Meet our Members
This feature spotlights members of ISCPA, their career path, and some fun and favorite things about them. These siblings all followed a path to CPA careers and are with one firm.
What is your favorite thing about your job? I work a lot with nonprofits and I enjoy being able to help them prepare their 990 or help with questions they have. I also enjoy learning about the various organizations’ missions and the good they are doing in the community. Away from work, I’m the treasurer for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network in Des Moines.
I was inspired to be a CPA because: I knew it would open so many more opportunities with accounting and since my brother and sister were CPAs, I was determined to do the same.
How has being a member of ISCPA helped you? Membership provides various opportunities for continuing education.
What influences or inspirations have helped you in life and in work? My parents. They always taught us to work hard, be nice to others because you never know what someone is going through, and always make time for family and God.
Best advice I ever received: Enjoy the different phases of life because you probably will look back and miss it and realize things you thought were bad, weren’t really that bad.
Best vacation: Skiing at Copper Mountain with family and hiking in Colorado with my boyfriend where we got engaged.
Best concert: I went to a concert in Minnesota and it included Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch.
Family: Caul, Katie, and a brother Dillon, parents Scott and Deb and I’m engaged to Caleb Kafer.
What is your favorite thing about your job: I’m surrounded by intelligent people that I get to sit back and watch and learn from each day. Every day I seem to pick up a new habit that improves some aspect of my life.
I was inspired to be a CPA because: I’ve always enjoyed working with numbers. When I was a kid my mom said I used to memorize statistics on the back of the baseball cards I collected./p>
How has being a member of ISCPA helped you? It provides support and a network to reach out to when going through new or unknown situations.
Have you had any mentors who helped/influenced you along the way? I’ve been lucky to work a lot with Wendy Moran, who is an assurance partner at our firm. Despite the busy schedules that partners maintain, there is never a project Wendy is unwilling to help on. She always takes time out of her day to help our team members with a positive attitude.
Best advice I ever received: Life is short, laugh at yourself, let it go, and don’t take things too seriously
Best vacation: Skiing with my dad and brother in Colorado. Sometimes Allie even joins in on the fun!
Favorite quote: Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. – Michael Jordan
People don't know this about me: I’ve successfully used the excuse, “I’m late for an audit,” to get out of a speeding ticket.
Family: In addition to Caul and Katie, I have a brother Dillon and parents Scott and Deb.
What is your favorite thing about your job? I love the people I work with, including coworkers and our clients.
I was inspired to be a CPA because: I took an accounting class in high school and loved the class, so I decided to major in accounting in college.
How has being a member of ISCPA helped you: It has provided me the opportunity to attend networking events and continuing education courses.
Have you had any mentors who helped/influenced you along the way? At MHCS I have had the opportunity to work with Bob McGowen who has been such a great role model. He is so kind to everyone he meets and his passion for the firm and accounting is so inspiring.
Best advice I ever received: The grass is not greener on that side of the fence and the grass is not greener on this side of the fence. The grass is greener where you water it and where you put your energy into it.
Best vacation spot: My honeymoon to Turks and Caicos.
Favorite quote: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
People don't know this about me: Some people may think it is crazy, but I love working with my siblings!
Family: My husband Chase, a Des Moines police officer, siblings Caul, Katie, and Dillon, and parents Scott and Deb.
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