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Our Staff…Offering the Expertise and Personal Service Required to be Your Trusted Advisor

The experience and credentials of our team provide our clients with the expertise of a larger firm, while our commitment to superior customer service offers a personal, one-on-one approach.

We invite you to meet our staff.

Meet Our Team

Dennis Rickhoff

Founder

Jeanette Rickhoff

Founder

Kurt J. Rickhoff, EA

Owner

Melinda R. Rickhoff, CPP

Owner

Kurt J. Rickhoff, EA

Owner

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618-624-9203

Kurt joined Rickhoff & Associates full-time in February 1997, but has been involved with some aspect of the family business since its inception. He manages the overall operations and marketing of the firm. Kurt’s passion for technology has kept his firm at the forefront of delivering superior client services. His past experience in banking and securities allows him to advise clients on all aspects of their business operations. He attained his Enrolled Agent (EA) certificate from the Internal Revenue Service in 1998. He is an active member of the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants (PASBA), and has done many presentations at their bi-annual meetings. He was a board member for PASBA from 2006-2009. In his personal life, Kurt is currently a board member of HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation, President of the Albers Elementary School Board, and a Director for the Clin-Clair Fire District. He enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife, Mindi and children, Allison and Carson. He is also an avid St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan!

Melinda R. Rickhoff, CPP

Owner

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618-624-9206

Mindi joined Rickhoff & Associates in August 1998 and is President of Payroll Central Inc. Along with assisting Kurt in managing the firm’s overall operations, she handles the internal bookkeeping for the firm. She has performed many jobs within the firm over the years. She has done client bookkeeping, all aspects of the payroll processing, including managing the department until 2010 and tax processing. In 2008, Mindi earned a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) certificate from the American Payroll Association. She is also a member of the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants (PASBA), The Payroll Group and the Independent Payroll Professional Association. Mindi is an active member in the Albers Elementary Booster club. In her spare time, she loves spending time and traveling with her husband, Kurt and children, Allison and Carson. She also enjoys exercising and gardening.

Thomas L. Biggs III, EA

Illinois Operations Director

Client Accounting & Tax Manager

Kraig A. Spisak, CPA

Senior Client Accounting and Tax Manager

Martha Crafts, CPA

Senior Client Accounting and Tax Manager

Mike Renner

Client Accounting and Tax Manager

Thomas L. Biggs III, EA

Illinois Operations Director

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618-624-9202

Tom joined Rickhoff & Associates in October 2010. He is responsible for analyzing and providing feedback to the clients from their compiled financial statements. He provides business consulting to our clients on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis. He also completes several hundred individual and corporate tax returns each year. His greatest expertise is his organization skills.

Tom graduated in 2006 from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. He also attained his Enrolled Agent (EA) certificate from the Internal Revenue Service in 2012. He is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and a Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor. When Tom’s not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife Katie, son Tommie, and their dog Willie. He also enjoys playing golf, and loves the St Louis Cardinals baseball and Kentucky Wildcats basketball teams!

Kraig A. Spisak, CPA

Senior Client Accounting and Tax Manager

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618-924-9210

Kraig joined Rickhoff & Associates in August 2015. He is responsible for tax planning, financial analysis, tax preparation and consulting with our clients. In the past, Kraig has worked in public and private accounting. With over 15 years of experience, Kraig excels in helping clients with financial statement and trend analysis, and working with different software to help them with data integration.

Kraig has a Bachelor’s of Science in Accountancy from St. Louis University. In his spare time, he likes running and bicycling. He also enjoys reading and following his fantasy sports teams, and is an avid St. Louis Blues Hockey fan!

Martha Crafts, CPA

Tax Manager

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636-227-9320 x 125

Martha joined Rickhoff and Associates June 2017 but has been with Business in Balance since November 1995. Her responsibilities include reviewing financial statements, performing fixed asset accounting, and preparing personal income tax, business income tax, trust tax and gift tax returns. Martha also provides tax planning services, which she has become particularly skilled. She also has become adept at preparing MoDOT and IDOT overhead rate schedules.

Prior to coming on board, she worked at an Orange Park, Florida CPA firm from October 1985 to May 1987 where she was responsible for reviewing financial statements, preparing personal and business tax returns, and auditing government entities and private companies. Before that, she worked for a CPA firm in Hanford, California from December 1979 to October 1984, where she prepared financial statements, personal and business tax returns, and audited governmental entities, school districts, and private companies.

Martha graduated from Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar MO in May 1978 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.

When away from the office, she enjoys reading, cooking, shopping and spending time with family. She also used to serve as a treasurer of the First Baptist Church of St. Peters, Missouri for 5 years.

Mike Renner

Client Accounting and Tax Manager

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618-624-9212

Mike joined Rickhoff & Associates in February 2005. When Mike first started here, he was the assistant office manager working to manage the daily office activities. In 2013, Mike was promoted to a bookkeeper. Along with preparing monthly financial statements and bank reconciliations, he prepares and manages the accounts payable for some clients. He also assists in corporate and individual tax preparation. Mike’s niche is assisting clients who are using QuickBooks Online and other programs in our hosted environment. In the past, Mike also managed a small local business.

Mike has earned two degrees from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration Finance and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy. He is a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church in Belleville, Illinois. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Chelsea and is long time comic book collector.

Jeremy Vick

Client Accounting and Tax Manager

Mary Jo Richter

Senior Bookkeeper

Tammy Beer

Client Accounting Specialist

Rita Lawless

Senior Client Accounting Specialist

Jeremy Vick

Client Accounting and Tax Manager

Jeremy joined our team as a Client Account Manager in 2015. He is the primary client contact responsible for the preparation of tax filings and financial statements on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis. Also, Jeremy communicates with clients to ensure that they are applying the most advantageous tax minimizing strategies available to them.

Prior to joining our team, Jeremy worked at Kasperek & Associates and Rubin Brown. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting from St. Louis University. Jeremy also earned his Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Tax and Business Law from St. Louis University School of Law.

When away from the office, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his daughter, Allison. He also enjoys bass fishing and boating, camping and hiking, and going to movies and concerts.

Mary Jo Richter

Senior Bookkeeper

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618-624-9204

Mary Jo joined Rickhoff & Associates in August 1986. With almost 30 years of small business bookkeeping experience, she has a very unique perspective and ability to assist owners in designing and implementing an easier approach to their internal bookkeeping. She also assists in training new bookkeepers and others on problem resolution with complex bookkeeping issues.

Mary Jo is involved with the American Legion Auxiliary and enjoys quilting, boating, fishing and reading. She has most recently been enjoying being Grandma to her first grandchild!

Tammy Beer

Client Accounting Specialist

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618-624-9214

Tammy joined Rickhoff & Associates in December 2004. Along with preparing monthly financials for some of our more complex clients, she is responsible for new client set-up. She has experience working with QuickBooks and Peachtree.

Tammy has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She is also a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. She enjoys cooking, being outdoors and spending time with her husband and 3 children.

Rita Lawless

Bookkeeper

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618-624-9205

Rita joined Rickhoff & Associates in November 1997. She prepares monthly financial statements, bank reconciliations, and monthly and quarterly tax filings. She enjoys working directly with clients to resolve problems. She has worked in customer service jobs most her life.

Rita earned an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Accounting Management from Belleville Area College (now SWIC) in 1996. She is an almost 40 year member of the New Athens VFW Auxiliary Post 7710. She enjoys motorcycling, shooting and gardening. She also stays busy with her grandchildren.

Donna Summers

Payroll Specialist

Colleen Vesper

Client Accounting Specialist

Amanda Stauder

Payroll Specialist

Betty Cornish

Missouri Operations Director

Donna Summers

Payroll Specialist

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618-924-9207

Donna joined Payroll Central Inc. in January 2007. She works with clients to handle their complete processing needs, as well as helping clients learn new products and services we offer to them. Clients especially enjoy her patient demeanor while taking care of their payroll needs. In her previous job, she worked in Human Resource Recruitment. Donna also has a Fundamental Payroll Certificate (FPC) from the American Payroll Association.

Donna enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her granddaughter. She also loves going to the movies and reading a good book.

Colleen Vesper

Senior Client Accounting Specialist

Colleen joined our team in January 2018. As a bookkeeper, she prepares financial statements, bank reconciliations, as well as monthly and quarterly tax filings. Colleen also assists clients in using both Hosted and QuickBooks Online.

She has 27 years of bookkeeping experience. Prior to joining our firm, she worked at a PASBA Accounting Firm and was employed 17 years with The Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Foundation as a bookkeeper. She also graduated from Sanford Brown College with a degree in Accounting. Colleen is also a Member of the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers.

Colleen interests include traveling and photography. She also enjoys swimming and boating. Most importantly, she loves spending time with her family.

Amanda Stauder

Payroll Specialist

Amanda joined the Payroll Central team in April of 2017 as a payroll specialist. Her responsibilities include processing payrolls, client training, client on-boarding, and communication. Prior to joining the firm, she previously worked as a secretary at Barnes Jewish Hospital which helped her develop customer service and problem-solving skills. She also worked in the payroll department for Yale Security Systems learning about payroll processing, business taxes, and payroll corrections. She earned her Bachelors in Business Management and Masters in Business Administration from McKendree University. She and her husband are huge Cardinal baseball fans and are also the coaches of a high school debate team in their free time. She also enjoys spending time with family and relaxing with her cats, Wally and Bailey, and her dogs, Benny, and Oakley.

Betty Cornish

Missouri Operations Director

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636-227-9320 Ext 239

Betty joined our team in 2002. She wears many hats at our firm, helping complete payroll, bookkeeping, and administrative tasks. She also assists our clients by helping them understand their software and accounting procedures. Prior to coming on board, Betty worked and was a founding partner at Kid’s Sportsworld, growing the business to five stores.

Betty graduated from University of Missouri St. Louis with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education with an emphasis in special education. When away from the office, she enjoys spending time with family, walking, and creating arts and crafts.

Tiffany Hamor

Senior Client Accounting Specialist

Nycki Czerniewski

Client Accounting Specialist

Tammy Fisk

Outsourced Bookkeeping Specialist

Tiffany Hamor

Senior Client Accounting Specialist

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636-227-9320 ext 123

Tiffany joined Rickhoff & Associates in 2003. Her responsibilities include preparing monthly financial statements, bank reconciliations, as well as monthly, quarterly and annual tax filings. Tiffany also teaches clients how to use Accounting CS Software and how to perform Workers Comp Audits. Additionally, she works with our new staff by training and assisting them to become familiar with our processes.

When away from the office, Tiffany enjoys reading and spending time with family.

Nycki Czerniewski

Senior Client Accounting Specialist

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636-227-9320 Ext. 237

Nycki joined Rickhoff & Associates in May 2016. Her tasks include preparing monthly financial statements, bank reconciliations, as well as monthly and quarterly tax filings.

Nycki graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Southeast Missouri State University. She is very active when away from the office, spending her free time swing and ballroom dancing, hiking, swimming, visiting new places, adventuring, driving, going to the beach, partaking in game nights, and relaxing with friends.

Tammy Fisk

Outsourced Bookkeeping Specialist

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618-632-1994

Tammy joined the Rickhoff & Associates team in 2017, and is responsible for managing the accounts receivables and accounts payables for multiple clients. Tamy is retired from the U.S. Navy, and earned a BS in Accounting from Strayer University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She volunteers her time with the Special Olympics at Scott Air Force Base as well ast Troop 46 of the Boy Scouts. When she’s not at work or volunteering, Tammy spends her time investing in kids by coaching youth soccer at Scott Air Force Base.


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