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Honor Students

Each spring the Accounting Department selects its top accounting student based on a combination of academics in the department as well as leadership activities at the college and the department. These students are formally recognized for their excellence at the college's Honors Convocation in April.


2018 Honor Student

Angela Bauman

Angela BaumanCurrent Employer

Crowe Horwath
Springfield, IL


2018 Honor Student

Sara Ellis

Sara EllisCurrent Employer

Caterpillar
San Antonio, TX


2017 Honor Student

Michelle Ravel

Michelle RavelCurrent Employer

IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union
Moline, IL

Title

Accounting Assistant

Responsibilities

To be determined.

Activities while in college

Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Dean’s List 8 semesters, Alpha Xi Delta, Courier, VITA Accounting Tutor and Lab Assistant, Order of Omega, Accounting Society, Political Economy and Commerce Club, Alpha Lambda Delta, Sigma Beta Delta, Intramural Sports.


2016 Honor Student

Emily Flint, CPA

Emily FlintCurrent Employer

Crowe Horwath
Springfield, IL

Title

Business Risk Staff Consultant

Responsibilities

  • Work mainly on consulting engagements that focus on governmental regulations and compliance as well as internal audit (federal and state).
  • Determine that laws are being followed by public sector groups (i.e., local governments, not-for-profits, higher education).
  • Work with clients to help them understand and properly implement the law. 

Activities while in college

Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Dean’s List 8 semesters, accounting tutor and lab assistant, women’s soccer captain, academic-all conference 4 years, Accounting Society, Mortar Board, Alpha Lambda Delta, Blue Key, VITA Assistant Coordinator, Midwest Scholarship, Monmouth College Scot Ambassador. 


2015 Honor Student

Caitlin Heimann

Caitlin HeimannCurrent Employer 

Dot Foods
Mt. Sterling, IL

Title

Staff Accountant

Responsibilities

  • Assist in closing each financial period by doing various tasks, i.e. inter-department labor, deferral entries, Savor Brands Sales and COGS
  • Assist in processing the company annual budget and projected 5 year target
  • Review end of periods’ financial reports before being sent to Financial Review
  • Make changes to any PeopleSoftnVision Reporting layout upon upper management requests.

Activities while in college

Dean’s List, Accounting Society President/Member, Accounting 203 Lab Assistant, Accounting Tutor, VITA Assistant Coordinator, Basketball, Midwest Leadership Scholarship Recipient.


2014 Honor Student

Aaron Bromeland, CPA

Aaron BromelandCurrent Employer 

Deere & Company
Moline, IL

Title

General Ledger Accountant
General Ledger Shares Services Group

Responsibilities

  • Process intercompany returns and inventory purchases through the Common Worldwide Inter-factory System for AG & CF, Engine Works, and JD Reman-Springfield.
  • Exhibit team lead for exhibits handled by General Ledger Shared Services.
  • Help generate US AG exhibits.
  • Perform monthly reconciliations on several liability accounts.

Post-Baccalaureate Education

Part-time student in the Master of Accountancy program at St. Ambrose University.

Activities while in college

Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Dean’s List 8 semesters, RA in Cleland and Founders Village, Accounting 204 Lab Assistant, Accounting Tutor, VITA Assistant Coordinator, Baseball, Mortar Board, Blue Key, and Alpha Lambda Delta.


2013 Honor Student

Chelsey Widdop Blodgett, MSA, CPA

Chelsey Widdup, MBACurrent Employer 

RSM US LLP
Madison, WI

Title

Assurance Senior Associate

Responsibility

  • Provide financial auditing and review services to external clients in the not-for-profit and manufacturing industries which includes auditing of financial information, preparation and/or review of financial statements, and building strong client relationships.

Activities while in college

Varsity volleyball, Monmouth College Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Monmouth College Accounting Society, Accounting tutor and lab instructor, VITA student coordinator, Monmouth College Mortar Board, Monmouth College Scot's Ambassador, Dean's List.


2012 Honor Student

Ky Claeys, MAS

Ky ClaeysCurrent Employer 

Deere & Company
Moline, IL

Title

Harvester Works Budget Accountant 3rd Rotation Finance Development Program (FDP)

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for factory budget administration and assisting budget owners in understanding and managing their budgets, setting the expense structure line and original budgets, and helping with various general ledger activities.

Activities while in college

Dean’s List, VITA Student Coordinator, Accounting Lab Assistant and Tutor, President of the Accounting Society, Supplemental Instruction Leader in Finance, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and member of the varsity football team.


2011 Honor Student

Kayla Winbigler Jones, CPA

Kayla Winbigler JonesCurrent Employer 

Inpro/Seal LLC / A Waukesha Bearings Business
Rock Island, IL

Title

Finance Manager

Responsibilities

  • Under the general supervision of the CFO, responsible for the finance direction of the Results Producing Unit (RPU) for Inpro/Seal business.

Activities while in college

Dean’s List, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, VITA Volunteer, Lab Assistant and Tutor, President of Accounting Society, Women’s Golf Team, Chorale, Scots Ambassador.


2010 Honor Student

Brittany Cecil, MBA

Brittany CecilCurrent Employer 

Department of the Army

Title

Logistics Management Specialist

Responsibilities

  • Provide support for various Army service acquisitions.

Activities while in college

Dean's List, VITA Volunteer, Accounting Tutor, Accounting Lab Assistant, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Secretary of Accounting Society, and Student Senate Representative.


2008 Honor Student

Ashley Yeast Tanney, MBA

Ashley Yeast TanneyCurrent Employer 

Deere & Company
Moline, IL

Title

Business Analyst in Product Line Reporting for the Ag and Turf Division

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for unit input, analysis and business changes related to Region 4.

Activities while in college

Varsity Volleyball, Varsity Women's Basketball, Sigma Omicron Mu Scholastic Fraternity, Monmouth College Accounting Society, Accounting Tutor and Lab Instructor, VITA Volunteer, Monmouth College Mortar Board, Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities & Colleges, Monmouth College Student Athlete Committee, Monmouth College Blue Key, Monmouth College Big Sister Role Model Program, Monmouth College Student Ambassador, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Monmouth College Admissions Representative, Special Olympics, Dean's List, Youth Volleyball Coach, 2008 ACM woman athlete of the year


 

2007 Honor Student

Erin Luder RempeErin Luder Rempe, MBA

Current Employer 

Assurant, Inc.
West Des Moines, Iowa

Title

Payroll Project Manager

Responsibilities

  • Oversee a team of 11 to process payroll for 12,000+ employees.
  • Complete W-2 processing, validation, and balancing
  • Research general ledger discrepancies and advise on journal entries necessary to conect the ledger
    Setup new tax jurisdictions and oversee the filings and compliance for over 500 Federal. State, and Local jurisdictions
  • Outsource Payroll to a third-party provider including completing a complete review of all internal processes, training the vendor on processes, assisting with vendor configuration, testing and validating parallel payroll processing, and ensured proper tax setup

Activities while in college

Accounting lab instructor/tutor, Accounting Society 06-07 Vice President and 05-06 Secretary, 2007 VITA Coordinator Assistant, Circle K, Alpha Lambda Delta, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Blue Key, Mortar Board


 

2006 Honor Student

Sara Tyson FitzjarraldSara Tyson Fitzjarrald

Current Employer

Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL

Title

Accountant II, Foundation & Development Office

Responsibilities

  • Prepare monthly journal entries, manage daily cash needs, assist with the annual external audit, track Foundation grants, prepare annual tax receipts for donors and vendors of WIU Foundation, reconcile account statements, process the semi-annual endowment interest distribution.

Activities while in college

Math and accounting tutor, accounting lab instructor, Accounting Society 05-06 President, VITA Volunteer, Student Technology Assistant, member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Sigma Omicron Mu


 

2005 Honor Student

Andrea Geren GerstAndrea Geren Gerst

Current Employer

Two Rivers Financial Group
Burlington, IA

Title

Chief Financial Officer

Responsibilities

  • Assist in formulating the company’s future direction and support tactical initiatives and develop performance measures that support the company’s strategic direction.
  • Other responsibilities include overseeing financial operations, developing financial and tax strategies and budgeting processes, overseeing issuance of financial information and directing the preparation of all fiscal reporting, reviewing financial reports and analyzing variances, supervising acquisition due diligence and assisting in negotiating acquisitions, maintaining relationships and coordinating with outside auditing firms and tax consultants, addressing the full spectrum of risks, and overseeing the Information Technology function.

Activities while in College

VITA volunteer, Accounting Society, Sigma Omicron Mu, Circle K, Transfer Student Organization Vice President, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, National Scholars Honor Society


 

2004 Honor Student

Jessica DeVore JohnstonJessica DeVore Johnston, MBA

Current Employer

Monmouth College
Monmouth, IL

Title

Controller

Responsibilities

  • Chief Accountant for the College responsible for college financial statements, audits, taxes, and all associated financial reporting.
  • Oversee the College Business Office including Accounts Payable, Student Accounts, and Investment Reporting.

Activities while in College

Accounting lab instructor, Kappa Kappa Gamma (President, Recruitment Chair, Corresponding Secretary), Mortar Board, Blue Key, Accounting Society Vice-President, Resident Assistant


 

2002 Honor Student

Kim Baumruck KaminskyKim Baumruck Kaminsky

Current Employer

Capital Group
Irvine, CA

Title

Senior Accountant Analyst

Responsibilities

  • Reconciliation of client accounts with recordkeepers, detailed general ledger analysis and client reporting, regulatory monitoring, project management and training.

Activities while in College

Pi Beta Phi, Monmouth College Pipes & Drums, Accounting Society, Accounting Lab Instructor, VITA, Alpha Lambda Delta and Blue Key Honor Societies


2001 Honor Student

Charlotte Vos WibholmCharlotte Vos Wibholm

Current Employer

John Deere
Des Moines, IA

Title

Accounting Supervisor

Responsibilities

  • Support general accounting transaction processing and related activities for General Ledger Shared Services and its internal customers.
  • Manage the integration of additional operating units into shared services.

Activities while in college

Accounting tutor, Accounting Society, Blue Key, VITA volunteer


 

Wendy Wilhelm Schaub

2000 Honor Student

Wendy Wilhelm Schaub, MSA, EA

Current Employer

National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP)
Appleton, WI

Title

Tax Curriculum Specialist

Responsibilities

  • Developing curriculum and content for numerous specialized tax topics for continuing education for tax professionals nationwide.
  • Performing technical proofing for published tax materials as well as creating NASBA approved exams for such tax courses.

Activities while in college

Scot Ambassador, Hall Council Representative, VITA Volunteer, Blue Key National Honor Fraternity Treasurer, Commerce Club, Accounting Society Secretary, Students Organized for Service (S.O.S.), Mortar Board and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

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