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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

GALE PATTON

Senior Accountant

Gale began working with Kriegel/Gray/Shaw & Co., P.C. in October 1979. She received her Bachelor of Accountancy degree from New Mexico State University.

Her experience includes New Mexico state governmental A-133 single audits, audits of nonprofit organizations and university's and tribal governmental audits; as well as other audits, compilations, and reviews of financial statements. She also prepares and reviews tax returns for our individual, corporate, and partnership clients.

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.

BRENDA M. SHANNON, MAcc, CPA, CIA

Professional Staff

Providing seasonal tax and audit services. Individual, partnership, corporate and trust income tax - training, review and preparation. Governmental audit and attestation services.

Brenda returned to work for Kriegel/Gray/Shaw & Co., P.C. in 2011, after retiring from a 25-year career in state government that included more than 22 years at New Mexico State University. Brenda was Chief Audit Executive for the last 12 years of her employment with NMSU and, prior to that, taught accounting classes and performed a variety of financial and cost accounting duties. Brenda first worked for Kriegel & Company as a staff accountant for 3 years, after completing her Master's degree in 1985.

Brenda is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the New Mexico Society of CPAs (NMSCPAs), the Dona Ana Chapter of CPAs, and the Institute of Internal Auditors. She served on the NMSCPAs board of directors and on the education & scholarship committee, and received the Society's 2003 Outstanding Member in Government award. She is a past president and secretary/treasurer of the Dona Ana Chapter of CPAs.

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.

BLAIR BAEZA

Professional Staff

Blair began work with Kriegel/Gray/Shaw & Co., P.C., in July 2018. She received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration - Accounting from Western New Mexico University in May 2018 and is currently enrolled in the Master’s program with ambitions to get her CPA license.

Blair has one year of auditing experience with current experience in New Mexico Office of the State Auditor agency audits. Blair also provides income tax services by preparing our individual, corporate and partnership clients.

Blair is a member of the National Society of Leadership and is also a member of the Dona Ana Chapter of CPAs.

JESUS CORTEZ

Professional Staff

Jesus began work with Kriegel/Gray/Shaw & Co., P.C. in October 2017. He received a Bachelor's of Accounting from University of New Mexico in December 2016.

Jesus has two years of auditing experience with current experience in New Mexico Office of the State Auditor agency audits. Jesus also has income tax experience including business as well as individual income taxes.

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.

SERENA GLENN

Bookkeeper

Serena began working with Kriegel/Gray/Shaw & Co., P.C. in August 2015. In 2014, she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from Columbia College in Missouri.

She has a background of working in commercial banking as a Teller and CSR. Serena provides payroll and accounts payable services as well as monthly/quarterly bookkeeping for the firm's clients.

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.