Meet the team

Steve Tuchscherer

President, Financial Specialist, Certified Public Accountant

Steve graduated in 1990 from the University of Oregon, College of Business Administration with a Bachelor of Science degree.  In 1993, shortly after earning his CPA and Oregon Municipal Auditors license, he founded the accounting firm in hopes of fulfilling his strong desire to provide quality, affordable accounting services to the local community.  He has managed the practice since then, now employing a full, and growing team of accounting and financial professional serving more than 1000 clients each year. Among his clients served are numerous cities, school Districts, and other special Districts in Oregon for whom the firm provides audit and advisory services. 

Steve delivers significant governmental expertise. He has dedicated the last 28 years planning and performing audits for small and mid-sized governments, accumulating more than 20,000 hours of dedicated audit and advisory services during his career.  His understanding and appreciation of governmental functions have been further enhanced through serving as a Roseburg City Councilor for five years and through participating on numerous government and non-profit Boards and Committees. 

In addition to spending more than 80 hours each year in continuing education classes dedicated to honing his municipal audit skills, knowledge and experience, Steve also spends hundreds of hours each year with his staff in professional development training sessions. Furthermore, a significant amount of time throughout each year is spent with staff and clients researching and discussing GASB standards, analyzing complex reporting matters, and developing tools for government management and audit. Steve takes great pride in translating and summarizing complex information for clients, helping others appreciate and understand what is most often confusing and overwhelming.

Jean Larson

Director of Government Resource Management & Senior Audit Manager

Jean came to UVF with over 30 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Here in Oregon, she served at Mercy Medical Center, as Controller for 17 years, and for their Physician Clinics for another 5. Before moving to Oregon, she worked in high level Financial Management for Hospitals in Massachusetts, Maryland, Ohio and as an Auditor in Kansas, where she completed the CPA exam.
 
While at UVF, Jean has assisted organizations with financial transition coverage, prepared Ground Emergency Medical Transportation, (GEMT) cost reports, and with her experience in not-for-profit organizations, is providing financial and accounting guidance and assistance to Governmental entities.
Tyler Goode

Director of Investments & Financial Planning

Taxes + investments and financial planning. Tyler, and the team at Umpqua Valley Financial, believe this is the formula to any successful financial plan for any client; wealthy or not. Prior to joining the team at Umpqua Valley Financial in 2019, Tyler served as a police officer for 7 years with the City of Roseburg Police Department. In 2019, Tyler left his position as Patrol Sergeant and K9 Supervisor for the police department to join the firm. Tyler graduated from George Fox University with a bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Leadership. Additionally, he currently serves as a youth leader for Victory Baptist Church. Tyler works as the Director of Investments & Financial Planning for the firm, primarily focusing on investments, financial planning, retirement plans and wealth management. Tyler currently holds his series 7, 66, Health & Life Insurance certifications. Additionally, Tyler also holds his designation as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®). This certification prepared Tyler to meet the advanced and specific needs of each client from a one-on-one basis in the areas of, financial planning, insurance, income tax, estate planning, investments and retirement planning and strategizing. Tyler’s ongoing mission is to bring the best one on one financial education, communication, strategizing, planning and comprehensive services to meet any and all needs. Tyler accomplishes this by working closely beside the tax and accounting professionals at the firm. Meet with Tyler today to discuss any of your financial needs!  

Ashraf Farishta Lakhina

Certified Public Accountant, Senior Tax & Audit Associate

Ashraf is a Certified Public Accountant based in Texas and has successfully received reciprocation for her CPA license in Oregon. With a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Ash comes to UVF with experience with over 12 years of experience as a corporate accountant and financial analyst. Her work experience includes reviewing financial statements, assisting audit and tax teams, and providing accounting guidance and compliance to international subsidiaries. Ash is experienced in preparing and filing sales and tax returns, individual returns, and small business/LLC returns. Moreover, Ash has excellent analytical and critical thinking skills, pays attention to details, and is skilled at building and maintaining customer relationships. She is currently an active member of the National Disaster Management Team in her community and is ready to provide help if and when disaster strikes.
Jenilee Easter

Accountant II / Tax & Audit Associate

Jenilee joined Umpqua Valley Financial as an Accountant in 2022. Prior to starting at the firm, Jenilee had over fifteen years of experience in accounting and administration. She had been the point person for audits (financial and compliance) completed by public accounting firms, state EPA officials, municipal internal auditors, among others; She is excited to bring that experience and perspective to the audit experience.
She graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi with a bachelor’s in finance in 2017 and has since almost completed a second bachelor’s in accounting. She also holds a master’s in business administration with a concentration in accounting. She is looking forward to earning her CPA license.
Desiree Gheer

Office Manager / Tax & Audit Associate

Desiree has been with Umpqua Valley Financial since 2021. She comes to the firm with over 20 years of customer service experience. Desiree is our resident office manager with a background in Mathematics. She is currently working towards getting her tax preparation license & she will be going back to school in the Fall of 2022 to continue her education goals. She also serves our clients as a certified notary public. Desiree serves as a volunteer with the Douglas County Search and Rescue team in her free time. 
Savannah Halter

Communications Manager & Audit Associate

Savannah joined UVF in June of 2017 as an Audit and Tax Associate. She was the first smiling face you saw when walking through our doors! Since then, through hard work, she has made her way up the ladder and is now the Communications Manager for over 60 Municipal Audits. Savannah comes to UVF with a strong background in customer service and office management. She brings positivity and life to the office, and UVF loves that! Her free time is spent exploring the great outdoors with her family and friends, going to her children’s sporting events, and so much more!
Ely Garcia

Accountant I / Tax & Audit Associate

Ely is a first-generation graduate from St. Edward’s University specializing in Finance and minoring in Economics. He is skilled in various accounting, financial, and administrative needs. Prior to joining the team at Umpqua Valley Financial; Ely gained experience in the following core areas: bookkeeping, accounting, financial reporting, financial forecasting, budgeting, and project management. He is a decisive planner and problem-solver with an 8-year track record working with financial and accounting programs, and ERP systems. Seeking to increase productivity and efficiency where placed.
Kassi Upright

Investment Operations Manager / Tax & Audit Associate

Kassie joined the firm in March of 2021 as a member of our investment team. She is now managing investment operations as well as supporting other business areas as a tax and audit associate. Her background in banking and business management brings a multitude of strengths to the UVF team; of the eight years in banking, she spent the last six managing two different Wells Fargo locations in the Douglas County area. Kassie and her family moved to the Roseburg area seven years ago and has been lucky enough to participate in volunteering locally at Wildlife Safari, Operation Tiny Home, Habitat for Humanity and more. She’s currently working towards completing licensing for tax preparation to better serve our tax and investment clientele. In her free time, her and her family enjoy the outdoors, especially hiking and camping throughout our beautiful state!
Teagan Patterson

Front Desk Specialist

Teagan brings a background of customer service, attention to detail, and dedication to getting the job done right. She enjoys engaging with our clients and wants to make sure everyone feels welcome and appreciated. Her ability to always maintain a positive attitude, even in stressful moments, is much appreciated and highly noticed. Having spent many years as a Customer Service Rep and Dispatcher in the Medical Supply Industry, Teagan understand how important even the smallest detail can be.
Melissa Jones

Data Specialist / Tax & Audit Associate

Melissa joins us with a data science and bioinformatics background, with over six years of experience using unix operating systems, ssh, bash, and R. She has a BS in Environmental Science from the Evergreen State College, a Masters in Avian Science from University of California Davis, and is working on finishing her PhD in Animal Biology at University of California Davis. Her research has focused on avian conservation genetics using RADseq (Restrict Site Associated DNA sequencing) and SNPs (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms). In her free time Melissa paints with acrylics, goes for long hikes, and runs a motel with her husband.

Chelsea van Midde

Intern – Tax & Audit

Chelsea is currently studying Accounting at Portland state University, where she is on track to graduate in 2023 with her Baccalaureate Certificate, as a CPA candidate. She earned her Accounting Certificate at Portland community College, where she was a President’s List Honoree. She also has a B.A. in Production Design. When away from work, she enjoys spending time with her dog, ballet, photography, and gardening.  
Josh Huffman

Vice-President – General Management & Senior Audit Associate

Josh recently joined Umpqua Valley Financial, coming from a 20-year career in high level management, global business development and strategic growth in private industry. Josh has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Oregon State University and Master’s degree in Business Administration which he earned from Portland State University.

Throughout his career he has worked with a wide array of managers in developing successful business enterprises. His knowledge and understanding of financial reporting and the value of internal controls, in addition to his commitment to effective communication are sure to be valuable as both an auditor and advisor to each of our audit clients.


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