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Background

For years, Rieber, Fohs & Associates has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Rieber, Fohs & Associates's expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as financial statements, and financial planning.

Rieber, Fohs & Associates is one of the leading firms in and throughout Santa Cruz. 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, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, 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. Rieber, Fohs & Associates is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of Santa Cruz'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 Santa Cruz. 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 Rieber, Fohs & Associates receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

Derek A. Fohs, CPA

DFohs@rfacpa.com 831-476-7100

Derek was born and raised in Los Gatos, California with the exception of two years living abroad in Brazil. After graduating from Los Gatos High School, he attended San Diego State University earning a B.S. in Accounting in 1994. Returning to Los Gatos, he pursued experience at smaller local firms where he developed bookkeeping and tax skills geared toward small businesses and individuals and obtained his CPA certificate in 2000.

In 1999 Derek relocated to Santa Cruz and shortly thereafter went to work for Robert J. Davidson Accountancy Corporation, a reputable Santa Cruz firm founded by Bob Davidson in 1978. The relationship with the firm was a good match and Bob soon offered Derek ownership to become Davidson, Fohs & Associates.

Derek prides himself in the attention he gives to his clients and strives to produce quality services and product. Each year he exceeds the forty hour minimum continuing education requirement for the profession with an emphasis in subjects that pertain to his clients. Derek is a Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor and helps lead the Santa Cruz Tax Interest Group sponsored by the California Society of CPA’s. He also volunteers his services and time to several non-profit groups in the community.

Outside of accounting, Derek enjoys surfing, hiking and snow sports. He spends as much leisure time as possible in Lake Tahoe and began section hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2009. He plans to complete the 2600 mile endeavor before the year 2020. He and his wife Liz, a second grade school teacher, reside on the Westside of Santa Cruz and are avid bike commuters.

Lacy A. Rieber, CPA

Lrieber@rfacpa.com 831-476-7100 Master of Science in Accountancy
Certified Public Accountant

Lacy was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. Upon graduating from Harbor High School in 1997, she pursued a Bachelor’s in History at Sonoma State University and attended the University of Hawai’i at Manoa her senior year as an exchange student.

Following her move back home to Santa Cruz, Lacy became the Operations Manager of a financial firm working directly with many CPA’s. Lacy developed a knack for accounting and a desire to learn more, and in 2006 entered into the MSA Program at San Jose State University, earning a Master’s in Accountancy.

Following graduation Lacy worked at Petrinovich Pugh & Company LLP in downtown San Jose developing a vast wealth of knowledge, with an emphasis on individual and small business tax.

After receiving her CPA license in 2010, Lacy wanted to get back to her roots and work locally, accepting a position in Watsonville at Hutchinson & Bloodgood LLP.

In late 2011 Lacy left Hutchinson & Bloodgood LLP to fulfill her ambition to build her own practice, opening the doors for the 2012 Tax Season. Lacy rapidly built a practice of several hundred clients with her wealth of knowledge, ability to clearly communicate and interact with clients, and her down to earth nature. While developing her practice she also worked with Davidson Fohs & Associates, creating a dynamic working relationship with Derek Fohs. This led to Derek offering Lacy to merge her practice into his and help buy out retiring partner, Bob Davidson in January 2013 to form Rieber, Fohs & Associates.

In the off season, Lacy enjoys traveling, hiking, the beach, mountain biking, working out and spending time with her family and friends.

Becky Engler

Bengler@rfacpa.com 831-476-7100
  • Rieber, Fohs & Associates Accountancy Corporation
  • 331 Soquel Avenue, Suite 100
  • Santa Cruz, CA 95062
  • Telephone: (831) 476-7100
  • Fax: (831) 476-8637