Our Team

New clients typically meet with a partner of the firm who is a dedicated, experienced certified public accountant. Personal contact with clients is our highest priority, so we can assess each client’s needs on an individual basis. Although each client confers principally with a partner in charge, teamwork is encouraged and the team approach is often used to solve difficult technical problems. Thus the combined efforts of a tax specialist or an audit specialist may be utilized to provide the highest quality service to ensure positive results for our clients.

WRDR Partners

Cathy A. Thomas

CPA
Managing Partner
(815) 730-6250 x1020
cat@wrdr.com

bio

Service Areas:

  • Income Tax Planning, Consulting
  • Assurance and Advisory Services
  • Estate Planning
  • Not-For-Profit Auditing

Experience:
Cathy Thomas has been practicing public and private accounting since 1980 and has been a part of auditing governmental entities, not-for-profit entities, and nonpublic entities. She also has experience in tax planning and preparation for individuals, estates, gift tax, and corporate clients.

Education:
Bachelor of Science, Illinois State University

Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • Estate Planning Council of the Greater Joliet Area
  • Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center Foundation Board
  • Kiwanis Club of Joliet
  • Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce Council of Working Women

Howard D. Ellison

CPA, CVA, CMA
WRDR Partner
(815) 730-6250 x1031
hde@wrdr.com

bio

Service Areas:

  • Income Tax Planning, Consulting
  • Assurance and Advisory Services
  • Valuation and Litigation Support

Experience:
Howard Ellison has been practicing public and private accounting since 1991 and has been involved with tax planning and preparation for individuals and business entities, specializing in closely-held family businesses for litigation, merger and acquisition, pension valuations and litigation support services.

Education:
Bachelor of Business Administration, College of St. Francis

Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts
  • Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)
  • IMA Calumet Chapter, Past President

David M. Meyer

CPA
WRDR Partner
(815) 730-6250 x1034
dmm@wrdr.com

bio

Service Areas:

  • Not-For-Profit Auditing
  • Governmental Auditing

Experience:
Dave Meyer has been practicing public accounting since 1992 and has been a part of auditing in the public sector including counties, cities, villages, townships, school districts, not-for-profit organizations and agencies of the State of Illinois.

Education:
Bachelor of Science, University of Illinois

Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • Illinois Association of School Business Officials

Mary E. Lancaster

CPA
WRDR Partner
(815) 730-6250 x1030
mel@wrdr.com

bio

Service Areas:

  • Income Tax Planning, Consulting
  • Assurance and Advisory Services
  • Not-For-Profit Auditing

Experience:
Mary Lancaster has been practicing public accounting since 1988 and has been a part of auditing governmental entities, not-for-profit entities, and health care organizations. She also has experience in tax planning and preparation for individuals, trust and estates, not-for-profit, and corporate clients.

Education:
Bachelor of Arts, Lewis University

Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • Cathedral of St. Raymond Administration Commission, Chair
  • Cathedral of St. Raymond School Board, President
  • Will Grundy Center for Independent Living, Treasurer and President
  • Zonta Club of Joliet Area, Treasurer
  • Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce Council of Working Women, Treasurer

John R. Rogers

CPA
Founding Partner (Retired)

bio

Service Areas:

  • Income Tax Planning, Consulting
  • Estate Planning

Experience:
Jack Rogers, CPA has been practicing public accounting since 1952 and has experience in tax planning and preparation and auditing not-for-profit organizations and governmental entities.

Education:
BA from DePaul University, 1951

Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Counsel
  • Illinois CPA Society, Past President
  • National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, Member
  • Cornerstone, Incoming Chairman
  • Provena Villa Franciscan Advisory Board, Advisor
  • Salvation Army, Board Member

James A. Ruzon

CPA
WRDR Partner (Retired)

bio

Service Areas:

  • Income Tax Planning, Consulting
  • Assurance and Advisory Services

Experience:
Jim Ruzon has been practicing public accounting since 1974 and has experience in tax planning and preparation and auditing for governmental entities, employee benefit plans and non-public companies.

Education:
Bachelor of Arts, Lewis University

Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS)
  • ICPAS Specialized Industries Committee, Past Member
  • ICPAS Agribusiness Committee, Past Chairman
  • Guardian Angel Community Services, Member
  • International Network of Professional Accountants (INPACT) Americas, President

Edward R. Marso

CPA
WRDR Partner (Retired)

bio

Service Areas:

  • Income Tax Planning, Consulting
  • Assurance and Advisory Services
  • Not-For-Profit Auditing
  • Governmental Auditing
  • Employee Benefit Plan Auditing
  • Nonpublic Auditing
 Experience:
Ed Marso has been practicing public accounting since 1984 and has been a part of auditing governmental entities, not-for-profit entities, employee benefit plans and commercial enterprises. He also has experience in tax planning and preparation for individuals and corporate clients.

Education:

  • Master of Business Administration, Lewis University
  • Bachelor of Arts, College of St. Francis

Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • Illinois Government Finance Officers Association
  • Illinois Association of School Business Officials

Managers/Professional Staff

Katie A. Napier

CPA
Manager
(815) 730-6250 x1044
kan@wrdr.com

bio

Service Areas:

  • Income Tax Preparation
  • Auditing Staff
 Education:
  • Master of Science in Accountancy, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Illinois

Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society

Thomas E. Lancaster III

CPA
Manager
(815) 730-6250 X 1019
tel@wrdr.com

bio

Service Areas:

  • Income Tax Preparation
  • Assurance Services
Education:
Bachelor of Science, University of Illinois Chicago

Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Christopher Chamblee

CPA
Senior Staff Accountant
(815) 730-6250 x1037
csc@wrdr.com

bio

Service Areas:

  • Income Tax Preparation
  • Auditing Staff

Education:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.
  • University of St. Francis

Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society

Natalie A. Manley

CPA
Senior Staff Accountant
(815) 730-6250 x1025
nam@wrdr.com

bio

Service Areas:

  • Cash Management
  • Campaign Disclosure Report Preparation
  • Income Tax Preparation
  • Auditing Staff

Education:
Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Saint Francis

Affiliations:

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society
  • Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce Council of Working Women
  • CASA of Will County, Past Board Member
  • Will Grundy Center for Independent Living, Committee Member
  • United Way of Will County, Professional Division Representative
  • Joliet Township High School Freshman Academy, Financial Literacy Presenter
  • Joliet Junior College, Job Shadow Host
  • WJOL 1340AM, Co-Host Lynn, Mary & Natalie Show

Gabriela M. Garcia


Staff Accountant
(815) 730-6250 x1013
gmg@wrdr.com

bio

Service Areas:

  • Income Tax Preparation
  • Auditing Staff

Education:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.
  • University of St. Francis

Stephanie N. Burke


Staff Accountant
(815) 730-6250 x1016
snb@wrdr.com

bio

Service Areas:

  • Income Tax Preparation
  • Auditing Staff

Education:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.
  • University of St. Francis

David A. Gonzalez


Staff Accountant
(815) 730-6250 x1015
dag@wrdr.com

bio

Service Areas:

  • Income Tax Preparation
  • Auditing Staff

Education:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.
  • Lewis University

Amy R. Vicioso


Staff Accountant
(815) 730-6250 x1017
arv@wrdr.com

bio

Service Areas:

  • Income Tax Preparation
  • Auditing Staff

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting.
  • Judson University

Affiliations:

  • General Federation of Women’s Club of Illinois (GFWC)

Robert D. Vironda

IT Director
(815) 730-6250 x1022
rdv@wrdr.com

bio

Service Areas:
Technical Assistance

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 10
  • Server 2012
  • Server 2008
  • Server 2003

Education:

  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional, in progress
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Saint Francis

Accounting Staff

Theresa L. Flowers

Accounting Staff Manager
(815) 730-6250 x1027
tlf@wrdr.com

bio

Service Areas:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Payroll Services

Education:

  • Associate in Applied Science, Joliet Junior College
  • QuickBooks Professional Advisor

Christine L. Ludvik

Accounting Staff
(815) 730-6250 x1040
cll@wrdr.com

bio

Service Areas:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Payroll Services
 Education:
QuickBooks Professional Advisor

Dawn L. Aldridge

Accounting Staff
(815) 730-6250 x1014
dla@wrdr.com

bio

Service Areas:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Payroll Services

Education:
Associate of Arts, Joliet Junior College

Kylie E. Bradley

Accounting Staff
(815) 730-6250 x1039
keb@wrdr.com

bio

Service Areas:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Payroll Services

Education:
Associate of Business, Joliet Junior College

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