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Brenda L. Haase, CPA

Manager

Brenda is a Manager at Councilor, Buchanan and Mitchell, P.C. (CBM) with more than 23 years experience in accounting, auditing, preparing tax returns, and consulting with for-profit, financial, educational, and governmental entities and individuals.  Before joining CBM in 2016, Brenda spent 15 years with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and was responsible for overseeing the 12 Federal Reserve Banks’ accounting policy, financial statements, and external audits. She has been a CPA since 1995.

Brenda’s background is varied and includes auditing; preparing financial statements and disclosures; designing, implementing, and testing risk assessment models and internal controls; developing accounting and financial reporting policies and procedures; conducting loan file reviews; preparing tax returns and advising on tax issues; assessing benefit plan valuations; and conducting forensic fraud and divorce tax analyses.

Brenda received her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration (with an accountancy concentration), cum laude, from California State University, Sacramento.

Professional Qualifications and Education

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Professional Associations and Activities

Awards

  • Federal Reserve Board Special Achievement Award for contributions made during the 2008 financial crisis

Point of View:

  • “Life is like accounting, everything must be balanced.” — unknown

Mentor:

  • I’ve been lucky to have many mentors in my life who made meaningful investments in my professional and personal growth.

Inspiration:

  • I’m inspired by people with positive attitudes, especially those who stay positive in challenging circumstances.

Lightning Round:

  • What is your favorite memory? My mom’s and dad’s laughs
  • Where is your favorite place to spend time? My favorite place to spend time is near water – the sound is very calming.
  • What is one item on your bucket list? Learn to play the guitar
  • Who is someone who you admire?  Carolyn Danckaert and Aaron Smith who are co-founders of A Mighty Girl, which is the world’s largest collection of books, toys, movies, and music for supporting and raising smart, confident, and courageous girls.