Meet the Team

Erin SchlichtingErin Schlichting, CPA, has been in public accounting since 1986 and established this firm in 2009. Formerly with Moss Adams LLP, a regional accounting firm, she specializes in business, personal, and esate taxation and planning. Erin leverages tax strategies to promote business and personal tax planning to help her clients achieve their goals. Graduating from California State University in 1979 and Golden Gate University Master’s in Taxation Program in 2002, she has taught with with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Western Washington University, California State University, Chico, and Whatcom Community College. She is a past member of Kiwanis, and currently serves on the boards of the Whatcom Community Foundation and the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra.

Mark SchlichtingMark Schlichting — Office Specialist
Mark, our marketing director and office manager, holds a BA from Washington State University and an MM from Western Washington University.  He was the Orchestra Director at Bellingham High School from 1970 until his retirement in 2010.  During Mark’s 40-year tenure, string music participation increased dramatically district-wide.  He was named Washington’s “School Orchestra Director of the Year” in 2006 and was inducted into the Washington Music Educators “Hall of Fame” that same year.  In addition to keeping our CPA office humming along, Mark assembles and ships tax documents, answers the phone, and is the general office “go-fer.”  Still, he often helps with string music in the schools, and he also performs with several local dance bands.

Michelle Van LeeuwenMichelle Van Leeuwen — Staff Accountant
Michelle is joining our team beginning with the 2012 tax season.  She is a Bellingham native and is now concluding her work on a degree in International Business from Western Washington University.  She currently holds a degree in Accounting from WWU which she earned in December of 2010.  Michelle is also a dance instructor at The Dance Studio, and she is frequently called upon to choreograph musical theater productions in the greater Bellingham area.  Michelle is excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Erin Schlichting CPA team, and she is contributing a great deal of service and expertise to the firm.


Cardin NguyenCardin Nguyen — IT Director
Cardin hails originally from Olympia, Washington.  His first job was as a Network Security Advisor for the Microsoft Corporation, and he has also held positions with the Bellingham Herald and P & D Enterprises.  Cardin is currently the owner of Invincible Host, a business which covers all aspects of web hosting, including remote accessibility and inventory management.  Cardin is an ever-present force in our office, and he is able to keep the accounting programs and software at a level that is “state-of the art.”  A dedicated family man, Cardin and his wife have two young sons.