Our Experts

Michael L. Schelling, CPA, MT

Michael L. Schelling, CPA, MT

Partner

With more than 13 years of public accounting experience, Michael specializes in partnership, S corporation, and exempt organization taxation. He received his Master of Professional Accountancy from the University of South Dakota and his Master of Taxation degree from the University of Denver.

Michael’s hobbies including bass fishing and volunteering at various not-for-profit organizations in the Sioux Falls area. Michael is currently serving as the President of HorsePower, a therapeutic riding public charity, and the Treasurer of Survivors Joining For Hope, an organization that assists families who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Bryan R. Hakeman, CPA

Bryan R. Hakeman, CPA

Partner

Bryan is a founding partner of Dakota CPA with more than 8 years of public accounting experience. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Accountancy and Business Administration from Augustana University in Sioux Falls. Bryan specializes servicing clients in a number of industries including Agriculture, Trucking, Construction, and Real Estate. 

Bryan takes great pride in getting to know his clients and making sure their expectations and needs are exceeded. His favorite things to do outside of work are spending time with his wife and daughters, riding motorcycle, golfing and investing in real estate.  

Tony Ourada

Tony Ourada

Staff Accountant

Tony started a career in accounting one year ago in December 2019 after spending eight years in financial planning and financial analysis. His work at Dakota CPA includes partnership and S Corporation tax planning, bookkeeping, and payroll for our clients. He received Bachelor of Sciences degrees in Mathematics and Economics from South Dakota State University with an emphasis in Accounting. He is currently obtaining his CPA licensure and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Sioux Falls. 

In his free time, Tony enjoys spending time with family, friends, and his fiancée Kayla. They enjoy traveling, cooking, and investing in rental properties. 

Josh Brown

Josh Brown

Staff Accountant

Josh joined the Dakota CPA team in January 2021 after spending just over 4 years as the Controller for Eldermark Software.  He received his Bachelor of Arts from Jamestown College, double majoring in Accounting and Financial Planning & Wealth Management.  Josh works with a variety of clients, completing tax planning, bookkeeping and payroll services.

When not in the office, Josh enjoys weight lifting, researching new investments, and spending time with family and friends.

Katie Kruse

Katie Kruse

Staff Accountant

Katie began her career in public accounting over 9 years ago working. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from University of South Dakota. 

Aside from her passion for debits and credits, Katie loves spending time with her husband and daughter traveling the Midwest competing in dirt track racing. She also greatly enjoys completing Pinterest projects and crafts with her daughter.

Alisha Long

Alisha Long

Payroll Specialist

Alisha has experience in the accounting field since 2010, ranging from occupations with the military to independent bookkeeping. She has her bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Texas and graduate certificate in accounting from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Alisha enjoys spending her time with her 3 children, reading, and exploring nature.

Charley Illg

Charley Illg

Staff Accountant

Charley is a 2020 Graduate of Mount Marty College where he was awarded Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Accounting & Business. He was named “Best Exemplary of the Hospitality Core Value” by the faculty and students of Mount Marty College, an award given to the student who best exemplifies openness to others and promotes an environment in which all are valued and respected. Outside of the classroom, he was a two-time Team Captain of the Lancers’ Baseball Team. He is currently enrolled at the Beacom School of Business, pursuing his Master’s of Professional Accountancy & CPA license.

During his free time, Charley enjoys designing logos, videography, website development, exercising, boating, and watching the Minnesota Vikings.

Erica Laible

Erica Laible

Office Administrator

Erica is our office administrator and assists in the overall flow of our firm. Erica joined Dakota CPA in October 2020. Prior to that, she spent 8 years working at Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital where she was also the director of first impressions. Erica is dedicated to providing top notch customer service to clients, along with inspiring a fun-loving culture for our firm. 

Erica’s hobbies include cooking and baking, spending time with her family and drinking coffee.