Staff Profiles

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Kent J. Berreth, CPA
kberreth@berrethsmith.com

The firm’s Managing Member, Kent Berreth, provides tax, audit and accounting advice to clients in all areas, with emphasis on the construction and finance industries.  He has practiced as a Certified Public Accountant since 1984, working for two large regional Spokane firms before purchasing a practice in 1990.

Kent specializes in technical tax entity structure to help minimize clients’ federal and state income taxes.  Kent serves as a consultant to numerous small- and medium-sized corporations and partnerships.  He also audits many manufacturing and financial concerns.  Finally, Kent provides services to bankruptcy clients by assisting them in filing U.S. Trustee monthly reports and other bankruptcy court-related matters.

Kent has been married to his wife, Kirsty, since 1988, and has three sons, Trevor, Kyle, and Cameron.  He enjoys fishing, hiking, and various outdoor activities.

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Diane M. Smith, CPA
diane@berrethsmith.com

Diane has been a member of our team since 2003. She joined the firm after practicing public accounting in Monterey, California and Spokane during the nineteen years prior to that. In 2011 Diane became a partner with the firm.

Diane works extensively with small business clients, with a focus on tax planning and tax preparation for individuals and businesses, as well as small business consulting.  Diane is a graduate of Central Washington University, with continued tax specialty classes from Golden Gate University.  She is an active part of several non-profit organizations and enjoys giving back to the community around her.

Outside of work, Diane is a mom to three active daughters, all three in college.  As a family, they love outdoor activities, and they love to travel.

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Robin Kaminski, CPA
robin@berrethsmith.com

Robin became a member of our team and a partner in 2017. Prior to that, she was practicing public accounting at another firm in Spokane. She has been a practicing CPA since 1993.

Robin is a graduate of Eastern Washington University and is a Quickbooks specialist. She also excels at Corporate and small business tax and consulting needs. 

Robin is a wife and mother of two boys, who are both studying for careers in engineering. In her free time, she loves to travel and spend time outdoors with family and friends on the Pend Oreille River.  

 

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Caleb D. Clark, CPA
caleb@berrethsmith.com

Caleb is a graduate of Whitworth University with a degree in Accounting and Economics. Before joining Berreth, Smith & Kaminski in the fall of 2016, Caleb cultivated experience in a private accounting setting working in various industries from real estate, sales, and construction to private equity.

Caleb in primarily involved in bookkeeping, payroll filings, and tax work for the businesses served by the firm.

Caleb and his wife have two young sons.

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Cheryl Gamache
cheryl@berrethsmith.com

Cheryl joined us in May 2012. Currently, Cheryl works as one of our bookkeepers. Prior to that she also took on the role of office manager/receptionist.  She brought with her 7 years of bookkeeping with a local construction company, and her many years of office management experience.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as competing in triathlons and marathons.

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Melissa Schroeder
melissa@berrethsmith.com

Melissa joined our team in October 2015. In 1998 she joined a local CPA firm where she began her career in accounting. She initially was employed as an Administrative Assistant and worked her way to Accounting and Tax support. She is currently our Accounting Department Manger.

Prior to working for Berreth, Smith & Kaminski, she worked for a small professional firm for 10 years where she continued to expand her knowledge of Accounting and Tax. Her 20+ years’ experience includes full charge bookkeeping, expertise in QuickBooks, and individual and tax preparation and planning. She has assisted in business analysis for the sale of a business as well as financial statement analysis for various business industries. She has also worked with retail businesses to implement new processes for business development and management.

She lives in Spokane with her boyfriend, 2 children, 2 dogs, and a cat. Outside of work she enjoys hosting gatherings and spending time with her friends and family around a bonfire. Her children are in middle school and elementary school and as a family, they enjoy camping with their RV and exploring new areas around the Inland NW.

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Katie Poore 
katie@berrethsmith.com

Katie graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in Accounting. She joined us in June of 2018. Her prior experience includes non-profit accounting, HR, tax preparation, and several years of payroll and bookkeeping.

She married her husband in 2001 and has a daughter. As a family, they enjoy taking road trips and camping.

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John Grisier
john@berrethsmith.com

John is a graduate of Colorado Mesa University with a degree in Accounting. He joined the firm in November of 2017. He is currently working as one of our bookkeepers. John has over 10 years’ experience in bookkeeping, payroll, and tax preparation.

John has been married to his wife, Sarah, since 2006 and has two children. He enjoys hiking and going to the river with their dogs.

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