Yuriy G. Akopyan, CPA
Yuriy G. Akopyan, the founder of Akopyan & Co., has more than 20 years of experience in all areas of tax preparation, advising and public accounting. A Certified Public Accountant since 2002, he specializes in creating and executing operational and tax strategies for businesses to help increase efficiencies and minimize liabilities.
Akopyan & Co. clients benefit from Yuriy’s unique ability to understand their individual needs and provide expert guidance on business matters that extend well beyond accounting. They also benefit from his vast experience — he previously worked as a tax software developer and analyst at large corporations, giving him insight into the business world at large.
And as an entrepreneur himself, Yuriy understands the importance of trusted advisors, as well as the impact they can have on a growing business. His philosophy is “no client is too small,” because whatever the size of your business, it’s important to you — and it’s important to Akopyan & Co., too.
Yuriy enjoys travel and fine dining, and also is a firm believer in giving back to the community. He’s an active participant in charitable work for the Armenian community in the Northwest.
Stella O. Akopyan
Longtime accountant Stella O. Akopyan joined Akopyan & Co. in 2004, and has been instrumental in the company’s growth and development. She has extensive knowledge in several aspects of accounting and day-to-day operations, including payroll and QuickBooks.
Stella’s attention to detail and diligence helps us provide each client with personal service and advice tailored specifically to their needs. Her previous experience includes five years as a senior staff accountant for another CPA firm, along with work as a staff accountant.
She also is a dedicated and proud mother of two children. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, walking, sightseeing and helping her daughter with piano lessons.
Keith O. Applegate, CPA
A veteran CPA with more than 40 years of experience, Keith Applegate has been part of the Akopyan & Co. team since 2019. His career began in Springfield, Ohio, where he joined a firm after college and eventually rose to managing partner. He was very active in the industry during his time in Springfield, serving on various committees with the Ohio Society of CPAs for 15 years. He also was closely involved with numerous charities.
What Keith loves most about accounting are the close relationships he builds with clients, and the opportunities he has to learn while helping people move through business and life.
In 2017, he and his wife of 30 years, Kathleen—who also was a partner in the firm—sold the business and moved to Bothell to be closer to their daughter, son-in-law, and three grandchildren. They live just two houses away.
Never content to be the stereotypical “green-eyeshade accountant,” Keith is a theater and music lover who has performed in nearly 100 amateur productions. He also is an emeritus director of the Springfield Symphony.
Jennifer Berry – Tax & Accounting Manager
Jennifer Berry has over 10 years of experience helping small businesses with their accounting and payroll needs. A licensed Enrolled Agent who earned her accounting degree from the University of Idaho, Jeni also volunteers her time and financial expertise in support of various local nonprofits. She enjoys exploring the outdoors as well as spending time with her husband and two college-age sons—one in Montana, the other on the East Coast.
Heather Wright—Staff Accountant
Longtime accounting professional Heather Wright came to Akopyan & Co. in 2022 after spending more than 25 years in financial roles at her family’s small office-equipment store and a local landscaping company. She says she loves helping business owners manage “what most of them don’t want to do—their books!” and finds great joy in reconciling accounts to balance perfectly. Heather has played softball since she was a teenager and still can’t wait to get on the field; she also plays golf, snowboards, walks her two dogs, and enjoys game nights at home in Maple Valley with her two sons and fiancé
Ted Deaton—Tax & Accounting Supervisor
Over several years in the industry, Ted Deaton has helped thousands of clients save money on their taxes—including clients with unique and complicated tax situations. While he works for Akopyan & Co. remotely from Bella Vista, Arkansas, Ted has deep Seattle roots: He grew up in the Seattle area and tries to visit friends and family here as often as possible. Married with two daughters, Ted has a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA in finance. He enjoys walking, hiking, and running, along with the occasional round of golf.
Michelle Orndorf, Client Payroll Specialist
Michelle Orndorf, who manages payroll and bookkeeping for Akopyan & Co. clients, has been in the accounting industry for more than 25 years. Before joining us in 2018, she worked as an accountant, comptroller, and bookkeeper for a variety of companies, from PRO Sports Club to Safeway. She also has served as a commissioner in Water District 119 since 2010. Michelle loves working with her clients, spending time with her dogs at her home in Duvall, and driving her MINI Cooper—she’s a member of the Puget Sound MINI Motoring Club.
Ronni Whitacre – Client Accounting Specialist
A Pacific Northwest native, Ronni Whitacre got her start with bookkeeping and accounting during her years as a small-business owner. Before joining the Akopyan & Co. team in 2017, she spent eight years working for a fast-growing builder and an accounting firm; today, Ronni is proud to serve local business owners as they grow with the community. Her interests include gardening and landscape design, learning languages (French is the current project), volunteering and spending time with family and friends.
Lidia Avakyan - Client Accounting Specialist
University of Washington graduate Lidia Avakyan provides Akopyan & Co. clients with accounting services. Lidia has six years of experience as an accounts payable lead, and also puts her professional talents to use for her condominium association, volunteering as treasurer and helping the organization maintain financial stability. When she’s not working with numbers, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Erin Garvin, Client Accounting Specialist
Erin Garvin joined Akopyan & Co. in 2019, but her experience in finance extends back more than a quarter-century: For more than 15 years, she was a full-charge bookkeeper for various companies and firms in the aerospace, manufacturing, and construction industries. Erin enjoys the forensic side of accounting—finding the answer, solving the puzzle—and in addition to her wealth of hands-on experience, she is pursuing a degree in accounting. When she’s not going over the numbers, Erin can be found reading, baking, and traveling. She lives in Snohomish.
Thomas High – Accounting Supervisor
Thomas High’s path to Akopyan & Co. was a unique one: After earning his degree in accounting, along with a master’s in business administration, he spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroun, West Africa. Upon his return, he spent more than 10 years with Deloitte and Touche, as well as other regional firms. Tom also has worked as a controller and CFO, and after 25 years in the financial industry, he says his greatest satisfaction comes from helping owners of small- and mid-sized businesses succeed.
Gordon Kuaimoku – Tax Consultant & Preparer
Gordon Kuaimoku’s experience spans more than 20 years in tax preparation and planning for both individuals and small businesses. A graduate of Seattle University and a retired U.S. Army officer, he believes strongly in proactive tax planning; that’s why he keeps clients informed throughout the year, working with them directly to prepare accurate and timely returns that take all factors into consideration. Gordon, an old surfer from Hawaii, enjoys swimming and tennis on a regular basis.
Garnik Akopyan – Tax Manager
After spending five years as a financial planner with Boeing, Garnik Akopyan joined Akopyan & Co. in 2019. A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in accounting and finance, he enjoys helping his clients understand the financial side of their business in order to reach their goals. Garnik lives in Bellevue and has a young son who “always keeps me on my toes.” He loves travel, playing soccer and chess, working out, and grilling while gathering with friends and family. Garnik is a huge NBA and NFL fan as well.
Mary Jilek – Payroll Specialist
With both a father and husband who are small-business owners, Mary Jilek has always been devoted to supporting small businesses. A graduate of the University of Washington, where she earned a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Finance, she is very happy to be in the accounting world after years in the insurance industry. Mary has two kids and enjoys movies, going out to dinner and spending time with friends and family.
Scott Hancock – Operations Manager
Scott Hancock loves Seattle’s entrepreneurial spirit — he joined Akopyan & Co. because the firm’s focus on small businesses allows him to play a part in our city’s innovation and growth. Scott’s attention to detail, passion for client service and technical background keep the office (and our systems) running efficiently and effectively. When he’s not working, Scott enjoys cooking, spending time with his family and taking in the glorious natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Gloria Miller—Administrative Assistant
A former tax preparer and associate at another accounting firm, Gloria Miller joined Akopyan & Co. in September 2022. One of her favorite things about working for our team is seeing the relief on our clients’ faces: They know we’ll be there for them, and that their returns will be done on time and correctly. Gloria, who lives in Snohomish County, has five children and 12 grandchildren—and went back to school to earn a business degree after raising her family. She loves reading, knitting, and helping in the community; in 2019, she was named the Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year.
Jennifer Henry—Administrative Assistant
Jennifer Henry joined Akopyan & Co. in 2022 after spending over 15 years in the mortgage and real estate industries; her strong financial background includes experience in loan processing as well as title and escrow services. She is enjoying learning yet another industry—tax and accounting—while cultivating relationships with our clients and the rest of the team. A resident of Fall City, Jennifer and her fiancé, John, have six kids, two dogs, and a guinea pig. She loves cooking and all things food, along with reading, watching movies, and traveling.
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