Darren Epperson, Managing Partner of the firm, brings over 20 years of experience in public accounting to his clients. His services include: income tax planning and preparation of individual, corporate, and partnership returns. He also specializes in trust and non-profit organizations along with audit, review and compilation of financial statements. With a proactive approach to accounting and tax law, Darren provides prompt, individual attention and strives to achieve strong professional ties with his clients.
Darren received his BS in Accounting from Quincy University, and holds a designation of CPA. He is currently a member of the AICPA, ILCPA and The Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Darren is very active in his community. He serves as the Financial Chair for Cantrall United Methodist Church, and currently holds a position on the Board of Education for the Athens School District. Darren also founded and served as the President of the Athens Youth Sports Association for 7 years.
Storm Wolff, CPA, CVA has over ten years of public accounting experience. Her work experience includes, auditing of federal, state and non-profit entities and commercial agencies. Storm also has experience in preparation of individual, corporate, partnership and non-profit tax returns; accounting and consulting services, as well as business valuations.
Storm received her Illinois CPA designation in August of 2000 and her CVA designation in February of 2009. Storm began performing business valuations in 2009 after receiving her credential and uses her foundation of knowledge and experience from her years of working within various industries to further her professional services in the valuation arena. Storm is a member of the AICPA and NACVA.
Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor
Elaine Spearie has been a QuickBooks Pro Advisor since 2001, and recently was a featured speaker at a symposium held on the QuickBooks program. She specializes in helping clients with the day to day functions of accounting, such as: General Accounting Procedures, Payroll, Accounts Receivables and Accounts Payables.
Elaine has over thirty years of experience in both the private and public sectors of accounting. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2007, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a certification in teaching.
Sandy has a M.S. degree from SIU-E and has worked part-time for the past eight years in payroll services. She also serves as the Treasurer of the West Point Parents Club of Central Illinois. She previously served as Vice-President of the Athens School Board and Secretary for the Athens Boy Scout Troop 52. She has been married for over 28 years and they have two children.
Practice Management Consultant
Jaylene Epperson recently joined the Cowan, Epperson & Associates team as Office Manager. Jaylene graduated in 1993 from the University of Illinois at Springfield with a BA in Communication. She has been the Marketing/Treatment Coordinator for McDaniel, Sternstein & Aleman Orthodontics for the past 18 years.
While she is the mother of two children; Joseph a senior at the University of Missouri, and Madison a senior at Athens High School she also is a very active member of the Athens community. Jaylene is eager to contribute her expertise to the firm and their clients!
Megan is the newest member of the firm. She graduated from Robert Morris University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting Degree. Her current responsibilities with the firm are assisting with the day to day functions of accounting such as: General Accounting Procedures, Payroll, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable.
She is also continuing her education at the University of Illinois at Springfield to acquire her Masters in Accounting Degree. Megan enjoys spending time with her four-legged fur child and her fiance, Brady.
We are a full service accounting firm located in Springfield, IL. Since 1986 we have been providing tax preparation, auditing, retirement, tax and estate planning and many other accounting services to a wide range of clients, including both businesses and individuals, throughout the central Illinois area. We have developed a reputation for professional excellence through the high quality of services we perform for our clients.
We can help you with every aspect of your tax preparation and planning, including individual, partnership, and corporate returns. In the event of a tax audit, we are authorized to appear on your behalf before the Internal Revenue Service. We also offer a complete range of accounting services.
We provide our services to both businesses and individuals. Our clients include architects, estates, engineering firms, manufacturers, medical & dental practices, non-profit organizations, restaurants, and many more.
What We Do
At CEA we do more than just taxes. In addition to our accounting services, we also do bookkeeping, business valuations, estate planning, payroll preparation, payroll taxes, retirement planning, and much more. We are also QuickBooks Pro Certified and we are able to assist with QuickBooks training and consultation.
Competent Leader Award
Cowan, Epperson & Associates would like to congratulate Storm Wolff on recently completing the requirements for the Competent Leader Award through participation in Toastmasters International's leadership program. To achieve Competent Leader status, she had to complete a series of rigorous assignments, which included serving in various club meeting roles, planning social events and mentoring new members. Way to go Storm!
I have been working with Darren since 2012 and he is a pleasure to work with. He minimizes my tax liabilities across multiple states and is always up to date on the latest laws. They are always responsive and have quick turnaround at tax time. Highly recommend!
- Steve Kuchuris. 1/27/2018
My husband and I have been clients of Cowan, Epperson & Associates for many years. Darren has been my go to guy for all of our accounting needs. The entire firm is friendly, knowledgeable and organized. It is apparent that quality is the constant with their firm. Highly recommend
- Leigh ann Powers. 7/8/2017
We began working with Cowan, Epperson & Associates, P.C. in August 2013, beginning with the purchase of our first business. Storm has guided us through our acquisitions, planning and day to day operations; from Quickbooks, to corporate structure, to payroll, taxes, insurance and employment issues. I could go on and on. Her advice and guidance throughout the years has helped our business grow and prosper. My questions are always answered promptly and she goes out of her way to make sure I fully understand the information she provides. She truly has been an invaluable asset to our small business.
It has been a pleasure to work with the entire CEA staff. Always friendly, courteous and prompt. We look forward to working with them in the years ahead. Thank you CEA!
- Heather Sherell. 7/2/2017
We have our personal and business needs attended to by the company, our CPA is a go to for all questions in reference to the revolving tax changes that can hinder small businesses, and deter planning of personal changes in our lives. Storm has been our great resource for answers. The company resource group offers additional aid toward small business needs, i.e. localized go to Quickbook support. Can't imagine Springfield without this group!!
- Terry Wilhite. 6/13/2017
Cowan, Epperson & Associates are more than helpful to me in answering my accounting questions and providing my small business with its accounting needs. No question or issue is ever too small or too large for the staff at Cowan. I highly recommend this company for both personal and business accounting services.