Managers

Greenville, SC

Stephen C. Stokes, CPA – President

Stephen has more than 15 years’ experience working with individuals and businesses to meet their tax and accounting needs. He has been the managing partner of Stokes & Company CPAs since January 2009. He is a licensed certified public accountant in South Carolina. Stephen is also a member of the South Carolina Association of CPAs, the American Institute of CPAs, and the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants. He has a bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University and a master’s degree from Georgia State University. Stephen was born and raised near Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Greenville, South Carolina, several years ago. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Tiffani, and daughters, Madeline and Julianna. He is actively involved in his church and enjoys reading, sports, and other outdoor activities.

Allen A. Hodges, CPA – Vice President

Allen has more than 30 years’ experience in accounting, business, finance, and tax matters. He is a licensed certified public accountant in South Carolina and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He began his career with an International CPA firm and has since also served as the corporate controller of a large textile company and then as Chief Financial Officer of a national industrial business based in Greenville with multiple plants around the US. Allen is a promoter of collaborative teamwork across business disciplines in an organization to accelerate growth and improve profitability. In January 2013, he acquired a Greenville CPA practice which provided tax and accounting services to local businesses, individuals and families. He operated the firm as its sole owner until merging it into Stokes & Company CPAs in January 2018. Allen grew up in Michigan before moving to Greenville, South Carolina over 30 years ago. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Holly, and his children and grandchildren. He actively serves on the board of a local free medical clinic, an educational mission board located on the Texas border with Mexico and with the local chapter of the Association of CPA’s. Allen also serves on the SCACPA Education Fund Scholarship Committee as a Trustee. He is actively involved in his church where he has been a member over 30 years. He also enjoys history, following baseball and other sports as well as learning about the many new and interesting businesses being started and growing in Greenville.

Michael J. Twomey, CPA – Senior Tax Manager

Michael joined Stokes & Company CPAs in September 2018. He has 30 years of experience in public accounting and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. Michael focuses on providing comprehensive tax planning to a diverse client base and has worked with a wide range of clients to help them achieve their goals. His experience includes five years with a Big Four accounting firm working in its International Assignment Tax Services practice in which he focused on tax planning and reviewing individual tax returns for inbound and outbound international executives. Mike enjoys spending time with his wife Kara and three children, movies, music, yardwork and golf.

Brandon L. Esco, CPA – Tax Manager

Brandon joined Stokes & Company CPAs in September 2019. He has 12 years of experience in public accounting and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. Brandon received his bachelor’s degree from Presbyterian College in 2007. He has a wide range of tax experience servicing individuals, businesses, estates, and trusts. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Lisa, and two children, serving in his local church, studying Biblical theology, watching sports, and spending time outdoors.

Rachel D. McClaran, EA – Tax Manager

Rachel joins us with 13 years of experience in public and private accounting. As an Enrolled Agent, Rachel prepares tax returns, offers tax-planning advice, and represents clients in response to tax authorities’ notices or audits. As a QuickBooks Pro Advisor, she also provides bookkeeping and QuickBooks clean-up services to business clients. Her Bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University and experience in prior business settings enable her to meet client’s needs with excellence and professionalism. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Alvie, and their two children. She loves Clemson football and serves as the Finance Vice President for the Junior League of Greenville.

Paige Gillespie, EA – Accounting Manager

Paige joined Stokes & Company CPAs, PC in 2009, and has 11 years of experience in public accounting. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina with a Marketing Management major. A few years later, she took specialized accounting courses, also from USC, to begin her accounting career. In 2015 Paige earned an Enrolled Agent, becoming a federally authorized tax practitioner. She is a member of the South Carolina Association of CPAs and manages bookkeeping, tax planning, and tax preparation services for individuals, corporations, and partnerships at our firm. Paige and her husband, along with their three kids, enjoy long walks with their dog and spending time with family.

Antonio Smith, CPA – Accounting Manager

Antonio joined Stokes & Company CPAs in November 2018. He has over eight years of experience in assisting private businesses and individuals with their accounting and tax preparation needs. Antonio is a South Carolina native.  Antonio received a B.A. from Wofford College in Accounting, Finance & Economics. He then obtained an M.A. from the University of South Carolina in International Business. In his spare time, Antonio enjoys listening to music, watching & critiquing film, and traveling.

Hannah Williams, CPA – Accounting Manager

Hannah joined Stokes & Company in January of 2018. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Bob Jones University. Originally from Indiana, Hannah moved to South Carolina in 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano and serving in her church.

Joe Sciortino – Tax and Accounting Manager

Joe joined Stokes & Company, CPAs in June 2020. Originally from Long Island, New York, Joe received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from St. Joseph’s College and his Master’s in Taxation from the State University of New York Old Westbury. In 2017, he completed the CPA Exam. During his five years of working in public accounting, he has helped individuals and businesses with tax planning, tax preparation, and bookkeeping. In his free time, Joe likes to attend car shows, play video games, and exercise.

Steve Chisholm – Accountant and Technology Specialist

Steve joined Hodges & Ballentine, LLC, now Stokes & Company, in May of 2017 as an Accountant. He has more than 25 years of experience in accounting and taxes and has been involved in Christian education and ministry throughout most of his career as a Business Manager and Financial Administrator. Steve and his wife Shawn have six children and enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Jennifer Thieleman – Office Manager

Jennifer joined Stokes & Company in January of 2019 and has more than seven years of experience working for CPA firms. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Office Administration from Bob Jones University and is a SC Notary. Jennifer is originally from Pennsylvania and loves being involved with her church, reading, baking, and spending time with her daughter, family, and friends.

Gaffney& Spartanburg, SC

Chris Roberts, CPA – Tax Manager

Chris joined Stokes & Company CPAs in August 2019. He has 12 years of experience in public accounting and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as both the North and South Carolina Associations of Certified Public Accountants. Chris has extensive experience working in practice areas of business and individual tax services, tax planning services, and fiduciary tax services. His focused areas include real estate, construction, hospitality services, and medical practices. Chris enjoys spending time with his wife Holly and three children. He loves Georgia football and enjoys reading, sports, and yardwork.

Tracy Vanderford, CPA – Accounting Manager

Tracy joined Stokes & Company CPA’s in 2019 and has over 20 years of experience in public accounting. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Winthrop University and is a member of the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accounts. Tracy has served clients in both tax preparation and planning and financial statement preparation. In her spare time, Tracy enjoys reading, day trips, and spending time with her daughter and grand-daughter.

Lisa Estes – Office Manager

Lisa joined Stokes & Company in November 2019 and has more than thirty years of experience working in a CPA firm, as office manager and support in the accounting and tax departments. Lisa and her husband, Joe, have one child. She enjoys spending time with her family and serving in the children’s ministry with her husband at church.

   Tryon, NC

CHRISTINE E. O’CONNOR, CPA, MST – TAX AND ACCOUNTING MANAGER

Christine joined Stokes & Company CPAs in July 2020.  She has 25 years’ experience in public accounting and is a member of the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.  Christine grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Bentley University with a Master of Science in Taxation.  She has spent her career focusing on client needs and is dedicated to helping clients grow and achieve business success while saving taxes. Christine’s expertise lies in providing comprehensive tax services that include individual, trust, corporate, partnership and nonprofit tax returns; and financial statement services:  Preparation, Compilation, Review and Audit.  In addition to her commitment to client success, Christine is dedicated to mentoring and training staff members to achieve their full potential.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, Jess, her two border collies, creating stained glass art, camping, and traveling.

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