Meet our Staff

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Christopher W. Kindlinger, CPA, MST
Principal

Chris joined the firm in December of 1990 as a staff accountant and worked his way up to Managing Principal. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Grand Valley State University in Accounting and a Master of Science degree in Taxation, also from Grand Valley State University. His previous experience came from being a staff member of a large firm in Muskegon, Michigan. 

Chris has a diversified background in audit and taxation. He specializes in business consulting, succession planning and implementation and tax planning for closely held companies and their owners, as well as for high net worth individuals. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Michigan as well as a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor and a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Scott W. Verhage, CPA
Tax Manager

Scott joined the firm in 2006 as a staff accountant and is now Tax Manager. He graduated from Northwestern Michigan College with an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Business and Lake Superior State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. His previous experience came from being a staff member at a local accounting firm that specialized in closely held companies and high net worth individuals.

Scott has over 15 years of experience in all areas of tax planning and preparation. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Michigan and a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Charles K. Pittenger, EA
Small Business Manager

Chuck joined the Kindlinger & Company, PC team in 2014 as Small Business Manager. He has vast experience in routine accounting functions with clients from a range of industries. Chuck has been involved with negotiations and acquisitions of small businesses, helping to lead those clients to expansion and further growth. His previous experience also includes designing and directing the implementation of automated data collection systems. These automated systems dramatically reduced the need for traditional data entry methods, thereby increasing the speed and accuracy of reports.

Chuck was appointed to the board of a local charter school, and subsequently elected Treasurer, where he served for many years.

Dane S. Hadfield, CPA
Senior Accountant

Dane joined the firm in 2017 bringing with him over 15 years of experience in tax and accounting, both in the public and private sectors. Dane received his undergraduate degree from Ferris State University and took additional classes in Forensic Accounting to further his experience, and to meet the requirements for the CPA licensure. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Michigan, as well as a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a QuickBooks Pro-Advisor and enjoys working with clients to help them become more efficient with accounting for their own businesses.

Mark S. Kidd, CPA, MSA
Senior Accountant

Mark joined the firm in 2017 in his current position as Senior Accountant. Mark received his Master of Science in Accountancy degree from Grand Valley State University in 2014 and became a licensed CPA in the State of Michigan that same year. He has experience in preparing individual, business, non-profit, and gift tax returns. He is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. 

Mark and his wife enjoy boating, spending time with family, and watching high school and college sports.

Jennifer E. Watkins, MBA
Senior Accountant

Jenn joined the firm in 2017 in her current position as Senior Accountant. Jenn received her Master of Business Administration in Accounting degree from Davenport University in 2014. She has experience preparing individual, business and trust tax returns. Jenn plans to sit for the CPA exam in 2018. 

Jenn grew up spending summers in Northern Michigan and moved to Traverse City with her husband in 2017. She enjoys the outdoors including snowboarding, boating, hiking and fishing.

Anna A. Courtright, CPA, MBA
Tax Senior

Anna joined the firm in 2016 in her current position as staff accountant.  Anna graduated from Baker College with an MBA in Accountancy. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Michigan and a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.  Although Anna loves to crunch numbers, her real passion is working with people.

Anna moved to Northern Michigan, from Russia, in 2000. She and her husband and their two children are happy to call Traverse City home.

Thomas C. Kindlinger, CPA, MSA
Tax Senior

Thomas joined the firm in 2017 in his current position as Staff Accountant. Thomas received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Accounting from Michigan State University in 2016. His previous experience comes from being a Staff Accountant at a large firm in Detroit, Michigan. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Michigan.

Having spent several years in southern Michigan, Thomas moved back to Traverse City in the fall of 2017. He enjoys singing and the outdoors of Northern Michigan. 

Camille Johnston
Office Administrator

Rebecca joined the firm in 2018 in her current role as Office Administrator. She enjoys working with our clients and providing exceptional service. Rebecca has been commissioned by the Michigan Secretary of State to serve as a notary public. Some of her duties in the office include billing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll and tax processing. 

Rebecca moved to Traverse City in 2001. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her daughter.

Deann Stewart
Office Assistant

Deann started at Kindlinger & Company in January of 2017. She brings many years of experience working in the Real Estate and Title Insurance industries.

Levi Berlin
Staff Accountant

Levi joined the firm in 2019 in his current postion as Staff Accountant. He graduated from Northwestern Michigan College with an Associate of Science and Arts degree and Grand Valley State University with a Master of Science in Accounting degree. He has experience working with Michigan charter schools through an accounting internship. He also has experience preparing individual tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Levi has recently passed the CPA exam.

Levi enjoys the outdoors, camping, golfing, spending time with family, and watching college sports.

In Memory of Leon M. Quigley

August 23, 1950 - April 26, 2018

An original partner of Kindlinger & Company, PC (previously Jarvis, Kindlinger, Shumsky & Quigley, PC), Leon retired from the firm in 2013 with over 35 years experience as a practicing Certified Public Accountant. He was a graduate of Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

His expertise included advising small businesses in operations and tax. Leon was passionate about investing in real estate and advising clients in these matters.