Kathy L. Cervantes, Founder, and President
After six years working in corporate America, Kathy wanted to start her own business to get away from the unethical practices that surrounded her and founded Diversified Accounting Services Inc.™ in 1989. When asked what was her motivation to start a business? She answered, “I found it difficult to work in a company that lived by double standards. I feel that small businesses are often shortchanged, charged high prices, over promised and under served.
As a small business owner myself I feel that I can relate to many other small businesses and share my knowledge that I have gained through my experience as a small business owner. I know I have done my job when we are the first person our clients call with any business or tax questions.” When not at work Kathy is an avid gardener. From flowers to salad greens, she can make almost anything grow. During tax season she finds it relaxing and effective way to de-stress and think through problems. Kathy also loves to spend time with her husband of 24 years, two children, and walk her dogs.
- - Central Washington University, Bachelor of Science, Major in Accounting, 1983
- - Central Washington University, Bachelor of Arts, Major in Business Management, 1983
Christine “Chris” L. Smith, Associate
Chris has been a team member of DAS since 1992. Years earlier, Chris met Kathy while working for a mutual employer. When Kathy started to gain more clients Chris joined her team and helped build the business into what it is today. During her time at DAS she has been a key asset in our company’s success, from receptionist and administrative assistant, to spreadsheet specialist and business partner, Chris has seen and done it all. “I have been through it all, while working here at DAS. From being a three and four client business, to almost having too many projects to handle, DAS is unlike any company I worked for. Kathy is truly a one of a kind business person. I am often in awe of how she can handle what seems like impossible situations, often account reconciliation related, and make the deadline. My favorite part of my job is the interaction with our clients. I have been here so long that I consider many of them to be close friends.”
While Chris retired from full time work the summer of 2015 but she still helps with occasional projects. Throughout her time at DAS and in her retirement, Chris takes frequent trips to Eastern Washington to visit her family. From her sisters and brothers, her children and grandchildren, to her pets, Chris has a large, closely knit family that she loves spending time with.
- - Everett Community College, Associate of Arts, Accounting Principles, 1990
Kattrina J. Cervantes, Associate
Kattrina has been a team member since 2014, first starting as an intern learning about the bank reconciliation process. Now, she wears many hats as a payroll professional, bookkeeper, and administrative assistant. Her “can do” attitude, willingness to learn, and fresh ideas make her a valued asset to our team.
While attending classes for her Associate of Arts in Business Management at Edmonds Community College, she discovered a knack and understanding for accounting. While she is working for DAS she is currently enrolled at the University of Washington working toward a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Accounting. When asked why she chose a career in accounting she answered, “In my sophomore year in college I took a few accounting classes and it just ‘clicked’. The methodology makes sense to me and I enjoy it!”
- - Edmonds Community College, Associate of Arts, Business Management, 2015
- - University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts, Major in Accounting Principles, (in progress)