Firm Partners

Miles V. Schmidt, CPA, MBA, MST


Managing Partner and Founder 

Miles was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attended West Catholic High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. Miles holds a Bachelor of Art's degree from Furman University in Greenville, SC, a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Science of Taxation degree from Grand Valley State University. Miles became a CPA in November of 1982. He began his accounting career in Grand Rapids with Helmholdt & Co. In 1989, he joined the tax staff at BDO Seidman, LLP. Miles moved up to Senior Tax Manager after he became seasoned and experienced as a tax professional. Miles left BDO Seidman in late 2000 taking many of his loyal clients. He immediately opened his own accounting practice, continued servicing the needs of his clients and began growing his client list. Miles is a member of the AICPA and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. Miles lives with his wife in Comstock Park, Michigan and together they have nine children.

Scott J. Koning, EA



Scott joined the firm in October 2003. He completed his Bachelors of Science degree in Accountancy from Calvin College in May 2003. While attending Calvin College, his studies were focused on financial accounting, advanced accounting, accounting systems, cost accounting, and auditing. Outside of work, Scott enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends. Scott and his wife, Jill, are raising two kids in Marne, Michigan.

Megan R. Villarreal, MBA, EA



Megan joined the firm in June 2005. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Spring Hill College (Mobile, Alabama) in May 2005.  While attending Spring Hill College she was a member of the Honor Society and played on the women's basketball team.  In January 2007, Megan graduated from the University of Phoenix with her Master of Business Administration degree.  Megan is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and an Enrolled Agent.  In her free time, she enjoys playing basketball, shopping, boating, and spending time with her family and friends.  Megan and her husband are raising two beautiful daughters in Ada, Michigan.

Certified Public Accountants

Jill M. Walker, CPA


 Senior Manager

Jill has been a part of SKV & Associates since October of 2016. She serves small to mid-size businesses on tax compliance and consulting services as well as individuals. Jill received her B.A. in Accounting from Hope College and received her CPA Certification in 1995. Her professional career began with four years of public accounting with a local and national firm in the West Michigan area. Since then, she has served roles in the private manufacturing sector, in entrepreneurship, being a small business owner and in accounting and consulting within a small local practice. Jill values time spent with her husband, three children, and dog. She also enjoys traveling, reading, boating, and spending time at Lake Michigan.

Vanessa Y. Birman, CPA


Senior Manager

Vanessa joined the firm in November 2018. She has over 20 years of experience in both public accounting and private industry and enjoys serving small to mid-size businesses with their accounting, consulting and tax needs as well as individuals and their tax needs. Vanessa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from California State University, Fresno and has been a CPA since 1998. She began her professional career in the audit department of a national CPA firm where she spent nine years. Since then, she has served as a Controller, Accounting and HR Manager, and has worked for smaller CPA firms. Vanessa is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor who also enjoys teaching clients more about their accounting systems and processes.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their two college aged daughters, and friends. She also enjoys birding, photography, nature hikes, traveling, reading, trips to the beach, and taking care of a menagerie of exotic pets.

Mark A. Vanderkooi, CPA


Senior Accountant

Mark joined the firm in November 2019. He has over 25 years of public accounting experience in tax and accounting services for small businesses and individuals for their tax compliance and consulting services. He received his Bachelor of Science dual major in Business Administration and Accounting from Aquinas College and has been a CPA since 1992. Mark began his professional career in the accounting department of a local CPA firm. Since then, he has served in various positions within CPA firms including operating and managing a small local CPA firm in Hudsonville, MI. Mark enjoys assisting businesses and individuals with their tax and accounting needs. He also values time spent with his family camping throughout Michigan and spending time with friends in recreational off-roading in the sand hills and trails.  

Other Team Members

Christopher L. Dykstra, EA


Enrolled Agent

Chris has over 10 years' experience providing tax, accounting, and information technology services to individuals and businesses. Chris received his accounting degree from Davenport University in 2005 and has been providing tax, accounting and information technology services since that time. Chris holds an Enrolled Agent designation from the Internal Revenue Service and is a QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor. Chris is actively involved in church and family. Together he and his wife Trish, have two daughters. His hobbies include fishing and golf.

Jerry N. Loranger


Staff Accountant

Jerry joined the firm in December 2017. He completed his B.B.A. from Grand Valley State University in April of 2016, where he majored in accounting. While attending Grand Valley, his studies were focused on financial accounting, advanced accounting, accounting systems, cost accounting, and auditing. Before transitioning into the accounting profession Jerry served in the US Air Force as an aircraft mechanic. Outside of work, he enjoys biking, football, hockey and spending time with his family and friends. 

Zach J. VandeGuchte, MSA


 Staff Accountant

Zach has worked for the company since January of 2019. He completed his undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University in May of 2017, majoring in Finance and Accounting. He then completed his Master of Science in Accounting degree from Grand Valley in August 2018. Zach’s hobbies and interests include travel, fitness, meditation, live music, sports, reading, and a variety of games. 

Madyson R. VanHowe


Staff Accountant

Mady joined the firm in 2016. She graduated from Aquinas College in May of 2018 with her Bachelor's of Business Administration where she dual majored in Accounting and Business Administration. She is a QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor and is currently working towards her CPA certification. Outside of work she enjoys playing softball and volleyball at her local rec, exploring different coffee shops, and spending time with friends and family. 

Alyssa D. Feldpausch, MBA


Staff Accountant

Alyssa has been with the firm since July 2017. She graduated from Asbury University (Wilmore, KY) in 2018 with a management degree with minors in business and accounting. She then completed her Master's of Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from Asbury University in May 2019. Outside of work Alyssa enjoys boating, camping, spending time with friends and her husband, and volunteering for the Kent County Sheriff Mounted Unit. 

Deanna Chwalek


Accounting Services

Deanna has been with the firm since October of 2017. She graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2008, in 2016 she returned to school at Davenport University to transition into the Accounting field. She is a QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor. Deanna and her husband are raising five children in Wyoming, Michigan. Outside of work Deanna enjoys camping, spending time with friends and family, and being active in her parish. 

Melissa Schmidt


 Tax Return Processor


Melissa has been with the firm since January 2016. She graduated from Alma College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in English in May of 1996. Community outreach is an important aspect of Melissa’s life.  She has been a member of the Arthritis Foundation’s West Michigan Advisory Board for over 10 years, and her family frequently visits libraries, schools, and assisted living facilities with their dog as members of West Michigan Therapy Dogs.  Outside of volunteering, Melissa enjoys gardening, entertaining, and travel with her husband, Paul, and their daughter.