Our Incredible Staff

 

 

Here at Instant Tax Solutions, we are blessed to be able to work with great people who are not only experienced with their jobs, but passionate about them.

They bring hundreds of years of combined experience in the tax, financial and legal industries to our tax relief firm right here in the United States.

100% of our tax lawyers, consultants and employees are right here in the US. They all know each other, have their kids play sports together, and are here to help you get the results that you need.

Ian and Rebekah Woodman

Ian and Rebekah Woodman

Owners

Ian Woodman is the founder of Instant Tax Solutions. Ian studied accounting while attending college at C.S.U.N. in California. Ian has owned various businesses since 1997, but chose to get into the tax resolution industry in 2008, when he realized there was a need for tax payers to find honest and ethical tax help.

Ian’s vision of Instant Tax Solutions has always been to provide honest information to clients, which includes a free consultation, a flat fee, and impeccable customer service from the first time a client calls until the final resolution of the client’s tax problem.

Ian enjoys vacationing with his family, watching his kids play sports, attending concerts, and going to amusement parks.

Becky works at Instant Tax Solutions part-time to assist in the accounting department. Becky attended North Idaho College while seeking her nursing degree. Becky brings her caring and creative mentality to ITS, which benefits all our clients greatly.

Becky spends most of her time raising 4 kids and watching all the sports they play. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, taking vacations, or just sitting around a fire pit with friends.

John Nelson

John Nelson

General Manager / Senior Tax Consultant

John Nelson, General Manager at Instant Tax Solutions, is an accomplished professional with over 23 years of experience in business management, human resources, training, and consulting. With a mindset of service and advocacy, he is responsible for supporting and managing the daily business operations, brand management, and strategic business development.

Prior to joining ITS, John was a District Manager in the banking industry. His greatest strengths are his vision, drive, and leadership. John thrives on challenges, particularly those that succeed client expectations – never over-committing and under-delivering.

John holds a BA in business from College of Idaho. In his free time, John’s hobbies include anything and everything sports.

Steve Sherer

Steve Sherer

Tax Attorney

Clients benefit from Steve’s extensive knowledge of IRS procedures and the Tax Code. His years of experience applying that knowledge in administrative hearings and negotiations before the IRS have made him a powerful force on the side of troubled taxpayers.

Steve has his Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Chico and his Juris Doctor with a Taxation Concentration from University of Pacific. His background includes over ten years of experience as a Tax Attorney working in the Tax Relief industry.

Relocating from Northern California to North Idaho in 2014, Steve enjoys the mountains, trees, and the rustic–yet vibrant–atmosphere that the Inland Northwest has to offer.

Ani Labayan

Ani Labayan

Case Manager, E.A.

Since 2008, Ani has been providing quality IRS and State representation services to clients in the industry. Ani’s dedication to high standards, attention to detail, and work ethic has brought clients the relief they needed when times were the most rough. Ani is a certified Federal Enrolled Agent and graduate of California State University. Ani enjoys camping, travelling, boating, and reading books and articles. Ani takes a lot of interest in animal rights and says if she could, she would rescue them all.

Eric Joseph

Eric Joseph

Case Manager, E.A.

Eric’s in-depth experience and strategy of representing clients before the IRS and State, has helped clients of Instant Tax Solutions for over 8 years. Before joining ITS, Eric worked for the IRS as an Auditor and Revenue Agent for 17 years. Eric graduated from University of Texas with a Bachelor’s degree.

In his spare time, Eric enjoys swimming, diving, and traveling the world.

Mark Murray

Mark Murray

Case Manager, C.P.A.

With over 20 years of experience in accounting, Mark Murray is a seasoned Certified Public Accountant that has brought positive and professional resolution to Instant Tax Solutions’ clients. Mark joined Instant Tax Solutions as a Case Manager in 2011. His experience in communicating with all Federal and State tax agencies has successfully helped hundreds of clients in obtaining wage garnishment modifications, bank levy releases, and overall tax resolution.

Mark received his Undergraduate at University of Montana. He then continued to receive a Masters of Accountancy from University of Montana. Upon earning his Masters, he earned and carries a dual licensure with both Washington and Idaho as a CPA.

Mark Walstrom

Mark Walstrom

Case Manager, E.A.

With over 20 years of experience in providing tax resolution to individuals and businesses, Mark is a recognized expert in dealing with IRS and State problems. Mark holds a license as an Enrolled Agent and is an expert in the field of taxation.

Mark enjoys lifting weights, staying fit, and playing golf and softball.

Christine Hill

Christine Hill

Case Manager, E.A.

Christine Hill is another extremely educated Case Manager at Instant Tax Solutions. She is a Federal Enrolled Agent with over 13 years of experience. Christine finds satisfaction helping clients resolve their tax issues and saving them money, whether it is through education of paying Estimated Tax Payments, obtaining an Offer in Compromise, or helping a person understand the steps they need to take to correct tax related issues.

Prior to becoming an Enrolled Agent, Christine was employed with the British Government where some of her duties involved analyzing administrative and financial procedures for handling of seized drugs, weapons, and explosives. This line of work brought her to contact with the department that trained K-9 Officers.

Christine holds a Bachelor of Science of Accounting from the College Business Administration and Entrepreneur Studies. She is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council. When not assisting clients, she spends her leisure time gardening and learning about scientific discoveries.

Michael Kabealo

Michael Kabealo

Case Manager, E.A.

As a Federal Enrolled Agent, Mike describes his role as a Case Manager as one of which he has been fighting for the rights of American taxpayers for over 12 years. Mike is a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, OH.

He enjoys spending time outside with his kids and traveling the globe with his wife of 15 years.

Jennifer Leonhardt

Jennifer Leonhardt

Case Manager, E.A.

Jen is a loving wife and a proud navy mom to her two amazing children.

She has held many management roles through her career life but left those roles behind and went in search for an opportunity to help people. Jen stepped into the tax debt relief industry in 2013 and quickly realized this is where she needed to be.

As an Enrolled Agent along with her compassion and strong will, Jen continues to receive heart felt satisfaction in helping people lift their burden of tax debt from their shoulders.

When not at the office, Jen is always with family and friends enjoying life, especially if she is at the lake or river.

Melissa Roberts

Melissa Roberts

Case Manager, E.A.

Melissa has worked as a tax professional since 2008 and has obtained her Enrolled Agent license while working at our firm. Melissa joined Instant Tax Solutions in 2012 after working as a tax manager and preparer for 4 years in the tax industry. Melissa attended North Idaho College and Lewis Clark State College working towards a degree in Business with an emphasis in Accounting. Melissa brings over 18 years of management experience. She delivers a great work ethic, integrity and professional attitude to her work and customer service. She has helped our clients become compliant again with the IRS and State with accurate tax filings. She takes great pride in the quality and commitment she personally gives to each client.

Melissa enjoys spending time reworking vintage goods, lazy days with her pets, as well as spending time with her greatest achievement… her son. Born and raised in Idaho, Melissa loves the four seasons and the activities they bring. One days she hopes to travel the world.

Michele Newman

Michele Newman

Enrolled Agent

Lance Woodall

Lance Woodall

Tax Manager

Lance has over twenty years in the accounting industry with most of that time on the tax side. Currently licensed in Washington as a CPA, Lance has extensive tax knowledge having worked in public accounting for most of that time. He joined Instant Tax Solutions in 2019. He graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting emphasis.

When not helping clients resolve their tax issues, he can be found running his dog in the fields or fly fishing on the local streams and rivers.

JoDean Hysom

JoDean Hysom

Tax Preparer

After graduating from Eastern Washington University magna cum laude with a BA in Accounting and Management Information Systems, JoDean went into tax preparation and brings to ITS over 9 years of experience.

Additionally, JoDean volunteers for VITA and AARP. Her off-the-job interests include being outdoors with her family, camping, hiking, watching movies, and crafting.

Tom Burke

Tom Burke

Tax Preparer, C.P.A.

Tom joined Instant Tax Solutions in 2017. Tom has graduated with a BA from Eastern Washington University with honors, Magna Cum Laude. He also has 2 related degrees in accounting and business from Spokane Community College. He has recently passed the uniform CPA examination and is on his way to becoming a CPA.

When Tom is out of the office he enjoys being outdoors, visiting family, and is a huge fan of sports.

Suzanne Santos

Suzanne Santos

Tax Preparer

Suzanne Santos graduated with a B.S. degree in Accounting and Business Administration in 1991 and began doing taxes for family and friends while working as a corporate accountant. In 2017 she made the decision to become a full-time tax professional and joined our team in the Summer of 2019.

In her free time, Suzanne enjoys cooking and an array of outdoor activities.

Marisha Crider

Marisha Crider

Tax Preparer

Marisha joined our firm in the Summer of 2019 and brings with her over 20 years of Accounting/Tax Preparation experience. She loves to use her many years of expertise to educate and assist her clients with their tax & accounting needs. 

In Marisha’s free time she loves to read, travel with her family to anywhere involving warm beaches, and do various arts and crafts.

Shane Clift

Shane Clift

Executive Administrative Assistant, In-House Tech Support

Shane joined Instant Tax Solutions in 2009, with 15+ years of office experience, and wears many hats at ITS. Shane is responsible for providing administrative support to the Resolution team, troubleshooting in-house tech issues, following up with clients, and preparing necessary documents throughout the process of resolution.

Rick Johnston

Rick Johnston

Administrative Assistant

Rick has been with Instant Tax Solutions since 2010. Coming to ITS from a 15 year career in a lumber mill, Rick has adapted amazingly over the years to become one of the longest tenured employees at Instant Tax Solutions. His casual and easy going mentality makes it a pleasure for all of our clients and fellow employees to work with.

In Rick’s spare time he enjoys spending time with family, camping, fishing, and everything outdoors.

Elijah Woodman

Elijah Woodman

Administrative Assistant

Elijah joined the Instant Tax Solutions team in 2014 as a receptionist directly out of high school. Due to his prior commitment to the Armed Forces, Elijah left for 2 years and returned in 2017 and became an administrative assistant.

Elijah has shown both growth and maturity since becoming an employee at age 18. He spends most his time with his new wife. In his spare time, Elijah enjoys playing sports, video games, concerts, and traveling.

Michelle Prochnow

Michelle Prochnow

Administrative Assistant

Michelle brings over 10 years work experience to Instant Tax Solutions, encompassing administration, technical support & customer service. She is a warm professional who has a genuine interest in helping others.

Michelle grew up near the Pacific Ocean and feels at home on any beach and in the woods. She is raising two daughters & hopes to instill in them, by example, her core values of integrity, perseverance & passion. Outside of work & motherhood, she volunteers with women at a non-profit Recovery Center for survivors of domestic abuse & addiction.

Jessica O'Clock

Jessica O'Clock

Administrative Assistant

Jessica joined our team in 2017 as a receptionist. Due to her hard work and dedication to our clients, she is now an administrative assistant for our firm. She worked as a cosmetologist before coming to Instant Tax Solutions. She has an extensive work history entailed with customer service.

Jessica has 2 kids and when she isn’t spending time with her family, she loves to spend her free time either reading or enjoying the outdoors.

Katey Knaack

Katey Knaack

Administrative Assistant

Katey was welcomed to our team in 2019 as a receptionist and has since moved into her current position as Administrative Assistant. While working at Instant Tax Solutions, she is also going to school full time to graduate with her Child Development degree. Katey has outstanding customer service and welcomes everyone who enters our office with a smile.

Katey is also a part of the NIC Women’s soccer team. She is always staying busy, but when she has some free time, she is spending it with her family and friends. She is the oldest of four siblings and does everything she can to be the best role model for her siblings.

Stacy Leslie

Stacy Leslie

Accounts Receivable

Stacy joined our firm in 2016 after relocating to the area from Southern California. Her warm personality and ability to communicate with clients makes her a valuable team member at Instant Tax Solutions. When you reach her, her calm manner and smile shines over the phone. Stacy has over 11 years’ experience in the tax and accounting industry and holds a Bachelor’s degree from California State University of Fullerton.

She is also a proud mother of four wonderful children. She is happiest when reading a book and spending time with her family.

Alise Tanner

Alise Tanner

Front Office Manager

Alise joined our team in 2017. She started as a receptionist and her drive has allowed our firm to assign many different job activities to her, which includes handling Excel tracking for the owners, all IT customer service, Accounts Receivable, procedural development; and many other items.

Alise has a Paralegal Certificate from North Idaho College. Prior to working at Instant Tax Solutions, she was a paralegal for an attorney in Spokane, Washington.  Alise has more than 7 years of office experience, and she enjoys finding new ways to make our company function more efficiently.

Alise has two daughters (9 and 12) whom she positively adores. In her free time she immensely enjoys reading, writing, gardening and camping.

Brenna Tanner

Brenna Tanner

Receptionist

Brenna joined our firm in 2018 as a receptionist and is one of the first faces people see upon entering Instant Tax Solutions. She brings with her a bachelor’s degree in general studies, as well as extensive volunteer and work experience in assisting children and families within the community. She takes pride in providing excellent customer service by greeting each new client with a sense of comfort, and genuine sincerity.

Brenna enjoys new and exciting experiences, hiking, swimming, reading, and spending time with her 3-year-old son, who is an avid bowler.

Brandie Draven

Brandie Draven

Receptionist

Born in the Seattle area, Brandie is a true Pacific Northwest girl through and through. She joined Instant Tax Solutions in the Summer of 2019 very eager to get started in the tax industry.

As an avid animal and outdoor lover, she enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, and riding motorcycles with her husband.

Glen Barber II

Glen Barber II

Senior Tax Consultant

Glen Barber II joined Instant Tax Solutions in 2009 as an experienced consultant. Glen consults with a diverse array of clients on a daily basis, helping liaise between our clients and the resolution team to ensure an exceptional client experience. He achieves this objective by going through the initial consultation and then preparing a resolution strategy based on our clients’ current financial situation and their objectives for resolution.

Prior to consulting, Glen served 7 years in the US Army. He also earned an Associate’s Degree from Angelo State University. Outside of ITS, Glen enjoys hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, snow skiing, sports, and travelling.

Aaron Brumfield

Aaron Brumfield

Senior Tax Consultant

Aaron Brumfield, Senior Tax Consultant brings over 25 years of professional marketing and business development experience to Instant Tax Solutions. Aaron is responsible for business development, taxpayer consultations, and customer service.

Prior to joining ITS, Aaron was involved in business development with Qwest and Verizon Directories Corporation. He also served as a Marketing Director for a local cutting edge Media Technology Company. Aaron’s strengths include leadership and figuring out creative ways to help clients.

Aaron holds a BA in English/Business Option from Washington State University. In his free time, Aaron enjoys family, outdoor activities, and sports.

Jace Rutherford

Jace Rutherford

Senior Tax Consultant

As an experienced Senior Tax Consultant, Jace consults with clients to help get them the relief they need. When things need to happen quickly to get a wage garnishment or bank levy addressed, Jace walks clients through the complete resolution process in an efficient and comfortable manner.

Jace is actively involved in coaching the area’s youth, teens, and young men in baseball. He also enjoys spending time and travelling with his wife and 4 boys.

Avery Woodman

Avery Woodman

Senior Tax Consultant

Avery is working as a consultant at Instant Tax Solutions, while finishing his senior year at the University of Northern Colorado. He will graduate with a degree in Business Marketing in May of 2020 and move back home afterwards to continue his career with our company.

While not working or attending classes, Avery enjoys spending time watching sports, attending concerts and traveling.