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Bland Director Kevin Hughes, CPA, remembers feeding his love of numbers by figuring out baseball stats when he was young, before such facts were readily available. He also understands doing his job well is about so much more than numbers.
“I have always been a numbers guy, but I know it is equally, if not more important to build relationships with peers as well as clients,” said Hughes.
“I make a constant effort to treat people with respect and add a more personal approach to how I work with others, teaching clients and training peers with relevant explanations and anecdotes,” he continued.
Hughes joined Bland & Associates in 2004 as a Manager and was made a Director in 2014. He serves as a leader in the firm’s Government Consulting Department, playing a valuable role in its significant growth. As such he supervises large teams and coordinates the communication processes between Bland, government agencies, and teaming partners. He is also involved with the firm’s governmental professional standards review process.
Kevin was born and raised Omaha and attributes his strong work ethic to his parents who were both raised in small, Nebraska farming communities. He earned a B.A. in Business Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1981 and is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining Bland, Hughes worked for Herbert & White, P.C., 1981-2004.
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Lena Pierson, CPA says she originally had her heart set on a career in Medicine. Thankfully, her dad intervened and suggested Accounting.
“It turns out that debits and credits fascinate me, and I get squeamish every time I see blood – so it’s good thing I gave it a try!” said Pierson.
As a Bland & Associates Director, Pierson primarily directs various projects and client relationships for contracts with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in our Government Consulting Department.
According to Pierson, beyond assets and liabilities, she works diligently to anticipate client needs, always striving to stay one step ahead.
“At Bland, we focus on being a true partner and doing the absolute best for our clients,” she said. “You can’t do that without getting to know your client on a professional and personal level and deeply caring about your client’s well-being.”
Born and raised in Russia, Pierson first came to the United States as part of a high school exchange program, and was placed with a family in Minneapolis to attend South High School for a year. She earned a BS in Economics, with a specialization in Banking, at the Chita Branch of the State Irkutsk Economic Academy of Russia in 2000. Returning to the United States, Pierson earned a BS in Business Administration from Northern Michigan University in 2002. She joined Bland & Associates the same year and was named a Director in 2014. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.
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Hilary Allen, CPA, says she enjoys Accounting because the field offers surprisingly varied tasks and requires attention to detail to ensure amounts reconcile and regulations are followed, things that play into her strengths. She grew up on a farm outside of Stanton, Iowa and applies the same work ethic to her role at Bland & Associates.
“As a farm kid from southwest Iowa, I know how to work hard and am not afraid to get my hands dirty,” said Allen.
“I follow through on commitments, deliver what is promised, and build credibility for long-term client relationships,” she continued. “Ultimately, I strive to provide opportunities for clients to grow and succeed.”
She joined Bland & Associates in 2001, after earning her B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from Midland University in Fremont. Allen was made Director of Quality Control in Bland’s Government Consulting department in 2015. She is a Certified Public Accountant and specializes in various types of financial and compliance audits of healthcare organizations that receive Medicare funding.
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Abby Fargo, PMP joined Bland & Associates in 2017 and serves as Project Manager for Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Audits. In this role, she focuses onplanning, budgeting, overseeing and documenting all aspects of the CPC+ Audits
Abby is very familiar with government programs, having spent much of her career working with the systems. Prior to joining the Bland family, she spent five years as a Colorado Medicaid fiscal agent, helping the state process claims and implement improvements to the claims processing system. She previously designed and implemented Medicaid claims replacement software for Alaska Medicaid and served as a senior consultant for the State of Missouri Medicaid eligibility system.
Abby also serves as the firm’s HIPAA security officer, providing oversight and helping ensure the firm’s compliance with its security policies. Her primary goal is the protection of PHI (Protected Health Information), PII (Personally Identifiable Information), confidential client information, and trade secrets.
An Omaha native, Abby opted to go to school out of state. She earned a B.S. in sociology with an emphasis in criminology from Kansas State University in 2002. She started her professional career in Denver, Colorado before returning to Omaha in 2012 to be closer to family. In 2015, she earned her Project Manager Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.
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Brad Hove joined Bland & Associates in 2017 as a manager in the Government Consulting department. In this role, he works on the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (NGACO) model. He says the goal is to effectively partner with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to ensure the integrity of the model by monitoring participating organizations.
Prior to joining the Bland family, Hove spent 12 years at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska. He has spent his career navigating the health care system, developing programs, reporting on quality control initiatives, and evaluating available options to meet the needs of his clients.
He has served a variety of roles within the health care system, holding positions with both provider and payor groups. His background includes provision of direct care services, clinical supervision, program evaluation, accreditation and process improvement, as well as contracting, reimbursement, design and evaluation of value-based programs.
Hove’s background and skill set also make him a good fit to serve as the firm’s privacy officer. His responsibilities include overseeing compliance with privacy policies and HIPAA as well as workforce training in these practices.
Hove attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha, earning his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1999 and a master’s degree in social work in 2002. He is licensed by the state of Nebraska as a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP), a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) and a Certified Master Social Worker (CMSW).
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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 department, 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.