Bookkeeper & Payroll Clerk

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Karen joined the firm in 2005 as the Bookkeeping & Payroll/Administrative Assistant with over 25 years of experience

Sandra Cutler, Office Manager/Accountant

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Sandy joined the firm in 2005 as the Office Administrator. Prior to joining Bernards & Associates Sandy served as an Office Manager/Bookkeeper at a promotional products company, and before that spent over 15 years in the banking industry.

Michael Sullivan
Staff Accountant

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Michael joined the firm full-time in 2019 after 3 years of interning. Michael is part of the 2018 Linfield graduating class where he majored in Accounting and we are excited to have him as part of the team for tax and financial statement assurance services with a background in small business agriculture.

Kaira Liston
Staff Accountant

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Kaira interned with the firm for two years, then started full-time in 2015 after graduating with a BA in Accounting from Linfield. Kaira enjoys working on tax services, particularly for individuals and businesses.

Patti Mahelona, Front Office Administrator

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As the front office administrator, Patti has the responsibility for greeting clients and all visitors to the firm with her warm welcome.

She has had previous experience as an administrative support in the hospitality, medical, legal, and banking industries.

She and her husband, who are originally from Hawaii, enjoy serving at their church and are grateful to be part of this community.

Mahalo!

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