Stephen Stokes

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.

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Allen A. Hodges, CPA – Vice President

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Gary L Wheeler, CPA – Tax Director

First licensed by California as a CPA in 1979, Gary is well-respected for his knowledge of complex tax and accounting rules. He is a licensed certified public accountant in South Carolina and Florida, as well as a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the South Carolina Association of CPAs. Gary is always up for a challenge and enjoys solving issues in order to truly help our clients. He devotes time to continuing education and research to develop tax-saving strategies. When not in the office, you truly might find Gary anywhere. He loves to spend time with his family at their pool or a local Sonic. He also enjoys leading mission teams around the world through his church and through a local missions organization, Impacting America.

Paige Gillespie

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 two sons Wyatt and Dalton, enjoy long walks with their dog and spending time with family.


Andrew Hudson – Accounting Manager

Andrew joined Stokes and Company CPAs in 2016 and brings more than 9 years of experience in tax preparation, audit engagements and small business advisory. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Bob Jones University. Andrew and his family moved back to his home state of South Carolina after living and working several years in the Atlanta area. Andrew and his wife, Ann, have one son and enjoy spending time with family, being outside and on the lake.



Rachel D. McClaran, EA – Tax Manager

Rachel joins us with 12 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 Vice-Chair of Sponsorship Development as a member of the Junior League of Greenville.

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Jenny Duvall – Office Manager

Jenny joined Stokes & Company CPAs in 2014 as Stephen Stokes’ assistant and currently now serves as our Office Manager.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bob Jones University in 2010. A native of Greenville, SC, Jenny enjoys international travel with a special love for Israel and the Middle East. When not managing the office, you can often find her photographing and camping along the beautiful waterfalls and nature trails of the Carolinas.

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Ann Hudson – Accountant

Ann joined Stokes and Company CPAs in March of 2017, and she brings with her more than 6 years of experience in public and private accounting. She graduated from Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Ann enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Andrew, and their son, Asher. She also enjoys working out in the yard, searching for recipes and then testing them out in the kitchen.

Carol Finley

Carol Finley – Payroll Manager

Carol has more than 30 years of experience in accounting and taxes. She began her accounting career in 1980 as a bookkeeper for her father’s business. She continued developing her bookkeeping skills through coursework at Greenville Technical College and later expanded her knowledge in payroll, bookkeeping and income tax preparation while on staff at a CPA firm in Powdersville, SC. When Stokes & Company welcomed Carol in 2010, she hit the ground running and her experience has proved invaluable. Carol and her husband, Brian, enjoy spending time with family and friends.

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Christiawna Gauldin – Payroll Specialist

Christiawna  joined the Stokes & Company team towards the end of 2013. After receiving her degree in accounting from Pensacola Christian College in 2010, she began working as a reservation officer and then later as an events coordinator, administrative assistant, and enrollment advisor for a large private school in Pensacola. In September 2013, she returned to her native state and city and began as Stephen Stokes’ assistant while furthering her knowledge of payroll and accounting.  Her responsibilities consist of assisting with payroll and accounting engagements. Christiawna enjoys time with her husband, outdoor recreation, a good book, and time in the kitchen cooking and baking for people she loves.


Emily Hargrave – Payroll Assistant

Emily joined our team as a Payroll Assistant and Administrative Assistant in June of 2017. She received her Bachelors from West Coast Baptist College in 2008 with a degree in music. Since college, Emily has worked in the academic office of her college alma mater, as well as for an optometrist office in her home town back in Iowa. She has lived in the Midwest, on the West Coast and is now calls the East Coast and Greenville, SC her home. In her free time, Emily enjoys music, reading a good book, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.


Linda Lauria – Accountant

Linda joined Stokes & Company in May of 2015.  Through the years, she has gained a wide variety of job experience in transportation, confidential shredding, administrative duties, payroll processing and has over 12 years of combined accounting experience.  She enjoys hiking, spending time with her husband, their two daughters, two dogs Mongo and Tinker, and serving in her church.

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Holly Carver – Accountant

In March of 2015, Holly joined Stokes & Company after a long career  in customer service and product compliance.  She is a Clemson graduate with a BS degree in Administrative Management.  Holly loves spending time with her husband Carroll and their two daughters and son-in-law.  A few of the things she enjoys are Clemson sports, walking, hiking, vacationing in the mountains and spending her Saturdays during the summer at the lake. She is actively involved in working and worshiping with her church family.


Reba Childers – Accountant

Reba joined Stokes & Company in the spring of 2016, and brings more than 30 years of accounting and small business ownership experience.  Her career started very early working for the family business every summer and after school in Colorado.  She has since has owned a consignment shop and a custom drapery business and now enjoys helping others with their bookkeeping needs. Reba and her husband enjoy traveling abroad, road trips through the back country, and cooking.


Kimberlee Dix – Accountant

Kimberlee joined Stokes & Company in June of 2016. She has gained 11 years of experience in accounting, income tax, and payroll processing from a small accounting firm in Michigan, where she is originally from. Kimberlee and her family have lived in SC since 2013. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and any outdoor activity.


Matt Green – Accountant

Matt recently joined Stokes & Company CPAs in January of 2017. He graduated with a Bachelors in Accounting from Liberty University and is currently pursuing an MBA in Liberty University Online. A native of Greenville, South Carolina he and his wife enjoy baseball and spending time with their three children. Matt is also a talented musician, sound engineer, composer and his witty humor provides a constant atmosphere of laughter in the office.

Steve Chisholm – Accountant

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.