Nagel & Padilla is a full-service Certified Public Accounting and Business Advisory firm licensed in Oregon. All our CPAs are licensed to practice in Oregon, and Cassandra Dexter, CPA, CFP is also licensed to practice in California.
Thomas Hepford, CPA
Thom Hepford began his public accounting career in 2005 after fifteen years of work in management, budgeting, and employee training. He brings with him work experience from various industries including retirement communities, healthcare, emergency communications, and hospitality.
Hepford joined Nagel & Padilla in 2012 and became a shareholder in 2015. His focus is trust and estate tax planning and preparation. In addition, he provides tax preparation services for individuals and businesses, evaluates and implements firm protocols, and leads the supervision and training of seasonal tax preparers.
Thom serves our local communities as Treasurer of the Ashland Arts Center, Citizen Member of the Ashland Audit Committee, and Finance Committee Chair of Collaborative Theatre Project (CTP). He earned his degree in business with a minor in economics from Emporia State University and his accounting education from Washburn University, both in Kansas. Thom is licensed as a CPA in Oregon and a member of the Oregon Association of Tax Consultants.
Michael P. Bates, EA, LTC, Quickbooks ProAdvisor
Michael's responsibilities at Nagel & Padilla include tax preparation for individuals, partnerships, corporations, and exempt organizations. He is also involved in tax planning, bookkeeping, and QuickBooks. He is a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor in QuickBooks Desktop 2016, 2015, & 2014; Online; and Enterprise 2015 & 2014.
Bates joined Nagel & Padilla in 2011, becoming a shareholder in 2016, and has over twenty years experience as an office manager, staff accountant, materials manager, and in public accounting. He also volunteers for the Elks Club, has served on the board of local Little Leagues for over ten years, and donates blood on a regular basis.
Cassandra Dexter, CPA, CFP®, Quickbooks ProAdvisor
Cassandra’s responsibilities at Nagel & Padilla, LLC include tax preparation for individuals and businesses, tax planning, financial planning, payroll, and bookkeeping.
Cassandra is licensed as a CPA in both Oregon and California, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Oregon Association of Tax Consultants.
In 2020, Cassandra received the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation from the CFP board for her knowledge of retirement, estate, insurance, tax and financial planning.
Cassandra has completed certifications as Microsoft Office Specialist for Microsoft Excel and Access 2010, as well as QuickBooks Desktop 2014-2019 QuickBooks Online Accountant 2020, and QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions.
Before joining Nagel & Padilla, LLC in 2014, Cassandra graduated in June 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting along with a Certificate in Accounting Information Systems from Southern Oregon University.
Cassandra was a member of Southern Oregon University’s National Society of Collegiate Scholars chapter as well as the Business club and Accounting Students Association.
Kyra Yeager, EA, LTP, Staff Accountant
Kyra's responsibilities at Nagel & Padilla include, tax preparation, payroll, and bookkeeping. She is a certified Microsoft Office Specialist in both Excel and Access as well as being certified in Quickbooks, and is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
Kyra joined Nagel & Padilla in December 2015 after working as a tax preparer for several years, and managing a tax office. She became a licensed tax preparer in Oregon after moving back to the area in 2013, and earned her Enrolled Agent credentials in 2019.
Kyra graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting and a certificate in Accounting Information Systems.
Mike Seifert, LTP, Staff Accountant
Mike’s responsibilities at Nagel & Padilla include tax preparation for individuals, trusts and estates, tax planning, and bookkeeping.
Mike Joined Nagel & Padilla in February 2015. He graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting along with a Certificate in Accounting Information Systems. He is a certified Microsoft Office Specialist in both Excel and Access. Mike was a collegiate athlete at Southern Oregon University as well as a member of the Accounting Students Association Business club.
Dulce Costelow, LTP, Payroll Supervisor
Dulce’s responsibilities at Nagel & Padilla include tax preparation for individuals, payroll and bookkeeping.
Dulce joined Nagel & Padilla in May 2016, after previously working as a tax preparer for a different office. She has lived in Southern Oregon for most of her life and is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Dulce acquired her license for tax preparation in 2015 from the State of Oregon.
At Nagel & Padilla we bring an integrated approach to anticipating and meeting client needs that merges traditional accounting with strategic planning and advisory services. With this holistic approach our goal, ultimately, is to support our clients in achieving business, financial and personal goals.