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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.

Paula Long, Bookkeeper

Paula was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Sandpoint in 2015 with her husband of 35 years to enjoy the Northwest lifestyle. She has over 16 years of customer service experience performing various bookkeeping roles and always goes above & beyond to ensure her clients are taken care of. Aside from her family, her passion includes hiking, kayaking, and gardening.

Beth Gabehart, Administrative Assistant

Beth is originally from the Kansas City, KS area. She has lived throughout the US and abroad as a military wife. Beth moved to Idaho with her family in the summer of 2017. Before joining our team in the summer of 2018, Beth had a career in Hospitality Management. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Darren King, Certified Public Accountant

Darren King is a Certified Public Accountant located in Sandpoint, Idaho. He graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in 2013 with a double major in accounting and business administration. Darren became licensed as a CPA in 2015. Darren grew up in Canyon City, Oregon. He is married to Laina King. They moved to Bonner County in 2018. He enjoys sports, outdoor activities, and board games.

Cassie Watters, Administrative Assistant

Cassie came to us from Southern California at the end of 2018 with 6 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant in the accounting industry. Besides growing as a professional in the accounting industry, Cassie looks forward to immersing herself in the Sandpoint culture and enjoying all that is the Great Northwest.

Tomi Stapleton, Bookkeeper

Tomi first visited Sandpoint in the summer of 2002 and fell in love with the area. Since then, she has worked in customer service until completing her education. She has her bachelors in communication and is currently working towards attaining her CPA license. She and her husband Grey Stapleton enjoy spending time together while renovating their +100 year old home.