WHO WE ARE

Wohlenberg Ritzman & Co., LLC is a Certified Public Accounting firm in South Dakota founded in 1955, dedicated to providing our clients with efficient and effective financial services involving audit & accountingtribal government, tax, and management consulting. We pride ourselves on giving personal attention and quality service to each and every client.

We understand the complexities of the marketplace, but more than that, we understand and are here to serve the entrepreneurial spirit. Our firm will prudently assist you with the daily challenges of your business or industry beyond simply looking at your financial position. We are prepared to recommend sound financial strategies and to advise you on other key elements of effective business management.

Every client is important to us. Personal, quality service is the hallmark of our client relationships and includes assigning an engagement partner to facilitate your needs. An applicable team is formed and is accessible to you throughout the engagement. Additionally, all of the firm’s professionals are available to you for advice on complex and specialized issues.

Our professional staff understands and applies the requirements specified in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) auditing standards, guides, procedures, statutes, rules, and regulations. The Firm successfully completed the most recent independent review of its system of quality control under the auspices of the AICPA Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS) in November 2021. Peer review is one of the requirements for membership in the PCPS, which was established in 1977. Wohlenberg Ritzman & Co., LLC is a member because our firm and all staff members are committed to continuous quality improvement.

From direct financial supervision to sophisticated management counsel, the experienced professionals at Wohlenberg Ritzman & Co., LLC are ready to provide you with the best in business management services to help you achieve your financial goals.

We invite you to explore the comprehensive services we have to offer.

We are proud to be affiliated with the following organizations:

Major Clients

The Firm’s clientele span a wide range of industries, including manufacturers, construction contractors, commercial and residential real estate developers and managers, professional service corporations, transportation companies, local and state governmental authorities, and not-for-profit organizations, among others.
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MAJOR CLIENTS

The Firm’s clientele span a wide range of industries, including manufacturers, construction contractors, commercial and residential real estate developers and managers, professional service corporations, transportation companies, local and state governmental authorities, and not-for-profit organizations, among others.

OUR TEAM MEMBERS

DIRECTORS

Blaine Meier

Director

CPA

Blaine Meier

Kathryn J. Nordstrom

Director

MPA, CPA, CGMA

Kathy Nordstrom

Jessica Gadeken

Associate Director

MPA, CPA, CGMA

Jessica Gadeken

Cindy Nordstrom

Associate Director

MIM

Cindy Nordstrom

MANAGERS

Richard Ellis

Senior Audit Manager

CPA

Richard Ellis

Keith Knutson

Senior Audit Manager

CPA

Keith Knutson

Magan Cuka

Audit Manager

MBA, CPA

Magan Cuka

Michelle Reyes

Project Specialist
Michelle Reyes

STAFF

Wanda Allen

Administrative Assistant
Wanda Allen

Thomas J. Bosn

Audit, Accounting & Tax Specialist
Tom Bosn

Kathleen Doyle

Special Projects Consultant

CPA

Kathleen Doyle

Sharon Helgerson

Administrative Assistant
Sharon Helgerson

Jon Hento

Staff Auditor
Jon Hento

Cassie McClemans

Audit Coordinator

CPA

Cassie McClemans

Jackie Potts

Operations Coordinator

MBA

Jackie Potts

Luis Ruiz

Staff Accountant
Luis Ruiz

Keegan Savary

Staff Accountant
Keegan
Blaine Meier

Blaine Meier

cpa

Partner/Manager

Bio

Blaine has practiced public accounting for over 35 years and has been a Partner of Wohlenberg Ritzman & Co., LLC for the past 20 years. His primary focus is business and individual taxes with extensive experience in estate, trust, 401K and employee benefit administration.

Client Focus

Industry
Practice
– Agriculture & Ag-related
– Business Tax
– Automotive
– Credits & Incentives
– Construction
– Merger & Acquisition
– Estates & Trusts
– Personal Tax
– Food & Beverage
– State & Local Tax
– Individuals
– Strategic Business Planning
– Manufacturing
– Succession Planning
– Tax Planning

DESIGNATIONS

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Licensed in South Dakota

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member, South Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Treasurer, Yankton Community Library Foundation
Past Member & Scorekeeper, Hillcrest Pro-Am Committee
Yankton, South Dakota

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science, Accounting
University of South Dakota – Vermillion, South Dakota

Kathy Nordstrom

Kathryn J. Nordstrom

MPA, CPA, CGMA

Partner, Director of Audit, Accounting & Management Consulting Services

Bio

Kathryn has practiced public accounting since 1984 and specializes in providing professional and proactive services to tribal entities and financial institutions. She provides accounting and auditing services, as well as management consulting, to tribal governments and their related entities, focusing on giving her clients a practical, clear understanding of findings to help them improve their operations and providing management services as an interim finance officer. She has managed all stages of financial institution audits and director’s exams, including engagement reviews, planning, compliance testing, fieldwork, and report preparation.

Client Focus

Industry
Practice
– Financial Institutions
– Agreed Upon Procedures
– Higher Education
– Audits, Reviews & Compilations
– State & Local Governments
– Management consulting
– Tribal Casinos
– Governmental auditing
– Tribal Colleges
– Tribal Governments

DESIGNATIONS

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Licensed in Arizona, California, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member, South Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants
Member, Governmental Audit Quality Center – AICPA

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Past Member, Mount Marty College Board of Trustees
Past Member, Mount Marty College Finance Committee
Past Member, Yankton Community Transportation Program Board
Past Honoree, University of South Dakota Alumnus of the Year

EDUCATION

Master of Professional Accountancy,
University of South Dakota – Vermillion, South Dakota

Bachelor of Science, Accounting,
University of South Dakota – Vermillion, South Dakota

Jessica Gadeken

Jessica Gadeken

MPA, CPA, CGMA

Associate Director

Bio

Jessica has been in public accounting since 2005. Her industry specialization includes governmental and non-profit entities with a focus on state, local, and tribal governments. Her responsibilities include financial statement and compliance audits; assisting in the preparation and review of annual financial statements, related footnotes and combining schedules; and serving in the position of Interim Finance Director for governmental and non-profit entities.

Client Focus

Industry
Practice
– Non-Profit
– Audits
– State & Local Governments
– Financial Consulting
– Tribal Governments & Enterprises
– Financial Statements

DESIGNATIONS

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Licensed in Arizona and South Dakota

Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
South Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Vice President and Treasurer, Meridian District of Downtown Yankton
Past Board Member, Susan G. Komen South Dakota Affiliate
Past Member, Yankton Morning Optimist Club

EDUCATION

Master of Professional Accountancy,
University of South Dakota – Vermillion, South Dakota

Bachelor of Arts, Accounting
Mount Marty College – Yankton, South Dakota

Cindy Nordstrom

Cindy Nordstrom

MIM

Associate Director

Bio

Cindy has over 27 years of combined management-level experience in national staffing, employee training, bonus systems, and payroll delivery systems. For the past 17 years, Cindy has provided management consulting services to the clients of Wohlenberg Ritzman & Co., LLC with a focus in tribal casinos, tribal colleges, and tribal governments. She specializes in internal audits, human resources/employee benefits, information technology, and major financial affairs, including set-up and delivery of payroll systems and serving in the position of interim Chief Financial Officer.

Client Focus

Industry
Practice
– Tribal Casinos
– Employee Benefit Plans
– Tribal Colleges
– Information Technology
– Tribal Governments & Enterprises
– Internal Audits
– Payroll
– Strategic Business Planning

SELECTED EDUCATIONAL ENGAGEMENTS

Adjunct Professor for Mount Marty College
Yankton, South Dakota

Adjunct Professor for Little Priest Tribal College
Winnebago, Nebraska

DESIGNATIONS

Master Degree in International Management (MIM)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Treasurer, Wild Turkey Days Committee
Spencer, Nebraska

EDUCATION

Masters in International Management, Finance,
University of Denver – Denver, Colorado

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry,
University of South Dakota – Vermillion, South Dakota

Bachelor of Science, German,
University of South Dakota – Vermillion, South Dakota

Richard Ellis

Richard Ellis

CPA

Senior Audit Manager

Bio

Richard (Dick) has been practicing in public accounting since 1970. After nine years of sole proprietorship, he joined Wohlenberg Ritzman & Co., LLC in July 1991. Dick provides audit services to school districts, municipalities, housing authorities, governmental entities, tribal governments and non-profit organizations. He has an enthusiasm for public accounting and works comfortably with his clients, assisting them with their business and accounting needs.

Client Focus

Industry
Practice
– Low-Income & Public Housing
– Audits
– Non-Profit
– Financial Statements
– State & Local Governments
– Tribal Governments & Enterprises

DESIGNATIONS

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Licensed in South Dakota

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member, South Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Member & Past President, Madison Lions Club
Member & Past Treasurer, Madison Country Club
Past President, Trinity Lutheran Church Council
Past Member, Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Past Member, Madison Area Career Learning Center Board of Directors
Past Member, Trinity Lutheran Church Board of Trustees

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting,
University of South Dakota – Vermillion, South Dakota

Keith Knutson

Keith Knutson

CPA

Senior Audit Manager

Bio

Keith joined Wohlenberg Ritzman & Co., LLC in 2001 as a Staff Accountant and currently serves in the position of Senior Audit Manager. He specializes in preparing financial statements for a broad range of industries. He has over 40 years of accounting experience. Prior to joining the firm, Keith served as a Bank Examiner for a state regulatory authority, a Cashier for a community bank, and a Controller for an implement dealership.

Client Focus

Industry
Practice
– Financial Institutions
– Audits
– Health Care
– Financial Statements
– Low-Income & Public Housing
– Non-Profit
– State & Local Governments
– Tribal Governments & Enterprises

DESIGNATIONS

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Licensed in South Dakota

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member, South Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Vice President and Treasurer, Meridian District of Downtown Yankton
Past Board Member, Susan G. Komen South Dakota Affiliate
Past Member, Yankton Morning Optimist Club

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration,
University of South Dakota –Vermillion, South Dakota

Magan Cuka

Magan Cuka

MBA, CPA

Audit Manager

Bio

Magan joined Wohlenberg Ritzman & Co., LLC in 2017. She started her professional career in private accounting, where she worked for six years, splitting time between the non-profit and for-profit sectors. As an audit manager for WRC, her focus is on auditing and accounting services.

Client Focus

Industry
Practice
– Non-Profit
– Audits
– State & Local Governments
– Financial Statements
– Tribal Governments & Enterprises

DESIGNATIONS

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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

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EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration
University of Sioux Falls – Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting
University of South Dakota – Vermillion, South Dakota

Michelle Reyes

Michelle K. Reyes

MPA, CPA, CGMA

Project Specialist

Bio

Michelle brings 20 years of public service in the human resource field to Wohlenberg Ritzman & Co., LLC. She has experience in recruiting/hiring, employment law, compensation, position classification, benefits, surveys and analysis, training, policy development and interpretation, performance management, employee relations, grievances, complaints, workers’ compensation, reductions in force, unemployment, and retirement. Michelle provides management consulting services to the clients of Wohlenberg Ritzman & Co., LLC with a focus on tribal casinos, tribal colleges, and tribal governments. She specializes in internal audits and human resource administration.

Client Focus

Industry
Practice
– Tribal Casinos
– Human Resource Administration
– Tribal Colleges
– Internal Audits
– Tribal Governments & Enterprises
– Strategic Business Planning
– State & Local Governments

DESIGNATIONS

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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Member, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Member, World at Work (WAW)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

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EDUCATION

Bachelor of Business Administration with Human Resource Emphasis
Texas A&M University – College Station, Texas

Wanda Allen

Wanda Allen

MPA, CPA, CGMA

Administrative Assistant

Bio

Tom has over 20 years of experience in regional public accounting firms and specializes in tribal, federal, state, and local government industries with an emphasis in business audit and tax services.

Client Focus

Industry
Practice
– Agriculture& Ag-related
– Audits
– Individuals
– Financial Statements
– Low-Income & Public Housing
– Business Tax
– Non-Profit
– Personal Tax
– State & Local Governments
– State & Local Tax
– Tribal Governments & Enterprises
– Tax Planning

DESIGNATIONS

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Licensed in Arizona and South Dakota

Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
South Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Vice President and Treasurer, Meridian District of Downtown Yankton
Past Board Member, Susan G. Komen South Dakota Affiliate
Past Member, Yankton Morning Optimist Club

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, Accounting
Mount Marty College – Yankton, South Dakota

Tom Bosn

Thomas J. Bosn

MPA, CPA, CGMA

Audit, Accounting & Tax Specialist

Bio

Tom has over 20 years of experience in regional public accounting firms and specializes in tribal, federal, state, and local government industries with an emphasis in business audit and tax services.

Client Focus

Industry
Practice
– Agriculture& Ag-related
– Audits
– Individuals
– Financial Statements
– Low-Income & Public Housing
– Business Tax
– Non-Profit
– Personal Tax
– State & Local Governments
– State & Local Tax
– Tribal Governments & Enterprises
– Tax Planning

DESIGNATIONS

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Licensed in Arizona and South Dakota

Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
South Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Vice President and Treasurer, Meridian District of Downtown Yankton
Past Board Member, Susan G. Komen South Dakota Affiliate
Past Member, Yankton Morning Optimist Club

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, Accounting
Mount Marty College – Yankton, South Dakota

Kathleen Doyle

Kathleen Doyle

CPA

Special Projects Consultant

Bio

Kathleen has practiced public accounting since 1978, including owning her own accounting firm in Petaluma, California for 35 years. She has a broad industry focus and her areas of expertise include tax, tax planning, and strategic business consulting.

Client Focus

Industry
Practice
– Agriculture & Ag-related
– Business Tax
– Construction
– Credits & Incentives
– Estates & Trusts
– Personal Tax
– Food & Beverage
– State & Local Tax
– Individuals
– Strategic Business Planning
– Manufacturing
– Tax Planning
– Non-Profit
– Retail
– Wholesale
– Wineries & Vineyards

DESIGNATIONS

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Licensed in California and South Dakota

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member, South Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Member, Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation
Treasurer, Petaluma GAP Winegrowers’ Alliance
Past Member, Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees
Past President & Past Treasurer, Petaluma Chamber of Commerce
Past President & Past Treasurer, Petaluma Sunrise Rotary Club
Past Treasurer, Petaluma Lion’s Club

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts
Hood College – Frederick, Maryland

Sharon Helgerson

Sharon Helgerson

MPA, CPA, CGMA

Administrative Assistant

Bio

Tom has over 20 years of experience in regional public accounting firms and specializes in tribal, federal, state, and local government industries with an emphasis in business audit and tax services.

Client Focus

Industry
Practice
– Agriculture& Ag-related
– Audits
– Individuals
– Financial Statements
– Low-Income & Public Housing
– Business Tax
– Non-Profit
– Personal Tax
– State & Local Governments
– State & Local Tax
– Tribal Governments & Enterprises
– Tax Planning

DESIGNATIONS

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Licensed in Arizona and South Dakota

Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
South Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Vice President and Treasurer, Meridian District of Downtown Yankton
Past Board Member, Susan G. Komen South Dakota Affiliate
Past Member, Yankton Morning Optimist Club

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, Accounting
Mount Marty College – Yankton, South Dakota

Jon Hento

Jon Hento

MPA, CPA, CGMA

Staff Auditor

Bio

Jon has over 30 years of accounting experience with tribal casinos and served as a controller. He has experience in preparing financial statements, accounts payable, accounts receivable, 941’s, W2’s, other required tax returns, and preparing analysis reports for casino operations.

Client Focus

Industry
Practice
– Non-Profit
– Audits, Reviews & Compilations
– Tribal Governments & Enterprises
– Financial Statements

DESIGNATIONS

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Licensed in Arizona and South Dakota

Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
South Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Vice President and Treasurer, Meridian District of Downtown Yankton
Past Board Member, Susan G. Komen South Dakota Affiliate
Past Member, Yankton Morning Optimist Club

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting
University of South Dakota – Vermillion, South Dakota

Cassie McClemans

Cassie McClemans

MPA, CPA, CGMA

Audit Coordinator

Bio

After working in the banking industry for four years, Cassie joined Wohlenberg Ritzman & Co., LLC in 2012. She currently serves as the Firm’s Audit Coordinator and is responsible for managing all pre-audit engagement activities as well as audit processing and delivery. In addition to keeping track of the Firm’s audits, Cassie also handles some bookkeeping and tax responsibilities and is one of the faces that greets you at our Madison office.

Client Focus

Industry
Practice
– Agriculture& Ag-related
– Audits
– Individuals
– Financial Statements
– Low-Income & Public Housing
– Business Tax
– Non-Profit
– Personal Tax
– State & Local Governments
– State & Local Tax
– Tribal Governments & Enterprises
– Tax Planning

DESIGNATIONS

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Licensed in Arizona and South Dakota

Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
South Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Member, Yankton Morning Optimist Club

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Business Administration,
Mount Marty College – Yankton, South Dakota

Jackie Potts

Jackie Potts

MBA

Operations Coordinator

Bio

Jackie joined Wohlenberg Ritzman & Co., LLC in 2021. Before joining Wohlenberg Ritzman & Co., LLC, Jackie worked for 12 years in the private health sector. She specializes in Management Consulting and Information Technology.

Client Focus

Industry
Practice
– Non-Profit
– Audits
– State & Local Governments
– Financial Statements
– Tribal Governments & Enterprises

DESIGNATIONS

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Licensed in Arizona and South Dakota

Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
South Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Vice President and Treasurer, Meridian District of Downtown Yankton
Past Board Member, Susan G. Komen South Dakota Affiliate
Past Member, Yankton Morning Optimist Club

EDUCATION

Master of Business Administration
University of South Dakota – Vermillion, SD

Bachelor of Science, Dental Hygiene
University of South Dakota – Vermillion, South Dakota

Luis Ruiz

Luis Ruiz

MPA, CPA, CGMA

Staff Accountant

Bio

Luis joined Wohlenberg Ritzman & Co., LLC in 2020 as an intern and joined the staff full-time in May 2021. As a staff accountant for WRC, his focus is on auditing and accounting services.

Client Focus

Industry
Practice
– Non-Profit
– Audits
– State & Local Governments
– Financial Statements
– Tribal Governments & Enterprises

DESIGNATIONS

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Licensed in Arizona and South Dakota

Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
South Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Vice President and Treasurer, Meridian District of Downtown Yankton
Past Board Member, Susan G. Komen South Dakota Affiliate
Past Member, Yankton Morning Optimist Club

EDUCATION

Pursuing Master of Professional Accountancy
University of South Dakota – Vermillion, SD

Bachelor of Business Administration, Accountancy
Mount Marty University – Yankton, South Dakota

Keegan

Keegan Savary

MPA, CPA, CGMA

Staff Accountant

Bio

Keegan joined Wohlenberg Ritzman & Co., LLC in 2020 as an intern and joined the staff full-time in May 2021. As a staff accountant for WRC, his focus is on auditing and accounting services.

Client Focus

Industry
Practice
– Non-Profit
– Audits
– State & Local Governments
– Financial Statements
– Tribal Governments & Enterprises

DESIGNATIONS

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Licensed in Arizona and South Dakota

Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
South Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Vice President and Treasurer, Meridian District of Downtown Yankton
Past Board Member, Susan G. Komen South Dakota Affiliate
Past Member, Yankton Morning Optimist Club

EDUCATION

Pursuing Master of Business Administration
Wayne State College – Wayne, NE

Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting, Criminal Justice
Mount Marty University – Yankton, South Dakota