Our Staff

JOY CLAIBORNE

Our clients depend on us to help them navigate the many financial opportunities and challenges business and families have to offer. It is Joy's goal to give them the comfort of knowing we are by their side throughout the adventure and here to help in any way possible. This goal is achieved through the building of strong relationships based on integrity, trust, sharing of knowledge and outstanding service.

In her free time she enjoys hiking, backpacking and in general any outdoor activity with her family and being involved in various community activities.

Joy is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting, receiving her CPA license in 1986.  She is also a licensed Professional Fiduciary with the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs Professional Fiduciaries Bureau.  She is a past president of Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary Club.

CANDACE LAVOIE

Candace joined Claiborne & Associates in 2005 and enjoys the diversity of clients she works with as well as the challenges that arise from assisting those clients with tax planning and business consulting.

She relocated to the mountain area from Southern California with her family in 1992 and graduated from Yosemite High School in 1994. She is an enrolled agent with the IRS and has over 15 years of accounting experience.

She likes to read and enjoys spending time with family and friends. When the opportunity arises she likes to explore the beauty and grandeur of the Sierra Nevadas.

 

 

DEBORA WESTWOOD

Debora has over 35 years tax preparation and accounting experience and obtained her Enrolled Agent license in July 1996.  She was born and raised in Hanford, CA on a small farm, and now resides in Oakhurst.

Debora focuses on income tax preparation of individuals and businesses in a variety of industries.  She also assists in performing compilations and reviews. She is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents, California Society of Enrolled Agents and Central California Society of Enrolled Agents.  She also maintains a California Casualty Broker Agent Insurance License.

Debora has served as the past president of Central California Society of Enrolled Agents, and of the Kings/Tulare American Society of Women in Accounting.  She supports local charities and is very proud to have served as the chairperson of the first dinner/dance fundraiser for the Make-a-Wish foundation of South San Joaquin Valley.

When not at work Debora enjoys spending her time going to the mountains, fishing, or watching NASCAR racing.  Her other interests include gardening, and quilting.

 

KRISTINA HENDRICKSON

Kristina joined the Claiborne & Associates family in December 2014.

She currently attends the University of Phoenix in the process of obtaining her Bachelors of Science in Business with a Concentration in Accounting. Her goal is to continue her education and be able to help the mountain community for many years to come.

She moved here from Kansas City, Missouri in 2005 and has loved every minute of it. In her down time she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

 

 

DYAN MELANSON

Dyan joined Claiborne Lavoie & Associates in November 2016.

Loving the Sierras, she moved from Southern California to Oakhurst in 1997 and has raised her children here. She has worked for many years in real estate, administration and bookkeeping. She received a diploma in Computerized Accounting from the Institute of Technology in 2009 and maintains an active California real estate license.

She enjoys spending time with her kids, cooking, watching baseball and NASCAR and camping and fishing in the summertime.