MEET THE ODSTRCIL & MEIS TEAM

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Trent Krassow, ARe, ARM, CMA, EA, MBA, Principal

I grew up in central Illinois and got to Colorado as soon as I could. I have a broad professional background, including academic, corporate, corporate accounting, finance, risk management and business consulting. My credentials include a Bachelor of Science - Multi-Disciplinary Business/Science degree, Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree, Master of Business Administration degree, IRS Enrolled Agent certification, Certified Management Accountant certification, Associate in Risk Management Certification, and Associate in ReInsurance Certification, and just for fun, I have taken additional graduate coursework in project management. I'm a life-long learner.

In my free time, I love spending time with my family, hiking, being outdoors, especially when it's sitting around a fire pit, trying different types of local coffee, music, and climbing 14ers when I can.

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Jessica Krassow, MBA

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, I earned my Bachelor of Music Education degree and taught voice and piano lessons in my home studio. I went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree and work in Higher Education, most recently as the registrar (director of records and registration) and adjunct instructor for a small, not-for-profit college, while singing professionally. I then volunteered in various not-for-profit leadership positions for several years while I was a stay-at-home mom. Growing up, I spent most summers traveling to Colorado, and I am thrilled to have called this place home for several years.

I am in charge of marketing, human resources and other operations areas for Odstrcil & Meis.

In my spare time, I love to play the piano, sing, read, be outdoors in nature, and research genealogy. I am a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Wayne Lenell, CPA, Ph.D.

I grew up in Chicago and spent most of my life in northern Illinois working in both public and private accounting. Most of my family and my wife's family had moved to the northern Colorado/southern Wyoming area, so in the summer of 2017, we decided to join them.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance, a Ph.D. in Administration/Management, and my CPA license. I was a CPA in private practice since 1979, and for many years was the Director of Finance and Administration (CFO) for a large, not-for-profit.

At Odstrcil & Meis, I work with corporations, partnerships, LLCs, individuals, trusts, estates, not-for-profit tax preparation, and business consulting.

In my free time, I spend time with my eight grown children and their families, including 11 grandchildren.

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katheryn (kathy) reynolds, MBA, MSA, cpa

I grew up in St. Louis, relocating to Colorado in 1993. I earned my MBA in finance and accounting with an emphasis in international business and accounting from Regis University, and my MSA (an accounting graduate degree) with an emphasis in internal control, forensics and fraud investigation from the University of Phoenix. This was after earning my Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Regis as well. I'm also an accounting educator outside of our busy tax season with teaching experience at Regis University in Denver and as an online accounting instructor for the Colorado Community College System. I'm also a published author of a specialty Excel for accountants textbook.

At Odstrcil & Meis I work with business and individual tax returns including compliance follow up and tax audit representation. My other accounting duties for O&M include GL, financial statement review and compilations as well as general business consulting. After teaching for a number of years full-time I found I missed the direct public connection as this is what being a CPA is all about, serving the public directly. It is this interaction I truly enjoy as my way of giving back to our community. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, camping, traveling, reading, occasional binge-watching good movies on a lazy Sunday afternoon, and playing with my dogs.

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anita meis, cpa

I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelors degree. I have been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1987. I have worked in pension plan accounting, oil and gas accounting and public accounting, and have been with Odstrcil & Meis for 33 years. My role with the company includes tax preparation, tax planning and business consulting. In my off-time, I like to hike, bike ride, travel, and of course, ride roller coasters!

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chris buhler

I graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. Shortly after graduation in 2016, I was fortunate enough to land my first professional accounting position here at Odstrcil & Meis. My duties include individual and business tax preparation and tax planning. I keep monthly general ledger for a number of our clients. I also assist with payroll and sales tax reports throughout the year. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my wife and our first son (born in the middle of the 2018 tax season). My wife and I ran cross country and track through college, so we also "enjoy" running in an attempt to not completely erase the memory of our former athletic careers.

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shari ottoson

As a northern Colorado native, I attended UNC for one year and then finished my accounting degree at CU-Denver. Over the last few decades, I have worked in the Denver area and have accounting experience in construction, manufacturing, and general small business. I enjoy the detailed work of accounting, putting all the pieces together, then analyzing the results, and do GL Accounting here at Odstrcil & Meis Accounting and Consulting. I am very excited to have recently moved back to my hometown of Greeley. My family loves the sense of community here and our deep family roots in this area. Here at Odstrcil & Meis, I have found this same, great sense of community. I am very lucky to be able to work with both great clients and great co-workers. You can go home again!

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lyndi wagner

I hold an Associates in Accounting degree and am currently working towards my Bachelors in Accounting. I have 9 years in healthcare including direct patient care, clinic work, and billing. Currently I am an accountant at Odstrcil & Meis, doing the day-to-day payroll process and payroll and sales tax reporting for our clients. I am the mother of 5 children, if you count the husband. I love to read, draw, and play outside with our children in my free time.

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Teresa Sappington

I have been an Administrative Assistant for Odstrcil & Meis since 2014. My job includes processing the client tax returns to prepare them for signatures and delivery after they are prepared by the Accountants, as well as other special projects. Outside of O&M, I just completed my EGCM (Equine Gestalt Coaching Method) certification this Fall. Prior to O&M, I worked as a Certified CAD Drafter for 15 years. I was raised on our family farm in northern Colorado and am married with two grown children. In my "spare time", I like to hike, read, sew, knit, crochet and garden.

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jeanette meis, ma

I started working at Odstrcil & Meis in 2011 after retiring from teaching for 31 years. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Educational Technology. In addition, I have logged over 100 hours in additional classes, many of which were in computer technology. I do a variety of jobs at O&M: e-filing all tax returns, filing extensions, scanning, filing, billings, deposits, just to name a few. When I have free time, I love to hike, bike, and travel.

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janet jensen

I am originally from Mid-Missouri, but decided to move to Colorado in 2018 to be closer to my family. Both my daughter and my son and his family live in Colorado, and I love being close to them, while also getting to explore this beautiful state.

I hold an Associates in Business - Administrative Assistance, and have over 30 years of experience in the field. I work as one of the administrative assistants at Odstrcil & Meis and enjoy helping both the team and our clients with their accounting needs.

In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy golf, reading, hiking and traveling.

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melissa salinas

I have my Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management and am currently working towards my MBA. I worked in the funeral industry for 14 1/2 years as an Office Manager. I am extremely excited to be a part of the Odstrcil & Meis team. My job entails processing client tax returns after the Accountants prepare them, along with other administrative responsibilities. I am married to an amazing man, Anthony, and we have two beautiful girls, Adriana and Ava.

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