Firm Highlights (June 2022)

New Hires

riley cronenRiley Cronen joined our Willmar office as a Staff Accountant. He graduated from North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in Banking. Riley’s focus areas are on bookkeeping and tax preparation.

 

wendy holleWendy Holle returned to our Litchfield office as an Audit Manager. She brings over 17 years of accounting and auditing experience to CDS. Wendy graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and an area of emphasis in Financial Management. Her focus areas are non-profit, quasi-governmental, and fire relief auditing.

lee bowenLee Bowen joined our Willmar office as a Payroll Specialist/Bookkeeper. She brings over 4 years of accounting experience and 15 years of client service experience to CDS. Lee received her Associates of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN. Her focus areas are payroll and bookkeeping.

karina dejongKarina DeJong joined our Willmar office as a Marketing Coordinator. She brings over seven years of marketing experience to CDS and is the owner and founder of Rosebud’s Sweets and Treats, a cottage home bakery. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in St. Joseph, MN with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Business Leadership with minors in Gender Studies and Art. She coordinates the firm’s marketing efforts.

New Certifications

mitch gwostMitch Gwost has received his CPA license. He joined our Sartell office in 2019 as a Staff Accountant. He was an intern for CDS in 2019. He graduated from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Mitch’s focus areas are on tax preparation, bookkeeping, and retirement plan auditing.

Promotions

becky zimmerBecky Zimmer has been promoted to Senior Payroll Systems Coordinator. She joined our Willmar office in 2014. She brought four years of business experience to CDS. She graduated from Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN with an Administrative Assistant Associate of Applied Science degree. Becky received her Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate (MOS) in 2010 from Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN. In 2016, Becky was promoted to Payroll Specialist. She is a member of our CDS IT Committee. Becky specializes in assisting clients with the preparation of their payrolls, tax deposits, quarterly and year-end payroll reports, W-2 forms, WorkforceHUB, CDS TimeKeeper, and ACA reporting.

sierra stephensSierra Stephens, CPP has been promoted to Senior Payroll Specialist. She joined our Willmar office in 2017 as a Payroll Specialist. Prior to CDS, she worked in client service for over eleven years. Sierra graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes, MN with a Payroll Specialist Diploma. She specializes in assisting clients with the preparation of their payrolls, tax deposits, quarterly and year-end payroll reports, and W-2 forms.

Rick Conway Celebrates His 50th Tax Season!

The CDS team would like to congratulate Rick Conway, CPA and Founding Partner on his 50th tax season! Thank you for your dedication and optimism to not only your clients, but the entire team at CDS. We appreciate you. Congratulations, Rick!

Meet Our Summer Interns

Ashton Gregory is attending St. John’s University, working towards his Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting.

 

 

Caylee Christianson is attending the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, with minors in Finance and Information Systems.

 

Luke Sellmann is attending Lewis-Clark State College, working towards his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

 

 

Brady Krupa is attending Upper Iowa University, working towards his Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Finance and his Master of Business Administration.