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Randy VanderLugt

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Randy received his accounting degrees from Davenport College and Detroit College of Business.He started his career in 1981 and was one of two founding shareholders of the firm in 1984. He has earned the credentials of Enrolled Agent, Accredited Tax Advisor, Accredited Business Accountant, and Registered Tax Return Preparer. Randy has advised clients from many industries with business planning and taxation and enjoys working with individuals in their personal tax, estate and financial planning needs.

Together with his wife Twyla, he has three wonderful children and one granddaughter (with two more on the way!) He is an avid sports fan and loves cheering for the Tigers, Red Wings and the University of Michigan.

Favorite Quote: When you are worried about the future, it is hard to find God. But when you live in the moment God is right there with you. -- Pastor Ed Dobson

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Jeff Mulder

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Jeff graduated from Calvin College in 1984 and received his CPA certification in 1986. He has clients in both the service and retail sectors. Jeff especially enjoys working with clients in developing computerized accounting systems that best meet the financial reporting needs of their business, as well as working with the owners in the tax and financial planning areas.

Jeff and his wife Marilyn live in Hudsonville and have four children. In his spare time he enjoys working in his yard and on his house, and golfing. (Well, he usually enjoys golfing!) Jeff and Marilyn also like a wide variety of travel.
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Mike DeVries

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Mike received degrees from Davenport College and Ferris State University. His specialties include: “Helping doctors mind their own business”, offering solutions to increase revenues and decrease compliance risks, and working to take the hassles out of the business of healthcare.

Mike is a trustworthy and faithful leader who is willing to challenge the status quo. He is father to Merideth, Rachel, Tyler, Nicholas, Emma and Eva.
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Jeff Elders

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Jeff graduated from Calvin College in 1990, acquired his CPA certification in 1992, and joined the VMDE team in 2003. He has clients in the service, construction and real-estate sectors. Jeff especially enjoys problem solving, working with clients to efficiently resolve business challenges with tax planning, financial planning, and succession planning.

Family is of utmost importance to Jeff. He and his wife Stephanie share the joy of raising two amazing boys, Jon and JJ, and being part of their academic and extra-curricular activities. In his free time, Jeff loves traveling out west and golfing.
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Dan Groenveld

Principal
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Dan graduated from Ferris State University in 1990 and acquired his CPA certification in 1992. Dan enjoys serving clients in the transportation, retail, business consulting and real estate sectors. Dan enjoys helping business owners understand their businesses by developing financial information to help manage the financial and income tax aspects of their organization. Dan is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Dan and his wife Mary Jo reside the Grandville area. They have three children and enjoy supporting them in their school related and athletic activities.
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Sue Morsink

Staff Accountant
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Sue joined VMDE in 2015. Prior to joining our team, she worked at another CPA office for 14 years. She earned her AB in Accounting & Business Administration in 2012. Sue enjoys working with clients and loves to answer questions and problem-solve.

Sue and her husband have 3 adult children. In her spare time she enjoys her family, volunteering at church, traveling and Zumba.
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Ben Lane

Business Advisor
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Ben Lane, CPA, JD. Ben received his accounting degree from Hope College and his law degree from MSU College of Law. His specialties include medical and dental practice management, practice valuations, and transitions as well as healthcare compliance issues. He is a member of the Michigan Association of CPAs, and the State Bar of Michigan. Ben is a dedicated client server who enjoys simplifying the complexity inherent in owning your own business.

Ben and his wife Hilary (a Holland dentist) are the parents of Charlie (3) and Graham (1). He appreciates all outdoor activities with a particular affinity for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
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Clara Garcia

HR Specialist
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Clara joined VMDE in 2014. Prior to joining the team she worked in the Human Resources department of a local company. Her experience and knowledge has been very helpful to her clients in staying up to date with new regulations and laws.

She enjoys going on walks to the beach, bike rides, dancing, and reading. The most important thing to Clara is spending as much time as possible with her family, husband and dog Aiko.
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Dani Nemmers

Staff Accountant
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Dani joined VanderLugt, Mulder, DeVries and Elders in October 2001. She attended Western Michigan University, where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. Her areas of expertise include accounting process, preparing financials statements, payroll and accounts payable. She has a self-starting, go-getting personality. Clients trust her dependable and quick responses to questions and concerns.

Dani is happily married to Jordan and mother to Pete. In her spare time, Dani loves spending time with family and friends, reading, knitting and sports. She spends many hours watching her son play ice hockey. She also loves to spend summers at the lake relaxing and boating.
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JoEllen Hilbrand

Staff Accountant
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JoEllen or “Jo” received her BBA in Accounting from Davenport University. She started her career at Kregel, Raterink & Kingma in the 1980s. In order to spend more time with family, she later pursued self-employment for over 20 years. She had built a tax and accounting practice of over 175 clients, as well as, helping her husband run his Tool and Die Shop. In 2009 Jo joined VMDE as part of the Healthcare Team, she enjoys working with the healthcare professionals whether it be doing payrolls, accounting or tax.

Personal interest are dominated with family. If you have spent any time with her, you will know that she adores her husband Steve, daughter Kristin, son-in-law Wes, granddaughter Emma, and son Nathan. If you don’t find her home with family, you may find her in the Upper Peninsula or off reading a book
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Ashley Spaanstra

Staff Accountant
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Ashley joined the staff of VMDE in August of 2005 while she was attending GRCC. While originally hired to work at the front desk as a receptionist she found out very quickly that she enjoyed the numbers side of the business, too. After the birth of her son Ashley went down to part-time and stepped away from the front desk to focus on her payroll and accounting clients. Ashley takes great pleasure in helping her clients, whether it is a quick phone call or email to answer a payroll, QuickBooks, or accounting software question, or really digging into reports to find a solution to a problem. She prides herself on her attention to detail and quick responses to client requests.

Ashley and her husband Ben have a son named Nolan. When she’s not playing with her son, she enjoys cooking, reading, and yoga. When her family is not at home they enjoy spending time up north, going to baseball games (Go Tigers!), and traveling around the state trying out new restaurants and breweries.
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Sharon Dykstra

Staff Accountant
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Sharon received her Bachelor of Accounting degree from Calvin College. Before joining VMDE in 2004, she worked for 16 years for Ferguson, Blodgett and Spectrum Health hospitals in their accounting departments. Sharon enjoys working with individual doctors’ offices and strives to give each her personal attention.

Sharon has been married to Bruce for 21 years, and they have 3 teenage children. Their spare time is spent watching their children play various sports, camping and church activities.
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Kara Kroll

Staff Accountant
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Kara joined VanderLugt, Mulder, DeVries and Elders in 2000. She attended Calvin College, where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. Her job responsibilities are tax return inputting and the preparation of the tax returns for the partners. Kara also works for Retirement Plan Solutions LLC submitting plan contributions and inputting for year-end reviews.

She is married to her husband Andy and has two energetic boys Keegan & Tate. In her spare time she likes to quilt, spend time at their property on a lake and just being with her family. Kara enjoys being active in her church Harbor Life.
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Karen Boonstra

Client Relations
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Karen joined the VMDE team in July 2013. Prior to that she served on the Executive Management Team at Thornapple Valley Church, and brought 16 years of management, leadership and administrative experience. Her role in client relations includes; assisting clients in various capacities, account receivables, payroll, advertising and marketing, and supporting the VMDE staff. Working with clients and helping people is something she loves to do.

Karen’s two children, Tucker and Sydnee, are her pride and joy. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching sports and reading. Karen is also passionate about doing mission work in Dominican Republic.
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Brian Karsten

Registered Financial Consultant
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Brian graduated from Calvin College with a degree in finance in 1984. He works with small to mid-sized businesses developing and administering company retirement plans. Brian specializes in financial planning and investment management. His goal is to provide value with a high level of service to his clients.

Brian is married to his wife Amy and has two children and one grandchild. He enjoys most sports, and being involved in family and in his church.
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Steven Vanden Berg

Retirement Plan Specialist
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Steve attended both Davenport College and Calvin College. He has been designing and administrating retirement plans for over 35 years for both large and small clients. He has the skill and knowledge to design a plan that meets the client’s specific needs. Servicing his client is a high priority. Being a licensed Registered Representative, Steve is able to provide investment advice for his corporate and individual clients.

Steve enjoys traveling and spending time on the golf course with his wife Sharon.
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