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About Us

Our Team

Mark Hale, CPA

MarkH@halecpas.com 206-835-0200 ext.106

Partner/CPA
Mark comes to us by way of Southern California, which is where he grew up and graduated from college. He has been in the accounting field since 1998 with experience in audited, reviewed and compiled financial statements, tax return preparation for all entity types, including individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, etc. He also has an extensive background in litigation support services, including business valuations, cash flow reports and asset tracing analyses primarily for family law purposes. Mark currently resides in Federal Way with his wife and two young daughters Madison and Peyton. Aside from spending time with his girls, he enjoys golf, attending Seahawks and Mariner games, Fantasy Football and watching movies.

Tavis Hansen, EA

thansen@halecpas.com 206-835-0200 ext 103

Partner/EA
Tavis is entering his 7th year with the firm and brings renewed energy & excitement to Hale & Associates as the firm transitions from it's predecessor Schneider & Kobata, PS. He is a graduate of the University of Washington Business School and is a certified Enrolled Agent (EA). This status authorizes him to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service for audits, collections, and appeals as well as consult and prepare tax returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts or any entity with tax-reporting requirements. Tavis resides in West Seattle with his wife and three kids. He enjoys golfing and traveling in his spare time.

Jimme Schneider, CPA

JimmeS@halecpas.com 206-835-0200 ext.104

CPA
Jimme was the managing partner of Hale & Associates predecessor Schneider & Kobata, PS. He continues to work full time during tax season for Hale & Associates and part time the rest of the year. Jim works with small businesses and individuals with their tax and financial planning. He enjoys the outdoors and golf, is married with 2 grown children and resides in Federal Way. Jim is pleased to be able to boast that he is a proud Grandpa. Jim is also the recipient of the 2010, 2011 and the 2012 "Top Wealth Manager" award presented by Seattle Magazine.

Gary Kobata, CPA

GaryK@halecpas.com 206-835-0200 ext.110

CPA
Gary was born and raised in the Puget Sound area. He was a partner in the predecessor firm Schneider & Kobata, PS. He continues to work full time during tax season for Hale & Associates and part time the rest of the year. Gary brings a wealth of experience as he's been with the firm and it's predecessors since 1970. Gary enjoys golfing, traveling and the Mariners and his grandchildren.

Nancy Osborn, EA

NancyO@halecpas.com 206-835-0200 ext.111

Tax Manager
Nancy joined the predecessor firm Schneider & Kobata, PS in 2004. She is a native of Washington and currently resides in Seattle with her husband. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science, Law degree from City University and is a federally-licensed tax practitioner with technical expertise in the field of taxation since 1999. As an Enrolled Agent Nancy is authorized to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service for audits, collections, and appeals as well as consult and prepare tax returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts or any entity with tax-reporting requirements. Her in-depth knowledge of federal and state tax issues allows her to expertly guide clients through complex tax issues. Her strong understanding of tax return compliance provides a solid basis for tax savings solutions. Nancy is a member of the Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance and the Seattle Chapter of Tax Roundtable.

Lisa Niverson, CPA

lisan@halecpas.com 206-835-0200

Senior Accountant
Lisa is a Senior Accountant with Hale & Associates and has been with the firm since 2017. She has worked in public accounting for over 17 years gaining valuable experience at various firms in the Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, and Spokane areas. She has experience in Auditing & Attest services, as well as tax preparation and consulting for all entity types, including individuals, small businesses, estates and trusts, nonprofit entities, payroll and state tax returns. She earned her Associates of Arts & Sciences degree - majoring in Professional Accounting -while still in high school and graduated from Eastern Washington University with Honors, earning a Bachelor of Arts-Business Administration degree, majoring in Accounting. She takes pride in being able to serve the needs of her clients - from 1040s to small business accounting, planning, and financial statement preparation. With experience as a QuickBooks ProAdvisor she also provides QuickBooks training and consulting. Lisa grew up on a cattle ranch in Eastern Washington and still has her horse from childhood. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors, the majority of which is spent with her pets on her little ranch in Maple Valley, including her horse, goats, mini KuneKune piglets, cat, and dog who all run the place. She enjoys spending time with family, horseback riding, hiking, camping, and fishing, as well as being in the garden or outside working with the animals when the weather is good.

Polly Howard

PollyH@halecpas.com 206-835-0200 ext.100

Secretary
Polly is an integral part of the Hale & Associates team and keeps the firm running smoothly. She has 2 grown children and 4 wonderful grandchildren. Polly resides in Renton with her husband Terry. She enjoys gardening and the challenge of keeping up with her grandchildren.