Professionals of The CPA Group
Although The CPA Group is one of the larger local accounting firms in the greater Grand Rapids area, our clients still receive personal and prompt service.
The CPA Group consists of 14 certified public accountants, three professional accounting staff members and three administrative support staff.
All of our certified public accountants are members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA). Each certified public accountant is licensed by the State of Michigan and fulfills all continuing education requirements according to state standards. Our staff is active in the community, serving on local chambers of commerce, at schools and in churches.
Dennis Bergsma, CPA
Denny has been with the firm since 1983 and serves as the managing partner. He specializes in assisting with all aspects of tax and business planning. He graduated from Ferris State University with a B.S. degree in accounting.
John Auwers, CPA
John provides services to clients in a wide variety of industries including health care, retail, small manufacturing, restaurants, and construction. He has a BBA and a MBA from the University of Michigan.
Paul Wassink, CPA, ABV
Paul works with both businesses and non-profit organizations. He provides services including audit and reviewed financial statements, business and income tax consultation, business valuations, and litigation support. He has a B.A. from Dordt College and is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers. Paul also holds an accreditation in business valuations.
Jack Jipping, CPA
Jack has an extensive background in financial analysis, management issues, taxation, business start-ups, partnerships, strategic planning and information systems. With a BBA from the University of Michigan, prior “Big 8” accounting firm and private sector experience, Jack has over 30 years of successfully assisting business owners in all facets of business.
John Bibbler, CPA
John joined the firm in 1988 in a merger with his prior firm. John acts as an advisor and consultant to numerous small and mid-market businesses in the areas of litigation support, accounting and tax. He has represented clients before various tax authorities on a variety of issues.
He has a B.S. in accounting from Western Michigan University. John was formerly an auditor for the State of Michigan.
Jan Vander Weide, CPA
Jan serves a wide variety of clients in all areas of accounting, tax preparation and tax planning.
She has a BBA from Davenport University.
Chad Groggel, CPA
Chad works with a variety of small and mid-sized business clients, as well as individuals. He assists them with their tax, accounting and financial planning needs. Chad also provides general business consulting and QuickBooks training and support. He has a BBA, magna cum laude, from Grand Valley State University.
Tim Rykse, CPA
Tim provides accounting and taxation services for a wide variety of clients including manufacturers, construction, restaurants, real estate and service industries. He also provides individuals with tax service and trains clients to use QuickBooks. He has a BBA from Grand Valley State University. He previously worked as a controller for many years with a manufacturing company.
Deanna Brown, CPA
Deanna provides accounting and tax services to a wide variety of clients. She also trains clients in the use of QuickBooks and consults in other accounting software. She has a BBA from Michigan State University.
Kay Snyder, CPA
Kay provides audit and review services for businesses and employee benefit plans. She also works on individual and business taxation. She has a BBA from Western Michigan University.
Lori Engen, J.D., CPA, MST
Lori concentrates her work in all areas of taxation. This includes corporate, partnership, individual, estate and trust matters.
She has a B.A. in legal administration and a MST from Grand Valley State University. Lori also holds a J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Kelly Flietstra, CPA
Kelly works on audit and review services for businesses, employee benefit plans and non-profit organizations. She also works on business taxation. She has a BBA from Grand Valley State University.
Steve Helder, CPA
Steve provides clients with accounting and tax services. He also provides technology services for the firm.
He has a B.S. in accounting from Calvin College.
Terry provides accounting and tax services including the use of Quickbooks.
He has a BBA in accounting and a MSA in accounting from Grand Valley State University.
Amanda provides accounting and tax services for clients and also handles administrative services for the firm.
She has a B.S. in business management from Calvin College.
Jon Feyen, CPA
Jon has experience working with small business owners, nonprofit organizations, and high net worth individuals. He works with clients to provide accounting and taxation services that maximize the client’s potential. Jon graduated summa cum laude from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania with a B.S.B.A. degree in accounting.
Peggy Myaard, CPA, MST
Peggy focuses her work in taxation with an emphasis on agriculture and fiduciary work.
She has a B.S in accounting from Michigan State University and a MST from Grand Valley State University.
Christine Escamilla, CPA
Christine joined the firm July 2017, after working in accounting, tax, and audit in California for the past 5 years. She has a wide variety of experience from working in both government and public accounting and auditing. Christine has a B.S. in Business Administration with an option in Accountancy from California State University San Marcos.
Nadine has been with The C.P.A Group for many years and helps with a variety of critical tasks that allow us to provide the highest level of service. You will also see Nadine from time to time at our front desk or hear her voice on the phone when you call.