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About Kembel Tax Services

David Kembel

Having met and married the love of his life, after Virginia Tech David began a career at the United States Postal Service. Being a numbers and a people person, he started preparing taxes from his home office in 1992. After 18 years of government work, David left the Post Office in 2004 and opened the current Roanoke location. Now, 20 years later, we have 9 additional full time, year-round employees which includes 3 family members and a second location in Salem. Other than taxes, David is licensed for Life and Disability Insurance and enjoys assisting clients with not only taxes but Retirement Planning. When not working, David and Priscilla enjoy traveling and spending time with family. Maybe the occasional round of golf!

Austin Kembel

Upon graduating Lord Botetourt and after Virginia Western, Austin Kembel entered the Insurance business before becoming the first full-time family member to join our team. Austin is not only adept at income tax preparation, but he also spends a lot of time with our Life and Disability Insurance clients. He primarily manages the Salem office and keeps both offices up to date with the latest in technology. When he's not working Austin is an avid sports fan.

Priscilla Kembel

After 20 years of office management at Allstate and Carilion, David's wife Priscilla came on board full-time in 2017. She's been instrumental in running both offices and making sure things run smoothly. Along with traveling with David and spending time with family, Priscilla enjoys the outdoors and her pets.

Michelle Kembel

Michelle is the youngest of David and Priscilla's three children. She graduated in three years from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in May of 2018. While she's worked around the office for years, she is now employed full-time helping manage the office, preparing taxes and is also licensed for Insurance. Michelle enjoys sports of all types. She’s followed up on her own volleyball career by coaching the Lord Botetourt JV team and assists with the varsity team. When she’s not busy working or coaching, Michelle loves spending time with her new husband Tyler, and their dog Duke.

Lisa Edwards

Lisa joined us in the Fall of 2018. We are so excited to have her! She brings 22 years of experience not only preparing income taxes but managing other tax preparation offices. She's an Enrolled Agent, meaning she can represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service. Lisa's experience extends to bookkeeping and payroll services. She's easy to talk to, a good listener and can make the complicated tax code sound a little less intimidating. Lisa works at both our Roanoke and Salem offices during tax season. When not working, her favorite hobby is spoiling her granddaughter. 

Tricia Nichols

Tricia is one of the first friendly faces you'll see when you enter the Roanoke office. She has been in office administration for 15 years. Because she can't say no, she's helped David off and on for the past 10 years and now assists all year round. She helps us with administration, bookkeeping, payroll and generally keeps David focused on running the business. When not in the office she enjoys being with her children and making memories with family and friends.

John Garnand

John is a Roanoke native attending Cave Spring High and Virginia Western.  He has worked in the area of finance for his entire career of over forty years.  Retiring from a local government finance department over ten years ago, he has continued in the private sector processing local, state, and federal returns for the small business community.  He handles payroll, sales tax, meals tax, and sundry locality taxes.  He prepares income taxes during tax season.  He is semi-retired, very much a car guy and enjoys working in his workshop when not at work.

Kelly Waldron

After a 32 year banking career with Wells Fargo, Kelly joined the Kembel Tax Service team in September of 2023.  Kelly and her husband, John, have also been Kembel Tax Service clients for over 10 years. She is training to become a tax preparer and is looking forward to the upcoming tax season. Kelly and John stay very busy with their two girls, Paylin and Lakyn, who participate in church, band, softball, soccer, cheerleading, and many volunteer opportunities.

Krystal Doyle 

After being a Kembel Tax Service client for over 6 years, Krystal became part of the Kembel staff in January 2022. While being David’s assistant, you will also see her at the front desk helping clients or doing administrative work. She has very much enjoyed her training on taxes and will also begin preparing returns this upcoming tax season. She is advancing in her career here with KTS and we look forward to seeing more of what she can achieve. Outside of work, Krystal enjoys fishing, vacationing in the Outer Banks, and spending time with her husband and family.

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