Class of Spring 2020

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Spring 2020 Graduate
Spencer Brown
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Spencer Brown
Spring 2020 Graduate

Spencer Brown is an Accountant who works with Vivint Smart Home to manage many of the company's revenue processes, including implementation of ASC 606 Revenue Recognition principles.

Spencer believes constant improvement is key to any successful accounting team, especially when implementing new accounting guidance.

Spencer has implemented processes in revenue, prepaid expenses, and accounts receivable which have led to close timing being shortened by 3 days. He, and his team, have concurrently closed the company's revenue accounts under both ASC 605 and ASC 606 guidance to comply with contractual requirements.

Spencer is Microsoft Excel certified. He is proficient in Blackline accounting and Zuora billing software. Spencer has a working understanding of not only functional SAP use, but also agile waterfall implementation principles within an ERP.

Spencer holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Utah Valley University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Accountancy at Utah Valley University.

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Chase Call
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Chase Call
Spring 2020 Graduate

Chase  Call is an Accountant who works with Vivint Smart Home reconciling fixed assets and operating leases.

Chase  believes that there is always an opportunity to add value to the company you work for by improving your processes and the processes of others.

Chase has landed a full time job after completing his internship at Vivint Smart Home.

Chase assisted with the implementation of ASC 842 where he works and is proficient in the area.

Chase holds a Bachelors in Accounting from Utah Valley University and is currently in the Masters of Accountancy program at UVU.

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Michael Card
Spring 2020 Graduate

Michael Card  is a Senior Manager and Head of Operations at Certus Accounting & Tax Services, LLC. As Certus is a relatively new accounting firm, Michael works on internal systems and processes to assure efficiency and productivity while managing many clients personally and overseeing the bookkeeping department as well. He also provides outsourced controller and CFO services for a number of Certus clients.

Michael is a firm believer in the force for good that an accountant can be for his or her clients as well as all those that interact with that client. He feels that the accounting profession is, fundamentally, the study of truth, and finds great satisfaction in helping his clients understand and take advantage of the truth behind their businesses. He also believes that every business is a family business at is core and thus takes great pride in his work.

Michael has had the opportunity to work in management and top-level executive positions in a number of ventures. He's currently providing outsourced CFO work for several local and national companies and has helped them grow and expand. He has experience accounting for franchising entities, property management and real estate, service industry businesses, construction, landscaping, food service, and even Homeowner Associations.

Michael started accounting right out of high school, working as a bookkeeper for a local firm. He continued to work in the service profession as a paralegal for two years before returning to accounting. He has an undergraduate degree in Accounting from UVU with minors in Business Management and Creative Writing.

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Maggie Nuttall Durnall
Spring 2020 Graduate

Maggie Nuttall Durnall is a Tax Associate at Eide Bailly, LLC. She works with a wide variety of clients in many different industries, preparing tax returns, providing tax solutions, and assisting in tax planning strategy.

Maggie believes that even though the tax profession has had a strong presence for a long time, there is always opportunity to make it more personable, efficient, and meaningful. She strives for this every day.

Maggie has secured many unique internship opportunities through her college career by networking and proving her worth through her excellent work ethic and can-do attitude.

Maggie hopes to obtain her CPA license as well as her CMA, as her true passion is management accounting.

Maggie holds a BS in Accounting from Utah Valley University and is a fiercely loyal Wolverine; she found her home here at UVU.

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Chris Fassett
Spring 2020 Graduate

Chris Fassett is a trade and tax processor for KMPG. He works with clients to help them navigate international trade agreements and tariffs.

Chris believes that regardless of where you are in your life or career that initiative and willingness add value to the company you work for and the people you associate with.

Chris has a background in both accounting and retail sales and management as well as serving an ecclesiastical mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and also driving for Lyft. Through all of these experiences the ability to talk to anyone about anything has proven to be the most valuable skill he has gained. While technical skills and experience may not always be transferable between jobs and industries, interpersonal communication is a crucial component of success in any field.

Chris holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and is working toward a Master's in the same, both at UVU.

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Nicole Hemsley
Spring 2020 Graduate

Nicole Hemsley is currently working towards becoming a CPA. Nicole is prepping for the Audit as well as the Reg sections of the exam while she is studying her MAcc degree at UVU.

Nicole believes that it is import to both help clients understand their finances and for them to become financially independent. She enjoys working closely with people and values the importance of communicating well with others.

Nicole managed to graduate ahead of schedule in three years while balancing being a cheerleader at UVU, working part-time, and interning. Upon graduation Nicole chose to go directly into her MAcc while still cheering for UVU.

Nicole is currently working in industry accounting as an accounts payable representative for a local business. She previously interned for The Jones CPA Group, a local firm, as a tax intern during the 2019 tax season. She enjoyed her internship and plans on seeking employment at a large corporate accounting firm and pursuing public accounting.

Nicole obtained her BS in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Savannah Johnston
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Savannah Johnston
Spring 2020 Graduate

Savannah Johnston is currently preparing to become a CPA as she attends the UVU MAcc program as a full-time student. She is studying to take the CPA exams as soon as she finishes the MAcc.

Savannah believes that becoming an accountant is not just about numbers, but it is learning skills that will allow her to help people be successful in their businesses and personal lives.

Savannah has interned with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Phoenix, AZ and will be returning there after the MAcc as a full time Tax Associate. She has also interned at Squire & Company in the Advisory & Business Services. For the last year she has worked as an Accounts Payable Clerk at Covenant Communications Inc. Besides common accounts payable duties, Savannah performed various tasks such as handling monthly inventory cost management, registered for new business licenses, and calculated quarterly sales tax.

Savannah holds a Bachelor of Accounting from Brigham Young University.

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Catalina Larsen
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Catalina Larsen
Spring 2020 Graduate

Catalina Larsen is currently a graduate assistant working for Professor Marty Van Wagoner assisting him with grading assignments as well as providing aide to his students.

Catalina believes good accounting  should  always be done ethically and objectively.

Catalina has recently completed an internship with BDO SLC and has accepted a position with them starting July 2020.

Catalina holds a bachelors degree in accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Nick Neria
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Nick Neria
Spring 2020 Graduate

Nick Neria is a current Macc student who is preparing to become a CPA and work in audit at a public accounting firm.

Nick believes that hard work and diligent effort will help you succeed in both your professional life and personal life.

Nick has worked as a logistics consultant for Wing Enterprises and created a new pricing model for their dealers throughout the United States.

Nick holds a BS in accounting from Brigham Young University.

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Brady Parmenter
Spring 2020 Graduate

Brady Parmenter is an accountant who works with clients to help them solve their complex accounting issues.

Brady knows that hard work pays off and providing clients with an exceptional experience is very rewarding.

Brady landed a job at EY which was a goal that he had set after completing his first undergraduate accounting course. It was a very fulfilling moment for him.

Brady holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from UVU.

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Joni Sawada
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Joni Sawada
Spring 2020 Graduate

Joni Sawada is an accounting student, excited to work for a public accounting firm after graduating with her masters degree.

Joni believes that the world of accounting and taxes is an environment that can promote innovation and she is excited to participate in it.

Joni has worked for companies of varying sizes and has really enjoyed her time working with them all. From being one of the first 100 employees at the Silicon Slopes start-up Canopy Tax in Lehi, to joining the well-established tax force at Deloitte Tax in Salt Lake City, she enjoys the unique work and flow that is associated with either company.

Joni holds a BA in accounting from Brigham Young University.

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Eric Simmons
Spring 2020 Graduate

Eric Simmons is a Senior Manager at SecurityMetrics. He handles sales reporting and forecasting, customer data integrity, sales quality assurance, and advises on product costs and pricing related decisions.

Eric believes that business culture is the starting point for a long-term competitive advantage.

Eric built a new team in six months to help management make strategic decisions about their sales department. He started by interviewing and hiring several qualified candidates. While focusing on the big picture deliverables, the team identified and developed the backend to support live dashboards of the departments KPIs.

Eric holds a bachelor's in Business Management from Utah Valley University.

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Allison Talbot
Spring 2020 Graduate

Allison Talbot is a graduate assistant on UVU campus assisting professor Kamille Ball run the UVU VITA program as a site coordinator. Allison trains and oversees VITA volunteers in individual income tax law in order to run the VITA clinic on UVU campus. Allison has worked at multiple start-ups in Utah Valley working in HR and accounting roles for the last 6 years and believes that a healthy work environment is one where you are close and friendly with your coworkers. She strives to make a best friend at every job and wants to make sure everyone feels they are valued while at work.  Allison is emphasizing in tax accounting and will be working at CBIZ & MHM in Salt Lake City after graduation from Utah Valley University with her Master's degree in Accounting.

Class of Summer 2020

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Jared Foerster
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Jared Foerster
Summer 2020 Graduate

Jared is is currently preparing to become a CPA, CIA, and CFE while finishing his MAcc at Utah Valley University.

Jared believes that having good ethics and judgment in auditing and accounting is crucial in providing reliable financial statements and preventing the loss of revenue due to fraud.

Jared became passionate about internal auditing by assisting in internal audits at his current branch of a financial institution. Because of this passion, he was able to help the institution's internal audit department in an audit of another branch. Once Jared graduates, he hopes to transfer to the internal audit department of the institution.

Jared graduated from Utah Valley University with a BS in Accounting and a minor in Spanish.

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Rubi Harman
Summer 2020 Graduate

Rubi Harman is a payment specialist who works with Camil Souki to help refinance, collect, and analyze credit of current and potential customers.

Rubi believes in not only providing the best experience in each interaction with the customer but also in identifying weaknesses, problems in the process and TANC that can support operational decisions.

Rubi has 10 years experience as a Financial Planning Analyst. Her main accomplishment was to lead the whole financial department as the key user to implement the new SAP system in the corporation. Analyzing and mapping each process and procedure of the financial accounting department, helping to reduce time in the process of credit and collection, reducing costing in banking operation, and analyzing data that supported strategic decision making.

Rubi had to assess projects of investment and forecast the CAPEX budget. She applied metrics, financial ratios, that help to decide the viability of each project.

Rubi has a background in Corporate Finance. She has a Business Management degree and Master of Finance. She did undergraduate at University of Utah in accounting. As UVU current Master of Accountancy Student, she is working for a leasing company in Draper, looking forward to finishing successfully her masters program.

After achieving this important goal, Rubi will be focusing on audit controlling, developing her career that she is very passionate about.

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Jennifer Jamieson
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Jennifer Jamieson
Summer 2020 Graduate

Jennifer Jamieson is a current student in the MAcc program at UVU. She is presently studying to sit for the CPA Exam while finishing her degree.

Jennifer knows of the importance of a financial education and believes in helping clients understand their own economic affairs.

Jennifer developed her passion for taxation during an internship at a CPA firm, Strong Belnap Helmers, in her hometown of Reno, Nevada. She was also able to perform several attestation services during her time there and enjoyed being able to explore two distinct paths in the accounting field. This past tax season, Jennifer was asked to assist a neighboring CPA firm in Reno and continues to help this firm remotely while attending her graduate studies. Doing so, has allowed her to learn two separate tax programs and serve a greater number of clients.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

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John Jones
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John Jones
Summer 2020 Graduate

John Jones is a Senior Tax Associate who works for Malinka CPA. He and his firm are dedicated to helping small businesses maximize their growth by navigating the tax system.

John believes that there is something to be learned from everyone, and that has been made more evident in his work with small business owners. He has already passed the audit section of the CPA exam with the help of the MACC program, and is well on his way to completing the other three sections.

John has been an Enrolled Agent for 3 years and is constantly expanding his knowledge as part of his work and schooling. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Joshua Rupp
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Joshua Rupp
Summer 2020 Graduate

Joshua Rupp is presently preparing to become a CPA. Joshua is studying for the CPA exam while finishing the MAcc degree at UVU.

Joshua knows that accounting takes attention to detail and devotes himself to accurate reporting and clear communication. He also believes that the effective use of time is key in working efficiently in accounting positions.

Joshua found a vested interest in accounting when taking his first introductory course to Accounting. He then landed an internship with Jive Communications and focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of practices involved with his accounting responsibilities. Joshua is now working as the official bookkeeper for the international business, Rhodium Group.

Joshua holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Oliver Shapcott
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Oliver Shapcott
Summer 2020 Graduate

Oliver Shapcott is an Associate with a local accounting firm, while preparing to become a CPA and working on his MAcc degree at UVU.

Oliver believes in providing effective accounting services to clients but also working with clients to help them prepare and structure future events based on their needs.

Oliver turned his focus to tax after completing a tax internship with a small local firm, Fenton, Collins & You. Once the internship was completed, Oliver was asked to stay on part-time until he graduates. He has assisted with taxes, tax planning, bookkeeping, and payroll. Oliver continues to work with his supervisors to learn how to consult and plan with clients for their future. Upon graduation, Oliver will work full time as a Tax Associate for Haynie and Company.

Oliver graduated from Utah Valley University with a BS in Accounting.

Class of Fall 2020

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Cheney Poulson
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Cheney Poulson
Fall 2020 Graduate

Cheney Poulson is an accountant working with Waters Edge Properties, managing their sales data and expenses, weekly sales reports and operational reports for multiple businesses.

Cheney believes that consistency is efficiency. He believes that being reliable and hardworking creates strong individuals that bring value to a company. Honesty and integrity are the foundations of a person who is trustworthy.

Cheney has been with Smith's Food and Drug for seven years in various positions, including department assistant management and department management. He created the organizational structure for inventory at his store which has reduced excess inventory and increased productivity. This has earned him a recognition for high-quality customer service. During his time at Smith's, he also worked with a small local company to clean up the company books, and he created sales reports that broke down item sales and comparative analysis over multiple years of sales.

Cheney is an eagle scout and created a project to help young teenage moms by redoing the entire landscaping outside a halfway house to create a safe, calming area where the moms and kids could spend time together. He was also a swim captain of his high school team during his senior year and led the men's team to the State finals.

Cheney holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Utah Valley University with a minor in business management.

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Fall 2020 Graduate
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Steven Vanderheyden
Fall 2020 Graduate

Steven Vanderheyden is a tax associate who works with clients that own and operate their own businesses to put them in the best financial position possible.

Steven knows that the work he does helps people make educated business decisions based on financial and tax information.

Steven has worked on over 750 business and individual tax returns, helping generate over $1,000,000 in additional tax savings and is a trained tax preparer working towards his CPA certification.

Steven holds a bachelors degree in accounting from Brigham Young University – Idaho.

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Johnathon Waters
Fall 2020 Graduate

Johnathon Waters works as a Tax Associate at VPTax in Salt Lake City, a firm which serves as an outsourced tax department for start-ups. With experience working at a growing start-up and now working for over three hundred clients in Silicon Valley and Silicon Slopes, Johnathon has seen first-hand what it takes for a start-up to be successful.

Johnathon holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

Class of Spring 2021

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Ryan Blanchard
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Ryan Blanchard
Spring 2021 Graduate

Ryan Blanchard is an accountant who works with clients to help them with their tax returns.

Ryan knows the importance of saving money through making the right decisions on a tax return.

Ryan has accepted an offer to work at Deloitte in their tax department.

Ryan is a trained accountant who will soon earn his CPA license.

Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University.

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David Bolton
Spring 2021 Graduate

David Bolton is a HIPAA advisor at SecurityMetrics. He helps healthcare facilities prepare for potential audits by assisting them with their annual risk analysis, risk management plan, and other important documents.

David knows that being able to develop relationships of trust with people is extremely important and beneficial in the workplace.

David has worked with program managers, and data security auditors, and knows that pursuing a MAcc will provide countless opportunities for him in the future.

David holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Brandon Borget
Spring 2021 Graduate

Brandon Borget is a Sales Tax Auditor who works with local and national businesses to help improve internal controls and processes in compliance with Utah sales tax laws.

Brandon believes that compliance with and knowledge of complex sales tax laws is imperative to reducing tax risks common to many industries.

Brandon has helped executives in many industries such as manufacturing, hospitality, restaurants, security, wholesale and retail, and many others improve internal processes and avoid future potential severe tax assessments.

Brandon is a two-time scholar athlete, a QuickBooks specialist, and is currently pursuing his Certified Public Accountant license in the state of Utah.

Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Dixie State University.

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Fransisco Carreno Tovar
Spring 2021 Graduate

Fransisco Carreno Tovar is a Services Analysts for Caselle, Inc. He handles projects and performs services for understaffed cities or municipals that use Caselle software.

Fransisco believes that providing great service and relieving the stress and burden of your clients is how to make long lasting customers.

Fransisco has contributed to generate revenue record breaking months for his department. In the 18 months Fransisco has worked in the services department for Caselle, 12 of those months have been revenue record breaking months compared to the same months in the last 5 years.

Fransisco graduated from Utah Valley University with a BS of Accounting. When he graduated, he worked for a firm preparing inpatriate and expatriate individual income tax returns. He moved away from preparing taxes and now works in government accounting.

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Jing Chen
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Jing Chen
Spring 2021 Graduate

Jing Chen is currently pursuing a CPA license while attending the MAcc program through Utah Valley University.

Jing believes that strong integrity in business can strengthen relationships with clients and customers.

Jing has successfully helped many clients purchase their first homes as well as their investment properties.

Jing wants to further her education to contribute more to the world that we live in.

Jing holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in business management from Utah Valley University.

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Kristine Coyle
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Kristine Coyle
Spring 2021 Graduate

Kristine Coyle is an accounting services specialist who works with Larson and Company to provide bookkeeping and payroll services for clients. Kristine believes that great customer service is essential to the accounting industry. She has been doing payroll for 12 years and believes that hard work and determination is the key to reaching goals.

Kristine has worked full time and taken care of her family while getting her education. Kristine holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Utah Valley University.

She is currently working on her Master of Accountancy.

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Connor Finuf
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Connor Finuf
Spring 2021 Graduate

Connor James Finuf is an assurance professional who works with businesses to provide reasonable assurance that their financial statements are without material misstatement.

Connor understands that businesses can only obtain and maintain public trust by ensuring the accuracy of their financial documentation.

Connor has worked with Grant Thornton and Ernst & Young to provide assurance services to companies as large as Phillips 66, and as unique as Liberty Safe. This variety of experiences has allowed Connor to diversify his skills so he can be more effective in serving future clients.

Connor holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and is currently pursuing his master's degree at UVU.

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Meta Glidewell
Spring 2021 Graduate

Meta is a financial aid employee who works with Utah Valley University to help students obtain federal student aid to pay for schooling.

Meta believes in helping students navigate the FAFSA application and processes to ensure they receive accurate federal student aid.

Meta has worked on over 3,000 student files to ensure correct and accurate tax information. She has also served on policy and procedures committees to ensure federal laws and regulations are being followed. Meta has also helped develop and implement a new onboarding training program for new employees.

Meta has been recognized by the Student Affairs divison of UVU for her dedication and commitment to helping students and parents walk through the verification process of the FAFSA application.

Meta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Ashley Greer
Spring 2021 Graduate

Ashley Greer is currently preparing to become a CPA as she attends the UVU MAcc program as a full-time student. She is studying to take the CPA exams as soon as she finishes the MAcc.

Ashley believes that honest accounting according to GAAP will help a business improve the organization, management and efficiency of procedures and reporting of financial statements. She knows that accounting done objectively and ethically will help a business prevent fraud or loss and provide reliable information to clients.

Ashley started her accounting career as an Accounting Clerk at Brigham Young University Hawaii while earning a bachelor’s in accounting. Last year she had the opportunity to work in public accounting as an Auditor for Kwock and Company CPA’s located in Honolulu Hawaii. There she traveled to the islands of Hawaii to audit Federal Credit Union’s procedures and financial statements. She believes it was a wonderful learning experience and enjoyed the work.

Ashley hopes to obtain her CPA license and specialize in forensic accounting to help prevent fraud in companies. She hopes to work for one of the Big 4 accounting firms one day.

Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University Hawaii.

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Angela Guido
Spring 2021 Graduate

Angela Guido is currently a student in the MACC program at UVU, in addition to working towards sitting for the CPA exam.

Angela believes in delivering high quality accounting, while also identifying opportunities to process data entry and analytics more efficiently. She also believes in a strong work ethic, helping others with their workload, and bringing positivity into a professional environment.

Angela's background is in accounting/finance in the banking industry.

While completing her undergraduate degree, Angela worked as teller, financial services representative, and staff accountant for a local credit union. There, she assisted in general ledger entries, month end close, and audit requests.

After completing her undergraduate degree, Angela worked as a senior accountant for a fortune 500 company. Angela was hired to help implement processes and procedures for the new internet bank division. There, she helped manage the fast growth of the bank and intake of billions of dollars in deposits in less than 2 years. Angela also assisted the controller in 10Q and 10K financial reporting, ad hoc reporting, and bank reconciliation. Mainly, she oversaw Call Report preparation and providing a daily flash report to senior executives.

Shortly after employment with the internet bank, Angela was awarded 'Employee of the Quarter' from a pool of several hundred candidates.

Angela holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Utah.

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Christian Hall
Spring 2021 Graduate

Christian Hall is employed full-time at Revere Health, a healthcare provider for the western United States, as a Payment Posting Research Specialist. He oversees the reconciliation of online patient payments, researches patient accounts to accurately post payments, and uses EOBs (explanations of benefits) to process insurance payments.

Christian believes that accounting should be approached with a stewardship mentality. Individuals, families, and companies have a finite amount of resources – including financial. Taking more proactive responsibility of these assets & liabilities naturally leads to a higher quality of life inside and outside the workplace.

Christian approaches any task or responsibility with a bigger perspective. At Brigham Young University, he quickly developed an outstanding rapport with faculty and peers by clearly articulating & enforcing departmental accounting policies & procedures. At Brigham Young University and Revere Health, Christian has applied his stewardship mentality by being thorough, yet timely, with every transaction and report that comes across his desk. He is a team player, diligently finishing his work so that he can assist others on his team.

Christian graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Accounting. He is currently pursuing a Master of Accountancy at Utah Valley University, pursuing dual-licensure as a CPA and CMA. Moving forward, he seeks to apply his auditing skillset to bolster the reliability & credibility of the accounting profession wherever he goes.

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Rhett Haney
Spring 2021 Graduate

Rhett Haney is a Tax Accountant at Larson & Company. He prepares individual and business tax returns.

Rhett is a firm believer in transparency. He strives to be open, honest, and dedicated to helping clients understand how tax law is changing.

Rhett has been blessed to work among incredible peers and to learn from some incredible individuals. He continues to seek out new experiences in order to learn and grow.

Rhett is striving to become a CPA and master the tax code.

Rhett holds a BS in Accounting from Brigham Young University and is looking forward to his time at UVU.

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Drew Hansen
Spring 2021 Graduate

Drew Hansen is a General Ledger Accountant and Financial Analyst who works with Liberty Safe to increase efficiencies in the accounting department by implementing process improvements.

Drew knows that by providing means for others to find success in what they do, helps create a culture of continued personal improvement and company progression.

Drew, due to a reduction in force, took over doing payroll without receiving training and implemented improvements that reduced the amount of time the bi-weekly payroll process takes. By successfully trimming down the time, he was able to reduce the accounting departments workload and be ahead despite being understaffed.

Drew is Microsoft Excel Certified as well as trained in Microsoft Dynamics AX; an ERP system used by manufacturing companies. He knew enough about the system to be offered a position as a Business Process Engineer in the IT department, even though he has no formal computer science education.

Drew holds a BS in Accounting from UVU.

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Spring 2021 Graduate
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Ellen Holdstock
Spring 2021 Graduate

Ellen Holdstock is a Graduate Assistant who works with Utah Valley University Accounting faculty and students while working for her MAcc degree at UVU and preparing to take the CPA exam.

Ellen believes morality and integrity are necessary in the accounting field. Her international background has helped her to be open-minded and solve problems in a unique way.

Ellen has worked as an assurance intern at Ernst & Young in San Francisco.

Ellen is a trained Alteryx, VBA, and Tableau user.

Ellen holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brigham Young University Idaho.

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Kelsey Laker
Spring 2021 Graduate

Kelsey Laker is an International Accountant who works with doTERRA to improve inter-company transactions and processes and to manage the accounting for their entities in Ireland and Luxembourg.

Kelsey believes that a person can always become better at what they do. One of the most powerful forms of motivation to become more is knowing the skills and talents one develops can be used to benefit the companies and people with whom they work with.

Kelsey has secured an offer with Tanner LLC to begin as an auditor after completion of her MAcc.

Kelsey is proficient in QuickBooks, NetSuite, and SAP. She has been involved in two ERP implementations. She created accounting processes for a non-profit organization in Oregon and continues to serve as their accountant.

Kelsey holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Utah Valley University and is currently pursuing a Master of Accountancy at Utah Valley University.

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Spring 2021 Graduate
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Cole McEuen
Spring 2021 Graduate

Cole McEuen is a current MAcc student who is preparing to become a CPA.

Cole is currently a graduate assistant working for Professor Josh Cieslewicz. He is excited to work in audit at a public accounting firm after graduating with his master's degree.

Cole believes that an accountant can bring value to a company through innovation and hard work.

Cole has interned with Ernst & Young in Phoenix, AZ, and will be returning there after the MAcc as a full-time Audit Associate. He has also interned at Savage Services in the Internal Audit department.

Cole holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University.

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Spring 2021 Graduate
Angel Paredes
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Angel Paredes
Spring 2021 Graduate

Angel Paredes is currently a MAcc student working towards becoming a CPA. In addition to this program, Angel works as a graduate assistant.

Angel believes in getting things done and getting them done right. He knows that he can do hard things and believes that others are capable of the same with hard work, focus and perseverance.

Angel managed to finish his undergraduate degree in a record amount of time, sacrificing his job of six years as a mailman in order to do so. He has attended leadership trainings and has been awarded a scholarship for the Master of Accountancy program at UVU.

Angel graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in the spring of 2020 from Utah Valley University.

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Sydney Parker
Spring 2021 Graduate

Sydney Parker is currently a full-time student in the UVU MAcc program. She is studying to take the CPA exam as soon as she finishes the MAcc program.

Sydney deeply values relationships in the workplace. Through this program, Sydney can help not only her own family, but also other individuals. She is excited to apply principles to problem solve and increase efficiency.

Sydney has interned with Myriad Genetics and KPMG, both located in Salt Lake City. She currently assists with payroll and bookkeeping for Good Day Advisors. Each experience has helped Sydney’s growth and has helped her find her preferred work environment.

Sydney holds a BS in Accounting from Brigham Young University.

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Parker Pearson
Spring 2021 Graduate

Parker Pearson is currently working towards becoming a CPA and a CMA. Parker is preparing for the Auditing section and the Regulation section of the CPA, as well as the two sections of the CMA while studying his MAcc degree at Utah Valley University.

Parker believes very strongly that accounting can help companies and individuals thrive in the business world while maintaining their professionalism, competence, and integrity.

Parker has managed to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in accounting in four years, with one of those years being away from school for the whole year when his son was born. Parker came back to school full time in Spring 2019 as a freshman with 27 credits and tackled 16-20 credit semesters so that he could graduate as a senior in Summer 2020, all while working part time to support his wife and son.

Parker is Microsoft Excel certified, an Eagle Scout, proficient in QuickBooks, and an exceptional presenter and writer.

Parker holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Spring 2021 Graduate
Jeremy Picardo
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Jeremy Picardo
Spring 2021 Graduate

Jeremy Picardo is an accountant who works with Alder Holdings and oversees much of the monthly closing process for them, as well as for many of their entities.

Jeremy believes that knowledge combined with hard work is the key to success in your career, in life, and can help you accomplish any goal.

In addition to his current position, Jeremy has experience in public accounting at a tax firm working on over 1000 returns for individuals and businesses across the country.

After finishing his undergrad, a year early, Jeremy jumped immediately into the accounting industry and decided to start working toward obtaining his master’s degree as well. He knows that his education and experience will prepare him to become a CPA.

Jeremy holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Spring 2021 Graduate
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Ian Pringle
Spring 2021 Graduate

Ian Pringle is a graduate assistant working with UVU Accounting faculty David Waite. He is studying to take the CPA exams while earning his MAcc.

Ian believes that accounting is an honest profession necessary for the success of any business.

Ian is making a switch from his previous job at a financial institution and undergraduate over to accounting and enjoying it immensely.

Ian holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Brigham Young University.

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Spring 2021 Graduate
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Matthew Roemer
Spring 2021 Graduate

Matthew Roemer is a Staff Auditor who works with Haynie & Company. He works with clients and collaborates with his team by performing audit procedures and prepping companies for annual and quarterly filings.

Matthew believes that no matter how knowledgeable or experienced one is, one can always be presented with new opportunities to learn.

Matthew has performed audit work for companies in several industries, including benefit plans, broker dealers, and both private and public entities. He also has confirmed compliance with ASC 606 and 842 on a number of clients he has worked with.

Matthew hopes to obtain his CPA and CMA certifications and continue his career as an Auditor.

Matthew holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Spring 2021 Graduate
Rachel Rossiter
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Rachel Rossiter
Spring 2021 Graduate

Rachel Rossiter is currently a student in the MAcc program at Utah Valley University and is also preparing to take the CPA exam.

Rachel believes that being an effective accountant isn't just about being skilled with numbers. It's about being a communicator, listener, and willing to put in the hard work. She also thinks having a positive attitude, even when things get tough, makes a world of difference!

Rachel has worked at Mountain America Credit Union throughout her educational career and is currently a part of the Accounts Payable team. Previously, as a teller, she won the Top of the Mountain Award, which is given to the top 1% of employees in sales, accuracy, and customer satisfaction.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Utah.

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Adam Serdar
Spring 2021 Graduate

Adam is a staff internal auditor who works with the Department of Workforce Services. He helps to provide assurance to the different programs and works to ensure that citizens are using funds in an appropriate ways.

Adam believes in the value of matching one’s ethics with one’s employer. He has seen this as he works to help ensure programs are helping the community he loves.

Adam has continually worked to grow in his competency as an auditor. As an undergraduate, he participated in IIA sponsored Student Case Study competitions, and placed in the top three during these competitions. This created opportunities for him to interview with different companies, including one of the big four accounting firms.

Adam has a goal to earn his CPA and CIA certifications.

Adam holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting with an emphasis in internal audit from Utah Valley University and is currently working on achieving his Masters of Accountancy.

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Keldon Shepherd
Spring 2021 Graduate

Keldon Shepherd is a Controller who works at doTERRA International and is over the financial statements of their manufacturing entity.

Keldonhas taken the time to learn the SAP software and has become a source of knowledge for all others within his department. Keldon was also involved with the transition to SAP for doTERRA and was able to help in its completion through all the difficulties that arose.

Keldon has a bachelor's degree in accounting from UVU and graduated Summa Cum Laude.

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Madison Smith
Spring 2021 Graduate

Madison Smith is an Internal Auditor who works with UVU's Audit Team to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes throughout the University.

Madison believes that expanding our knowledge and gaining experience is important in both our professional and personal lives.

Madison has managed to graduate early with her bachelor’s degree in three years while working part-time. Upon graduation Madison chose to go directly into her MAcc so that she can start her career as soon as possible.

Madison worked in industry accounting for three years and gained experience in accounts payable and accounts receivable. She is currently interning in internal audit and plans on seeking employment at an accounting firm. She is a recipient of the CMA scholarship and plans to obtain both her CMA and CPA.

Madison holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Ryan Tribe
Spring 2021 Graduate

Ryan Tribe is a Staff Accountant who works with Ernst & Young to perform audits.

Ryan knows that accounting is an excellent career with a great segway into the rest of the business world.

Ryan has beat cancer and holds this as one of his hardest but most influential experiences in his life.

Ryan is working towards his CPA certification and hopes to have it by August of 2021.

Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Stephanie Wolfley
Spring 2021 Graduate

Stephanie Wolfley is currently a UVU MAcc student and is preparing to become a CPA. Before returning to school, Stephanie's had the opportunity to be a full-time mom and a volunteer in her community. She has also held executive assistant and property manager positions.

Stephanie believes understanding accounting means understanding business. CPA's and accountants are valuable because as they take care of the financial side of a business, the executive team can more fully focus on overall company goals and objectives.

Stephanie has accepted a job and is looking forward to joining Squire & Company's advisory team following graduation.

Stephanie holds a BS in psychology from Brigham Young University.

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Spring 2021 Graduate
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Tanner Woodland
Spring 2021 Graduate

Tanner Woodland is currently a full-time Staff Accountant/Controller for a startup tech firm called Teleira. His duties involve bookkeeping, AR, AP, payroll, and month-end closing. He is looking to complete the UVU MAcc Program this Spring. Eventually, he hopes to sit for the CPA exam.

Tanner believes that hard work and due diligence are critical to success. He also believes effective communication enables work to flow efficiently and accurately through teams and firms.

Throughout much of his undergraduate accounting core, Tanner worked full-time while also balancing being a full-time student. In the spring semester of his senior year, Tanner worked for BKD, LLP, as an audit intern. While interning, Tanner learned audit methodology and processes. He loved his time there and will be seeking more opportunities in public accounting as he finishes his MAcc.

Tanner holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Spring 2021 Graduate
Raine Haruka Yamamoto
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Raine Haruka Yamamoto
Spring 2021 Graduate

Raine is currently working as a graduate assistant for the UVU Accounting faculty. She helps students to succeed in their courses.

Raine believes that everyone should be treated with respect and kindness.

Raine did an audit internship with KPMG Atlanta in the Japanese Practice over the summer, she has accepted a full-time offer for fall of 2021.

Raine holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University.

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Miki Young
Spring 2021 Graduate

Miki Young is pursuing a MAcc degree at Utah Valley University. Miki is studying for the Audit section of the CPA Exam to prepare to become a CPA.

Miki believes that her life experience would be a positive contribution to any working environment. She also believes in the importance of having a good balance in her work and life.

Currently Miki is interested in doing a part-time internship until she graduates and then plans on working full-time after graduation. In Japan, she operated an English school for 18 years. It required student care, communicating with the students and their parents, managing schedules, and counseling the students.

Miki holds a BA in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Sharem Young
Spring 2021 Graduate

Sharem D. Young is a graduate assistant who works with UVU Accounting faculty lecturer, David Waite, by providing aid to his students and helping facilitate group work.

Sharem believes that when accounting is done with a high level of integrity, it not only helps the company that one is working for but helps one live a better life as well.

Sharem has worked as an accounting tutor at Utah Valley University.

Sharem is certified in Microsoft Excel and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

Class of Summer 2021

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Summer 2021 Graduate
Mariah Halls
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Mariah Halls
Summer 2021 Graduate

Mariah Halls is a full time MAcc Student who is working towards a career in public accounting.

Mariah knows that it is important to build a relationship of trust with clients. She believes in hard work and doing things to the best of her abilities.

Mariah has worked as Treasurer for UVU Beta Alpha Psi from January 2019 until May 2020. Being a BAP Officer helped to grow her accounting experience and professional skills. She is currently working as a graduate assistant for the Woodbury School of Business.

Mariah is a working towards becoming a CPA.

Mariah holds a BS in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Summer 2021 Graduate
Jesse Jorgensen
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Jesse Jorgensen
Summer 2021 Graduate

Jesse Jorgensen is currently working towards earning a Master of Accountancy and becoming a CPA.

Jesse believes that with enough hard work you can accomplish your goals.

Jesse holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Summer 2021 Graduate
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McCade Larsen
Summer 2021 Graduate

McCade Larsen is a Bookkeeper who works with Squire to outsource accounting needs to various clients.

McCade believes that honesty and hard work will get you where you want to be. He believes in helping others achieve their financial goals in life.

McCade has helped integrate QuickBooks to NetSuite for a multi-million-dollar company. Increased compliance with telematics systems in said company vehicles to reduce cost of repairs and insurance claims.

McCade is a certified QuickBooks advisor and has experience with NetSuite software.

McCade holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management from Brigham Young University – Idaho and has accomplished the accounting core classes at Utah Valley University in preparation for the MAcc program.

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Summer 2021 Graduate
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Megan Sharp
Summer 2021 Graduate

Megan Sharp is a Bookkeeper at Better Accounting while she works towards completion of the MAcc and prepares to become a CPA.

Megan believes that communication and hard work with a willingness to improve are key to any successful business relationship.

Megan completed an internship in tax with BDO, LLP and has landed a full-time offer upon completion of the MAcc.

Megan holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

Class of Fall 2021

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Ryan Anderson
Fall 2021 Graduate

Ryan Anderson is a MAcc student who works together with other students to achieve academic excellence.

Ryan believes that with hard work and a good attitude, his career and his interactions with clients will be a pleasant experience.

Ryan worked at Colby & Powell, PLC and plans to work there after getting his master’s at UVU.

Ryan holds a Bachelors in Accounting from BYU-Idaho and is currently working towards earning his CPA license.

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Ronil Chand
Fall 2021 Graduate

Ronil Chand is a Master of Accountancy student at Utah Valley University who works with the university to develop strong future accountants through teaching and research as a graduate assistant.

Ronil believes that accounting is a discipline that doesn't only develop how we see the business world but also how we conduct our lives to serve the people around us.

Ronil has gained work experience in many different fields of business. Together with his master's program, he is working towards obtaining his CPA certification. Ronil has a well-rounded knowledge of the business world which has given him tremendous amounts of professional skills.

Ronil has received awards particularly for his skills in Microsoft Excel and employee development. He has also been recognized for founding and organizing nonprofit organizations to assist in better livelihoods of people in the communities he has resided.

Ronil holds a double bachelor's degree in Accounting and Business Management –Marketing from the Brigham Young University –Hawaii.

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Kyle Crown
Fall 2021 Graduate

Kyle Crown is a salaried consultant who works with companies across Utah County to provide support for recurring projects or long-term interim work, when staff continuity is imperative.

Kyle knows that the experience he has gained through his accounting career will be able to benefit more companies and industries that require additional interim support.

Kyle was the sole accountant for two government contracting companies handling nearly all the accounting cycle work. He not only handled the day-to-day and month-to-month accounting but learned how to quickly adapt as new contract structures and challenges arose. He also volunteers monthly to teach QuickBooks to small business owners in the Utah County area through the UVU Small Business Development Center.

Kyle holds a BA in accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Eric Curry
Fall 2021 Graduate

Eric Curry is an award-winning Senior Analyst at E*TRADE Financial who guides CEOs, executives, and high-net worth individuals through equity compensation plans and wealth management solutions. Throughout his eight years of professional experience, he has earned multiple quarterly awards for client engagement.

Eric has a thorough knowledge of the securities industry. He holds the Series 7, Series 63, and Series 66 securities agent licenses. In 2019, he earned the Certified Equity Professional (CEP) designation through the CEP Institute at Santa Clara University, where he developed his interest in accounting.

Eric has a strong analytical background. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Bridgewater State University and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Utah State University. He has worked as a graduate research assistant at the Utah Water Research Laboratory and as an Environmental Compliance agent at US Army Dugway Proving Ground.

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Fall 2021 Graduate
Seth Eagleston
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Seth Eagleston
Fall 2021 Graduate

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Derek Hansen
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Derek Hansen
Fall 2021 Graduate

Derek Hansen is an accountant who works with individuals and businesses in preparing financial information and improving processes.

Derek believes that understanding accounting is the key to progress as a business and as a society. Accountants should be trustworthy, committed, kind, and hard working to achieve success in professional and personal endeavors.

Derek works as an accounting clerk at Old Mill Brick LLC and primarily handles transactions related to Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable. In addition, Derek works with the Accounting Manager and CEO in closing the monthly financials as well as presenting financial information to management monthly.

Derek is certified in Microsoft Excel and proficient in QuickBooks. He is working toward being certified as a CPA.

Derek graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Jared Kingston
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Jared Kingston
Fall 2021 Graduate

Jared is a trained Loan Underwriter who has worked with local companies to help them get started or to take on large projects.

Jared built an online retail store from the ground up during his final undergraduate semesters. This experience has been vital to the development of his business acumen and management skills. He has real management experience in warehouse, HR, cash flow, marketing, accounting, taxes, procurement, sales and more.

Jared is a practiced insurance agent secretary, property manager shadow, pricing and business model consultant, and student of the German language.

Jared holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah, but also has training in other fields, like managing IT teams, operating hydraulic machinery, and some programming in Java. His extraordinary expansion of competencies has all lead to this. He believes that he can accomplish far more for his team as an accountant with a CPA.

Jared is currently preparing to take FAR & REG sections of the CPA during the accelerated Master of Accountancy Program here at UVU.

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Bryce Lawrence
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Bryce Lawrence
Fall 2021 Graduate

Bryce Lawrence is a full-time MAcc student preparing to pass the CPA and CMA exams.

He believes in using accounting to promote honesty, industry, and optimism.

Bryce has worked as an internal auditor at UVU developing and implementing audit programs for the school of aviation and other academic departments.

In addition to accounting, Bryce is also a skilled audio engineer who has operated live sound systems for concerts, conventions, and community events throughout the state of Utah.

Bryce holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University.

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Fall 2021 Graduate
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Parker Menlove
Fall 2021 Graduate

Parker Menlove is the Head Managerial Accountant for the Army National Guard 640th RTI Dining Facility, managing over $1.2 million every fiscal year. With 3+ years’ experience, Parker helps over 300,000 soldiers per year obtain cost-effective meals by financially managing the number-one rated dining facility in the United States Army.

Parker knows that humility and growth are vital characteristics and believes that growth powers change, and change optimizes outcome in all aspects of life and business.

Parker was entrusted with the opportunity to create and implement a new software that decreased waste by over 25%, saving the Army National Guard over $300,000 per year.

Parker has since received many outstanding awards due to his voluntary choice to make his workplace more efficient in their spending.

Parker currently holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a Minor in Business Management. Parker is currently pursuing his Master of Accountancy at Utah Valley University.

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Kaleb Olsen
Fall 2021 Graduate

Kaleb Olsen is an Assistant Vault Teller who works with UCCU to help improve coworkers' cross selling skills, problem solving skills, and customer service skills. Kaleb also is a graduate assistant working for the Woodbury School of Business while attending the MAcc program here at UVU.

Kaleb firmly believes in UCCU's ideal of "people helping people". Whether it be helping managers, coworkers, or members, Kaleb strives to make life easier for each individual.

Kaleb has achieved 2nd best cross seller out of 500+ employees at UCCU.

Kaleb assisted in the VITA program while doing his undergraduate work and holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Michael Ramirez
Fall 2021 Graduate

Michael Ramirez is a student in the UVU MAcc program. He is currently working on becoming a CPA.

Michael believes that being an accountant means ensuring people who make decisions for a business receive accurate information in a timely manner.

Michael has worked as an intern at EY where he did returns for non-profit organizations.

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

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Harrison Taylor
Fall 2021 Graduate

Harrison Taylor is an accounting supervisor who works with The BlenderBottle Company and supports the company in creating a unique product that simplifies and improves everyday life.

Harrison believes that accounting isn’t just number crunching; it is the foundation of company growth by providing a company with clean, accurate, and consistent data that is used at every level of operations.

Harrison has supported The BlenderBottle Company for over five years and has helped the company launch new innovative brands and achieve growth year after year.

Harrison has received the Above and Beyond award for his supporting role played within the Accounting department.

Harrison holds a BS in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Shane Williams
Fall 2021 Graduate

Shane Williams is a staff accountant at England Logistics, who works directly with the corporate controller and other members of the finance department to reconcile brokerage accounts and approves ACH’s to be sent to carriers.

Shane believes that hard work and understanding the “why” behind processes truly drives success within a company. Putting in the effort up front makes work easy in the long run and Shane tries to embody that spirit in all his work activities.

Shane has accumulated many skills in accounting, has overseen the accounts payable and accounts receivable departments at one of the fastest growing startups in Utah and is recently moving more towards corporate general ledger accounting at one of the highest grossing logistics companies in the United States. He hopes to continue acquiring skills and diversifying himself across many areas in accounting in the coming years.

Shane holds a BA in Accounting from the University of Utah.

Class of Spring 2022

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Ashley Allred
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Ashley Allred
Spring 2022 Graduate

Ashley Allred is an Accountant who works with Squire and Company as an Associate helping manage client’s financials.

Ashley believes it is important to be more than an accountant. She believes you need to become a trusted advisor to your clients, always finding ways to help their company succeed.

Ashley has been a Bookkeeper at Squire and Company for two years and recently became an Associate taking on a higher level of work.

Ashley holds a BA in Education from Northwest University and recently completed the required Accounting prerequisites at UVU to begin the MAcc Program.

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Ben Amundsen
Spring 2022 Graduate

Ben Amundsen is a Corporate Treasurer and Accountant at Qualtrics LLC based in Provo, UT. He works helping drive better experienced companies with state-of-the-art software to provide X-data from different sources.

Ben believes in and lives the Qualtrics TACOS motto (Transparency, All-in, Customer-obsess, One-team, and Scrappiness.) He believes this motto applies both in and out of the workplace.

Ben has worked as an intern and staff at Mohle Adams CPA's, BYU Tax Office, and SCW Utah. Ben is part of the Qualtrics IPO process making history in the tech industry. Ben specializes in smart and automated cash management, comprehensive deal reviews, audit deliverables, and daily Qualtrics soft serve ice cream consumption.

Ben is a husband to his best friend, father of a rambunctiously curious little boy, and lover of the outdoors.

Ben holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Brigham Young University.

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Spring 2022 Graduate
Audra Brickey
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Audra Brickey
Spring 2022 Graduate

Audra Brickey is a Staff Accountant at Circus Trix and is preparing to become a CPA and working towards earning her MAcc Degree.

Audra believes that as she puts forth her determination and her best effort in learning from the master’s program in Accounting that she will be able to reach her goals.

Audra has landed her current position as an Accountant three weeks before receiving her degree in Accounting where she finds she is able to apply many of the standards and concepts she has learned in school to her job.

Audra holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Benjamin Cox
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Benjamin Cox
Spring 2022 Graduate

Benjamin Cox is an Accountant who works with Certus Accounting & Tax Services, LLC to provide tax, bookkeeping, and payroll services to a network of clients.

Benjamin believes that the growth of businesses stimulates progress in society. He also believes that finances are an integral part of the lives of individuals and families and knows he can greatly assist them.

Benjamin has been involved at the forefront of a relatively new accounting firm, helping create proficient and accurate processes for the financial services provided. Specifically, with sales tax filing and payroll processing, he has helped create systems with checks and balances to ensure precise and efficient services for dozens of clients.

Benjamin has worked with a couple of small to medium size firms where he has experience providing services for franchising entities, investment companies, service industries, and asset acquisition companies, as well as preparing personal tax returns. He is also Microsoft Excel certified.

Benjamin holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in Business Management from UVU. He is preparing to become a CPA.

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Jackson Haymaker
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Jackson Haymaker
Spring 2022 Graduate

Jackson Haymaker is a tax accountant who works with VPTax, Inc. where he specializes in start-ups and corporate returns.

Jackson believes that any challenge can be overcome by enough determination and that experience is the most important aspect of any job.

Jackson entered the professional workforce a little later in life than most. After five years as a scout in the Army, Jackson decided it was time to pursue a different but still rewarding course of education and work.

Jackson holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Spring 2022 Graduate
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Joshua Jackman
Spring 2022 Graduate

Josh Jackman is an accountant who works with Vivint Smart Home to manage and reconcile the company's revenue accounts and corporate credit card payable accounts.

Josh believes that both personal and company improvement go together through personal drive, consistent feedback, and collaboration.

Josh has worked on and led many different efforts for process improvements and optimizations in many different departments. From standardizing journal entry submissions to converting manual Excel processes to VBA macros or SQL queries.

In his various roles, Josh has become proficient in the use of many different accounting and finance software systems like Excel, Access, SQL Server, Teradata, Hyperion Essbase, Snowflake, Blackline, SAP and Zuora.

Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Carson Kopsa
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Carson Kopsa
Spring 2022 Graduate

Carson is preparing to become a CPA and is working toward obtaining his MAcc at Utah Valley University.

Carson believes that organization, attention to detail, and using data to solve financial problems are the most intriguing elements of being an accountant. He is striving to increase his knowledge of accounting, finance, and tax law, to help individuals and businesses make beneficial decisions, which has been his passion ever since he began his education in accounting.

Carson has completed a tax internship during the 2020 tax season at a CPA firm in California, along with an accounting internship for a community bank in 2019. These internships gave him experience providing tax services for individuals, partnerships, and corporations. Doing financial accounting while working at the bank, gave him exposure to multiple assignments, such as bank security projects, handling accounts payable, assistance in loan underwriting, etc.

Carson is experienced with Excel, along with database and data visualization software such as Tableau, Access, and Alteryx.

Carson holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

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Christian Larsen
Spring 2022 Graduate

Christian Larsen is an Accountant/ Payroll Specialist who works with Pleasant Grove City to ensure accurate biweekly payroll and assists with miscellaneous accounting projects.

Christian knows the accuracy of the work he performs is a critical function of the City’s Finance Department. He also recognizes the importance of integrity in the accounting field.

Christian implemented a new timekeeping program within the City and is working to improve several of the City’s processes.

The improvements Christian suggested and implemented in 2019 resulted in him earning the 2019 Innovator of the Year award from Pleasant Grove City.

Christian holds a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Spring 2022 Graduate
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Jessica Larson
Spring 2022 Graduate

Jessica Larson is a Senior GL Accountant who works for Stampin' Up! to maintain the accuracy of financial data and statements.

Jessica believes that continuing education increases your professional and personal development, and that hard work always pays off. She also believes that finding a work environment that prioritizes work life balance is very important.

Jessica has worked in the Accounting field for over four years and is planning to complete the Master of Accountancy program as a part-time student in the next couple years.

Jessica holds a BS in Finance from Utah Valley University.

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Julie Rivers
Spring 2022 Graduate

Julie Rivers is a Financial Specialist/Office Manager for Alpine School District. She coordinates with school administrators to organize and resolve financial, calendaring, and registration issues for local elementary school children.

Julie believes that a smile and a personal interaction with each administrator, teacher, or child will build the right level of trust and a relationship that will enhance learning, increase productivity, and sponsor cooperation. She feels that a collaborative atmosphere works to create greater understanding by all participants and an increased likelihood of success in achieving stated goals. This worked to her advantage in the first year of her current employment when she received the Employee of the Year award.

Julie's greatest achievement was raising 5 wonderful children. Along with achieving a lifelong goal of earning a master’s degree, she hopes to set an example for her children and show them that when you work hard you can achieve your goals.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Utah.

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Spring 2022 Graduate
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Alison Wheeler
Spring 2022 Graduate

Alison is a student focused on obtaining her Master of Accountancy from Utah Valley University. Alison believes accounting should be practiced ethically and with integrity. She believes the world is always in need of good people with the desire to help others. Alison has completed an internship with PwC and has accepted a full-time offer with PwC in their Technology Consulting practice, beginning Summer/Fall 2022. She enjoys integrating technology with accounting principles, automating tasks to increase efficiency, and developing her technology skills. Alison has a goal of obtaining both her CPA and CFE license after graduating from UVU. Alison holds a Bachelor’s in Accountancy from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

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Spring 2022 Graduate
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Garrett Gneiting
Spring 2022 Graduate

Garrett Gneiting is an R&D Tax Incentives Associate at Eide Bailly LLP, who works with business owners across a variety of industries throughout the United States to help them evaluate, determine, and substantiate their research and development tax credits.
Garrett is passionate about people and believes that success can be measured by the number of people you have positively impacted. He values relationships with his family, friends, peers, and clients. 
Garrett began his career in accounting as a seasonal tax administrator for Eide Bailly LLP in 2018 while pursuing his undergraduate degree. As a result of his work ethic and performance, Garrett secured his current position as a member of Eide Bailly's National Tax Office in January 2020. He recently completed his fourth busy season at Eide Bailly.
In his free time, Garrett participates as a member of the World Axe Throwing League (WATL). He currently ranks 9th on the WATL Pro League Circuit and recently placed 5th at the 2020 World Axe Throwing Championship. 
Garrett holds a bachelor’s degree in finance with minors in Accounting and Business Management from Utah Valley University. Garrett is currently pursuing his Master of Accountancy at Utah Valley University with plans to earn his CPA license in the future.

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Spring 2022 Graduate
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Jacob Kenworthy
Spring 2022 Graduate

Jacob has worked at Progress Manufacturing, Inc. since September 2020 as an accounting intern. Jacob holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University. He is expecting to graduate with his Master of Accountancy in May 2022.

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Spring 2022 Graduate
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Jesus Munoz
Spring 2022 Graduate

Jesus Munoz is an Accounts Payable Clerk who works with Sunrun to complete payments and control expenses by receiving, processing, verifying, and reconciling invoices. Jesus Munoz believes that the best and quickest way to achieve success is by helping others succeed. He believes that by surrounding yourself with the right people, one will be able to achieve their goals and become a better individual. Jesus Munoz has worked as an intern for Ernst and Young out of the Salt Lake City office. He plans to start full-time at Ernst and Young as Staff Accountant during the Summer of 2022. He is currently interested in private client services which provides tax advice and reporting for owners, families, and private businesses. In addition to his master’s program, Jesus is currently preparing to pass the CPA exam. Jesus Munoz loves to spend time with his family, play golf in his free time, and he and his wife are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first child, a baby girl, next year. Jesus Munoz holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Brigham Young University.

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Spring 2022 Graduate
Juan Lopez Amezcua
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Juan Lopez Amezcua
Spring 2022 Graduate

Juan Lopez Amezcua is a financial accountant who works with Rain International to review and consolidate financial statements from their corporate subsidiaries as well as perform commissions expense analysis for US, Canada, and UK. Juan knows that business analytics is a key aspect of a corporation’s success and having the skillset to match its demands is fundamental as businesses become more digital.  Juan has secured a full-time offer with EY as a tax associate upon graduation. His previous experience in multiple tax-related internships and volunteer work has enabled him to pursue a career as a tax planning and advisory professional in the future. Juan is expecting to start the CPA process upon graduation.  Juan holds a BS in accounting from Brigham Young University.

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Spring 2022 Graduate
MaryLynne Robinson
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Mary Lynne Robinson
Spring 2022 Graduate

MaryLynne Robinson is currently working as the Office Manager at Mirasys LLC. She primarily works with Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable, however she also assists the CEO in other financial matters as well. MaryLynne believes that through hard work all things are possible.She applies this to all aspects of her life. MaryLynne has worked in various accounting positions over the last seven years, including general bookkeeping and individual income tax preparation.MaryLynne holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Utah Valley University.

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Spring 2022 Graduate
Reinhard Gaul
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Reinhard Gaul
Spring 2022 Graduate

Reinhard is an Audit Administrative Assistant at Tanner LLC, where he helps finalize client deliverables and assists with audit meetings. He has also accepted a full-time job offer from Tanner as an Audit and Business Advisory Associate next spring, upon completion of the Master of Accountancy program. Reinhard believes that the best way to lead is by being prepared and looking for opportunities for empathetic service. He loves working in a team setting and is excited to provide value professionally in a manner that aligns with his personal mission statement of serving others.Reinhard has experience working in the Trade Compliance Center at KPMG where he helped clients navigate international trade agreements and tariffs. He has built skills in Free Trade Agreement validation as well as Harmonized Tariff Schedule classification. He also has 5 summers of door-to-door sales experience, selling lawn care and pest control services, where he learned grit and perseverance.Reinhard is Excel certified and has limited experience with Alteryx, R Studio, Python, Lucidchart, Tableau, and Financial Force. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Utah Valley University, where he also Minored in Accounting

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Spring 2022 Graduate
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Ryan Fife
Spring 2022 Graduate

Ryan Fife currently works as a Graduate Assistant on UVU campus assisting Professor Kari Olsen, and the Dean’s Office of the Woodbury School of Business. Ryan is assisting the business school renew their accreditation, and helps Professor Olsen develop coursework, build his repository, and assist in research projects. Ryan believes that dedication, hard work, and the right network can take you anywhere you want to go professionally and personally. He knows that there is something to learn from everyone, and that we should all take advantage of the experience of those around us to help us grow. It’s that same philosophy that inspired him to pursue a degree in accounting andbegin his career in Public Accounting.Ryan has accepted a full time offer with Ernst & Young in their Assurance practice beginning Fall of 2022 in their Salt Lake City office.Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a minor in Business Management from Utah Valley University.

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Spring 2022 Graduate
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Sam Dean
Spring 2022 Graduate

Sam Dean is an accounting professional who works with small businesses to improve financial performance.  Sam knows helping businesses improve financially can be difficult, but he wants to help others succeed.  Sam has worked as a graduate assistant at Utah Valley University helping students understand the fundamentals of financial and managerial accounting.  Sam is a future Certified Public Accountant and is working towards receiving additional certifications as well.  Sam holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in business management from Utah Valley University. 

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Spring 2022 Graduate
Tanner Lewis
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Tanner Lewis
Spring 2022 Graduate

Tanner Lewis has secured an associate position with PricewaterhouseCoopers beginning in 2022. Tanner is working toward his CPA license. Tanner holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting with Utah Valley University and is currently completing his Master of Accountancy with UVU as well. 

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Spring 2022 Graduate
Zade Bennett
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Zade Bennett
Spring 2022 Graduate

Zade Bennett is a current MAcc student who is preparing to become a CPA. Zade is als ocurrently working as a graduate assistant for Professors Josh Cieslewicz, Michelle Rankin, Dave Witesman and Aaron Bartholomew. He is excited to work in audit at a public accounting firm after graduating with his master's degree. Zade believes that value can be brought to society by accountants through integrity and trustworthiness in their work. Zade has interned with Ernst & Young in Los Angeles, CA, and will be returning there after completing the MAcc program as a full-time Audit Associate. He has also worked at The Accounting Guys performing outsourced accounting work. Zade holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Utah Valley University.

Class of Summer 2022

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Summer 2022 Graduate
Ariane Van Der Watt
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Ariane Van Der Watt
Summer 2022 Graduate

Ariane Van Der Watt is currently working for Eide Bailly in their tax department while studying at UVU to complete her MAcc degree. Her goal is to become a CPA and work in the tax industry.Ariane believes that it is important to work hard and do your personal best while striving to learn every day. There is always room for growth and improvement in the accounting world!Ariane interned for Eide Bailly over the 2020 tax season, then, after graduating in the top 5 of her class at BYU-Idaho, Ariane continued to work with Eide Bailly. After completing her MAcc she will start as a full-time associate with Eide Bailly. While at BYU-Idaho Ariane also earned her Tableau Desktop Specialist certificate.Ariane holds a Bachelor of Accounting from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

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Summer 2022 Graduate
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Austin Harris
Summer 2022 Graduate

Austin Harris is a Budget Analyst for Alpine School District. He works with district administrators and state officials to design and manage fiscally responsible budgets, to support the education of k-12 students in Utah.Austin believes ethicalaccountants are critical to maintain transparent disciplined spending of taxpayer dollars. Children's education is important to every community, and everyone is invested in their success.Austin secured a full-time position at Alpine School District while completing his bachelor's degree. He has gained valuable experience automating processes and increasing efficiency while attending school.Austin is a CPA candidate and plans to complete all sections of the exam within a year of graduatingwithhis Master of Accountancy.Austin holds a bachelor's degreein accountingfrom Utah Valley University.

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Summer 2022 Graduate
Mariah Cordera
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Mariah Cordera
Summer 2022 Graduate

Mariah is a staff accountant forNiederhauser & Davis inPark City, Utah,where she works intax preparation for individuals and business entities.She found her passion for public accounting while volunteering forthe VITA program on UVU campus. Mariah believes that effective and legal tax planning strategies are important for both small and large businesses because it can help them achieve their business goals. Mariah is attending the UVU MAcc program as a full-time student and is emphasizing intax accounting. She is currently workingto become a CPAand is preparingfor the Audit and FARsections of the exam. Mariah holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Summer 2022 Graduate
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Steven Carter
Summer 2022 Graduate

Steven believes that change is the only constant. This was illustrated when he made a career change from working in the film industry since 2008 to going back to school to study accounting at Utah Valley University. After graduating with his BS in accounting, Steven transitioned into pursuing a master’s degree in accounting also at Utah Valley University. With the Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) CPA exam behind him, Steven is balancing a full-time school schedule, studying for the remaining CPA exams, and being a husband and father all at the same time. In conclusion, Steven said, “If I wasn’t willing to change or wasn’t surrounded by an amazing support system, I would have missed out on an opportunity to change my life and hopefully the lives of those around me”.

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Summer 2022 Graduate
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Tayler Coontz Anderson
Summer 2022 Graduate

Tayler Anderson is a tax intern at Eide Bailly LLP while working toward her CPA and MAcc degree from Utah Valley University.Tayler believes that finding your passion takes time, as her own education and work experience has taken twists and turns. Afternine years in the dental field, Tayler learned of her love for small businesses, and with her specialization in tax compliance has enjoyed helping them thrive.In her free time, Tayler loves spending time outdoors rock climbing, golfing, and hiking.Tayler holds a BS in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

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Summer 2022 Graduate
Jacob Thurman
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Jacob Thurman
Summer 2022 Graduate

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Class of Fall 2022

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Fall 2022 Graduate
Holly Bishop
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Holly Bishop
Fall 2022 Graduate

Holly Bishop is an Administrative Assistant at Village Capital & Investment. She works with both loan officers and the loan processing department to ensure that borrowers have submitted the needed documentation to close their loans.

Holly knows that every experience in life holds value, and although she is unsure of what exactly her future holds, she believes that by doing her best in all her endeavors she will be prepared for whatever life has in store.

Holly is excited to have accepted an internship at the Utah Office of the State auditor and will begin her employment in May 2021.

Holly holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Southern Utah University. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Accountancy program at Utah Valley University and is studying to become a CPA.

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Fall 2022 Graduate
Ashlee Ericson
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Ashlee Ericson
Fall 2022 Graduate

 

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Fall 2022 Graduate
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Kourtney Knudsen
Fall 2022 Graduate

 

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Fall 2022 Graduate
Whitney Lopez
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Whitney Lopez
Fall 2022 Graduate

Whitney Lopez works with Ageless Holdings tracking receivables, managing inventory and performing cost analysis. Whitney really likes this position as it provides her many challenges and gives her the chance to gain experience and become more valuable while pursuing her Masters Degree.

Whitney played four years of college soccer (goalie) and a year of semi-professional soccer with the Utah Arrows. She believes her experiences playing soccer goalie have helped her become a better accountant. To be successful as a goalie requires paying attention to details, hard work and never getting discouraged by adversity, all these principles carry over nicely to accounting.

Whitney graduated Cum Laude from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin with a B.S. in Accounting. Whitney holds an AA General Education degree from Lower Columbia College. She is currently working on her master’s degree in Accounting at Utah Valley University.

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Fall 2022 Graduate
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Olivia Mooney
Fall 2022 Graduate

Olivia Mooney is a CustomerLead/Bookkeeper at KPMG Spark, who helps many different companies prepare financial statements. She works with various business management and bookkeeping software programs daily. She also helps clients with month end close items and adjusting journal entries.

Olivia believes honesty and determination are necessary in the workplace. She enjoys developing meaningful professional relationships with her clients and coworkers. She has been working on improving the training program at Spark to increase efficiency and enhance client satisfaction.

While working through her undergraduate degree, Olivia was also an active member of Beta Alpha Psi. Olivia believes it is vital to be able to apply the knowledge obtained in the classroom to a professional setting.

Olivia holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in Business Management from Utah Valley University and is currently working to become a CPA through the UVU MAcc program.

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Fall 2022 Graduate
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Ryan Williams
Fall 2022 Graduate

Ryan Williams is an Accountant who works with Mountain America Credit Union to support the mortgage operations team in their goal of providing world class customer service.

Ryan believes that the more accurate the data is the more useful it is to the organization. By providing accurate and timely data, accountants can make the difference in a successful business.

Ryan has worked for Mountain America for the past 6 years, in positions throughout the organization. He has been part of teams that competed at the highest level of sales and customer service.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Utah Valley University.

Class of Spring 2023

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Spring 2023 Graduate
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Matthew Sanders
Spring 2023 Graduate

Matthew Sanders is a Patent Illustrator who works with Hall Labs to provide them with the drawings they need to file their many patent applications.Matthew believes that taking ownership for one’s responsibilities at work and diligently researching solutions to work problems are crucial to success in any career.Matthew has completed aninternship atEide Bailly in their tax department during the 2021 busy season. At Eide Bailly, he worked on many individual and business returns with a focus in the medical industry.He will return for a second internship at Eide Bailly for the 2022 busy season.Matthew is trained in various programs such as Microsoft Excel, Word, and QuickBooks. He has experience using CCH Pro Systems tax software as well.Matthew holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an Associate’sdegree in Engineering Graphics and Design Technologyfrom Utah Valley University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Accountancy at Utah Valley University.

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Spring 2023 Graduate
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Spencer Lehr
Spring 2023 Graduate

Spencer Lehr is a tax professional at Squire and Company PC,where he specializes in not-for-profit, business, and individual returns. Spencer believes that being honest and living with integrity is t he key to success in any business, especially public accounting. Spencer has worked with one of the big four accounting firms supporting clients to be compliant with US Trade and Customs, receiving duty drawback, and implementing free trade agreements. He also has experience auditing public housing/tax credit programs with government and not-for profit housing authorities. Spencer holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Utah Valley University. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Accountancy program at Utah Valley University and is studying to becomea CPA.

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Spring 2023 Graduate
Wyatt Bake
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Wyatt Bake
Spring 2023 Graduate