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 Tomkins

 

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 the Rowland, Parker family in January of 2020. My family moved to Ponoka in 2000, and It is where I have grown up and now call home. After high school I attended post-secondary school at NAIT and obtained a diploma in Business Administration – Accounting. The big city was never where I pictured spending my life, instead I preferred the comforts of a small community and now reside on a farm out of town with my sweetheart and our two beautiful children. I am proud to be a mom to my loving teenage step-daughter and mini farmer for a son. I love to spend my time with family, reading a good book, and enjoying as much time outside as I can.

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. I have 2 adult sons, 1 daughter in-law and 4 beautiful grandchildren. In my spare time I love traveling, 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.

Donovan Blonke

 

I was born and raised on a farm outside of Ponoka, and after living in Edmonton for 5 years I missed the small-town lifestyle, so I moved back after completing my Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of Alberta School of Business. After graduation I joined the Rowland, Parker, & Associates team in October of 2023 as a CPA Articling Student. Having grown up in Ponoka, and with most of my family located here, I have seen how Rowland, Parker & Associates supports the community and it seemed obvious to pursue a career with the firm. In my free-time I enjoy Hiking, Basketball, Videography/Video Editing, traveling, and experiencing new things.

Gianna Halbert

 

I started working at Rowland Parker & Associates during the income tax season of 2003. That same year my husband, Shawn and I had our first child, and I spent the next 11 years at home raising our two boys. I began working for RPA again in February of 2014. I grew up on a farm near Blackfoot, Alberta, where my parents and brothers still farm. I met my husband while I was still in high school, so decided to attend Medicine Hat College so that he wouldn’t have to make the 5 hour drive every other week to come visit me. We got married in 1996 and moved to Lethbridge so that he could attend University. We moved a few more times before settling in Ponoka in 2002. In my spare time I enjoy dancing, visiting with family and friends, and playing with our very busy border collie, Lily.

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.

Kohlby Reiss

 

I grew up in Alix, AB on a hobby farm until I began my Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Red Deer and have recently graduated in 2023. I joined the RPA team for a summer position in 2022 and had a great experience. Growing up in a small town I enjoyed the small-town atmosphere that Ponoka offered and when the opportunity presented itself to come back to RPA after graduation, I couldn’t say no. In my spare time I enjoy playing sports, camping, spending time with my cat and travelling.

Krystal Storey

 

I grew up in the community of Clive and still live there today. After graduating high school, I took a diploma course in Accounting and Payroll administration. I got married in the summer of 2013 to my husband, Darren and was blessed with two spectacular kids, Chase and Joelle. I started working at Rowland, Parker & Associates in the tax season of 2023 and, after a short break, returned permanently at the beginning of January 2024. I love family time, horses, camping, hiking, skiing, gardening, and planning adventures.

Laura Van Dijk

 

Having raised a family in the Tees area I now reside in Clive. I started out bookkeeping with our own farm books and kept taking on more bookkeeping jobs over the years. I have enjoyed working with numbers at my various jobs and now find myself employed at RPA. I thoroughly enjoy the team atmosphere here. My interests outside of work are outdoor activities, hanging out with my grandsons and travelling.

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

 

After working 13 years in the oil and gas industry as an office manager, I obtained my position with Rowland Parker & Associates in January 2018. Born and raised in Ponoka, I love our small town. Currently residing on an acreage east of town with my husband and twin daughters. We are a busy family, enjoying the outdoors as much as we can. We like to spend our time gardening, riding horses, camping, and taking care of our animals. But most of all spending time with family and friends.

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.