Barbara R. Clausen, CPA
Managing Partner

Barb earned her Bachelor of Science with a Major in Accounting from Colorado State University in 2000 and has been engaged in the practice of accounting since 1995. In 2002, Barb founded our firm with her mom, Mary Naud. Since then, Clausen & Associates CPAs has evolved into a small firm that offers tax, accounting and consulting services for individuals and small businesses, as well as specializing in non-profit and government audits.

Barb is a member of the Colorado Society of CPAs and the AICPA. In addition to her expertise in tax planning, preparation and accounting for individuals and small businesses, Barb has years of experience in performing non-profit and government audits. Barb has three children—two girls and a boy. She is an active volunteer at her kids’ schools and loves traveling, camping and skiing with her family and friends.

When I first started in accounting in high school, working for my mom, I thought it was likely the most boring job that any high schooler could have. After all of these years I have come to appreciate the diversity in client situations and client personalities, and it has become a fascinating way to spend my days (and many nights!) I am constantly learning – whether it be new tax laws, new software platforms, new client circumstances or new ways of working. I truly enjoy what I do, the people I work with and the clients we serve!

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I thrive on helping clients navigate through all stages of their businesses and/or tax and accounting needs, with the goal of being able to support clients through challenging times. On a personal level, I feel so fortunate to have nurtured quality relationships with my co-workers within the office setting as well as sharing similar interests and activities outside of the office.

Nicole A. Mandile, CPA
Partner, Tax Manager

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Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Colorado State University. Prior to joining our firm, she was an accountant in the private industry for eight years. She and her husband own L1 Automotive, an automotive repair business in Northern Colorado, giving her invaluable and unique insight into the day-to-day challenges and responsibilities faced by the small business owner.
A member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Colorado
Society of CPAs, Nicole says her favorite part of her career with Clausen & Associates is working with, and getting to know, the wonderful clients that we serve–getting acquainted with their families and watching them change and grow every year. Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons at home in the foothills of Larimer County, where they love seeing the wildlife native to the area. As a family they enjoy camping, boating and 4-wheeling. Favorite vacation destinations include Moab and Lake Powell in Utah.


I enjoy working in the nonprofit environment and seeing how audit clients change and grow. I appreciate that we maintain up-to-date technology, software and training in order to meet our clients’ expectations. The comraderies of my co-workers are pleasant and so beneficial to our in-office peer consultations, which are invaluable for providing exceptional service to our clients. I also truly enjoy the flexibility of my schedule, which allows me to have a great balance between work and personal life.

Kelly G. Gorbold, CPA
Audit Manager

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Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Major in Accounting from the University of Colorado and is a member of the Colorado Society of CPAs. She has experience in accounting and auditing for non-profit and governmental organizations; including compilations, reviews and audits of financial statements, and development and implementation of compliance testing. Kelly’s outside interests include spending time with her granddaughter on a weekly basis, cooking, and a wide variety of fitness activities. Kelly is a children’s leader for an international bible study in Longmont, and serves at a local church in Fraser, Colorado, where she and her husband of forty-plus years spend their weekends hiking, skiing, golfing and entertaining lots of family and friends.


Linda G. Stow, CPA

Linda earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Accounting from Colorado State University in 1965.  She earned her Certified Public Accounting certificate in 1972 and is a member of the Colorado Society of CPAs. She has been in the accounting field since 1967, and has experience in accounting and tax planning and preparation. Prior to merging with Clausen & Associates CPAs, PC in January 2012, Linda was a shareholder in her own practice, Stow & Santos, PC for 32 years. Outside of the office, Linda enjoys gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

I have always enjoyed the “public” part of public accounting. People are the key! Meeting with clients over the years ... following their lives as they raised their children and now grandchildren, following their careers and being able to help when needed has given me a very satisfying career.

What I enjoy most about public accounting is the variety of businesses and people we have the privilege of meeting and helping every day––businesses in all stages of growth and individuals in all stages of life––
I enjoy assisting them with the challenges they have, and helping come up with solutions and ideas to help them manage situations most effectively. I enjoy the fast pace of tax season as well and there is a mixture of relief and disappointment when it is over. I enjoy the flexible hours that allow me to coach youth sports and be there for all my kids events, even if it means being at the office until late into the evening. That flexibility also allows me to manage my real estate business and stay current on the most recent developments in that industry as well. I also enjoy the technologically-advanced nature of our office that allows me to work from anywhere in the world.

Brett Crall, Accountant

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Brett earned his Bachelor of Science in Business with a Major in Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado. A native of Boulder County, he has a passion for small business—his parents started and ran their own businesses—a real estate business, a construction company, and an excavation company. Brett joined our firm in 2013. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker and is currently sitting for the CPA exam. Brett and his wife have four kids—two boys and two girls. He is a self-professed “recovering ski bum,” but these days, Brett enjoys attending his kids’ sporting events and giving his time as a volunteer, coaching youth sports.


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Amy Price, Accountant

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Amy earned her Master of Science degree from Colorado State University.
Prior to joining our firm, Amy was an accountant for more than
a decade in the private, small business industry and also has experience in governmental accounting. Amy enjoys spending time
with her husband and daughter, as well as
rafting, reading, music and cooking.

I started in accounting because I love math and I love doing puzzles. Accounting is just putting the puzzle pieces in the right spot to see the big picture. I love my job at Clausen CPAs because there is always something new. I can do 20 tax returns and each of them are different in some way. It is frustrating, exhausting, exhilarating and fulfilling all at the same time! I appreciate working with people who are incredibly great at what they do. I have learned so much and know I have much more to learn. It rejuvenates my interest in accounting.

Here’s why I really like my job: organizing a client’s tax data is like assembling a big puzzle. It can be challenging, but when it works, there’s a wonderful sense of satisfaction. And in public accounting, there will be many versions of that same puzzle. It is nice working in a firm Clausen CPA’s size because, as I have discovered many times, if I don’t know the answer to a question, there is always someone here who does. And it is rewarding working with as many clients as we do, with so many occupations and different personalities. Some might think being an accountant is boring, but I have found it not so at all!

Nancy Wright, Accountant

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Nancy has been an integral part of our firm since it was founded. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Denver and has worked in the accounting field since 1985. Nancy specializes in meeting the bookkeeping needs of our small business clients, including training them in the use of Sage and QuickBooks software. Nancy likes to spend time reading, gardening, exploring museums and walking. She is also an avid bicyclist with an adventurous spirit and a yen for travel.


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Sherry Leonard-Bellet, Accountant

Sherry joined our staff at Clausen CPAs in December of 2018. She has worked in the accounting industry since 1985, with experience in both private sector and government accounting. Prior to joining our team, she operated her own bookkeeping and accounting company, serving small businesses in northern Colorado. Sherry helps us meet the bookkeeping needs of our small business clients. She has two grown sons, and outside of the office she enjoys travel, theatre, golf and photography.

I enjoy being out in the community, meeting business owners and developing loyal relationships with our bookkeeping clients. Our staff is supportive and friendly, and I appreciate the opportunity Clausen CPAs has provided
for me to continue learning.

Accepting a full-time position with Clausen CPAs ––a job that has evolved along with my capabilities and experience––remains one of my best life decisions. The opportunities I’ve had to grow professionally and personally while working and learning in the company of caring, knowledgeable, respectful and ethical coworkers–who have become part of my family– is a gift I will value forever. I especially appreciate the time I am afforded to get to know our clients, which ultimately helps us better serve their current and future needs.

Sally McMichael
Client Services Manager

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Sally oversees the day-to-day operations of the firm and manages the support of our staff in addition to providing administrative services for our clients. She has professional and volunteer experience in accounting, marketing, and IT, as well as management experience in small-network environments, database development and customer service. In her role Clausen CPAs, client contact is her favorite part of the job. She truly looks forward to visiting with and serving the administrative needs of our clients. (Sally is a notary if you require these services! )Sally has two grown daughters and enjoys writing, traveling and gardening.


I love the busyness that tax season brings. Working as a team to continually find ways to improve our service is something I appreciate in my job. I’m always encouraged to learn new things. I love that I have a great deal of control and flexibility over my schedule. We are trusted to produce high-quality work while allowing for work/life balance. I feel valued and work hard to maintain this level of trust, but at the same time, I love that my job enables me to enjoy my life outside of work as well!
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Rhonda Forsyth, Administrative Assistant

Rhonda earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Business Management from Colorado State University. She worked in the microelectronic industry for several years, but more recently chose to focus her time and energy actively volunteering in her children's schools and with their sports teams. As a member of the administrative staff at Clausen CPAs, she puts her organizational and detail-oriented skills to good use. She and her husband have two grown children---a daughter and a son. Outside of work, she enjoys attending sporting events, spending time with family and friends, and traveling to new places. Rhonda's family has a plan to visit every Major League Baseball stadium. With only seven visited so far, they have a lot of traveling and memories left to make!


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