McFadden Group

The McFadden Group team

The McFadden Group team is the heart of the company – with a skilled staff of accountants with business savvy know-how collaborating to ensure that clients get the highest level of service they deserve. Meet the partners in your financial ventures.

Brenda E. McFadden, CPA


With more than 20 years of professional accounting experience, Brenda is a strongly-rooted resident of Lawrence, KS. She joined the firm in 1993, became co-owner in 1995, and then established the firm as The McFadden Group in 1998. Brenda specializes in small business start-up and succession consulting, estate succession, litigation support, and business/individual tax planning and preparation. She has 2 degrees from the University of Kansas – both a B.S in Accounting and a B.S. in Business Administration. Brenda is actively involved in several professional and local public service groups including: the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, The Shelter Inc., Junior Achievement of Douglas County, American Red Cross of Douglas County and the Lawrence Public Incentive Review Committee.


Kent M.E. Andersson

Senior Manager and Internal IT Specialist

Kent combines small business accounting and tax planning expertise with computer hardware, software, data backup, network and network security consulting for The McFadden Group. He has woven together his accounting and technology backgrounds as a Sage MAS90 and QuickBooks installation and training specialist.


Betsy M. Kohl, CPA

Senior Manager

Betsy has more than 30 years experience in public and private accounting. Her areas of expertise include: compilation of financial statements for businesses, business taxation, individual taxation, payroll and small business start-up consulting.  Outside of the office, Betsy is a highly skilled quilter and a member of a local bowling league.


Landi D Goyer, CPA

Senior Accountant

Landi has over 15 years of experience in public accounting and is a QuickBooks Certified Advisor.  She performs several business accounting functions such as individual and business tax preparation, financial statement and general ledger preparation, payroll, payroll tax calculation and sales tax calculation.  Landi is The McFadden Group’s In-house Non-Profit Specialist.

D. Renee Mellenbruch, CPA

Senior Accountant

Renee is a native Lawrenceian, born and raised.  She has 2 degrees from the University of Kansas- B.S. in Accounting and M.S. in Accounting with emphasis on Tax which she obtained in 2014 and 2015, respectively.  Renee has experience with individual and business tax as well as financial statement compilations, payroll and sales tax.  Outside of the office, she teaches business in elementary schools through Junior Achievement of Douglas County.  Renee completed her first half marathon in 2018.  She loves to spend time with her family, dog and cats as well as undertaking home improvement projects.  Renee also loves to cheer on the boys in blue by attending Sporting Kansas City soccer games.


Emily Vigne

Staff Accountant

Emily compiles financial statements and performs general ledger accounting functions, payroll and sales tax calculations and accounts receivable/payable services for businesses.

Ken Penland
Staff Accountant

Ken has 30 years of Payroll and Accounting experience.  20 years was spent in the Hospitality Industry while his recent 10 years has been in the Finance Industry.  Ken compiles financial statements and performs general ledger accounting functions, payroll and sales tax calculations and account receivable/payable services for businesses.  Ken hails from Grand Rapids, MI and has deep Michigan pride.  He supports the University of Michigan teams.  Ken is an avid golfer and enjoys traveling and playing different golf courses.  Ken also volunteers at the Topeka Rescue Mission.