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 Lavoie & 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

KRISTINA SMITH

Kristina joined the Claiborne & Associates family in December 2014.

She currently attends the University of Phoenix in the process of obtaining her Master's of Science in Accounting. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Business with a Concentration in Accounting. She hopes to further her knowledge in the field to better help the mountain community. 

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.

 

 

 

TESSA JOHNSON

Tessa joined Claiborne Lavoie & Associates in September 2017.

She has a bachelor's degree in Economics from the Univeristy of California Santa Cruz and is currently pursuing further education in accounting with a plan to obtain her CPA license. 

Tessa was bron and raised in Auburn, CA and moved to Mariposa in May of 2017. She is excited to call the Sierras home and loves the hiking, backpacking and outdoor adventure that the area offers. Her free time is spent cooking, gardening and raising goats.