About Varney & Associates, CPAs, LLC

Varney & Associates, CPAs, LLC was founded by T. William Varney in 1959. As a sole practitioner, he started business with 18 tax clients. Our firm now includes ten owners and is led by our Executive Committee. 


Michelle Crow, our CEO,  leads a vibrant team of professionals dedicated to helping over 2,500 clients achieve business and personal goals. The firm has experienced a few name changes through the years, and people have come and gone, but the foundation is still the same. 


We are committed to QUALITY service, Mutual TRUST, and INTEGRITY with CONFIDENTIALITY.


In November 2019, we moved to our new location at 1501 Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan. Our new building is almost double the size of our old location and allows us to have our entire Manhattan-based team under one roof. We also have an office in Emporia, Kansas.

We are committed to...

Quality Service

Integrity & Confidentiality

Mutual Trust

Varney & Associates Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our firm is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness. We prosper and learn better together with a diverse team of employees. Varney & Associates fosters a culture of open-mindedness, compassion, and inclusiveness among individuals and groups. 


Our core values are strengthened when all members have a voice and are encouraged to contribute. We welcome the unique contributions that each individual brings to our team.


The differences in our life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent that our employees invest in their work represent not only part of our culture but our reputation.

What Makes Us Unique

What sets us apart from other CPA advisory firms is that—while we’re large enough to serve a varied and broad client base—we’re small enough to deliver the personal service each of our clients deserves. Our firm is 100% women-owned. 


We are a full-service public accounting firm dedicated to providing: 

High-Quality Accounting Services

Tax Preparation & Planning

Financial Planning

Computer Technology

Management Advisory Services

Attest Services

Our staff is divided into niche teams specializing in Agriculture, Financial Institutions, Nonprofit, Government, and Employee Benefits.

Our Owners

Our Team

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Michelle Crow

CEO/Owner CPA, CNAP

Michelle Crow has over 20 years’ experience in the public accounting industry and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP). She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s of Accountancy. Michelle has been with Varney & Associates since 1997 and is an active member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA).


Her professional responsibilities include planning and performing audit engagements for financial institutions, non-profit, corporate, and governmental entities.  Michelle also has extensive experience administering special procedures examinations and holding company reports for community banks. She prepares and reviews income tax returns for financial institutions and nonprofit organizations.


Michelle is an active member of the Manhattan Konza Rotary Club and Grace Baptist Church where she previously served on the finance committee.  She is also serves as the high school girls basketball coach at Flint Hills Christian School.  Michelle is a member of the K-State Department of Accounting Advisory Council.

 

Stacy Burkdoll

CFO/Owner, CPA

Stacy Burkdoll has been with Varney & Associates since 2008 and has more than 20 years of accounting industry experience. She graduated from Emporia State University with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Business Administration with an Accounting concentration. Stacy is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA).


Stacy focuses primarily on the preparation of income tax returns, performing employee benefit plan audits, and consulting with clients. Additionally, she provides tax and business planning for multiple entity types such as corporations and partnerships. Stacy is another of our Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisors and offers training and consulting for both individual and small business clients. 


Stacy is a member of the Emporia First United Methodist Church and is active in the Emporia community. She serves on several different church committees, and is the treasurer for the Friends Together Preschool. 


Stacy enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeff, and their three daughters. Her children are Stacy's passion and she enjoys playing outside with her kids, taking walks, and watching the Kansas City Royals.

 

Susan Spain

Owner, CPA, CNAP

Susan Spain is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP) with more than 40 years of experience—all at Varney & Associates. She earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Kansas State University. In addition, Susan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA).


Susan’s expertise includes tax preparation for individuals, corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and trusts. Additionally, she provides consulting, payroll services, and transition and succession planning for businesses including retail, service, software development, manufacturing and construction. She has extensive experience performing audits of employee benefit plans.


Susan is very active in her church in music groups and enjoys playing board and card games with her family.

 

Tonya Wilkerson

Owner, CPA

Tonya Wilkerson has been with Varney & Associates since 1990. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas and is a Certified Public Accountant. Tonya is a member in good standing of both the American Institute of Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA).


Tonya’s accounting specialties include tax consulting, research and compliance, with her practice primarily focused on businesses, trusts and estates.


When she wants to relax, Tonya enjoys reading and long walks. She believes faith, family, and friends are the foundations for a long and fulfilling life and spends as much time as she can with her family.

 

Theresa Westphal

Owner, CPA, CVA

Theresa Westphal has been with Varney & Associates since 1988 and has over 30 years of experience in public accounting.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Valuation Analyst. Theresa earned her Bachelor’s in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa. Her professional memberships include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA), and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA).


Theresa specializes in tax preparation and compliance, consulting, and planning for both individuals and businesses. Theresa is certified to conduct valuations commonly required in conjunction with the purchase or sale of businesses, succession planning, and charitable contributions, as well as estate and gift tax purposes.


Theresa enjoys being active in the community and has served on several civic and charitable boards, including the Fairy Godmothers Advisory Board, the Flint Hills Community Clinic, and the Kansas CASA Association to name a few. In her spare time, Theresa enjoys playing golf and spending time with family and friends. She enjoys a very active lifestyle and is a self-professed dog lover.

 

Tammy Bryant

Owner, CPA

Tammy Bryant joined the firm in 2000 and has over 20 years of experience in public accounting. She graduated from Kansas State University with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Masters of Accountancy, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Tammy is a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants(AICPA) and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants(KSCPA).


Tammy is the leader of the Client Accounting Services team and performs business reviews, compilations and tax work for both business and individuals. She has extensive experience in the agriculture and construction industries. 


Tammy continues to expand her client base by consulting with new business owners in their start-up phase. She is also a Certified QuickBooks Professional Advisor and provides consulting services to clients with setup and ongoing support. Tammy is very active in the community and also had the pleasure of serving on area boards.


Tammy, her husband and three daughters spend their time together outdoors fishing, hunting, camping, and boating. They are also members of St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

 

Melissa Larson

Owner, CPA, CNAP

Melissa Larson has more than 25 years’ experience in public and private accounting, including 10 years working at a regional financial institution. She earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Kansas State University and is a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP). Melissa served on the Executive Committee of Banking CPA’s and is a member in both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA).


Melissa is an owner and the niche leader of the financial institution team. Melissa’s areas of expertise include financial institution attest and consulting projects, including mergers and acquisition, directors’ exams, financial statement audits, loan reviews, regulatory compliance, internal audits, internal control assessments, and risk assessments.


In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, running, cooking, reading, and attending or watching all things K-State and the Kansas City Chiefs. 

 

Julie Spiegel

Owner, CPA

Julie Spiegel has more than 20 years experience in public accounting and has been with Varney & Associates since 2014. She earned her Bachelor’s in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas and is a Certified Public Accountant. Julie is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA).


Julie has extensive experience with the agricultural industry and provides tax planning, transition and succession planning, and consulting services for both individual and corporate agribusiness clients. She also has audit experience, primarily relating to non-profit and employee benefit plans, and is a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor.


In addition to her professional duties, Julie also helps her husband, Bill, manage their fourth-generation farm operation located in North Central Kansas. In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time with her twin sons, Jack and Sam, attending K-State sporting events, traveling, running, and occasionally participating in triathlons.

 

Erin Dunlap

Owner, CPA

Erin Dunlap has been with Varney & Associates since 2004 and is a Certified Public Accountant.  She earned both her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Master’s of Accountancy from Kansas State University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounting (AICPA) and Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA).


Erin specializes in tax preparation, compliance and planning for both individuals and businesses. Erin  provides Quickbooks  full-service setup and consulting services to new businesses and clients. A real people person and highly effective communicator, Erin excels at educating others how to use QuickBooks like a pro.


Erin is an active member in her community and has served as Treasurer for the USD 383 Ogden Public Schools Foundation and is an active member at University Christian Church. In her free time Erin likes spending quality time with her husband, Trent, and their two children. She also enjoys volunteering at her son and daughter’s school, attending school sporting events, baking, reading.

 

April Swartz

Owner, CPA, CGFM, CNAP

April Swartz has been with Varney & Associates since 2008. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Emporia State University. April has over 35 years of experience, specializing in governmental and nonprofit clients. In addition to being a CPA, April is also a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) and a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP). 


She is a member of the AICPA, KSCPA, and KSGFOA. April is certified to perform audits in accordance with Government Auditing Standards, as well as the Uniform Guidance for Single Audits. She is the chairman of the KSCPA Governmental and Nonprofit A & A Steering Committee. 


In her free time, April and her husband Bill enjoy restoring Mopar muscle cars and spending time with their children and grandchildren.

 

Janice Marks

Senior Advisor, CPA

Janice Marks has spent most of her career with Varney & Associates, encompassing more than 40 years of experience. She earned her Bachelor’s in Accounting from Kansas State University and was named an Alumna Fellow with the College of Business Administration in 2012. She is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), as well as the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA).


Her passion for people and her love of numbers served as the driving forces which led her into accounting. Jan's professional expertise includes tax planning and consulting for both individuals and businesses. She has significant experience in the areas of business organization and succession planning, personal and estate planning and business valuations.


Jan has served on many local civic and charitable boards and committees. In her free time, Jan enjoys spending time with her family, friends, reading, and traveling both domestic and abroad. 

 

Thomas Hintz

Senior Advisor, CPA, CFS

Thomas Hintz has been with Varney & Associates for over 40 years and has more than 45 years’ experience in auditing, tax, and business consulting. Tom is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA).


Tom specializes in aiding business owners with a variety of strategic services, including business ownership transitions, mergers and acquisitions, tax planning, and profit enhancement studies.


Tom is an active member of the greater-Manhattan community and is involved with many non-profit and for profit organizations and boards.


In his free time, Tom enjoys spending time with his wife, Vera, their three children and spouses, and grandchildren. He leads an active lifestyle that includes running marathons, skiing, golf, and sailing.

 

Adrienne Hayes

HR Manager, SHRM SCP

Adrienne Hayes joined Varney & Associates in 2020. She is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management and is a Senior Certified Human Resource Professional. Adrienne has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources and Executive Management.


As Varney & Associates Human Resource Manager, Adrienne’s focus is to develop, implement, and support programs and processes that add value to the company and its employees which align with the overall strategic direction and culture of the firm. 


Adrienne is an active member of the Manhattan Konza Rotary club where she serves as Secretary and enjoys volunteering in her community. Adrienne  enjoys spending time with her family and friends traveling and going on adventures.  Passionate about people, she enjoys developing relationships and making connections. 

 

Amanda VanKleeck

Principal CPA, CNAP

Amanda VanKleeck has been with Varney & Associates since 2005 and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Iowa State University. Amanda is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA), and Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professionals (CNAP). Amanda is a Lean Six Sigma CPA Green Belt, and also holds a certificate in mediation.


As Quality Control Director at Varney & Associates, Amanda’s practice focuses primarily on the non-profit and government sectors. Her duties include review of financial statements and audits, updating internal policies and procedures as needed, as well as planning, organizing, and conducting education training sessions.


In her free time, Amanda enjoys reading, camping, furniture refinishing and traveling, with her husband Jason, and their two dogs.

 

Andrea Storrer

Staff Accountant

Andrea Storrer joined Varney & Associates in 2017. Andrea has over 9 years of agriculture-related accounting experience. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics at Emporia State University and is a member of the Emporia State University Alumni Association.


Andrea provides record keeping, financial preparation, and payroll services for the Agricultural team. During tax season, she also prepares Trust tax returns. 


Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, James, and the rest of her family and friends. Andrea is an avid horseback rider and a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. She also enjoys reading, gardening, music, and baking.

 

Andy Bussmann

Staff Accountant

Andy Bussmann joined the Varney & Associates team in 2015. Andy is a graduate of Kansas State University where he earned a Bachelor’s in Agribusiness.


As a tax preparation specialist, Andy’s practice focuses primarily on the agricultural industry, including preparation of individual tax returns, general accounting services, and consultation.


Andy leads an active lifestyle and works on his family’s farm in addition to his professional accounting duties.


In his free time, Andy enjoys playing basketball and football, hunting, and supporting K-State sports teams. He is also a huge Dallas Cowboys fan.

 

Andy Dombeck

Staff Accountant, CPA

Andy Dombeck joined the Varney & Associates team in 2020. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Masters of Accountancy from Kansas State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. 


Andy is a member of the Tax Team and Employee Benefits Audit Team. His primary responsibilities include preparing tax returns and reviewing employer retirement plans for compliance.


In his free time, Andy enjoys photography, traveling, and smoking meat at home with his family.

 

Annette Dix

Senior Accountant, CPA

Annette Dix possesses over 25 years’ experience providing bookkeeping and payroll services to a variety of corporate clients. She has been with Varney & Associates since 2012. Annette earned her Bachelor’s in Accounting from the University of Kansas. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA).


Annette’s professional duties include preparing corporate payrolls, as well as individual and payroll tax returns. She also performs a wide variety of bookkeeping and general accounting services.


An avid traveler, Annette aspires to see every state in the U.S. at least once and only needs to visit seven more to reach her goal. In her free time, Annette enjoys spending time with her husband Kevin and their son and daughter. She is the proud owner of two beagles, Porthos and Pippin, and loves walking, cooking, and reading.

 

Ashley McNatt

Senior Accountant, CNAP

Ashley McNatt joined Varney & Associates in 2021 and has 7 years of accounting experience.. She attended Kansas State University and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting with an emphasis in Forensic Accounting from Liberty University. Ashley is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP).


Ashley is a member of our Audit team with a primary focus on the planning and performance of audits, specifically relating to Non-Profit, Commercial and Governmental audits. 


When Ashley is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael and her son, Hunter. She also enjoys outdoor activities, reading, and watching movies.

 

Ashley Rowe

Staff Accountant

Ashley Rowe  joined Varney & Associates in 2020 and has 10 years of accounting experience. Ashley graduated from University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting and a Master’s of Business Administration degree in Accounting.  


Ashley is a member of our Client Accounting Services team providing payroll services for business clients, processing payroll tax returns and providing accounting services for commercial and business clients. Ashley is a Certified QuickBooks Professional Advisor providing consulting, setup, and ongoing support services to our clients.


Ashley enjoys spending time with her significant other and her two teenage daughters, playing board games and singing karaoke. In the summer, they enjoy camping and kayaking with friends and family. Ashley also enjoys reading, music concerts, and traveling when possible.

 

Candy Rudolph

Manager, CPA

Candy Rudolph joined the Varney & Associates team in 2003, bringing with her 25 years of accounting experience.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a dual emphasis in Accounting and Finance from Kansas State University.  Candy is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).


Candy is a member of the tax team focusing on small business clients.  Her primary duties include the preparation of individual, corporate and partnership tax returns.  She is also a member of the client accounting services team where her focus is payroll tax reporting.   Candy also provides support services as a Certified QuickBooks Professional Advisor.


In her free time Candy enjoys attending K-State football and basketball games with her husband James.  She is a member of the Sedalia Community Church.  She also loves spending time with her two adult children and four grandchildren.

 

Chelsea Schmidt

Senior Accountant

Chelsea Schmidt joined Varney & Associates in 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Masters of Accounting degrees both from the University of Kansas.


Chelsea is a member of our Client Accounting Services team and our Tax team and responsibilities include preparation of individual tax returns and payroll tax returns, with a focus on agriculture.


When she is not working, Chelsea enjoys spending time with her husband and sons on their family farm. She also enjoys being outside with her kids, reading and going on walks. 

 

Christine Lippert

Clerical Support

Christine Lippert has been with Varney & Associates since 1998. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University.


Christine is an indispensable member of Varney & Associates’ clerical team who works tirelessly to greet clients, assemble tax returns, and other essential projects. Her hard work and support contributes greatly to the continued success of our firm.


In her free time, Christine enjoys watching K-State sports and spending time with her husband Jay and their son Jarrett.

 

Cory Fischman

Staff Accountant, CPA, CNAP

Cory joined Varney & Associates in 2020 and has been in the accounting field since 2013. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP).  He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting,  Finance, and Banking from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a  Master of Business Administration also from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Cory is a member of the  American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA).


Cory is a valuable member of our audit team. His primary focus is on the planning and performance of audits, specifically relating to Non-Profit, Commercial and Governmental audits.


When Cory is not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Kenna, watching football, painting, playing board games, and volunteering at church.

 

Cory Lindsley

Senior Accountant

Cory Lindsley joined Varney & Associates in 2020 and has over 10 years of experience in Banking and Compliance. He has a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in Finance, with a Minor in Economics. 


Cory is a member of our Financial Institution Team. His primary responsibilities include working on directors’ exams, compliance reviews and bank audits.


When out of the office, Cory enjoys spending time with his wife and sons, watching sports (specifically the Kansas State Wildcats, Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals), and being outdoors camping, grilling, hunting and fishing.


He also sits on the Planning Commission board for the City of Wamego.

 

Diane Born

Office Manager

Diane Born has been with Varney & Associates since 2004. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kansas State University and prides herself on being a ‘big picture thinker’ who’s always looking for ways to further streamline office procedures.


Diane currently serves as our firm’s Office Manager whose endless list of responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations of the office and administrative support staff.


In her free time, Diane puts her creative talents to good use by quilting and is an accomplished pianist. She and her husband enjoy watching their two daughters play volleyball and dance. They are all avid K-State sports fans and enjoy spending summer weekends at the lake.  

 

Erin Schob

Senior Manager, CPA

Erin Schob has been with Varney & Associates since 2013 and began her public accounting career in .   She is a Certified Public Accountant and licensed in both Kansas and Texas. She earned both her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Accounting with emphasis in Tax from Texas A&M University. She is also an active member in the American Institute of Certified Public Accounting (AICPA).


Erin’s primary focus is corporate, partnership, and individual tax return preparation, as well as assisting with tax planning and 401k audits. She is also on the financial institution team.


Erin enjoys spending time with her son, Jack. Erin also enjoys gardening, playing piano and riding her Peloton.

 

Gavan Knapp

Staff Accountant

Gavan Knapp joined Varney & Associates in 2022. He earned an Associates in Science from Kansas City Kansas Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Kansas State University.

 

Gavan is a member of our Audit team with a primary focus on the planning and performance of audits, specifically relating to Non-Profit, Commercial and Governmental audits.

 

In his free time, Gavan enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and friends, disc golf, and being outdoors if it be at a lake or going for a walk around town.

 

Jake Gilbert

Staff Accountant, CNAP

Jake Gilbert joined Varney & Associates in 2021. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Missouri Western State University majoring in finance. Jake is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP).


Jake is a member of our Audit and Financial Institution team planning and performing audits, directors’ exams, compliance reviews and bank audits.


In his free time, Jake enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and two dogs, woodworking, and being outdoors running, golfing, and grilling.

 

Jana Weiszbrod

Director of Client Accounting Services

Jana Weiszbrod has been with Varney & Associates since 2015. Jana graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s in Accounting and is one of several Certified QuickBooks Professional Advisors in our firm.


As the Director of the Client Accounting Services team, Jana collaborates with clients and team members to provide outsourced accounting solutions, systems design, coaching, and various other accounting services. As a QuickBooks Professional Advisor, she provides consulting, setup, and ongoing support services to our clients as needed.


Jana believes in faith and family and is a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan.


In her free time, Jana enjoys exploring nature and the great outdoors, reading, cheering K-State sports teams to victory, and spending time with her husband and two children.

 

Jennifer Figge

Staff Accountant

Jennifer Figge has more than 17 years of experience in the accounting industry and has been with Varney & Associates since 2021. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting, Financial Services and Financial Controllership from Kansas State University.

 

Jennifer’s primary focus is on payroll and payroll taxes, and she is on our Client Accounting Services team. She also does the accounting for her family business in addition to the professional duties with the firm. 

 

Jennifer enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with her husband, Eric, and their four children. They enjoy biking, hiking, camping and boating. She also enjoys being at her children’s sporting activities as well as shopping and watching Netflix!

 

Jenn Hildebrand

Senior Manager

Jenn Hildebrand has been with Varney & Associates since 2013. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Kansas State University and Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Emporia State University.


Jenn is a member of the Tax team.  As a tax specialist, Jenn’s practice focuses on preparation of tax returns for individuals and small businesses.


When she’s not working, Jenn enjoys an active lifestyle and loves traveling, camping, baking, and golf. She also enjoys cheering on the Wildcats at football and basketball games.

 

Jenna Pfizenmaier

Senior Accountant

Jenna Pfizenmaier joined Varney & Associates in 2018. Jenna earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Kansas State University.


Jenna is a member of our Agricultural and Tax teams who focuses on our agribusiness clients.  Her primary duties include preparation of business and individual tax returns, financial statements, and tax planning.


Jenna is a Director on the Grow Clay County board in Clay Center, where she and her husband, Brett, reside on their family farm. In her free time, Jenna enjoys time spent outside with their three boys, introducing them to all the farm life has to offer.  

 

Jenny Sump

Administrative Assistant

Jenny joined Varney and Associates in 2020. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies & Human Services from Kansas State University. Before coming to Varney’s, Jenny worked for ten years at a local nonprofit as an Event Coordinator.


Jenny joined the firm as a member of the Client Accounting Services Team. As the administrative assistant of this team, she is responsible for a variety of tasks including scheduling, document preparation, Varney Cloud support, and project management.


Jenny is an active volunteer within the Blue Valley school district through the Blue Valley Ball Association and Blue Valley PTO. She is an active member and pianist of the Randolph United Methodist church. 


When not in the office Jenny enjoys spending time with her husband and children, hiking and being outside, following her kids’ sports, reading and cooking/baking.

 

Jessica Lindsley

Senior Manager, CNAP

Jessica Lindsley joined Varney & Associates in 2017 and worked as an auditor 7 years prior to joining Varney’s. Jessica has a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Finance from Washburn University and is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional. 


As an important member of our audit team, Jessica’s practice focuses solely on the planning and performance of audits, specifically relating to non-profit and government.


When not in the office, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband Cory and their boys. They also enjoy watching sports, reading, and volunteering at church.

 

Josie Brenner

Senior Manager, CPA

Josie Brenner has been with Varney & Associates since 2014. She earned her Bachelor’s in Accounting and Finance from Kansas State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is an active member in both the American Institute of Certified Public Accounting (AICPA) and Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA).


Josie is a member of our tax team and her practice primarily focuses on preparation of tax returns for individuals and businesses with multi-state income. Additionally, she assists many of our commercial clients with Employee Benefit Plan audits, analysis of financial statements, and general day-to-day financial inquiries as needed.


In her free time, Josie enjoys spending time with her husband, Jordan, and their daughters. She enjoys cooking and as an avid runner, Josie also competes in 5K and 10K runs whenever she can.

 

Julie Bortnick

Manager, CPA

Julie Bortnick joined the Varney & Associates team in 2016. She received her Masters of Accountancy and Masters of Business Administration from Kansas State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is an active member in both the American Institute of Certified Public Accounting (AICPA) and Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA).


As part of our tax and payroll teams, Julie works on business, trust, and individual tax returns, along with payroll compliance.


Julie enjoys time with her husband Dan and their three boys. As an active family she enjoys watching her kids various activities, including soccer, basketball, football, baseball, swimming, golf and piano. She also enjoys attending K-State events and spending time outdoors. Julie is also active in the community with volunteering at the First United Methodist Church and at her children’s organizations.

 

Karin Matta

Manager

Karin Matta has more than 25 years of experience in the private and public accounting industries and has been with Varney & Associates since 2009. She earned her Bachelor’s in Accounting from California State University-Sacramento and her Master’s in Business Administration from California State University-Long Beach.


As a tax specialist, Karin’s practice focuses exclusively on preparation of tax returns for individuals and small businesses. She is also a member of the payroll 1099 team. 


Karin is a member of the catholic community and is a sustaining member of the Junior League. She sits on the board for the Sunset Zoological Park & Wildlife Conservation Trust.


 In her free time, Karin enjoys running, volleyball, pickleball, golf, and spending time with her husband, John, and their two daughters.

 

Keri Nelson

IT Specialist, CISM, CPCP

Keri Nelson joined Varney & Associates in 2018 and has over 20 years’ experience as an Information Security Officer. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia and attended the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin for Banking Technology Management.


Keri is an integral member of our financial institution team. Her expertise is in information technology (IT) risk management including disaster recovery/business continuity, vendor management, information security, customer privacy, IT budgeting, and IT governance and compliance. She will perform internal and external vulnerability assessments and be available to perform IT special engagements for our clients.


Keri is a member of the Kansas City InfraGard Chapter, the Kansas City ISACA Chapter and the Kansas City Partners for Emergency Preparedness Chapter (PEP).


When not in the office, Keri enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She also enjoys reading and traveling.

 

Kim Linck

Senior Accountant

Kim joined Varney & Associates in 2022 as a Senior Accountant on our audit team. 


He received his Master of Accountancy from Kansas State University. Kim comes to the team with over 20 years of accounting experience.


In his free time, Kim enjoys spending time with family and volunteering as a den leader with Boy Scouts of America.

 

Kim Roth

Principal, CPA

Kim Roth has over 20 years of public accounting experience and joined Varney & Associates in 2018. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from Kansas State University. Kim is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA).


Kim is a member of the firm’s tax team with a focus on farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness clients, preparing individual and business tax returns, financial statements, and tax planning. 


In her free time Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters. She also enjoys attending K-State sporting events, reading, and cooking.

 

Kristin Miller

Staff Accountant

Kristin joined Varney & Associates in 2022 as a Staff Accountant on our tax team. 


She received her bachelor's degree from Pittsburg State University and her Master of Business Administration from Western Governors University. Kristin comes to the team with almost eight years of accounting experience.


In her free time, Kristin enjoys reading, DIY projects, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and corralling her three cats.


 

Kristina Weeden

Manager

Kristina joined Varney’s as a Manager in 2021. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Accounting and Agribusiness from Kansas State University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA). Kristina has over 12 years of accounting & agribusiness experience prior to joining the Varney Team. 


Kristina is a valued member of the firm’s tax team who focuses on farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness clients, preparing individual and business tax returns, financial statements, and tax planning.


In her free time Kristina enjoys spending time with her husband, Gabriel, and their three children along with being involved in her community and church. She also enjoys spending time outdoors at their family farm, baking, following her kids’ sporting activities and watching K-State athletics.

 

Laura Wenzke

Senior Manager, CPA

Laura Wenzke has over 15 years of experience with public accounting and has been with Varney & Associates since 2008 . She earned her Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Laura is a Certified Public Accountant and is licensed in both Kansas and Nebraska. She is also an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounting (AICPA), Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA) and Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.


Laura's responsibilities focus on bank return preparation, non-profits, and multi-state corporation returns.

Outside the office, Laura enjoys time with her two daughters as well as reading and hunting for antique furniture to restore.

 

Lisa Burgess

Clerical Support

Lisa Burgess has with Varney & Associates clerical team since 2009, and has 17 years of experience working in the commercial insurance industry prior to joining the firm. A Kansas State University graduate, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Restaurant Management.


A customer service specialist with management experience in the foodservice industry, Lisa greets clients, answers phones, assembles final reports, and supports our professional and clerical staff in a variety of projects.  Her unyielding commitment to client satisfaction and willingness to help out with any project makes her invaluable to our team.


Lisa is a lifetime member of the KSU Alumni Association and the Kaw Valley Rodeo Association and has served on the Tough Enough to Wear Pink Committee.


Outside the office Lisa enjoys watching college football, working on home improvement projects, and property management. She enjoys cooking for others and believes that food, friends, and wine are all meant to be shared.

 

Madison Haug

Manager, CNAP

Madison Haug joined Varney & Associates  in 2018. 


She received her Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Kansas State University and is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional.  


Madison is a member of our Audit team. Her practice focuses on the planning and performance of audits, specifically relating to non-profits and commercial entities.


In her free time Madison enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. 


She also enjoys country two step dancing, painting, enjoying the outdoors, traveling and reading.

 

Mariah York

Senior Accountant

Mariah joined Varney & Associates in 2019. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master's of Accountancy.


As a member of the tax team, Mariah’s primary focus is preparing individual and business tax returns.  


When not in the office Mariah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, photography, and watching Kansas City Chiefs and K-State football games.

 

Mason Barta

Data Analyst

Mason joined Varney & Associates in 2021 as a Data Analyst. He attended Kansas State University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management and a Masters degree in Data Analytics. He was  a member of the Kansas State Football Team where he lettered for 4 years and started for 3 years.


Mason works internally within Varney & Associates analyzing data to assist creating efficiencies and offer insights to further promote progress.  


Mason is an active member of Athletes in Action, a campus ministry for student athletes. He has transitioned from an attending student athlete to a leadership role as part of the leadership team. In his free time, Mason enjoys spending time with friends, reading, watching movies, and staying active playing basketball, bowling, and fishing.

 

Rachel Wanklyn

Manager, CPA

Rachel Wanklyn has been with Varney & Associates since 2012. She earned both her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Master’s of Accountancy from Kansas State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA).


As a member of the firm’s tax team, Rachel assists with the preparation of corporate, partnership and individual tax returns, as well as various bookkeeping and consulting duties, including estimates and projections.


In addition to her professional duties with the firm, Rachel also does bookkeeping for her family business.


Rachel enjoys cheering on the K-State football and basketball teams in her free time. She also enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her husband, Zach, and their two children.

 

Rich Boggs

Information Technology Director

Rich Boggs has been with Varney & Associates since 2010 and has  more than 22 years’ experience in information technology (IT). He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Management of Information Systems from Kansas State University.


As IT Director for Varney & Associates, Rich handles every aspect of the firm’s information technology needs, including maintaining the network, desktop support, and execution of all essential information technology functions. He supports and maintains existing infrastructure and applications while developing new technological solutions as required by the firm’s needs.


Rich also performs cyber security audits for clients. He monitors and analyzes internal controls and policies for financial institutions to ensure compliance with governing organizations and then prepares detailed analytical documentation to report his findings and suggestions.


In his free time, Rich enjoys spending time with his  wife and children and attending sporting events.

 

Ron Benoit

Staff Accountant

Ron Benoit joined Varney & Associates in 2021. He graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Accounting and Finance and obtained his Master’s of Accountancy from Emporia State University. 

 

Prior to joining the firm, Ron worked at a local bank as an Internal Auditor during which he became a Certified Internal Auditor.  Ron also has experience as a State Auditor with the Kansas Department of Labor.

 

As a member of the Financial Institution team, Ron’s primary focus is on Bank audits, Director’s Exams and Trust Exams.

 

In his free time, Ron enjoys jogging, reading a good book, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Sanna Cranmer

Manager

Sanna joined  Varney & Associates in 2007. She holds two Bachelor’s degrees from Kansas State University in Business Administration-Finance and Accounting. Sanna has more than 25 years combined experience in public accounting, banking, insurance, and real estate industries. She is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and has completed requirements for the IRS Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP).


Sanna's areas of expertise focus primarily on income tax return preparation for trusts and estates, individuals, and small businesses. Additionally, she is a member of our financial institution team conducting trust examinations for banks and trust companies. 


An active member of the community, Sanna serves on her church finance committee and volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America Troop committee. Sanna enjoys various arts, music, and cultural events. She also enjoys spending time hiking and traveling with her husband.

 

Stasia Martin

Senior Accountant

Stasia Martin joined Varney & Associates in 2017. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s in Accounting, and is one of our QuickBooks Professional Advisors.


As a member of the client accounting services team, Stasia’s professional responsibilities include individual income tax preparation, payroll compliance and accounting services.


Stasia and her husband are members of Rock Hills Church. In her free time, She enjoys spending time with her husband and their children as well as visiting family, both near and far. You can also find her running and at CrossFit, traveling whenever possible.

 

Stephen Heimsoth

Manager, CPA, CRCM

Stephen Heimsoth joined Varney & Associates in 2009. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA) and the Young Bank Officers of Kansas, a division of the Kansas Bankers’ Association. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and Master’s of Accountancy from Kansas State University. 

 

As a member of the financial institution team, Stephen focuses on attestation, consulting, and tax preparation services for financial institutions, including performing loan and deposit compliance consultations, directors’ examinations, Automated Clearing House (ACH) examinations, Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) examinations, and basic Information Technology (IT) reviews. Stephen also helps prepare individual and corporate tax returns.


Stephen is an active member of  Hope Lutheran Church, serving on multiple committees and enjoys reading, spending time with his wife and daughters camping, hunting, gardening, and just about anything out and about in nature.

 

Steph Skinner

Administrative Assistant

Steph Skinner has been with Varney & Associates since 2018 as a seasonal employee and joined the firm full time in 2022 as an Administrative Assistant with our clerical team. She is recently retired form custom harvesting, a lifestyle that provided, many many great memories.

 

Steph is married, has 2 sisters, 2 nephews and two fabulously cute and fun great-nephews.

 

When not in the office Steph likes to read, enjoy the great outdoors, and have a glass of iced tea and a great conversation with anyone who would like to join in.

 

Tammy Gardner

Staff Accountant

Tammy Gardner has been a part of the Varney & Associates team since 2009  and has over 27 years of experience in the accounting industry. She earned a Certificate in Accounting Specialties from Manhattan Vocational Technical School and is a valued member of our firm.


Tammy’s duties include general accounting services and preparation of business payroll, as well as individual and payroll tax returns. Her positive attitude and wealth of accounting skills make her an essential component of our firm’s success.


In her free time, Tammy enjoys kicking back and relaxing on her porch, riding motorcycles, and watching college and professional football. She and her husband, Doug, have two adult children.

 

Tiffany Cutting

Manager, CPA

Tiffany Cutting joined Varney & Associates in 2019 and has over 20 years of accounting experience.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting from Kansas State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA).


As a tax specialist, Tiffany’s practice focuses on preparation of tax returns for individuals and small businesses.

When not in the office, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her husband and family, especially nieces and nephews, going to KSU sporting events, traveling, reading, and cooking.

 

Veronica Sims

Senior Manager, CPA

Veronica joined Varney & Associates in 2016.  Prior to joining the firm,  she worked for a public accounting firm in Kansas City for three years. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master’s of Science in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA) . 


Veronica is a member of our Tax and Accounting service teams. Her main focus is on helping clients succeed through preparing Business tax returns and offering tax planning and consulting guidance. She is also an active member of Varney & Associates Employee Satisfaction committee.


Veronica enjoys water activities such as skiing, wake-boarding and wake surfing. During the summer months, you can usually find her with her husband and daughters at the lake enjoying friends and family. Veronica also loves trying new restaurants, watching Netflix, and going to country concerts.

 

Zach Williams

IT Support Specialist

Zachary Williams joined Varney & Associates in 2019. Prior to coming to Varney’s, he interned under the network director of his school district. Zach is currently pursuing  multiple certificates in Information Technology.


Zach’s calm focused approach to problem solving coupled with his attention to detail serve him well as the Information Technology Specialist for the firm. As a member of the IT  Department, Zach’s primary focus is assisting in all areas of the firm’s IT needs, including maintaining the network, desktop support, and execution of all essential information technology functions. 


In his free time, Zach spends a lot of time training and playing with his dogs or hanging out with friends. Inquisitive by nature, Zach is constantly interested in learning new things and finds himself collecting odd bits of seemingly arbitrary information.