2594 Lake Whatcom Boulevard
Bellingham, WA 98229
Phone: (360) 733-7155
Fax: (360) 733-2510
Marlys Bourm, CPA
Marlys is the founder of the firm, but since she dislikes the term "boss", we'll settle for calling her the "first employee"! Marlys graduated with a degree in accounting from Western Washington University in 1986 and took the CPA exam shortly after. Unlike the rest of us, she passed on the first try! Marlys is the driving force in the firm and sets the precedent of exemplary service to our clients that she expects from all of the staff.
Marlys' primary focus is her family, not her career, so she has a healthy balance in her life between both. Marlys has two daughters, Matina and Allyse, who are both out of the home now but still manage to occupy much of her time along with her new granddaughter Savannah! Her home has also become somewhat of a boarding house to college age kids who are in need of a short-term place to stay. She created a small room in the basement for these "boarders" and Paul was actually one of the first to use it while he was in-between houses. At last count, over 20 people have benefited from this amazing hospitality! With her location on Lake Whatcom, her home also becomes the default location for gatherings during the summer and Marlys is always the welcoming, gracious host.
Marlys worked for seven years for Whatcom County as their business manager. Following that stint, she worked for three years at a local CPA firm as a Senior Accountant with primary emphasis on audits. In 1989, she branched out on her own and started her own practice. She has created a very intimate, informal and extremely pleasant working environment for her employees.
Currently, Marlys enjoys spending time relaxing at the lake, hosting gatherings, participating in her book club, and yes, even enjoying her work!
Paul Assink, CPA
Paul is our true "northwest" accountant. He enjoys many outdoor pursuits and is an avid road cyclist, hiker and backpacker. He occasionally commutes to work on his bicycle and would do it more except he often has appointments at client locations. "Unfortunately, helmet hair is still not an acceptable standard for professionals," he points out.
Paul's roots in Whatcom County go deep as he grew up on a dairy farm north of Lynden. Farming taught him two things - how to be a hard worker and how to choose a career that isn't susceptible to weather and the price of milk! After graduating from Seattle Pacific University in 1999 with degrees in Accounting and Computer Science, he started looking for a position with a local firm. After one look at the lake during his interview with Marlys, he knew he'd found his place.
Paul and his wife Sharon were married in 2004 and their daughter Emily was born in 2006. Sharon is from Canada, so Paul is now our resident "cross-border tax expert"! While we don't specialize in cross-border taxation, Paul has become very knowledgeable in that area out of necessity and it has been beneficial to other clients as well. Emily is certainly "daddy's girl" and Paul is getting her up into the mountains as much as possible.
Paul and Sharon are actively involved in their church in Lynden with Paul serving as deacon and bookkeeper and both involved in music ministry (Sharon on piano and Paul on guitar and trombone and both in singing). They also both love to travel and hope to resume taking long distance trips once Emily is older. Both Paul and Sharon traveled extensively during their "single years" with Sharon holding the trophy for most foreign trips. Their list of future trips is long, but Belize, Greece, Eastern Europe and the British Isles are currently topping this list.
Paul is our main technical support person for our MAS90 and QuickBooks support at the firm. He also does the bulk of the payroll tax reporting for clients and much of the routine and year-end cleanup of client accounting records. On the tax side, he prepares individual, corporate and partnership tax returns and advises clients on tax issues and tax planning.
Jessica Nevins, CPA
Jessica joined our firm in October 2011, just after passing the CPA exam. She graduated with a degree in accounting from Western Washington University in 2009, and spent two years working for a local Bellingham firm before transitioning to our firm, looking for a change of pace. She found a pace she likes with us, given the casual nature of Marlys’ practice, and the view of the lake doesn’t hurt either!
Jessica is originally from Burlington, WA which is located about 30 minutes south of Bellingham. Jessica and her husband Mike were married in 2009 and they have two young daughters; Sophia was born in 2013 and Isabelle (Izzy) in 2015. Marlys loves babies, so she allows Izzy to come to the office two days a week, and would like her to come to work every day, but Jessica has pointed out that her work isn’t nearly as efficient, even with all the baby ‘office equipment’ around.
Jessica's family lives on acreage in Alger with their golden retriever and enjoy spending time outside as much as possible. Jessica and Mike actively play recreational league sports, their favorites being soccer and softball, and frequently make family trips to Cornwall Park to play disc golf.
Jessica keeps the office running smoothly by taking on the role of bookkeeper, receptionist, and human resource manager. She also utilizes her CPA license by preparing tax returns and helping Marlys resolve IRS issues for clients.
Matt is our IT manager. Matt owns his own business, Differential Networks LLC, where he focuses on security system implementation and maintenance.
He has two degrees from Western Washington University in computer science and a masters in mathematics.
Matt has been an integral part of Marlys' business for many years and has a close handle on all hardware upgrades and computer maintenance.