DGN announces eight staff promotions
Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth (DGN), northern Michigan’s largest locally owned, full-service public accounting firm, recently announced the promotions of eight staff members.
Jon Benjamin, CPA has been promoted to Tax Manager. Jon joined DGN in 2014. He has ten years of experience in accounting services and graduated from Central Michigan University with his Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Jake Schierbeek, CPA has been promoted to Audit Manager. Jake joined DGN in 2018 and has eight years of experience in public accounting. He graduated from Northwood University with his Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
Jenifer Carmody, CPA has been promoted to Tax Supervisor. Jenifer joined DGN in 2012. She graduated from Ferris State University with her Accounting degree. Jenifer spent ten years in the genetic counseling profession, and previously graduated from University of Minnesota with a Master of Science in Genetics & Cell Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology Cum Laude from Michigan Technological University.
Luke Fogarty, CPA has been promoted to Audit Supervisor. Luke joined DGN in 2017 after three years with PWC. He graduated from Central Michigan University with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting & Information Systems.
Alex MacKenzie, CPA, MSA has been promoted to Tax Supervisor. Alex joined DGN in 2018 with four years prior experience. Alex graduated with a Bachelor and Master of Science degree both in Accounting from Michigan State University.
Randy Woodcock has been promoted to Senior Accountant. Randy joined DGN in 2016 with prior bookkeeping experience. He graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor in Accounting.
Brittany McLellan, MBA has been promoted to Senior Accountant. Brittany joined DGN in 2018 bringing general accounting and commercial credit analysis experience. She completed her Bachelor in Accounting from Grand Valley State University and her Master in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Davenport University. She passed her CPA exam and will be receiving her CPA license.
Taylor Zeilenga, MSA has been promoted to Senior Accountant. Taylor joined DGN in 2019 after successful completion of his Bachelor in Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting both from Grand Valley State University. He passed his CPA exam and will be receiving his CPA license.
Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth is northern Michigan’s largest, locally owned, full-service public accounting firm. Founded in 1973, the firm is based in Traverse City, Michigan with a team of experienced, highly trained staff dedicated to providing outstanding accounting, tax and consulting services to businesses and individuals throughout the state and beyond. DGN's guiding principle is – Our clients’ success is our business.
DGN was named one of America’s Top Recommended Tax and Accounting Firms for 2020 by Forbes Magazine. The firm was also named a 2019 “Best of the Best” and “Top 400” firm in the United States by INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA). This is the third consecutive year that DGN has been recognized by IPA.
The DGN team is led by several partners with broad expertise in public accounting and its many services:
- Thomas E. Gartland, MBA, Founding Partner, Retired
- Brad P. Niergarth, CPA
- James G. Shumate, CPA, MST
- Robert C. Thompson, CPA, CVA, MBA
- Michael D. Shaw, Retired
- Mary F. Krantz, CPA, CHBC
- Shelly K. Bedford, CPA, MST, CVA
- Heidi M. Wendel, CPA, CFE
- Shelly A. Ashmore, CPA, MST
- James M. Taylor, CPA, CFP®
- Trina B. Edwards, CPA, CGFM
- John A. Blair, CPA
- James V. Cusenza, CPA
- Laurie A. Bamberg, CPA