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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

Mike Renner, EA

Client Accounting and Tax Manager

Vince Martino, EA

Assistant Client Accounting & 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!

Mike Renner, EA

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.

Vince Martino, EA

Assistant Client Accounting & Tax Manager

Vince is an Enrolled Agent with a degree from St. Louis University. He is responsible for setting up client accounting systems, analyzing and processing financial information, generating various financial reports, and preparing business and personal tax returns. Outside of the office, Vince enjoys the NFL and fantasy football, educating himself on the burgeoning crypto currency industry, and personal fitness.

Taylor Thomas

Assistant Client Accounting & Tax Manager

Rebekah Beeson

Assistant Client Accounting Manager

Amy Boeckman

Assistant Client Accounting & Tax Manager

Rita Lawless

Senior Client Accounting Specialist

Taylor Thomas

Assistant Client Accounting & Tax Manager

Taylor uses her Accounting degree from Eastern Illinois University to compile, process, and analyze financial information. She also prepares business and individual tax returns whilst assisting managers in client advisory work. Outside of the office, Taylor loves spending time outdoors with her husband, dog, and family.

Rebekah Beeson

Assistant Client Accounting Manager

Rebekah uses her QuickBooks Pro Advisor certificate and degree from Jefferson College to help our clients with detail oriented accounting and payroll support. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband outside gardening or cooking.

Amy Boeckman

Assistant Client Accounting & Tax Manager

Amy uses her Accountancy degree from SIUE to compile, process, and analyze financial information. She also assists with advisory work in regards to tax planning. Outside of the office, Amy is an active supporter of National Down Syndrome Society and American Cancer Society.

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.

Betty Cornish

Senior Client Accounting Specialist

Tammy Beer

Client Accounting Specialist

Sarah Mueller

Client Accounting Specialist

Rachel Pettis

Client Accounting Specialist

Betty Cornish

Senior Client Accounting Specialist

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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.

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.

Sarah Mueller

Client Accounting Specialist

Sarah utilizes her Accounting degree from Illinois Central College to assist our clients with bookkeeping, accounts payable, and accounts receivable. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time and crafting with her two kids.

Leah Bartmess

Office Manager

Lauren Wright

Office Administrator

Rick Dopuch

Client Service Manager

Lauren Wright

Office Administrator

Lauren excels in providing top notch customer service for all of our clients. Lauren’s cheery demeanor is always a positive in the office. If she isn’t watching a Hallmark movie, she loves spending time with her family, friends, and dog.

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