Dana C. Maher, CPA, P.S.

Dana has been a sole practitioner in Olympia since 1994. Because we are a small office, Dana has the privilege of working directly with each client. Dana’s greatest joy comes from developing lasting relationships with her clients. We are proud to often serve multiple generations of families and family owned businesses.

Professionalism, integrity, and personal service are the cornerstones of our office. While mistakes do happen, and for various reasons goals are not always met, every client is always treated with respect, kindness and honesty.

Dana C. Maher, CPA

  • Bachelor of Science degree from University of Texas at Dallas, August of 1986
  • Resident of western Washington since 1990
  • Member of Thurston County Chamber of Commerce and the Olympia Downtown Association
  • Member of Heritage Baptist Church
  • Board Member of the Thurston County Humane Society
  • Member of Washington Society of CPAs

Dana, and her husband Rick, enjoy spending time with their three quarter horses, two miniature horses, and two Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s.  Dana enjoys driving and showing her miniature horses and participating in local parades.  Dana is continuing to “learn to ride” her quarter horse.  Fortunately, Mac is a small, gentle, horse and is patiently teaching Dana to ride.  Dana loves her Corgi’s!  And has recently started competing in agility with Albert.  Dana also enjoys cooking (especially baking), hiking, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends.

Office Administrators, Joan Benson and Alyssa Benson

Joan and Alyssa began job-sharing in July of 2016. They are a mother/daughter team. We all agree that for many reasons job-sharing is working out very well and is fun! Alyssa is here on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Joan is here on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Joan Benson, Office Adminstrator

Joan is a native of Tumwater and has worked as an Office Administrator off and on throughout her career, though she started out working in graphic design and offset printing. She also worked at a local credit union in their mortgage servicing department for five years. Joan splits her work week between Dana’s office and doing account auditing for another local company. Joan and her husband, Bernie, own a small business. They have five grown children; four sons and their daughter, Alyssa, and six grandchildren. This is one reason why Joan is so well-organized and adept at multi-tasking! Joan enjoys watercolor painting and dancing Hula with a local group.

Alyssa Benson, Office Adminstrator

Alyssa has lived in the Olympia area for most of her life. She currently splits her work week between working at Dana’s office and working for her parents’ small business as the Business Manager. Alyssa’s responsibilities in the office are a little more technology focused, such as keeping the website up to date. While Alyssa has a college degree in psychology, she has spent most of her professional life working in service industries and office environments. Alyssa even worked one tax season in a large, national, franchise tax office. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys reading and creating nail art on her fingernails.

Rick Schaefer, IT Administrator

Rick is Dana’s husband and has been instrumental in helping our office keep up to date with good technology and security practices. Rick is not generally in the office, but rather works behind the scenes advising us regarding technology and internet security. Rick is a software engineer by profession and has years of experience and knowledge regarding internet security. Protecting our clients’ privacy, both over the internet and with respect to paper documents, is extremely important. We are constantly monitoring our systems and practices and making changes as necessary. Rick works very hard to find the simplest solution, which will also provide the maximum level of security, when advising us regarding technology and software.