Staff Bios

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All Staff
Stephen

Stephen J. Morice, CPA

Steve graduated in 1975 from the University of Missouri - St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – Accounting. After one year in private industry, Steve joined the firm of Schmitt, Biermann, & Spitznagel, the predecessor firm to what is currently Morice, List & Associates, LLC. He became a principal in the Firm in 1982.

Steve is a member of the Missouri Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. He has provided quality service to both individuals and closely held businesses in business and tax planning and representation before IRS and other agencies for over 30 years.

Chester

Chester E. List, MBA, CPA

Chester is a 1983 graduate of the University of Evansville in Indiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – Accounting. He completed his MBA at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 1990. Chester joined the firm in December 1995 as a tax manager and became a principal in the firm in 2017. He is a member of the Missouri Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. Chester has served as a member of the MSCPA Accounting and Audit Committee for over 20 years and is a past chair of the committee.

Vicki

Vicki L. McDonald, CPA

Vicki is a 1995 graduate of McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois with a Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting. After working for several years in private industry while finishing college, she was hired as a staff accountant in 1995 and promoted to Manager in 1999. Vicki became a CPA in 2001 and is licensed in both Missouri and Illinois. She is involved with nearly all of the services our firm provides, including income tax preparation, financial statement preparation and review, and payroll tax services. She has experience with both Sage and QuickBooks accounting software.

Deborah

Deborah A. Deters, CPA

Debbie attended St. Louis Community College and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, earning a Bachelor of Science – Business Administration. After nine years of employment in the manufacturing industry, she became licensed as a CPA in 1993. She joined what at the time was Spitznagel, Morice & Berri, P.C. in 1996. Over the years Debbie has provided expert professional services in all areas of accounting and bookkeeping. She is proficient in Sage and QuickBooks.

Billie Risinger

Billie Risinger, Enrolled Agent

Billie has over 20 years of experience in public accounting. She attended college in Florida and here in Missouri. She has been employed by our firm since 2000. As an Enrolled Agent, she is licensed to represent our clients before the IRS. Billie has extensive experience using both Sage and QuickBooks.

Louise Effan

Louise Effan

Louise has over 30 years of experience in accounting, bookkeeping, and tax preparation. Louise joined the firm of Fiehler & Marcus, P.C. in 2003 and became a member of our staff when that firm joined ours in 2015. She is knowledgeable in small business accounting software including Sage and QuickBooks.

Angie Meyers

Angie Meyers

Angie holds a Master’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She joined the firm in 2003 as part of our Administrative Staff. Since then, she has been successful in developing positive relationships with both clients and coworkers. In addition to general office management, she is adept in providing support to the firm principals and staff, handling appointments, messages, and written correspondence. She is proficient in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Brenda Williams

Brenda Williams

Brenda joined our firm in 2012 with over 25 years of bookkeeping, payroll, and accounting experience, in both public and private sectors. She currently provides a full range of payroll services to many of our clients using Sage 50 software, including preparation of Federal and State quarterly and year-end tax returns. She is proficient with QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online, providing client support and guidance.

Paula Hultz

Paula Hultz

Paula joined our firm in 2017. She has over 34 years of experience in accounting, bookkeeping, payroll and tax preparation, both in public accounting and the private sector. She is knowledgeable in small business accounting software, including Sage and QuickBooks.

Joel Shilling

Joel Shilling

Joel is a 2007 graduate of the University of Missouri - St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – Finance. Joel has over eight years of experience in the manufacturing industry. Joel joined the firm in 2017. Joel has experience in the fields of tax, bookkeeping, and payroll, and general ledger accounting. He is proficient using accounting software such as Sage 50 and QuickBooks.

James

James (Jim) Mertz, MBA

Jim recently joined our firm in January of 2018. He graduated from Lindenwood University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and graduated with his MBA from Lindenwood University in December of 2017. Jim has five years of public accounting experience. He specializes in income tax preparation.

Kurt Hegedus

Kurt Hegedus, CPA, MAcc

Kurt is a 1997 graduate of Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He completed his Masters of Accountancy with a Tax Emphasis in 1998 also from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Kurt started his career in public accounting and then went to work for two publicly traded companies working in their tax departments. Kurt has been back in public accounting for over 10 years, serving as a tax manager for the majority of those years. He joined the firm in February 2018 as a tax manager. Kurt has over 20 years of tax preparation, tax planning, representation before the IRS and numerous states, and tax consulting experience.

Tonya Darnell

Tonya Darnell

Tonya joined the firm in 2014 and manages the Festus office. She attended Southeast Missouri State University. Tonya has 27 years of accounting, general ledger, and payroll experience along with 17 years of tax preparation experience. In addition to other duties, she provides a full range of payroll services to many of our clients. She is very skillful in a variety of small business accounting software packages including QuickBooks and Sage 50, and often provides software training to clients.

Vicki Sanderson

Vicki Sanderson

Vicki joined the firm in 2014. She attended Illinois Valley Community College and has over 30 years’ experience working with a variety of small businesses. She has extensive experience in the areas of accounting, bookkeeping, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll and tax preparation.

Laura Koch

Laura Koch

Laura joined the firm Nov, 2017. She has an Associates Degree from Northeastern Christian Jr. College in Villanova, PA.  She also attended Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO. Laura was responsible for all the bookkeeping aspects of her late husband’s business for over 30 years, utilizing Quick Books for 16 of those years. She has extensive experience in the areas of bookkeeping, accounts receivable, accounts payable, quarterly taxes and payroll. Laura splits her time between the Festus office and our St. Louis location.