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A CPA Firm Building Relationships with Individuals and Businesses

For years, Gervais & Associates, P.C. has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Gervais & Associates, P.C.'s expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning.

Gervais & Associates, P.C. is one of the leading firms in and throughout Durango. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. Gervais & Associates, P.C. is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of Durango's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around Durango. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Gervais & Associates, P.C. receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

Paul L. Gervais, CPA, MT, PFS

(970) 385-1002

Paul L. Gervais, CPA, MT, PFS, Principal, has been a practicing Certified Public Accountant since 1987. His practice emphasizes tax and financial planning strategies for high-income individuals, business income tax planning, estate tax planning, and management consulting services. Since 1991, he has led the tax firm of Gervais and Associates, P.C. from a sole practitioner CPA firm to a multi-office tax and financial planning specialty firm with 11 associates. Paul is the firm specialist on property transactions, business valuation and pass-through entity discounts, qualified retirement plans and estate and gift tax planning, and comprehensive financial strategies for high-income individuals. He is the firm's expert concerning equity-based compensation, including incentive stock options, nonqualified stock options and restricted stock plans.

Paul began his career with Coopers & Lybrand, an international accounting firm (1985-1987), auditing clients in various industries. He was tax manager for Cordovano and Company from 1987-1990 and formed his own practice in March of 1991.

Paul increased his financial planning skills by fulfilling the AICPA's personal financial specialist certification requirements in 2001. As a PFS, Paul provides broader financial consulting to help clients achieve their financial dreams and goals. Developing estate plans, investment strategies, and education funding plans are just a few of the consulting areas enhanced by Paul's PFS designation.

Paul's litigation support, estate tax planning, and management consulting services are enhanced by his Accreditation in Business Valuation (ABV) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (1998-2004). The ABV designation is earned by CPAs who demonstrate substantial business valuation experience and pass a rigorous written exam.

His education includes a Master of Taxation degree from the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program and a B.A. in Accounting from Ft. Lewis College, Durango, Colorado.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the AICPA Tax Division, the AICPA Management Consulting Services Division and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Gervais' publications include "Minimizing AGI-based Deduction Limits by Shifting Family Income," The Tax Adviser, June 1995.

Paul lives in Durango with his wife Catherine and three daughters. He is grateful every day for his wonderful mountain community that allows him to enjoy many outdoor activities with friends and family. Paul enjoys mountain biking, skiing, rock and ice climbing, sailing, and travel.

Gail L. Smith, CPA, CVA

(970) 385-1002

Gail L. Smith is a tax manager at Gervais & Associates and has been with the firm since 2004. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has practiced in Colorado and Texas since 1988. Her practice emphasizes income tax planning, consultation and preparation for individuals and closely-held businesses. She specializes in accounting and tax advisory services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. At Gervais & Associates, Gail works with a variety of businesses including home builders, restaurants, farms and ranches, property managers, realtors, car washes, graphic design, and many others. Gail is a Certified Valuation Analyst trained to perform business valuations for family limited partnerships and privately-held companies.

Gail was previously a senior auditor for Touche Ross (1987-1990). From 1990 to 1995, she represented PMC Capital, Inc. as a loan officer working with business owners to obtain SBA loans guaranteed by the U.S. Small Business Administration. From 1995 to 2003, Gail owned and operated a CPA firm in Texas servicing business owners, corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. The firm specialized in providing QuickBooks support services, compliance reporting, financial statement preparation, and income tax preparation and planning services.

Gail graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado with a B.S. in Accounting. In 2005, she completed the certification process with the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA®) to earn her designation of Certified ValuationAnalyst (CVA).

Gail is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants. Gail enjoys hiking, bicycling, and camping. With their home located in the mountains North of Durango, Gail and her husband spend lots of time in the winter shoveling, skiing, and snowshoeing.

Rachel Bell, CPA, MT

(970) 385-1002

Rachel is an accounting professional with 14 years of tax and accounting experience, 11 of those in public accounting. She has extensive experience in financial reporting, analysis, and preparation of individual and business tax returns. For the past several years, Rachel has specialized in tax and tax planning for high net worth clients and closely-held businesses, as well as trusts and estates. After working for several years in the Denver area, Rachel has been back in Durango since 2007. Rachel obtained her B.S. in Mathematics from Fort Lewis College, and her Master’s Degree in Accounting at the University of Colorado at Denver. She obtained her Master of Taxation Degree from the University of Denver’s College of Law Graduate Tax Program in 2014. She has been a licensed CPA since May of 2007, and a valuable member of the Gervais & Associates team since 2011.

Rachel is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Rachel and her husband Chris have two sons. Rachel is an avid hiker, runner and skier.

Jeana Walston, CPA

(970) 385-1002

Jeana Walston, CPA is a tax manager with Gervais & Associates and has been with the firm since 2014. Jeana has more than 20 years of experience in providing quality accounting and tax services to closely held businesses, charitable organizations and individuals. She was the founder and owner of a public accounting firm in Texas for over 16 years. Her experience includes providing accounting, tax and advisory services to a wide range of businesses including, multi-million dollar construction contractors, movie theaters, retail, and healthcare providers. She has extensive experience with trust and estate planning and compliance.

She has worked with both Subchapter C and S corporations, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies, individuals, non-profit entities, trusts and estates, including consolidated and multistate tax returns. Prior to owning her own firm, she worked for a South Texas regional accounting firm primarily performing audit, tax and bank compliance engagements involving trust and non-profit organizations. Jeana is licensed to practice in Colorado and Texas and is a member of the American Institute of Certifed Public Accoutants.

She has served on numerous non-profit boards providing experienced management and compliance guidance. She feels her biggest achievement is her grown children. She has a son that graduated from the United States Naval Academy and is currently a Naval Officer and Pilot and a daughter who graduated from Texas A&M and currently works in the tax department of a large oil and gas firm.

Jeana is thrilled to have an opportunity to live and work in such a beautiful community. She enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, cooking, drinking local micro-brews and spending time with her dog Suzie-Q and the many new friends she has made in the Durango.

Leah Bathen, CPA

(970) 385-1002

Gervais & Associates is pleased to welcome Leah Bathen, CPA to their team of tax and accounting professionals. Leah graduated from the University of New Hampshire Magna cum Laude in 2001 with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics concentrating in International Economics. In her wide travels, she came across Durango thirteen years ago and liked the people and music so much she decided to stay! She took accounting courses at Fort Lewis College and completed the CPA exam shortly after. Prior to getting her CPA license she was a bookkeeper for 10 years.

Leah is active in several community organizations, including Know Your Dough, Annie's Orphans, and Young Professionals of Durango and has an incredibly diverse background. She was an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, taught at a Quaker boarding school, volunteered for a summer at a Buddhist retreat center, and has traveled to a number of countries including China, Tanzania, Guatemala, Panama, and Australia. Leah also enjoys knitting, gardening and cooking, and being with her two rescue dogs.

Leah is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Kevin Smith, CPA

Phone: (970) 385-1002

Gervais & Associates is excited to announce Kevin Smith as the newest member of its tax professional team. Kevin recently moved to Durango from Florida after falling for the natural beauty of Durango and its diverse mountain community. He is an avid outdoorsman who spends most of his free time fishing, hiking and skiing. In 2011 Kevin graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Business Administration. Soon after, he obtained his MBA from the University of South Florida with an emphasis in Forensic Accounting. During this time, he studied accounting and business internationally, including semesters abroad in Costa Rica and Bangkok, Thailand. Currently, Kevin is preparing to pursue a Masters of Taxation graduate degree from the University of Denver. Kevin looks forward to living in Durango and joining various organizations within the community.

  • Gervais & Associates, P.C.
  • 3710 Main Avenue
  • Suite 101
  • Durango, CO 81301
  • Telephone: (970) 385-1002
  • Fax: (970) 259-0411