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At Clifford, Ross, Raudenbush & Cooper, CPAs, LLC, we pride ourselves in providing cutting edge, efficient, and personable financial accounting services.

Timothy P. Clifford

Timothy P. Clifford, CPA

A graduate of New Mexico State University, Tim has been a CPA (certified in both Texas and New Mexico) since 1975. Tim has been active in various organizations, including the El Paso Jaycees (past president), the El Paso Red Cross (past board member), Leadership El Paso (past participant), the Sun Carnival Association, United Way of El Paso, El Paso Chamber of Commerce (Amigos), El Paso Chamber of Commerce (past board member), First Interstate Bank (advisory director), El Paso Crime Stoppers, Las Cruces Healthcare Foundation (past board member), the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce Conquistadors, the New Mexico State University Foundation board member, and a past board member of SCORE.

Rodney I. Ross, CPA

Rodney I. Ross, CPA

A graduate of New Mexico State University, Rod has been a CPA (certified in both Texas and New Mexico) since 1977. Rod has been active in various organizations, including the El Paso Jaycees (past president and board member), past president and treasurer for The Area Health Education Center (a grant administered for the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center), the El Paso Zoological Society (past board member), El Paso Red Cross (past board member), Leadership El Paso (past participant), the First Baptist Church Finance Committee (past member), El Paso Chamber of Commerce (Amigos), El Paso Chamber of Commerce (past board member), First Tee of Greater El Paso (former board member) and volunteered for the Sun Carnival Association. He is currently active on the First Baptist Church of El Paso Foundation Board, the New Mexico State University Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, and a Board Member of the Aggie Sports Association.

Paul E. Raudenbush, CPA

Paul E. Raudenbush, CPA

Paul is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. After serving 20 years as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, he went on to serve as Controller for a manufacturing company and as Controller for a retail department store chain. Paul has been a CPA (certified in both Texas and New Mexico) since 1981. He has been active in civic organizations, including The Rotary Club of East El Paso, National Ski Patrol since 1968, El Paso Chapter of the American Red Cross (past board member), and is past president of the Vista Hills Country Club.

Denise S. Cooper, CPA, MBA

Denise S. Cooper, CPA, MBA

Denise is a graduate of New Mexico State University, with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (with an emphasis in Finance) and undergraduate degrees in both Accounting and German. She has been a CPA (certified in both Texas and New Mexico) since 1988. She has been a certified fraud examiner since 2010. She is active in several civic organizations including the Women’s Information Network, the Mesilla Valley Rotary Club, and is a Board Member of the Las Cruces Symphony.

Brandon Duran, CPA

Partner, El Paso, TX

Brandon received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and completed his Master’s degree with a focus in tax from The University of Texas at El Paso and has been a CPA since 2018.  Brandon joined our firm in 2015.  Brandon offers assistance to business clients with the preparation of taxes and bookkeeping as well as supporting audits.

Ryan Ross, CPA

Partner, El Paso, TX

A graduate of New Mexico State University, Ryan has been in accounting and finance for over 20 years. He is currently enjoying his second stint with CRRC. He has worked as the Chief Financial Officer of a local not-for-profit, financial advisor for a national brokerage firm, and a financial analyst for a Fortune 500 company in Dallas. Ryan has an extensive background in many aspects of business and personal finances, which has made his transition back into public accounting a very easy one. He also serves as the Treasurer for Casas Por Cristo, a local non-profit organization.

 

Raul A. Gomez

Manager-Business Development, El Paso, TX

Raul joined the staff in 2017 after 33 years in the international freight forwarding industry where he was the Senior Manager of Distribution Services for North America with FedEx Trade Networks and General Manager of Rudolph Miles & Sons. Raul was also a higher education administrator for 14 years where he held senior level positions at a number of universities. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1970 followed by a Master’s degree in Spanish from Colorado State University in 1972 and also a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from New Mexico State University in 1975.  He currently serves on the board of the Paso del Norte Better Business Bureau, Queen of Peace Catholic Church Board of Directors, and is the alumni advisor for the Fraternity of Alpha Kappa Lambda at UTEP.  Raul will provide his many years of management experience in helping with business development and client support activities.  He can be contacted through our Contact Us page.  All form submissions go to him directly.

 

Berta DeBraal

Office Manager, Las Cruces, NM

Las Cruces Office Manager. Berta is a graduate of the Business College of Colorado and has been with the firm since 1980. We call her the heart of our Las Cruces office because, over her many years of service, she has maintained close contact with all of our Las Cruces clients and has had a wonderful relationship with them. With over thirty years in the accounting business, she keeps the office running efficiently, and you will find Berta very capable and helpful in meeting your needs.

 

Patrick Almodovar

Accountant, El Paso, TX

Patrick received his Master of Accountancy from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2021.  During his final semester, he joined the CRRC staff as a tax intern where he gained valuable knowledge preparing business and personal tax returns.  He joined the staff as a full-time accountant in 2022.  Patrick is currently preparing for the CPA exam as he continues to develop his professional skills in public accounting.

 

Armida Aguirre

Accountant, El Paso, TX

Armida is a graduate of Durham Business College. She has 16 years of bookkeeping experience. She has been with Clifford, Ross, Raudenbush & Cooper CPA’s LLC since 1997. She is vital to the bookkeeping department and prepares corporate as well as personal returns for her clients. She offers assistance to business clients from basic bookkeeping duties to setting up the client’s bookkeeping system.

 

Melissa Anderson

Data Entry Clerk, Las Cruces, NM

As the data entry clerk, Melissa enters checks, does bank reconciliations and just about anything else that is needed in the office in support of the operations.

 

Margie E. Aranda

Accountant, El Paso, TX

Margie has worked for the firm for over 15 years. She is experienced in bookkeeping and her main focus is year-end accounting preparation for tax returns and financial statements. Margie is familiar with the clients and their businesses and is more than ready to be of assistance.

 

Claudia Baltazar

Accountant, El Paso, TX

Claudia graduated with a Master’s in Accountancy with a concentration in audit from the University of Texas at El Paso.  While in school, she was a member of the student organization Internal Audit Student Association (IASA) since its inception.  She has over 10 years of experience in the financing industry where she worked as a branch manager of a finance company prior to pursuing a career in accounting.  Her short-term goal is to take the exam to obtain her license as a CPA in Texas.  She has tax preparation and bookkeeping experience from internships throughout her schooling.

 

Sharon Carrillo

Accountant, Las Cruces, NM

Sharon joined our staff in January 2007. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Political Science at the University of New Mexico and her MBA in Public Administration at the University of Virginia. Sharon is currently studying to sit for the CPA exam. Sharon is our tax manager and prepares personal and corporate tax returns as well as doing tax research.

 

Mayra Cobos

Intern, El Paso, TX

Mayra graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelors in Accounting in 2020 and is planning to graduate with her Masters in Accountancy by 2023.  Following completion of her Masters program, Mayra plans on preparing for and passing the CPA exam.  She joined the CRRC staff as an intern in February 2022.

 

Juanita Ersland

Clerk, Las Cruces, NM

Juanita prepares all the payrolls and quarterly reports as well as W-2’s.

 

Priscilla Fraire

Accountant, Las Cruces, NM

Priscilla is a graduate of New Mexico State University, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy with an Associate’s degree in Business Office Technology. Her studies also include an Associate’s degree in Computerized Accounting from the Business Skills Institute College. She is experienced in bookkeeping and payroll services. Priscilla assists our clients in preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual reports. She is currently preparing for the CPA exam.

 

Rosa Martinez

MBA Accountant, El Paso, NM

Ms. Martinez is a graduate of the University of Phoenix, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She has been with our firm for over 12 years. Rosa has vast experience in bookkeeping, accounting, and in preparing a variety of income tax returns. Rosa offers assistance in-house and in-the-field to business clients especially with QuickBooks support.

 

Orlando Nevarez

Bookkeeper, El Paso, TX

Orlando joins the team with over 10 years of experience in Management and Bookkeeping.  His experience and education include an associate degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in the area of finance.  His professionalism and knowledge build long lasting relationships and trust with our clients.

 

Carmen Renteria

Bookkeeper, El Paso, TX

Carmen joined our firm in 2018.  She is currently enrolled at El Paso Community College pursuing an Associates degree in Accounting, Business & Economics to be followed by a Bachelor’s degree in Business Accounting from the University of Texas at El Paso.  As one of the first points of contact in our El Paso office, our clients are always greeted by a warm and friendly smile.

 

Armando Ugarte

Accountant, El Paso, TX

Armando joined our firm in 2019.  He received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at El Paso.  He held an internship position in the energy industry while pursuing his Master’s degree.  He is currently preparing for the CPA exam.

 

Michael Clifford

Office Assistant, El Paso, TX

Michael joined CRRC in 2015. Michael was a performer for the Pickle Family Circus for over seven years. His performing background has given him excellent verbal & nonverbal communication skills which makes him a clear choice as the first point of contact in our El Paso office. Michael is learning the many aspects of the business and what it takes to keep the office running smoothly.

 

William C. DeBraal

Office Assistant, Las Cruces, NM

William has an Associate’s degree in Applied Sciences from New Mexico State University. He assists all staff with everyday office duties.

 

Rene Mena, Courier

El Paso, TX

Rene joined CRRC in 2015 as a courier. With speed, security, and professionalism, he is a great asset to our company as he is able to build relationships with our clients while making deliveries. Due to this, Rene has been our trusted courier ever since.

 

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