Our Team

At Swalling & Associates, you’ll find a hand-selected team of professionals, bringing an impressive depth of experience and specialized expertise. More importantly, each member of the group is committed to our firm’s mission of providing you with the very highest level of service and taking a personal interest in your success.


Lia Patton, CPA


Lia has over twenty years of experience in public accounting.

Tracy Hartung, CPA


Tracy Hartung joined Swalling & Associates in January 2019.

Rita J. De La Torre, CPA


Ms. De La Torre has 35+ years of experience in tax accounting.

Wayne D. Eski, CPA

Managing Director

Mr. Eski has 35+ years of experience

Gary Dixon, CPA

Director (Retired)

Gary Dixon joined Swalling & Associates in 1994.

Chris Swalling, CPA

Founder (Retired)

Chris Swalling founded Swalling & Associates in 1991.

Professional Staff

Justin M. Bledsoe, CPA

Justin brings a wide range of valuable experience from different industries.

Kristen Culver

Ms. Culver joined Swalling & Associates in 2019.

Heather Dakan, CPA

Ms. Dakan began her accounting career with Swalling & Associates in January of 2016.

Peggy Huske

Peggy joined the firm in January 2022.

Ryan Keates

Ryan joined the firm as a staff accountant in early 2020.

Dan F. Kennedy, CPA

Mr. Kennedy’s accounting firm, Kennedy & Co., LLC, merged with Swalling & Associates in 2006...

Janet C. Kennedy, CPA

A life-long Alaskan, Ms. Kennedy has been working as a public accountant since 1984.

Alyssa Larsen, CPA

Alyssa joined the firm as a staff accountant in early 2021.

Mafel Mago

Mafel joined the firm as a staff accountant in 2020.

Johnna R. Minemyer, CPA

Johnna Minemyer has provided audit, accounting, and tax services since joining the firm in 2012.

Colin Olner, CPA

Colin is a lifelong Alaskan and graduate from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Natasha Tanaka

Natasha joined the firm in November 2021.

Christine Williams, CPA

Ms. Williams graduated from the University of Oregon.

John Ray

John graduated with a BBA in Management from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in 2018.

Pierce (Sandy) Sandberg

"Sandy" was born and raised in Fairbanks, pursuing a degree in accounting.

Shelby Lopez

Shelby graduated with a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Western Governors University in Septe...

Ken Olmstead, CPA

Ken is a lifelong Alaskan. After serving in the U.S. Army, he obtained a Bachelor’s in Business degr...