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About Us

About Our Firm

Leota Goodney started this practice in 1981. The firm has grown steadily through the years to our present size of three partners and four other employees. We serve a variety of business clients in the Northfield area as well as many individuals in varying circumstances.

We offer individualized services to each of our clients and work for warm, professional relationships.

The technical aspects of our services are of the highest quality. We have an ongoing program of continuing education, participate in the peer review program established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and maintain membership in the Minnesota Society of CPA’s and the Minnesota Financial Planning Association.

Our Team

Leota Goodney, CPA, CFP

Leota Goodney, partner, practices in the areas of tax law, elder care and non-profits. Older clients captivate her with their wisdom and strong personalities. The elder care services she provides enable people to continue to retain control of major decisions without being bothered with the detail. Small non-profits often need the professional and technical expertise that Leota’s experience can offer.

Leota has been licensed as a CPA since 1979 and as a certified financial planner since 1987. She is married with two adult children and is active in her church and as a volunteer advancing universal health care.

Ann Etter, CPA, CFP

Ann Etter, partner, has interests in personal income tax law, non profit accounting and tax, and financial planning. She filled out her first tax form in 1993 and enjoyed it so much she decided to go back to school in 2001. Her two previous careers both involved non-profit work and she has maintained a passion for working with non-profits.

Ann has been licensed as a CPA since 2003 and as a Certified Financial Planner since 2017. She is married with three grown children and two grandchildren. She is active in the Northfield Arts Guild, her church, and a few book clubs. She has been a partner with the firm since 2011.

Wendy Sivanich, EA

Wendy Sivanich specializes in small business (profit and non-profit) bookkeeping, payroll and tax return preparation. She has 20+ years of experience working with a variety of businesses and most enjoys helping clients bring order to their bookkeeping.

Wendy joined the firm in 2014 and became a partner in 2020. She has a degree in Accounting and she became an Enrolled Agent in 2017. She and her “townie” husband, Andrei, live in Northfield and have two children in college. She is a member of Northfield Rotary and is actively involved in Rotary Youth Exchange.

Tammy Jirak, Senior Accountant

Tammy Jirak, senior staff accountant, notary public, joined the firm in 1998. Tammy has a degree in accounting and loves working with clients on their bookkeeping needs. QuickBooks training, corporate and personal income tax, 1099’s, sales tax, and payroll backup are areas Tammy specializes in. She and her husband John enjoy the country life in rural Northfield. They have three daughters, one granddaughter, and three son-in-laws. She loves spending time with her family & friends, and other interests include reading, flower gardening and golf.

Anna O’Donnell

Anna O’Donnell, staff accountant, joined the firm in January 2016. She is responsible for personal income tax preparation, business bookkeeping, and office administration. Anna graduated from Augsburg College in 2014 with a double major in Accounting and Business Management and has her Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations from the University of St. Thomas. She is working toward her licensure as a CPA. 

Anna lives in Northfield with her husband and three daughters.  She is a member of the Northfield Fine Arts Boosters. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, and walking her dog Kevin.

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Juanita Lexvold

Juanita Lexvold, Senior Tax Accountant, specializes in both business tax and personal tax. Juanita has been in the accounting industry for approximately 30 years and has a wide array of knowledge in all aspects of accounting and taxes. Juanita most enjoys meeting individuals (especially farmers), and discussing, and preparing tax returns.

Juanita just recently joined the firm. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and is currently studying for the EA exam. She is married with five grown children and eleven grandchildren. She lives on a 5 acre hobby farm and has three horses, two goats, lots of cats, and two small house dogs. She also enjoys fishing with her husband.