Claire E. Pahlmeyer, CPA, CIA


(541) 687-1170 
Pacific Lutheran University Bachelors of Business Administration, concentration in Accounting
Bachelor of Arts, Economics
"A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they shall never sit."
- Greek Proverb

Following her graduation from Pacific Lutheran University, Claire joined Kernutt Stokes in 2018. Claire pursued a career in accounting because she wanted to work in a field that combines problem solving, working with others, and continuous opportunities for growth. She discovered early on that she likes working on audit and internal audit projects and enjoys helping public entities learn about their internal controls and financial safeguards.

In addition to performing internal and external audits, Claire also works on consulting engagements, reviews, and compilations for clients in a variety of industries. Many of her projects are clients in the higher education, health insurance, and nonprofit industries. She enjoys hearing from clients that they’re glad Kernutt Stokes looked into an issue, and that our recommendations had a positive impact, setting them up for future success.

A native Oregonian, Claire was born and raised in Beaverton, and currently lives in Eugene with her partner and their tabby cat Darcy. Claire enjoys reading, crocheting, and gardening.

Professional Designations and Licenses

Certified Public Accountant, Oregon
Certified Internal Auditor


Community Service

  • KLCC, board of directors, treasurer
  • Eugene Springfield Tax Association, board of directors (past)

Primary Services

Primary Industries

Professional Services
Higher Education

6 Questions to Ask About Your Internal Controls

by Kernutt Stokes |
Well-designed internal controls are vital to the health and safety of an organization’s operations. Without internal controls, especially around financial transactions and accounts, it is easy for a transaction to be recorded for the wrong amount, the wrong invoice to go out, or money to be paid to the wrong person. On the flip side, internal controls can also be overly burdensome and unnecessarily inhibit the efficiency of the operations you are trying to protect.

What is a Risk Assessment

by Kernutt Stokes |
Risk assessments identify and analyze the risks affecting an organization’s ability to achieve its objectives. Whether your organization is looking to improve efficiency, identify risk gaps, or trying to implement an internal audit program, an organizational risk assessment is a great starting point.

5 Reasons You Should Have an Internal Audit

by Kernutt Stokes |
There are a multitude of reasons why an internal audit function can benefit an organization...Whether you have ever thought about implementing an internal audit function or not, here are five reasons why it might be a good fit for you.