Shalena Hatfield

Tax Director
El Dorado, KS
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How I help . . .

I enjoy helping business owners and individuals achieve success with tax planning opportunities they may not have considered.

Over the course of my 30+ years in accounting, I have built strong relationships with clients who do not hesitate to give me a call and talk through special transactions before they happen. This provides tax strategies on the front end and allows time to implement fresh ideas with better results.

MEET SHALENA
“My father operated a Kansas oil and gas company. Life experience coupled with taxation expertise in the energy, real estate, farming and medical sectors enables me to find common ground and share practical, implementable advice to my clients.”

Q&A with Shalena

What does above + beyond mean to you?
Providing top notch service to clients who matter to me personally is what excites me about my job. My clients trust me to help them get answers and solutions to many tax problems, and our firm has tremendous resources and specialists who can also assist.
What activity plays an important part in your life?
Spending time with church, family and friends. Relationships are extremely important to me. I enjoy cooking and usually host during the holidays. I also enjoy studying natural healing and sharing this information with family and friends.
What are some of your favorite things?
My maiden name is Stevens – so Lebanese/Mediterranean food is my most loved cuisine! I am a musician and have a well-rounded love of the arts. Listening to classical and jazz music and visiting art museums are some of my favorite pastimes. I also like to read books on leadership and understanding people. John Maxwell, Stephen Covey and Wayne Dyer are some long-time favorites.
What type of sports are you good at?
I'm not gifted at sports, but I enjoy very long walks, cycling, running on the open stride machine at the Y and lifting weights. Health is our greatest wealth, and we need to keep moving until our end of days. I'm also a bit of a health fanatic with supplements and food choices.
What are you most proud of and why?
I'm proud to be a CPA – this was one of the most challenging goals I achieved in life. I'm also a proud mom of two wonderful boys – Devin and Dale. Devin is in podiatry school at Midwestern University in Arizona, and Dale is working through a training program to get an associate degree in electrical power technology to become a lineman.

Life Outside the Office


Hobbies & Interests

  • Music
  • Cooking
  • Walking and exploring
  • Reading
  • Playing Scrabble on my phone

Frequented Websites

  • LinkedIn
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Spotify
  • Yelp
  • TripAdvisor

Little Known Facts

  • I grew up in the oil & gas industry. John Stevens, Jr. was my father.
  • My grandfather was John S. Stevens. He was the Mayor of Wichita and a City Commissioner for several years. Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Wichita was originally dedicated in his memory. The flag pavilion in Veteran’s Memorial Park still carries my grandfather’s name.
  • I sang and played the flute in a professional choir, the Master Arts Chorale, with Dr. John Leavitt for several years.
  • I’m a first soprano and read music very well. I can sing all the parts from first soprano down to tenor and have a three-octave voice.
  • I sang in the madrigals at Kingman High School and at Wichita State University, where I graduated with my accounting degree.

My Professional History


Memberships

  • KSCPA
  • AICPA
  • El Dorado Rotary Club
  • El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, board member
  • El Dorado, Inc.

Education

  • Wichita State University
    • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

Work Highlights

  • Year joined Adams Brown: 2017
  • Year entered accounting: 1991

Designations

  • CPA
  • CGMA