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About Us

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

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Paul Gervais, founder of Gervais & Associates, PC, passed away on March 3, 2018 during a ski trip with friends. He died suddenly and of natural causes.

It gives us comfort that over the last few months of his life he was living life to the fullest. In November 2017, Paul spent a month sailing across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain to Saint Lucia in the Caribbean. He called it a trip of a lifetime. This was the first tax season that Paul was taking time off for himself. Spending long weekends with friends and family, and taking ski trips to Aspen, Telluride and Ski Cooper. In his last few months he was truly alive, doing the things in life that made him the happiest.

Paul had been slowly phasing himself out of the day-to-day firm management tasks and having Rachel Bell step into his shoes. His dream was to retire at the end of this year and start traveling the world with his wife Catherine.

We want to assure you Paul left behind a team of highly skilled professionals. The “Gervais Team” will continue to take care of your income tax preparation and planning needs.

Paul Gervais was an extraordinary person. We could not have asked for a greater friend or leader at Gervais & Associates. He will truly be missed.

Rachel Bell, CPA, MT, Principal

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Rachel A. Bell, CPA, MT is President of Gervais & Associates, PC. Rachel has been with the firm since 2011 and has extensive experience in tax and tax planning for high net worth clients and closely-held businesses, as well as trusts and estates. She services clients in various industries including health care, professional services, real estate, construction, oil & gas, manufacturing, and retail. She obtained her Master of Taxation Degree from the University of Denver’s College of Law Graduate Tax Program in 2014. Rachel also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Fort Lewis College and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado at Denver. After working for several years in the Denver area, Rachel has been back in Durango since 2007.

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

Rachel and her husband Chris have two active sons that keep them very busy. The family spends the winters skiing and the spring/fall months on the soccer fields. Rachel is an avid runner, biker, and skier.

Gail L. Smith, CPA, CVA

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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.

Jeana Walston, CPA

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Jeana Walston, CPA is a tax manager with Gervais & Associates and has been with the firm since 2014. Jeana has more than 25 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 friends.

Kelly Pritchard, CPA

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Gervais & Associates, PC is excited to announce Kelly Pritchard, CPA as the newest member of its tax professional team. Kelly completed her accounting education at Fort Lewis College in 2008 and subsequently has spent ten years working in the tax department at EKS&H, LLLP, a large regional public accounting firm based in Denver. She has specialized in tax preparation and tax planning with closely-held pass-through businesses and their owners with a concentration in the health care, real estate, manufacturing, and retail service industries.

Prior to studying accounting, Kelly graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, with a B.A. in French Literature and spent a year teaching English in France. Kelly is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accounts. She is an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Durango and serves as Treasurer on the board of The Juniper School, a nonprofit charter elementary school that opened in Durango in 2017.

Kelly has two young children and enjoys running, hiking, yoga, and reading in her free time.

Leah Gillaspy, CPA

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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.

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