Our Team

Bill Newkirk

– President/CEO

Bill was born and raised in Plano and has been around Newkirk & Associates for his entire life. He graduated from Plano High School as the valedictorian of his class. He went on to Rockford University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA). He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Throughout college, Bill completed internships at a registered investment advisor in Rockford, a small CPA firm in Stillman Valley, and a top 50 accounting firm (Rockford). Following graduation, Bill started as an associate at a different top 50 accounting firm where he quickly became a senior associate and gained valuable experience auditing governmental entities. Bill purchased Newkirk & Associates, Inc. from Marcia on January 1, 2016. Bill is well versed in personal and business income tax, payroll tax, and sales tax for small businesses. He attends the University of Illinois Tax School annually. He also manages all of the government audit engagements at Newkirk & Associates, Inc. He is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and participates in their government report review program annually. Bill has also taught classes at the Illinois Municipal Treasurer’s Association Institute. Outside of work, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife, Susie, sons Zack and Caleb, and daughter Julia. They enjoy going to the zoo and traveling as a family. Bill is also a volunteer firefighter at Lynn-Scott-Rock Fire District, serves on nonprofit boards, and is active in his church.

BNewkirk@newkirkcpas.com

630) 552-1040 Ext.101

Andrea Meyer

Shareholder

Andrea is a shareholder at Newkirk & Associates, Inc. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting and Communication and a Master’s in Accounting Science. Andrea is a licensed CPA.  She has more than 10 years’ experience working in public accounting. Andrea prepares personal and business tax returns in addition to supervisig payroll, payroll tax, and bookkeeping engagements. She also is the engagement partner on audits and reviews. Andrea is a member of the Illinois CPA Society, and she attends the University of Illinois Tax School annually.

AMeyer@newkirkcpas.com

(630) 552-1040 Ext. 113

Kristine Zitt

Kristine graduated from Augustana University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. In the summer of 2017, she interned at Newkirk & Associates, Inc., and she was hired as an associate after she graduated in 2018. Kristine is pursuing her CPA license. She serves as a staff accountant and assists with fieldwork on most of our audits and prepares personal and business tax returns. She is familiar with school district and governmental accounting and attends extensive continuing education courses specific to school district and governmental accounting as well as Single Audit every year. She also attends the University of Illinois Tax School annually.

KZitt@newkirkcpas.com

(630) 393-9005

Ronda Scherer

Ronda graduated from Lewis University with a bachelor’s degree in finance. She has over 10 years’ experience in public accounting and started at Newkirk & Associates, Inc. in 2014. Ronda is pursuing her CPA license. She serves as a senior accountant and assists with fieldwork on most of our audits and prepares personal and business tax returns. She is familiar with school district and governmental accounting and attends extensive continuing education courses specific to school district and governmental accounting as well as Single Audit every year. She also attends the University of Illinois Tax School annually.

RScherer@newkirkcpas.com

(630) 552-1040 Ext. 104

Elena Sida

Elena Sida is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Finance at Rasmussen Univieristy. She joined Newkirk & Associates, Inc. in 2019 after working at Old Second National Bank. Elena is an Enrolled Agent. She serves in a variety of roles that include preparation of payroll, payroll tax returns, sales tax returns, bookkeeping engagements, and as an administrative assistant.

Office@newkirkcpas.com

(630) 552-1040 Ext. 107

Chanin Thill

Chanin graduated from Mount Mercy University with a degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood minor. She joined Newkirk & Associates, Inc. in 2006. She serves in a variety of roles that include: preparation of payroll and payroll tax returns, sales tax returns, bookkeeping engagements and as an administrative assistant.

Office@newkirkcpas.com

(630) 552-1040 Ext. 106

Don Kosar

Don joined Newkirk & Associates through the merger with The Accounting Place Inc. (which previously merged with Broman & Kosar Ltd. CPA’s where he was co-owner). He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and a Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and holds and Illinois Public Accountant license. His underegraduate degree in accounting is from Elmhurst College (now Elmhurst Unviersity), and Don was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in elementary accounting while doing graduate work in accoutning at NIU. He has over 50 years of experience in public accounting performing accounting and tax services for a wide variety of clients, including extensive experience with high net worth individuals, construction contractors, manufacturers and real estate developers. Don is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS) and attends the annual update by the University of Illinois Tax School in addition to other continuing education courses. He was previoulsy a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves, as well.

dkosar@theaccountingplaceil.com

(630) 393-9005

Jeff Martin

Jeff graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in finance and logistics. He also attended Governors State University and studied accounting. He joined Newkirk & Associates, Inc. in August of 2022 after 15 years of individual and business tax preparation. Jeff is authorized to represent clients before all levels of the IRS and Illinois Department of Revenue as an Enrolled Agent. He also has experience in bookkeeping, payroll, payroll tax, sales tax, and taxpayer representation. Jeff is also pursuing his license as a CPA. He serves as a staff accountant at Newkirk & Associates. His portfolio of work includes preparing personal and business tax returns, payroll tax, sales tax, and bookkeeping.

Jeff.Martin@newkirkcpas.com

(630) 552-1040

Tommy Doody

Tommy Doody graduated Magna Cum Laude at Aurora University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Actuarial Science, and Mathematics in 2021. He completed two summer auditing internships with Newkirk and Associates and was hired on full-time after graduation. Tommy is pursuing his CPA license. He serves as a staff accountant and prepares personal and business tax returns in addition to assisting with audits of governmental entities and school districts. He attends the University of tax school annually. Tommy has served as an officer on Aurora University’s Student Accounting Society, was a youth leader for Ros-A-Ree (a Christian retreat program), contributed to multiple service projects during his time with the Boy Scouts of America and donates blood at Rock River Valley Blood Center.

TDoody@newkirkcpas.com

(815) 562-1040 Ext. 111

Abigail Levandowski

Abigail graduated from Trinity Christian College with a Bachelor’s in English in 2020. She joined Newkirk & Associates, Inc. in 2021 after working there part time during the previous tax season. She serves as a receptionist in the Rochelle office and assists with payroll tax preparation, sales tax, and bookkeeping engagements as well as other administrative duties.

Abigail@newkirkcpas.com

(815) 562-1040 Ext. 110

Kelley Brummel

Kelley Brummel graduated from Joliet Jr. College with an associate of arts in business and an associate of science in health information managment. She joined Newkirk & Associate, Inc. in June of 2022 as an administrative assistant. She has prior experience as a bookkeeper for small a business and volunteered as treasurer for an organization.

Office@newkirkcpas.com

(630) 552-1040