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About Us

We are committed to you and we are here to stay. This means you can count on our loyalty and dedication to provide quality services. We will develop a business relationship with you and work with other professionals for your benefit.

Discovering the DFC Difference

Located in the heart of the Midwest, we have offices in Nebraska, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wyoming. With our offices located in various communities and trade areas, we are dedicated to serving you efficiently and effectively, responding to your needs in a timely manner, providing information that is pertinent to you, and are aware of local matters that effect you.

When needed, we utilize other offices within our firm to assist with large clients, complex technical matters and clients requiring special expertise. As a member of AGN International, we call upon other member firms for national and international assistance and special expertise. Our membership in AGN and our internal quality control systems enable us to offer you the highest level of quality in professional services.

We provide a broad range of professional services such as tax, estate planning, financial planning, accounting, auditing, general accounting, general business assistance, management consulting, pension and profit sharing plans and special projects. Our partners and employees specialize in several industries and technical areas.

The Certified Public Accountants within our firm are active members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the various state societies.

Our firm strives to continually improve the quality of service to our clients. We wish to maintain a long-term relationship with our clients and to be proactive in anticipating the needs and providing the necessary services to promote growth and financial well-being. In a sense, we wish for each and every one of our clients to become a member of the DFC family.

Professional Staff

  • Katherine Arensdorf, CPA
  • Gerald Arensdorf, CPA
  • Brent Bengston, CPA
  • Brenda Bristle, CPA
  • Cheryl Cox, CPA
  • Tanner Crosley, CPA
  • David Ellingson, CPA
  • Dennis Hadden, CPA
  • Ethan Harders, CPA
  • Deric Hoch, CPA
  • Ryan Hipke, EA
  • Tyson Krehnke, CPA
  • Melanie Kreider, CPA
  • Heather Kreman, CPA
  • Katie, Kvilhaug, CPA
  • Karen Labenz, CPA
  • Robert Lewicki, CPA
  • Mandy McCoy, CPA
  • Natalie McHugh, EA
  • Keith Mckee, CPA
  • Casey McNealy, CPA
  • Heidi Nelson, CPA
  • Thomas Obrist, CPA
  • Lori Olson, CPA
  • Duane Parr, CPA
  • Matthew Partridge, CPA
  • Patricia Robertson, CPA
  • Becky Skinner, EA
  • Jessica Spencer, CPA
  • Ryan Spencer, CPA
  • C.Kay Stahly, CPA
  • Jennifer Stirk, CPA
  • Eugene Ulmer, CPA
  • Rachel Varga, CPA
  • Dan Zach, CPA
  • David Ziola, CPA

The DFC Mission and Philosophy

After Mr. Cole began his accounting and tax practice in 1915, his practice grew and evolved into what is now Dana F. Cole & Company, LLP. Today, DFC offers a full range of professional services to virtually any industry from our offices in six states.

The mission of Dana F. Cole & Company, LLP is to provide the most comprehensive professional services while adhering to the highest standards of quality.

DFC is to be the firm of choice by providing the most innovative professional services while adhering to the highest ethical standards, building long-term relationships with clients and working in a team environment.

Our foundation is built with the singular focus on the client and basic knowledge of his/her world. This allows us to provide services that are consistent, beneficial and appropriate for our client’s current and long-term goals and needs.

We strive for continuity of our personnel. Our employees are highly qualified, experienced professionals who take pride in our ability to achieve the best possible results for each of our clients.

Professional Affiliations


Dana F. Cole & Company, LLP is a member of AGN International, which is one of the top 5 Accounting Associations in the world.

AGN International is a worldwide association of separate and independent accounting and consulting firms serving business organizations throughout the world. All members are dedicated to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards.

In this age of globalization, companies are challenged to deal with a maturing economy, trade agreements and other alliances which unite national markets and creates cross-border work.

Member Firms of AGN assist clients in meeting the challenges posed both by local and global ventures. These firms advise companies on the diverse financial and tax rules governing all forms of commercial activities.

Through AGN, clients benefit from trusted and knowledgeable professionals worldwide.


The Certified Public Accountants in our firm are active members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The AICPA provides technical resources, training, networking opportunities and expert guidance.

In order to be a member, an accountant must have passed all parts of the CPA exam and hold an active permit to practice. Each member must complete 120 hours, or its equivalent, of continuing professional education every three years. Additionally, all members must abide by the AICPA Bylaws and Code of Professional Conduct.

Within the AICPA, our firm is a registered member of the following:

  • Private Companies Practice Section
  • Center for Audit Quality
  • Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center


Since we are in public practice, and our firm performs accounting services that fall within the scope of AICPA’s practice-monitoring standards, we are enrolled in the AICPA Peer Review Program. We successfully completed our thirteenth peer review in July of 2020.

See a copy of the full Peer Review report including our comments.