Advisory, Tax, and Accounting

Advisory, Tax, and Accounting

Meet the team that has your back.

We know you want to focus more on growing your business and less on managing your tax and accounting needs. That’s why you need an advisory and accounting firm that specializes in serving small businesses like yours. 

CGP Group has more than 20 years experience creating custom, solution-driving strategies for our clients. Everything we do is about helping them better understand their business so they can scale and grow for the future.

Why We exist

To Support Small Business

We believe small businesses deserve the best people and resources available. It's about scaling, growing, and ensuring they compete (and win) against their larger competitors.

To Support Our community

We believe in contributing to Wichita's future by helping the region's small business community thrive. This includes giving back through targeted education, donations, and philanthropic service.

To Support out Team

We believe in supporting our team members. This includes offering generous benefits and providing career-building development and educational opportunities.

Efficiency and long-term success starts here.

Working with CGP starts with four simple steps.


Initial Consultation Meeting

Your business is unique. We want to understand it and your needs. Your free consultation is all about understanding your mission, goals, expectations, and team so we can figure out how best to support you and your goals.


Recommendations Proposal

After we talk, we'll do an audit of your company and your goals. We'll look at your biggest pain points and build a strategic set of solutions designed to relieve them and open the door to more financial success and peace of mind.


Acceptance and Kick Off

Together, we'll ensure our proposal meets your expectations, as well as create clarity on the specifics of our partnership. You'll also meet your support team and review the scope of work to eliminate surprises before starting work.


Leave it to us!

It's time to get back to doing what you love. You can rest assured your CGP support team will be on top of your needs, keeping an eye on your business and always on the lookout for new opportunities to take you further.

Meet Our Partners

Senior Partner

Steve Criser, CPA

With more than 40 years experience, Steve applies his extensive expertise toward helping our clients solve their most complex business, accounting, and tax challenges.

Before starting CGP Group, he worked with some of the most prestigious accounting firms around Kansas. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant with the Kansas Board of Accountancy. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Kansas Society of CPA's, and the Estate Planning Council of Wichita.

Managing Partner

Laura Parrish-Coan, EA, ATA, ABA

Responsible for leading our client experience delivery as Managing Partner, Laura is also one of our CGP Group's go-to tax and accounting consultants. With 25 years experience, she specializes in business taxation and individual taxation for real estate, oil, and gas investors.

Laura is an Enrolled Agent. She has also earned her green-belt in Lean Six-Sigma and is currently serving on the board of directors for The Public Accountants Association of Kansas.


Elizabeth Barnett, EA

Liz is an expert in small business accounting and tax compliance consulting for our clients.

Liz is an Enrolled Agent. She is a graduate of Wichita State University with a degree in accounting, as well as a member of the Kansas Public Accountants Association and a Certified QuickBooks Advisor. She is an expert in business and individual taxes.


Katherine Sparks, CPA​

Kathy is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant with the Kansas Board of Accountancy. She is also a certified QuickBooks Advisor, has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in Accounting, and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Friends University.

Additionally, Kathy founded and directs Lexi’s LAMB Foundation, a local nonprofit which helps children in local hospitals.

Meet Our Service Team

Of Counsel

Stephen J. Mardis, JD, CPA

Steve is a Certified Public Accountant, as well as an attorney-at-law, specializing in corporate tax, individual tax, estates, and trusts.

Senior Accountant

Ruth Clark

Ruth specializes in multi-state payrolls, payroll and sales tax reports, as well as bookkeeping and individual tax preparation.

Senior Accountant

Ellen Hittle, EA

Ellen is a small business specialist, focusing on preparing business and individual tax returns, and financial statements. She is an Enrolled Agent, QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and a Notary Public.

Senior Accountant

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Nick Meyer

Nick specializes in preparing individual and business tax returns and financial statements for CGP's clients.

Senior Accountant

Jacy Zimmerman

Jacy is a small business specialist, as well as an Enrolled Agent, focusing on business tax and bookkeeping services.


Dee Ann Albert

Dee Ann is a small business specialist, focusing on bookkeeping and tax preparation.


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Brody Jobbins

Brody specializes in preparing payroll and individual income tax returns, as well as performs bookkeeping services.

Human Resources

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Victoria Albert, SHRM-CP

Victoria supports CGP's staff and clients with internal activities and human resources insight.



Marla Herdman

Marla prepares payroll and performs bookkeeping services for our clients.


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Grace Smith

Grace prepares payroll and performs bookkeeping services for our clients.

Client Coordinator

Penny Rader

Penny applies more than 30 years of customer service experience to CGP, providing office assistance and marketing.

Community Relations

Starla Criser

Starla leads CGP Group's community relation efforts, including representing the firm on several boards throughout Wichita.


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Chelsea Griffith

Chelsea is an essential part of our customer support team, assisting clients and staff as needed.



Chris Kliewer, EA

Chris specializes in preparing individual and business tax returns, as well as is an Enrolled Agent.

Senior Accountant

Carrie Engels

Carrie specializes in small business payroll and business tax return preparation, as well as performs bookkeeping services.


Shonda Turner

Shonda brings experience as a former business owner to CGP, specializing in accounting and tax return preparation.

Grow More And Worry Less.

Schedule a time to discuss your business needs, timelines, and goals. We’ll create a plan that can best help you meet them.

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