Beltz, Kes, Darling & Associates - Committed to the Success of Charter Schools

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The staff at BKDA have built their careers serving charter schools just like yours. Our commitment and experience has earned BKDA the reputation as the leading provider of business management services for Minnesota Charter Schools. Please see our staff list below that brings you over 125 years of combined experience in school business management:

Mark Beltz, CPA


Co-founder of BKDA, Mark has been providing business management services for schools for several years. Mark is a CPA who audited school districts for several years in the 1980's. From 1990 - 1997 Mark was Business Manager for Farmington School District where he revised the entire accounting and budget system that served 4,000 students with a 24 million dollar operating budget. While in Farmington, Mark provided the superintendent, school board and community with simple and easily understood financial information models that assisted in the passage of 3 bond referendums, 2 operating levy referendums, and consistently accurate budgets that enabled the school district to increase its unreserved general fund balance from 0% in 1990 to 9% in 1997. The result was a restoration of trust and credibility of the business office with the school board, staff and community. From 1997 to present, Mark has been using these same techniques in providing financial consulting services to school districts and charter schools and has been the contracted business manager since 1998 for Community of Peace Academy, a large growing charter school in St. Paul.

Judith Darling, CPA, MBA

651.463.2233 Ext. 202

Judith joined BKDA in 2004 after providing business management services to several metro charter schools. After graduating from St. Olaf College, Judith went on to earn her MBA from University of St. Thomas. During her tenure as an auditor, serving traditional school districts, Judith also earned her CPA license. Judith’s technical expertise provides BKDA’s clients the sound advice necessary to effectively manage a School’s finances.

Brenda Kes

651.463.2233 Ext. 204

Brenda, co-founder of BKDA, has been providing business management services for charter schools since 2003. Prior to working with charter schools, Brenda was the accounting supervisor for Farmington School District for 12 years. During that time she also managed the finances for six school building projects. In addition, she assisted in the implementation of a WAN (wide area network) for the District. Brenda has been a member of MASBO, Minnesota Association of School Business Officials since 1993.

Chuck Herdegen


Chuck has worked with Minnesota school districts providing accounting, business management, and personnel management services since 1976. He has worked with school districts in Litchfield, Little Falls, and Westonka (western metro area), an education district, and currently provides services to charter schools. Throughout his career Chuck has been an active member of the Minnesota Association of School Business Officials (MASBO), having served as the association’s president in 1999-2000 and as the Chair of the Legislative Committee. He has been certified by MASBO as a school business official. During his career he has developed expertise in all areas of school business management, including the proper accounting and reporting of data, the negotiation and administration of personnel contracts, and the operation of school district support service programs.

Kyle Knudson

651-463-2233 Ext. 247

Kyle joined BKDA in 2012 after six years managing all aspects of business for a St. Paul charter school. Prior to this experience, Kyle taught for nine years in various settings. This experience as a teacher and administrator in charter schools as well as his Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction gives Kyle the day-to-day experience in operations and the impact on students and teachers that many charter schools crave. Kyle is currently working towards his Masters in Accounting.

Nichole Schmidt

651.463.2233 Ext. 210

After graduating from Augsburg College in 2004, Nichole joined BKDA as an Accounts Payable Specialist. While working her way up to a valued BKDA Manager, Nichole has become proficient in all areas necessary to become an effective financial manager. Her commitment to the Charter Schools personifies the BKDA commitment to providing the highest level of client service available.

Nick Taintor, CPA

651.463.2233 Ext. 228

Nick Joined BKDA in 2010.  Prior to joining BKDA, Nick worked in public accounting for the past 8 years.  Most recently, he was an Audit Manager at HLB Tautges Redpath where he managed audits for nonprofits and governmental entities.  Also, Nick worked with the Office of the State Auditor for two years working on various governmental audits. After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College he went on to earn his CPA license in May of 2008.  He is also an active member in the Minnesota Society of Certified Accountants as well as various other nonprofit organizations.

Mike Beltz

651.463.2233 Ext. 201

Co-founder of BKDA, Mike has worked in public accounting performing compilations and preparing business tax returns. He has worked with charter schools for the past eleven years in a variety of roles. He manages the day to day operations of Beltz, Kes, Darling & Associates and is responsible for resolving any computer hardware and software issues.

Jenny Abbs

I have been involved in charter schools in Minnesota since 2003. I began as the office manager at Twin Cities Academy in St. Paul. During my 8 year tenure I moved up to become the school’s business manager, and also helped launch a new charter school, Twin Cities Academy High School. I began working with Beltz, Kes, Darling, and Associates in 2011 and am pleased to continue providing quality business management services for Minnesota Charter Schools. I have a passion to help charter schools understand school funding, manage their finances, and meet all reporting deadlines. I am very proud to work with the leader in this industry.

Andrea Landry

651.463.2233 Ext. 203

As a payroll specialist, Andrea has performed all of the payroll functions in their entirety for a Minnesota school district that employed over 500 people. She has continued to provide payroll services to a variety of charter schools since 2003.

Kelly Kroll

651-463-2233 Ext. 244

Prior to joining the team at BKDA, Kelly worked at a CPA firm in Bloomington called Kern, DeWenter, and Viere, LTD. At KDV she primarily supervised staff and prepared financials statements as an in-charge on audits for charter schools, school districts, governments, and non-for-profits. Kelly has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Bethel University.

BKDA Office Staff Contact Information: Phone 651.463.2233

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Lisa Burg 251
Karen Busta 211
Michael ( Mick ) Dudero 243
Autumn Enright 252
Kara Gaffy 242
Mandy Gallahue 240
Tammy Goff 206
Nicole Gossman 250
Chandra Hauge 234
Andrea Henderson 207
Jacob Jaeger 230
Theresa Kingsbury 245
Sheryl Lall 227
Lisa Loosbrock 253
Cheryl Lown 249
Dick Panek 241
Joline Raymond 208
Dustin Reeves
Tabitha Reinhardt 232
Delores Rivenburg 213
Marie Sachs 209
Sarah Saul 231
Jessie Vought 226
Mindy Wachter 229
Kim Washa 212
Jana West 238
Nate Winter 246
Christina Wordes
Matt Wylie 235
Jackie Yorks 205