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About Us

About Our Firm

For years, Cowell & LaPointe, PC has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning.

By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. Cowell & LaPointe, PC is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of the area's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the area. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Cowell & LaPointe, PC receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

Michael R. Chesla

mike@cowelllapointe.com 906-228-5150

Mike brings over 25 years of experience to the tax arena. He began his career with Arthur Andersen after graduating from the University of Michigan with a dual degree in Professional Accounting and Finance. He moved to the Detroit office of Deloitte & Touche in 1993 where he was a Senior Manager with their International Services group working with both Fortune 500 companies and closely held businesses. In 2005, Mike and his his wife Teri joined Cowell & LaPointe PC as partners and relocated to Marquette. At Cowell & LaPointe PC, Mike has assisted businesses, indivduals and non-profits with their tax, financial reporting and planning needs for the last 12 years. Mike is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Association of Certified Public Accountants. When not working Mike and his wife Teri enjoy all of the outdoor activities the U.P. has to offer and spend as much time at camp as possible.

Teri L. Chesla

teri@cowelllapointe.com 906-228-5150

Teri has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting. Teri began her carrier as an accountant for a Fortune 500 company and later, controller of a business in Oakland County Michigan. She entered public accounting with Deloitte & Touche’s International Tax Services group in 1994 where she was a manager. Now principal at Cowell & LaPointe, Teri brings a unique understanding and experience of both private and public accounting. For over 12 years Teri has provided local Marquette residents and businesses with tax, accounting and consulting services. A member of the Michigan Association of CPA’s, Teri is a graduate of Walsh College where she earned her Bachelor of Accountancy degree and is a certified public accountant in the State of Michigan.

Jamie N. Goodwin

jamie@cowelllapointe.com 906-228-5150

Jamie started with Cowell & LaPointe, PC in September of 2007. Prior to accepting the Office Manager position in April of 2015 she held a Staff Accountant position with the firm. Jamie has an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and has over 15 years of public accounting experience. Prior to moving to Marquette she held a Staff Accountant position at an established CPA Firm in Lower Michigan. Jamie currently lives in Marquette with her husband Rob, and their two sons. Outside of work, the family keeps busy spending time outdoors and enjoying everything Marquette has to offer with every passing season.

Gloria LaPointe

gloria@cowelllapointe.com 906-228-5150

Gloria is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner and has been employed and a partner with Cowell & LaPointe, PC for over 25 years. Before and after graduation from Ferris State University, she worked in accounting for 14 years in the insurance and manufacturing industries as well a several other public accounting firms in Michigan. She has provided financial reporting, tax and financial planning for individuals, small business, nonprofits and governmental entities. Her belief of being active in the community led her to be involved as a volunteer and board member of numerous organizations in the Marquette community. She is also a member of the AICPA and MACPA. Her interests outside of work are traveling with her husband Mike, spending time with family and being active in the outdoors.

Kristin L Cannoot

Kristin@cowelllapointe.com 906-228-5150 BA Scientific & Technical Communications Michigan Technological University

Kristin joined the team at Cowell & LaPointe in February 2018 as an Administrative Assistant and brings with her a long history in the financial world. She is delighted to assist the clients we serve and upholds her fiduciary responsibility and discretion to a high standard. Kristin and her husband, Dennis, and children, Emily & Alex, enjoy life in Marquette and appreciate all that Marquette and the Upper Peninsula have to offer. Outside of work, Kristin enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, walking the family dog, Ginger, making jewelry and frequenting all of the fabulous local restaurants and businesses.