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About R. Bell & Associates

For years, R. Bell & Associates 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 audits, financial statements, and financial planning.

R. Bell & Associates 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. R. Bell & Associates 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 R. Bell & Associates receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

Rachel Bell, CPA, MT, Principal

Rachel A. Bell, CPA, MT is President of R.Bell & Associates, P.C., CPAs. Rachel has been with the firm since 2011 and has extensive experience in tax and tax planning for high net worth clients and closely-held businesses, as well as trusts and estates. She services clients in various industries including health care, professional services, real estate, construction, oil & gas, manufacturing, and retail. She obtained her Master of Taxation Degree from the University of Denver’s College of Law Graduate Tax Program in 2014. Rachel also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Fort Lewis College and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado at Denver. After working for several years in the Denver area, Rachel has been back in Durango since 2007.

Rachel is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants (COCPA).

Rachel and her husband Chris have two active sons that keep them very busy. The family spends the winters skiing and the spring/fall months on the soccer fields. Rachel is an avid runner, biker, and skier.

Gail L. Smith, CPA

Gail L. Smith is a tax manager at R.Bell & Associates and has been with the firm since 2004. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has practiced in Colorado and Texas since 1988. Her practice emphasizes income tax planning, consultation and preparation for individuals and closely-held businesses. She specializes in accounting and tax advisory services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies.

Gail was previously a senior auditor for Touche Ross (1987-1990). From 1990 to 1995, she represented PMC Capital, Inc. as a loan officer working with business owners to obtain SBA loans guaranteed by the U.S. Small Business Administration. From 1995 to 2003, Gail owned and operated a CPA firm in Texas. The firm specialized in providing QuickBooks support services, compliance reporting, financial statement preparation, and income tax preparation and planning services.

Gail graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado with a B.S. in Accounting.

Gail is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She enjoys hiking, bicycling, and camping. With their home located in the mountains north of Durango, Gail and her husband spend lots of time in the winter shoveling, skiing, and snowshoeing.

Jeana Walston, CPA

Jeana Walston, CPA is a tax manager with R.Bell & Associates and has been with the firm since 2014. Jeana has more than 25 years of experience in providing quality accounting and tax services to closely held businesses, charitable organizations and individuals. She was the founder and owner of a public accounting firm in Texas for over 16 years. Her experience includes providing accounting, tax and advisory services to a wide range of businesses including, multi-million dollar construction contractors, movie theaters, retail, and healthcare providers. She has extensive experience with trust and estate planning and compliance.

She has worked with both Subchapter C and S corporations, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies, individuals, non-profit entities, trusts and estates, including consolidated and multistate tax returns. Prior to owning her own firm, she worked for a South Texas regional accounting firm primarily performing audit, tax and bank compliance engagements involving trust and non-profit organizations. Jeana is licensed to practice in Colorado and Texas and is a member of the American Institute of Certifed Public Accoutants.

She has served on numerous non-profit boards providing experienced management and compliance guidance. She feels her biggest achievement is her grown children. She has a son that graduated from the United States Naval Academy and is currently a Naval Officer and Pilot and a daughter who graduated from Texas A&M and currently works in the tax department of a large oil and gas firm.

Jeana is thrilled to have an opportunity to live and work in such a beautiful community. She enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, cooking, drinking local micro-brews and spending time with her dog Suzie-Q and friends.

Kelly Pritchard, CPA

R.Bell & Associates, PC is excited to announce Kelly Pritchard, CPA as the newest member of its tax professional team. Kelly completed her accounting education at Fort Lewis College in 2008 and subsequently has spent ten years working in the tax department at EKS&H, LLLP, a large regional public accounting firm based in Denver. She has specialized in tax preparation and tax planning with closely-held pass-through businesses and their owners with a concentration in the health care, real estate, manufacturing, and retail service industries.

Prior to studying accounting, Kelly graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, with a B.A. in French Literature and spent a year teaching English in France. Kelly is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accounts. She is an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Durango and serves as Treasurer on the board of The Juniper School, a nonprofit charter elementary school that opened in Durango in 2017.

Kelly has two young children and enjoys running, hiking, yoga, and reading in her free time.