Our Firm

We combine the experience of a large firm with the personal attention that only a small firm can provide. Our clients 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.

Please take a moment and read more about our historyour credentials, and our areas of specialization. If you have any questions or would like more detailed information about how we can help you, don't hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to serve you.

Our People

Renee M. Virlee, CPA graduated with a B.S. degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Iowa. She joined the predecessor firm, Pearson & Associates, in 2016 and took over as owner of Pearson & Virlee, PC in 2021.  She has more than 15 years of experience in public accounting.  Renee specializes in corporate, partnership, and personal tax return preparation and planning, financial statement preparation, bookkeeping, and small business consulting.  

Renee enjoys spending time with family and friends, backpacking, international travel, and gardening.  Renee and her husband operate a small family farm and have three children.

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Amy 2018

Alesha Kuntz, CPA graduated from Coe College with B.A. degrees in Public Accounting and Business Administration. She joined the firm in 2021 with 5 years of experience in public accounting. Alesha specializes in preparing corporate, partnership, and individual tax returns. She has expertise with business start-ups and consulting.  Alesha is proficient with QuickBooks, bookkeeping, and payroll services.  

Alesha and her husband enjoy spending time with their son; and outdoor activities with friends and family.

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Carter 2023

Carter Rodman, CPA graduated from Coe College with B.A. degrees in Public Accounting and Business Administration. He joined Pearson & Virlee, PC in July of 2023. Carter has 3 years of experience in public accounting and assists in business and individual tax return preparation, financial statement preparation and bookkeeping.

Carter enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, family, friends, and dogs.  He also enjoys spending time outdoors, watching sports, golfing, fishing, and tinkering in the garage.

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Lynn 2023

Lynn Butterbrodt graduated from Cornell College with a BSS degree in Economics & Business and Psychology. She joined the firm in 2022, bringing experience ranging from business, to management, to human services.  Lynn assists with payroll preparation, payroll tax reporting, bookkeeping services, and individual tax return preparation.

Lynn enjoys reading, cooking, painting, bike rides, and walks. Lynn has three children, their spouses, and a grandson she loves spending time with. Her favorite title is Mimi!

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Amy 2018

 Amy Blackwell joined the firm in 2005 and is the Office Manager.  In addition to managing the office, Amy is responsible for payroll preparation and tax reporting, bookkeeping services, and QuickBooks assistance.  She also supports our firm with administrative functions and provides excellent service to our clients. 

Amy enjoys spending time with her son and extended family and friends.  She enjoys reading, movies, and traveling.

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Tracy 2023Tracy Pearson, CPA founder and owner of Pearson & Associates, PC from 2005-2020; retired from Pearson & Virlee, PC in 2023.


Our History

In 2021 Renee Virlee created Pearson & Virlee, PC, taking over ownership from the preceding company Pearson & Associates, PC (formed by Tracy Pearson in 2005).   From the start until today we have focused on the client and a quality product.  You won't spend time training a different accountant about your circumstances or business climate at each appointment and phone call since we know you.  We have locations in Cedar Rapids as well as Mount Vernon for your convenience.

Our Credentials

Our firm participates in the Peer Review program prescribed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants. Our firm was last reviewed in September 2021. The resulting report stated that all of our accounting practices and procedures complied with or exceeded the standards of the industry.

Our Areas of Specialization

We specialize in individual, business, estate, and trust tax preparation as well as nonprofit accounting and taxes. We have extensive experience in agricultural businesses.  We are Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisors and can assist you in payroll preparation or general questions.

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Areas of Service: Accountant Mount Vernon IA, CPA Mount Vernon IA, Tax Mount Vernon IA, Quickbooks Mount Vernon IA, Quickbooks Advisor Mount Vernon IA, Audit Mount Vernon IA,  Financial Statements Mount Vernon IA