About Us

Over thirty years ago The CPA Group started when three talented CPAs left their positions in large national firms to build a practice based on personal service and individual expertise. These CPAs wanted to serve clients within the context of personal relationships and provide the highest level of service.

Throughout our successful history, The CPA Group has added partners and staff who each bring their areas of expertise. This allows us to serve clients of all sizes, in many different industries, here in Michigan and around the United States. The CPA Group recognizes and adapts to constantly changing business environments and tax laws. We leverage the expertise and experience of our diverse staff to provide innovative solutions for all our client’s needs.

Even as we grow, the The CPA Group serves all of our clients professionally, personally and proactively. We take pride in knowing our clients by name, and we find satisfaction in seeing our clients grow and succeed. The CPA Group fosters a family environment in our office and in our relationships with clients.

“We take pride in knowing our clients by name,
and we find satisfaction in seeing our clients grow and succeed.”

Our Staff

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.

Shareholders

Dennis Bergsma, CPA

Shareholder

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.

Paul Wassink, CPA, ABV

Shareholder

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

Shareholder

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

Shareholder

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

Shareholder

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

Shareholder

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

Shareholder

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.

Professional Staff

Deanna Brown, CPA

Accountant

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

Accountant

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

Accountant

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

Accountant

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

Accountant

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 Woodwyk

Accountant

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 Wagenmaker

Accountant

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

Accountant

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

Accountant

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

Accountant

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.

Brenda Jansen

Accountant

Brenda joined the firm in June 2018 and brings experience from her time working for local businesses and nonprofits. She provides Quickbooks support, bookkeeping, payroll tax filing and tax preparation services for individuals and small business owners. Brenda graduated summa cum laude from Cornerstone University with a B.S. in Accounting. She also received her Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Cornerstone.  

Michelle Hendrickson

Accountant

Michelle is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, with a BBA, majoring in accounting and finance. She provides a range of services for clients, including accounting, tax and QuickBooks consulting as a QuickBooks Online Proadvisor.

Bobbi Hahn

Accountant Assistant

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.

Sheri Alman

Administrative Assistant

Sheri joined the The C.P.A. Group, P.C. in August 2018, after working as a Legal Assistant for an Elder Law Firm for the past 12 years.  Before that Sheri worked in the accounting field. 
She does a variety of tasks at our front desk including answering the phones and greeting guests. 
She has an A.S. in Accounting from Davenport University.

Dawn Brumels

Administrative Assistant

Dawn works part time as an Administrative Assistant.  During tax season, she is busy processing tax returns and payroll documents.  She also assists the front desk and performs various administrative tasks as needed. 

Laurie DeYoung

Administrative Assistant

Laurie joined the firm in October 2019 and provides a wide variety of administrative/clerical assistance within the office. 

Elly Brink

Administrative Assistant

Elly does an assortment of administrative and accounting work. She is a full time student at Davenport University pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.