Our Team

Upper Row: Linda Estes, Melissa Wight, Tracy Frei, Shannon “Cissy” Shelton Lower Row: Karen Wurdinger, Nancy Strobel, Cathy Johnson, Kristen Brockamp
Upper Row: Linda Estes, Melissa Wight, Tracy Frei, Shannon “Cissy” Shelton
Lower Row: Karen Wurdinger, Nancy Strobel, Cathy Johnson, Kristen Brockamp

Cathy Johnson

Licensed Tax Consultant, Enrolled Agent and President of Silver Creek Financial Services, Inc.

Cathy Johnson
Cathy Johnson

In January 1977, I began Neal’s Tax & Accounting. My first clients were a local gas station owner who hired me to keep his books and a fabric store chain who paid me to balance their checking accounts. The next clients were two local carpenters, then a logging company. I quickly added tax preparation services to the accounting work, preparing 15 tax returns the first year.

In the early 1990s, I felt the business had grown way beyond just me and that it deserved a new name. Neal’s Tax & Accounting became Silver Creek Financial Services, Inc. The business has continued to grow both in the number of clients served, the number of professionals working to serve them, and the depth of knowledge and experience in our team. We are all thankful to our clients for their business, their trust and their loyalty.

When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, cooking, hiking, reading and traveling. I also enjoy my involvement in the Lostine Presbyterian Church, Promise Investors, and the Oregon Association of Tax Consultants, where I serve as Vice-President in charge of continuing education at the local level, and state secretary.
Life is full and I am blessed!!

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Shannon “Cissy” Shelton

Licensed Tax Consultant / Accountant

Shannon "Cissy" Shelton
Shannon “Cissy” Shelton

Cissy has been serving Silver Creek clients since 1990. In addition to her bookkeeping and payroll clients she specializes in family farming, education credits and non-profit tax preparation. She and her husband Skip live in Lostine and have four grown children. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, which now includes nine grandchildren. She loves to camp, travel, read and do hand crafts as well as volunteering for various charitable organizations.

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Tracy Frei

Tracy Frei
Tracy Frei

Accountant

Tracy Frei joined the Silver Creek team in 1997 as our primary payroll professional and QuickBooks accounting specialist.  Tracy moved to a part time, distance position in 2015.  This has enabled her to spend more time with her four grown children and two grandchildren.  She enjoys traveling, seeing and experiencing new things.  Her favorite places to vacation are the happiest places on earth – Disney!  She goes whenever possible.

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Melissa Wight

Melissa Wight
Melissa Wight

Licensed Tax Consultant/Accountant

Melissa has worked at Silver Creek since 2001.  She specializes in individual and business tax returns.  Melissa and her husband, Dale, moved to Joseph in the mid-1980s and she soon thereafter started her own bookkeeping business.  Melissa and Dale also own Eastern Oregon Window Services, a window and blind cleaning service.  They have two grown children.  She loves to travel and explore places in this country when she can.  She is also very involved as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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Linda Estes

Licensed Tax Preparer / Accountant

Linda Estes
Linda Estes

Linda joined Silver Creek in 2012. She has earned her tax preparer’s license and works with many of our accounting and payroll clients. Linda and her husband, Joe, have  six children.
In her free time she enjoys horseback riding, camping and spending time with her family.
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Kristen Brockamp

Kristen Brockamp
Kristen Brockamp

Kristen Brockamp joined the Silver Creek team in 2015.  Her expertise is in individual and business tax returns.  Kristen and her husband, Matt, moved to Wallowa in 2009 where they own and operate Brockamp Land Surveying, LLC. This business background has helped Kristen quickly learn the art of preparing income tax returns.  They keep busy with all the aspects of raising three busy children including their school athletics and activities.  In any spare time Kristen can find in her busy life, she enjoys traveling, reading and being with her family.

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Nancy Stroebel

Nancy Stroebel
Nancy Stroebel

 

Nancy is the newest member of the Silver Creek team.  Nancy will be part of our front office team doing payrolls, accounting and office management.

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Karen Wurdinger

Karen Wurdinger
Karen Wurdinger

Karen started working for Silver Creek Financial Services in 2015 as our front office gal. She is the one you will see at the beginning of the process and then again at the end. What she enjoys the most about working at Silver Creek is meeting all the wonderful people. She spent a total of 26 years in the Willamette Valley and 19 years in the middle of nowhere Nevada working in a gold mine. She and her husband, Dave, ended up in the beautiful Wallowa Valley in 2014. They both love it here. Over the years, she has done a little of everything – from waitressing, retail sales, and owning a successful outfitting business where she packed, guided, and cooked for hunters. Though she enjoys having an ‘inside’ job now, you will often see her during her time off enjoying her hobbies of working with horses/mules, packing into the back country, dog training, gopher trapping and of course hitting the yard sales around the county.

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