Doug founded the firm in September of 1984 after having spent eleven years in public accounting (including five years with Arthur Andersen) and four years in private industry (primarily as a chief financial officer). He retired from public accounting on June 30, 2006, but continues to maintain an office at the firm so he can say hello to former clients and keep track of his real estate investments.
After moving his practice to Edmonds, Doug became very active in community activities because he is a strong believer in “giving back”. He was involved with the SnoKing Youth Club as a basketball and baseball coach (1985-1991), and the Public Education Foundation of the Edmonds School District as a trustee and treasurer (1989-1992). He was active in the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce beginning in 1985 as a director, treasurer, president and the Taste of Edmonds chairman (1993-1996). He was a founder of the Edmonds Visitors Bureau in 1990 and was active in its successor organization the Edmonds Alliance for Economic Development. He was treasurer and chairman of both organizations. From 1995 to 2003 he was a director of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, and was also the treasurer from 1998-2000 and it’s President in 2001-2002. He served as the alumni financial advisor for Delta Chi Fraternity from 1996 to 2008. He is also a member of Edmonds Rotary from 1988 to the present. In 2000 he was awarded the John M. Fluke, Sr. Community Service Award by the South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce.
After graduating from the University of Washington in 1969 and marrying his wife Jan, they moved to Edmonds in 1972. They have two sons who are graduates of Western Washington University and the University of Washington. Jan was a librarian at College Place Elementary. Doug enjoys golfing and spending time at their winter home in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Nancy Ekrem has been a principal of the firm Dewar Meeks + Ekrem PC since 1991 where she currently serves as Managing Director. DM+E is located just north of Seattle and services business and individuals throughout the region. Her main focus is serving clients in the areas of Estate Planning, Income Tax Planning, Business Planning, and compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Nancy attained her CPA certificate in 1982, and has spent most of her career in public accounting. She has been with the firm since 1985. Nancy is a graduate with a BS in Business Administration from Seattle University (1981) - (Go Redhawks), a member of the Washington State Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. Currently a member of the Board of Directors of Camp Fire Snohomish Council, the Board of Directors of Greater Edmonds Chamber of Commerce where she serves as Treasurer, Economic Alliance Snohomish County where she serves as Treasurer, she has spent much of her time serving on various committees and boards throughout the region that emphasize business, arts, and youth. She lives in Seattle with her husband Vance. They are the parents of adult children and have twin toddler grandsons. (Being a Grand is Grand!) They enjoy traveling, hanging out with friends, and hosting "family" dinners. One of Nancy's favorite activities is working with teenagers.
Michael D. Meeks
Mike is a tax professional with a joke book. His expertise in tax planning and consulting for small businesses only rivals his penchant for puns. Mike works to minimize income and estate taxes and has extensive training and experience in all areas of taxation, including individual, partnership, corporations, estate and fiduciary.
A local native, Mike graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane. He started his career in the Seattle office of Arthur Andersen LLC, an international CPA firm. After serving two years in the U.S. Army, he returned to the Seattle area and worked as controller for the Seattle Housing Authority and a closely held nursing home chain for nearly a decade. In 1981, he received his Masters degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University - Seattle Campus.
In 1991 Mike joined Doug and Nancy to form Dewar Meeks + Ekrem PC. The firm has since quadrupled in size, and now serves more than 300 businesses and 800 individuals throughout the Puget Sound Region. Mike has a rich history of community service. Since 1985, he has been a member of the Edmonds Rotary Club. He has also served on the boards of the Snohomish County Chapter of the Washington Society of CPAs, the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce and volunteered with the Snohomish County Annual Banker/CPA Forum. He now spends his "free time" as a board member and treasurer of the Edmonds Center for the Arts, chairing its annual auction. He is also a board member of the Veterans Affairs Campaign at Edmonds Community College.
Go on, email him a tax joke. Very likely, it's already in his book.
Alice joined the firm in September 2005 as the Front Office Administrator and is now the Office Manager. Alice is known as the friendly voice on the phone and keeps the office running smoothly. If you need anything around the office, staff will often declare “Go Ask Alice.”
Alice grew up in Spokane, Washington. She attended Gonzaga University where she met her husband, Jeff. Alice graduated in 1987 with an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Minors in Mathematics and General Business. She then attended San Jose State University and earned a Masters in Applied Economics. After graduation, she worked as a staff analyst for the City of San Jose.
In 1991, Alice and her husband moved from the Bay Area to Lynnwood, Washington and she began her 9 year career as a full time mom. During this time, she was also a Sunday school teacher, fundraising coordinator, team mom, and officer for Parents Club. Alice worked at her children’s school for 5 years, as a Teacher’s Aide and then as Development Director. Her experience working with little children has prepared her well for working here.
Alice and her husband Jeff have two adult children. Alice loves reading, gardening, and sports, especially the Zags!
Aileen joined our firm in the fall of 2014, after working 37 years as a legal assistant and tax preparer for a tax and business attorney in Seattle. Originally from Seattle, she attended Western Washington University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Child Development. She later pursued graduate coursework in Counseling.
The parent of four adult children, and two delightful grandchildren, Aileen lives in Woodway with Kevin, her husband of 30+ years. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, hiking, camping, golfing, gardening, reading, and volunteering with the Children’s ministry at her church.
Born and raised in South Africa, Shirley received degrees in Science and Math from the University of Cape Town. After moving to Seattle in 1980, she did Medical Research at the University of Washington for 2 years and at Immunex Corp for 10 years. For the next 10 years, she stayed home with her 2 young children, volunteering in their classrooms and their schools. Since taking an intense tax class in 2000, Shirley has prepared hundreds of tax returns. She has been with Dewar, Meeks and Ekrem since 2002.
Shirley lives in Kenmore with her husband, Orlay and their border collie. In her spare time, she enjoys tennis, kayaking, gardening, reading and playing bridge.
Lori joined the firm fall of 2014. She’s a west coast girl having lived in southern and northern California, metro Portland and Everett.
Lori is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho (1984- Bus. Admin/Accounting BA, Computer Programming AA, Summa Cum) and Willamette University, Salem, Oregon (1986-Masters in Management) and has been a CMA – Certified Management Accountant – since 1987. Lori joined the Oregon Public Utility Commission as a Financial Analyst in Affiliated Interests before making her way to the Puget Sound in 1989.
A lifelong volunteer, Lori spent 20 years rearing two children before beginning tax preparation in 2010. When not slaving away in tax season, Lori loves to travel, try recipes, play tennis and go for long walks with her husband Roger.
Joyce Squier first joined our firm as a staff accountant in 2002, and has continued to work for the firm on special projects. Joyce and her husband Ken live in Federal Way and are the parents of three grown children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In her spare time Joyce, along with Ken, serve on the board of their local homeowner’s association. She enjoys reading, crossword puzzles and sports, especially the Huskies!