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Staff Bio Page

 

Scott E. Hunt, CPA/ABV, Partner
Scott is one of the founding partners of our firm. He consults with business and individual clients in the areas of tax and estate planning. He has a wide range of accounting experience which enables him to provide relevant and timely advice and assistance to business owners with their internal accounting, periodic reporting, forecasting and ultimately the development and implementation of succession plans. His experience in business valuation helps him guide business owners to an understanding of how the decisions they make today impact the value of their business.

 

Education:
Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting, Fresno State University, 1983

Professional Designations:
CPA, licensed in California
Accredited in Business Valuation

Professional and Civic Involvement:
Member of the American Institute of CPAs
Member of the California Society of CPAs
Member and past president of the Rotary Club of Arcata

 

 

 

Jennifer Hillegeist, CPA, Staff Accountant
Jennifer moved to Humboldt County in 1975 from Southern California. She has worked in public accounting since 1980 and joined our firm in 2006. Jennifer works primarily in tax preparation for individuals and business entities.

 

Education:
Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Humboldt State University, 1977
Humboldt State University, completion of courses necessary to sit for the CPA exam

Professional Designation:
CPA, licensed in California

Professional and Civic Involvements:
Member of the California Society of CPAs
PTA board member since 1998

Community Involvements:
Volunteer for school events
Donate baked goods for Soroptimist International of Arcata and other local fundraising events

 

Jeff L. Trump, CPA
Jeff was born and raised in Arcata. He joined the firm in 2014, after returning to Humboldt County to spend more time with his family. He has twenty four years of experience in public accounting, practicing predominately in the fields of business and individual taxation, planning, and attestation services. In his personal life, Jeff enjoys outdoor activities, home improvement projects, watching sporting events, and catching up with old friends.

 

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Humboldt State University in 1989

Professional Designation:
CPA, licensed in California

Professional and Civic Involvements:
Member of the American Institute of CPAs
Member of the California Society of CPAs
Participation in a variety of community groups including: Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Kiwanis, Humane Society, Hospital Foundation Board, Education Advisory Boards and numerous Youth Groups.

 

Ashliegh Diehl, CPA, EA, Principal
Ashliegh has worked in public accounting since 2006 and joined our firm in 2011. She has a wide range of accounting experience but specializes in tax return preparation. Her off-the-job interests include attending concerts, traveling, and hiking.    


Education:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting Emphasis, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, 2010.
Master of Science in Accounting, Taxation Specialization, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, 2011.

Professional Designation:
CPA, licensed in California
Enrolled Agent

Professional and Civic Involvement:

Member of American Institute of CPAs
Member of the California Society of CPAs    

Member of the Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise    

2018/2021 District 5130 Rotary Treasurer
2015/16 District 5130 Rotaract Representative   

 

 

Tenaya F. Banko, Bookkeeper
Tenaya’s experience in accounting began when she went to work for a large piano company in Southern California just out of high school; it was there that she discovered her love of numbers and accounting. She has worked in the accounting field most of her professional career. Tenaya moved to Del Norte County in 1987, and worked in the timber industry as an account clerk until the last redwood mill in the county closed. In 2001 Tenaya moved to Humboldt County. She joined our firm in August of 2011. Her hobbies include scrapbooking; her interests include ballet and wildlife; and she is a waterfowl enthusiast. She and her husband have two dogs, an English Springer Spaniel and an English Cocker Spaniel, the love of their lives.


Education:
Graduated High School.
Associate of Arts Technical Preparation, Business from College of the Redwoods. She graduated with honors as Salutatorian.

Community Involvement:
Donor and member of California Waterfowl Association.
Member of Pacific Flyway Decoy Association.

 

Jason Caria, CPA
Jason began working at Hunter, Hunter & Hunt, LLP in January 2014, shortly after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Humboldt State University. He rejoined the team in August of 2014 after spending a summer with his then fiancée in Japan. Jason enjoys many different outdoor activities, such as but not limited to biking, hiking, camping and fishing. In addition, he is an avid sports fan and enjoys following many of the local sports teams.


Education:
Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Accounting Emphasis, Humboldt State University, 2013

 

Kris Marquez, Director of Operations
Kris joined Hunter, Hunter & Hunt in 2019. Her experience includes experience in private industry, non-profit management and education. In her personal life, she looks forward to time with family and friends and enjoys any opportunity to travel.

Education:
Humboldt State University, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in English as a Second Language (ESL) from Humboldt State University
University of Southern New Hampshire, Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

Professional and Civic Involvements:
Rotarian, Member of Eureka Rotary & Treasurer
Humboldt Sponsors, Associate Member
Member of Delta Mu Delta, business honor society
Cascadia Leadership Graduate

 

Melissa Ward, Bookkeeper
Melissa joined Hunter, Hunter & Hunt in October, 1988. Melissa is a bookkeeper for the firm and has 30 years experience in the bookkeeping field. Melissa is a native of Humboldt County. Having lived in Redmond, Washington for 3 years she returned to Humboldt where she accepted employment from Paul & John Hunter (Hunter & Hunter), in July of 1988. Melissa enjoys family outings, including sporting events, baking, gardening and camping.

Education:
Graduate of Arcata High School
Attended College of the Redwoods

Professional and Civic Involvements:
Member of American Payroll Association since 2006

 

Susan Moranda, EA, Principal

A Humboldt County native, Susan graduated from Eureka High School and attended College of the Redwoods and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She began her career as a bookkeeper in public accounting with Hunter, Hunter and Hunt in 2006, after 18 years in the private industry sector. In 2012, Susan completed the requirements to attain Enrolled Agent status with the Internal Revenue Service. She is also a Quickbooks Pro Advisor, proficient in Xero, and has extensive experience with payroll and sales tax issues.

Past President and current Treasurer of Humboldt County Cattlewomen, Susan enjoys participating in their numerous community events.

In her free time, Susan likes to garden, read, and hike with her dogs.

 

Edward A. Weaver, Jr., Accounting Associate
Edward joined Hunter, Hunter and Hunt, LLP in January, 2017. Born and raised on the North Coast, he has spent the seven years developing his craft primarily in Sacramento and the Bay Area. In 2013, Edward graduated Highest Honors from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accountancy. Edward began his career in accounting at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP which allowed for accelerated learning and exposure to the operations and accounting intricacies of a variety of small and large businesses all over the country. Edward returned to the Eureka area to be closer to his family and to live in the place that he loves. He is looking forward to reduced traffic, more time in nature, and all of the unique things that make this one of the best places in the whole country to live.

Education:
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an Accountancy emphasis from California State University, Sacramento, 2013.

 

Kristi Skelton, Front Office Manager
Kristi joined the Hunter, Hunter & Hunt admin team in January of 2018 and has since transitioned into the role of Front Office Manager. Her background consists of 14 years of management & customer service. Kristi was born in Eureka, CA., but she spent most of her youth in various states across the country while her father was in the United States Coast Guard. She loves being back in Humboldt County to enjoy all of its beauty and charm. In her off time, Kristi enjoys spending time with her two poodles, Littlefoot & Charlie, going to the beach, dancing, & collecting comic book memorabilia focused on lead female roles.

 

Rebecca Lewis, Bookkeeper
Rebecca joined the firm in 2018 after holding various office roles including data processing and assistance with a Eureka City Schools grant program. Her most recent position was in HR. She was a full charge bookkeeper for a local family-owned business before dedicating several years to raise her own family. She is happy to return to bookkeeping because she finds it an enjoyable and rewarding occupation.
Rebecca is a California native and has been a Humboldt resident since 1995. She appreciates the natural beauty of the area and spending time in the forests and at the beaches. She enjoys many hobbies including sewing, knitting, crocheting, cooking, hiking, cycling, and camping.

 

Tom Souza, CPA
Thomas joined Hunter, Hunter & Hunt in February of 2018. Thomas was born and raised in Humboldt County, where he attended Arcata High School and Humboldt State University. In 2016 Thomas graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accountancy. To stay on track to become a CPA, Thomas went back to Humboldt State and got his Master’s Degree in Business Administration in July of 2017. Thomas passed the CPA exam in April of 2018 and became a licensed CPA in July of 2019. In his spare time outside of work he loves to play and watch all sports.

 

Melody Brown, Accounting Associate
Melody began working at Hunter, Hunter & Hunt, LLP in January 2020 as an Accounting Intern, shortly thereafter receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Humboldt State University and transitioning into a full time Accounting Associate role. She is pursuing her CPA license among other certifications. Melody’s hobbies include singing, playing piano and ukulele, travelling, and exploring the local hikes and beaches.   Education:   Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Accounting Emphasis, Humboldt State University, 2020