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

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Terry Meier, CPA

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Mark Allen, CFP®, MS

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Jenny Nichol, CPA, MBA

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Michael Stanton

Director of Development
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Jeff Hodgen, CPA, CVA

Tax Manager
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Justin Newland, CPA

Tax Manager
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Kayla Oltman

Staff Accountant
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Miranda Lowery

Accounting Assistant
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April Witter

Staff Accountant
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Brandy Woita

Staff Accountant
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Kayla Buell

Client Service Specialist
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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

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.

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.

Justin Newland, CPA

Justin Newland joined Veritas Profesional Group in June 2020 as a tax manager.  Justin is a certified public accountant and will be working from the firm’s Grand Island location.

Justin has 26 years of experience in the profession including tax preparation, tax planning, and financial statement preparation and analysis.  Justin’s experience includes working with individuals, corporations, partnerships, estates, trusts, and no-profit organizations in the agricultural, retail, manufacturing, health care, and construction industries.

Justin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from Hastings College.

Kayla Oltman

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.

April Witter

April joined Veritas Professional Group in August 2020.  She is a graduate of Peru State College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a graduate of Central Community College with an associate’s degree in accounting.  She works with farmers, businesses, and individual clients in the areas of payroll, bookkeeping, sales tax, personal property taxes, and Quickbooks.  She has over fifteen years accounting experience and works in the Grand Island and Hastings office.
April resides in Grand Island.  She has three kids and enjoys the warm weather and family vacations.

Miranda Lowery

Miranda joined Veritas Professional Group as an Accounting Assistant in August 2020.  She works with clients in the areas of payroll, monthly, quarterly, and annual bookkeeping, sales tax, and Quickbooks.  She assists the office with tax return preparation and processing.

Miranda received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with and emphasis in accounting from Chadron State College. She has worked in public accounting for 6 years prior to joining Veritas Professional Group.

Miranda currently resides in Cairo with her husband.

Brandy Woita

Brandy joined Veritas Professional Group in May of 2021. She works with clients in the areas of payroll , monthly, quarterly, and annual bookkeeping , sales tax, and QuickBooks.

Brandy graduated in 2005 from Central Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. She has worked in public accounting for over 16 years and works in the Grand Island and Hastings offices.

Brandy resides in Palmer and has three kids. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, and attending concerts.

Kayla Buell

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.

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