Kristen Spence CFE, MSA

Kristen Spence

Fraud & Litigation Team Manager


Bachelor of Science Physiology Pre-Med, Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.A.), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

What is your area of specialty – how do you best help your clients?

Fraud Prevention, Identification, Detection, Investigation & Deterrence

What are your top 5 strengths? What is your favorite strength?

*Learner *Achiever *Relator *Competition *Includer. Includer is my favorite. I like to feel everyone has a contribution and no one is ever left out if I can help it.

How do you like to give back to the community?

I am the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

What are your superpowers – something you’re good at that others should know about?

Velvet Hammer – One professional nickname that has stuck. Smiley and Sunshine as well. I have been told I am very kind, but firm when needed. This has definitely proved helpful when running a fraud investigation, as suspects in the past have provided full confessions once a comfort level has been established (velvet side) and the firm nature (hammer side) comes through.

Accomplishment you’re proud of?

Waking up every day with happiness to enjoy and a profession that drives me.

Tell us about your life outside of work (family/pets/sports/activities/interests/hobbies)

Hobbies include reading medical journals, keeping up on emerging artificial intelligence (AI)/cyber trends.

What is your favorite part of working at the firm?

At Hungerford Nichols, I’ve experienced working with a unique group of fun and kind intellectuals. Our environment at HN, constantly challenges and supports my professional and personal growth. Certified Expert Grand Rapids Tax Advisors