Work Hard & Have Fun

Our Daily Mission

Our foundation is built on relationships, and it is the trust and respect of those relationships that allows us to be trusted advisors to those we serve. We find out what matters to you and why it matters, to ensure your success.

We partner with you to provide comprehensive, tailored solutions that go beyond traditional tax and accounting services. Our team provides expertise, value, and timely service while solving complex and challenging situations. You receive a level of service that is beyond what is expected.

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Our Culture

The culture of Pennell CPA is our emotional lifeline. It’s that unseen force that guides us and influences key interactions between all of us and the clients that we serve.  We strive to provide an environment where our employees can thrive and in turn energize our clients. We Energize through:

  • Tax season happy hours
  • Summer team fun events
  • Halloween costume contests
  • Firm Christmas parties
  • Tax deadline celebrations
  • Volunteering at community events
  • …and more!

How We Work

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WE SERVE

With diligence and devotion

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WE INFORM

With Wisdom and Prudence

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WE LEAD

With Value and
Purpose

We Energize

WE ENERGIZE

Because Everything Is Awesome

Meet Your Experts

ADAM HOLKA

Director of Operations

Adam Holka, MBA

Director of Operations

Education

Elmhurst University

  • Master of Business Administration

 Aurora University

  • Bachelor of Science in Finance

Membership

CPA Firm Management Association


Boards & Position

CPAFMA MI Chapter – Vice President


About Adam

When I'm not spending time with my wife Lisa and our sons Wesley and Calvin, you can find me at the golf course or in the weight room.

AMBER KALUDIS

AMBER KALUDIS

Senior Accountant

Amber Kaludis

Senior Accountant

Education

Davenport University

  • Master of Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting


About Amber

I'm happiest when I am surrounded by family and I enjoy spending time doing anything outdoors. You can find me out on a walk, at the dog beach, browsing a local farmers market, or golfing.

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ANGELA SIKKEMA

Director of First Impressions

Angela Sikkema

Director of First Impressions

Education

Calvin University

  • Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy


About Angela

In my free time I love being outdoors and near water, whether it is at a pool or on a boat on the lake. I love spending time with my family and friends, but I am most passionate about raising my two beautiful children.

Austin 2023

AUSTIN ROBERTS, CPA

Senior Accountant

Austin Roberts, CPA

Senior Accountant

Education

Grand Valley State University

  • Bachelor of Business Administration


Memberships

Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce


About Austin

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time outdoors whether it's relaxing at the lake or heading north to snowmobile.

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BRIAN FURNESS, CPA

Manager

Brian Furness, CPA

Manager

Education

Davenport University

  • Master of Accountancy

Cornerstone University

  • Bachelor of Business Management


Membership

Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants


About Brian

I enjoy spending time with my family, playing soccer with friends, and staying active outside farming with my father.

Colby 2023

COLBY WARD

Business Support Manager

Colby Ward

Business Support Manager

Education

Western Michigan University

  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Services and Sciences
    • Spanish Minor


About Colby

When I'm not digging in my garden, you can find me playing beach volleyball or pickleball, exploring local trails, or having a bonfire with my family. In the winter months I enjoy doing DIY home projects, putting together jigsaw puzzles, and playing cards.

CONNER PITSCH

CONNER PITSCH

Operations Associate

Conner Pitsch

Operations Associate

Education

Grand Valley State University

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance


About Conner

Outside of work, I enjoy playing sports such as: basketball, softball, and golf. I also enjoy playing board games, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Corinne 02_2023

CORINNE PAGEL, CPA

Senior Manager

Corinne Pagel, CPA

Senior Manager

Education

Marquette University

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting


Membership

Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants


About Corinne

I enjoy reading, knitting, traveling, and playing pickleball.

DANIELLE NAUTA

DANIELLE NAUTA, CPA

Senior Accountant

Danielle Nauta, CPA

Senior Accountant

Education

Davenport University

  • Master of Accountancy

Grand Valley State University

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting


Memberships

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants


Boards & Position

Early Bird Books - Board Member


About Danielle

When the weather is nice, I put down my knitting needles to go kayaking, camping, and hiking with my husband Ben.

Denice May 2023

DENICE PAVEY, CPA

Partner

Denice Pavey, CPA

Partner

Education

Michigan State University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting


Memberships

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants


Boards & Position

Cascade Community Foundation - Board of Directors


About Denice

I enjoy trying new things/experiences and traveling to new places.

ELIJAH BRAND

ELIJAH BRAND

Intern

Elijah Brand

Intern

Education

Calvin University

  • Masters in Accounting (2024)
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting (2023)


About
Elijah

When I'm not in school, I like to spend my time hiking, watching sports, and collecting sports cards.

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JACOB HUFNAGEL

Intern

Jacob Hufnagel

Intern

Education

Aquinas College

  • Bachelor of Professional Accountancy


About Jacob

Outside of work I stay active with weight training, spending time outdoors hunting and hiking, as well as being out on the golf course. Besides those activities I enjoy time with family and playing cards.

 

JARRED RILEY

JARRED RILEY, CPA

Senior Accountant

Jarred Riley, CPA

Senior Accountant

Education

Davenport University

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting


About Jarred

Outside of work, you'll most likely find me on the golf course, on the water, watching sports, or spending time with family and friends.

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JOHNATHAN MILLER

Intern

Johnathan Miller

Staff Accountant

Education

Grand Valley State University

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting (2024)


About Johnathan

Outside of work I love to play basketball, golf, and to hike.

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KATIE COSTELLO

Social Media Coordinator

Katie Costello

Social Media Coodinator

Education

Michigan State University

  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics (2025)
    • Minors in Health Promotion and Business


About Katie

Outside of work and school you can catch me at all MSU sporting events, listening to country music, or hanging out with my friends and family.

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KATHERINE CHRISTIAN

Staff Accountant

Katherine Christian

Staff Accountant

Education

Davenport University

  • Master of Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting


About Katherine

When I'm not spending time with my family, you can find me crocheting, doing puzzles, at the gym, and participating in church events.

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KATIE MADISON, CPA

Manager

Katie Madison, CPA

Manager

Education

Davenport University

  • Master of Business Administration

Drew University

  • Bachelor of Arts


Memberships

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
Forest Hills Business Association

Boards & Position

Eastminster Presbyterian Church - Clerk
Genesis Waters - Project Advisory Team Member
Heart Nature Giving - Treasurer


About Katie

Outside of work, you will most likely find me in an art class: from glass blowing to flower arranging.

Keegan

KEEGAN GREENE

Intern

Keegan Greene

Intern

Education

Grand Valley State University

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting (2024)


Boards & Position

GVSU Men's Lacrosse Team - President


About Keegan

When I'm not playing lacrosse, you can find me outside playing yard games, working on DIY projects, or in the gym.

LAUREEN ROMAN

LAUREEN ROMAN

Senior Accountant

Laureen Roman

Senior Accountant

Experience

20+ year of Accounting & Tax Services


About Laureen

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I like to attend music concerts, travel, go boating, and go to car shows with my husband.

Linda Duhon

LINDA DUHON

Payroll Manager

Linda Duhon

Payroll Manager

Education

Grand Valley State University

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting


About Linda

My husband, Duane and I enjoy spending time with our kids and grandkids.

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LOGAN VALIQUETTE

Staff Accountant

Logan Valiquette

Staff Accountant

Education


Grand Valley State University

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
  • Management minor


About Logan

Outside of work I enjoy golfing, training Jiu-Jitsu, playing video games, expanding my culinary techniques, and watching an array of sports. When I’m not doing any of those, I am spending time with friends and loved ones.

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MARK VANDERMEER

Staff Accountant

Mark VanderMeer

Staff Accountant

Education

Grand Valley State University

  • Master of Accountancy (2023)
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting


About Mark

Me and my wife (Lisa) enjoy going up north, kayaking and spending time with friends and family. In the winter, we enjoy playing board games and watching Christmas movies.

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MATTHEW SULKANEN

Staff Accountant

Matthew Sulkanen

Staff Accountant

Education

Aquinas College

  • Bachelor of Professional Accountancy
    • Economics Minor


About Matthew

Outside of work, you can find me on the golf course, attending country music events, and spending time with friends and family.

Pat 2023

PATRICK PATTON, CPA

Principal

Patrick Patton, CPA

Principal

Education

University of Michigan

  • Master of Business Administration

Michigan State University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting


Memberships

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants


About Patrick

Outside of work I enjoy reading, cooking, and keeping up with my nine grandchildren.

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NOAH GRIMES

Staff Accountant

Noah Grimes

Staff Accountant

Education

Grand Valley State University

  • Master of Accountancy (2023)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting


About Noah

Outside of work, I like to exercise, watch movies, or be with my family and friends.

Ron 2023

RON KALEY, CPA

Partner

Ron Kaley, CPA

Partner

Education

Western Michigan University

  • Master of Business Administration

Aquinas College

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration


Memberships

Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants

Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce


Boards & Position

Hanger Park West Homeowners Association - Board Member


About Ron

In my free time, when I'm not modifying my car, I am outside enjoying the "Great Outdoors" hiking in our local state or county parks or working in the yard. I am happiest when family visits for a cookout, we swim, sample my latest grilling artistry and play cards.

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SIGNA BYLSMA

Intern

Signa Bylsma

Intern

Education

Aquinas College

  • Bachelor of Professional Accountancy (2025)


About Signa

Outside of work, I am blessed to spend time with my family. I enjoy vacationing in northern Michigan and spending time outside no matter the weather.

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THOMAS RENNER, CPA

Partner

R. Thomas Renner, CPA

Partner

Education

Michigan State University

  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Arts with a major in Accounting, with Honors


Memberships

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants


Boards & Position

Ada Business Association - Board President
Storehouse - Board Member
West Michigan Spartans - Board Member


About Thomas

I enjoy spending time on Gun Lake with my wife Amy and our three kids. When the lake freezes over, I like to head out west to go snowboarding.

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