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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.
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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 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 Government 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 Government 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 Government 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.
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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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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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Mary Sassen joined Bland & Associates in 2018, serving as a manager in the Government Consulting department, and leading audits involving the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model (CPC+). In this role, she oversees the audit team, designs protocols, and works to identify vulnerabilities to design risk mitigation strategies.
She is an experienced health care professional with a strong background in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations (CMMI) Advanced Alternative Payment Model electronic clinical quality measures (eCQM) auditing. Sassen has extensive experience leading projects, developing policies and procedures, mentoring, and training team members and managing quality assurance processes.
Prior to joining Bland, she developed and managed utilization and case management programs for commercial insurance lines. Her clinical nursing experience is in critical care.
Sassen is a Registered Nurse and graduate of Nebraska Methodist Nursing School’s diploma program, a Certified Medical Case Manager and Health Insurance Associate. She has over 1,000 hours of nursing continuing education and has completed college course work toward her bachelor’s degree in nursing and secondary English education.
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Growing up in rural Northeast Nebraska, Adam Steffen was sure he would be a mechanic like his dad. Taking a high school accounting class changed his mind. He says, “it just clicked.”
In 2017, Adam joined Bland & Associates as a contractor, and in 2019, he joined the family officially as a Manager and Senior Team Lead in the Government Consulting department. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the quality portion of the CPC+ Audits. He is also responsible for developing data analytics and health care consulting opportunities.
Much of Adam’s time is spent working on Medicare contracts, ensuring compliance with the requirements of several pilot programs. He also helps identify accounts to be audited by designing data analytics proposals supported by aggregated data and comparative analysis. This capability is applicable well beyond Medicare pilot programs and has been used for analysis on non-profits, school districts, manufacturers, distributors, and construction companies.
Prior to joining Bland & Associates, Adam spent 13 years working at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, including 8 years conducting audits of Medicare Cost Reports filed by Nebraska hospitals and 5 years running the Nebraska Comprehensive Health Insurance Pool. He also worked at Arbor Health Plan for 5 years where he was responsible for all aspects of the provider network.
Adam earned a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Buena Vista University in 1999 and earned his MBA degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2006.