Preparer Profiles

Cathleen Rutz, CPA, Lead Tax Preparer, Owner/General Manager

Cathleen H. Rutz, CPA is a native of Edwardsville and owner of MIDWEST Tax Group, Inc. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1991, passed the Certified Public Accountants Exam in Illinois in 1994, and is a licensed CPA. Cathleen also earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1999. Cathleen has  progressive accounting experience with such companies as MCI Telecommunications, Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Co., and Washington University in St. Louis.

Cathleen began in the field of individual tax preparation and small business bookkeeping in 1991, giving her over 28 years of experience. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Tax Professionals.

As a CPA, Cathleen is able to represent clients with the authority of an attorney before the Internal Revenue Service. Cathleen keeps her skills current via experience and continuing education.  Cathleen grew up in Edwardsville and now lives in Highland with her husband and three boys.

email: crutz@midwesttaxgroup.com

Jennifer Meshey, EA, Tax Preparer

Jennifer Meshey joined MIDWEST Tax Group, Inc. in 2013 with prior experience as a tax specialist with H&R Block. Jennifer's work history also includes working at a Social Security Disability Company and holding a leadership position at a Catalog Distribution Warehouse. Jennifer keeps her skills current via experience and continuing education.

The EA after Jennifer's name indicates that she has attained enrolled agent status with the Internal Revenue Service by passing a three-part comprehensive examination on taxation. This status enables her to represent clients with the authority of an attorney before the Internal Revenue Service.

Jennifer resides in Marine, IL with her husband and two children.

email: jmeshey@midwesttaxgroup.com

Janine Darby, EA, Tax Preparer

Janine Darby is a midwestern farm girl who has recently settled in the Troy area. She serves as a tax professional for MIDWEST Tax Group, Inc. Her expertise covers all areas of individual tax, but she especially likes working with farmers, military service members and home day care providers. Janine began her career as an Air Force officer in 1992 and traveled the country in various positions for the Air Force before retiring in 2013.

She holds degrees in Computer Science from Colorado State University and in Computer Information Systems from Webster University in St Louis.

The EA after Janine's name indicates that she has attained enrolled agent status with the Internal Revenue Service by passing a three-part comprehensive examination on taxation.  This status enables her to represent clients with the authority of an attorney before the Internal Revenue Service.

email:  jdarby@midwesttaxgroup.com

Lisa Frutiger, EA, Tax Preparer

Lisa joined MIDWEST Tax Group, Inc. in 2013. Lisa began her career in the field of accounting working as a Corporate Assistant and Payroll Assistant. Lisa holds a Certificate of Accounting from Sanford Brown College, where she completed her studies in 1999.

The EA after Lisa's name indicates that she has attained enrolled agent status with the Internal Revenue Service by passing a three-part comprehensive examination on taxation.  This status enables her to represent cients with the authority of an attorney before he Internal Revenue Service.   

Lisa is a native of St. Jacob where she currently resides with her husband and two children.

email: lfrutiger@midwesttaxgroup.com

Barbara Engelmann, Administrative Assistant

Barbara Engelmann joined MIDWEST Tax Group, Inc, as an adminsistrative  assistant in 2016.

Barb comes to the tax office with a background in revenue operations and audit processing. Prior to that she had numerous years as an adminstrative/personnel assistant.

Barb currently resides in St. Jacob with her husband.

email: bengelmann@midwesttaxgroup.com

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