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About Us

About Our Firm

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

Tompkins Vargas & Associates is one of the leading firms in and throughout the area. 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. Tompkins Vargas & Associates is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of the area'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 the area. 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 Tompkins Vargas & Associates receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

Daniel J. Tompkins, MBA, CPA, FCPA, CDFA™

Dan started with Tompkins Vargas & Associates in 1986 and has been working in the Public Accounting field for over three decades. Dan received his accounting degree from Eastern Washington University in 1980 and went to work for LeMaster & Daniels accounting firm. Over the years Dan has accumulated extensive accounting and tax knowledge, including estate and trusts, farms, and tax planning for small and medium size businesses. Dan added a Master Degree to his already impressive resume, the Forensic Certified Public Accountant designation, and became a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™) in 2012. With that designation, Dan can analyze the financial impact of a proposed settlement agreement to help the party reach a fair and equitable settlement.

David A. Vargas, CPA
Secretary/ Treasurer

David has over forty years of experience in Public Accounting. He attended San Jose State University and after military service graduated from Eastern Washington University with a BA Degree in Business Administration – Accounting. David’s primary areas of concentration are taxation and compliance; specifically Corporations, LLC’s, Partnerships, Private Foundations, Trusts, Estates, and Retirement Plans. David also specializes in tax planning and installation of defined benefit, defined contribution, and other retirement plans. He is also experienced in negotiations, tax planning, and compliance in business acquisitions and mergers.

David J. Vargas, E.A.
Staff Accountant

Joey received his undergraduate degree from Portland State University with a major in Business Administration: Accounting. He returned to Walla Walla in 2007 to join his father’s practice where he earned his Enrolled Agent license and is currently studying for the CPA exam.

Marti A. Reinland, E.A.
Staff Accountant

Marti has been with Tompkins Vargas & Associates, P.S. since 2001. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Washington State University Tri-Cities in 1997 and later passed the Enrolled Agent exam.

Heather Huie, E.A.
Staff Accountant

Heather started working for Tompkins Vargas & Associates in 2009 and has been an Enrolled Agent since 2011. She earned her AAAS in Accounting from Walla Walla Community College in 1997. Since then, she has been a full-charge bookkeeper at various small businesses in the local community. Duties included processing payroll, quarterly reports, and sales tax reports. She has worked extensively with QuickBooks Pro - setting up new company files, processing payroll, invoicing, accounts payable, bank reconciliation, and more. She would be happy to help you with your QuickBooks and/or payroll questions…

Kathy Utschinski
Office Manager

Kathy attended Central Washington University in 1992 in Music and Elementary Education. In 1993, while looking for a teaching job, she took temporary employment at Tompkins Vargas & Associates, P.S. as a receptionist. 20 years later, as Office Manager, Kathy has learned a great deal about the business of public accounting and enjoys the rapport she has with clients. If you need to make an appointment with Tompkins Vargas & Associates or have questions or concerns you may have regarding your account please call Kathy.

Annette Tompkins
Office Manager

Annette has been with Tompkins Vargas & Associates since 2002 after a long career in the insurance industry with Lloyd's Insurance in Walla Walla. Annette is the smiling face that greets our clients and is an integral piece of the staff. She provides an assortment of duties including helping put together tax returns to going over those same returns with our clients helping them understand what they are reading. She also takes most of the phone calls and is the keeper of the appointment calendar. If you need to make an appointment with Tompkins Vargas & Associates make sure you talk to Annette.

Mary R. Kentch
Certified Bookkeeper AAAS in Accounting- Walla Walla Community College-2016
Bookkeeping and Business Management- Walla Walla Community College

Mary has 5 years of experience in bookkeeping, including 3 years of income tax preparation. She enjoys all aspects of bookkeeping and has extensive QuickBooks experience. Mary is also experienced in payroll and payroll tax return preparation.

Joseph Keown
Staff Accountant AAAS in Accounting-WWCC, Bachelor and Masters degree Western Governors Univerity

Joseph started working for Tompkins Vargas & Associates in October 2019. Joe started off his journey through the accounting world by getting his AAAS in accounting from Walla Walla Community College. From there he went on to get both his bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting from Western Governors University, and finished in February of 2017. Joe has now set his sights on working his way through the CPA exam. He’s excited to be here, and excited to help.