About Us

IMG_0027Since 1968, our team has been helping small to mid-sized closely held companies make good decisions about their accounting, tax and general business issues. With every client, with every encounter, we aim to help you improve your long-term profitability and financial well-being.

It’s our goal to be your trusted business partner and to always work in your best interest. Get customized financial guidance from the professionals at Darst, Brune & Associates, LLC.

How we interpret the information, create a strategy and apply it to your specific situation is truly what sets us apart. At every turn, we’ll be here to lead a financial and accounting team you can rely on for accurate, insightful advice and direction.


Tom Brune

Tom started in public accounting in 1983 after graduating from UNL. He received a MS in taxation from the University of Denver in 1989. Tom also has been CFO of a company with over 75 employees. Tom has clients in many industries, but has an emphasis on agriculture, construction, banking, manufacturing, and the service industry. Tom provides transactional consulting services, estate and gift planning, S and C Corp and LLC planning and structuring.

Jeff Lapel

Jeff began his accounting career in 1993 at a major construction company. He has been in public accounting since 1997 after receiving the gold award for achieving the highest score in Nebraska on the CPA exam. He has been with the firm since 1999 and became a partner in 2009. His experience in both private and public accounting gives him good insight into the needs of our clients.

Luke Northwall

Luke has been a member of the firm since 1992. He provides services as a consultant for valuations, litigation support, troubled business and bankruptcies. He has been involved in numerous acquisitions and sales of businesses. He has worked with many different businesses and has over 37 years of experience as a CPA.

Greg Chapp

Greg’s public accounting experience includes providing tax, audit and accounting services to a wide range of businesses including wholesale, construction and transportation industries.

Rich Kumke

Rich received his Masters of Professional Accountancy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2000. After working for another public accounting firm, Rich joined Darst, Brune & Associates, LLC in 2009. Rich has a broad background providing accounting, auditing, review, compilation, and tax services to privately-held companies in a variety of industries including agriculture, construction, wholesale and retail as well as audits of employee benefit plans. Rich is a member of the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Jim Hervert

Jim earned his BS degree from Wayne State College in 2002. Jim joined Darst, Brune & Associates in 2010 and has 10 year of accounting, taxation, auditing and financial reporting experience with privately-held companies in Manufacturing, Construction, Agricultural and Professional Service industries. Jim is a member of the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Randy Jauken

Randy is a member of the Darst, Brune & Associates, LLC tax team. His practice areas include: 1) Income tax planning for individuals and businesses; 2) Estate and gift planning; 3) Fiduciary and post-mortem tax planning; 4) Charitable and private foundations; and 5) Employee benefits and retirement planning. In addition to his tax preparation duties, he shares responsibility for the quality review of the firm’s tax practice. He is currently a member of the Omaha Estate Planning Council.

Brent Bradbury

Brent joined the firm in 2014 after moving to Omaha from the Kansas City metro. He has been in public accounting since 2009 and specializes in tax and accounting for small businesses and their owners. Prior to his move to Omaha he was selected as member of the 2013 Kansas Society of CPAs “20 up to 40” leadership program. Prior to his career in public accounting Brent worked in the finance and technology industries.

Ray Duerfeldt

Ray graduated from Creighton University in 1968, and has been in public accounting since that time. After spending some time with a national CPA firm, he joined the firm in 1976. Ray has both audit and tax experience, with special emphasis in the construction industry.

Dave Emry

Dave entered accounting in 1968, became partner with Ken Johnson & Co. in 1976 and merged that firm with Darst & Associates in 1981. He has served as Managing Shareholder for several years. Dave is currently working with Darst, Brune & Associates, LLC in an advisory capacity and consulting with clients.

Twila Brodersen

Twila has been the Office Manager at Darst Brune & Associates for 19 years. She is responsible for preparing the firms accounting, billing & payroll. Twila helps keep the office running smoothly as well as coordinates all corporate events.

Mandy Smock

Mandy is a paraprofessional with more than ten years of experience serving in public accounting. She has been with Darst, Brune and Associates since 2007 primarily serving clients with their QuickBooks and payroll needs. She is also involved in various tax return processing and assisting in the day to day office operations.

Barbara K. Jessen

Barbara graduated from the University of Nebraska - Omaha in 2008 with her BS in Accounting. She has worked in public accounting for over 10 years and joined Darst, Brune & Associates in early 2017. Barbara has a broad range of experience in accounting, compilations, reviews, income tax and business valuations. She is a member of the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.

Nina B. Kavich

Nina is a graduate of UNL with majors in Mathematics and Accounting. Areas of concentration include taxation of individuals, entities, trusts and estates. Nina specializes in many industries, including the agricultural sector. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, she is also a Certified Valuation Analyst and is Accredited in Business Valuations. Volunteer work in the profession includes serving on the Nebraska State Board of Public Accountancy and the AICPA's Board of Examiners. Nina has also written and presented Ethics seminars for the tax professional. Nina previously had practiced in her own firm for over 25 years and has joined the firm as of December 2016.

Nick Nicola

Nick joined the firm in 2015 after working for another local public accounting firm. Nick’s experience includes providing tax, audit, and accounting services to privately-held companies in a variety of industries. Prior to his career in public accounting, Nick worked as an accountant in the transportation and finance industries. Nick is a member of the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Lee Neville

Lee earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2010. He has been specializing in tax for individuals and small businesses since that time. Lee joined the firm in December 2016.

Chelsea DeNoyer

Chelsea earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Midland University in 2016. She was a tax intern for Nina B. Kavich, CPA beginning in 2015. Chelsea joined the firm full-time in 2016 after earning her Bachelor’s degree.

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