Gary Syddall, EA

Vice President

Gary brings to the firm more than 40 years of experience in Accounting and Tax Preparation. As President of GS Accounting, Gary spent over 25 years working closely with his clients on all of their accounting and tax matters. Prior to GS Accounting, Gary was a controller of Banc Property Services Corp., a property management and construction company. Gary also spent 21 years working for Anaconda Minerals company in various supervisory accounting positions, including Senior Financial Accountant, Metallurgical Accountant, Revenue Accountant, and General Office Manager. 


In 2017, Gary's firm GS Accounting merged with Kaleigh's firm Canavan Financial to become Canavan, Syddall & Associates. While Gary still enjoys working and can frequently be found in the office, the merger has allowed him to spend a bit more time on the other things he loves which include the Denver Broncos, being an active member of his church, and spending time with his family. 



Kaleigh Canavan, EA


Kaleigh Canavan, a Colorado native, attended Regis University where she earned a B.S. in Accounting with a minor in Human Resource Management. Before founding Canavan Financial Group in 2013, she spent several years as an Account Manager for a local accounting firm in Littleton, CO. In August of 2017, Canavan Financial became Canavan, Syddall & Associates.

Prior to her career in Accounting and small-business, she worked for 6 years for a Denver concert promoter. Working within the ticketing department, production, merch sales, and behind the bar, she gained in-depth knowledge of customer service and the inner-workings of the music industry. She also has experience with retail management and sales training as well as customer service across many industries.

Besides acting as the President of Canavan, Syddall & Associates where she enjoys working with business owners to grow and improve their own companies, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and playing video games.

Hanna Ackerman
VP of Operations

Hanna Ackerman has lived all over the US, but settled in the Denver area in 2009. She spent the first decade of her career in the music industry before she decided to try to help small business owners and working artists in a more practical way. She brings to the table an amazing work ethic, ability to roll with the punches, and a high tolerance for salty language because of her years working with musicians and concert production professionals.


When Hanna isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, gardening, cooking and hopping madly from craft project to craft project.

Kendall Prine

VP of Business Development

Kendall grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Her background began in fine jewelry sales where she managed people, bought inventory, and designed special pieces for a small family-owned jewelry store.


She learned that her happy and energetic demeanor drove her to be successful in building strong relationships with clients and growing business with knowledge and a memorable experience.


After working in jewelry for 10 years she made a move to B2B sales with the payroll industry, where we first met her. Now, she enjoys creating relationships with clients and the community. 

Jennifer Ward

Senior Associate

Jennifer Ward, a Colorado native, has over 15 years of experience in Bookkeeping, Tax Preparation, and professionally supporting accountants. She enjoys building relationships with clients in order to ensure all of their needs are met and goals are achieved.


Jennifer is the mother of two daughters. Her eldest is married and has given her three beautiful grandchildren. Her youngest is a busy teenager who enjoys taekwondo and crafting. 


Jennifer is known to her family as being an excellent chef and a quilt-maker. 

Lisa Alvarez

Bookkeeping Associate

Lisa Alvarez brings to the table a strong set of skills in customer service, communications, banking and legal. Originally from Texas, she grew up in the Denver Metro area and currently lives Downtown. She says “I like most things most of the time, except when I don’t.” She enjoys watching Football in both the Alabama Crimson Tide and Denver Broncos varieties, cooking on the weekends and hanging out with her beloved dog, Teddy.