Staff Profiles

Kent J. Berreth, CPA

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.

Diane M. Smith, CPA

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.

Robin Kaminski, CPA

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.  

Cheryl Gamache

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.

Melissa Schroeder

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 Manager.

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 husband, 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.

Katie Poore

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.

Wendy Cole

Wendy recently joined our firm in February of 2020.  She spent the last 18 years working in the corporate office for a local business, where her focus as Office Administrator was on bookkeeping, payroll, and Human Resources.

In her free time, Wendy loves to read and enjoys spending time with her husband, Jordan, and their daughter Johannah, who is currently attending SFCC.

Jennifer Engle

Jennifer joined our team in December of 2022, as part of the administrative staff. She brings with her 13 years of Legal Administrative experience, as well as many prior years of office administration.

She lives in Spokane with her boyfriend, dog and cat. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, listening to music, dancing, going for walks, and spending time with her adult children, animals, and friends.

Karen Orsi-Johnson

Karen joined our team in January of 2023 as part of our administrative staff. Prior to working with us, she was a legal assistant and office manager for many years. Karen is a Spokane native and enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.