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Meet the Team

Meet the Team

The Papin CPA, PLLC team seeks to provide quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as IRS audits, financial statement analysis, and financial planning.

Papin CPA, PLLC is one of the leading firms in and throughout the area. 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. Papin CPA, PLLC is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of the area'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 the area. 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 Papin CPA, PLLC receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

Christopher C. Papin 405.531.9119 Bachelor's of Accounting & Master's of Accounting - University of Oklahoma| Juris Doctor - Oklahoma City University
Certified Public Accountant

Christopher C. Papin wears many hats. He is a licensed attorney, a certified public accountant, and a life, accident and health insurance producer.

Chris was born in Edmond, Oklahoma. He received a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Oklahoma in 2004 and a Master’s degree in accounting from the University of Oklahoma in 2005. Chris became a Certified Public Accountant in 2007 and received his Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law and was licensed to practice law in Oklahoma in 2008. Chris was admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court in 2010.

The Oklahoma Bar Association recognized Chris’s professional achievements by selecting him as a member of the 2009-2010 Leadership Academy Class seeking to develop young lawyers’ leadership abilities. Also, Chris has been selected by the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants as a 2010 Trailblazer, an OSCPA member who is under 40 or has five or fewer years of CPA experience, recognizing innovation, professional dedication, and community commitment. In 2012, OKC BIZ recognized Chris as a member of its Forty Under 40 honorees. OKC BIZ has recognized Central Oklahoma’s top young leaders for professional accomplishments, charitable contributions and commitment to the community. Chris received an AV Preeminent Overall Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubble in the area of Taxation, Trusts and Estates, and Wills and Probate. This is the highest peer review rating for general ethical standards and legal abilities. In 2017, Thomson Reuters chose Papin CPA, PLLC to receive its Customer Superstar award, the Innovation Award. The Innovation Award recognizes the firm within the Thomson Reuters community of accounting firms that did the most to innovate, invigorate and grow their business.

Before establishing his own firm, Chris spent 8 years with Burnett & Brown, P.L.L.C. practicing in substantially the same areas of law he practices today. While attending law school and prior to joining his former firm, Chris worked in the corporate tax department of a local Fortune 500 Oil & Gas Company focusing on tax compliance and IRS audits. Currently, his law practice focuses on Estate & Gift Tax Compliance and Planning, Business Formation and Planning, and Tax Planning. Chris also actively utilizes his CPA designation in offering his clients bookkeeping, payroll, payroll tax reporting, income tax reporting, and tax audit representation through Papin CPA, PLLC. Also, Chris supplements his Estate Planning practice through the customized use of insurance planning through Papin Insurance, LLC.

Chris is a member of the American Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma County Bar Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the University of Oklahoma Alumni Association, Oklahoma City University Alumni Association, a Fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and a Board Member and Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for Epworth Villa and Epworth Living, Inc.

Professional Affiliations:

- Thomson Reuters MyPay Solutions - Feature Referring Accountant

- Intuit QuickBooks Online - Accountant Partner.

Paula Nuxol 405.531.9119

Paula Nuxol joined Papin CPA in July 2019 as an Administrative Assistant. She brings a wide range of experience to the Papin CPA team which dovetails with the services that are offered by the firm. She works directly with clients to facilitate timely work, information exchange, and answer questions. For most of her career, Paula worked for various major insurance companies handling litigated liability claims which sparked her interest in the legal field. After leaving the claims field, she worked in the financial services industry as a licensed financial professional for 7 years prior to coming to Oklahoma. She is currently a student at the University of Central Oklahoma pursuing a double major in Accounting and in Legal Studies with the goal of obtaining her CPA designation.

Paula lived in Florida for 34 years prior to moving to Oklahoma in 2016 and is the proud mother of a daughter and a son. Paula enjoys travel, reading, and spending time with her family, which also includes 4 cats and a Golden Retriever.

Liliana Semands 405.531.9119 Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from CU Promedac (Durango, Mexico)

Liliana Semands joined Papin CPA in 2017. She is serving as an accountant on the Papin CPA team. She relocated to Edmond from Southern California in 2010. Prior to joining the team, Lili was with Remy Borg Warner, an international automotive parts manufacturer, where she supported customer service and account management by coordinating with customers and manufacturing facilities in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. In California, Lili acted as Administrative Assistant, Accounting Manager, Bookkeeper and Salesperson for several companies in various industries. Lili's experience in business and accounting directly aligns with the Papin CPA client base.

A proud mom of 2 little girls, in her free time Lili loves reading, and spending time with her family.

Lili is bilingual in Spanish.

Educación: Contador Publico Otorgado por el CU Promedac (DGO.Mx).

Liliana Semands se unió al equipo de Papin CPA en 2017. Vive en Edmond desde el 2010 año en el que llego se mudó de California a Oklahoma.

Previamente trabajó en una compañía manufacturadora internacional de la industria automotriz llamada Remy Borg Warner; ahi trabajó en el departamento de servicio al cliente y también como gerente de cuentas cuya responsabilidad incluyó la cordinación entre el cliente y las diferentes localidades en norte y sudamerica, Europa y Asia. En California Lili ocupó varios puestos en diferentes compañías de distintos generos actuando como Asistente Personal, Asistente Administrativa, Contador General, asistente contable y Representante de Ventas. Es orgullosa mama de 2 niñas, y en su tiempo libre disfruta de leer y pasar tiempo con su familia.

Lili es bilingûe y habla Español e Ingles principalmente.

Catherine Blake 405.531.9119

Catherine Blake joined Papin CPA in 2019. She assists clients with the Papin CPA Best Practices and accounting services. Her has acquired experience in several different industries which is a benefit to the diverse range of clients Papin CPA serves. This experience specifically with operational and day to day matters offers clients a sounding board for developing internal systems and efficiencies. Currently, Catherine is pursuing an Accounting degree with the intent to obtain her CPA designation.

Catherine is the proud mother of two children. She enjoys road trips and experiencing new dining experiences in her spare time.

Christopher LaGrutta Bachelor's Degree - Accounting from NUNY College at Old Westbury
CPA Candidate

Chris LaGrutta joined the Papin CPA team in 2018. He works exclusively in a remote environment serving clients in several different capacities. He assists with tax preparation, accounting services, and advisory services. Chris started his career in corporate accounting, working with clients in the alcoholic beverage industry. He transitioned to public accounting, where he began to focus on tax services. Chris graduated from SUNY College at Old Westbury in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is currently sitting for the CPA exam where he hopes to gain his designation.

Chris lives in Balmville, NY – a hamlet in the Hudson Valley. He loves to travel, take pictures and is an avid hiker.