Meet Hoelting & Company

Scott Hoelting

Scott Hoelting, CPA

I am the managing tax shareholder here at Hoelting & Company, Inc. I graduated from Colorado State University in 1992 and obtained my CPA license in 1994.

I enjoy spending time with my wife, Heather, and 3 children. I also enjoy working with clients, hunting, and fishing.

Jeff Bonacquista

Jeff Bonacquista, CPA

I am one of the tax shareholders at Hoelting & Company, Inc. I have a diverse base of corporate and individual clients. I graduated from Wichita State University and have been with Hoelting & Company, Inc. since 1992.

A Colorado native, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children and enjoy baseball, hunting, and fishing.

Tom Sistare

Tom Sistare, CPA

I am a long-time resident of Colorado Springs and specialize in local government, non-profit, and federal grant compliance auditing. I am a principal shareholder at Hoelting & Company and oversee quality controls for the firm. I received my Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut, where I met my wife, Cheryl.

I enjoy camping and hot springs trips throughout Colorado with Cheryl and our two adult sons and regular trips to the east coast to visit extended family and catch the occasional Red Sox game.

Ben Knauss

Ben Knauss, CPA

I am a tax partner who joined the firm in 2013 after my wife, Mariel, and I moved from Pennsylvania in search of more sunshine and better skiing terrain. Additions were made to the family in 2014 and 2016, the first substantially furrier, and the second has blonde pigtails. Both love adventuring outdoors. When I take a break from doing your taxes, you will likely find me out adventuring with my family, hunting, skiing, or rock climbing.

Leroy Hoelting

Leroy K Hoelting, CPA

I was born and raised on a farm in the panhandle of Texas near the small town of Nazareth. After graduating from Texas A&M I moved to Amarillo, TX and in 1971 I moved to Colorado Springs and worked for a CPA firm and private industry.

I began a solo practice in 1980, which became Hoelting & Company, Inc. I love to be involved in civic, church, and professional organizations. My wife Colette and I keep busy with our four children and their families.

Karen Tapparo

Karen Tapparo, CPA

I have been with Hoelting & Company, Inc. since 1999. My specialties include individual and small business taxes and payroll. I grew up in Dallas and moved to Colorado in 1989 with my husband, Tim, a Colorado native.

I have two children, Andy and Ashley. In my free time, I enjoy crafting, scrapbooking, and “glamping” in my R.V. I love watching the Dallas Cowboys and the Colorado Rockies and spending time with family and friends.


Camie Jansen, CPA

I am a Tax Manager with over 30 years of experience in public accounting and private industry. I joined Hoelting & Company, Inc. in 2006 and have worked exclusively on the tax side of the practice.

I grew up in Buena Vista, Colorado, and received a BS Degree in Business Administration (concentration in Accounting) from Colorado State University in 1988. I completed my MS Degree in Finance at the University of Colorado in 1998.

My husband, Shawn, is a retired Air Force colonel and we have two children, Grant and Shanna. I enjoy traveling, reading, and spending time with family.

Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Vanderpoorten, CPA

I am originally from the Boston, Massachusetts area. I have lived in Colorado Springs for 29 years. I received my accounting degree from the University of West Florida. In my spare time I enjoy spending time outdoors and volunteering at a local church.

Mike Heinrich

Mike Heinrich, CPA

I have lived in Nebraska, Southern California, Texas, Arizona, Alaska and moved to Colorado Springs in August 1991. I obtained my Private Pilot’s license when I was a high school senior and graduated from Loma Linda University with a Bachelor of Science degree and a major in Accounting and obtained my CPA License in June 1993. I married my wife, Donna, in 1988 and together have raised three gorgeous daughters.

I love sports, traveling, riding my motorcycle, photography, technology, and genealogy. I’ve been to all 50 United States, about 3/4ths of the National Parks, 12 Caribbean islands, and 14 countries…and counting!

Jessie Seibert

Jessie Seibert, CPA

I joined our team in January 2008 and hold the position of Audit Manager. I completed my BS in Economics with a minor in accounting from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

I have extensive experience in the audit field, specifically with governmental accounting and non-profits, as well as preparing and reviewing financial statements, review, compilation, and agreed-upon procedure engagements and non-profit tax returns.

My off-the-job interests include camping, boating, traveling and especially spending time with my family.

Maria Kelly

Maria Kelly, CPA

I am a Staff Auditor at Hoelting & Co. I’m originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, but have lived in Colorado Springs for over 16 years. I live with my husband, our two dogs, and two cats, and are expecting our first baby girl.

I graduated from UCCS in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and from CSU Global in 2019 with a Master’s degree in Accounting. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors and exercising.


Melissa Sainz, CPA

I have been in the Colorado Springs area since 1996. I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia. I also earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Regis University. I joined Hoelting & Company in 2004. I spend the majority of the year working on governmental and non-profit audits. I also do tax work during the Spring. My husband Ben and I have two grown children. We love to travel and to spend time with our family.

Chris Banta

Chris Banta, CPA

I have lived in Colorado Springs most of my life. I attended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for my undergrad and am currently attending Colorado State University for my graduate degree.

My wife and I have two small boys and enjoy the outdoors as well as playing music in our spare time.


Russell Torres, CPA

I am originally from Puerto Rico and recently moved to the Colorado Springs area.  I received my bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bethany College in Kansas in 2018.

I enjoy fishing, kayaking, and all sports related activities. My favorite sport is baseball and I firmly believe there is nothing better than a nice summer day out at the ballpark, especially when watching the Red Sox.


Nathan Watts

I was born and raised in Colorado Springs and have lived here most of my life, apart from obtaining my bachelor's degree in accounting from Fort Lewis College in Durango Colorado.

I am currently continuing my education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, with the goal of obtaining my M.S. in accounting degree.

In my free time I enjoy watching or doing anything hockey related, skiing, camping, golfing and disc golfing, going to concerts, and spending time with my family.


Brooke Emary

I have lived in Colorado Springs my whole life! As a result, I am great with directions but… only when there are mountains around. I graduated from Colorado State University in 2021 with a bachelors in Business Management and a minor in Non-Profit Management. I joined Hoelting in the summer of 2021.

I enjoy playing and writing music. I currently have fun playing six instruments and I am always looking to learn more! I love the outdoors and traveling.  If I am not watching or playing sports you can find me in a hammock with a good book.


Angie Andersen

After growing up on a farm in northern Wyoming and attending college in Montana, I moved to Colorado Springs in 1986 with my husband and newborn daughter. I received my B.A. in Accounting with minors in Economics and Math from Carroll College.  I have more than 36 years of diverse accounting experience, mostly in the private sector.

I am an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys running, hiking, and mountain biking. I also love traveling, sports and spending time with my husband Greg (who I met in Linear Algebra class at Carroll), two daughters, Katie and Kelsey, and granddaughter Frances.


Kyle Johnson

I was born and raised in Colorado Springs but spent my high school and college time in Spartanburg, SC obtaining my degree in accounting from both Wofford College and Arizona State University. I am now looking to pursue my M.S. in accounting!
In my free time I am a huge outdoor fan and love to bike, hike and camp. I also love watching football and spending time with my girlfriend, family and of course my husky!