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Profiles

Our Team

Robert L. Winters, CPA, MST

Bob has over 30 years of tax planning experience serving closely held businesses, wealthy family groups, and high net worth individuals. He is the managing member and founder of Winters LLC. Before forming the Firm, Bob was tax manager at Arthur Andersen LLP. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with honors and a Master of Science in Taxation from DePaul University. Bob grew up in Bensenville and is proud of his blue-collar roots. He currently resides with his family in Countryside Lake.

Kent Bellgrau, CPA, MSA, MST

Kent is a partner with Winters LLC where he manages the Firm’s general accounting, attestation, risk management, and business development. He joined Winters LLC in 2011, bringing three years of experience as a senior manager at Plante & Moran PLLC and over five years in accounting with RSM US LLP. Kent provides specialized tax, accounting, consulting, and attestation services to closely held businesses and their owners. He holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Science in Taxation from Northern Illinois University. Kent grew up in Palatine and currently resides with his family in Barrington.

Nora Gile, CPA, MST

Nora joined our Firm in 2017 as Tax Director. She spent 20 years as tax manager in two medium-sized firms and most recently spent eleven years growing her own tax and accounting practice. When she had to start turning down clients due to time constraints, she knew it was time to seek out a local firm where she could find staff assistance and a place to utilize her tax knowledge and management skills. Nora specializes in individual, trust, estate and business income tax, and also assists clients with general accounting. She enjoys getting to know her clients beyond just a tax return, feeling if she understands their life situation she is better able to help them through the tax filing process and provide referrals for other financial concerns. Nora received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her Master of Science in Taxation from DePaul University. In her spare time, Nora loves singing with the Park Ridge Chorale, volunteering, and spending time on the lake with family and friends.

Debbie Hansen, CPA

Debbie concentrates on audits, reviews, accounting services, and tax preparation for a wide array of entities. Debbie graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy degree and she obtained her CPA license shortly after graduation. Debbie worked with Arthur Andersen LLP for three years in the audit division and with Northrop Corporation for two years as an internal auditor. After raising a family, Debbie returned to her professional career with a local CPA firm, providing accounting, tax and attestation services for 15 years before joining Winters LLC in 2013.

William Wilcoxen, CPA

After having graduated with a Bachelor degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University in 1997, William began his career supervising a division in the accounting department for a large international corporation. Upon passing the CPA exam in 2000, William moved to a local CPA firm in Schaumburg providing tax and accounting solutions to individuals and small businesses. He then returned to the private sector as a Controller for a large community association. William then advanced to CFO for a well-known restaurant group operating seven locations where he focused on preparing consolidated financial statements and was instrumental in securing financing from variety of sources including SBA and financial institutions. In 2015, William returned to the public accounting sector with Winters LLC, working on complex tax and accounting services for a wide array of entities.

Marci Olague

Marci has been an accountant with Winters LLC since 2005 providing tax, payroll, and accounting services for closely held businesses and individuals. In addition to being a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, her areas of expertise include medical practices, medical supply companies, real estate rentals and developers, retail and start-up companies. Marci graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She has two beautiful children, resides in her home town of Des Plaines and loves the Chicago Cubs.

Valerie Anderson-Jones, CPA, JD

Valerie has worked in the accounting field for over thirty years, primarily in public accounting and joined Winters LLC in December 2017. She has worked as a controller for a not-for-profit organization and as a third-party retirement plan administrator with a law firm. Valerie is passionate about estate planning and administration and excels in working through estate issues with clients. She understands how difficult it can be to deal with the loss of a loved one while moving forward with their financial affairs, as she had to do this with her parents’ estates. She also works with individuals and businesses to provide tax advice and preparation. Valerie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College and a Law degree from DePaul University. Outside of work, Valerie enjoys singing in her church choir, teaching Sunday School, and keeps active playing volleyball and softball.

Wendy Maki

Wendy has been an integral part of the Firm since 2012. She has been working in the accounting field as an administrative assistant for over 30 years. Her extensive experience and strength as a team coordinator is crucial to keeping client data records organized and tax deadlines met. Wendy is an avid sports fan and enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband, son, and daughter.