Phone: 262-798-8160
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President, CMA & EA

MICHAEL BETTERS

Personal interaction with clients is key to understanding their unique situations. With over 30 years in the accounting industry, I have served thousands of individuals and small businesses. Spending the time to get to know each client personally helps me apply the knowledge I have gained to their specific needs. Because I am a small business, I can relate to many of the issues my clients deal with, and can help them overcome obstacles and warn of pitfalls as they grow.

I oversee the operations of the firm, founded in 1989. I primarily focus on providing consulting services to clients in the areas of business planning and budgeting, tax planning, growth and succession planning. I work with clients to better understand their financial statements so they can better manage their own businesses.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Lake Superior State College. I am an Enrolled Agent and a Certified Management Accountant. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends playing tennis and golf. I also have a passion for hunting, hiking, and scuba diving.

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We Serve A Diverse Group of Businesses

OUR EXPERIENCE

We have extensive experience working with a wide variety of businesses including: automotive, beauty salons, commissioned sales, contractors, day care, health and fitness, investment brokers, legal firms, landscaping, manufacturing, marketing, non-profits, video and photography, physicians, printing, real estate, restaurants, retail stores, trucking, wholesalers, and the service industry.

Supporting Your Business

OUR CREDENTIALS

The longevity of our own business – over 20 years – and the knowledge and backgrounds that our staff has to offer, ensure that we have the credentials to support your business efforts. Our firm was started by financial executives who previously worked for successful companies, so they have valuable experience in solving both the short- and long-term problems that arise in operating a business. With experience in both private industry and public accounting, our staff members are also skilled in bookkeeping and computer science. We have extensive experience with businesses like yours. Our clients will attest to the fact that we are the right choice for their business and when it comes to being the choice for accounting firms in Waukesha WI.

Strategies and Solutions

OUR STRATEGIES

What does Betters’ exclusive one-on-one commitment mean to you?  It means we work with you individually while applying our knowledge, extensive experience, and dedication to your unique business situation. Since customer service is essential to the success of our client relationships, we are committed to answering your questions thoroughly and in a timely manner, helping to ensure that your business is the best it can be.

OUR TEAM

We are here to help you!

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Karla Betters
New Accounts and Registration Specialist

“My goal is to provide each client with most accurate information available regarding business registrations, while making the process as easy and as painless as possible.”   

Karla has been with Betters & Associates since 1992.  She began as the sole staff member and has now advanced to the New Accounts and Registration Specialist position, in addition to handling accounts payable and other functions for the company. 

Karla loves to travel, having visited four continents so far, and has recently completed her scuba diver certification.  She enjoys time (and travelling!) with her husband, family and friends.

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Jodi Solecki
Senior Manager

“I enjoy helping clients better understand their financial statements and tax returns. I also add value by teaching them to use their accounting software in a more efficient way.”

Jodi joined the Betters & Associates team in 2001. She has over 20 years of experience working with QuickBooks including training, company setup and bookkeeping and accounting services. She has worked with a variety of clients, some at their location when needed. Jodi has extensive experience in preparing financial statement compilations as well as individual, corporate and non-profit tax returns.

Jodi holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and earned her Enrolled Agent certification with the Internal Revenue Service. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, the outdoors and spending time with her family and furry friends.

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Angie Ligman
Accounting Department Supervisor

As Accounting Department Supervisor, I oversee the staff to ensure tax compliance, monitor work load, and make sure client services are met in a careful and timely manner. I continue to service a portfolio of my own clients with their needs, while ensuring that the Betters & Associates office runs smoothly. With a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from UW-Milwaukee and more than 25 years of accounting and office administration experience, I have seen a wide array of business scenarios. I have spent 16 years in the private industry, and ten years in public accounting. I have worked in-house with companies to fill the gaps between staff needs, supported as accounting liaison in the manufacturing industry, worked closely with restaurant owners to help guide and assist with sales reporting, staff training, and proper financial statement presentation. Currently, I work with government funded schools, group homes, and public service companies that help children in need. I am involved in virtually all aspects of financial statement representation. Because my background and diverse office experience has familiarized me with a variety of business environments, I am able see what each client needs, and able to advise each one with precision and due diligence. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband. We like to be outside all year round and enjoy a variety of outdoor sports such as boating, ATVing, hiking, and snowmobiling.

Jason-Povlich
Jason Povlich
Individual Tax Manager

“I enjoy helping clients understand their tax situation, and how the tax law impacts them. I also enjoy tax planning and helping clients avoid surprises when it comes to their tax returns.” Jason joined the Betters & Associates team in 2018, bringing 9 years of experience in public accounting with him. Starting as an intern, Jason has been in public accounting since December 2009. In addition to graduating in December 2011 with a Masters in Professional Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, Jason has earned his Certified Public Accountant license in Wisconsin, and is a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In his free time, Jason enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and is frequently found on the golf course.

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Tasha Tracy
Administrative Professional/Billing Specialist

I joined the Betters Team in July of 2018. Bringing along with me over 10 years of administrative experience, in addition to many years of customer service and problem solving. I’m excellent at communicating with people and love to challenge myself with new tasks. Because of my background I’m diverse in my skill set. One of my best qualities would have to be making people happy and ensuring that I’ve done everything to make that possible  In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family; two boys and fur babies, boating, traveling, a good book, skydiving, and a nice bottle of wine.

Jessica-DeBack
Jessica DeBack
Staff Accountant

In 2002, I graduated from Carroll College with a degree in Accounting, and earned my Certified Public Accounting in 2009.  I began my career working as bookkeeper for two small companies. I then worked in public accounting for 11 years which gave me the opportunity to do audits, reviews, and compilations and work with a variety of clients. I enjoyed the experience of interacting with my clients and learning about their businesses. I Joined the Betters & Associates team in December 2018. With years of experience and extreme attention to detail I enjoy many aspects of accounting, especially reconciling accounts, preparing and analyzing financial statements, and bookkeeping.  In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, baking with my daughter Ruby, horse competitions, paint-balling, working out, and traveling.   Fun Fact: I’ve been around horses my whole life, my family and I now own three Arabian Horses, and we show them competitively at the Regional and National level.

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Dawn Kirby
Senior Tax Specialist

“Helping clients with their taxes is very rewarding and gratifying. I use my knowledge of tax law to help clients better understand how it impacts their tax returns”. Dawn joined Betters & Associates in 2019, bringing with her more than 30 years of tax and accounting experience in industry. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Accounting and in Business Administration from Mount Mary University. Dawn has a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA).  In her free time, Dawn enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, going to the theater and ballet, traveling, and reading.

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Roxann Law
Senior Accounting Specialist

Having recently joined Betters & Associates as a Senior Accounting Specialist, I’m excited to assist clients with special projects, strategic initiatives and long-term planning. I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Marquette University and more than 25 years of leadership in financial statement preparation and reporting.  In my free time I enjoy traveling. I had a goal to visit all 50 states before 2020 and I still have 5 states to go and I’m looking forward to visiting them before the end of 2020. I also enjoy going to the Milwaukee Rep and Marcus Performing Art Center and I had the opportunity to see Hamilton this year.

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Elle Todd
Staff Accountant

As staff accountant, I highly value my role in providing accurate and thorough bookkeeping and accounting for client companies because I know it is crucial to the good financial management and ultimate success of any size company, in any industry. I enjoy interacting with clients and getting to know them on a personal level and I believe good communication is an important part of providing quality service to our clients. I am happy to have joined Betters & Associates in 2019 and I bring with me over 20 years of bookkeeping, accounting and office administration experience in both private business as well as public accounting. Additionally, I have earned both Bachelor and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and more recently in 2011, a Master of Accountancy from the University of Phoenix-Online. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, hiking and bicycling in the summer and down-hill skiing in the winter. Just this past summer I took up whitewater kayaking and fell in love with it!

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