Karen, a graduate of Oklahoma State University, came to Stanfield + O’Dell in 2001. She enjoys the firm’s long-lasting client relationships because they allow her to get to know the needs and motivations of business owners and individuals. “What each of our clients is trying to accomplish is different,” she explains, so how she goes about helping them achieve their goals is always changing. Karen especially enjoys new challenges and a variety of clients and projects, which keeps her knowledge current even after nearly 30 years in public accounting. Specializing in tax and consulting, Karen is a Certified Global Management Accountant and assists with management decisions, succession planning, and business consultation. She also excels at working with multi-state and manufacturing clients.
Karen is dedicated to developing the staff at every level at Stanfield + O’Dell and leads the firm’s mentoring program. Once geared toward shareholders, the program has expanded so that the employees in the tax, audit and client accounting service departments have mentors among shareholders and senior management. The mentoring program also includes soft-skills training such as business development, client relations, and public speaking. Stanfield + O’Dell prides itself on strong, long-term client relationships, and Karen feels the mentoring program similarly promotes better relationships within the firm and facilitates connections between individuals in all departments.
Karen is a proud mother of two adult daughters and enjoys spending time with her husband and Great Danes. She is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa Class 42 and recently served as president of the Leadership Tulsa Board. Karen is a member of the Tulsa Estate Planning Forum, a member and past officer of the Tulsa Employee Benefits Group and a board member of the Foundation for Tulsa Schools.
Oklahoma State University, B.S., accounting
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Oklahoma State Society of CPAs
Tulsa Chapter, Oklahoma Society of CPAs
Certifications and Licenses
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – Oklahoma & Arkansas
Certified Global Management Accountant (AICPA)