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Meet Our Team

Our Team

Jim Hutchens, Certified Public Accountant

James (Jim) Hutchens is a Certified Public Accountant located in Sandpoint, Idaho. He graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1980 with a degree in professional accounting. Jim became partner in a CPA firm in 1998 and became the sole owner in 2004. Jim has extensive expertise in corporate, individual and partnership returns. Jim is married to Patty Hutchens, his wife of 23 years. They have two grown sons.

Lou MacAfee, Enrolled Agent

Lou has been in the accounting world of Sandpoint for over 20 years. She is an Enrolled Agent with the IRS; she has many years' experience in tax preparation with an exceptional interest in non-profit accounting and tax returns. She has been a QuickBooks Pro Advisor for over 15 years and specializes in QuickBooks consulting and training for small business owners. Lou has been married to Terence MacAfee for 36 years and has one grown daughter.

Mary-Claude Margairaz, Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Mary-Claude grew up and received her business degree in Switzerland. She has been with James Hutchens PA since 2012, but worked for Jim for six years in the mid-nineties as well. Mary-Claude has been a QuickBooks Pro Advisor since 2012. She enjoys exploring other countries and all outdoor activities.

Shannon Randall-Dunton, Bookkeeper

Shannon was born and raised in San Diego County. She and her family moved to Idaho in 2005 to experience all the seasons of the beautiful northwest. She has over 28 years of bookkeeping experience and joined our firm in 2012. Shannon prides herself in providing the best service possible to her clients. She enjoys volleyball, hiking, hunting and fishing with her husband.

Melissa Colin, Administrative Assistant

Melissa has been an Administrative Assistant for James Hutchens PA for a combined six years. She has resided in Northern Idaho since the age of 10 and enjoys the beauty of her hometown, Sandpoint and all it has to offer.

Susan Pleasant

Susan Pleasant was born and raised in San Diego and moved to Sandpoint in 1989 with her husband, local artist Steve Nelson. After a 25 year career in banking with Panhandle State Bank, Susan joined James Hutchens PA in October 2016. She enjoys playing classical guitar, reading non-fiction books and gardening.