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Steve Criser, CPA
Senior Partner

Steve has held accounting positions with some of the most prestigious accounting firms in the State of Kansas for over 35 years. Steve is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant with the Kansas Board of Accountancy.A member of professional organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Kansas Society of CPA's, the National Society of Accountants, and the Estate Planning Council of Wichita.Serves on numerous boards of charitable organizations including Urban League of Kansas Incorporated and his local Church.

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Laura Parrish-Coan, EA, ATA, ABA
Managing Partner

Laura has over 25 years of experience as a tax and accounting consultant.Laura is licensed to practice before the Internal Revenue Service and is a member of the Kansas Public Accountants Association, National Society of Accountants, and the Estate Planning Council of Wichita.

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Elizabeth Barnett
Partner/West Location

Liz has been with our firm since 2000 and a Partner since 2013. She is an expert in business and individual taxes. With a natural talent in small business accounting and compliance, Liz is a valuable member of our team. She manages our west office, and is working on her bachelor’s degree in accounting at WSU. Liz is a member of the Kansas Public Accountants Association and a Certified QuickBooks Advisor.

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Katherine Sparks, CPA
CPA/Manager

Kathy has been with our firm since 2007 and supervises our bookkeeping department. She manages payroll, sales tax, and bookkeeping for clients, and is a certified QuickBooks Advisor. Kathy has her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in Accounting, and in the spring of 2013, received her Master’s Degree in Accounting from Friends University. She went on to pass the CPA exam in January of 2014, receiving her license in April of that year. Additionally, Kathy founded and directs Lexi’s LAMB Foundation, a local nonprofit which helps children in local hospitals.

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    Stephen Mardis, JD, CPA
    Associate

    Steve has over 35 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, as well as being an attorney-at-law. He practices in the corporate and individual income tax area and specializes in automobile dealerships and estates and trusts.A member of professional organizations including the Kansas Society of CPA’s, the Estate Planning Council of Wichita and Kansas Bar Association.

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      Ellen Moore Leidy, CPA
      Tax Manager

      Ellen joined our firm full time in the summer of 2012, after assisting during tax season for the previous two years. She has over 25 years of experience in accounting, has been the controller of both nonprofit and for profit entities, worked in public accounting, and developed tax accounting software. She now serves as our Tax Manager. Ellen enjoys supporting small business clients and individual tax consultation. A graduate of Kansas State University, she did graduate work in taxation at Texas Tech University.

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        Moonmoon Chakravarthy, CPA
        CPA

        Moonmoon joined our firm in August of 2015. She holds a Master's degree in Accounting from the University of West Florida and coursework in accounting and finance from Harvard Extension School. Moonmoon’s prior professional experience includes five years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in finance and business account administration, where she worked very closely with faculty and research scientists in managing multiple grants of over $7 million. She is also a holder of a CPA license from the state of Massachusetts and maintains a CPA license from the state of Kansas.

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          Ellen Hittle
          EA, Accountant

          Ellen joined our firm the summer of 2015, bringing with her over 30 years of experience in accounting and tax preparation. She has worked primarily in public accounting, focusing on business and individual tax preparation. Ellen has been an Enrolled Agent with the IRS since 1992 and is a Notary Public. She spends her leisure time as an active member of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, and enjoys cross stitch and quilting.

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            Dee Ann Albert
            Accountant

            Dee Ann has assisted the firm during tax season since 2006. In 2011 she joined the firm as a part-time employee working in bookkeeping and individual tax preparation. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting from Wichita State University.

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              Aimee Basham
              Accountant

              Aimee joined our firm in 2008. She prepares payrolls and tax returns for individuals and small businesses, as well as supporting special research projects. Aimee graduated in 1999 from Sterling College with a degree in Behavioral Science.

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                Ruth Clark
                Accountant

                Ruth has been with our firm since 2008. She holds an Associate’s degree in accounting from Butler Community College as well as a Bachelor in accounting from Wichita State University. She specializes in multi-state payrolls, payroll reports and multi-state sales tax reports. She also does bookkeeping and tax preparation for clients. In recent years, Ruth has been on several medical mission trips to Kenya and Peru.

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                  Carrie Engels
                  Accountant

                  Carrie joined our firm in 2013. She works on payroll, sales tax and bookkeeping for clients. Carrie earned her degree in Elementary Education from Wichita State University and is currently working on her Master’s of Accounting degree through Friends University. When Carrie is not in school or spending time with her husband and son, she volunteers for the Humane Society.

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                    Jacy Zimmerman
                    Accountant

                    Jacy began as an intern during the 2014 tax season. She now works as a bookkeeper, preparing payroll and taxes for clients. Jacy graduated with a bachelor of accounting degree from Wichita State University in the fall of 2014, and is currently studying for the CPA.

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                      Dawn Andrews
                      Accountant

                      Dawn joined the firm in the fall of 2014 as a bookkeeper, bringing with her 14 years of customer service, bookkeeping and client relations experience in the commercial property management industry. She currently prepares payroll and sales tax returns and performs monthly bookkeeping functions for our clients. In a personal capacity, Dawn donates her time to various projects and committees at her church and in the local community as a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sedgwick County and Union Rescue Mission.

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                        Matt Moore
                        Accountant

                        Matt Moore began his employment with our firm as a part-time intern during the 2013 tax season. He was hired as a full-time employee in September of 2015 and works as a bookkeeper as well as assisting in tax preparation. Matt brings with him over 4 years of IT administration knowledge and enjoys working through processes looking for any improvements. He enjoys the challenge of creating useful information from varied datasets as well. Matt is currently attending Wichita State University to complete his Accounting degree and plans to sit for the CPA exam upon completion.

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                          Debrah Stancoff
                          Practice Manager

                          Debi has been with our firm since 2007 and is in charge of project management and client relations. She also assists with human resources, bookkeeping, tax preparation work, and coordinates/plans seminars and training.

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                            Penny Rader
                            Client Coordinator

                            Penny joined our firm in 2006. She has more than 20 years of customer service experience and more than 15 years experience editing newsletters. Penny provides all types of office assistance, edits the Criser + Gough + Parrish newsletter, and manages the firm’s social media.

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                              Taylor Dixon
                              Receptionist

                              Taylor was the “director of first impressions” as well as an office assistant with our firm from the summer of 2012 until December, when she took a break to become a mom. Since her return to work, she serves as our Administrative Services Manager helping with the website, media, and a variety of projects and is the Receptionist at our West location. Taylor earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communications from Kansas State University, and has multiple years of experience with event planning.

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                                Cynthia Allen
                                Receptionist

                                Cynthia joined our firm in the spring of 2016. She has over 20 years experience as a receptionist/administrative assistant. In 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri, Cynthia earned her Paralegal Degree. In her spare time she enjoys reading, family, cooking, sports and traveling.

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                                  Starla Criser
                                  Community Relations

                                  Starla represents Criser, Gough & Parrish as they support Wichita’s community. She serves on the Linwood Senior Center Advisory Council, teaches and mentors senior adults interested in writing at both the Linwood Senior Center and the Downtown Senior Center, and coordinates the SECA (Seniors Exploring Cultural Arts) group at the Downtown Senior Center. She is also a member of Botanica the Wichita Gardens, the Sedgwick County Zoo, and the Adventurous Babes Society in Wichita.