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Don Raml, CPA

Don grew up on a grain and dairy farm in Goodwin, SD and graduated from Watertown High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of South Dakota and is licensed as a CPA in both South Dakota and Minnesota. Don is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the South Dakota CPA Society and the Minnesota CPA Society. He is also involved in Rotary and the Watertown Municipal Band. Don has been working in the accounting industry since 1984 and joined VRS in June of 1990. His primary areas of focus are audit and accounting and income tax preparation. Don and his wife Jody reside in Watertown with their four children.

Michael W. Snyder, JD, CPA, ABV

Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 2004 and his J.D. (law degree) and Masters of Professional Accountancy in 2007, all from the University of South Dakota. After graduation he practiced law with a local firm before deciding to change his focus to accounting and taxation. While Mike no longer practices law, his education and experience in law have proven to be priceless in advising his business clients. In November of 2008 he joined VRS, obtained his CPA license in 2009 and became a shareholder of VRS in 2011.  Mike obtained his Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designation in 2011 and in 2017 earned his Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) certification and became a member of the AICPA Forensic and Valuation Services Section. He is also a member of the South Dakota CPA Society. Mike’s primary areas of focus include entity taxation, litigation support, business valuations, and estate & trust planning and taxation. Mike is married to another Watertown native, Elizabeth (Hoefert) Snyder, and they reside in Watertown with their son and daughter.

Danielle Mikkelson, CPA, ABV

Danielle grew up on a farm in Lake Preston, SD and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Accountancy from Black Hills State University. She began working in the accounting industry in 2006, joining VRS in November of 2007 and then became a shareholder of VRS in January of 2014. She is a licensed CPA in South Dakota, and has obtained the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) designation. Danielle is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the South Dakota CPA Society, and the Watertown Chamber Ag Committee. Her primary areas of focus include accounting and auditing services, preparation of compiled or reviewed financial statements, business valuations and income tax preparation. Danielle and her husband Josh have two daughters; Maliya and Havana.

Nathan Noeldner, CPA

Nathan is a native of South Shore, SD and graduated from Northern State University in 1995. He is a member of the South Dakota CPA Society. Nathan practiced public accounting for 15 years with firms in Mobridge and Watertown prior to joining VRS in October of 2010. His primary focus is income tax preparation. Nathan and his wife Stacy reside in Watertown with their three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, attending sporting events, hunting or fishing.

Accountants

Ash Griffin

Ash is a Watertown native and received his Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2003. Ash joined VRS in October of 2015 as a Staff Accountant and his primary focus is accounting and auditing services along with tax planning and income tax preparation. Ash enjoys spending his free time with his children; Bret, Benjamin and Isabella.

Chad Vilhauer

Chad is a Watertown native and received his Bachelor degree in Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007 and finished his accounting courses at Mount Marty College in 2010. Chad worked for two years with Northwestern Mutual Financial Services in Lincoln, Nebraska as a financial advisor before making the transition to public accounting. He joined VRS in September of 2009 as a Staff Accountant and focuses on income tax preparation and advisory services. Chad and his wife Ellie reside in Brookings with their children; Shayla, Desmond and Kai.

John Dahl

John is a Watertown native and graduate of Mount Marty College. He is currently on his second tour with VRS, originally joining the firm in 2005. His primary focuses are income tax preparation, advisory services and audit and accounting services. John and his wife Stephanie reside in Watertown with their two children; Madeline and Andrew. In his free time, John enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Marcus Engelhart, CPA

Marcus is a Watertown native and received his Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Business Economics from South Dakota State University in 2008. He has worked in public accounting since 2011 and joined VRS in June of 2015. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the South Dakota CPA Society. His primary areas of focus include income tax preparation and audit and accounting services. Marcus is married to another Watertown native, Amy (Ellis) Engelhart, and they reside in Watertown with their twin boys; Eli and Bennett.

Scott Theisen, CPA

Scott is a native of Clear Lake, SD and is a graduate of Deuel High School. He received his joint Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Master of Professional Accountancy degree from the University of South Dakota in 2008 with Summa Cum Laude honors. He is a CPA and a member of the South Dakota CPA Society. Scott has worked in public accounting for the last 6 years and joined VRS in October of 2014. Scott’s primary areas of focus are audit and accounting services and income tax preparation. Scott resides in Watertown with the love of his life Shelly and their children; Elsie, Evelyn and Kasher. He enjoys fishing, target shooting, watching the Vikings, camping, bike riding and participating in other various outdoor activities.

Sherry Kleinsasser, CPA

Sherry is a Kranzburg native and received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Professional Accountancy degree from the University of South Dakota in 1999. Sherry is a member of the South Dakota CPA Society and the Watertown Optimist Club. She joined VRS in September of 1999 and has been a licensed CPA since 2002. Sherry’s primary focuses are income tax preparation and audit and accounting services with an emphasis on governmental and non-profit organizations. She lives in Watertown with her husband Lonnie, an engineer draftsman for Terex Utilities, and their son Brayden.

Tye Raml

Tye is a Watertown native and received his Bachelor degree in Accounting from the University of South Dakota in 2017. He joined VRS in June of 2017 as a Staff Accountant and his primary focuses are accounting and auditing services, along with tax planning and income tax preparation. In his free time, Tye enjoys spending time with family and friends, and watching and playing various sports.

Bookkeepers

Brandi Barondeau

Brandi grew up in Clear Lake, SD and graduated from Deuel High School in 2013. She received her Financial Services degree in Accounting from Lake Area Technical Institute in 2015 and her Bachelor degree in Accounting from Mount Marty College in 2017. Brandi joined VRS in September of 2015 as a Data Processing Specialist and assists clients with sales tax compliance, data processing, financial statement preparation and payroll. Brandi resides in Watertown with her boyfriend Christian and their Husky, Nala. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, running and fishing.

Brooke Bohls

Brooke is a native of Moorhead, MN and received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Accounting from Lake Area Technical Institute in 2005. After seven years of working for a local non-profit organization, she joined VRS in December of 2012. While Brooke serves multiple rolls within VRS, she primarily assists clients with accounts payable, accounts receivable and sales tax compliance.  In 2014, she transitioned to the head of bookkeeping which requires her to oversee multiple services of our bookkeeping department, some of them including: online software training and sales tax compliance. Brooke and her husband Todd reside in Watertown with their two children; Kaydence and Kyler.

Deb Swenson

Deb received a degree in Accounting and Data Processing from Southwestern Vocational Technical Institute in 1987 and joined VRS in July of that same year. Over the years her role in the office has evolved into helping clients with all aspects of accounting. As a Data Processing Specialist, she specializes in data processing, sales tax compliance, on-line software training and provides clients with interim bookkeeping assistance. Deb also assists VRS with information technology issues and keeps the office computer systems running and up to date. Deb and her husband Tim reside in Watertown and have two daughters; Terra and Taylor. In Deb’s spare time, she can be found spending time with family and friends or on the golf course trying to improve her game.

Heidi Bergquist

Heidi grew up in Milbank, SD and graduated from Milbank High School in 2016. She is currently working to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from South Dakota State University and plans to graduate in the spring of 2020. She joined VRS in March of 2018 as a Data Processing specialist and assists clients with bookkeeping and payroll. In her free time, she enjoys baking and spending time with family and friends.

Jennine Helm

Jennine is a native of Java, SD and received her Associates of Applied Science degree in Accounting from Lake Area Technical Institute in 2013 and is currently working on obtaining her Bachelor degree in Business from University of Sioux Falls. Jennine worked with a different local accounting firm before joining VRS in June of 2013. Jennine’s primary focus areas are audit and accounting services, data entry, financial statement preparation and payroll. Jennine resides in Watertown with her two daughters; Zoey and Aysia, her fiancé Allen and his son; John. When she isn’t working Jennine enjoys spending time with her daughters and family, listening to music, reading, fishing and walking.

Megan Swanson

Megan is a Watertown native and graduate of Watertown High School. After attending the University of Minnesota for Agricultural Business she returned to Watertown to work in both the medical and finance fields. Megan joined VRS in March of 2015 as a Data Processing Specialist and primarily focuses on data entry, sales tax compliance and financial statement preparation. Megan resides on an acreage near Florence with her husband Jaimie, their daughter Kendalyn and dogs Ruger and Jack. She enjoys horseback riding, Green Bay Packer football and cheering on her husband Jaimie at the local dirt tracks.

Ricki Boyle

Ricki was born and raised near Grand Rapids, MN. She obtained her EMT-B Certificate from Hibbing Community College in 2007. In 2010 Ricki moved to South Dakota to accept a job with South Dakota State University’s Aviation Program to pursue her love of aviation and begin a role in payroll and bookkeeping. She obtained her Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Accounting in May of 2018 and will being working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting beginning in the Fall of 2018. Ricki joined VRS in January of 2017 as a Data Processing Specialist and her primary focus areas are bookkeeping and payroll and general office support for the Brookings office. Ricki resides south of Brookings with her husband Zach, their daughter Aspen and puggle Whiskey. In her spare time, you can find her with family outdoors, traveling somewhere scenic, or volunteering in the Brookings community.

Stacy Schumacher

Stacy is a native of Ortonville, MN and is currently working on obtaining her Associate of Applied Science degree in Accounting from Lake Area Technical Institute and plans to graduate in the spring of 2019.  She joined VRS in January of 2018 as a Data Processing Specialist and her primary area of focus is data entry. Stacy resides in Ortonville with her daughter Rileigh. In her spare time, you can find Stacy spending time with friends and family, gardening, reading and fishing.

Payroll

Anna Bisgard

Anna graduated from South Shore High School in 1998 and received her Associates of Applied Science degree in Accounting from Lake Area Technical Institute in 2005. She joined VRS in August of 2006 and while she serves multiple rolls within VRS, she primarily assists clients with payroll processing and payroll tax returns.  In 2014, Anna transitioned to the head of payroll which requires her to oversee all payroll processing and payroll tax returns that our firm processes.  Anna and her husband Jake reside in Watertown with their two children; Mallory and Soren, and little Shih Tzu puppy, Cody.

Julie Wanner

Julie grew up in Fargo, ND and graduated from Shanley High School. She received her Bachelor degree in Communications from the University of North Dakota in 1998 and her Associate degree in Accounting from Rasmussen College in Eagan in 2005. Julie joined VRS in November of 2014 as a Payroll Processing Specialist and her primary focus is payroll processing. Julie and her husband Keith reside in Watertown with their Beagle, CJ. In her free time, Julie enjoys traveling, golfing, boating, and volunteering and walking CJ.

Samantha Jondahl

Sam grew up in Groton, SD and received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Accounting from Lake Area Technical Institute in 2016. Sam joined VRS in September of 2015 as an intern and in May of 2016 became a full-time Payroll Processing Specialist. She primarily assists clients with payroll processing and payroll tax returns. Sam and her husband Andy reside in Watertown with their four boys; Lane, Levi, Lawson and Lexton. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, gardening and canning produce.

Administration

Beth Henricks

Beth is a Watertown native and received her Dental Assisting diploma from Lake Area Technical Institute in 2010. She worked at a local dental office before joining VRS in February of 2015. As the Firm Administrator, she is required to manage all internal VRS processes.  Beth resides north of Watertown with her husband Mark and their Border Collie, Molly. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, gardening, reading and spending time with her family.

Briana Davis

Briana grew up in Castlewood, SD and graduated from Castlewood School District in 2012. She received her Surgical Technology diploma from Southeast Technical Institute in 2013. Briana worked for a local clinic before joining VRS in June of 2017. As the office Manager, she is required to oversee the front desk, as well as, provide client assistance and general office support. Briana and her boyfriend Kyle reside near Hayti. In her free time, she enjoys camping, fishing and spending time with friends and family.