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About Our Firm

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For years, Western Sage Accounting Inc. has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as tax return preparation, tax planning, estate planning, financial statements, and financial planning.

Western Sage Accounting Inc. is one of the leading firms in and throughout the area. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. Western Sage Accounting Inc. is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of the area's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the area. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Western Sage Accounting Inc. receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

Larry L Heiser

larry@westernsageaccounting.com Larry is a Wyoming native and received a Bachelor’s of Science with Honors from the University of Wyoming in 1981. He has been a licensed CPA in the State of Wyoming since 1982 and received his Personal Financial Specialist certificate from the American Institute of CPAs in 1996. He is a member of the Wyoming Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.

A Partner and Certified Public Accountant of Western Sage Accounting Inc., Larry is widely recognized as an exceptional accountant with expertise in tax, tax planning, estate planning, and business succession. He is well known for his agricultural knowledge with taxes. His experience and education brings a skill set to his clients that has helped many succeed through good and bad economic times. He has successfully transitioned many businesses to the next generation. Growing up in the Big Horn Basin, he has been an avid outdoorsman all of his life. He has hunted internationally and has pursued big game animals on three continents. His most memorable experiences come from introducing younger generations to outdoor way of life. He serves on the Big Horn Basin Sage Grouse Working Group. This group works with other organizations in the State of Wyoming to adopt instrumental strategies to help maintain healthy sage grouse populations.

Kristi Baumstarck

kristi@westernsageaccounting.com 307-347-3633 Kristi received her Enrolled Agent Certificate in 2018 from the Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service. Enrolled Agents demonstrate significant tax knowledge by passing a comprehensive test. Enrolled Agents exhibit special competence in tax matters, adhere to ethical standards, and are required to stay current with tax law and regulations by completing continuing education annually.

A Partner and Enrolled Agent of Western Sage Accounting Inc., Kristi grew up on a farm consisting of a dairy operation, beef operation and hay and small grain production. Her knowledge in agriculture makes her an exceptional bookkeeper and tax preparer. Because of her desire to work within the agricultural community she has past experiences in banking as a Loan Specialist which has given her insight on business structure and financial needs. With her 20+ years’ experience with banking and accounting, her honed skills has given her the ability to understand business operations including ranches, farms and small business organizations. She and her husband Wes moved to Worland in 1995 and started a family. Her pastime enjoyments include following her children in various activities as well as being active in her church.

Ted Propp

307-347-3633 Ted received his Bachelors of Farming, Ranching and Accounting from the University of Wyoming.

Ted is a local farmer and has been in accounting since 1976. He is our secret weapon and we would be lost without him.

Kerry Wallace

kerry@westernsageaccounting.com 307-347-3633

Stephanie Vigil

stephanie@westernsageaccounting.com 307-347-3633

Stephanie moved to Wyoming in the late 1980’s and has been a part of the Big Horn Basin community since that time. She has 12+ years of banking experience and has been a part of Western Sage Accounting Inc. since 2012. Her responsibilities include daily management of the office and processing tax returns. She is active in her church and enjoys time with her children and grandchildren in the off season.

Valerie Bjorhus

valerie@westernsageaccounting.com 307-347-3633 Valerie currently holds an Associate of Science in Electronic Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Business Accounting. She is a QuickBooks Pro and has taught QuickBooks courses thru Northwest College in Powell.

Valerie is a Colorado native but moved to Wyoming in 1985 as she was stationed at the FE Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne as an electronic technician. She retired from the Air Force in 2005 and transitioned into the accounting field. As a staff accountant she works directly with clients to prepare payroll and applicable payroll filings, reconcile bookkeeping information and compile financial statements, complete local government finances surveys, proof of cash documents, annual report summaries and other agreed upon procedures. Her prior years’ experience in bookkeeping and banking has given her the ability to communicate effectively with her clients in assisting them with their financial needs. She has been a part of Western Sage Accounting Inc. team since 2014. Valerie and her family moved to Thermopolis in 2005. She enjoys golfing with her husband, scrapbooking and sewing.

Tara Busch

tara@westernsageaccounting.com 307-347-3633

Tara was raised in Worland and is a local farmer. As a Bookkeeper she works directly with clients to prepare payroll and applicable payroll filings, reconcile bookkeeping information and compile financial statements, complete local government finances surveys, proof of cash documents, annual report summaries and other agreed upon procedures. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family.

Rachel Casteel

rachel@westernsageaccounting.com 307-347-3633 AA Paralegal Studies from Laramie Community College

Rachel moved to Wyoming in the early 90's and has been a resident of Ten Sleep since 2006. She has background experience in Human Resources, Banking and Paralegal Studies. She has been with Western Sage Accounting Inc. since 2015. As a Bookkeeper she works directly with clients to prepare payroll and applicable payroll filings, reconcile bookkeeping information and compile financial statements, complete local government finances surveys, proof of cash documents, annual report summaries and other agreed upon procedures. She has been President of the Ten Sleep Recreation District since 2008. She enjoys the gym, loves movies, hiking in the outdoors and spending time with her family.


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