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Our Team

Laurie Schmitz, CPA - Partner

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Laurie is a partner with Saunders Mertens Schmitz, PA with 20 years of public accounting.  Laurie earned her accounting degree from the University of South Dakota in 1993 and uses her knowledge to provide auditing, accounting, consulting and tax planning and preparation services to businesses and individual clients.

Laurie is a member of Minnesota Association of Public Accountants and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accounts.  She is active in the community and volunteers with several local organizations.

 


Dawn Mertens, RAP - Partner

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Dawn Mertens is a parter with Saunders Mertens Schmitz, P.A. who has practiced public accounting for more than 25 years.  Dawn provides accounting, tax planning, and advisory services for individuals and small businesses.  She also has experience with auditing and accounting services for nonprofit entities.

Dawn is a member of the Minnesota Association of Public Accountants and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants.  She is active in civic organizations and charitable foundations in the area.  She is currently the president of the Bird Island EDA.

 


Ryan Schmitz - Staff Accountant

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Ryan graduated from North Dakota State University in 2007 with a B.S. in Accounting.  Ryan has been with the firm for 10 years and works in many different areas of the firm including tax preparation, gambling returns, and audits of non-profits including fireman's relief funds.  Ryan is a member of the Minnesota Association of Public Accountants.

 

 

 

 

 


Landon Padrnos, CPA - Staff Accountant

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Email : Landon@smscpafirm.com

Landon graduated from North Dakota State University in 2013 with a B.S. in Accounting.  He has been in public accounting for 4 years with the past 2 of those being here at Saunders Mertens Schmitz, PA. Landon became a Certified Public Accountant in 2015. Landon performs tax preparation, bookkeeping and audits of non-profit organizations for us.  He is also a member of the Minnesota Association of Public Accountants and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accounts.

 

 

 


Rachel Dahl - Staff Accountant

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Rachel started at Saunders Mertens Schmitz, P.A. in December of 2015 as a staff accountant.  Rachel graduated from Bemidji State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in Business Administration.  She lives in Bird Island with husband, Garrett, and two children, Emma and Ethan.  In her spare time Rachel enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, reading and cooking.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dawn Lingl - Payroll Manager

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Dawn graduated from Willmar Technical College in 1995 with a 2 year degree in accounting.  She has been with our firm for 20 years and assists our clients with the preparation of payroll, tax deposits, quarterly and year-end payroll reports, W-2 forms, sales tax filing, bookkeeping, and data entry.

 

Dawn is active in the community and volunteers with local organizations when she can.  She is currently the Treasurer of 3 different organizations.

 

 


Sherri Christopherson - Office Manager

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Sherri is the Office Manager for Saunders Mertens Schmitz, P.A.  and has been with the Firm since 1992.   She lives in Morton, and enjoys spending time with her two children and four grandchildren.  She also enjoys time outdoors and with friends, watching old movies, and is an active volunteer in her church.