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Vicki Vogel-Hellenbrand

Partner, CPA
608 240 2387

Vicki Vogel-Hellenbrand leads Baker Tilly’s public sector practice, which provides industry-specialized accounting, assurance and consulting services to not-for-profits and government entities including states, municipalities, special districts, transit authorities and public utilities as well as public universities and colleges.

Vicki has specialized in serving public sector clients, including state and local governments and public utilities, since beginning her career with Baker Tilly nearly 30 years ago. Her experience includes providing financial audit and accounting services as well as financial consulting services related to user fees, financial planning and impact fees. She also plays an active role in the industry as a member the AICPA Technical Issues Committee – Government Zone, a contributing author to the APPA Advanced Accounting Manual and a speaker and presenter at industry conferences and events.

Experience

  • Partner-in-charge of local government, municipal electric, water and sewer utility financial audits
  • Conducts financial risk assessments and internal control evaluations
  • Partner-in-charge of accounting and auditing services for Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) districts
  • Provides consulting services for governments and public utilities including multi-year financial and capital forecasts, budget assistance, borrowing assistance, development of continuing property records, and compliance review for outside agencies
  • Develops electric, water, stormwater, and sewer revenue requirements; cost of service allocations; and rate design
  • Assists with retail utility service agreement negotiations related to large industrial developments and intergovernmental agreements
  • Provides impact fee studies and implementation for water, wastewater, stormwater, library, parks/recreation and public safety projects
  • Testifies as an expert witness before regulatory agencies, courts, and local governing bodies to support utility rate adjustments, special assessments and impact fees

Involvement

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • AICPA Technical Issues Committee ‒ Government Zone
  • Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA)
  • Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
  • GFOA Special Reviewer
  • Wisconsin Government Finance Officers Association (WGFOA)
  • Illinois Government Finance Officers Association (IGFOA)
  • Wisconsin Waterworks Association
  • PSC/AWWA Regulatory Liaison Committee – Wisconsin Chapter
  • Member, American Water Works Association / Regulator Affairs Liaison Committee ‒ Wisconsin Chapter

Thought Leadership

  • Speaks on accounting and financial reporting topics at national and regional conferences, as well as at Baker Tilly-sponsored seminars
  • Authors various accounting and GASB articles published regionally and nationally

Education

University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
Bachelor of Science in accounting