Meet the Team

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Nikali Luke

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Nikali Luke (Lansing/Williamston) is a partner and Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Nikali graduated magna cum laude from Western Michigan University and began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago. Nikali specializes in individual and corporation income tax preparation. Additionally, he assists clients with QuickBooks, payroll and other consulting needs.

Outside of the workplace Nikali believes in supporting his community by sponsoring the Old Town Business and Art Development Association, participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's, and volunteering his time through speaking engagements for the Kiwanis Club and many others.

Eyan Lowe

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Ryan Lowe (East Lansing/Lansing) is a partner and Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He earned both his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Masters of Science in Tax Accounting from Michigan State University.

In addition to assisting his clients with their general accounting and tax needs, Ryan specializes in business management consulting, litigation support, and succession planning.

In his free time, Ryan enjoys travelling, boating, and real estate development.

Lesley Bergquist

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Lesley Bergquist (East Lansing/Lansing) is a partner and Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Masters of Science in Tax Accounting from Michigan State University. After graduating, Lesley returned to her hometown of Grand Rapids to work for BDO USA, LLP. Lesley spent three years with BDO gaining experience with both business and personal income tax, focusing on family wealth and high net worth individuals. Lesley returned to Lansing in June 2013 to join the Simplified team and be closer to Soup Spoon Café. With Simplified, Lesley focuses attention on small business owners, start-up ventures, and the growing entrepreneurial community in Lansing. While taxes are her first love, Lesley also enjoys travel, the Spartans, and a good cup of coffee.

Mary Johnson

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Mary Johnson (lansing) has been with Simplified since 2001. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and earned her accounting degree from Davenport University. In addition to tax preparation, Mary manages the accounting and payroll departments. Mary enjoys sports, music, theatre, and traveling with friends and family.

Dave Edelman

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Dave Edelman (Lansing) has been with Simplified since 1983, working almost exclusively from the South Lansing location. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) specializing in many areas of income tax, including individual, corporate, partnership, and non-profit. He earned his bachelor degree locally at MSU. When not in the thick of tax season he enjoys MSU sports, traveling with his family, and playing tennis/volleyball.

Angie Fernette

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Angie Fernette (Owosso) has been with Simplified since 1985 as the manager in the Owosso office. Angie is the "farm specialist" for Simplified. In addition to preparing individual taxes, she also provides accounting, payroll and QuickBooks support. During her free time, she enjoys her family, traveling, and time spent with good friends.

Tom Kronner

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Tom Kronner (Delta Township) is a Certified Public Account (CPA) specializing in tax planning and preparation for both small businesses and individuals. He joined the Simplified team after 17 years in public accounting working for several local CPA firms as well as owning and managing his own practice. He graduated from Michigan State University where he also earned three varsity letters in football. Additionally, he holds a Masters Degree from Wayne State University and worked for 18 years as a Juvenile Probation officer before entering the field of accounting. He currently resides in Lansing and has three daughters, all of whom are very avid Spartan fans. Go Green!

Marianna Sigafoose

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Mariana Sigafoose (Williamston) started with Simplified in January 2005 when Simplified opened an office downtown Williamston. Mariana has been preparing tax returns since 1980, previously working with various CPA firms. She has a Bachelor of Business Leadership from Baker College. Marianna has two children, eight grandchildren, and during her down time you can find her by the water -- fishing, swimming, or just soaking up the sun and sounds.

Kathie Hanks

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Kathie Hanks (Eaton Rapids) is an Enrolled Agent (EA) and has been with Simplified since 2012. She has prepared income taxes and accounting for clients in the greater Eaton Rapids community for over 20 years. When Kathie isn’t busy with tax season, she enjoys spending time with family, gardening, and boating.

Julie Young

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Julie Young (Dewitt/St. Johns) is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and manages our Dewitt and St. Johns locations. She joined our staff in October 2013, after running her own small firm for the prior ten years. Julie brings with her over twenty years’ experience in accounting and taxation. She specializes in small business consulting, accounting system consulting and implementation, with extensive QuickBooks experience. She also specializes in business tax planning and preparation, and individual tax planning and preparation. She works diligently to provide her clients with personal, prompt service, with the goal of maintaining lasting business relationships. Julie graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors in Accounting, and is a licensed CPA in the state of Michigan. She lives in Dewitt with her husband and three children. In her free time, Julie enjoys watching her children’s sporting events, traveling, and being on the water. She is active in her community, and participates with several local charitable organizations.

Josh Vaughn

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Josh Vaughn (East Lansing/Lansing) is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He earned both his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Masters of Science in Tax Accounting from Michigan State University. Josh interned with Simplified while completing his graduate program in 2014. Following graduation, he moved to Grand Rapids to work for BDO USA, LLP. Josh spent two and a half years with BDO gaining experience with both business and personal income tax. He left BDO as a Senior Tax Associate and returned to the Simplified team in December of 2016. When he is not helping his clients, Josh enjoys reading, playing golf, and spending time with his wife and son.

Karen Vance

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Karen Vance (Lansing) is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Michigan State University. Early in her career, Karen worked for the State of Michigan, Department of Public Health as a Senior Departmental Analyst for 12 years. In addition to tax preparation Karen assists clients with QuickBooks and other accounting needs. She and her husband, Jim, have two daughters. After leaving the State she chose to become a stay at home mom for several years until returning to school to pursue a degree in Accounting. The entire family attended MSU and love watching the Spartans compete in football and basketball. Outside of work, Karen and her family enjoy traveling and entertaining at the lake.

Accounting and Payroll Department
Christy Court
Ingrid Morgan
Kathy Young
Marsha McCormick
Melody Porter
Michael Scott
Trish Marquardt

Support Team
Carolyn Mitchell
Candice Foreman
Enola Gentry
Jenn Gorzynski
Judy Badgley
Karly Krim
Terry Rossow

Tax Preparation Department
Angela Burgtorf (Lansing)
Bill Barton (Owosso)
Bruce Simon (Lansing/DeWitt)
Connie Ross (Eaton Rapids)
Ingrid Morgan (Lansing)
Joe Micale (Delta)
Julie Bytwerk (Lansing)
LaVonne Anderson (Delta/Charlotte)
Melody Porter (St. Johns/Owosso)
Nancy Villemonte (Williamston)
Pete Kogut (Lansing)
Rosemary Gavrilides (Lansing)
Susan Duffy (Lansing)
Tim Chora (Lansing)
Trish Marquardt (Lansing)

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– Tico Duckett, Duckett Brothers Distributing