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According to Katie Brabec, CPA, a fateful high school field trip to a CPA firm ‘sealed the deal’ on her career choice. However, her love of Accounting was born when she was much younger.
Growing up on a farm in Colon, Nebraska, young Brabec enjoyed watching her father do the bookkeeping for the family farm and, when she was old enough, he passed the calculator to her.
“When I got old enough, my dad would let me add up the columns of income and expenses on the calculator and then he would double check my work,” she said. “I thought it was a lot of fun.”
In 2009, she joined Bland & Associates as a college intern and has since worked her way up to Manager in the Government Consulting, a position she achieved in 2016. In this role, Brabec serves federal agencies, performing various types of financial and compliance audits.
She graduated from Creighton University in 2010 with a BSBA in Accounting. Brabec is also a Certified Public Accountant.
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John Schulte, CPA says he has always been interested in numbers but taking a couple of Accounting classes in high school and college sparked his interest in pursuing a career in the field.
“In college, my first Accounting class was challenging, but I did well,” said Schulte. “It was then that I really started to realize it was a field in which I could have a fulfilling career.”
Schulte serves as a Manager in Bland’s Government Consulting department, a position he began in 2017. In this role, he runs the contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for our Managed Care Organizations’ cost report examinations and manages various other audits as well. In 2009, Schulte joined Bland & Associates as a Senior Accountant and was promoted to Supervisor in 2015.
He says the key to his success lies in open communication with the team and clients, as well as his ability to meet the client’s expectations and deadlines. He also sees the merit in always working to improve on the skills required to exceed client expectations.
“My ultimate goals are to teach and train my staff to be better auditors, and always exceed our clients’ expectations,” he said.
Born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Schulte earned a BSBA in Accounting from Creighton University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and has completed specific training regarding Medicare regulation, auditing, and compliance monitoring services.
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Growing up in Mitchell, South Dakota, Alan Oleson said his childhood dream was to be a professional football player. But seeing his dad as an accountant and office manager made the profession seem like a natural fit.
“Plus, it made my dad happy that I followed in his footsteps,” continued Oleson.
In 2017, Oleson joined Bland & Associates to serve as the company’s Controller. In this role, he processes and oversees the accounting, internal controls, and financial reporting of the company.
Prior to joining Bland, Oleson served as the Assistant Director of Accounting and Assistant Treasurer at HDR, Inc. (1995-2016).
Oleson earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of South Dakota in 1985 and he is a Certified Public Accountant. He is also a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants (NESCPA)
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Growing up in Mapleton, Iowa, Heidi McMahon, CPA was inspired when she visited an accountant with her dad.
“When I was in the fourth grade I went with my Dad to get their taxes prepared,” she said. “I thought it was cool that the lady preparing the documents could use the 10-key so quickly.”
Thinking that all CPAs drive nice cars sealed the deal.
“When I was young all the CPAs that I knew drove nice cars. I wanted a nice car to drive,” she said.
McMahon joined Bland & Associates in 2015 and has been named a Manager in the firm’s Governmental Consulting Department. She specializes in the inspection of financial instruments to ensure that the documentation meets or exceeds the client’s requirements. Moving forward, she says her goals are to continue to streamline processes to best meet client needs and, as always, to provide exceptional service.
Heidi earned an Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences from Western Iowa Tech Community College in 1996. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance in 1997 and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2000, both from Iowa State University.
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Growing up in South Sioux City, Nebraska, Jordan Peterson says he has enjoyed working with numbers since he was young because the answers were always the same.
Jordan joined Bland & Associates in 2013 and was recently promoted to Manager in the Governmental Consulting department. His role includes supervising large teams performing various types of compliance audits. Jordan oversees these compliance audits, develops compliance monitoring processes and procedures, contributes innovative solutions to Bland’s clients, and coordinates the communication processes between Bland, government agencies, and teaming partners.
He currently serves as a Bland Cares Board Member and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2012.
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Growing up in Arlington, Nebraska, Rebecca Goodwin says she felt drawn to the accounting field when taking a course in high school, but for her it is much more than “crunching numbers”.
“Beyond the numbers, I enjoy being able to find innovative solutions or improvements to projects,” she said. “I pride myself on providing a product or service that goes above what is expected.”
Goodwin joined Bland & Associates in 2011. She was recently named a manager in the Governmental Consulting department where she is responsible for Healthcare Compliance and Attestation, and Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) monitoring.
In 2013, Goodwin earned a degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting and business management from Midland University. She is an active member of the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA) – Omaha Chapter and serves as the director of communications.