Management & Staff

Bond Prediger, CPA

 

I was born and raised in Ponoka and returned after graduated from the University of Calgary – Haskayne School of Business with my Bachelor of Commerce. I have the privilege of working at Rowland, Parker and Associates since the completion of my degree in May of 2011. In September 2019 I passed the CFE exam and received my CPA designation. Ponoka offers the quality of lifestyle my husband, Steve, our daughter Foster and I enjoy. We built our home in Ponoka County where we raise Simmental cattle. In our spare time we enjoy riding, working out, and travelling with friends and family..  

Brigid Guy

 

After graduating I worked as a Dietary Technologist until I had children. I wanted a stay-at-home job when my kids were growing up so I became a bookkeeper. Now that my kids are grown, I wanted a new bookkeeping challenge and to join the outside work world, which led me to Rowland Parker & Associates in October of 2013. I have lived in Rimbey and numerous other places, and came to Ponoka just over 16 years ago. I currently reside in Millet which has made working in the Wetaskiwin office accessible for me as well. My oldest daughter graduated in October 2021 from Chiropractic College and is currently practicing in Michigan, USA with her husband. My youngest daughter is expecting her second son May of 2022. So excited to have 2 grandsons! Of course being a Nana is one of my most favorite past-times, as well as reading, paddle boarding, and basically everything outdoorsy.

Brittany Pugh, CPA

 

I was born and raised in Ponoka, and currently reside on a farm 20 minutes East of Ponoka with my husband Bronson Pugh and our two kids Rowan and Holden. I graduated university with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2014, and I started working at Rowland Parker & Associates in May of 2013. I received my CPA designation in 2017. I have one dog, a sheltie named Clara, and two cats Melly and Scarlett. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and doing yard work outside.

Brittney Potter

 

I obtained my Bachelor of Management degree with a major in accounting in 2010 from the University of Lethbridge and have worked in public practice ever since. I joined the firm in September 2018 and couldn’t be happier with my decision. I was born in Saskatchewan, lived in Ponoka for my high school years and currently live in Lacombe. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping, travelling, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Brooke Boser

 

I started my employment with Rowland, Parker & Associates in January of 2020. I moved to Ponoka in 2000 when my family got transferred here due to a work transfer. After high school I moved to Edmonton for two years to attend post-secondary school at NAIT and obtained a diploma in Business Administration – Accounting. The big city was never where pictured spending my life so I moved back to my hometown Ponoka. Having just completed my maternity leave with my son, I am so grateful to have found such an amazing work family to become a part of. I am a mom to two beautiful children, a teenage step-daughter and an infant son. I am a family girl who loves a good book and will choose to spend as much time as possible in the outdoors.

Colleen Gadd

 

I was born and raised on a farm east of Ponoka. I married my high school sweetheart, Todd, and raised our 2 daughters on an acreage where we still reside today. I love spending time with our grandchildren, camping, and enjoy the peacefulness of country living. I started working in public practice as an accounting technician a few years out of high school, and after working on a contract basis with Rowland Parker for a while, I transitioned to a full time position in March of 2020.

Carolyn Gossen

 

My husband and I returned to Alberta in 2017, moving to Ponoka from Summerside, PEI to be in a central location closer to children and grandchildren. Over many years, I have worked my way up in the accounting industry to Senior Technician, and when given the opportunity in October 2018 to work for Rowland Parker & Associates and be close to home, there really was no decision to be made. I am very excited for the opportunity to continue my career in accounting in such a great work environment. Our combined family now has 7 children and 14 grandchildren, all living in various communities in Alberta, except one son, daughter-in-law, and 3 granddaughters who live in Tampa, Florida. A great excuse for a travel destination. We love to spend time with our family and friends and when time permits a little golf and curling.

Colleen Hibbard

 

I started working at Rowland, Parker & Associates in November 2019. I have done administration work my entire adult life in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. John and I have a combined family with 4 adult sons, 1 daughter in-law and 4 beautiful grandchildren. We enjoy camping, hunting & fishing. We shared our first trip to Riviera Maya in 2018 where we went snorkeling & touring and we can’t wait to go back. In my own spare time I love reading, running & paddleboarding.

Dana Schultz

 

I grew up on a small farm in rural Saskatchewan and moved to Alberta to attend post-secondary. After college, I started working in the agricultural industry where I met my husband Kyler. We were married in 2017 and we now live about 20 minutes east of Ponoka. I joined the RPA team in March 2022 and I love working alongside this incredible group of people. When I’m not at the office, I love spending time with family. I also enjoy spending time outdoors – my favourite activities are camping, biking, skiing… although if the weather is foul, I can often be found curled up with a good book!

Debbie Derwantz, CPA, CGA

 

I grew up in the County of Stettler on a farm, I married and moved to Whitecourt where we resided for 15 years. My husband accepted a transfer to the Joffre plant and we now live in Lacombe County and enjoy being back in central Alberta and closer to family. I started in the CGA program before I had children and thought I would have lots of free time to complete once they were born. My goal then changed to get my degree and designation before any of them completed University and I did accomplish this. I have worked in public and the private sector both before joining Rowland Parker & Associates. In my spare time I enjoy any outdoor activity and adventure travel.

Debbie Emes

 

I was born and raised in Ponoka. I married my high school sweetheart, Curtis, we raised our 3 children here, and we continue to live on an acreage just outside of Ponoka. I started doing books for a fertilizer company in 2002, and prior to that I worked at Parkland Savings & Credit Union in Red Deer. I started working for Rowland Parker & Associates as an Accounting Technician in October of 2006. In my spare time I enjoy playing ball, skiing, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

Diane Krochak, CPA

 

I grew up on a hog farm near Tees, spent my school years in Clive and Lacombe, and completed by Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Red Deer. I like the small town and family feel of a community which led me to Rowland Parker & Associates in February of 2014. I received my CPA designation in 2018. I now live in Clive with my husband, Shelby, and our two young sons, Carter and Corbin. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, playing slo-pitch, camping, cooking and adventuring with family.

Gianna Halbert

 

I started working at Rowland, Parker & Associates in November 2019. I have done administration work my entire adult life in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. John and I have a combined family with 4 adult sons, 1 daughter in-law and 4 beautiful grandchildren. We enjoy camping, hunting & fishing. We shared our first trip to Riviera Maya in 2018 where we went snorkeling & touring and we can’t wait to go back. In my own spare time I love reading, running & paddleboarding.

Kari Grant

 

I started at Rowland Parker & Associates in June 2014. When the opportunity presented itself I chose to switch jobs due to the great work atmosphere offered at the firm. I have 20 plus years of experience in administration support and accounting, mainly with small business. I came to Ponoka in Grade 2, moved away after high school, and eventually moved back. I am a Ponoka lifer!! I have an adorable havanese, Sulley, and he is definitely my baby….yes dogs are harder than children because they never grow up or move out! I am a photographer in my spare time. I enjoy all mediums of photography, but love new born photography the most.

Keanna Parker, CPA

 

I grew up in Edson, Alberta and moved around quite a bit in my early adulthood, spending time in Slave Lake and Grande Prairie before settling in Red Deer. I started my post-secondary education at Northern Lakes College in Slave Lake, then transferred to Grande Prairie Regional College. Eventually, I earned my Bachelor of Commerce from Athabasca University 2018. Later that year, I started working towards my CPA designation which I completed in 2022. While my last name may sound familiar, I am not related to Gord and Mike. Just a happy coincidence! In my spare time, I am the treasurer for Habitat for Humanity Red Deer and a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters Red Deer. I also enjoy crocheting, baking, travelling, and spending time with my husband Tom and our two dogs.

Lynnette Hycha

 

I was born in Ponoka, spent my school years in Wetaskiwin, college in Red Deer, and ultimately returned to Ponoka in 1988. I started working at Rowland Parker & Associates in January of 1989, starting with T4/T5 prep, then as tax season staff, and moved into an admin position following tax season that same year. I am currently the Firm Administrator and my other areas of specialty are Quickbooks and Taxprep, and I am the Assistant Onsite IT person. My community involvement over the years has included Victim Services, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Ponoka Minor Hockey, Ponoka Stampede, and the Ponoka & District Health Foundation. I enjoy spending time outside, working in my yard in the summer, and I keep active with the gym, hiking and curling....and trying to keep my 'very active' dog entertained! I also enjoy traveling, and am always exploring new activities, adventures or destinations that ultimately provide me with an ever-changing 'bucket list' to keep checking off.

Melanie Bjoern, CPA, CGA

 

I worked in the oil gas sector for 10 years and during this time, received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and business information through SAIT and my CGA designation in 2007. In the fall of 2008 I moved to public practice and started working with Rowland Parker & Associates. I grew up in Sylvan Lake, lived in Red Deer during my time working in industry and now living on a farm near Bashaw with my husband and three children.

Melissa Maser

 

I was born and raised in Ponoka, having moved to Red Deer briefly while attending school. In 2013 I married a local guy, and in 2018 we welcomed our twin girls who keep us on our toes. Residing on an acreage east of town, we are a busy family enjoying the outdoors as much as we can. We spend our time gardening, riding horses, camping and spending time with family and friends. Our love of rodeo has my family and I volunteering at the Ponoka Stampede for the past 15 years. After working 13 years in the oil and gas industry as an office manager, I obtained my position with Rowland Parker & Associated in January 2018.

Nick Ravnsborg

 

I was born and raised in Ponoka, lived in Edmonton for a two year period to pursue a career in the Faculty of Education, but returned to Ponoka and still reside here. I started working at Rowland Parker & Associates on July 1, 1972. My girlfriend, now my wife, worked there at the time. I am married to Kris, and we have one daughter, Erika who is in her 30's, lives in Calgary and is a Recreation Aid. I spent 5 years on the parent council executive, and 6 years on the library board. I have also been part of a community group known as the Walter Mitty for 30 plus years. I enjoy spending free time watching movies, reading, creative writing and spending social time with friends enjoying a good beverage and a poker game. I am interested in history, and enjoy exploring museums and historical sites.