Who We Are

McDonald Jacobs was founded in 1972 along with a commitment to truly making our community a better place. Our employees are strongly encouraged to participate in the nonprofit community whether they serve on a board of directors or volunteer during one of our firm sponsored volunteer days.

Our Mission

We develop solutions to enhance the well-being of our employees and clients through excellent professional service, open and friendly communications and teamwork while encouraging involvement in civic, community and professional organizations both as a firm and individually.

Our Vision

McDonald Jacobs thrives on creating lasting partnerships both with our clients and our employees, as well as the greater community.

Our Team

Melissa Botschen

Senior Staff Accountant

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Blaine Bradford

Senior Staff Accountant

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Grace Charles

Senior Staff Accountant

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Kelly Hilgeman

Senior Staff Accountant

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Amanda Miller

Senior Staff Accountant

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ZiYe Oldham

Administrative Professional

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David Rodriguez

Administrative Professional

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Sherry Schwenderlauf

Administrative Professional

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History

1972

McDonald Jacobs was created by Jim McDonald and John Ames January 1, 1972 in the Jackson Tower in Portland, Oregon. Jay Maxwell joined as a partner and the firm operated under the name “McDonald Maxwell & Co”

1981

The firm added Jake Jacobs as a partner

1983

The firm added Arnold Biskar as a partner and operated under the name “McDonald/Maxwell/Jacobs/Biskar”.

1984

The firm purchased a DEC PDP 11 computer and later a Compaq computer.

1985

Maxwell left, the firm incorporated and became “McDonald/Jacobs/Biskar PC”.

1988

Firm moved to American Bank Building, 621 SW Morrison, Suite 600.

1989

The firm added their first female shareholder Susan Marks (1989).

1991

Arnold Biskar retired.

1992

The firm welcomed Dennis Johnson as a shareholder.

1993

The firm changed the name to: “McDonald Jacobs Marks Johnson, P.C.”

2001

Mark Clift was added as shareholder
The firm moved to the Pacific Building at 520 SW Yamhill, Suite 500; Founder Jim McDonald retired, and the firm shortened the name to McDonald Jacobs, PC.

2003

The firm moved to electronic workpapers

2005

Jill Oswald was added as shareholder

2006

Karin Wandtke was added as shareholder

2007

The firm installed an electronic document management system

2008

Sang Ahn was added as shareholder

2012

Gerard Deblois was added as shareholder

2013

The firm moved to cloud based terminal server environment.
Mary Strasdin was added as shareholder.

2015

Anthony Almer was added as shareholder

2016

Tyee Carr was added as shareholder.

2019

Jessica Yoder was added as shareholder. Mary Strasdin retired and Tyee Carr stepped back to focus on other areas of accounting outside of the constraints of public accounting.

2021

Brian Rapp was added as Shareholder.

The firm has nearly doubled in size, however the commitment to community, diversity, and creating lasting partnerships with our clients remains unchanged.

Want To Join Our Team?

We are always looking for amazing individuals who embody our core values whether you are looking to be an intern, a new accountant, or have experience we would love to hear from you!

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