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About Us

About Our Firm

For years, Kriegel / Gray / Shaw & Co., P.C. 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.

Kriegel / Gray / Shaw & Co., P.C. 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. Kriegel / Gray / Shaw & Co., P.C. 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 Kriegel / Gray / Shaw & Co., P.C. receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

Partners

DEBBIE A. GRAY, CPA

Audit Partner

Debbie received her Bachelor of Accountancy degree from New Mexico State University in December 1980. She began work with Kriegel/Gray/Shaw & Co., P.C. in June 1981 and was admitted as a partner in 1987.

Debbie's many years of experience providing auditing and attestation services have gained her substantial expertise in governmental, nonprofit, federal government contractors, as well as other financial statement audits, reviews and compilations. She also has experience in tax preparation and related matters.

Debbie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Mexico Society of CPA's, having served on its board and quality control committees, and is a member and past president of the Dona Ana Chapter of CPA's.

KEN SHAW, CPA, CFP ®

Tax Partner

Ken earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Eastern New Mexico University in 1979. After ten years of public accounting experience with other firms, he joined Kriegel/Gray/Shaw & Co., P.C. in 1989 and was admitted as a partner in 1993.

His primary areas of practice include tax preparation and planning, retirement planning, estate planning and wealth management.

Ken holds professional licenses as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and as a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) practitioner from the CFP Board. He holds the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Charted Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®) designation from the College for Financial Planning.

He currently serves on the board of Mesilla Valley Hospice Foundation and as treasurer of the Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Council. He has served as president of both the Mesilla Valley Hospice board of directors and United Way of Southern NM. He is also a member of the Rio Grande Rotary Club.

Ken holds professional memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Personal Financial Planning Section of the AICPA and the New Mexico Society of CPA’s.

TEAM MEMBERS

KRISTI GRANADOS, CPA

Senior Accountant

Kristi began working with Kriegel/Gray/Shaw & Co., P.C. in January 2008 after a 25-year career in governmental accounting and university teaching. Her primary responsibilities are tax preparation and planning for individuals, corporations, partnerships, trusts and estates.

She received a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting emphasis) from Idaho State University in 1981 and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University in 1995. She has also completed all coursework toward a Masters of Accountancy at NMSU.

Kristi has lived in Las Cruces for the past 25 years and been active in many community organizations. She has served as President of the Dona Ana Chapter of CPA’s, Chairman of the Board of the Wesley Foundation of NMSU/DACC, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Las Cruces Community Theatre.

She is currently a member of the Audit Committee for Morningstar United Methodist Church, a member of the Rotary Club of Las Cruces, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Wesley Foundation of NMSU/DACC.

Kristi is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Mexico Society of CPA’s, and the Dona Ana Chapter of CPA’s.

JOY LARA

Accounting Services / IT Manager

Joy began working with Kriegel/Gray/Shaw & Co., P.C. in May 1972.

She graduated from New Mexico Junior College with an Associate's degree in May 1972.

Joy is in charge of our Accounting Services department. She directs and oversees the computer operations related to all of the clients accounting and payroll related services.

She also does basic network and computer maintenance.

KATHY SHANNON

Bookkeeper

Kathy began working with Kriegel/Gray/Shaw & Co., P.C. in August 2012. She has a background in Commercial Banking working as a Teller, Customer Service Representative, New Accounts, and Loan Department Assistant. Kathy has over 20 years experience working in a church office as the Financial Secretary and a local non-profit agency. Kathy provides payroll services and monthly/quarterly bookkeeping for several of the firm’s clients. She is a past board member for the local chapter National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

CJ VALDES

Bookkeeper

CJ began working with Kriegel/Gray/Shaw & Co., P.C. in January 2016. He has worked in the bookkeeping /accounting field for more than 15 years for various types of businesses.

CJ provides payroll and monthly/quarterly bookkeeping services for several of the firm’s clients.

Crystal Padilla

Accountant

Crystal earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from New Mexico State University in December 2017 and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso. She has over 10 years of experience doing accounting and bookkeeping within a University setting.

Crystal began working at Kriegel/Gray/Shaw & Co., P.C. in May of 2021.

Clara Ting Liao

Audit Staff

Clara received her Master of International Business degree in 2013 and her Bachelor of Business Administration in 2019 in China. In December 2021, she graduated with her Master of Accountancy degree from New Mexico State University with straight A’s. Clara served as an Account Manager in a public IT company for four years in Shanghai. She has one year of experience in bookkeeping and with tax returns.

Clara joined Kriegel/Gray/Shaw & Co., P.C. in August 2021. She is currently preparing to advance her career by obtaining her CPA license.