Since its foundation in 2014, SCAA has become one of the fastest growing CPA firms in the Prescott area. We currently have three offices conveniently located in Prescott.
We maintain a work environment that values our people. We are dedicated to achieving the highest ethical and professional standards. We build a team of trained professionals who understand our clients’ issues and challenges. We anticipate their needs and provide innovative services and solutions. We believe in going beyond the expectations of our clients.
We provide tax services, audit support, and accounting & bookkeeping services. We are also a specialized provider of governmental and non-profit accounting services. We provide services on different levels that range from basic bookkeeping to more complex matters like budget preparation and business consulting.
We serve the community around Arizona, particularly non-profit organizations, government entities, special districts, small businesses and individual taxpayers.
We give back through community service and involvement with non-profit organizations. We volunteer our time for various organizations to make our community a better place.
We are committed to providing a positive experience and added value for our people, our clients and our community.
Stephen, the founder and owner of SC has been serving Arizona local governments and business entities for over 10 years. In his experience as a Big 4 auditor he has worked with some of the largest entities throughout the State and he has quickly become known as a leader in the accounting industry.Close It
Scott joined SCAA in January 2018, and serves as the Senior Tax Advisor. He works actively with clients and assists them with issues relating to accounting, income tax, and financial planning. He provides innovative solutions and guidance to our clients.
He founded Helfinstine & Associates in September 1982, after a five-year career with a national CPA firm. After 35 years of operation, he sold his CPA firm to SCAA in January 2018. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Northern Arizona University in 1978, followed by a Masters of Business Administration degree from Arizona State University in 1995. In addition, Scott earned his Certified Financial Planner designation in 1992. His varied educational background gives him a broad perspective to resolve clients’ personal and business financial issues.
Scott’s mantra is “I don’t like surprises”. He prefers to work proactively with clients throughout the year and plan for positive outcomes and avoid surprises.
In addition to serving clients, Scott also serves in his community. His involvement with civic and volunteer organizations dates back from 1978, which include coaching AYSO soccer, little league baseball, and girls’ softball. He also served in leadership positions with the Arizona Society of CPAs, Prescott Preservation Commission, Prescott Sunrise Lions Club, Prescott Fine Arts Association, YMCA of Yavapai County, Prescott Open Trails Association, and the Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation.
Scott is married to Nancy, a self-employed financial planner. Together, they enjoy riding quads, RVing, boating, hiking, and scuba diving.Close It
Joey joined SCAA in January 2018, and is the firm’s Senior Manager. She works closely with the accountants to ensure that work is properly assigned and completed in a timely and accurate manner. Joey also oversees multiple tax engagements to ensure the efficient delivery of high-quality tax services to our clients. She assists in the strategic development of the company and mentor other accountants to enhance their skills and expertise.
In addition to her managing role, she prepares financial statements and helps clients streamline their financial reporting system. She is a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor and excels at consulting for QuickBooks accounting systems. Joey’s responsibilities also include assisting clients with tax issues, and prepares income tax for individuals and all types of businesses.
She graduated from Grand Canyon University in 1992 with a degree in Accounting. Joey has significant experience in audit and public accounting, and occupied several accounting positions in various industries. After college she worked as an internal auditor for a car rental agency. She held various positions while working in the construction industry. She was also a full-charge bookkeeper for a Flagstaff CPA firm and later worked with the Fain Signature Group. She accepted an accounting position with the Helfinstine & Associates team in September 2002, pursued other opportunities from May 2006 to December 2010, and returned in early 2011 until 2017.Close It
David joined SCAA in February 2018 and is the firm’s Tax Manager. He leads and manages multiple tax engagements to deliver quality tax services for our clients. He directly supervises the Plaza West staff dedicated to tax department.
He is a Certified Business Manager and has over 30 years of experience in audit and public accounting. David managed his own CPA firm. He also worked for several CPA firms and held top management positions. David also served as a Controller for several businesses and as a CFO for a medium-sized non-profit organization serving the Southwestern United States. He taught part-time at several universities and a CPA review course. He also served as a tutor while attending College. His involvement with the community include serving as board and committee member for various organizations. David holds a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton followed by a Master’s degree in Taxation from Washington School of Law.
David is married to his high school sweetheart, Katharine. They have two grown children and have recently adopted their four grandchildren. David loves to spend time outdoors with his family.Close It
John started working with SCAA in October 2014, a few months after it was established. He is the Accounting Manager of the firm. He oversees the accounting division and also manages the firm’s computer hardware and network. His focus is providing accounting solutions and training services to non-profit entities and small businesses.
Prior to joining SCAA, John worked as a department manager of a retail chain for ten years. He earned a BS in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Old Dominion University and an AAS degree in Accounting from Yavapai College.
He was born in Vancouver, Canada and was raised in California. He is a technology enthusiast and is always excited to attend comic book conventions.Close It
Natasha joined SCAA in 2015 and is the Senior Tax Accountant at Marina Office. She provides a variety of services for individual and business clients, including tax preparation, technical review of tax returns, and tax planning and research. Natasha also creates solutions for clients in resolving their issues with the IRS, as well as supervise staff who work on various tax-related projects. In addition, she provides accounting services to a variety of clients ranging from non-profit entities to special districts as well as small businesses.
Prior to joining SCAA, she served as a site coordinator and quality reviewer in the IRS-sponsored VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. Natasha graduated with honors from Yavapai College, earning an AAS degree in Accounting and was a recipient of the prestigious President’s Award for Excellence. She is an alumnus of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in accounting at Old Dominion University.
Natasha is from Russia and moved to Arizona in 1991. She loves the outdoors and has a great eye for photography.Close It
Edith joined SCAA in 2016 and is the Senior Tax Accountant at Crossings Office. She provides variety of services for individual and business clients, including tax preparation, technical review of tax returns, and tax planning and research. She creates solutions for clients in resolving their issues with the IRS, as well as providing bookkeeping and payroll services for business clients. She also assists with tax training services to office interns and new employees at the Crossings Office.
Prior to joining SCAA, Edith served as a volunteer in the VITA program of the IRS. She graduated from Yavapai College in 2017 with an AAS in Accounting and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree at Old Dominion University.
Originally from Lima, Peru, Edith is a mother of four wonderful children and loves to spend time with them. In her free time, Edith loves to read and also hike around Thumb Butte.Close It
Autumn joined SCAA in January 2018, and is the Office Manager at the Plaza West Office. Her range of services include running our office, providing numerous services and assistance to our clients and accountants. She serves as a liaison with our IT director, maintains time and billing system, and schedule appointments.
She has over 40 years of experience in multiple office environments giving her a vast understanding and knowledge in all aspects of office roles and management. She worked for Helfinstine & Associates for 17 years.
Autumn has been living in Prescott since 1987. Her hobbies include gardening, hiking and kayaking and she is also a locally known mixed media fiber artist.Close It
Gina joined SCAA in 2016. She provides pre-audit and compliance services to various non-profit entities and special districts. She is also responsible for the monthly review of clients’ accounting records and preparation of interim and annual financial reports. She also prepares and reviews individual tax returns and is a member of the firm’s marketing team.
She has 20 years of accounting experience in the manufacturing and banking industry. Gina is a CRLA-certified Accounting Tutor/Supplemental Instruction Leader at the Yavapai College Learning Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. She also has an AAS degree from Yavapai College and is an alumnus of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
She loves to spend time with her family when she is not at work crunching numbers. She is a big fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper.Close It
Shelly joined SCAA in 2016 and works as an accountant. She provides bookkeeping, payroll services, and tax planning for business clients. She also files required state and federal annual and quarterly reports.
She previously worked for ATBS in Indiana as a tax preparer. She moved to Nevada in 2010 and was employed by a Tribal Organization as a Jr Accountant. She started working with R. Stearns, EA in 2015 when she moved back to Arizona. Shelly graduated Magna Cum Laude from Everest University, where she obtained an Associates in Paralegal and an Associates of Science in Accounting.
Shelly was born in Ohio and moved to Wickenburg, AZ at the age of 12. She is married and has three grown sons, a granddaughter and a grandson. She enjoys horses, art and music.Close It
Nicole joined SCAA in 2016 and is the Executive Assistant at the Crossings Office. She helps manage the office to ensure efficient work flow and delivers top quality service to clients. She assists in tax preparation and is also a member of the firm’s marketing team.
Nicole was born in Flagstaff and she is a fifth generation Arizonan. She obtained an AAS in Business Management degree from Yavapai College.
In her free time Nicole loves spending time with her fiancé and their two dogs. She is an avid audio book reader and is a member of Geek Girl Brunch – Prescott Chapter.Close It
Kelly joined SCAA in January 2017. She prepares tax returns and conducts tax research to solve a variety of complex tax client issues. She also reviews accounting records of clients and prepares interim financial reports.
Prior to joining SCAA, Kelly worked as an accountant in Nogales, Mexico, where she gained experience in fiscal auditing of manufacturing entities and rendered examination of financial statements. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Instituto Tecnologico of Nogales, specializing in Fiscal and Financial Analysis.
Kelly is a native of Mexico and moved to Prescott in 2016. She loves to read in her free time and enjoys traveling, camping, and spending time with family and friends.Close It
Veronica joined SCAA in January 2017. Her primary focus includes income tax preparation for individual and business clients. She also provides bookkeeping services to clients.
Prior to joining SCAA, she worked at the Office of the State Comptroller, in Sonora, Mexico where she assisted in the review and audit of public works projects. Veronica gained her tax preparation experience as a volunteer for the IRS-VITA program during the 2017 tax season. She earned her Civil Engineering degree from the University of Sonora in Mexico in 1987, and obtained an Accounting Certificate from Yavapai College.
Veronica was born in Mexico and migrated to Arizona in 2004. She is happily married and has one son. She says her faith in God has played a vital role in her life.Close It
Colleen joined SCAA in December 2017. She is the Administrative Assistant at the Plaza West Office. Her job includes helping the office stay on track and operating smoothly. She is currently gaining experience in preparing tax returns with the firm.
Colleen moved to the beautiful Prescott area from Wisconsin in November 2017. Her experience includes working for several companies handling accounts receivable and accounts payable. She obtained her Associates’ degree in Accounting from Waukesha County Technical College in May 2010, and completed several advanced level accounting courses at Mount Mary College.
She has two grown children, who are going to college and working back in Wisconsin. She enjoys spending her free time hiking around Willow Lake and exploring her new hometown.Close It
Stephanie joined SCAA in November 2017. She performs a variety of tasks related to tax preparation and accounting.
She earned her AAS in Accounting along with Certificates for an Accounting Assistant, Basic Tax, and Basic/Advanced Bookkeeping from Yavapai College. Stephanie volunteered her time preparing taxes with the VITA Program for two years prior to joining SCAA.
Stephanie moved to Prescott in 1978 where she raised her three beautiful children. She loves spending time with her family and pets. She loves doing outdoor activities like running, riding RZR, riding a horse, camping and being in the water.Close It
Jazmine joined SCAA in November 2017. She performs a variety of tasks related to tax preparation and accounting.
She attends classes at Yavapai College to obtain an Associate’s degree in Accounting. She plans to transfer to a university later to obtain her bachelor’s degree. Her interest in accounting and tax is greatly influenced by her CPA brother. She hopes to be a CPA, and work at a Big Four like him.
Jazmine Zepeda was born in Southern California and moved to Prescott in 2006. She loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking during her free time.Close It
Cheryl joined SCAA in 2018 as an Administrative Assistant. She helps manage the Marina Office by maintaining a professional office atmosphere and ensuring that every client receives the very best service every time. She also assists in tax preparation for individual clients.
She has many years of experience keeping an office running smoothly and efficiently. Prior to joining SCAA, Cheryl worked as a Stewardship Director / Pastors’ Personal Assistant for Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was also a Staff Assistant with Senator McCain. She has an AA in Early Education, and her skills include bookkeeping, accounting and is proficient with QuickBooks.
Cheryl is a native Arizonan who loves spending her free time with family, cooking and exploring the great outdoors. She has one daughter and two granddaughters. She is married to her best friend and they have two cats, one turtle and five chickens.Close It
Darby joined SCAA in January 2018. She performs a variety of tasks related to tax preparation and accounting.
Her interest in accounting was influenced by her accountant sister. She decided to take up accounting classes in high school to gain knowledge about the field. She quickly figured out that she liked accounting and helped tutor some of her friends. She later became a teacher’s aide. Darby is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business (Corporate Accounting) at Arizona State University. She obtained a bookkeeping certificate from Yavapai College in 2017.
Darby was born in Ohio and moved to Prescott in 2016. In her free time, she loves to read, enjoy hiking with her fiancé, and spending time with her friends and family.Close It
Dave joined SCAA in February 2018 as an Intern Bookkeeper. As an Intern, he performs a variety of tasks related to tax preparation and bookkeeping.
Prior to joining SCAA, Dave worked for Chase Bank in their Information Technology Division for 44 years. His major responsibilities included systems analysis; project management; systems design, development, and maintenance on IBM mainframe applications; and personnel management. Dave holds a Certificate in Basic Bookkeeping and is currently pursuing an Advanced Bookkeeping Certificate at Yavapai College. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Arizona State University.
Dave and his wife Peggy relocated to Prescott in 2011. They have three grown children and 3 grandchildren. They are active participants in Prescott Christian Church.Close It