Abigail Stokes Palsma

Abigail Stokes Palsma

Abbi joined Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman in 2009 and was promoted to Firm Administrator in 2014. As a part of the strategic management team, Abbi works with the partners to develop and implement firm initiatives and oversees general firm operations including Human Resources, Marketing, Technology, Facilities, Training, and several internal committees. Every now and then, she organizes a flash mob to shake it up.

Prior to this role, Abbi was the firm’s first Knowledge Manager. Accounting professionals at Vicenti collectively contain volumes of technical information that make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, businesses and not-for-profit organizations across the state of California and beyond. As Knowledge Manager, she helped bridge the gap between those with the technical expertise and those without, by writing thought leadership articles for trade journals and client communiqués, and by creating curriculum for in-house training programs.

Abbi worked for Vicenti remotely from Minnesota for four years, but returned to California to take on the Firm Administrator role in 2014. She has also lived in Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee and Georgia. Prior to Vicenti, Abbi’s professional experience has been concentrated in education and professional writing. A graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, Abbi taught school for six years. She wrote a column in the Glendora/San Dimas/La Verne Highlander (a suburban weekly of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune). She has published dozens of articles in trade magazines and has freelanced as a writer and book/dissertation editor for several authors/doctoral candidates in California, Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota, and New York. She has published a few short works of fiction and has completed the second draft of a novel she hopes to publish soon.

Outside of work, Abbi enjoys spending time with her husband and three teenage boys. She loves to run, read literary fiction, spend time with friends, and is an active member of her church.

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    Experience

    • Joined Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman in 2009; Promoted to Knowledge Manager in 2010, Promoted to Firm Administrator in 2014.
    • Bonita Unified School District, PR Writer
    • San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Columnist, 2005-2007
    • Azusa Pacific University, Freelance Writer, 2004
    • Crown College, Freelance Editor, 2010-2011
    • New Song Christian Academy, Teacher 1998-2001
    • Davidson Academy, Teacher 1995-1998
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    Published Articles

    • “Preserving Digital Evidence: The Role of the CDFE in Protecting the Case Against Fraud,” San Bernardino County Bar Association, December 2011
    • “Prop. 39 Bonds Continuing Disclosure Compliance,” California School Business News (California School Business Officials), October 2011
    • “Preserving Digital Evidence: Tips for business owners involved in a fraud case,” IE Biz, September 2011
    • “Overpaying the Auditor? New Senate Bills Clarify Prop. 39 Audit Requirements,” Fiscal Report (School Services of California), August 2011
    • “Overpaying the Auditor? New Senate Bills Clarify Prop. 39 Audit Requirements,” California School Business News (California School Business Officials), July 2011
    • “Should You Sell Your S-Corporation?” The Biz Press, 2010
    • “Saving Money on Tangible Property Taxes: How Exceptions, Communication & Professional Advice Can Affect the Bottom Line,” Manufacturing Executive Institute, April 2010
    • “Understand the Complexities of Tangible Property Taxes,” The Biz Press, March 2010
    • “Fraud Zone Defense: An effective anti-fraud program can protect against painful losses,” California Schools (Magazine for California School Boards Association), Winter 2009
    • “Roth IRA Offers Tax Benefits,” San Gabriel Valley Tribune, October 2009
    • “Unique Pairing: Former FBI Agent and Riverside DA Partner Together to Investigate Financial Fraud and Find Criminal Activity,” San Bernardino County Bar Association, September 2009
    • “The Insidious Impact of Fraud,” California Special District Magazine, July/August 2009
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    Professional Affiliations & Community Involvement

    • Association for Accounting Administration, member 2011 to present
    • Bonita Unified School District Council PTA, 2008-2010
    • Bonita Unified School District Bond Oversight Committee, 2008-2010
    • Honorary Services Award, Gladstone Elementary School PTA, 2010
    • Honorary Services Award, California State PTA, March 2009
    • Distinguished Service to Youth Award from the City of San Dimas, 2008
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    Personal Info/Profile

    • Abbi has published a few short pieces of fiction and has completed the second draft of a novel she hopes to publish soon. She also enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her family.