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Our Team

Garry Hutchison, CPA

President

Email: ghutchison@kshcpa.com

Garry is a cum laude graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks with over thirty-eight years experience in public and private accounting. Garry's professional experience includes serving the auditing, accounting, and tax needs of private and non-public industries and businesses; and non-profit and governmental entities. His other areas of expertise include evaluating and implementing computer-based accounting systems. Garry is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants, and is a life-long Fairbanks resident. Garry received the UAF Alumni Achievement Award for Business and Professional Excellence in 2011, the Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants Public Service Award in 1994, the UAF Hagelbarger Outstanding Accounting Student Award in 1975, and was the Salutatorian at Lathrop High School in 1971. His hobbies include running, skiing, bee keeping, hunting, fishing, trapping and running the river.

Gary Corrick, CPA

Information Technology Partner

Email: gcorrick@kshcpa.com

Gary graduated cum laude from the University of Alaska in 1981 with majors in math and physics, and in 1984 obtained a masters degree in business. Gary is a Certified Public Accountant with over twenty years experience in audit, taxes and data processing. Gary has audit and tax experience with a variety of private, non-profit, and public sector organizations. Over the years Gary has developed computer-based business simulation models for cash flow projections, accounting systems for real estate developments, due-date monitoring systems, trial balance and audit worksheet systems, and software for pension plan participant records. In addition, Gary has installed and provided user training for a variety of accounting systems. He is a member of the Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Gary serves as Treasurer of Fairbanks Counseling and Adoption. Gary is a life-long Fairbanks resident and his hobbies include computer programming, hiking and cross-country skiing.

Laurie M. Gieck, CPA

Partner

Email: lgieck@kshcpa.com

Laurie is a Certified Public Accountant that graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2004 with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting. In 2004 Laurie was selected as the UAF Outstanding Accounting Student of the Year. She has a strong financial and operational background after having worked in the banking industry for over twenty five years. Laurie has experience in auditing municipal governments and non-profit organizations. She also has experience in individual income tax preparation, accounting and financial statement preparation for small businesses and non-profit organizations. Laurie is married with a son and daughter in college. She enjoys spending time with her family, running in local 5K races, and reading mysteries.

Diane L. Hutchison, CPA

Email: dhutchison@kshcpa.com

Diane is a 1978 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) with a major in accounting. She received the Marion Frances Boswell Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior Woman and played on the UAF Women's Basketball team, being named a captain twice and earning the team's Most Valuable Player award her junior year. She earned her CPA certificate in 1980 and practiced public accounting for 14 years, taking a break to raise her family. Before rejoining our firm in 2009, Diane was the Fairbanks Director for US Senator Ted Stevens. Diane is a life-long Alaskan, enjoying various outdoor activities with her husband, Garry. Other hobbies include stained glass artwork and bowling. She has coached youth sports and served on the board of directors for the Interior Neighborhood Health Clinic, Interior Youth Basketball, Midnight Sun Council Boy Scouts of America, and Kids Voting North. Other public service includes experience as the head road service commissioner for the McGrath Estates Road Service Area, participation in Chamber of Commerce and Rotary activities, and elected service on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly.

Galya Georgieva, CPA

Email: ggeorgieva@kshcpa.com

Galya graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in May 2008 with a BBA in Accounting, and received her CPA certificate in 2010. In the spring of 2008, Galya was honored as the UAF Outstanding Accounting Student of the year. While attending UAF, she also received the Dorothy Pattinson Accounting Scholarship and was in the chancellor's list for four semesters. Galya participated in the UAF accounting club and volunteered at the annual VITA program. Based on her academic achievements and participation in the student community, Galya was accepted in the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society. She has also attended Varna University and graduated with BBA in Economics in January 2000. Galya is experienced in various accounting fields such as individual and corporate tax preparation, audits , compilations and reviews. In her free time, Galya enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Rikke Lauridsen Mery, CPA

Email: rmery@kshcpa.com

Rikke graduated with high honors from the University of Montana with a BA in Business Administration and has many years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant in public, private and governmental accounting. She provides services to our non-profit, construction and retail clients. Rikke is married, and has a son and a daughter, both young adults. Her other interests include travel, improving her golf game, bicycling, reading and random creative projects.

Aurora Cokerland, CPA

Email: acokerland@kshcpa.com

Aurora graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2011 with a BBA in Accounting. She is experienced in accounting, auditing, and taxation. Aurora is a life-long Alaskan and enjoys reading, hiking, ice fishing, running, and cooking.

Candace Crews, CPA

Email: ccrews@kshcpa.com

Candace is experienced in accounting, audit, and taxation. In 1993, Candace received her B.A. in Government from Smith College, and in 1995 she received her M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Candace was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and has been a university lecturer in Russia and at the UAF Community and Technical College in the Applied Business program. She is married and has a daughter and a son. She enjoys travel, cooking and participating in activities with her children.

Charles Hixon

Email: chixon@kshcpa.com

Charles graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in May of 2015 with a BBA in Accounting. Currently, Charles is gaining experience in accounting, audit, and taxation. He has lived in Alaska for the majority of his life and considers the Fairbanks area his home and plans on staying in the area for the foreseeable future. Charles enjoys reading, online gaming, cooking, camping, fishing, and hunting.

Michelle Hutchison, CPA

Email: mhutchison@kshcpa.com

Michelle graduated cum laude from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2004 with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting. Michelle has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant for the states of Alaska and Colorado since 2008 and 2010, respectively. Michelle's professional experience includes over nine years practicing in public accounting and nearly three years working as an internal auditor for a Colorado publicly traded consumer packaging & goods company. Michelle's areas of knowledge include performing audits, tax preparation, reviews, compilations, financial statement preparation, and consulting services for governments, non-profits, A-133 Single Audits, consumer packing & goods, agricultural/farming, 401(k) plans, construction, condo associations, and various small business entities. Other areas of knowledge include evaluating and testing the design and effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting from a PCAOB/Sarbanes Oxley perspective as well as a non-public/small organization perspective. Michelle has recently returned home to continue her career at KSH after spending the past eight years in Denver, Colorado. She enjoys outdoor activities, music, and traveling.

Joshua Banks

Email: jbanks@kshcpa.com

Joshua joined the firm in August 2017. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2012 and will earn a Master of Business Administration from UAF in May of 2018. Joshua enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, fishing, and learning about history. Joshua and his wife Marissa have a son and a second child to be born January 2018.