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South Lansing

Nikali Luke

Nikali Luke is a principal and shareholder of Simplified Accounting and Tax Service PC where he specializes in individual and corporation income tax preparation. As the president of Simplified, Nikali oversees the preparation of over 5,000 tax returns annually. Additionally, he assists clients with QuickBooks, payroll and other consulting needs. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Michigan and Illinois.

Nikali is proud to see Simplified expand over the past few years as there are now three offices in the Lansing area as well as offices in Owosso, DeWitt, Williamston, Charlotte and Eaton Rapids. He maintains a strong commitment to his clients with honest tax and accounting services, while maintaining fair fees. Nikali also boasts about being a dependable service provider that clients can count on all
year long.

Outside of the workplace Nikali believes in supporting his community by sponsoring the Old Town Business & Art Development Association, participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's, and volunteering his time through speaking engagements for the Kiwanis Club and many others.

Nikali Luke graduated magna cum laude from Western Michigan University and received a BBA in Accounting. He resides in Holt, Michigan with his wife, Nora. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and attending sporting events.

Nikali Luke

Ryan Lowe is a principal and shareholder of Simplified Accounting and Tax Service PC. He oversees the general operations of the firm while servicing his tax and accounting clients. Ryan is a certified public accountant (CPA) licensed in Michigan and Illinois. He is also a licensed real estate professional.

In addition to assisting his clients with their general accounting and tax needs, Ryan specializes in business management consulting, small business startups, and succession planning.

Ryan got his start at Simplified while attending Michigan State University. After graduating with a Masters in Accounting he took a position with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Chicago. In the fall of 2003 he moved back to Lansing and purchased Simplified. Ryan is proud to have been part of the growth of Simplified from 2 to 7 offices under his ownership.

In his free time, Ryan enjoys travelling, boating, and real estate development.

Lesley Bergquist

Lesley Bergquist is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Masters of Science in Tax Accounting from Michigan State University. Lesley previously interned with Simplified during her Masters program in 2010. After graduating, Lesley returned to her hometown of Grand Rapids to work for BDO USA, LLP. Lesley spent three years with BDO gaining experience with both business and personal income tax, focusing on family wealth and high net worth individuals. Lesley left BDO as a Senior Tax Associate and returned to the Simplified team in June 2013. While taxes are her first love, Lesley also enjoys reading, travel, the Spartans, and a good cup of coffee.

AJ Gross

A.J. Gross is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Enrolled Agent (EA). He is an experienced tax specialist, including tax resolution defense. He earned both his bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Michigan State University with honor. He and his family enjoy traveling all over the mid-west for his children’s youth soccer events.


Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson has been with Simplified for ten years and works in the South Lansing and North Larch offices. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and earned her accounting degree from Davenport University. Mary enjoys sports, music, theatre and traveling with friends and family.


Dave Edelman

Dave Edelman has been with Simplified since 1983, working almost exclusively from the South Cedar Street location. He is a CPA specializing in many areas of income tax, including individual, corporate, partnership and non-profit. He earned his bachelors degree locally at MSU. When not in the thick of tax season he enjoys MSU sports, traveling with his family, and playing tennis/volleyball.

Julie Bytwerk

Julie Bytwerk is a local business owner that started out as a client of Simplified. With nine years of small business book keeping and accounting experience, she joined the Simplified team part-time in 2012. Julie is currently taking classes to become an Enrolled Agent and will be preparing individual tax returns in the coming tax season. She has a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Michigan State University. When she’s not working at Simplified she assists her husband in running their retail furniture business. In her free time she enjoys exercising, spending time with friends, and cheering on the Spartans.

Bruce Simon has been an employee of Simplified going into his 9th year. He is a retired State of Michigan employee and has an associate degree in Business from Lansing Community College and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan State University. When he is not working here at Simplified, he is out riding his bicycle in Michigan, Florida, Colorado and many other states. He is a member of the Tri-County Bicycle Association and has ridden to the Bridge on DALMAC for the past several years.

Katherine Young is a graduate of Michigan State University and has been an accountant since 1986, and has been with Simplified since 2000. When she’s not working with numbers she enjoys reading, gardening and kayaking.

George Stehle has been preparing taxes since 1993, and at Simplified for 14 years. George is a graduate of Yale High School, Yale, MI; Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, MI; and has an advanced degree from Lincoln Christian Seminary, Lincoln, IL. He has taken accounting classes at Lansing Community College and Central Michigan University. He has been in the ministry for 59 years and is currently chaplain at the Great Lakes Christian Home in Holt since 2003.

Rosemary Gavrilides

Rosemary Gavrilides has been with Simplified for 26 years. She has an associates degree in accounting from Grand Rapids Community College. She loves spending time with her 4 grandchildren and is an avid fan of MSU basketball, musical theater, and singing barbershop.



Joe Micale is a new employee of Simplified Tax & Accounting Services. He is a CPA with a degree from Eastern Michigan University, majoring in accounting. When he is not doing taxes, he spends his time golfing and traveling.

Angela Burgtorf has been with Simplified for nine years. She has a degree from Michigan State University majoring in accounting. She also works as an accounting specialist with the State of Michigan. In her spare time she loves to spend time at amusement parks and concerts.

Marsha McCormick

Marsha McCormick has worked with Simplified for 22 years, starting as a part-time receptionist & progressing over the years to bookkeeper, accounts receivable, billing, payroll & administrative duties. When not at Simplified, she enjoys her family, 3 cats and playing the piano for enjoyment and her church.




Mary Aymor

Mary Aymor has been with Simplified since 2008. She handles all aspects of the electronic filing program and coordinates reception for all eight Simplified offices. Mary is currently in school working towards her degree in elementary education but thinking of switching to accounting. While not at work or studying she loves spending time with her son and enjoys time with her friends.

Owosso

Angis Fernette

Angie Fernette has worked with Simplified for 27 years as the office manager in the Owosso office. Angie is the "farm specialist" for Simplified. In addition to preparing individual taxes she also provides accounting, payroll and QuickBooks support. During her free time she enjoys her family, traveling and time spent with good friends.


Williamston:

Mariana Sigafoose

Mariana Sigafoose started with Simplified Tax in January 2005 when the Williamston office was opened. She works the "tax season" in the Williamston office exclusively and during the "off" time you can find her in Lansing, Charlotte or Williamston. She has been preparing tax returns since 1980, working with various CPA firms. She has a Bachelor of Business Leadership from Baker College. Marianna has 2 children and 8 grandchildren and during her down time you can find her by the water -- fishing, swimming or just soaking up the sun and sounds.

Charlotte

LaVonne Anderson has worked with Simplified Tax since 2008. When Simplified opened their 5th location in Charlotte, LaVonne was excited for the challenge and has contributed to getting the location up and running. LaVonne began doing taxes in 1993. Since then, LaVonne has managed two tax offices and eventually went on to own her own business. LaVonne is always saying how much she loves doing taxes and enjoys the time she spends with her clients. When LaVonne is not doing taxes, she is a wife, mom, grandma, and runs a small photography business.

Delta Township

Tom Kronner

Tom Kronner is a certified public account who specializes in tax planning and preparation for small businesses as well as individuals. He joined the Simplified team after 17 years in public accounting working for several local CPA firms as well as owning and managing his own practice for the last 10 years. He has a very diverse background and graduated from Michigan State University where he also earned three varsity letters in football. Additionally, he holds a Masters Degree from Wayne State University and worked for 18 years as a Juvenile Probation officer before entering the field of accounting. He currently resides in Haslett and has three daughters, all of whom are very avid Spartan fans. Go Green!

J.P. Jackson is beginning his second tax with Simplified and his fourth as a paid tax preparer. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University and a native of Kalamazoo. During the off-season you can find him tinkering with his two hobby interests: classic cars and classic pinball machines. He is an avid reader of mysteries and a huge sports fan.

Mary Anne Gray has been preparing tax returns for 21 years. She is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a bachelor's degree in accounting. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, quilting, and hiking in the Smokey Mountains.

Eaton Rapids

Kathie Hanks is an Enrolled Agent (EA) recently employed with Simplified. She has prepared income taxes and accounting for clients in the Eaton Rapids and surrounding area for the past 17 years. When Kathie isn’t busy with tax season she enjoys spending time with family, gardening and boating.

Dewitt

Julie Young Julie Young is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) working in the Dewitt office. Graduating from Michigan State University in 1996 with a Bachelors degree in Accounting, she started working immediately for a local firm. From the beginning of her career, she has focused on working closely with small business owners, helping them grow and profitably operate their businesses. She started her own firm in 2003 with just two clients, and grew that portfolio steadily over ten years, until October 2013 when she merged her firm into Simplified and became the manager of the DeWitt office. Julie specializes in supporting business owners with both their accounting and tax needs.

Julie lives in Dewitt with her husband and three children. She is very active in school activities such as volunteering in the classroom and school board activities in St. Johns. She enjoys being involved with her children’s sporting activities and events, cooking, traveling, spending time family, and reading a good book.

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