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Van Bruggen & Vande Vegte, P.C.

Founded by Arthur Van Bruggen in 1977 as the first CPA firm serving Northwest Iowa, our commitment was, and still is, to serve the best interests of each and every one of our clients. Please take a few moments, acquaint yourself with our firm and contact us for more information about our accounting or financial services.

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Orange City Office
113 3rd St NE
Orange City, IA 51041
712-737-2030
Fx. 712-737-2075
Rock Valley Office
P.O. Box 40
1313 Golf Course Road
Rock Valley, IA 51247
712-476-2725
Fx. 712-476-2726
Boyden Office
P.O. Box 399
827 Main Street
Boyden, IA 51234
712-725-2065
Fx. 712-725-2167

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Orange City

Gary Vande Vegte, Managing Partner

CPA, CMA

As the managing partner, Gary oversees firm operations by strategically planning for the future, and communicating our vision and goals throughout our organization. He also represents our firm in the communities we serve.

His professional focus is to provide a wide range of accounting, tax, and consulting services to individuals, agricultural producers & entities, and small businesses in various industry sectors. Gary loves coming to work and particularly enjoys helping our clients capitalize on business opportunities and coaching them through challenging situations. Gary assists owner-operated dairies in the Upper Midwest and Texas, offering consulting, tax services, and accrual basis financial statement preparation. Gary enjoys public speaking engagements at dairy conferences and seminars.

Civic Involvement:

  • Member of Finance Committee for Orange City Christian School
  • Volunteer coordinator for youth sports teams
  • Living Water Community Church Stewardship Team Member
  • Central Plains Dairy Association Board Member

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Golfing
  • Boating
  • Attending children's sporting and school events

Email: gary@vbandvv.com

Judi Van Berkel, Administrative Partner

CPA, MPA

Serving as the firm's administrative partner, Judi enjoys spending time on human resources and marketing efforts. In addition, she enjoys assisting individuals, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations with their tax and accounting needs. Judi feels that our number one asset is our staff and she feels privileged to work with an amazing team of professionals who are uniquely equipped and gifted to serve our client base.

Civic Involvement:

  • Treasurer of Board of Directors for Bethany Christian Services of Northwest Iowa

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree from Dordt College
  • Master of Professional Accountancy degree from University of South Dakota

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Walking
  • Reading
  • Cooking
  • Playing games and spending time with kids

Email: judi@vbandvv.com

Matt Van Essen, Partner

CPA, CVA

Matt's areas of expertise are income tax compliance and planning, business valuation services, cash flow and financial projections, and general business consulting. He is a key member of our tax team, specializes in small business and large dairy operations, is certified to perform business valuations, and assists with estate and succession planning. Matt values working as a team with dedicated, knowledgeable professionals in a fun and flexible work environment. He enjoys helping clients work through financial hurdles to reach their goals.

Civic Involvement:

  • Volunteer coach for city league youth teams
  • Selected as 2011 "Top 20 Under 40" by Northwest Iowa Review
  • Member of Board of Directors of Sioux Center Christian School

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Business Information Systems from Dordt College

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Enjoying time with his wife and three children
  • Golfing
  • Running

Email: matt@vbandvv.com

TJ Korver, Manager

CPA

TJ focuses on tax compliance and planning for individuals and entities, specializing in the agricultural sector. He is also part of the dairy team and is involved with financial statement preparation. TJ appreciates the diverse nature of opportunities available in serving clients and the variety of work.

Civic Involvement:

  • President of Board of Directors for the Orange City Municipal Golf Association, Inc.
  • Selected as 2016 “Top 20 Under 40” by Northwest Iowa Review

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Northwestern College

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Playing with sons
  • Golfing
  • Spending time with family and friends

Email: tj@vbandvv.com

Brian Moeller, IT Manager

 

Brian is our firm's IT manager; he enjoys training both clients and staff to use technology, and is very knowledgeable and patient in doing so. Brian has extensive experience with QuickBooks®, Quicken®, and other accounting and tax applications. He is also involved in personal tax planning and preparation.

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Nature photography
  • Camping
  • Playing with grandchildren

Email: brian@vbandvv.com

Ray Gibler, Accountant

M.ACC., CPA

Ray is a full-time professor of accounting at a local liberal arts college. He assists us on a part-time basis by researching complex tax issues, preparing and verifying tax returns for individuals, partnerships, and corporations. Ray enjoys the collegiality of working at our firm and appreciates that his colleagues challenge him intellectually. He particularly enjoys finding opportunities to apply his understanding of tax law to particular client situations.

Education:

  • BS in Accounting from Northwest Nazarene University
  • MAcc from Washington State University

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Riding motorcycle
  • Traveling
  • Official for Iowa High School football

Email: ray@vbandvv.com

Katie Wieringa, Accountant

CPA

Katie is primarily responsible for verifying tax returns in the Orange City office. She also tackles special projects for the firm including improving the firm's relationship with local colleges, assisting in targeted mailings, working with the website and social media, and acting as a coordinator for various in-house committees. Katie enjoys working as part of an exceptional team to provide the best service possible to our clients.

Civic Involvement:

  • Budget Mentor for Love INC
  • Love In the Name of Christ board member
  • Sunday School teacher

Education:

  • BA in Accounting and Business Administration from Dordt College

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Playing with her kids
  • Helping out around the farm
  • Baking, cooking, and entertaining

Email: katie@vbandvv.com

Michelle Wilson, Manager

CPA

Michelle is on the dairy team and serves as co-manager of the tax team. She specializes in taxation of individuals and entities, and is one of our in-house experts on partnership/LLC taxation. Michelle enjoys working through complex issues and developing staff. She appreciates the firm's family-oriented environment and personal relationships developed with clients and staff.

Civic Involvement:

  • Participates in women's golf league

Education:

  • BA in Accounting from University of Iowa

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Quilting
  • Gardening/Landscaping
  • Attending children's school and sports activities

Email: michelle@vbandvv.com

Barb De Boer, Manager

CPA

Barb is a seasoned professional and a manager with our firm. She is a member of the dairy team, and also works in tax planning/preparation and financial statement preparation. Barb enjoys the variety in her work and the day-to-day challenges that come along with her position; she enjoys both her clients and co-workers.

Civic Involvement:

  • Member of Orange City Ambassadors
  • Active in Coffee Break Bible study

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree from Dordt College

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Former missionary in Uganda
  • Reading
  • Various church and civic activities

Email: barb@vbandvv.com

Sandie Van't Hof, Office Coordinator

 

Sandie is the office coordinator for the Orange City location and her tasks are too numerous to mention. In addition to payroll and recordkeeping, Sandie is responsible for the office's invoicing, credit and collections. Sandie enjoys learning new things and the diversity she encounters in every workday. She appreciates getting to know clients and meeting their needs, and she appreciates the fact that her co-workers all have a sense of humor.

Civic Involvement:

  • Notary public in state of Iowa
  • Active in community meals
  • Church Elder

Education:

  • AA in Accounting and Administration of Justice from Monterey Peninsula College

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Reading
  • Animals
  • Theatre

Email: sandie@vbandvv.com

Janna Vermeer, Accountant

Janna prepares tax returns, assists with payroll and audits, and is game to help out anywhere else she is needed. She is up for a challenge and looks forward to growing as an accountant. Janna loves being part of a company that has a first priority of serving God, following with a desire to serve people inside and outside of the office.

Civic Envolement

  • Church Praise Team

Education:

  • Bachelors in Accounting and Business Finance from Northwestern College/li>

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Walking, running, biking, golfing
  • Spending time with family
  • Listening to her vinyl records

Kari Jungemann, Manager

CPA, MBA

Kari grew up on a farm and has a keen interest in the agricultural sector. She specializes in working with South Dakota and Minnesota dairy clients, as she now resides in South Dakota and is working remotely. Her main tasks include accrual financial statement preparation and preparing individual and entity tax returns. Kari enjoys working with farming and dairy clients, building relationships with clients and helping them with the business aspects of their operations. She enjoys "putting the pieces together" in complex engagements in order to see the big picture and give clients valuable advice and guidance.

Education:

  • BA in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa
  • MBA from University of South Dakota

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Working on the family farm
  • Sand volleyball
  • Reading

Email: kari@vbandvv.com

Ellie Vitamvas, Manager

CPA, MAFM

Ellie's responsibilities with the firm range from individual and entity tax preparation to audit fieldwork. She also prepares financial statements, verifies returns prepared by others, and performs various other tasks as needed. Ellie enjoys working in a fun and family-friendly atmosphere and the dynamic environment of public accounting.

Education:

  • BA in Accounting from Northwestern College
  • MAFM (Master of Accounting and Financial Management) from Keller Graduate School of Management

Civic Involvement:

  • Board Member for Orange City Area Daycare & Preschool

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Spending time with her kids
  • Reading
  • Camping

Email: ellie@vbandvv.com

Michael Ten Clay, Accountant

 

Michael is a member of the dairy team and focuses on preparation of financial statements ranging from accrual basis reviews to compilations, personal financial statements and cash flows. He is also involved in tax preparation for entities and individuals. He enjoys getting to know and building relationships with clients as well as his colleagues.

Civic Involvement

  • Church Youth Group Leader
  • Love INC Board Treasurer

Education:

  • BA in Accounting and Business Administration from Northwestern College

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Home renovation
  • Fireworks
  • Slow-pitch softball, basketball, football,golf

Email: michael@vbandvv.com

Mike Van Surksum, Accountant

CPA, MBA

Mike is the full-time comptroller at a local liberal arts college and works with us on a part-time basis. He is involved in individual and small business tax planning and preparation, financial statement preparation, and consulting as well as nonprofit tax and accounting services.

Education:

  • BA from Dordt College
  • MBA from the University of South Dakota

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Attending children's activities
  • Geo-caching

Email: mike@vbandvv.com

Amanda Verdoorn, Accountant

CPA, MBA

As a senior accountant in the Orange City office, Amanda specializes in employee benefit plan audits. Her other responsibilities include preparing individual, entity, and non-profit tax returns, and assisting with audits, reviews, compilations, and verifying tax returns prepared by others. In addition, Amanda is a vital part of the payroll team. Amanda enjoys being part of a team and is eager to help out with anything that comes her way.

Civic Involvement

  • Youth Group Leader

Education:

  • AA From Northwest Iowa Community College
  • BA in Accounting from Northwestern College
  • MBA from Colorado Tech University

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Riding motorcycle with her husband
  • Attending childrens' activities
  • Reading

Email: amandav@vbandvv.com

Brenda Walhof, Payroll and Accounting Specialist

Brenda keeps busy with client record keeping, payroll preparation and quarterly payroll reporting in the Orange City office. She enjoys helping out wherever needed.

Education:

  • BA degree in Business Administration from Dordt College

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Gardening
  • Carting kids around

Email: brendaw@vbandvv.com

Melanie Van Grouw, Payroll and Accounting Specialist

 

Melanie’s responsibilities in the Orange City office include record keeping, payroll preparation, and quarterly payroll reporting. She enjoys working with both clients and staff to make sure information gets recorded efficiently and correctly.

Civic Involvement

  • Orange City Christian School Monica Society Board Member
  • Treasurer for Unity Christian High School Booster Club

Education:

  • AA from Northwestern College

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Spending time with family
  • Laughing with friends
  • Walking and biking
  • Reading
  • Cooking and baking

Email: melanie@vbandvv.com

Alicia Harald, Accountant

 

Alicia grew up on a farm in Northwest Iowa and enjoys using her agricultural knowledge and accounting skills as part of the dairy team. Alicia appreciates working with her professional and caring co-workers and client base.

Education:

  • BS in Business Administration: Accounting from Wayne State College

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Attending children’s numerous activities
  • Spending time with family & friends
  • Cooking
  • Volunteering for church activities

Email: alicia@vbandvv.com

Sandi DeHaan, Payroll and Accounting Specialist

 

Sandi works in the Orange City office entering client record keeping and payables. She happily helps out wherever needed and enjoys being part of a thriving team atmosphere.

Education:

  • AA from Dordt College

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Athletics-especially watching kids’ events
  • Walking
  • Carting kids around

Email: sandi@vbandvv.com

Corey Hulstein, Accountant

CPA

Corey’s responsibilities with the firm include tax planning and preparation for individuals and entities, as well as being a member of the dairy team. He appreciates the challenge and variety of tasks in public accounting. Corey enjoys being part of a team atmosphere and getting to know clients.

Education:

  • BA in Finance and Accounting from Dordt College

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Golf
  • Riding Bike
  • Spending time with family

Email: corey@vbandvv.com

Jackie Holz, Accountant

 

Jackie’s great work ethic makes her a valuable part of the payroll team. She also assists on employee benefit plan audits and wherever else she is needed. Jackie enjoys the fun work environment as well as the variety of tasks she performs.

Civic Involvement

  • Finance team for church building project
  • Worship Power Point Team
  • Sheldon Christian School Auxiliary Treasurer

Education:

  • BA in Business Management from Buena Vista University

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Crafts
  • Helping out around the farm
  • Attending children’s school and sports activities

Email: jackie@vbandvv.com

Melanie De Jong, Accountant

Having grown up on a dairy in Washington State, Melanie loves being on the dairy team and staying connected with agriculture. She also helps out with both tax planning and preparation, as well as employee benefit audits. She enjoys connecting with both co-workers and clients in her daily tasks.

Education:

  • BA in Accounting, Dordt College

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Running
  • Hiking/ Backpacking
  • Basketball & Volleyball
  • Politics
  • Watching siblings’ athletic events

Dee Vander Well, Administrative Assistant

Dee spends her days managing the phones, greeting and assisting clients, processing and assembling tax returns, and scanning, plus whatever else gets put on her plate throughout the day. She is especially appreciated for her cheerfulness and get-to-it attitude. Dee enjoys the fun, friendly environment of VB&VV as well as the variety of tasks she works on daily.

Civic Involvement:

  • Church Praise Team and Committees

Education:

  • BA in Elementary Education, Dordt College

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Visiting family
  • Dordt College Athletics
  • Walking and going to the aquatic center
  • Spending time with friends

Sally Vander Tuin, Accountant

CPA

Sally’s responsibilities with the firm include tax planning, preparation and review for individuals and entities. Sally enjoys being part of a team and appreciates the variety of tasks and continuous learning environment that public accounting brings.

Civic Involvement

  • Church Sunday School Teacher
  • Active in Mother’s In Prayer for local Christian School

Education:

  • BA in Accounting and Business Administration from Dordt College

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Attending school and church activities
  • Walking and Zumba

Email: sally@vbandvv.com

Ashley Cannon, Payroll and Accounting Specialist

CPA

Ashley enjoys assisting clients with record keeping, payroll preparation, and quarterly payroll reporting in the Orange City office. She loves developing relationships with clients and being entrusted with their work so she can make their lives easier.

Education:

  • Bachelors in Accounting from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio

Interests and Hobbies:

  • Helping out on the farm
  • Exercising
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Reading