About Our Firm
Get to know us! We are committed to going above and beyond for our clients to understand and grow alongside each client’s situation.
We act with honesty and professionalism and are trustworthy
We constantly look for inspiration and seek to improve the way we do things
We are dedicated to adding value to our clients and opportunities for our members through long term sustainable growth
Who We Are
Our Team of Experts
It’s a numbers game and we never miss a chance for growth. Murphy, Coe, & Smith, PLLC. is a team of outstanding professionals. We have a diverse clientele base that continues to come back to us year after year because they know they are in good hands. We work to develop long-term relationships, whether your needs are simple or complex, we can help.
Lou Ann Murphy, CPA
Lou Ann Murphy, CPA has been with the firm since 1989 and is a Partner with the firm in the Osage office as well as overseeing the Nashua office. Lou Ann oversees the entire firm and…
Christopher Smith, CPA
Christopher Smith, CPA has been with the firm since 2008 and is a Partner with the firm in the Osage office as well as overseeing the Riceville office. He is responsible for key client relationships…
Amy Coe, CPA
Amy Coe, CPA joined the firm in 2002 and is a Partner of the firm in Osage. She is responsible for several key client relationships, working with a variety of clients and industries. …
Lisa Brandau, CPA
Lisa Brandau, CPA joined the firm in 2022. Lisa is an Osage native who received her Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of North Dakota in 1989….
Ty Laube has been with the firm since 1999 working in the Osage and the Nashua office. He is responsible for accounting and tax preparation of individual, partnership and…
Staci Herrick has been with the firm since 2008. She is an experienced tax professional and assists with the preparation of individual, partnership corporate and nonprofit tax returns.
Josh Smith has been with the firm since 2013. He is an experienced tax professional and assists with the preparation of individual, partnership, corporate and nonprofit tax returns…
Loralei Brandau began working for the firm in 2016. Loralei obtained her Associate of Arts degree in 2013 from Hawkeye Community College. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with…
Josie Hrdlicka, CPA
Josie Gooder Hrdlicka, CPA has been with the firm since 2017 working mainly out of the Cresco office. Josie joined MCS as partner in 2022.
Erin Kiefer joined the firm in 2019 after graduating from Viterbo University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration majoring in Accounting. Erin currently resides in Osage, IA.
Brandy Watenphul joined the firm in 2019. She graduated from North Iowa Area Community College in 2018 with an Associates of Arts degree. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Becky Mauer grew up in Osage and graduated from Osage High School in 1985. She then graduated from Rochester Technical and Community College as a registered and certified dental assistant. She worked in Rochester until…
Maia Harvey joined MCS in 2020 after graduating from Kirkwood Community College with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing Management. Maia is currently pursuing a double major in Business Management and Accounting at Buena Vista University..
Jeffrey Morische joined the firm in 2023. He is from Osage and got his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting from Iowa State University. In his spare time, Jeffrey enjoys hunting, traveling, and helping out on the family farm.
Danielle joined the firm in 2023. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting from Iowa State University. Danielle lives in Cresco, IA. In her free time, she enjoys hunting, fishing, kayaking, crafting, and spending time with her family including her 3 dogs.
Mary Spitz joined the firm in 2023 as the Office Manager. Mary received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Campbell University in North Carolina. Previously, Mary Spitz worked as the Administrative Assistant for…
Brittany Provost joined the firm in 2023, and primarily works in our Cresco location. She attended Northeast Iowa Community College for Business Administration, and has been working in various administrative rolls for the past 16 years…
Jessica graduated from high school in 2009 from Davis County High School in Bloomfield, Iowa and is currently in school for her degree in Administrative Management at Purdue Global. Prior to working at MCS…
Emma is a Mitchell County native graduating from St. Ansgar High School in 2020. She joined the firm in 2023. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, baking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Years of experience
Withstanding years of service that brings success to our clients.
Sharing our visions with our clients drives our mission stronger.
Bringing satisfaction to our clients through professionalism, competence, and solicitude.
The continuous improvement of our knowledge, technical expertise and service is essential to your growth and success, as well as our vision to be the premier firm of choice. We are committed to the highest professional standards of ethics and integrity. With laws and regulations constantly changing we are continuously improving our knowledge and expanding our professional education each year to attain the highest levels of knowledge and skills to exceed our client’s expectations. All of our CPA’s receive annual continuing education in the areas in which they practice and stay up to date with new laws and regulations that may affect our clientele.
Aside from continuing professional education, our firm maintains its high level of competence through its membership with the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants. We are in compliance with all registration and permit requirements relating to the practice of public accounting in the State of Iowa. The firm has a current Permit to Practice for the State of Iowa and all CPA’s have current licenses and Permits to Practice in the State of Iowa.
Our firm’s commitment to high standards and integrity is demonstrated by its participation in the peer review program, in which independent CPAs conduct a review of our compliance with quality control standards.
Contact Us Today
All of us at Murphy, Coe & Smith, PLLC. strive to support our clients, not only at tax time, but throughout the year. From expert bookkeeping, accounting, and payroll services to support our clients’ regular day-to-day financial needs, to year- long tax planning strategies, we’re ready to help support you and your business