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About Us

About Our Firm

For years, Dees Gardner, CPAs has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax preparation, and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, consulting, and fraud examinations. We specialize in governmental, nonprofit, and construction accounting.

Dees Gardner, CPAs is one of the leading firms in and throughout the area. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. Dees Gardner, CPAs is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of the area's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the area. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Dees Gardner, CPAs receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team


Deborah Dees graduated from the first graduating class of Louisiana State University- Shreveport with a Bachelor's of Science. She also has a Master's Degree in Business Administration from LSUS. Deborah became a CPA in 1991. She opened the firm in Mansfield, Louisiana in January, 1996 as a sole proprietor.  In January 2017, she partnered with her daughter, Maura, to form Dees Gardner, Certifed Public Accountants, LLC

Deborah specializes in governmental and non-profit auditing and consulting. Having her office in a small rural area centered around farming and a large natural gas field, Deborah has also developed a vast knowledge in the areas of personal and business taxes, business entity selection, and general consulting. She is Certified in Financial Forensics and conducts fraud examinations and provides litigation support. Deborah is a member of the AICPA and its Governmental Audit Quality Center, as well as the Louisiana State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Deborah is an active volunteer in her community. She serves as a board member and treasurer of the DeSoto Regional Health System and member of the DeSoto Regional Health System Foundation. She is a board member of the Ark-La-Tex Agricultural Council which supports the Junior Livestock Auction at the Louisiana State Fair. She has been a member of the DeSoto 4-H Foundation for the past 28 years. She was recently inducted into the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame for her outstanding and continued support of the 4-H and FFA members of the State of Louisiana. The DeSoto Parish Police Jury also honored Deborah for her significant contributions to the 4-H program and her community by declaring November 10, 2011 "Deborah Dees Day."


Maura Gardner is a graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana with a Bachelor's in Science. She also has a Master's of Business Administration from Louisiana State University- Shreveport. Maura is a Certified Fraud Examiner and member of the International Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She is a member of the AICPA and the Louisiana Society of CPAs.

She conducts financial and fraud audits, prepares tax returns, and does governmental bookkeeping, payroll and consulting. She has been with the firm in 2004.


Michael is a graduate of Louisiana State Univesity with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.  He joined the firm is Noverber, 2017. Michael works in the areas of audit, bookkeeping, and tax preparation.


Karen has worked over 20 years in the field of accounting. She specializes in bookkeeping and payroll with past experiences with a local water district and churches.


Kathy has over 30 year of experience of tax return preparation.


Missy specializes in bookeeping and payroll.


Mikayla joined the firm in 2019 as receptionist.



  • Dees Gardner, Certified Public Accountants, LLC
  • 122 Jefferson St
  • Mansfield, LA 71052
  • Telephone: (318) 872-3007
  • Fax: (318) 872-1357