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About Us

Our Firm

Harger CPA Group, PC was established in 2001 by Ardel Harger who co-founded another local CPA firm in 1979. The professional accounting staff of Harger CPA Group includes four CPAs and two professional accountants.

The firm clientele consists primarily of small-to-medium sized businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and individual income tax clients. We maintain a close working relationship with our clients and strive to provide professional, personalized and timely services for a reasonable fee.

We make every effort to understand the financial goals and objectives of our clients and how they operate. We work to determine what financial information is important to owners, management and/or the Board of Directors and tailor financial reporting to achieve a meaningful presentation of financial operations. We are always open to suggestions that will make your financial reports more useful.

Our goal is to not only meet the compliance needs of our clients, but to be proactive in planning and problem solving. We do this by developing close relationships and familiarity with the client's situation.

Our firm is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Nebraska Society of CPAs. Every three years, our firm undergoes a peer review by an outside accounting firm as a requirement of membership of the AICPA.

Our Team

Ardel Harger, CPA

Graduate of University of Nebraska, Kearney, became CPA in 1973. Employed with local CPA firms until co-founding a local accounting firm in 1979 and subsequently founding Harger CPA Group in 2001. Areas of practice include tax planning and preparation for individuals and businesses, consulting with small businesses and not-for-profit organizations regarding accounting and management issues.

Gregory Thomsen, CPA

Graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, became CPA in 1984. Employed with the Nebraska State Auditors office before joining a CPA firm in Dallas, Texas. Been with Harger CPA Group (or its predecessor) since 1990. Areas of practice include extensive consulting for small businesses including with Quickbooks accounting software. Heavily involved in tax planning and preparation for individuals and businesses, consulting and accounting for not-for-profit organizations, including churches.

Denise Peck, CPA

Graduate of Doane College, self-employed prior to entering public accounting. Been with Harger CPA Group (or its predecessor) since 1995. Earned CPA designation in 2002. Areas of practice include client payroll services, Checkbook Solution and Quickbooks support, small business accounting services, business and individual tax services.

Jessica Buresh, CPA

Graduate of the University of Nebraska with a degree in Finance as well as an accounting degree from Doane College. She joined Harger CPA group in August 2010 and earned her CPA designation in 2014. She previously worked in banking. Her areas of service include small business accounting, payroll, and client bill paying services.

Laurel Hill

Graduate of Widener University, Chester, PA with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. Joined our firm in January 2014. Previous experience in both pubic and private accounting. Laurel provides individual, business and not-for profit tax services, as well as client accounting services for a wide range of clients.

Karissa Brown, CPA

Graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an undergraduate in Accounting and a Masters of Public Accountancy. Karissa earned the CPA designation in 2016. After graduating from UNL, Karissa was employed with a large CPA firm before joining Harger CPA Group in the fall of 2017. Areas of practice include individual and business compliance services, state compliance services, and small-business accounting services.

Susanne Forbes
(office manager)

Susanne is a graduate of University of Kansas. She has previous experience in accounting and customer service. Susanne is the Office administrator, receptionist, and return processor and she has been with Harger CPA Group since November 2014

Luann Zastrow
(client services)

Luann is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has previous experience with office administration and database management. Luann joined Harger CPA Group in December, 2016 as the Client Service Representative.