Meet our Members

This feature spotlights members of ISCPA, their career path, and some fun and favorite things about them. 

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Jane ParkerJane Parker

Favorite quote: “Luck is great, but most of life is hard work.” Most everything we attain in life is really about working hard to achieve it.

Someone I miss and why: My mom, whom I lost unexpectedly almost three years ago. She was the best. She always had the best advice, and I miss that. Life is hard and full of challenges. Nobody loves and cares about you like your mom.

Hero: My dad, who is 85. He just retired from running a couple years ago after completing his 107th marathon. In many of those, he placed first in his age division. He ran the Boston Marathon for over 20 years. He is such an inspiration and the most hard-working, generous and humble man I know.

What are you currently watching on TV? I just finished watching Tudors on Netflix, about King Henry the VIII.

What message do you have for high school and college kids about a career as a CPA? Get your four-year degree and then go on to your master’s degree and CPA. It’s a lot easier to do when you don’t have the added pressures of taking care of a family.

What is your biggest achievement to date? Besides raising five great kids, returning to the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for seven years. I was a finance major and decided I wanted to be in the accounting profession. I worked for a company that preferred promoting employees who had their CPA. I was working full-time, had five kids at home, and took night classes at Simpson in upper-level accounting to earn the additional credits needed to sit for the CPA exam. While taking my last two classes, I began studying for the CPA exam. I would take one exam and then begin studying for the next. I was fortunate to pass each the first time around and completed all sections within six months. It was a very difficult juggling act. I set a goal and made it happen.

What is the biggest change you've seen in the profession? The ever-increasing amount of regulation and being able to keep up with the changes.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not at work? I love to cook. I usually don’t have a lot of time during the week, so this is something I enjoy on the weekends. I also like to take walks and shop.

What is something you are passionate about? I have been involved in the fostering program at the Animal Rescue League. I take care of litters of kittens, with or without mama, that are brought to the shelter. I take care of them until they are old enough and healthy enough to be adopted.


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Job: Senior investment accountant, Athene USA, West Des Moines

Hometown: Rockwell City

Alma mater: Iowa State University

First job as a kid: I started babysitting when I was 10. I also had a job sorting cans and bottles that were returned to the grocery store at age 12.

3 words that best describe you: Determined, loyal, responsible.

What I wanted to be when I grew up: A teacher. I loved to play teacher as a kid.

Best advice I ever received: Always listen to your inner voice.

Favorite food: Spaghetti

Favorite vacation spot: Sanibel Island

Special talent: I was a baton twirler in my high school marching band. To this day, I still love to take out my baton and twirl.