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Anderson ZurMuehlen announces the promotion of Kapri Byrne, CPA, QPA, QKA, to shareholder. Her experience includes defined contribution plan design and administration for the firm’s sister company, Employee Benefit Resources. Byrne has a Master of Professional Accountancy and a Bachelor of Science in business from Montana State University. She has been with the firm since 2005.

Steven Johnson, CPA, has been promoted to senior manager. His experience includes tax planning and compliance reporting for individuals and businesses. He also consults for litigation cases on economic damages, forensic accounting, and liability issues. Johnson has a Master of Science in economics from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from the University of Montana. He has been with the firm since 2007.

Anna Horne, CPA, has been promoted to manager. Her experience includes accounting, financial statement analysis, tax consultation and preparation, and succession planning for corporations, partnerships and individuals, specializing in agriculture-based clients. Horne has a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Carroll College and has been with the firm since 2010.

Kelsey Mundt has been promoted to manager. Mundt works for Upstream Academy, a division of Anderson ZurMuehlen that provides consulting services for CPA firms across the country on career development, leadership skills and management training. Her position focuses on the Emerging Leaders Academy for new managers. She has a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Montana and has joined the firm in 2007.

Laura Craft (Gittens), CPA, has been promoted to supervisor. Craft’s experience includes accounting and audit examinations for government agencies, nonprofits, insurance, and employee benefit clients. She also evaluates internal accounting control systems and tax preparation for individuals. She has a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Carroll College. Craft joined the firm in 2010.

Mandy Smith, CPA, has been promoted to senior. Smith’s experience includes accounting, financial statement analysis, tax consultation and preparation for corporations, partnerships and individuals. She has a Master of Professional Accountancy and a Bachelor of Science in business administration with an accounting option from Montana State University. Smith joined the firm in 2014.

Mari Jean Bellander, has been promoted to staff II. She has experience in payroll and accounts receivable. She is a small business owner and has a background in accounting and computer information systems. Bellander has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in in management and technology from Great Basin College in Elko, Nevada. Bellander joined the firm in 2015.


Employee Benefit Resources announces the promotion of Keith Bushnell, QKA, to shareholder. He provides administration services for 401k, profit sharing, money purchase pensions and ESOP retirement plans. Bushnell is a member of the American Society of Pension Actuaries and has a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Montana. He joined the firm in 2004.


Bryan Sharp, a Helena Distinguished Toastmaster, and U.S. Postal Service Drivers and New Employee Trainer has completed training provided by Successworks. Sharp is certified as a speakers training camp instructor. Succesworks training is a worldwide program that provides speaking and presentation skills. Sharp can provide one-on-one personal presentation coaching, on-site coaching or group coaching. Call 443-2186.

News and notes 

Nominations sought for ag award 

Nominations for the “Excellence in Agriculture” award, which will be presented at the Annual Spokane Ag Expo/Pacific Northwest Farm Forum on Feb. 6, 2018, will close on Wednesday, November 1st.

Persons may nominate as many individuals, groups or organizations as they like. The nomination form can be found on All nominations must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Mail nomination forms to: Excellence in Agriculture Award, 801 W. Riverside, Ste. 100, Spokane, WA 99201 or email to


Awards and honors

Morrison-Maierle wins national award

Morrison-Maierle was awarded a 2017 Project Achievement Award for its Butte-Silver Bow Wastewater Treatment Plant Phase 2 MBR Upgrades project. The award was given to Morrison-Maierle at the Construction Management Association of America’s (CMAA) annual convention in Washington, D.C.

This project’s construction phase, entered in the less than $50 million category, was managed by Morrison-Maierle’s Neal Levang, P.E., who served as the Construction Manager. Jeremy Perlinski, P.E., was the project’s engineer of record. Levang, and Alan Erickson, P.E., senior construction engineer, accepted the award on behalf of Morrison-Maierle and Butte-Silver Bow.


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