Meet the Team at Kittredge & Zehner, P.C.
Darlene L. Kittredge, C.P.A.
Areas of Specialty: Financial Statements, Business Administration, & Tax
Darlene is a graduate of Valparaiso University. After working for several years for a mid-sized regional accounting firm, she started her firm in 1982. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Indiana CPA Society. Darlene has experience in all phases of accounting and tax services. She especially enjoys working with start-ups and small to midsize businesses. She also has extensive experience in personal, business, and fiduciary tax preparation and advisory services. She is a member of the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce and has served as a board member, treasurer, vice-president and president. Darlene currently, and in the past, has served on numerous boards and committees of civic and charitable organizations as well as the Indiana CPA Society.
Kari F. Zehner, C.P.A.
Areas of Specialty: Small Business Accounting, Quickbooks
Kari is now the owner of Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. as of January 1, 2022. Fortunately, she still has the privilege of working with her mother, Darlene Kittredge, C.P.A., the founder of the firm and continues to draw from her knowledge and experience. She enjoys working with the business to help them develop into a well-run and financially healthy endeavor. Kari has been the treasurer of Neighborlink Porter County since 2008 and has recently joined the Chesterton Branding and Leadership team. Kari is a graduate of Augustana College and continued her accounting courses at Purdue. Kari received her CPA license in 2009.
Areas of Specialty: Taxation, Accounting, Payroll, and Compliance
On staff since 1989, Kris has specialized in accounting and tax preparation for small businesses. Kris assists many small businesses with their accounting, payroll, and compliance needs. She enjoys working with a wide variety of clients and values the friendships that have been made as a result.
Kris studied accounting at Purdue University North Central and is also the firm’s information technology and networking specialist.
Areas of Specialty: Administration and Payroll Accounting Services
Vickie has been with the Firm since 2006. “Accounting has such an array of career opportunities, and I really enjoy multitasking and keeping busy.”
Vickie recently completed her Associate of Applied Science in Accounting degree at Ivy Tech Community College. She has recently taken the lead role in our firm’s payroll accounting service.
Areas of Specialty: Business Accounting, Payroll and Tax Preparation
Shelina has worked in the field of business accounting for the past 12 years before joining the firm in May, 2018. She is a graduate of Purdue University North Central with a Bachelor’s of Accounting degree. She is proficient in all aspects of business accounting including QuickBooks setup and client assistance. Shelina has also proven to be an excellent addition to our payroll service. She aspires to complete her Master’s in Business Administration and obtain her license as a Certified Public Accountant.
Julie English, C.P.A.
Areas of Specialty: Payroll Services, Individual and Business Accounting
Julie graduated from Purdue University Calumet with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and received her CPA license in 1998. She has 27 years of experience in accounting, payroll, and both business and individual taxes. Julie just joined Kittredge & Zehner, P.C., drawn by company philosophy and atmosphere. She is looking forward to getting to know the clients both old and new and helping out in any way needed.
Marcia Kinnis, C.P.A
Marcia joined Kittredge & Zehner, P.C. in 2021, drawn by the company philosophy and atmosphere. Marcia graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and later completed an Accounting degree and received her C.P.A. license. She has 30 years of experience in corporate accounting, business, trust and individual taxes. In her spare time, Marcia enjoys following her grandchildren’s sports teams.
Paula K. Smithart, C.P.A
Paula joined the firm in 2019 after her family relocated to Chesterton. Paula has 12 years of public accounting experience and has also worked in accounting, Healthcare, Hospitality, and the Not-For-Profit Industries. She is a graduate of Arkansas State University. Paula enjoys working with and getting to know our clients on a personal level.
Vanessa grew up in Jackson Township and graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. After graduating, she enjoyed working with Early Childhood programs to implement and develop Kindergarten Readiness curriculums. Vanessa began her journey at K&Z in February 2021 and looks forward to getting to know clients and learning new things in her role as administrative assistant.
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