Our Team

Shareholders

CPA, Shareholder
CPA, CFE, Shareholder
CPA, Shareholder

Support

Firm Administrator
Payroll Specialist
Payroll Specialist

CPA, Shareholder

Steven D. Hooker

Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.

Meet Steve, an avid golfer and sports enthusiast.  Before beginning his path as a CPA, Steve wanted to become a professional baseball player.  Instead, he graduated from Bluffton University and started with E.S. Evans and Company in 1987.  He was admitted as a partner in 2008.  When he is not at the office, you can find him on the golf course, watching sports or hanging out with family and friends.

He and his wife have two boys and live in Lima with their dog, Zeke.  Spending time with his family and friends helps him push through the busy season each year.

Certifications:
Certified Public Accountant (1997)
QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting | Bluffton College (1987)

Affiliations and Memberships:
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants
Lima Noon Sertoma Club

Expertise

Tax Preparation Tax Planning QuickBooks Consulting Audits Reviews Compilations

CPA, CFE, Shareholder

Jennifer J. Birkemeier

If you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Meet Jennifer, our firm’s first female partner.  She’s married to her high school sweetheart, Craig, and has two sons, Aaron and Austin. In 1993, she graduated from the University of Findlay and joined E.S. Evans and Company.  She lives in the country, outside of Wapakoneta, her hometown.  In her spare time, you can find Jennifer and Craig boating or fishing at their lake home in Marblehead or riding their motorcycle.  When she can get away, her favorite travel destination is St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Jennifer gets through the busy season by planning trips to enjoy afterwards and by remembering that summer soon follows.

Certifications:
Certified Public Accountant (1996)
Certified Fraud Examiner (2005)

Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance | University of Findlay (1993)

Affiliations and Memberships:
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Association of Government Accountants

Expertise

Non-Profits Tax Preparation Tax Planning Audits Reviews Compilations Consulting

CPA, Shareholder

Andrew J. Brown

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Meet Andy, an E.S. Evans and Company team member since he graduated from Asbury College with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minor in Economics.  In addition to being a shareholder, Andy serves as our Information Technology Supervisor.  When Andy is not in the office you can find him spending time with his family, enjoying the outdoors, and fishing.  He especially enjoys trips to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  His wife, Stacy, is a teacher at Wapakoneta Elementary and they have two children.  Their daughter, Haleigh, is a cheerleader and dancer and their son, Ian, is involved in karate.  Their family has a dog, Molly, a guinea pig, Peanut, and a frog named Frog.

Andy frequently dreams of summer on the beach and fishing trips at the lake to push him through busy season.

Certifications:
Certified Public Accountant (2002)
QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Education:
Bachelor’s, Major in Accounting, Minor in Economics | Asbury College (1997)

Affiliations and Memberships:
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants
Lima Rescue Mission Board Member

Expertise

Tax Preparation Tax Planning Financial Institutions QuickBooks Audits Reviews Compilations Consulting

CPA

David Kienitz

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.

Meet Dave, a former avid golfer, turned avid boater, turned former avid golfer.  Dave was previously a partner at Lentol, Violet, Kienitz & Company, until his transition to the E.S. Evans team in 2021.  Dave enjoys biking, swimming, and spending time with his wife, Barbara, and their eight grandchildren.

To get through tax season, Dave enjoys the spring weather and blooms.

Certifications:
Certified Public Accountant (1979)

Education:
Masters of Business Administration in Accounting | Miami University (1977)
Bachelor of Science in Education | Miami University (1975)

Affiliations and Memberships:
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants
Southside Christian Church

Expertise

Audits Reviews Compilations Tax preparation

CPA

Ashley Ackelson Greeley

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.

Meet Ashley, a proud Buckeye and Steeler fan, water lover, and dog mom.  She transitioned from corporate to public accounting and joined the E.S. Evans team in 2015.  Ashley was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC, but appreciates the small-town life the Lima area provides.  Her family is spread all over the country, and she loves to fly and visit.  On quieter weekends, you can find her outside, usually at Lake Erie, or spending time with her husband, son, and black lab/shepherd mix.

To get through tax season, Ashley teaches group fitness, keeps to-do lists, and gets outdoors as much as possible.  Her role model is her grandmother, who is the epitome of patience, kindness, and grace.

Certifications:
Certified Public Accountant (2016)

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting | University of Akron (2014)

Affiliations and Memberships:
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants
Lima Young Professionals

Expertise

Non-Profits Audits Reviews Compilations Tax preparation QuickBooks

CPA

Brittany N. Hutchison

The enemy of 'the best' is not 'the worst.' The enemy of the 'the best' is 'just fine.'

Brittany began her career at E.S. Evans in 2017 after spending five years working in the accounting department for a manufacturing company.  She graduated from the University of Northwestern Ohio and then received her MBA from the University of Findlay before passing the CPA exam.

When she is not at the office, you can find her enjoying life on the farm where Brittany, her husband, and their two children raise crops and cattle.  Brittany uses early morning workouts to get her through the busy tax season.

Certifications:
Certified Public Accountant (2016)

Education:
Master of Business Administration | University of Findlay (2014)
Bachelor of Science in Accounting | University of Northwestern Ohio (2012)

Affiliations and Memberships:
American Institute of Certified Public Accounts
Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants
Lima Young Professionals
Crosspoint Community Church

Expertise

Tax Preparation Audits Reviews Compilations QuickBooks

CPA

Luke J. Langhals

You can’t fix a broken wagon wheel, but you can use the parts to make a new one.

Meet Luke, an E.S. Evans and Company team member since January 2022.  He graduated from the University of Northwestern Ohio with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.  Luke and his wife are both proud, life-long residents of Kalida.  When he’s not in the office, you can find Luke hanging out with friends, finding new places to eat, and most importantly, watching THE Ohio State Buckeyes.  One of Luke’s goals is to go to an Ohio State football game every year for the rest of his life.

Certifications:
Certified Public Accountant (2021)

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting | University of Northwestern Ohio (2019)

Affiliations and Memberships:
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants

Expertise

Accounting Reviews Compilations Tax Preparation

Staff Accountant

Ann M. Stewart

Everything happens for a reason. You got this!

Ann started with Klay and Associates in 1982 and became a member of the E.S. Evans and Company team during the merger in 2008.  She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and watching TV when she is not in the office.  Ann’s most memorable vacation was the trip to Alaska she took with her husband.

Ann tries to get extra sleep to make it through tax season.

Education
Associates in Accounting | Lima Technical College (1982)

Affiliations and Memberships:
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants

Expertise

Accounting Reviews Compilations Tax Preparation

Staff Accountant

Cassie L. Best

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right.

Cassie joined E.S. Evans and Company in 2019.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business.  She enjoys spending time with her family, vacationing at the beach, zip lining, and canoeing.  Cassie has a son, Brantley, who can always make her smile and she admires her parents for their unconditional love, hard work, and selflessness.

To get through tax season, Cassie plans to spend as much time as possible with her son and watch college basketball.

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Specialization in Accounting | Ohio State University (2019)
Associate of Science | Rhodes State College (2017)

Affiliations and Memberships:
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants

Expertise

Tax Preparation Audits Reviews Compilations

Staff Accountant

James R. Armand

To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.

Meet Jim, who still believes this will be the Browns’ year. Jim graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He and his wife, Shelby, live in Lima with their daughter, Lily, and son, Elliott. When not at work, Jim enjoys finding new golf courses to play and watching Browns football.

Thinking of golf season being right around the corner is what gets him through tax season.

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Accounting | Bowling Green State University (2020)

Affiliations and Memberships:
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants

Firm Administrator

Angie M. Quintero

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

Meet Angie, a loyal, hardworking, and compassionate team member at E.S. Evans and Company.  When Angie is not in the office, you can find her spending time with family and enjoying the outdoors.  She is happily married to her husband Joe, who is a police officer at the Village of Leipsic. They have three children, a daughter-in-law, and two additional children, their pups.

Angie admires her grandparents because of their hard work, love, and determination.  Her favorite travel spots are the Upper Peninsula in Michigan because of the beautiful waterfalls, and Clearwater Beach, FL.  She makes it through tax season by drinking coffee and working out.  Her advice to others is to pick a career where you will find a job that you will enjoy.

Education:
Associates in Accounting | Rhodes State College (2002)

Affiliations and Memberships:
Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants

Expertise

Office Administration

Payroll Specialist

Robin L. Parker

Cherish every day.

Robin began her journey with Klay and Associates in 1984. In 2008, Klay and Associates merged with E.S. Evans and Company.  When she is not at the office, you can find her spending time with her husband, who she has shared life with since 1981, her two sons, her granddaughter, and her grandson, or relaxing while watching sports.  She also likes to travel to Lake Michigan.  Robin describes herself as a thorough, fun, and unpredictable person who is proud to be a member of the E.S. Evans and Company team.

To make it through busy season Robin looks forward to her down time.

Education:
Associate of Arts in Business | Lima Technical College (1984)

Expertise

Payroll

Payroll Specialist

Linda S. Honigfort

Start fresh and see the new opportunity in each day.

Meet Linda! She joined our Support team in 2022 with 30 years of experience. Linda is a resident of Kalida and has been married to her husband, Dan, for nearly 30 years. Linda and Dan enjoy spending time with their two daughters and son-in-laws, and look forward to being promoted to grandparents this month!

In her spare time, you can find Linda listening to music, joining a yoga class, watching sunrises on morning walks, or camping. She looks forward to visiting Traverse City this year and taking a step back to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. She believes in working with others as part of a team, and is excited to get to know our clients!

Education:
Associates in Business Management/Accounting | The University of Toledo (1992)

Expertise

Payroll Excel Word

Support, IT Assistant

Jenny N. Bryan

Always be the reason someone smiles today.

Jenny joined the E.S. Evans and Company team in 2013.  Over the years, Jenny’s career path has made her a “jack of all trades.”  When she is not in the front in the support area you will find her assisting in the IT department.  When she is not at the office, you can find her spending time with her husband, Dustin in Columbus Grove.  She has two active teenage boys, John and Dillon, and two dogs, Charlie a Cavachon and Jerry Lee a German Shepard.  She loves to travel and frequently visits Colorado to see family and friends.

Jenny can be described in three ways: thorough, detail-oriented, and always smiling.  Jenny’s spare time is spent managing her two active boys’ schedules and treasuring any down time with her family.

Certifications:
Microsoft Office

Education:
Associate of Arts, Business Administration and Management | The Ohio State University (1996)

Expertise

Access Excel Word

Support

Deb L. Bergdorf

Meet Deb, a recent semi-retiree and vital part of our Support team during our busiest season of the year. Deb loves to crochet and always has her handmade goodies ready for the Christmas season! Deb and her husband, Michael, own a boat and love to spend their time during the summer on the water at Lake Cumberland with family and friends. Deb is an avid Ohio State football fan, and began ushering in the 2021 football season at the OSU home games. Along with watching her beloved Pittsburgh Steelers and OSU Buckeyes, she enjoys watching her grandson play football and her granddaughter cheerlead for the Shawnee Indians.

Deb’s family keeps her busy! When she’s not in the office or at the field, you will likely find her playing with her grandchildren or assisting with day care needs.

Expertise

Support

Jennifer L. Reynolds