Meet Our Staff

Jane Elder, CPA

Jane E. Elder, CPA is a Valparaiso, Indiana native. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting (PBCA) from Indiana University Northwest (IUN). Jane brings over 20 years of experience in governmental auditing, financial statement preparation, and tax preparation. Her tax experience includes personal taxes, business taxes (sub S corporations and partnerships), payroll taxes, and small trusts and estate taxes. She looks forward to applying this knowledge and experience to public accounting and assisting you with your tax and accounting needs.


J.R. Hart, Accountant

J.R. Hart has a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue North Central where he studied organizational leadership and industrial engineering. J.R. has over five years of accounting and bookkeeping experience, as well as an extensive background in inventory management and setting up client accounting and bookkeeping software systems. J.R. received his QuickBooks ProAdvisor certification and has vast knowledge using multiple QuickBooks versions. J.R.’s other experience includes small business accounting, payroll, bookkeeping, and small business development.


Donna Paulk, Accountant

Donna M. Paulk has a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University Northwest (IUN). She has over 17 years experience in the financial industry. Before she joined Gatlin Rago CPA Group, she spent more than 11 years as a commercial, consumer, and mortgage lender at a community bank in Northwest Indiana. In addition, Donna has held leadership roles in local chambers of commerce. Donna has experience in business and personal tax accounting, bookkeeping and in working with small businesses and their respective owners. She looks forward to applying her knowledge to helping her clients.


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