Meet Our Team

Darst, Brune & Associates, LLC is a full-service Certified Public Accounting firm licensed in NE. All our CPA's hold valid NE State CPA Certificates.

Meet Our Staff:


Tom Brune, CPA, MT
Member

Tom received a Masters of Science in Taxation from the University of Denver in 1989. Tom has worked in the private sector as CFO for a software company with approximately 100 employees for five years in addition to his experience in public accounting. Tom provides transactional consulting services, estate and gift planning, S-Corp, C-Corp and LLC planning and structuring with an emphasis in the agriculture, construction, banking, manufacturing, software and service industries. Tom is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.




Jeffrey A. Lapel, CPA
Member

Jeffrey received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1992. Jeff received the Gold Award for achieving the highest score in the state of Nebraska on the CPA Exam. Jeff began his career working for a large international construction firm in Omaha for four years and has worked in public accounting since that time. Jeff's areas of practice include accounting, audit, review, compilation and tax services for privately-held companies in a variety of industries including agriculture, construction, wholesale and retail as well as audits of employee benefit plans. Jeff is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.




Greg Chapp, CPA
Member

Greg received a Bachelor of Science from Central Missouri State University in 1979 and has worked in public accounting since that time. Greg's areas of practice include accounting, tax and attest engagements with an emphasis in construction, wholesale, manufacturing and employee benefit plans. Greg is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.




Rich Kumke, CPA
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Rich received a Masters of Professional Accountancy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2000 and has worked in public accounting since that time. Rich has a broad background providing accounting, auditing, review, compilation and tax services to privately-held companies in a variety of industries including agriculture, construction, wholesale and retail as well as audits of employee benefit plans. Rich is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.




Luke T. Northwall, CPA
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Luke received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration with a minor in Economics from Dana College in 1978. Luke received the Gold Award for achieving the highest score in the state of Nebraska on the CPA Exam. Luke has worked in consumer electronics, golf retail, construction and course management and pharmaceutical machinery in addition to his public accounting career that began in 1978. Luke's areas of practice include litigation support, bankruptcy, troubled business, taxation and business valuation. Luke is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.

  



Jim Hervert, CPA

Jim received a Bachelors of Science from Wayne State College in 2002 and has worked in public accounting since that time. Jim's areas of practice include accounting, financial reporting, auditing and tax to privately-held companies in the manufacturing, construction, agriculture and professional service industries. Jim is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.




Barbara K. Jessen, CPA, CVA

Barbara received a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2008 and has worked in public accounting since that time. Barbara's areas of practice with the firm include tax and business valuations with an emphasis in the agriculture, construction, retail and professional service industries. Barbara is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.




Brent C. Bradbury, CPA

Brent received a Bachelors of Science in Business Management in 1999 and a Bachelors of Science in Accounting in 2008 from Emporia State University. Brent worked in the financial services and technology industries in sales and management roles for 10 years prior to beginning his career in public accounting in 2009. Brent's areas of practice include accounting, audit, review, compilation and taxation services. Brent is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.




Randall G. Jauken, JD, CPA

Randall received a Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1979. Randall worked in the private and government sectors for 6 years as a Trust Officer and a Tax Specialist in addition to working in public accounting for over 30 years. Randall's areas of practice include estates, trusts, business planning and retirement planning. Randall is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Nebraska State Bar Association (Inactive), Omaha Estate Planning Council and the Pension Council of the Midlands. Randall is also an active member of the Millard Lions Club.




Nick J. Nicola, CPA

Nick received a Bachelors of Science in Business and Finance in 2005 and a Bachelors of Science in Accounting in 2009 from Bellevue University. Nick worked in the transportation and finance industries for three years in addition to his time in public accounting. Nick's areas of practice include accounting, audit and tax. Nick is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.




Rachel Rice, CPA

Rachel received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting and Secondary Concentrations in Management Information Systems and Business Finance from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2018 and has worked in public accounting since that time. Rachel's areas of practice include business and individual tax, compilations, reviews, and accounting.




Sara Chung, CPA

Sara received a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting and a minor in Management Information Systems with a certificate in Systems Development from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2018 and has worked in public accounting since that time. Sara's areas of practice include accounting, audit, review, compilation and taxation services. Sara is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.




Jonny Cruz

Jonny received a Bachelor's of Arts in Accounting from Doane University in 2019. Jonny worked in the financial services and accounts receivables industries for five years prior to beginning his career in public accounting. Jonny's area of practice include accounting, compilations, reviews and tax.




Mandy Smock

Mandy is a paraprofessional with more than ten years of experience serving in public accounting. Mandy has been with Darst, Brune and Associates since 2007 and works with business and individual clients in the areas of payroll services, monthly, quarterly and annual bookkeeping services, sales tax, QuickBooks and various other projects. Mandy is also involved in assisting in the day to day office operations.




Twila Brodersen

Twila is the Office Manager at Darst Brune & Associates. She is responsible for preparing the firms accounting, billing and payroll. Twila helps keep the office running smoothly as well as coordinates all corporate events.




Amber LaMar

Amber has a background in bookkeeping for retail businesses and as a volunteer. Amber provides administrative support and bookkeeping services for the firm. Amber is also a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor.





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