Who We Are
We are a full-service accounting firm based in Grand Island, Nebraska. We grew up here and feel strongly about supporting the people and businesses that live and work in and around Grand Island.
As experienced accountants we are able to provide the crucial, impartial information our clients need to make informed decisions. We also become trusted advisors to our clients as together we engage in educated discussions about what is important and how we can strategically build financially responsible solutions.
Jennifer Cook, CPA
Jennifer Cook is co-founder of Veritas Professional Group, LLC. Jennifer’s tax and accounting experience includes individuals, corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. Jennifer also works with banks and bank holding companies regarding Directors Examinations, tax return filing and reporting to the Federal Reserve Bank. Before joining Veritas Professional Group, Jennifer was a supervisor at another local CPA firm. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and statistics from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In addition to being a certified public accountant, she is also a licensed investment advisor. Jennifer is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.
She currently serves as a member of the Grand Island Senior High athletic booster board, and has previously served as treasurer of Hope Harbor and a member of the Leadership Tomorrow board. She attends Grand Island Evangelical Free Church. Jennifer is a native of Burwell, Nebraska, but now resides in Grand Island with her two children.
Terry Meier, CPA
Terry co-founded Veritas Professional Group in 2015 as a partner where he assists clients with tax information and the filing of returns. Outside of tax season he performs directors examinations at numerous banks throughout the state of Nebraska.
Terry is a Grand Island native. He graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1979 with a bachelors degree in business administration. He has been a CPA for 32 years with accounting experience in various areas. He specializes in banking and taxes. He is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and the Nebraska Society of CPA’s.
Terry and his wife, Carol, have three daughters and five grandchildren.
Mark Allen, CFP®, MS
Mark is co-founder of Veritas Professional Group. Mark received a bachelor’s degree from Doane College, and a master’s degree (MS) in Financial Planning from Texas Tech University. He is a Certified Financial Planner ™ Professional.
Mark is a member of the Financial Planning Association and is former chairman of the FPA of Nebraska. He currently serves as the board chairman of the Heartland United Way. Mark also serves on the Board of Directors of Stuhr Museum, the Northwest Education Foundation, and the Texas Tech Personal Financial Planning Alumni Advisory Board. He previously has served as chairman of Goodwill of Greater Nebraska, chairman of the Stewart Nelson Scholarship at Doane College, the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Grand Island, and the board of directors of the Noon Rotary Club in Grand Island.
Mark and his wife Jordan have two daughters and reside in Grand Island, NE.
Jenny Nichol, CPA, MBA
Jenny is the Chief Financial Officer for Veritas Professional Group. Jenny manages the day-to-day financials for the company. As a CPA, Jenny also provides clients with tax and accounting and oversees the estate planning for the firm.
Prior to joining Veritas Professional Group, Jenny worked for 13 years in public accounting. She obtained a bachelor of science degree with accounting emphasis and a master’s degree in business with accounting emphasis from the University of Kearney. Jenny is a Certified Public Accountant® (CPA). She is also a Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor.
Jenny currently resides in Minden, NE with her husband and two children.
Michael Stanton is the director of development for Veritas Professional Group. Michael is currently responsible for creating mutual relationships that will help strengthen the brand of Veritas Professional Group. Michael also plays a large role in the operations and management of Veritas.
Prior to joining Veritas Professional Group, Michael worked as an executive recruiter specializing in the financial industry and as a financial advisor with Edward Jones.
Outside of work Michael likes spending time with his wife, Jessica and son, Silas. Michael is also an active member of Third City Christian Church. If he is not at work or at home there is a good chance you will find him volunteering with the high school youth group, Element.
Laura is a tax accountant for Veritas Professional Group. Laura is responsible for providing tax and accounting , assisting with estate planning and financial planning , as well as compliance for the firm.
Prior to joining Veritas Professional Group, Laura spent 9 years in public accounting and the banking industry as an auditor. She graduated cum laude from Doane College with a Bachelors of Arts with an emphasis in accounting.
Laura currently resides near Chapman, NE with her husband and twin boys.
Bob Happold, CPA
Bob joined Veritas Professional Group, LLC as a tax manager in 2016. Bob’s tax and accounting experience includes individuals, corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. Before joining Veritas Professional Group, Bob owned another local CPA firm. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Bob currently resides in Grand Island. He has two grown children and enjoys spending time with his family. Bob is also an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church.
Jeff Hodgen, CPA, CVA
Jeff Hodgen joined Veritas Professional Group, LLC as a tax manager in 2016.
Hodgen is a certified public accountant and has been a certified valuation analyst for almost 2 years. He will work primarily from the firm’s Hastings location.
Hodgen has 8 years of experience, including tax research projects, tax planning and reviewing and preparing individual, corporate, estate, trust and partnership tax returns. He also represents clients in IRS audits and appeals. As a valuation analyst, he works with attorneys and businesses to determine the value of a business for divorce cases, buy/sell disputes, business liquidations and succession planning. Additionally, he provides estate planning .
Hodgen holds a bachelor of science in business administration with an emphasis in accounting and a master of business administration with an emphasis in accounting, both from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Julie Moller, CPA
Julie joined Veritas Professional Group, LLC as a tax manager in January 2017.
Julie is a certified public accountant. She will work primarily from the firm’s Hastings location.
Julie has 26 years of experience, including tax research projects, tax planning, reviewing and preparation of individual, corporate, estate, trust, non-profit and partnership tax returns. She also represents clients in IRS audits.
Julie holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Missouri Kansas City as well as a Master’s of Taxation from the University of Denver Law School.
Abbie is Veritas Professional Group’s accounting assistant. She is responsible for all of our accounts payable and receivable and also assists with our enhanced division.
She has worked as a bookkeeper for private businesses for the past 5 years. She graduated in 2011 from Bellevue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.
While originally from Grand Island, NE, she currently resides in Palmer, NE with her husband and two children.
Suzanne is Veritas Professional Group’s office manager. Suzanne is responsible for the day to day operations and management of Veritas Professional Group. She also coordinates scheduling for clients, handles travel itineraries and various other projects.
Suzanne obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Doane College.
Suzanne currently resides in Aurora, NE with her husband and three children.
Kayla joined Veritas Professional Group in 2016. Kayla coordinates scheduling for clients, handles travel itineraries and various other projects.
Kayla obtained a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Kayla currently resides in Grand Island with her husband.
Ellen joined Veritas Professional group as an accounting assistant in February 2017. She works with farmers, business and individual clients in the areas of payroll and monthly, quarterly and annual bookkeeping , sales tax, personal property taxes and Quickbooks. She works primarily in the Hastings location.
She has worked in the accounting field in Nebraska and Kansas with over 20 years’ experience. Ellen received her accounting certificate from Grand Island School of Business. She has also completed course work from the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.
Ellen has lived in Hastings for 30 years with her husband, Joel, where they raised three sons. She is an active member and lay minister at Faith Lutheran Church.
Kayla joined Veritas Professional Group as an accounting assistant in November 2017. She works with clients in the areas of payroll , monthly, quarterly, and annual bookkeeping , sales tax, and QuickBooks.
Kayla graduated in 2009 from Central Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining Veritas Professional Group, she worked as a bookkeeper for a private business for 8 years.
Kayla currently resides in St. Libory with her husband and son.
Ryan joined Veritas Professional Group in 2017. He is a 2017 graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. While at Nebraska Wesleyan, he was part of the football team for four years.
Ryan currently resides in Grand Island. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as attending collegiate and professional sporting events.
Jessica previously worked in public accounting for 9 years where she handled tax prep, bookkeeping, and payroll just to name a few. She has also performed accounts receivable duties working with billing and insurance agents, and managed an office.
She enjoys spending time with her 3 kids and watching them play softball and dance.