About Us

Owner’s Profiles

Deborah A. Rankin

Professional – I earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in May of 1981.  My accounting career began at Parsons, Parsons & Coisman in January of 1982.  In March, 1985 I was awarded my CPA license from the state of Wisconsin. Up until the time we started this business in 1993, I worked in partnership with James W. Parsons. This tax season will mark my 40th years in the tax business.  I am a member of the AICPA, WICPA and NATP.

Personal – In June of 1980, I married my husband Brian. Just over a year later we bought our present home near Algoma. We have 4 children. Our oldest son Jeremy is married to Ashley and lives in Stevens Point with our two oldest grandchildren, Max & Alma. Jennifer, our oldest daughter, moved to an adult family home in Green Bay several years ago. She attends the CP Center in Green Bay on a daily basis (when COVID allows). Our youngest son Nicholas, lives in Green Bay with his wife Betsy and their sons Bentley and Alister. Melissa, our youngest, is a barber and lives with her husband Marcus and our youngest grandson Otto, in Suamico. My outside interests are, spending time with my family, reading, gardening and traveling.

Susan Koudelka

Professional – My career in the accounting field began in 1973. After taking some time off to be an at-home Mom, I rejoined the workforce while attending NWTC where I earned an Associate Degree in accounting. In November, 2012 after testing, I received the designation, Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP) from the IRS. I am a member of NATP. In June, 2014 I made the big decision to “semi-retire”. In 2015, I decided to permanently retire and am enjoying every minute of it.

Personal – I married Jerry Koudelka in July, 1974. We lived in West Jacksonport for 35 years before moving to Lac du Flambeau, WI in July, 2014. We have 3 married sons (Kirk, Kevin & Kristopher), 3 wonderful daughters-in-law (Carrie, Sarah & Missy), 5 granddaughters (Julia, Victoria, Kylie, Taylor May, and Brynn) and 2 grandsons (Mason & Jackson). I enjoy reading, crocheting & visiting my children and grandchildren.

Returning Staff

Connie Bitzan

Professional – As a tax preparer I have helped many clients get the best results on their tax returns since the 1990’s. I have attended many tax preparation courses and tax seminars throughout the years. It’s hard to believe 2022 will mark my 7th tax season with Rankin and Associates. I look forward to helping our current and future clients with their financial needs. My goal is to get the best results I can for our clients. I am a member of NATP.

Personal – In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening and outdoor activities. I enjoy outdoor activities much more in fair weather, which is good news for a tax preparer.

Mari Weidman and Janet Bethke

Have decided to move on to the next chapter of their lives and we are very happy for them. They will continue to provide training and support to our new employees.

New Staff

Catherine Kilcoyne

Professional – I began working here on November 16, 2021 as the Receptionist. My main responsibilities are answering the phone, making appointments, taking your information, assembling your tax returns, and assisting you when you come in to the office. I received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus. After spending time working in the business world, I enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts in Education program at Hamline University in St. Paul. I received a license from the State of Minnesota to teach Elementary Education. I was in public education in Edina, Minnesota for ten years.

Personal – I moved to Door County from the Twin Cities in September 2017. I enjoy attending classical music concerts and theatre performances. I am happiest when I am laughing with friends and when I am eating chocolate!

Patricia Ploor

Professional – I am the newest member of the Rankin team and began my work in January.  My work experience began in 1965 as a Supply Assistant for the U.S. Navy in Sturgeon Bay.  Other employers prior to my husband and I purchasing our first Door County motel in 1979 were:  UW-Green Bay, Employers Insurance, and IBM.  During my tenure of 22 years owning and operating our motels, I did the bookkeeping and payroll for both businesses.  A few years back I took an AARP class in tax preparation and helped taxpayers complete their tax forms.

Personal – I was born and raised in Door County, WI.  My husband of 49 years and I live in Fish Creek.  We have a daughter and 2 granddaughters who live in Milwaukee.  In my free time, I enjoy reading and volunteering at the hospital.  I am also the VP of the Door County Altrusa Club.  I belong to a weekly coffee group and monthly neighborhood wine group and enjoy helping people in our community.