Our Team

Halstead Carpenter and Assoc., Ltd. is a licensed CPA, Accounting, Tax, and Consulting firm with over 25 years experience helping businesses and individuals in the greater Joliet, Shorewood, & Plainfield, IL, area. It has many long-time satisfied clients.

Meet Our Staff: 

James Halstead, CPA, CDP, EA

Halstead is a long-time member of the Illinois CPA Society,  QuickBooks Pro-Advisors, & CPA Round Table, has created applications and appeared in JOA, has taught SBA, JJC, and CPE courses, has experience in agriculture, construction, military intelligence, manufacturing, computer science, entrepreneurship, and tax cases.  He helps businesses and long-time clients, does special projects, composes, swims, & jogs.    

Mary Carpenter, CPA 


Mary C is a member of the Illinois CPA Society, board member of the Independent Accountants Association of Illinois, and is active in Joliet, Shorewood, & Plainfield chambers of commerce, and other local civic organizations.  She has over fifteen years experience in taxes, accounting and Quickbooks. She known for her friendly, helpful attitude, and is accepting new clients. 

Jill VanMeter, BS


Jill has experience of working with our business and individual clients, and putting herself through college acheiving summa cum laude honors in accounting.  She is pursuing her CPA, is personable, and is accepting more clients.                             

Ken Grisham, BS

Ken has many years of management experience in both small and medium size businesses. This can be helpful to clients looking for someone with their point of view. 

Kathy Rollins, BS


Has tax preparation experience with us and before.

Rhonda Casagrande


Rhonda has been with us over 20 years and knows most our our clients. Everybody loves her. 

Samantha Carpenter, BS

Clerk & Administrative Assistant

Sam has over six years of experience of helping our clients.  She has worked to help put herself through college and get a degree in administration. 

Alex Gay, Karen, Joe, & Others


Many of our staff have returned year after year.  They have been a big help in supporting us and our clients.  

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Halstead Carpenter and Assoc., Ltd., 1503 Plainfield Rd, Joliet, IL 60435
Phone: (815) 729-1900 | Fax: (815) 729-4055 | Email: mcarpenter9194@gmail.com
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