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

Prior to joining the team at Umpqua Valley Financial, Tyler served as a police officer for 7 years with the Roseburg Police Department. During his time with the police department, Tyler worked as a training officer, swat team member, K9 handler, sergeant and K9 supervisor. 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 an investment adviser for the firm, primarily focusing on investments, financial planning, retirement plans and wealth management. Tyler currently holds his series 7, 66 and SIE certifications. 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 is currently in the process of reciprocating her license to the State of 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.
Savannah Crawford

Senior Audit Associate

Savannah earned her Bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and her early career includes several years of upper management-level experience in Human Resources and financial administration prior to joining Umpqua Valley Financial. This professional foundation created a strong attention to detail, thorough organization management, careful documentation, and strategic problem solving – among many other skills. Furthermore, these core skills have helped her transition seamlessly into the accounting world in which she strives to continually provide consistent, efficient, and quality work. 
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

Coming soon 
Sydney Tatum

Accountant I / Tax & Audit Associate

Sydney is one of our newest team members at Umpqua Valley Financial. Before joining she earned her bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Wyoming. She is currently enrolled in the accounting master’s program at the University of Wyoming and will use the classes as a tool in pursuing her CPA. Sydney worked as an accountant at the University of Wyoming for two years after receiving her bachelor’s degree and is excited to expand her understanding of the industry with her new position at our firm.
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 Administration Associate / Tax & Audit Associate

Coming soon 
Mandhr Al Shamli

Intern – Tax & Audit

Mandhr is currently seeking a Bachelor or Science in Finance at Portland State University, with a graduation date of December 2022. He already earned a geology degree from PSU, which he hopes to supplement with his passion for Finance. He is originally from the country of Oman and hopes to take the learnings he acquires in this position and apply them to a successful business career. He is a member of the PSU Cycling team and is fluent in English and Arabic. 
Chelsea van Midde

Intern – Tax & Audit

Chelsea is currently studying Accounting at Portland state University, where she in 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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