New Hires

Sammy Mickelson joined CDS as a Staff Accountant in our Willmar office. She was an intern for CDS in 2020. Sammy graduated from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She is on CDS’s COVID-19 Resource Committee. Her focus areas are tax preparation, bookkeeping, and auditing.

Alex Broadwell joined CDS as an Auditor in our Willmar office. He graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting. Alex’s focus areas are government and non-profit auditing.


Our Newest Certified Valuation Analysts

Bill Fenske, CPA, CVA, CMA and Brent Ascheman, CPA, CVA have successfully completed the certification process with the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA®) to earn the Certified Valuation Analyst® (CVA®) credential. The CVA credential is granted only to qualified individuals with considerable professional experience in the field of business valuation.

Director of Business Advisory Services, Bill Fenske, CPA, CVA, CMA, FHFMA, FACHE brings over 25 years of executive experience, serving as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer during his career. Bill received his Doctor of Business Administration from Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, his Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis, Minnesota and his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota. He currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor with St. Mary’s University of MN. Bill specializes in business management, financial and consulting services, including business analytics and performance management. He also provides business advisory services, business valuations, and interim staffing and leadership development of senior executives across multiple industries. Bill is on CDS’s COVID-19 Resource Committee.

Bill is passionate about the healthcare industry and has served on several regional and statewide boards including the Minnesota Chapter of Healthcare Financial Management Association, Health System 100, and American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a past Board President of the United Way of West Central Minnesota and the Ridgewater College Foundation.

Senior Accountant, Brent Ascheman, CPA, CVA joined CDS in 2013. He graduated from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. In 2018, Brent was promoted to Senior Accountant. He received his CPA certification from the Minnesota Board of Accountancy in 2017. His focus areas are tax preparation, financial statements, business consulting, business valuations, bookkeeping, and the petroleum industry.

Brent is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA). He is involved with the Central Minnesota Builders Association and the Board Treasurer and a coach for Avon Youth Baseball. Brent is a 2019 graduate from the St. Cloud Chamber’s Leadership program.

CDSA Promotion

NIcholle PetersonNicholle Peterson has been promoted to Senior Employee Benefits Administrator. She joined CDSA in 2018. Prior to CDSA, she worked in client service and as an office manager for over twenty years. Nicholle graduated from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, MN with a Bachelor of Science degree. Her focus areas are the administration of Retirement Plans, Flex Plans, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), COBRA, QSEHRAs, CDS HR On-Demand, and ACA Reporting.

Nicholle is a volunteer with Junior Achievement, Rotary Reading Buddies, and at her local church. Nicholle is a 2020 graduate of the Vision 2040 Leadership program.