Carla provides employee benefit plan (EBP) audit services to clients of a variety of sizes, from just one employee to tens of thousands. She also provides consulting services in ERISA compliance, plan design and administrative issues. Her focus is to keep her clients “out of trouble” by helping them to navigate the ever-changing regulatory environment. She has been recognized as a West Michigan expert in her area of specialization, and is a sought-after presenter for conferences and meetings despite being a self-proclaimed geek.
Carla joined the Hungerford Nichols team in 1985 and was named the firm’s first part-time Shareholder in 2001. She is a lifetime Michigan resident, received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and honorary “yooper” status from Michigan Technological University in 1985, and earned her CPA certification in Michigan in 1987. In 2001, Carla was honored for her success in business by receiving the Grand Rapids YWCA Tribute Award, “Woman of Achievement.” She was selected as one of the “50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan” in 2016. Carla is the Chair of the EBP Task Force of the Michigan Association of CPAs, and actively participates in the IRS’ Great Lakes TE/GE council and the Human Resources Group of West Michigan.
She is married to Richard, and has two adult children. She is personally active in the community as a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, where she has served on the Finance Council and as a volunteer musician. She currently serves as Treasurer of the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation and the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation, and is a passionate volunteer for these and other local nonprofit organizations, focusing on literacy and learning. Among her favorite activities are sailing, hiking, playing piano, singing, and traveling.
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