Meet Our Team

Girardot, Strauch & Co. is a full-service Certified Public Accounting firm licensed in IN. All our CPA's hold valid IN State CPA Certificates.

Meet Our Staff:

Michael A. Strauch, CPA, ABV, CFE, CVA - Shareholder

Mike graduated from Anderson College in 1973 with a BA in Accounting.  He joined the firm in 1981 and became a shareholder the same year.  Mike's specialty areas include forensic accounting, business valuations, litigation support and individual and business tax.

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Denny Mellon, CPA - Managing Shareholder

Denny graduated from Western Michigan University with a BBA in 1977.  He joined the firm in 1985 and became a shareholder in 1988.  His specialty areas include audit, farm taxation, peer review, small business consulting and business succession planning.

Denny has been actively involved in the Indiana CPA Society, serving in many capacities and on various boards within that organization.  He has been the chairman of the Board, member of the Executive Committee, chairman of the Peer Review Committee, chairman of the Ag Business Committee and a member of the Leadership Cabinet.  He has also been actively involved with the AICPA on their Joint Trial Board and as a Council Member.  His involvement with other organizations has also included the Tippecanoe Park Foundation Board, Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Ag Business Committee, Commissioner of the local area Little Gridiron Football Organization and treasurer of his church.

Denny's interest outside of work include participating in outdoor activities, snow skiing, and golfing.  He is also an avid supporter of the Purdue football and basketball programs as well as the Indianapolis Colts.

Richard Bartholomew, JD, CPA - Shareholder - Director of Tax Services

Richard graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Business in 1978 and a JD from Indiana University School of Law in 1981.  He joined the firm in 1991 and became a shareholder in 1996.  His specialty areas include all areas of tax, estate planning, mergers, acquisitions and spin-off tax consulting, succession planning, continuing education presenter to the AICPA Federal Tax Conference, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Seminars, Annual Tax Symposiums in Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio and North Dakota and Bisk Continuing Education DVD's distributed nationwide.

Richard has been actively involved in various organizations in the Lafayette community including Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette Rotary Club Foundation, Indiana CPA Society Litigation Services, Westminister Village Foundation, Lafayette Rotary Club,and  East Tipp Summer Rec.

Richard has many interests outside of the firm including woodworking (he built all of the cabinets in his house as well as various pieces of furniture), snow skiing, fishing, golf, creating Power Point presentations for weddings and birthdays, drawing and playing with his dog, Zoe.

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Michelle Withers, CPA - Shareholder - Director of Audit and Accounting

Michelle graduated from Purdue University in 1988 with a BS in Accounting.  She joined the firm in 1988 and became a shareholder in 2015.

She specializes in audit and accounting services for clients in a variety of industries including audits of employee benefit plans.  In addition, she prepares corporate tax returns and provides outsourced controller services.

Michelle gives back to the accounting profession as a registered AICPA peer reviewer.  As part of the Peer Review program she is required to be a member of the AICPA, currently active in public practice at a supervisory level in the accounting and auditing function, associated with a firm that has received a report with a peer review rating of pass on its most recent system review, possess current knowledge of professional standards and have at least 5 years of recent public accounting experience in the audit and accounting function.  She participates annually in numerous system peer reviews and performs many engagement peer reviews, helping firms to enhance the quality of their accounting and auditing practice.  In addition, she is currently an active member of the Indiana CPA Society Peer Review Committee.

Michelle is a member of the AICPA and the Indiana CPA Society.  She currently serves as a Tippecanoe County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the Tippecanoe County court system.

Outside of the office, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending sporting events, and outdoor activities.

Diana Lanman, CPA - Shareholder - Tax Manager

Diana graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1981 with a BS in Accounting and again in 1990 with an MBA.  She joined the firm in 2007 starting in the audit and accounting area and moved to the tax area where she now spends her time managing the individual and business tax department. She became a shareholder in 2015.

Diana is a member of the AICPA and the Indiana CPA Society.

Eddie Pluhar -  CPA, CVA

Eddie graduated from Purdue University in 2006 with a BS in Management and Ball State University in 2010 with a Masters in Accounting.  He joined the firm in October 2012 as a staff accountant and passed the CPA exam in August, 2013.  His specialty areas include accounting, auditing and corporate and non-profit tax.

Eddie is a member of the Indiana CPA Society and the AICPA.

Eddie enjoys watching sports, especially Purdue, the Colts and the Indiana Pacers.  He also enjoys playing with his dog, Peyton.

Jaylene Williamson -  CPA

Jaylene graduated from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 2015 with a BS in Accounting and Business Administration. She joined the firm in 2018 specializing in audit and accounting and also prepares corporate tax returns.

Jaylene is a member of the AICPA and the Indiana CPA Society.

Jaylene enjoys spending time with her family and attending concerts and live theatre.

Kim Hollingsworth- Enrolled Agent

Kim started in the accounting field in 1993 and joined the firm in 2007. Her specialties include individual, corporate, and estate income tax.

Outside of the office she enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including camping, boating, kayaking, and traveling. She also enjoys spending time with grandkids and playing with her dogs. She is a proud member of Gulf to Lake Church in Crystal River, FL. 

Jane Rinehart- Enrolled Agent, Accounting Practitioner

Jane Rinehart merged with our office on November 1, 2018. She has been in the financial arena since 1974 and ran her own office from 1999 until present. In 1986 she passed the Enrolled Agent’s examination which allows her to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. She has passed the Accounting Practitioners portion of the CPA exam. Jane enjoys getting to know her clients on a personal level and has a wide array of knowledge, including individual tax, farm tax, business tax, payroll tax, general bookkeeping, retirement planning, eldercare and fiduciary tax. Jane has served on the Tippecanoe County Public Library Foundation Board and the Association of Women Business Owners Board. She helps with the annual fundraiser for the Kokomo Rescue Mission and the Friends of the Tippecanoe Co. Library book sales.

In her spare time, you may find her gardening, reading a good book, bird watching, walking sandy beaches, or spending time with her family and friends.

Monica Harris- Enrolled Agent

Monica Harris merged with our office on November 1, 2018, along with Jane Rinehart, where she had been an accountant since Jane opened her business in 1999. Monica graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Monica has a wide array of knowledge including preparation of individual income tax, business tax, fiduciary income tax, internal auditing, financial analysis, bookkeeping, payroll, and financial statements. She earned her Enrolled Agent’s license in April of 2006 which allows her to represent clients at all levels before the Internal Revenue Service. Monica helps head the Christmas Jubilee every year at her church which helps parents give their children Christmas who would not otherwise be able to do so.

In Monica’s spare time you may find her reading a good book, bird watching, vacationing with her family and spending quality time with her friends and family.

Cassandra "Cassy" Williams - Staff Accountant

Cassy graduated from Purdue University in 1994 with a BS in Management and in 2002 from Nicholls State University with an MBA.  She joined our firm in January of 2003 and works in the area of individual, estate, and corporate income tax as well as payroll and property tax.

Cassy has been actively involved in several organizations in the Lafayette area.  These include treasurer of East Tipp Summer Recreation Association, Inc., (4 years), committee chair Lafayette-West Lafayette Christmas Parade (2 years) and a board member of the Lafayette Downtown Business Center (1 year).  She is also a member of the AICPA and the Indiana CPA Society.

Cassy's family keeps her busy and when she finds time, she enjoys photography.

Carol Parmelee - Staff Accountant

Carol worked for Dan Blomeke for twenty years before joining our firm in 2008 when his practice merged into Girardot, Strauch & Co.  Carol's areas of specialty are preparation of payroll – live and after-the-fact including submitting and scheduling payroll tax forms and payments as well preparation of personal property tax and individual tax returns.  She also works with small businesses assisting them with their bookkeeping and QuickBooks consulting.

She volunteers at her church with Christmas for Everyone and has been involved in the Clinton County Genealogical Society serving as their president.  She is a member of the Indiana CPA Society.

Carol enjoys quilting, reading and doing genealogy research.

Tina Little - Staff Accountant

Tina earned her Technical Certificate in Administration in 1983 from Ivy Tech, Kokomo.  She has attended various tax and QuickBooks courses in her time with the firm.  She joined the firm in 2002 and her specialty areas include QuickBooks accounting, payroll tax, and individual tax.

She has been very involved in her church and life groups and when she has time, she likes photography, crocheting and traveling.

Lori L. Clark - Staff Accountant

Lori graduated from Purdue University in Computer Technology in 1997 and joined our staff in September 2013. She assits with payroll, tax preparation, and QuickBooks reporting.

Lori loves driving and attending car shows with her husband in their 1955 Chevy Suburban. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with her kids and grandkids. Lori is a member of Heartland Community Church.

Madison Orem, CPA

Madison graduated from Purdue University in 2018 with a BS in Accounting and Finance. She joined the firm immediately following graduation and is currently studying for the CPA exam.

When she's not studying, Madison enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She loves putting together puzzles and playing with her Goldendoodle, Stanley.

Logan Graham

Logan graduated from Ball State University in December of 2018 with a degree in Finance and Accounting. She is currently studying for the CPA Exam. In her free time, Logan enjoys being outdoors with friends and family. If the weather forces her indoors, you can find Logan curled up on the couch with a thrilling, mystery novel.

Peggy Jackson - Firm Administrator

Peggy graduated from Purdue University in 1998 with a BS in Accounting and obtained her CPA license in 2006. Peggy has over 20 years of accounting experience in both the public and private sectors. Her work in public accounting includes a variety of tax and accounting services for individuals, corporations, and non-profits. In recent years, Peggy served as Controller for an agricultural technology company and a local non-profit organization.

When she's not at the office, Peggy enjoys keeping busy with her family, painting, and staying active with her dogs.

Nancy Shake - Administration Supervisor

Nancy joined the firm in 1983 and has worked in every administration area of the firm.  She also does the cafeteria plan administration for our clients.

She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children who have all kept her busy with their sports activities and especially with the All American Soap Box Derby.  She also enjoys working with vinyl and decal design.

Penny Leuck-Administration

Penny joined the firm in January, 2018. She has worked in accounting and tax offices in the past, including this firm, before she had her family.

She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, movies and growing flowers. Penny is a member of Heartland Community Church.

Jeana Schurich-Administration

Jeana Scheurich merged with our office on November 1, 2018, along with Jane Rinehart, as she had been Jane’s Administrative Assistant since September, 2012. Jeana graduated from International Business College in 1986 after completing the Cooperative Honors Program and secured her secretarial diploma. Since graduating she has worked in the legal and accounting fields. Jeana has a vast array of knowledge including bookkeeping, payroll, individual income tax preparation and helping our elderly clients by gathering their tax information, making sure their estimated payments are made and advocating for them should the need arise.

In her spare time, Jeana likes to read, crochet, garden, camp and spend quality time with her friends, family and four legged children.

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At Girardot, Strauch & Co., we've been serving the accounting needs of Lafayette, IN and the surrounding areas for years. If you need help managing any aspect of your home or business's finances, we want to hear from you.

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Thank you for visiting. We look forward to working together!

Girardot, Strauch & Co.

316 Main Street, P O Box 1497,
Lafayette, IN 47902-1497
T: (765) 423-5313
F: (765) 742-4692


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