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Graal E. Larkin, CPA

Degree:  BS in Accounting from Oregon State University
Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA)

Graal worked in private industry for nine years at Georgia-Pacific Corporation after graduating from college. In 1988 she transitioned to public accounting and worked for a local firm for seven years. In 1995 she started her own practice and joined forces with Karla Bateman in 1999.

Graal enjoys working with small businesses and individuals in all areas of public accounting including corporate and individual taxation and planning. As a business owner she understands the challenges facing entrepreneurs and enjoys assisting them in making sound business decisions. She also has years of experience in the area of estate and trust planning and compliance and enjoys assisting families with these complex regulations and reporting provisions.

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Karla S. Bateman, CPA

Degree:  BS in Accounting from Portland State University
Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA)

Karla began working in public accounting in 1986. The first nine years of her career were valuable years in learning best practices from some well established CPA firms. In 1995, she started her own practice and joined forces with Graal Larkin in 1999. Karla works in all areas of public accounting, including the traditional services of accounting and taxation for various types of business entities, individuals, estates and trusts. She especially enjoys working with businesses and their owners from start up through exit planning.

Accounting Staff

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Lisa A. Graham, CPA

Degree:  BS in Accounting from Western Washington University
Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA)

Lisa worked in private industry for two years at Georgia-Pacific Corporation after graduating from college. In 1988 she transitioned to public accounting and worked for a local firm for seven years. In 1995 she began working for Graal and Karla in their respective practices and remained with them once the business partnership was formed in 1999. Lisa specializes in estates, trusts, accounting, and financial statement assurance services. These specialized services are rounded out with years of experience in individual and business taxation.

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Thomas A. Cross, CPA

Degree:  BS in Business Management from University of Oregon, Post-Baccalaureate degree in Accounting from Portland State University
Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA)

Tom joined Bateman Larkin in 1999 after making a career change from working 15 years as a PGA golf teaching professional. Tom has focused on working with closely held businesses in accounting, tax preparation and planning. He has a strong foundation in individual income taxation and works on complex business tax returns.

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Robert N. Atchison, CPA

Degree:  BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Montana, Post-Baccalaureate degree in Accounting from Portland State University

Bob joined Bateman Larkin in 2003. Bob began his public accounting career in 1996 after spending years as an export grain trader. He currently works seasonally preparing individual income tax returns.

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Deborah A. Powers, CPA

Degree: BA in Accounting from Point Loma Nazarene University

Memberships:  American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA)

Deborah joined Bateman Larkin in December 2018 and brings over 15 years of experience in both public accounting and private industry.  She has a solid background in federal and multi-state taxation for partnerships, corporations, individuals and estates and trusts.  Deborah has extensive experience in conducting financial audits, reviews and compilations for business clients which provides a good base from which to provide consultation to business owners.

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Jacob D. Packham, Staff Accountant

Degree: Will complete his degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University - Idaho in April 2019

Jake joined Bateman Larkin as an intern in January 2019. He has experience in the preparation of individual and business returns as a result of a prior internship he completed in 2018. Jake enjoys being able to get into the books of a business and see how certain decisions can affect the company's future. In addition to the accounting, Jake provides experience to assist in the maintenance and design of the Bateman Larkin website.

Administrative Staff

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Samantha C. Luzaich, Office Manager

Degree:  BA in Liberal Arts from Eastern Oregon University.

Samantha joined the firm in 2011 and is Bateman Larkin's Officer Manager and assistant to the partners. Her prior work experiences include operating a small business, working in the tax preparation field, marketing mortgage products and office administration. She is responsible for the smooth operation of office procedures and assists partners and staff in all areas. Her responsibilities with the firm also include client bookkeeping and assistance to clients with administrative matters.

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Barbara L. Peters, Administrative Assistant

Degree:  BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Portland.

Barbara joined the firm in 2017 as an Administrative Assistant. Her prior work experiences include working in the legal field and in office management in a variety of industries. Her responsibilities include scheduling, reception, support of office staff and client bookkeeping.

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