Founder & CPA
Karen grew up on a ranch 60 miles east of Sturgis near Enning, SD, and earned her Accounting degree at Black Hills State University. In 1985, she began practicing as a CPA out of her home, often with children playing at her feet. She grew her practice by word of mouth, patiently, one satisfied client at a time.
Three decades later and Karen is now in partnership with her daughter Anita, who earned her CPA credentials in 2018. Together, the partners now lead a team of professionals that provide a full range of services to well over a thousand clients from their Junction Ave office in Sturgis.
Karen specializes in Farm and Ranch, Business, and complex personal taxes. She serves as a board member for a number of area non-profits, and enjoys time in the Hills with her husband, Fred Parks.
"We care about our clients and try to treat each one like family. Through a formidable combination of compassion and skill, our mission is to simplify the complex world of accounting & tax, aggressively pursuing the most favorable strategies, permitting our clients to rest easy, confident in the accurate, ethical and compliant nature of our service.”
Anita graduated from Black Hills State University with a Business Management and Human Resource Management major
and a minor in Economics and International Studies. After 10 years in banking operations, internet banking, and
credit analysis, Anita joined the family business in 2011. She recently finished an Accounting degree and passed her CPA exam in 2018. She is excited to be a partner with her mom, and carry on the traditions of the firm.
At the office Anita is at her best when she can brainstorm, strategize, and think outside the box. She has a passion for small business planning, senior financial management, and actually enjoys doing taxes. Outside of the office she loves collecting stamps in her passport, road trips, live music, and baking.
Sundance Senior Accountant
Angie grew up in Buffalo, a rural town in the northwest corner of South Dakota. In 2001, she graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and minor in Information Technology. Since then she has worked at several small CPA firms in Nebraska, South Dakota and California. She is now the face of our Sundance, Wyoming office.
Angie specializes in tax preparation and planning for individuals and small businesses. Outside of the office, she enjoys gardening, traveling and spending time with her son and husband.
Client Services Coordinator
Brandon was born in Rapid City, and moved to Seattle when he was two months old. His family moved back before his freshman year of high school, and in 2005 he graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in Earth Science.
After pursuing a 10-year career in geology for FMG engineering, he joined the family business in 2017. He enjoys travelling with his wife Anita, golfing, and fishing.
Judy graduated from the University of Denver with a bachelor of science in accounting and went on to earn her CPA certificate. She worked in public accounting for 14 years then moved into the healthcare industry for 15 years. She is semi-retired (letting her CPA certificate move to inactive status) but works full time during “tax season” and very limited hours the rest of the year. You are most likely to work with Judy on small business accounting and tax preparation.
Denny was raised in South Carolina where he cultivated a love for the mountains and the outdoors. This is what led him out west where he lived in Colorado for five years and worked in Grand Teton National Park for a summer.
Currently residing in the Black Hills, he has never lived in a flat area. Denny received his Bachelor of Science from Clemson University and his MBA from Southern Wesleyan University, both schools in South Carolina.
His hobbies are mountain biking, watching college football, and swimming.
After working for Karen Simmons CPA for 7 years Dean transferred to the local VA Hospital. He continues to work our tax season part time. He enjoys Ohio State football, the Dallas Cowboys, and hunting.
A veteran of the US Navy, Dave spent over 20 years in the defense industry managing diverse international programs throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific Rim. He moved to the Black Hills in 2008. He now lives with his Wife, Janie Hett, in Beulah, WY with their son Nathan. Janie and Dave also own and operate Peak Motion Physical Therapy, Inc in Spearfish, Buffalo and Sundance, WY.
Dave also owns Illustra Advisory, LLC - a small town business consulting firm. Focused on leadership, people, process and organizational effectiveness, the Illustra team guides clients through the challenges of overcoming business obstacles and achieving greatness.
When he had free time, Dave enjoyed hiking, fly fishing, and wrenching on his '52 Willys.