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

Marcia Newkirk

Marcia was born and raised in Naperville and is the youngest of 12 children. She attended and graduated from Naperville North High School. Following high school, she went to Benedictine University in Lisle where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Marcia is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Illinois CPA Society. During college, she started working at a public accounting firm in Naperville where she gained valuable experience performing tax and accounting services for individuals and small businesses. Marcia started Newkirk & Associates and enjoyed the flexibility of raising her three sons, Adam, Bill, and Tim while having her office at home. Marcia specializes in providing tax and accounting services to individuals and small businesses. She attends the University of Illinois Tax School every year (and has for more than 30 years). She has also gained experience and serves as a quality control partner on government audits. She has served as clerk of a local fire district for more than 20 years. Marcia is phasing into retirement and is trying to spend less time at the office. She enjoys traveling with her husband, Jeff, and spending time at their vacation home in northern Wisconsin. She also loves playing with her grandchildren whenever she can.

MNewkirk@newkirkcpas.com

(630) 552-1040 Ext.102

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) 552-1040 Ext.105

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

Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown graduated from the University of Phoenix with an Associate’s degree in 2008. She joined Newkirk & Associates, Inc. in 2020 after 22 years of prior experience. She serves as a tax preparer and prepares personal and business tax returns in addition to payroll, payroll tax, and bookkeeping engagements. She attends the University of Illinois Tax School annually. Carolyn has experience with small business returns, and she is willing to help you be successful! She created and runs the Kitchen Table, Inc., which is a public charity restaurant in Rochelle that feeds everyone regardless of ability to pay.

CBrown@newkirkcpas.com

815-562-1040 Ext.109

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.

Abigail@newkirkcpas.com

815-562-1040 Ext.110

Andrea Meyer

Andrea 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 joined Newkirk & Associates, Inc. in 2021. She has more than 10 years’ experience working in public accounting. She serves as a manager and prepares personal and business tax returns in addition to supervising payroll, payroll tax, and bookkeeping engagements. She also assists with fieldwork and supervises and reviews our audits. She attends the University of Illinois Tax School annually. Also, she is a member of the Illinois CPA Society.

AMeyer@newkirkcpas.com

(630) 552-1040 Ext. 113

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

(630) 552-1040 Ext. 108