Price Fronk & Co. is your local Central Oregon CPA firm, we take great pride in where we live and understanding your needs. In the section below you will find extended bios on all of our professional staff. If you see us around town, please don’t hesitate to say ‘Hi’. Besides these glimpses into our lives, we would love the opportunity to show you what makes us so special, give us a call today at 541-382-4791.
Wesley B. Price, III CPA – Wes moved to Bend in 1979 straight out of Oregon State University. He has been a practicing CPA in Bend since, providing business clients comprehensive tax, audit, accounting and management consulting services. He has a knack for helping business owners understand their finances and use the information to make their businesses more profitable. In addition to serving a wide variety of family businesses, Wes concentrates his practice in the manufacturing, utility and hospitality industries. He currently serves on the EDCO board and as Business Oregon’s finance committee chair. He is a past president of the Bend Chamber, EDCO and other organizations and a long history of volunteering in central Oregon, including numerous Bend planning committees.
Candace S. Fronk, CPA – Candi has been with Price Fronk & Co. for over thirty years and currently serves as the managing partner. She graduated from Eastern Oregon State College (now known as Eastern Oregon State University) with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics with specialization in Accounting. She has been a CPA since 1986.
Through the firm, Candi serves a wide variety of individual and business tax clients and also manages our municipal and nonprofit audit practice. She is known for her outstanding technical skills, expertise in handling complex tax and accounting issues and ability to provide efficient, timely service. She heads the firm’s audit and accounting quality control program and often provides the final technical review of the work done in the firm.
As a member and registered investment advisor representative of Ascent Capital Management LLC, Candi is able to offer her clients the added benefit of professionally-managed investments and expanded financial planning services.
A Bend native, Candi has first-hand experience starting a small business, evaluating product lines and dealing with employee issues at Cascade Pump & Irrigation Services, which was founded by her husband, Guy, in 1993. Guy and Candi have one son, Lucas, who graduated from Portland State University and currently works in the Portland area.
In June, 2014, the Governor appointed Candi to serve a three-year term on the Oregon State Board of Accountancy.In 2017 she was re-appointed for an additional three-year term. She also serves as the Board Treasurer for the Pediatric Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides direct financial support to local families who have a child with cancer that must travel to receive medical treatment. Previously, Candi served for ten years on the boards of the local American Red Cross Chapter and Hospice of Redmond. In her leisure time, she enjoys travel, photography and cooking.
Kara L. Pardue, CPA – Kara Pardue began her public accounting career with Price Fronk & Co. in 2001 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID. She became a licensed CPA in 2003 in the state of Oregon and later became licensed in Idaho as well. After twelve years with the firm, she became a partner in January, 2013.
Kara works with a wide variety of small-to-medium sized businesses, their owners and other high net worth individuals. She specializes in consulting and tax preparation for businesses in the real estate industry, covering everything from land developers and home builders to investors and real estate agents. She also works with venture capital funds and start-up companies. She is most proud of her efficient and timely service to her clients.
In 2005, Kara and her husband Eric decided to leave Bend to return to Idaho to be closer to family and to allow Eric to pursue his jet boat guiding profession. She began telecommuting at that time and today is able to successfully manage her clients from a home office in Grangeville, Idaho, while spending just a few days each month in Bend.
Kara and Eric have two young children and they spend their free time enjoying the Idaho backcountry by boat, jeep and 4-wheelers. They feel fortunate to live near Hells Canyon and the beautiful Salmon River. Kara also serves on the board of the Kids Klub organization and volunteers at her children’s school.
Karen C. Anderson, CPA – Karen grew up in Arkansas and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1993. She has over 30 years of experience in tax and small/medium business accounting issues. The tax department of Arthur Young, at the time one of the “Big 8” accounting firms was her training ground. She worked for them in Austin, Texas and Tulsa, Oklahoma for 9 years until she moved to Salem, Oregon where she went to work for a local firm. In 1999, she and her family moved to Bend when she accepted the CFO position at one of her clients, The Bulletin. She worked for The Bulletin for over 13 years before joining Price Fronk & Co.
We’ve assembled a superior group of professionals to help us serve our clients. These people are more than our employees. They are the foundation of the firm and a key part of our future, as well part of the Price Fronk & Co. extended family.
Margaret K. Heater, CPA -Margi Heater joined Price Fronk & Co., as a staff accountant in December of 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Linfield College.
Margi grew up in Portland, Oregon and then relocated to Wenatchee, Washington where she completed high school and then attended Washington State University. Margi lived in Central Washington until she met and married her Husband Dan and they moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado where their son Stuart was born. With thoughts of living closer to family, Margi and Dan returned to the Pacific Northwest where they eventually landed in Bend when Dan was offered a Golf Professional position with a local resort. Margi and family have lived in Bend since 1993.
Margi’s background includes 13 years in the Banking industry where she was a consumer and small business lender and Operations Manager. In Bend, she spent 8 years as the Controller/Office Manager for a local interior design firm and 3 years as the Controller/Office manager for a local production home builder prior to joining Price Fronk & Co. Margi has undergone training in a wide variety of areas for the Firm including individual and business tax returns, commercial, municipal and not for profit audits and financial statement preparation. Currently, Margi acts as audit supervisor for the firm.
In her leisure time, Margi enjoys camping, hiking, fly fishing, golf and all the festivities that the Bend community offers.
Adam M. Barnett, CPA –Adam Barnett joined Price Fronk & Co. as a tax manager in the fall of 2017. Born and raised in Eastern Oregon, he followed his older brothers to Carroll College in Montana and graduated with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Accounting and Finance in 2008.
Adam started his first few tax seasons with his father’s accounting firm in Hermiston and later moved to Portland, expanding his range of tax and financial knowledge. While working in Portland, he worked with a wide variety of clients, including those specializing in technology, medicine, wine, agriculture, and residential and commercial real estate. His business clients range from small to mid-sized and individual clients ranging from students to corporate executives.
He made the move to Central Oregon in early 2016 to assist his older brother’s new firm in their tax season, and stayed in Bend to spend time getting to know the local community and enjoying the culture and character that keeps so many people from departing.
Heather McMeekin, CPA – Heather McMeekin was raised in nearby Sisters, Oregon just outside of Bend where she attended grade school and subsequently graduated from Sisters High School. She relocated to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a Minor in Economics.
After attaining her degree, Heather found it an easy and natural decision to move back to Central Oregon where she could be closer to friends and family and thoroughly enjoy all the amenities her local area has to offer. Outside of the workplace, Heather enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Tyler, and their two boxers, Dozer and Diesel, savoring the Central Oregon outdoors or having barbeques in their south side neighborhood. She loves having the opportunity to build a lifelong career in a community that truly feels like home.
Professionally, it was paramount to Heather to cultivate her career in accounting at a firm that would not only allow her to put her education to use to the fullest extent, but also provide her with the chance to broaden her professional horizons and continuously evolve. Heather joined Price Fronk & Co. in 2012 and has since become certified. As a staff accountant she has gained knowledge in a wide variety of areas, including individual and business tax preparation, commercial, municipal and not for profit audits and financial statement preparation. She is pleased to work with such a reputable firm and serve her local community.
Mitchell O. Biss, CPA – Mitchell Biss was born and raised in Bend. In 2001, he went on to play collegiate golf at a Division II school in Durango, Colorado – Fort Lewis College. This is where he received Cum Laude honors in attaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business–Finance.
After college, Mitchell moved back to his home town where he’s always found a love for the many activities and opportunities. After getting several years of experience in staff accounting positions at mid-sized companies, he decided to become a CPA. He began his career at Price Fronk & Co. in 2012. Mitchell became officially certified as a CPA in June, 2013.
Central Oregon, and especially Bend, has always appealed to Mitchell. He grew up hunting and fishing and also played many sports growing up. He started skiing at Mt. Bachelor at the age of 7, skied for the well-known ski racing organization MBSEF and was also on the highly competitive Mountain View High School Ski Team. Golfing was always one of Mitchell’s favorite sports, lettering all four years in high school and eventually competing at a national level in Division II athletics. Outside of sports, he took classical piano lessons for 12 years throughout his childhood and has played at numerous events and even competitively.
In 2013 he married his wife, Kelsey and they are raising two children. You can find their family riding bikes or taking their yellow lab, Lucy to the park or river nearby. As a family, they have a lot of fun in Bend, enjoying everything it has to offer. Teaching their kids to do everything they were able to do when they were young is one of Mitchell and Kelsey’s greatest satisfactions.
Professionally, Mitchell is keen on developing his skills to the fullest extent and progressing with Price Fronk & Co. He is eager to continue his career with such a reputable firm, hoping to help it grow and prosper, while also serving the local community.
Taryn Arnold – Taryn Arnold joined Price Fronk & Co. in February of 2016 as a tax season intern, and was hired as a full-time staff accountant in September of 2016.
Taryn grew up on the Oregon Coast and graduated from Oregon State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography. She spent the following year as an AmeriCorps volunteer for the Alaska Service Corps, and eventually made her way to Bend in 2010. After a few years of working on a small local farm, she decided it was finally time to begin a career path. She received a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting from Linfield in 2015. She is looking forward to gaining knowledge and experience in both tax and audit as she studies to become certified.
Taryn enjoys cross country skiing with her family and pack of three dogs in the winter, vegetable gardening and camping in the summer, and getting back to the beach as much as possible.
Benjamin P. Miller, CPA – Ben Miller grew up in Lander, Wyoming and came to Bend in 2014. He attended the University of Wyoming where he graduated in December 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in Finance.
Ben’s professional background includes nearly five years in the public accounting industry. He started his career with a local accounting firm in Cheyenne, Wyoming before joining Price Fronk & Co. in August 2014. As a staff accountant, Ben enjoys working with our commercial, nonprofit and local government audit clients as well as performing tax preparation services for our business and individual tax clients.
Ben became a CPA in July 2013 and is a member of the AICPA and Oregon Society of CPAs. He is involved with the Bend Chamber of commerce and enjoys volunteering in the community.
Outside of the office, Ben enjoys skiing, biking, camping and hiking, and participating in all the events around the Bend community.
Jennae L. Thompson, CPA – Jennae Thompson joined Price Fronk & Co as a staff accountant in September 2016.
She was raised on a farm just outside Salem, Oregon. After graduating high school she relocated to La Grande, OR to attend Eastern Oregon University. During that time she felt the call to leave school and serve in the U.S. Coast Guard where she worked primarily in search and rescue. Upon completion of her enlistment, she returned to college to pursue accounting. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting with Cum Laude honors from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID.
Jennae’s professional background includes over two years with a local firm in Canby, OR. There she became a licensed CPA and licensed Municipal Auditor. Working in a small community allowed her to gain experience working directly with clients in both taxation and audit. She is a member of the Oregon Society of CPAs.
Jennae moved to Bend to be closer to the all the outdoor activities this area has to offer including fishing and snowboarding.
Connor M. Price – Connor Price began working at Price Fronk & Co. in August 2014. Connor is a double major, holding a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration from Oregon State University.
Connor is working to develop the professional experience to serve Price Fronk & Co.’s clientele. He works in both audit and tax to become a well-rounded professional. Currently, he is studying to become certified and looks forward to assisting clients as he grows professionally.
Connor is a Bend native, having grown up here and now returned after graduating. He enjoys the outdoors, spending time hiking and camping. Additionally, Connor enjoys the growing community and culture of his hometown.
Devonne J. Oldfield, PAFM – Devonne Oldfield joined Price Fronk & Co. in December, 2000. She started in our bookkeeping department and is now the Office Manager. She handles our firm’s bookkeeping and human resources functions, as well as providing our clients general bookkeeping services and payroll assistance when she has time available. She is a great problem solver and critical thinker.
Raised in Lakeview, Oregon, Devonne later came to Bend and attended Central Oregon Community College, where she received an Associate of Science Degree specializing in Accounting.
In her down time, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, and fishing.
With her ready smile and thirty years of experience as a full-charge bookkeeper, we are proud to offer Devonne’s services to our clients.
Angela G. Brown, PAFM – Angela Brown joined Price Fronk & Co. in February 2001 as a seasonal administrative assistant. Hard work, determination and dedication has helped Angela move up in the firm. She was awarded the Association-designation Public Accounting Firm Manager (PAFM) in July 2017, which recognizes the achievement of high level of competency, knowledge and professional experience in the accounting practice management.
Angela was raised in a small town in the Eastern Oregon area. She took some medical information business courses at Central Oregon Community College and quickly fell in love with photography. She submitted her portfolio to the photography program at Mt. Hood Community College and was accepted. After completing college, Angela wanted to leave the big city and decided to settle in Bend.
When Angela is not at work, she is busy being a parent to her teenage son from baseball and basketball games, school events to camping and hiking. She also likes to squeeze in a horseback ride whenever time permits.
Morgan M. Lipscomb – Morgan Lipscomb joined Price Fronk & Co. in October 2017 to work in the Bookkeeping Department. Morgan has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Accounting from the University of Oregon earned in 2011, has the goal of earning his CPA. He is currently earning the remaining credits needed to sit for his CPA exam. His professional experience includes a variety of work as a small business accountant, in the Portland and Bend areas.
Morgan was born and raised in SW Portland. He has an affinity for the state and everything it offers. He moved to Bend in 2016 and is excited to build his future here. Morgan likes to spend his free time being active in the outdoors: hiking, camping, fishing, and backcountry snowboarding
Kaitlyn M. McFadden – Kaitlyn McFadden joined Price Fronk & Co. in December 2011. She started as a seasonal administrative assistant and now works in the bookkeeping department. She is QuickBooks Certified and provides clients with bookkeeping and payroll services.
Kaitlyn was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia and received a BA in Geography from Simon Fraser University. She worked multiple internships while in university, including one year at BC Hydro, and graduated in 2009. After graduation she was hired to work in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic & Paralympic Games where she met her American-Australian husband Shawn. They moved to Bend in 2011 to escape the rain and commuter lifestyle.
In her down time, she enjoys reading, travelling, cooking, skate skiing and hiking the many trails Central Oregon has to offer.
Jackie L. Stewart – Jackie Stewart was raised in northern Wisconsin, where she attended school at Lake Superior College and later the University of Superior where she received her Associate of Arts degree with a concentration in Biology. Shortly after graduating in 2010, Jackie, along with husband Aaron and dog Tatum relocated to Eugene, Oregon. After a couple of months of sight-seeing in Oregon, they decided to kick-off the New Year by settling in Bend and expanded the family to include wayward cat, Alice. Jackie joined Price Fronk & Co. in June of 2015, as part of our administrative staff.
Outside of the office, Jackie enjoys hiking and taking pictures around central Oregon, paddle boarding and kayaking on the lakes, spending time on the coast as well as attending some of Bend’s various festivals and events.
Victoria P. Kenney – Tori joined Price Fronk & Co. in January 2018. She began as a seasonal employee and was soon hired for a full-time position as the firm’s office receptionist
Born in Novosibirsk, Russia, Tori came to the United States in 2005 to live with her parents in Phoenix, Arizona. Looking for a milder climate and change of scenery, Tori and her family moved to Bend in 2006. After graduating from Summit High School, Tori attended the Cascade Culinary Institute and Le Cordon Bleu in Portland, Oregon. She holds an Associates Degree in Culinary Management.
When Tori is not at work she is busy with her young son and enjoying every moment. She also likes exploring the beautiful central Oregon area and various activities like hiking, rock climbing and skate-skiing.