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About Us

McDaniel CPA History:

McDaniel CPA's orgins date back to 1981 when the firm was called Dennis and Schisler. 

  • In 2003, Renee McDaniel, CPA, joined the firm and became a Senior Auditor.
  • In 2016, Renee purchased the firm which operated under the title Dennis-McDaniel CPA
  • In 2018, Renee purchased, renovated and installed high-tech features into a historic building located in downtown Mount Vernon, Ohio where the business operates today as McDaniel CPA.




Renee McDaniel, CPA, MBA

Renee is a Certified Public Accountant and received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Capital University. Although she started out her career in the field of public accounting at Kenneth Leventhal, Renee has also been the director of finance for The Builder’s Exchange of Central Ohio, a non-profit organization, as well as the controller of Maidware Products, Inc                                   

In 2003, Renee returned to the field of public accounting because she loved the challenge and variety of the clients. As Managing Director, Renee is responsible for firm administration, along with accounting services and tax preparation for a variety of clients.  Renee's specialty is non-profit and small-mid size for-profit entities.

She is a member of the Ohio Society of CPA's and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Renee enjoys an active involvement in her community. She is President of Knox Energy Cooperative, Board member for Area Development Foundation, and The Station Break. She also serves as Treasurer for the Knox County Landmarks Foundation, and  Knox County Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church.  Renee and her husband, Don, are avid water skiers, and proud parents of two sons. Their oldest son, Mitchell, is in medical school, at the University of Toledo, and their youngest, Matthew, is a mechanical engineer in Dayton.

Professional Account Staff

Sandy Rogers: Staff Accountant 

Sandy is a Staff Accountant for McDaniel CPA.  Sandy has been a long term member of our team and has been working in the accounting industry for over 40 years.  She has worked in a variety of accounting positions including Hospital and Nursing Home management.  Sandy currently works on our financial statements, payroll reports, W-2's, sales tax reports, and income tax preparation as well as bookkeeping for a number of our clients.

Apart from accounting work at McDaniel CPA, Sandy enjoys crocheting, reading, and walking her dogs.   

Jen Lang: Staff Accountant

Jen graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in Finance. After four years in Florida for college she was excited to move back home where she can enjoy the change of seasons. Jen later earned an MBA at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. With 16 years of payroll and bookkeeping experience, we are happy to welcome her to our team.

Jen resides in Apple Valley where she frequently undertakes home renovation projects in her free time. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, being involved in her church, playing basketball, traveling and spending time outdoors. 

Amy Leyda: Staff Accountant

Sara Jordan: Staff Accountant

Katie DeHart: Payroll Specialist   

Dave Humphrey: Business and Finance Specialist 

Dave graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a minor in Business Administration with an emphasis on accounting. He comes to McDaniel CPA after spending 20 years in the banking industry while simutaneously spending some of those years utilizing his accounting education by preparing tax returns as a side business. He was ready for a career change and McDaniel CPA was happy to oblige. Dave is also a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor for QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Desktop. He is excited to bring his wealth of banking knowledge expertise to ensure the continued financial success of our current and future clients. 

A lifelong resident of Knox County, Dave married his high school sweetheart Aimee, and they have two children, John and Grace. Dave is an active volunteer within the leadership team at Center Pointe Church, serving as a teacher elder, corporate secretary and past treasurer. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Vernon as well as the CFO for the LEAD Program, and Treasurer of the Centerburg Area Business Association. When not in the office, you can find Dave out riding his motorcycle or in his shop holding office hours to help his children with their math homework. Dave has also been known to enjoy a fine cigar and a craft beer every once in a while and invites clients to join him.

Nancy Pillow: Office Manager 

Nancy is our Office Manager, in charge of the background tasks that keep the office running smoothly. She also takes care of our client billing, receivables and client bookkeeping services. Nancy attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with an emphasis in Accounting. She worked in the banking industry for 28 years before deciding to enter the public accounting world with McDaniel CPA. Nancy enjoys meeting our customers and looks forward each year to the busy tax season! A resident of Apple Valley, she enjoys boating and Pickle Ball games with her husband, Mike. She also has a passion for gardening and daily walks with her Shitzu-Bichons, Bentley & Finnley.

Karen Taffin: Client Services 

When walking through the doors of McDaniel CPA, you will be greeted by Karen. She has been a long time office professional.  Her career started locally as an orthodontic assistant and  office manager. She was raised on a small farm in Ashland County, Ohio, to which she credits her dependability, efficiency and a strong work ethic.  After moving to Colorado in 1998, she spent 19 years as an office administrator in general dentistry. Returning to Ohio in 2017,  opened a new career path to McDaniel CPA, where she was welcomed to our accounting firm. We are fortunate to benefit from her skills and experience.

Karen lives in Mount Vernon with her husband, Phil. They are blessed with 2 sons and daughter's in law and 6 precious grandchildren. She enjoys music, quilting, reading, flying and outdoor activities.  

Carla Skal: Payroll Specialist

Glenda Blakely: Staff Accountant

Glenda graduated from North Central Technical College with a degree in Accounting. After graduation, she worked in the Controller’s Office at Knox Community Hospital, Nelson and Nelson CPAs, and then became a Staff Accountant for the Lynne R Hite CPA firm. In 2001 she formed a bookkeeping partnership, Blakely and Hite Data Services, in which she was the operations partner. Glenda has retired but will still help us quarterly and we are so grateful! 

Glenda lives in Fredericktown with her husband, Chuck and is proud to have had the opportunity to raise two daughters, Katie and Allyn. She enjoys motorcycle trips with her husband and friends as well as spending time with her granddaughter.     

Diana Trammell: Quickbooks Pro Advisor & Accounting Specialist 

Diana is an Accounting Specialist for McDaniel CPA.  She is also the Quickbooks Pro Advisor for our firm. If you have a Quickbooks question, you will generally be directed to Diana.  She will work with you in training as well as problem-solving any issues you may be facing.  On top of Quickbooks, Diana is trained in taxes, bookkeeping, and payroll.  She got her B.A. from Ohio State University and has spent the majority of her career working in the accounting field.  She has been an integral part of our firm since 2007.

In addition to accounting, Diana enjoys being a part of a local church, exploring genealogy, card making/scrapbooking, crocheting, cooking, sewing, and reading.

Brian Restid: Tax Specialist

Brian is a tax specialist who focuses on individual and small business tax returns here at McDaniel CPA.  He received his BA from Baldwin-Wallace University and went on to earn an MBA from Miami University. Following a successful thirty-two year career in the department store industry as a store manager and a buyer, Brian continued his education and became a Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP). For five years he worked as a tax preparer with the Hueston and Company CPA in Bradenton, Florida.

Brian currently resides in Apple Valley with his lovely wife, Carla. He enjoys playing golf, serving on the Budget and Finance Committee for AVPOA, and attending church at Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene.

Marc Odenweller, CPA

Marc OdenwellerMarc was a partner-in-charge of auditing at Dennis & Schisler, Inc. and now serves as a consultant. His responsibilities include performing and supervision of review fieldwork, financial statement services, business and tax services.