Partners and Consultant

Lowell A. Yates

CPA, Partner

Email Lowell

217-222-0304 x325

Background
Lowell A. Yates, a native of northeast Missouri, started part-time with the firm while a Junior at Quincy College. He graduated from Quincy College (now University) in 1972 and became a partner in 1982.

Experience and Expertise
Mr. Yates, during his over four decades in public accounting, has primarily worked on audits of manufacturers, distributors, not-for-profit and governmental entities, while at the same time working with numerous personal and business tax clients.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Quincy University
  • CPA licensed in the state of Illinois

Practice Areas

  • Audit & Accounting
  • Tax Services
  • Management Services
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Lowell A. Yates

Lowell A. Yates

CPA, Partner

Stephen C. Koester

CPA, Partner

Email Stephen

217-222-0304 x324

Background
Steve Koester is a long-time partner of Gray Hunter Stenn LLP. He works with the partners and staff to promote client satisfaction and growth and development of the firm.

Steve heads up the firm’s quality control oversight and helps the firm strive for continuous improvement in quality and efficiency in the tax and audit practice.

Experience and Expertise
Mr. Koester has dealt extensively with the firm's manufacturing, non-profit, hospital and retail clientele. Mr. Koester has been involved with audit, tax and management advisory services to non-profits and large privately held companies. Mr. Koester has spent significant time with internal control review. Mr. Koester has been involved in the audits and filings of area colleges and universities, mental health organizations and other non-profits including A-133 engagements.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Quincy College (now Quincy University)
  • CPA licensed in the states of Illinois and Missouri

Practice Areas

  • Audit & Accounting
  • Tax Services
  • Management Services

 

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Stephen C. Koester

Stephen C. Koester

CPA, Partner

Jeffrey A. McPherson

CPA, Partner

Email Jeffrey

217-222-0304 x323

Background

Jeffrey A. McPherson is a partner of Gray Hunter Stenn LLP. He works with staff and clients to provide sound accounting and tax advice.

Experience and Expertise

Mr. McPherson has dealt extensively with the firm's non-profit, hospital and retail clientele. Mr. McPherson has been involved with audit, tax and management advisory services to non-profits, restaurant industry clients, and privately held companies. Mr. McPherson has over 30 years of servicing clients. Mr. McPherson heads the audits of employee retirement plans which number 20 plans in the Quincy office.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Western Illinois University
  • CPA licensed in the state of Illinois

Practice Areas

  • Audit & Accounting
  • Tax Services
  • Management Services
  • Bookkeeping for Restaurant Industry
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Jeffrey A. McPherson

Jeffrey A. McPherson

CPA, Partner

Gary L. Blickhan

CPA, Partner

Email Gary

217-222-0304 x322

Background
Gary L. Blickhan is a partner of Gray Hunter Stenn LLP offering over 20 years of experience as a tax specialist. Mr. Blickhan strives to collaborate with attorneys, financial advisors and insurance professionals to conduct proactive tax planning to address the unique aspects of the client’s situation.

Experience and Expertise
Mr. Blickhan specializes in serving high net worth, estate/trust, not-for-profit, professional, agricultural, small business and expatriate clients. Mr. Blickhan is significantly involved in tax research matters and also has experience with estate/gift taxes, multi-state income/sales/use taxes, tax examinations, collections and appeals.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • CPA licensed in the state of Illinois

Practice Areas

  • Tax Services
  • Audit & Accounting
  • Bank Directors’ Examinations
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Gary L. Blickhan

Gary L. Blickhan

CPA, Partner

Sue Ann Gerveler

CPA, Senior Tax Consultant

Email Sue Ann

217-222-0304 x321

Background
Sue Ann Gerveler is a Senior Tax Consultant for Gray Hunter Stenn LLP. With over 34 years’ experience, her focus is on corporate and individual tax and accounting solutions.

Experience and Expertise
During her 34 years with Gray Hunter Stenn LLP, Ms. Gerveler has dealt with all aspects of taxation for the firm. She has extensive background in agriculture, community banks, small business, mid and large size corporations, partnerships, individual tax matters and estate and income tax planning. She represents clients in dealing Internal Revenue Service and various state tax agencies.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Illinois CPA Society

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Quincy College (Now Quincy University)
  • CPA licensed in the state of Illinois

Practice Areas

  • Corporate, Partnership and Individual Taxation
  • Management Services
  • Accounting and Payroll Services
  • Assistance with Federal and State Taxation issues including audits
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Sue Ann Gerveler

Sue Ann Gerveler

CPA, Senior Tax Consultant