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Staci Mehlhouse, CPA

Staci was born and raised in Chandler, Arizona.  After graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, she continued her education at the University of Phoenix, obtaining her Master’s in Accountancy.  She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Arizona, a member of the Arizona Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the Arizona Society of CPA’s (ASCPA).

Staci became specialized in the internal audit field of accounting during her first years as a CPA, before transitioning into an industry role as Development Controller at one of the nation’s largest private U.S. multifamily real estate companies.  She brought her internal audit and industry experience to a local CPA firm in Tempe, Arizona, where she performed audit and attest services for a variety of clients in a variety of industries.  She promoted to an audit manager role prior to leaving the firm to pursue M&S, CPA, PLC.

Staci is married and shares one energetic three-year-old son with her husband.  Staci’s time spent away from the business is packed with extended family gatherings, hiking local trails, and reading the newest murder-mystery novels.

Josh Swartzendruber, CPA

Josh was born and raised in the small town of Paonia, Colorado. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Regis University in Denver, Colorado and became a licensed CPA shortly after. He currently holds a CPA license in both Arizona and Colorado.

Upon college graduation, Josh entered the workforce for a local CPA firm in Colorado specializing in audit and attest services for financial institutions and employee benefit plans. After gaining valuable experience here, he and his wife had an opportunity to move to Honolulu, Hawaii, where his wife would earn her MBA and Josh worked as an internal auditor at a large, publicly traded bank. They loved their time in Hawaii, but after two years they wanted to start a family, which drew them to Phoenix. Upon their return, Josh worked as an internal auditor at a local credit union before becoming the Audit Manager at a local CPA firm in Tempe. During his tenure at the firm, Josh managed numerous employee benefit plan audits as well as financial statement audits, reviews and compilations serving both for-profit and non-profits. This well rounded experience and desire to serve clients above and beyond the normal audit and attest function, led to M&S, CPA, PLC.

Josh is married and has two sons. When not working, he and his family love to travel and can be found searching for the nearest beach or planning their next adventure.

Josh is a member of the Arizona Society of CPA’s (ASCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He serves as the Treasurer of a local non-profit and participates in many local association events.