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Meet Our Staff


Gene A. Eklund, CPA  -  Tax Manager

Gene holds a BA and MA in Business from Humboldt State University. He began his professional career with Price Waterhouse & Co. before joining William F. Jackson, An Accountancy Corp. in 1978.  In 1987, Gene became a Partner and the name of our firm was changed to Jackson & Eklund, An Accountancy Corp.  Gene's expertise is in S-Corporation and Corporate taxation.  His interests are reading, history, and auto racing. He has been a member of the CA Society of CPAs since 1974, AICPA since 1975, and the Rotary Club of Arcata since 1980.

Robert W. Sutter, CPA  -  Managing Partner/President

Bob graduated from CSU Chico, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  He had three years national firm experience with Touche, Ross & Co., and joined J&E in 1984, becoming a Partner in 1997.  Bob led our Audit team for many years and now works with individual and business taxation.  Outside interests are reading, building, outdoor activities, cooking, and spending time with his family.  Bob is a member of AICPA, CA Society of CPAs, and serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Mad River Rotary Club in McKinleyville.

Larry E. Wood, CPA  -  Partner

Larry joined J&E in 1986 after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Humboldt State University.  He has been a Partner in the Firm since 2003. He is a member of AICPA and CA Society of CPAs. Larry specializes in individual and business taxation as well as accounting and auditing.  He enjoys baseball and spending time with his family at Trinity Lake.

Bryan D. Reeser, CPA  -  Partner

Bryan graduated from Humboldt State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting.  He joined J&E in June 1993 and became a Partner in 2003. Bryan specializes in non-profit organizations, Single Audits, LLCs, S-Corps, and issues related to Construction/Developers.  He also consults with individual and business clients on tax and accounting issues.  Bryan is a member of AICPA, CA Society of CPAs, the Board of Mad River Montessori Preschool, and the Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise.  Bryan and his wife have two children and he enjoys golf, running, hiking, sporting events, and spending time with his family.

Bradley S. Williamson, CPA  -  Partner 

Bradley attended Humboldt State University and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting.  He has been a licensed CPA since 2007.  He specializes in tax, audit and accounting.  Bradley is a member of CA Society of CPAs and AICPA.  He and his wife spend most of their time coaching or attending various sporting activities for their two children.  Bradley has a passion for barbeque whether he is at home or camping with family in beautiful Humboldt County.

Sophie N. Saucedo - CPA- Tax Manager

Sophie joined J&E in January 2016. She earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting in 2015, graduating with high honors. Originally from San Diego, Sophie now calls Humboldt “home,” appreciating the friendly community, cooler weather, and abundance of natural beauty. She enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, and volunteering in the local community. Sophie serves as the 2017-2018 President of North Bay Rotaract.

Janelle Bucklin - CPA- Tax Manager

Janelle is a Humboldt State University alumna and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business (with an Accounting emphasis) as well as a Masters of Business Administration. She has worked locally as an accountant since 2006 and earned her CPA license in 2012. She joined the Jackson and Eklund team in 2019. When she’s not crunching numbers, Janelle enjoys cooking and baking with her two children and can often be found perusing the farmer’s market for this week’s local bounty. Her family enjoys beekeeping together and spending time in nature, whether it’s a stroll at Trinidad head or an adventurous trek in the Trinities. She also volunteers on the board of directors for the Humboldt County Beekeepers Association and Mad River Montessori School.

Jo Ann Hunt, CPA  -  Tax Manager 

Jo Ann received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Humboldt State University and joined J&E in 1982. Jo Ann specializes in individual tax as well as planning, administration and compliance for Trusts and Estates.  Jo Ann is a member of the CA Society of CPAs, Soroptimist International of Arcata, Moonstone Quilters, and Redwood Empire Quilters Guild.  She has four incredible grandchildren and enjoys quilting and reading.

David K. Monroe, Enrolled Agent - Tax Manager

David studied Accounting at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, CA and joined our staff in 1990 when J&E acquired Humboldt Tax and Financial Services. An Enrolled Agent since 1987, he has a broad experience in business management and accounting services, specializing in individual tax preparation as well as clergy and church taxation, business entities, and QuickBooks consulting. David enjoys both reading and studying the Bible, music, and running. He and his wife Suzannah have one son, three daughters, and thirteen grandchildren. As an avid motorcycle enthusiast, David enjoys a ride to begin and end each workday.

Betty J. Hunt, EA - Enrolled Agent

Betty earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting at CSU Sacramento.  She joined J&E in October, 2003.  She is our Notary and works with many of our clients as our QuickBooks Pro Advisor. Betty enjoys reading, traveling, and collecting orchids.  bhunt@!

Scott D. Gordon, Enrolled Agent  -  Tax Manager

Scott joined the firm in 1998 as a part-time tax preparer and later became full-time upon graduation from Humboldt State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting.  He is experienced in individual and business taxation, small business consulting, and is a senior member of the Jackson & Eklund Audit team.  When not at the office, Scott enjoys spending time with his three children. His personal interests include basketball, bicycling, golf, running, and spending time in the outdoors.

Kathy L. Wood, CPA- Staff Accountant

Kathy originally began working as a teenager at J&E in 1980.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting at Humboldt State University and took time off to raise two children, then re-joined our staff in 2003.  Kathy specializes in small business consulting, QuickBooks, payroll, accounting and tax preparation.  She enjoys spending time with her family at Trinity Lake, gardening, quilting and photography.  Many of the beautiful photographs displayed throughout our office are Kathy's work.

Melody J. Cook, Enrolled Agent - Staff Accountant and Tax Manager

Melody joined the firm in September 2012.  She is a 2008 University of Hawaii graduate and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.  She became an Enrolled Agent in 2014 after successful completion of the IRS' Special Enrollment Exam.  Melody assists with tax return preparation as well as providing individulized client bookkeeping and payroll services.  Melody is a Humboldt County native who lived on the island of Maui for many years.  She's kept her spirit of Aloha with her and finds joy in helping others.  She appreciates the McKinleyville community, with it's public access to so many beautiful places.  In her off time she likes walking the beach and spending time with family and friends.

Kayla M. Johnston, CPA - Staff Accountant

Kayla joined J&E in February 2015 as an intern tax preparer. She is a 2015 graduate of Humboldt State University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.  Kayla enjoys hiking, reading, visiting the beaches in Trinidad and spending time with her family.

Heather LaForce - Staff Accountant and Payroll Specialist

Heather graduated from San Jose State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.  She has worked in accounting for the last 20 years.  Originally from Santa Cruz, Heather has recently relocated to Humboldt County with her two sons.  She loves animals and has a wonderful sense of humor.

Mariah Jarnaghan - Payroll Specialist

Mariah joined Jackson and Eklund in September of 2019. She is currently attending Humboldt State University and is majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. She will be graduating in the spring of 2021. Mariah enjoys playing sports, snowboarding, and spending time with her family.

Cortney Armstrong - Payroll Specialist

Cortney studied Theater at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  Prior to joining J & E she worked in the Human Resources field with a focus in recruiting.  Here at J & E she assists in payroll services, bookkeeping and tax preparation.  Cortney loves living on the California Coast.  She spends her free time volunteering at the Sequoia Humane Society, traveling around the globe, playing guitar and seeing live music.

Jenna Z. Boyer - Office Manager

Jenna joined Jackson and Eklund in January 2016.  She graduated from Humboldt State University in 2004 with a BS in Business Administration.  Prior to her employment at the firm she worked in administration in the medical field.  She has a son and enjoys outings with her family in beautiful Humboldt County.

Heather Henderson - Receptionist

Heather joined J&E in October 2018. She loves to have fun, laugh and take one day as it comes. Heather and her family love to be outdoors and go on adventures. She has 2 wonderful kids that are her pride and joy.

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