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EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING

TEAM MEMBERS
AMANDA VERDOORN, CPA
AMANDA GRADUATED IN 2010 FROM NORTHWEST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE WITH AN ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE AND, IN 2011, FROM NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE WITH A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTING AND, IN 2013, FROM COLORADO TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY WITH A MASTER OF BUSINESS IN ACCOUNTING. SHE WAS A MEMBER OF PHI THETA KAPPA, OFFICER OF THE TRIO GIO BOARD, AND A STUDENT AMBASSADOR WHILE ATTENDING NORTHWEST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE. 

AMANDA WORKED IN PUBLIC ACCOUNTING WITH VAN BRUGGEN AND VANDE VEGTE, PC FOR NINE PLUS YEARS, WORKING IN BOTH TAX AND AUDITS. SHE SPECIALIZED IN EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLAN AUDITS AND GAINED EXPERIENCE WITH FINANCIAL STATEMENT AUDITS. SHE ALSO WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE PAYROLL DEPARTMENT AND REVIEWED THE QUARTERLY AND YEAR END PAYROLL TAX FORMS.

AMANDA HAS ALWAYS ENJOYED GETTING TO KNOW HER CLIENTS PERSONALLY AND ESTABLISHED GOOD RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEM. SHE HAS APPRECIATED ASSISTING HER CLIENTS WITH IMPROVED PROCEDURES AND PROCESSES HELPING THEM LEARN TO GROW. SHE HAS A STRONG ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND IS VERY DILIGENT IN HER WORK.

WHEN AMANDA IS NOT WORKING, SHE ENJOYS FISHING, CANOEING, OR RIDING MOTORCYCLE WITH HER HUSBAND. SHE ALSO ENJOYS SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS.

AMY WEISS, CPA

AMY GRADUATED FROM ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY WITH A BACHELOR OF ARTS IN 2001 AND FROM NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY WITH A MASTER OF ACCOUNTING IN 2008.

PRIOR TO OBTAINING HER MASTER'S DEGREE AND CPA LICENSE, AMY WORKED AS AN ACCOUNTANT FOR SEVERAL INDUSTRIES IN SOUTH FLORIDA. IN 2006, SHE BECAME AN AUDITOR AT A BOUTIQUE SEC AUDIT FIRM IN BOYTON BEACH, FLORIDA WHERE SHE REMAINED FOR 11 YEARS HOLDING THE TITLES OF STAFF ACCOUNTANT THROUGH PRINCIPAL. IN 2019, SHE STARTED HER OWN BUSINESS OF ACCOUNTING AND AUDIT CONSULTING WHERE SHE ENJOYS SHARING HER KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE WITH COMPANIES PREPARING FOR SEC AUDITS, AS WELL AS ASSISTING AUDIT FIRMS WITH AUDITS.

WHILE NOT AT WORK, AMY ENJOYS SPENDING TIME WITH HER HUSBAND AND TWO CHILDREN.

BRUCE KARTCHNER, CPA, CITP

BRUCE GRADUATED IN 1985 FROM BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY WITH A MASTERS OF ACCOUNTANCY. BRUCE BEGAN HIS ACCOUNTING CAREER WITH ARTHUR ANDERSEN & CO., WORKING IN BOTH THE AUDIT AND TAX DEPARTMENTS. WHILE AT ARTHUR, HE BECAME WELL VERSED IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY AND ALSO TAUGHT TRAINING CLASSES FOR ARTHUR'S WORLDWIDE TRAINING CENTER. 
BRUCE LEFT ARTHUR TO START HIS OWN PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM, LATER MERGING HIS PRACTICE, AND HAS BEEN A PARTNER IN NUMEROUS VENTURES OVER THE YEARS. HE HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN NUMEROUS ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING THE CONSTRUCTION FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF UTAH AND BLUFFDALE CITY. 
BRUCE IS A JACK OF ALL TRADES. DURING HIS 26 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ACCOUNTING BRUCE HAS PROVIDED AUDIT, TAX, AND MANAGEMENT ADVISORY SERVICES TO A VARIETY OF COMPANIES. BRUCE HAS HELPED HIS CLIENTS MAXIMIZE PROFITS THROUGH DATA ANALYSIS AND PLANNING, WHILE ALSO ASSISTING HIS CLIENTS WITH IMPLEMENTATION OF COST CUTTING AND REVENUE ENHANCING MEASURES.
 

IN ADDITION TO HIS CONSULTING EXPERIENCE BRUCE HAS HELPED HIS CLIENTS WITH TAX PLANNING AND TAX PREPARATION SERVICES WHILE ALSO SPENDING A GREAT DEAL OF TIME AUDITING PRIVATE AND SEC PUBLIC REPORTING COMPANIES. 
BRUCE HAS SPENT TIME TEACHING AT BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY AND UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, AND ENJOYS LEARNING. IN HIS DOWNTIME, BRUCE LOVES SPENDING TIME WITH HIS FAMILY, WORKING OUTSIDE, AND TINKERING AT HOME. HE SPENDS TIME WOODWORKING AND TAKING CARE OF HIS GARDEN AND SMALL ORCHARD. 

EMILY PECK, CPA

EMILY GRADUATED FROM WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WITH A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTING IN 2006 AND FROM WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WITH A MASTER OF TAXATION IN 2007. WHILE EARNING HER MASTERS OF TAXATION, EMILY WORKED AS AN ACCOUNTANT OF A PRIVATE HOLDING COMPANY.
AFTER GRADUATING, EMILY STARTED HER PUBLIC ACCOUNTING CAREER IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, AT WEINSTEIN SPIRA AND COMPANY. SHE WORKED IN THE TAX DEPARTMENT THERE AND ALSO GAINED EXPERIENCE WITH FINANCIAL STATEMENT AUDITS AND BENEFIT PLAN AUDITS. EMILY THEN WORKED AS AN AUDITOR AT ERNST AND YOUNG, DELOITTE AND TOUCHE, LLP, AND HAYNIE & COMPANY. DURING HER 10+ YEARS AS AN ACCOUNTING PROFESSIONAL EMILY WORKED FOR ALMOST THREE YEARS IN SINGAPORE AND COMPLETED PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COMPANY AUDITS, REGULATORY AUDITS, AND INTERNAL CONTROL AUDITS. ADDITIONALLY, EMILY HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR EDUCATING HER PEERS AND WHILE AT DELOITTE WAS A LEAD TRAINING FACILITATOR IN THE US GAAP AND KNOWLEDGE ACCREDITATION THAT WAS PROVIDED YEARLY TO STAFF, SENIORS, MANAGERS, AND PARTNERS. 
EMILY HAS ALWAYS MADE QUALITY A TOP PRIORITY AND HAS A STRONG ATTENTION TO DETAIL. SHE HAS WORKED WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF CLIENTS IN DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES AND STRIVES TO PROVIDE TOP NOTCH SERVICE TO HER CLIENTS. EMILY ENJOYS GETTING TO KNOW HER CLIENTS ON A PERSONAL LEVEL AS WELL AS GETTING TO KNOW THE COMPANY'S BUSINESS. SHE ENJOYS HELPING COMPANIES BUILD THEIR BUSINESS PROCESS AND PROCEDURES TO HELP THEM RUN MORE EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY. 
WHILE NOT AT WORK EMILY ENJOYS CONCERTS, PLAYS, AND MOVIES. SHE ALSO LOVES THE OUTDOORS AND SUNSHINE; SPENDING HER FREE TIME CAMPING, HIKING, FISHING, OR RELAXING ON THE BEACH.

ERIKA LUSK

ERIKA RECEIVED HER BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN ACCOUNTING AND HER MASTERS OF ACCOUNTING DEGREE FROM UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY IN 2009 AND 2013, RESPECTIVELY. SHE WAS A MEMBER OF BETA ALPHA PSI WHILE ATTENDING UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY.

ERIKA WORKED IN PUBLIC ACCOUNTING WITH HJ & ASSOCIATES, LLC AND LATER HAYNIE & COMPANY FOR NEARLY FIVE YEARS FOCUSING ON CLIENTS IN A MULTITUDE OF INDUSTRIES, RANGING FROM START-UPS TO MEDIUM SIZE COMPANIES. SHE IS DETAIL ORIENTED AND ENJOYS LEARNING ABOUT AND GETTING TO KNOW HER CLIENTS.

WHEN SHE IS NOT WORKING ERIKA ENJOYS TIME WITH HER HUSBAND AND CHILDREN, PLAYING GAMES, READING, AND PLAYING THE VIOLIN IN THE COMMUNITY SYMPHONY.

JESSICA GRIFFITHS

JESSICA ATTENDED SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND WESTMINSTER COLLEGE RECEIVING AN ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE. BEFORE JOINING THE MAC ACCOUNTING GROUP JESSICA WAS THE DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FOR A THIRD-PARTY HEALTH ADMINISTRATION COMPANY AND HOLDS AN ACCIDENT, HEALTH, AND LIFE INSURANCE LICENSE IN THE STATE OF UTAH. HER DUTIES INCLUDED MANAGING OVER 100 EMPLOYEES ACROSS MULTIPLE DEPARTMENTS, WITH A FOCUS ON ACCOUNTING, QUOTING, NEGOTIATING, BILLING, AND RECONCILING MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS AT ONCE. JESSICA EXCELLED AT IMPLEMENTING PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES AND DEVELOPED A COMPANY-WIDE TRAINING MANUAL THAT IS STILL USED TODAY. JESSICA IS INCREDIBLY ORGANIZED AND FOCUSED ON QUALITY.

WHEN JESSICA IS NOT WORKING, SHE ENJOYS SPENDING TIME WITH HER FAMILY AND LOVES TALKING ABOUT HER CHILDREN'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS. SHE ALSO DEDICATES TIME TO ONE OF THE LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS AS A FULL-TIME SOFTBALL COACH BUILDING THE PROGRAM WHILE TRYING TO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON HER TEAM.

KEVIN ERAZO

KEVIN ATTENDED UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY IN OREM, UTAH, RECEIVING HIS ASSOCIATES DEGREE IN 2014. HE THEN MOVED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH IN SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH WHERE HE RECEIVED HIS BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN ACCOUNTING IN 2017 AND MASTER OF ACCOUNTING IN 2018.

WHILE ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH HE WORKED AS INTERNAL CONTROLS AUDITOR IN THE RESOURCE EXTRACTION AND TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY. HE THEN BEGAN HIS CAREER IN PUBLIC ACCOUNTING AT WSRP, LLC. WHILE AT WSRP KEVIN GAINED EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH HOUSING AUDITS, EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS, AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT PREPARATION. KEVIN CONTINUED HIS PUBLIC ACCOUNTING CAREER AT SADLER, GIBB, & ASSOCIATES, WHERE HE GAINED SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE IN AUDITING SMALL SEC REPORTING ORGANIZATIONS.

AFTER THREE YEARS OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTING EXPERIENCE KEVIN EXPLORED WORKING IN INTERNAL AUDIT, WHERE HE QUICKLY ASSUMED A LEADERSHIP ROLE AND TEMPORARILY ASSUMED THE ROLE OF THE HEAD OF INTERNAL AUDIT. WHILE IN INTERNAL AUDIT HE EXPANDED THE SCOPE AND DEPTH OF FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL TESTING. AS A RESULT OF THE INCREASED TESTING, HE HELPED DEPARTMENTS CORRECT RISK-CONTROL SHORT COMINGS AND IMPROVE OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY.

IN HIS FREE TIME, KEVIN LIKES TO DO CROSSFIT WORKOUTS AT HIS LOCAL GYM AND SPEND TIME OUTDOORS WITH HIS KIDS. DURING THE SUMMER YOU CAN FIND KEVIN CAMPING AND HIKING. KEVIN ALSO LOVES EXPLORING CUISINE FROM ALL REGIONS OF THE WORLD.

KRISTIN CHAVIRA

KRISTIN GRADUATED FROM DRAKE UNIVERSITY, IN DES MOINES, IOWA, WHERE SHE RECEIVED HER BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN ACCOUNTING IN 2003. KRISTIN ALSO PLAYED ON DRAKE'S DIVISION 1 SOFTBALL TEAM.

AFTER GRADUATING, KRISTIN MOVED BACK TO HER HOMETOWN OF HOUSTON, TEXAS WHERE SHE WORKED FOR AMERICAN EXPRESS IN THEIR ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT. WHILE AT AMERICAN EXPRESS, SHE COMPLETED SPECIAL PROJECTS FOR ALMOST A YEAR BEFORE GOING TO WORK FOR AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP, INC. (AIG) DOING MUTUAL FUND ACCOUNTING. AFTER 2 YEARS AT AIG, KRISTIN WORKED FOR EPCO, INC. DOING FINANCIAL REPORTING FOR THE NATURAL GAS COMPANY, WHERE SHE EXCELLED AT PAYING ATTENTION TO DETAIL. 

WHILE WORKING AT EPCO, KRISTIN GOT HER TEACHING CERTIFICATE AND WENT INTO TEACHING AND COACHING. DURING HER TEN PLUS YEARS TEACHING MATH AND BUSINESS CLASSES, KRISTIN EXCELLED AT BUILDING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH HER STUDENTS AND FELLOW CO-WORKERS.

AFTER COLLEGE AND BEFORE HAVING KIDS, KRISTIN ENJOYED SPENDING FREE TIME FLYING ON HER WEEKENDS AND EARNED HER PRIVATE AND COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENSE WITH INSTRUMENT AND MULTI-ENGINE RATINGS. AFTER HAVING TWO BEAUTIFUL BOYS WITH HER HUSBAND ROGER, KRISTIN NOW SPENDS HER FREE TIME WITH HER FAMILY, RUNNING THE KIDS TO ACTIVITIES, AND HELPING THEM BECOME DECENT HUMAN BEINGS. 

LALLA N'DIAYE

LALLA GRADUATED IN 2021 FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF BALTIMORE WITH A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTING AND IN 2022 WITH A MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTING, BUSINESS ADVISORY WITH A SPECIALIZATION IN DATA ANALYTICS. SHE WAS THE PRESIDENT OF BETA ALPHA PSI DURING HER UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES AS WELL AS A MEMBER OF BETA GAMMA SIGMA AND SIGMA ALPHA PI.

WHILE COMPLETING HER DEGREES LALLA STARTED WORKING IN PUBLIC ACCOUNTING AS AN INTERN THEN STARTED FULL TIME AS A STAFF AUDITOR IN 2021 AND LATER WAS PROMOTED TO AUDIT LEAD. LALLA HAS EXPERIENCE IN BOTH AUDIT AND DATA SCIENCE. SHE HAS ALSO BEEN A MATH, ACCOUNTING, AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS TUTOR FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS.

LALLA LOVES TEACHING PEOPLE BUT ALSO LEARNING ABOUT NEW INDUSTRIES. HER PEERS DESCRIBE ARE AS HARDWORKING AND DETAIL ORIENTED. SHE ENJOYS BUILDING MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS WITH CLIENTS AND HELPING THEM ATTAIN THEIR GOALS. 

IN HER SPARE TIME, LALLA ENJOYS COOKING, HIKING, CAMPING, SPENDING TIME WITH HER FAMILY AND READING. SHE LOVES WATCHING AND PLAYING SPORTS. HER FAVORITE SPORT IS SOCCER.

SHELBY WILCOX

SHELBY GRADUATED IN 2013 FROM WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY WITH A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS WITH AN EMPHASIS IN HUMAN RESOURCES. WHILE AT WEBER STATE SHE WAS A MEMBER OF THE SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (SHRM).

 

SHELBY WORKED AS A BUSINESS OFFICE MANAGER AT OGDEN GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB FOR SIX YEARS.  SHE EXCELLED AT PROVIDING MONTHLY FINANCIAL REPORTS FOR THE COMPANY AND OVERSAW ALL ACCOUNTING FUNCTIONS AND ACCOUNTING STAFF, WHILE ALSO FOCUSING ON PAYROLL PROCESSING, HUMAN RESOURCES, MEMBER BILLING, AND BUDGETING. SHE IS VERY DETERMINED, DILIGENT, AND LOYAL. 

 

WHEN SHELBY IS NOT WORKING, SHE ENJOYS CAMPING, EXERCISING, AND BEING WITH HER HUSBAND AND TWO YOUNG CHILDREN. SHE ALSO SPENDS TIME ON HER IN-LAWS FAMILY FARM GROWING AND SELLING BEEF AND PRODUCE. 

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