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Partners

  • Jerry L. Goddard, CPA
    Jerry Goddard is a CPA, tax partner and managing member with over 40 years of experience, and specializes in estate planning and taxation, and the taxation of corporations, pass-through entities and individuals. The majority of his clients are closely held companies operating under various tax structures in a diverse group of industries. Jerry received his B.S. from Northern Illinois University.



  • James E. Taylor, CPA
    James Taylor is a CPA and CGMA, audit partner, and managing member with over 35 years of experience, and specializes in audit and attest services for governmental entities, non profit organizations, and closely held businesses in a diverse group of industries. He received his B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and has served on the board of directors of various organizations.   His professional affiliations include membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Illinois CPA Society, and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).
  • David R. Merrill, CPA
    Dave Merrill is a CPA, tax partner, and managing member with over 35 years of experience, and specializes in estate planning and taxation of corporations, pass-through entities and individuals. The majority of his clients are closely held companies operating under various tax structures in a diverse group of industries. Prior to joining the firm Dave was a tax partner with an international CPA firm and was the partner in charge of their St. Louis and Boston tax practices. He has authored tax articles for various tax publications and has been a speaker on a variety of tax related topics. Dave received his B.S. from Northern Illinois University and has completed graduate tax courses in the M.S.T. program at DePaul University.
  • Jay Posateri, CPA
    Jay Posateri is a CPA, tax partner, and member with over 30 years of experience, and specializes in the taxation of corporations, pass-through entities and individuals. Jay received his B.A. in Accounting and Business from Augustana College. The majority of clients are closely held companies operating under various tax structures in a diverse group of industries.





  • Brian J. Neff, CPA
    Brian Neff is a CPA, tax partner, and member with over 20 years of experience, and specializes in the taxation of corporations, pass-through entities and individuals. He also provides computer consulting services for various clients in diverse industries. Brian received his B.S. in Accounting from Southern Illinois University. The majority of his clients are closely held companies operating under various tax structures in a diverse group of industries.










  • William J Karben, CPA (Practice Partner)
    Bill Karben merged his practice into the firm in December of 2013 and serves as a practice partner for those clients.  Bill brings 20 years of tax and accounting services experiences and specializes in taxation of corporations, pass-through entities, individuals and not-for-profit organizations in diverse industries.  Bill also has extensive experience providing consulting services to clients ranging from accounting procedures, budgeting, forecasting, business transitions, transactions and acquisitions.  Prior to joining Carpentier, Mitchell, Goddard & Company, LLC, he was a tax director with a national accounting firm where he led regional not-for-profit tax, construction and real estate services.  He graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance and completed accounting undergraduate studies at Western Illinois University.  Mr. Karben is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has served as the past President of the Western Chapter of the Illinois CPA Society.  He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for two local not-for-profit organizations.
  • Mark D. Petersen, CPA (Practice Partner)
    Mark Petersen is a CPA with over 35 years of experience and specializes in income tax consulting, planning and preparation for individuals and small businesses.  Mark received his B.A. in Accounting from Augustana College.  Mark is a member of the AICPA, the Illinois CPA Society, the Augustana Accounting Advisory Board and serves on the Board of several other profit and nonprofit organizations.