Anne-Marie Trimnell

Senior Tax Associate at KPMG LLP

Everett, Washington

Class of 2009, Accounting and Business Administration majors


As a senior tax associate for KPMG LLP, Trimnell works for an initiative to establish a support network for KPMG LLP professionals and their families with physical and mental handicaps. Outside of work, she volunteers monthly to be a lector at her church, and she participates in the annual Day of Caring for which she packs food for the homeless and creates packages for those in the hospital, among other things.

How does your time at SPU connect to what you’re doing today?

I was first offered the opportunity at KPMG LLP by a recommendation by my professor, Ross Stewart. He helped open the door to my blossoming career. Additionally, SPU encouraged me to further give of myself in all I do for the Lord. My faith, strengthened by my Christian classes at SPU and fellowship caused my determination to continue to persevere. I overcame many huddles to now be an acting manager at my job, and I am glad I did not give up.

Which SPU faculty or staff member made a difference in your education?

Dr. Ross Stewart was always fun and friendly, and he made accounting so much fun that I pursued it as my degree. He encouraged me to get work experience in the field and made me feel very welcome at SPU. He made known to me how much he believed in me.

What advice would you give to current SPU students?

As you enter the work environment, remember who you are and your values, despite the influence of your co-workers or the values promoted by your employers.