BKD to Promote 88 to Leadership Roles in October

News Release

NATIONAL OFFICE – Ted Dickman, CEO of BKD CPAs & Advisors, is pleased to announce 42 individuals will be promoted to director, 40 will rise to senior manager and six will become senior managing consultants, effective October 1.

“These professionals excel in their roles and act as exceptional trusted advisors to clients. They serve as mentors to their colleagues and are a positive influence in their communities. While the expectations are high, this group is ready for the challenges ahead. I look forward to seeing them carry on BKD’s tradition of excellence,” Dickman said. 

BKD’s promotion path is clear but challenging, and executive leadership advances those ready to rise to the occasion. Firm leaders are integral to BKD’s success. Those chosen for promotions are ambitious, competent and talented professionals who also serve as role models dedicated to delivering Unmatched Client Service®. To reach this new career phase, BKD’s newest directors and managers had to demonstrate a dedication to teamwork, innovation and thought leadership. 

Those to be promoted are: 


  • Jesse Alford, Jackson
  • Eric Babler, Madison
  • Jamie Becker, Des Moines
  • Tyler Boss, National Office
  • Kara Cramer, Kansas City
  • Brittany Cummings, National Office
  • Steven Cunningham, Houston
  • Cara Cygan, Houston
  • Christy Ellingwood, Indianapolis
  • Kyle Elmore, Little Rock
  • Brandon Falbe, Wealth Advisors, Indianapolis
  • Eric Flueckiger, International Tax Services, Indianapolis
  • Michael Fortman, Fort Wayne
  • Ryan Fowler, Bowling Green
  • Jenna Hauschild, Kansas City
  • Lisa Horn, Denver
  • Paul Horton, Pittsburgh
  • Rachel Huenefeldt, National Office
  • Jami Johnson, Denver
  • Wes Johnson, Decatur
  • Andy Kaempfe, Transaction Services, Springfield
  • Tim Klassen, Springfield
  • Alissa Klein, Kansas City
  • Kevin Leggio, Kansas City
  • Jeffrey Lenhart, Wealth Advisors, Springfield
  • Wade Luethy, Little Rock
  • Mechelle Meyer, Tulsa
  • Jansen Otterness, Springfield
  • Nicole Payton, Bowling Green
  • Jenn Riesenberg, Cincinnati
  • Stacy Romanelli, Chicago
  • Paul Russell, Dallas
  • Annie Simmons, Kansas City
  • Adam R. Smith, Colorado Springs
  • Lisa Southerland, Loan Review Services, Dallas
  • Megan Stern, Chicago
  • Cy Sturdivant, IT Risk Services, Nashville 
  • Julie Tindall, Indianapolis
  • TJ Tursi, Indianapolis
  • Debbie Watts, Decatur
  • Michael Westerfield, Little Rock
  • John Whiston, Chicago

Senior Manager

  • Katie Andrews, Evansville
  • Cameron Baghvardani, Dallas
  • Michael Belman, Rogers
  • Zaya Cho, New York
  • Lindsay Dale, Springfield
  • Lauren Denton, Fort Wayne
  • Justine Dethlefs, Lincoln
  • Abby Dobson, Lincoln
  • Ashley Dye, Evansville
  • Michael Flaxbeard, Kansas City
  • Chelsea Geibel, Erie
  • Sam Harris, Evansville
  • Ally Jackson, Springfield
  • Nicole Jackson, Tulsa
  • Julie Keenan, Pittsburgh
  • Ashton Klindt, Kansas City
  • Laura Latka, Omaha
  • Cristi Liska, Cincinnati
  • Kayla Marsh, Dallas
  • Michael Mattivi, Kansas City
  • Mike McGovern, Chicago
  • Tom Meisenheimer, St. Louis
  • Zach Morrison, Oklahoma City
  • Jackie Napp, Cincinnati
  • Andrew Quinnette, Indianapolis
  • Aaron Reynolds, Evansville
  • Nick Rivera, New York
  • David Roberts, New York
  • Gail Rogers, Springfield
  • Ryan Sharp, Springfield
  • Caleb Shough, Oklahoma City
  • Drew Tenbrink, Kansas City
  • Emily Tursi, Indianapolis
  • Brad Vankat, Omaha
  • Michele Vinogradov, Houston
  • Jay Wallace, Little Rock
  • Nick Walters, Pittsburgh
  • Nate White, Kansas City
  • Cody Zavadil, Lincoln
  • Kori Zey, National Office

Senior Managing Consultant

  • Jonathan Buchanan, Dallas
  • Angela Fisher, Bowling Green
  • Rodrigo Mora Romero, International Tax Services, Houston
  • Deb Kozlowski, Health Care Performance Advisory Services, Chicago
  • Zach Remmich, Health Care Performance Advisory Services, Indianapolis
  • Tedi Zotz, St. Louis
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