University Tax Management Staff
Department Address and Contact Information
University Tax Management
2221 University Ave SE, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55414
P: 612-624-1053, F: 612-626-1886
Kelly Farmer is the University Tax Director and has served in that position since 2001. Prior to moving to Minnesota he was the Sr. Tax Manager at Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona) from 1995 to 2001.
Kelly is a past member of the NACUBO Tax Council and served in that capacity for eleven years. He served as chair of the Tax Council for 2004 – 2005. Kelly has participated in NACUBO seminars as an instructor regarding tax issues over the span of his involvement in the Tax Council. He has also represented NACUBO in hearings with the Internal Revenue Service.
Kelly was previously employed by the former “big eight” firm of Arthur Young & Co. Prior to starting his career in higher education, he was a partner in a local CPA firm in Phoenix, Arizona. Kelly has a BS from Brigham Young University School of Accountancy. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Office Phone: 612-626-6169
Heather joined the University Tax Management Office in 2006 as a Tax Analyst and now serves as Assistant Tax Director. She came from the tax side of public accounting, including experience specializing in the sales/use tax area of the State and Local Tax practices at three firms. Prior to entering public accounting, Heather spent 12 years at the Minnesota Department of Revenue. She worked as an attorney in the Appeals and Legal Services Division as well as in other management positions at the Department. Heather also worked as an attorney at a qualified retirement plan administration company.
Heather is active in the Tax Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and has previously held the positions of Chair, Treasurer, and Editor of the Tax Law Section Newsletter. Heather has a JD from William Mitchell College of Law and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS from the College of Education.
Office Phone: 612-626-6174
Kirsten joined the University Tax Management Office in 2011 as Senior Tax Manager and now serves as Assistant Tax Director. She came from the University of St. Thomas where she worked in the Controller’s Office for twelve years as the Tax and Compliance Director. Prior to St. Thomas, Kirsten worked in public accounting for Coopers and Lybrand and then PricewaterhouseCoopers in the tax practice, primarily serving tax-exempt organizations.
Kirsten has a JD from DePaul University College of Law and a BA in mathematics from St. Olaf College. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Office Phone: 612-625-6036
Deb Hoffoss joined the Tax Management Office as a Financial Generalist II in 2019, but has been with the University for over 23 years. Her previous experience includes research accounting, general accounting and medical clinic management. Prior to joining the University, she spent time living in Alaska, Germany and California due to her husband's military career.
In her free time, she enjoys painting, drawing, quilting and loves spending time with her grandchildren.
Office Phone: 612-624-1462