The WICPA Board of Directors represents the membership, exercises leadership, participates in strategic planning, and approves the annual WICPA budget, bylaw amendments, selection of auditors, and other actions relating to organizational governance. The board consists of 15 members. 

The WICPA is seeking Board member applications for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Open Board member positions include Chair-elect, three (3) Directors and one (1) AICPA Council.

To apply, click here, to complete the Board member application. Submit your completed application and resume to Jessica Murphy, WICPA Executive Relations Manager, by Nov. 14, 2014 to be considered for an open position, by the WICPA Nominations Committee.

WICPA Board of Directors



Robert A. Gruber, Ph.D., CPA, CGMA
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 W Main St
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790
Phone: 262-472-1344
Email: gruberr@uww.edu


Jean M. Hansen, CPA, MBA, CGMA
Manitowoc Tool & Machining LLC
4211 Clipper Drive
Manitowoc, WI 54220-4115
Phone: 920-682-8825
Email: jhansen@mantool.com

Past Chair

Danica E. Olson, CPA, CGMA
Milwaukee Bucks, Inc.
1001 N. 4th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53203-1314
Phone: 414-227-0500
Email: dolson@bucks.com


Joy L. Hertlein, CPA, CGMA
New Berlin Plastics, Inc.
5725 S. Westridge Drive
New Berlin, WI 53151-7952
Phone: 262-784-3120
Email: jhertlein@nbplastics.com


Kyle J. Beld, CPA
Wipfli LLP
2501 W. Beltline Hwy., Suite 401
Madison, WI 53708
Phone: 608-274-1980
Email: kbeld@wipfli.com



Greta C. Diercks, CPA
Brettingen, Smits, Novak & Bastle S.C.
736 Ackley St.
Antigo, WI 54409-0290 
Phone: 715-623-7696
Email: gdiercks@antigocpa.com


Katherine L Hauser , CPA, CGMA
Price Engineering Company
1175 Cottonwood Ave.
Hartland, WI 53029-8349
Phone: 262-369-3660
Email: khauser@priceeng.com


Kelly K. Miller, CPA
Scribner, Cohen & Comany, S.C.
400 E. Mason St., Suite 300
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-271-1700
Email: kkmcpa@scribnercohen.com


Joan M. Phillips, CPA
Deloitte & Touche LLP
555 E. Wells St., Suite 1400
Milwaukee, WI 532002-3824
Phone: 414-271-3000
Email: jophillips@deloitte.com


Matthew I. Raunio, CPA
University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan
1 University Drive
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Email: mraunio@new.rr.com



Gregory L. Ryan, CPA
777 E. Wisconsin Ave Ste 1500
Milwaukee, WI 53202-5340 
Phone: 414-276-4200
Email: gryan@kpmg.com


Carver Smith, CPA
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
115 S. 84th St., Suite 400
Milwaukee, WI 53214-1475
Phone: 414-777-5500
Email: carver.smith@bakertilly.com


Martin D. Verhelst, CPA
Martin D. Verhelst, CPA
602 Pleasant Oaks Drive, Suite F
Oregon, WI 53575-3282
Phone: 608-835-3628
Email: marty@verhelstcpa.com

AICPA Council

Karla E. Blair, CPA
Schenck SC
Email: ljbkeb@new.rr.com

AICPA Council

Nicholas S. Lascari, CPA, CGMA, CEA
Balistreri, Jezo & Lascari, LLP
12630 W North Ave Ste 1
Brookfield, WI 53005-4626
Phone: 262-432-0640
Email: nlascari@bjaccountants.com

Board biographies

Robert A. Gruber, CPA, Ph.D.  - Chair

Robert A. Gruber, CPA., Ph.D., CPA is an accounting professor at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. He is a past president of the WICPA Educational Foundation and serves on the Accounting Careers Committee. Robert recently served as a member of the Disney College Program’s National Advisory Board and was a member of the Mukwonago Area School Board for two terms. His wife, Cindy, teaches accounting at Marquette University. They live in Mukwonago and have two children, Robbie and Alyssa.

Jean Hansen, CPA, MBA, CGMA – Chair-elect

Jean M. Hansen, CPA, MBA, CGMA is the vice president of finance at Manitowoc Tool & Machining, LLC in Manitowoc. Hansen has been a member of the WICPA since 1996 and currently serves on the Finance Committee and Membership Advisory Committee. She lives in Two Rivers with her husband, Jeff, and has two adult children, Sarah and Dane and enjoys spending time with her granddaughter, Grace.

Danica E. Olson, CPA, CGMA – Past Chair

Danica E. Olson, CPA is the accounting manager for the Milwaukee Bucks, Inc. Olson has been a member of the WICPA since 2000 and has served on the WICPA Educational Foundation Board, Inc., Milwaukee Breakfast Program Committee, CPAs in Industry Spring Conference Committee, Wisconsin State Taxation Committee and Young Professionals Committee. She is also a member of the Forensic CPA Society, Milwaukee World Trade Association, and Alpha Xi Delta Women's Fraternity and is an accounting instructor at DeVry University and University of Phoenix. She enjoys traveling and playing tennis in her free time. She and her husband, Andy, live in Milwaukee with their cats: Chloe, Meg and Rocca.

Joy L. Hertlein, CPA, CGMA – Secretary/Treasurer

Joy L. Hertlein, CPA, CGMA, is the chief financial officer of New Berlin Plastics in New Berlin. Hertlein has been a member of the WICPA since 1987 and currently serves on the Institute’s CPAs in Industry Fall Conference Task Force. She has also served on the WICPA Board of Directors, Finance Committee, Nominations Committee, Executive Search Committee, and the CPAs in Industry Spring Conference Task Force. Hertlein lives in New Berlin with her husband, Jerry, and has three teenage children, Michael, Emily and Andrea.

Kyle J. Beld, CPA – Director

Kyle Beld, CPA is a senior accountant at Wipfli in Madison. A WICPA member since 2008, he serves as a member of the Institute’s Young Professionals Committee, Public Policy Committee and Excellence Awards Committee. He has also participated in the WICPA High School Educator Symposium. Kyle and his wife, Sara, live in Lodi and have three children, Walter, Vivian, and Eleanor. 

Greta C. Diercks, CPA – Director

Greta C. Diercks, CPA is an employee of Brettingen, Smits, Novak & Bastle S.C. Diercks currently serves on the WICPA Public Policy Committee and WICPA Young Professionals Committee, and volunteers with other local organizations. She and her husband, Calvin, live in Antigo.  

Katherine L. Hauser, CPA, CGMA – Director

Katherine L. Hauser, CPA, CGMA is the accounting supervisor at Price Engineering Company, Inc. in Hartland. A WICPA member since 2001, she has served on the Institute’s CPAs in Industry Fall Conference Planning Task Force since 2007. When not working, she enjoys reading, sports and music.

Kelly K. Miller, CPA - Director

Kelly K. Miller, CPA, a shareholder in the accounting and auditing department at Scribner, Cohen and Company, S.C., in Milwaukee. Miller specializes in the nonprofit arena and serves on the board of directors for St. Francis Children's Center and Milwaukee Aging Consortium. Miller, a member of the WICPA since 1999, has also served on the Accounting Careers Committee. She is currently a member of the Not-for-Profit Conference Task force. She and her husband, Gene, live in East Troy and have two sons: Wyatt and Cody. 

Joan M. Phillips, CPA - Director

Joan M. Phillips, CPA is a partner in the audit practice at Deloitte in Milwaukee. Phillips is a past president of the WICPA Educational Foundation, Inc. and volunteers with several other organizations, including the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and as a trustee at her parish. She and her husband, Dean, live in Germantown and have two children: Adam and Eric.

Gregory L. Ryan, CPA - Director

Greg Ryan, CPA is the office managing partner of KPMG’s Milwaukee office, directing all aspects of operations in the Wisconsin market. He has more than 20 years of experience, serving a variety of clients, from middle market, privately held companies to large public multinational companies. Ryan is currently a director on the WICPA Education Foundation. He is also a committee member for the United Performing Arts Fund, the Marquette University National Alumni Board and the Greater Milwaukee Committee. He lives in Franklin with his wife, Anne, and their two children, Maggie and Colin.

Matthew. I. Raunio, CPA - Director

Matthew I. Raunio, CPA is assistant professor of business and economics at the University of Wisconsin–Sheboygan. Raunio has been a member of the WICPA since 1980 and has served on the WICPA Accountancy Regulation in Wisconsin and Finance Committees. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has served on the AICPA Investments Committee. He has three adult children: Duncan, Dillon and Ethe. He also enjoys golfing.

Carver Smith, CPA - Director

Carver Smith, III, CPA, search practice leader at Baker Tilly Search & Staffing, LLC, joined the firm in 2010. With Smith’s extensive background in accounting and human capital, he specializes in helping clients find and evaluate top talent at all levels in the areas of accounting, finance, tax and human resources. Industries include, but are not limited to, manufacturing, financial services, professional services, insurance, retail, technology and not-for-profits.

Martin D. Verhelst, CPA - Director

Martin D. Verhelst, CPA is owner of Verhelst, CPA is Oregon, specializing in working with small-business and professional clients. Verhest, a member of the WICPA since 1975, was vice president of the Board of Directors from 1989-1991. He also was a member of several WICPA task forces and committees, including the Accounting, Auditing and Financial Management Conference Task Force, and was chairperson of the Public Policy Committee. His wife, Debbi, has worked with him at Verhelst, CPA since January 1990.

Karla E. Blair, CPA - AICPA Council

Karla E. Blair, CPA is a retired shareholder with Schenck SC in Appleton. Blair has served on the WICPA Educational Foundation Board of Directors and the WICPA 100th Anniversary Task Force. She currently serves on the State of Wisconsin Accounting Examing Board.

Nicholas S. Lascari, CPA, CEA, CGMA – AICPA Council

Nick Lascari, CPA, CEA, CGMA  is an owner and partner with Balistreri, Jezo & Lascari, LLP in Brookfield. He specializes in small business and pass-throughs. He is a past president and chair of the WICPA Board of Directors, and has volunteered with several other organizations including serving as past chairman and current treasurer of the Better Business Bureau, the Journey House, Civic Music Association and St. Jude Congregation. He has served the WICPA as past chair of the Federal Tax Committee and Tax Conference Committee, and served on the AICPA Partnership Tax Committee, Individual Tax Committee, and Tax Legislation and Policy Committee. He currently serves on the WICPA Federal Taxation Committee and is the AICPA Key Federal Person Coordinator for Wisconsin. He enjoys golfing, home improvement projects, gardening and travel with his wife, Delores, to visit their two grown sons, daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.