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Our Team

Our Advantage

When it comes to an accounting and tax firm, you’ve got to choose one you can trust. At Friend & Reagan, P.C., you get peace of mind in knowing that you’re hiring a team of professionals who will…

•    honor your confidentiality: Your privacy and our relationship with you is a top priority, plus our cloud-based, real-time systems provide a secure and supportive financial experience should you choose to use your online portal.

•    provide accurate, timely services: Our efficient system of “checks and balances” helps ensure you get what you need, when you need it.

•    evolve with you over time: We’ve been in business since 1946, served an estimated 12,000 clients, and have a small, devoted team of staff members, half of whom have been here for 15+ years. 

Committed to the wellbeing of both our clients and our community, we’re a long-established full-cycle accounting and tax firm that excels in offering everything from niche to comprehensive services. No job is too big or small. Contact us today!


Our Team

Carol Friend, CPA

For many people, the accounting field and tax code can feel downright intimidating. But not for Carol, who joined Friend & Reagan, P.C. in September of 1998 and became a partner in 2007. An honors graduate of Portland State University, with a bachelor’s of science in accounting and a member of the AICPA and OSCPA, Carol knows her trade. Her expertise includes business and individual tax preparation, with an emphasis on small businesses and farming, municipal auditing, financial statement preparation and Quickbooks consulting. In working with her clients, whether an individual, a business account or a government organization, Carol excels at efficiently cutting through complexities to get the job done. Equally important, she is highly skilled at empowering her clients to better understand their financials and the ever-changing nuances of today’s taxes. She genuinely enjoys helping people navigate the tax code and identifying areas of improvement. With her guidance, audit clients have often discovered opportunities to leverage and better service the community through healthier control and accounting procedures. Over the years, Carol has earned a reputation for being a confident leader who is responsive to people’s needs, devoted to seeing her community thrive, and committed to making the future brighter for all. Without question, Carol is busy—she is a member of The Dalles Rotary and board member of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Small Business Development Center Advisory Council, and Providence Hood River Memorial Foundation. If she didn’t have to work and had endless resources at her disposal, she’d put it toward International Justice Missions to help stop the horrors of human trafficking. Raised on 10 acres in northwest rural Portland, Carol is a true Oregonian. In her free time—when not out and about volunteering around The Gorge—she’s likely visiting with her grandchildren or out camping, gardening and hiking.

Nathan Reagan, CPA

Having joined the firm in the fall of 1996, Nate became a partner and shareholder in 2008. And it’s no secret why he was chosen to help lead this organization forward with its “next generation accounting.” Nate’s approach to teamwork plus his momentum and energy deliver results. He’s the one who changes out the light bulbs around the office yet, come tax time, burns the candle at both ends to review and file returns efficiently and accurately. A graduate of Boise State University, with a bachelor’s of business administration in accounting, Nate became a Certified Public Accountant in 1998 through the Oregon State Board of Accountancy. At Friend & Reagan, P.C., he specializes in planning for income taxes, business entity consulting, municipal auditing and financial statement preparation and analysis. However, work is most exciting when Nate gets to do more than just crunch numbers. He thrives off empowering clients to better understand their financial picture and habits, plus providing guidance around their financial wellness. No surprise, Nate loves to learn about his clients, specifically about their careers and goals. In fact, his gift for building solid relationships is a big reason why people trust him with their personal information. Nate is also easy going, has a refreshingly positive side to his personality, and truly cares about every facet of his job, including planning for its future. At one point in life, Nate says he wanted to become a fire fighter. Today, while he’s not putting out real fires—or saving houses and lives—he likes to think he’s “saving lives through numbers.” For fun, Nate loves to spend time with his family, as well as kite board, mountain bike, ski, windsurf, hike, backpack, SUP surf and salmon fish. He’s also dedicated to a number of nonprofit and community organizations, serving as the current treasurer of The Dalles Kiwanis Club and Gorge Community Foundation.

Gary Bradford, CPA

A graduate of The Dalles High School in 1965, Gary went on to attend Southern Oregon College, earning his bachelor’s of science in accounting in 1970. After spending nine years with the Secretary of State’s Division of Audits, Gary joined our firm (then called “Bailey, Clark & Byers, P.C.”) in 1979. Over the next few years, Gary demonstrated his intelligence as well as his commitment to the firm and become a partner in 1984. After an impressive 37 years of auditing municipalities, Gary retired from that professional arena in 2007 and officially retired as a partner in our firm three years later. Although Gary currently spends his days traveling, hunting and fishing with his family, he’s still very much a part of the family at Friend & Reagan, P.C. He extends his talents full time to the firm during the busy tax season and does part-time work with both tax preparation and year-round planning as well. Smart, funny and invested in his community, he’s an ever-valued asset to both our team here at Friend & Reagan, P.C. and our clients who’ve associated him with our group for approximately four decades. His current civic duties include membership in The Dalles Kiwanis Club.

Carolyn Rohde, CPA

Carolyn joined our firm in 1988 and is one of several of our team members who was born and raised in The Dalles. She graduated in 1982 from The Dalles High School, then earned her bachelors of science in business administration from Oregon State University in 1987. Soon after, she returned home and began her long tenure with us. Today, Carolyn’s area of expertise is in tax preparation, tax projections, municipal auditing and financial statement preparation. At Friend & Reagan, P.C., one of Carolyn’s clear strengths lies in her attention to detail and problem solving…and she’s one savvy sleuth! If anyone comes to her with a financial “fiasco” of sorts, Carolyn dives right into it like it’s a puzzle, sorting through all the parts and pieces, looking for clues to quickly zero in on the answers. She particularly likes working in the morning, when she feels refreshed and has a whole day of possibilities ahead of her. Outside the office, Carolyn loves to garden, snowboard, mountain bike, paddle her SUP, play word games, and train two of her best friends: a Flat-coated Retriever and a Portuguese Water Dog. She also volunteers in her community. As a board member for The Dalles Riverfront Trail, she plays a role in keeping this 10-mile recreational path protected and beautiful for all to enjoy.

Amanda Taskey, CPA

There’s no question that people work because they’ve got bills to pay. But there’s almost always something else that motivates individuals and drives them to show up for work and do their jobs well. At Friend & Reagan, P.C., Amanda helps prepare tax returns and is an important player in the firm’s audit team and audit services. But she’s also a natural-born teacher, or so she’s been told, and that’s motivating to her. In fact, rumor has it she is good at explaining complicated information, breaking it down for people, and communicating what’s important in a way that enables others to understand it all much better. This is a critical skill and important asset for someone who works in her field. Amanda joined Friend & Reagan, P.C. in 2010. She earned a bachelor’s in accounting in December 2013 from Linfield College. She passed the CPA exam fall of 2016! Outside of work, Amanda has a number of hobbies, including reading, walking, hiking and playing with her two boxers. An avid animal lover and a staunch vegan, she says that if money weren’t an obstacle, she would open a boxer rescue in the country and perhaps a delicious vegan restaurant, too!

A.J. Olson, CPA

A Hood River native, A.J. grew up in the Columbia River Gorge, attended Hood River Valley High School, and went on to attend the University of Oregon. There, he earned a bachelor’s in accounting and finances plus a minor in economics. After graduation, he was thrilled to land a great job back home and joined Friend & Reagan, P.C. in 2014. A.J. passed the CPA exam fall of 2016! At our firm, A.J. plays the role of “staff accountant,” handling both municipal audits and tax returns. During audit season, he assists our audit team to complete work for school districts, utility districts, and counties. Come tax time, he shifts gears to focus mostly on individual tax returns—his forte. For A.J., accounting and taxes get exciting when a clearer picture of a client’s financials emerges along with opportunities to improve and make changes for the better. He also excels within the structure of the accounting profession and gets a big rush from wrapping up a day, successfully closing out projects and meeting deadlines before heading home to relax. Although A.J. is quiet by nature, he does get chatty if anyone talks “Oregon Ducks” or “Denver Broncos.” As a boy, he had a gift for making people laugh and once wanted to become a comedian. Today, he’s no big joker in the office, but his more reserved, eternally professional demeanor suits him perfectly and serves his work and clients well, too.

Shelley Iverson

When Shelley gets into her car to go to work, she’s facing a good hour’s commute. But considering that she’s been employed at Friend & Reagan, P.C. since 1984, this long drive is now a true testimony to her job commitment, not to mention her loyalty toward the team of co-workers who make her drive more than worthwhile. At the firm, Shelley’s role is to gracefully manage pressure under fire, no matter what comes her way. She does a hodge-podge of everything but specializes in tax return preparation and processing, as well as payroll services and both 1099 and W2 preparation. Given her many years at the firm, she’s experienced a lot with both the company’s clients and its staff. She’s someone the team turns to with questions and who happily and patiently takes the time to answer those questions, coaching others as they learn. It’s a role she doesn’t just do well but actually loves. On the home front, Shelley is a devoted mother whose personal life revolves around one major passion: her children. So currently, her “hobbies” include kids, kids sports and kids activities. If she could have one wish, Shelley would love to hire someone to drive her to work during tax time…and in the comfort of a cushy motorhome. Volunteers anyone?

Shirley Powell

Here at Friend & Reagan, P.C., Shirley is motivated by challenges—and the bigger the better. That makes her the perfect person to undertake massive responsibilities, such as doing the cherry harvest payrolls, a specialized service offered by Friend & Reagan, P.C. that’s incredibly demanding in both scope and size. In this work and her other duties, Shirley excels at turning out quality, accurate feats of work in impressive, timely fashion. She’s efficient with everything from handling the general ledgers for small and big companies to doing payroll and payroll reports and countless W2s. Yet eternally driven by her sense of accomplishment, it’s checking off her to-do list while delivering exceptional client experiences that actually fuels Shirley’s job satisfaction. Outside the office, Shirley is all about family and a dedicated grandmother and friend on the go. In fact, if her life were a book, she says she’d call it “The Little Engine That Could.” That said, she does break occasionally from her busy life. Shirley owns a Harley trike, and when she finds a little down time, she’s likely on a ride, heading off for a bit of camping, to catch a good concert, or to take in the profound beauty of the region.

Amber Jacobsen

Amber is a numbers kind of gal. Even as young as four years old, when she thought she might grow up to be a blackjack dealer in Reno, there was something about math and counting that intrigued her. To Amber, anything having to do with numbers was like a fascinating game…and even today, while she takes her profession at Friend & Reagan, P.C. seriously, managing and figuring out financials is simply her kind of fun (at least as far as work goes). And when everything adds up or balances out and any problems get solved, even better…that’s her kind of “win.” Since she joined the firm in 2014, Amber has proven that she’s not just skilled at what she does but takes great pride in building solid relationships with the clients she serves. Wearing several hats at Friend & Reagan, P.C., Amber provides front office support and does bookkeeping, accounting and payroll services. In terms of her background, Amber spent some time studying accounting at Columbia Gorge Community College, but she also double majored in business administration and Spanish at the University of Oregon. (Go Ducks!) Aside from being a major UO fan, she has a secret desire to become an actress and travel the world somehow, someday.

Lurel Smith

Lurel moved to Wasco County in 1993. After graduation, she received her associates degree from Columbia Gorge Community College. She joined the Friend and Reagan family as a Payroll Specialist fall of 2016. She is dedicated to serving her clients with joy and enthusiasm. Lurel is a welcomed addition to Friend and Reagan with her spunky personality and positive attitude. She is very active in the community where she spends her time serving at church and local charities, including our local animal rescue. With a husband and two kids, Lurel is creating deep roots and they love being a part of the Columbia Gorge area.

Lydia Sexton

No question about it, accounting has a reputation for being somewhat “dry” in nature. But thanks to Lydia, from the moment you call or walk into Friend & Reagan, P.C., you’ll find our accounting culture is anything but bland, boring or blasé. Lydia calls herself a “secretary,” but she’s far more than just that. Her warm smile and gregarious sense of humor brighten up a room and put people at ease. She’s a natural-born people person, making her an ideal fit for the office communications—everything from answering the phone to greeting clients, handling mail, and managing the business’s banking. At Friend & Reagan, P.C., Lydia brings a level of care and a conscientious work ethic to her client interactions and daily office work. She wakes up happy to be alive and keeps life light and in perspective with her contagious sense of humor and joy. When out of the office, Lydia has fun with family and cooking.