Audit Manager


Stephanie Etten, who joined Eder, Casella & Co. in 2007, serves a very important niche at the firm, focusing on the accounting needs of villages, school districts, fire protection districts, not-for-profit organizations, and non-public companies.


“I specialize in preparing Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs) to be used in the application for financial reporting certificates,” Etten, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Illinois University, explains “A CAFR has additional information that demonstrates a district’s transparency and commitment to fiscal integrity. I have prepared CAFRs for clients who have received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International, as well as the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.”


A CPA since 2010, Etten admits she wasn’t always on her current career track. “I planned on being a career musician from the time I was in fifth grade,” the married mother of three recalls. “Once I decided not to do that, I had no idea what else I wanted to do. I started working at a bank and took an accounting class at McHenry County College to see if I would like it — turned out I loved it!”


At Eder, Casella, the Nebraska native appreciates the firm’s commitment to top-quality service. “We thoroughly explain the end product,” she says. “I like teaching clients how to do their accounting, as well as training new employees.”



Get to Know Stephanie — Five Facts:


1. My first job was… “At a grocery store. I liked working at the cash register, but didn’t like stocking the shelves.”


2. People would be surprised to know… “I started college working on a double major in flute performance and music education, and worked toward a piano pedagogy certificate. I also won grand champion market hog at the county fair when I was in third grade.”


3. When I’m not at work, I enjoy… “Family time. Watching my kids play baseball, basketball and tennis, playing the piano, and singing.”


4. My advice for passing the CPA exam is… “Take it before having kids!”


5. My favorite musical acts are… “Natalie Grant, Mark Schultz, Piano Guys, Carrie Underwood and Michael Buble.”


Connect with Stephanie


Direct:  815.331.8130


5400 West Elm Street

Suite 203

McHenry, IL 60050

(815) 344-1300

(815) 344-1320 Fax


760 West Main Street

Suite 100

Barrington, IL 60010

(847) 382-3366

(847) 382-0608 Fax


Monday - Friday

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Monday - Friday

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


6071 Washington Street

Unit B

Gurnee, IL 60031

(847) 336-6455

(847) 336-9594 Fax


Monday - Friday

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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