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  • Larry A. Pace EA, LTC

Larry is the founder and owner of Pace & Associates. Larry moved to Oregon in the early 60's and grew up in a small community North East of Pendleton, called Adams. Larry graduated from Athena, Oregon in 1969, did a three year term in the US Army and Served in Vietnam. He attended Kinman Business University in Spokane, Washington, Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon and Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon. After acquiring some work experience in Salem, Oregon he moved permanently back to the Pendleton area in 1980. Larry worked for a couple accounting firms in Pendleton before starting the company in 1986. Larry's interests are hunting, music, horses and of course working on his place in the country.

  • Nichole C. Crouser, LTP

Nichole is from LaGrande, Oregon and moved to Pendleton in 1988. She joined our firm in 1996 as office manager, then in 2008 attended a tax preparation course and passed the Oregon State Exam and became a licensed tax preparer. Nichole implemented an enhanced payroll software program for our large payroll base that enables our firm to provide full-service payroll in any state. She has handled all payroll functions from payroll setups, computing, and processing payrolls to filing of quarterly and year end reports. She also implemented a software program that is the accounting professions's leading write-up program for over 20 years. Nichole has also excelled in the use and application of QuickBooks accounting software. Best of all she gained the knowledge and understanding of our client's needs and wants. With this, Nichole has provided a customer service policy, which simply put, keeps them coming back.

  • Angie Connell, LTC

Angie was born in Washington and moved to Oregon in 1987. She graduated from Boardman, Oregon in 1993. She moved out of the area for a short time and came back to attend Blue Mountain Community College. She worked as a bookkeeper and in the field of accounting for 6 years before receiving her preparers license in 1999. She achieved the difficult goal of acquiring her consultants license in 2009. She has been a part of the Pace & Associates team for over 13 years and became the office manager for the Hermiston office in September 2011. Angie enjoys, sports, spending time and being active with her family and friends.

  • Sandra Obrist, LTC

Sandy was born and raised in Hermiston, Oregon. In 1972 she married a Hermiston boy and, together they raised 2 wonderful daughters. Those two daughters blessed her with 3 grandsons, 1 granddaughter and recently, 1 granddaughter-in-law. Sandy has been preparing income taxes since 1982. She became a licensed tax consultant in 1993 and started her own business in 1994. In 2008, she sold her practice to Pace & Associates, but stayed on to continue doing the work she loves. On her days off, Sandy can usually be found on the golf course, or cheering in the stands at her grandkids' sporting events.

  • Danielle C Newport

Danie, our payroll specialist, grew up in the heart of the Blue Mountains in Ukiah, Oregon. As a little girl she loved to explore the creek and chase water snakes. Growing up in a close community has instilled her with great people skills. She is never without a smile on her face or candy at her desk. After graduating in Hermiston, Danielle moved to Pendleton and decided to follow her first love of accounting. She applied at a friendly accounting firm in the dead of winter, and started out as a tax return processor. Learning the ropes from one of our own, over the past 3 years Danielle has become our front runner in payroll processing, and pilot for all office duties. Danielle is the face at the front counter that greets everyone, takes the phone calls, and keeps the office running smoothly. During the day you can find her bouncing around the office from room to room, desk to desk.

  • Robin Dean

Robin grew up and graduated in Reedsport, Oregon on the coast. She worked as a payroll accountant at International Paper in Gradiner, Oregon until she married her husband Kevin in 1992. For the next 16 years she followed his military career working in payroll in Alaska, Ohio and then again in Oregon. After taking a year to travel the U.S. and Mexico in an RV, she worked in the San Francisco area before moving to Hermiston, Oregon in 2008. Robin has been with Pace & Associates since November 2010. She handles our payrolls and keeps the front office running smoothly. She enjoys camping, traveling, reading and being close to family and friends again.