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About Us

About Our Firm

For years, Droege & Associates, P.C., CPA has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning.

Droege & Associates, P.C., CPA is one of the leading firms in and throughout the area. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. Droege & Associates, P.C., CPA is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of the area's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the area. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Droege & Associates, P.C., CPA receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

Dan Droege - Principal, CPA

Dan considers one of his greatest professional satisfactions in his accounting career is assisting his clients in understanding their true financial situation, and developing strategies to improve it. Dan is proud to serve the firm's clients in Jerseyville and surrounding areas, and truly appreciates the consistent client and community support.

Dan originally purchased what is now known as the Droege & Associates, CPA firm in December 1990 from Joel Elam, CPA. He initially joined the Elam firm which was located in Bethalto IL in 1985 and from that point on he has helped develop and grow the firm now located in Jerseyville.

Craig Brangenberg - Principal, CPA

Craig explains his career this way; "To me, the public accounting field is very rewarding in that we get to help many different types of people in many different industries reach their personal and financial goals, not to mention gaining friendships along the way."

Craig is a 1988 graduate of SIU Carbondale, has been employed in the accounting field for over 20 years (23 as a CPA) and has been with Droege & Associates since 1996.

Craig's current and past community service includes the Supervisor of English Township (20+ years), Treasurer of : Jersey County Chamber of Commerce, Jersey County Economic Development, Grimes Neely Cemetery, and Fieldon United Church of Christ. His hobbies include: hunting, fishing, golf and spending time with his family.

Julie LaPlant - Principal, CPA

Julie joined Droege & Associates as an assistant in December 1999 while pursuing her accounting degree at SIU Edwardsville. She received her BS in Accountancy in 2002, and has worked at Droege & Associates as a full time accountant since graduating. Julie became a licensed CPA in 2021.

She enjoys helping clients with all of their tax and accounting needs. She grew up on her family's farm in Jersey County and currently lives in Dow with her husband, Jeremy, and their three children, Jay, Josie, and Jerra.

Chrissy McGraw, CPA

Chrissy joined Droege & Associates in January of 2017. She is a 2016 graduate of SIU Edwardsville where she earned her Masters of Science in Accountancy. In 2019, Chrissy became a licensed CPA.

Chrissy is involved with the Kiwanis Group of Jerseyville and is a member of the Bernice Wheaton Educational Fund committee. She grew up in Jerseyville, where she still resides with her husband, Craig and their son. Chrissy’s hobbies include camping, boating, fishing, and spending time with friends and family

Sally Schleeper, Accountant

Sally joined Droege & Associates in August 2015 while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at SIU Edwardsville. In 2018, she graduated from Missouri Baptist University with a Master’s in Business Administration. She enjoys assisting clients with their payroll and accounting needs. Sally grew up in Jerseyville and currently lives in Brussels, IL with her husband, Dave, and their two children, Lucy and Evan. She spends most of her free time with her family and friends, playing games & shopping online.

Clara Green, Accountant

Clara joined Droege & Associates in September of 2016 as a part-time employee while attending college to pursue an accounting degree. In the spring of 2019, she graduated with a BS in Accounting from Missouri Baptist University. She is now a full-time accountant at Droege and currently lives in Dow with her husband Keith. Clara enjoys singing for community events, boating, fashion, and spending quality time with family & friends.

Paula Schleeper, Accountant

Paula joined Droege & Associates in July 2019. She graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accountancy. She grew up in Golden Eagle, IL and currently resides in Meppen, IL with her husband, Jeff and twin boys Miles and Mason. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends.

Carrie Flynn, Payroll Clerk

Carrie joined Droege & Associates in January 2005 as a part-time processor during tax season, and in 2012 joined all year as processor/secretary. In November 2013 became full-time as the payroll clerk.

Carrie currently lives in Dow with her husband Greg and 2 children, Macie & Thomas. She likes to camp, make baskets, and spend time with her family and friends.

Carissa Vahle, Administrative Assistant

Carissa joined Droege & Associates in January 2019 as a full-time Administrative Assistant. Carissa graduated with her Administrative Assistant Degree from Lewis & Clark Community College in 2015. She likes being with her family, hanging with friends and being outdoors.

Melissa Kiel, Administrative Assistant

Melissa joined Droege & Associates in January 2019 as a part-time Administrative Assistant and in 2020 she became full-time. She graduated from Lewis & Clark with her Associates in Science and later received her certificate for Administrative Specialist from CALC Institute. She currently lives in Brussels, IL and enjoys spending time with family & friends.