Meet the Team

Michael Petersen, Jr., MAcc, CPA

Owner/Tax Manager –

Michael Petersen, Jr., graduated from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management with his Bachelor of Science and Master of Accountancy with an emphasis in tax. He has over fifteen years of experience in public accounting, including three years with national accounting firms Ernst & Young and Arthur Anderson. Michael has experience in expatriate taxation and complex individual, partnership, corporate, and fiduciary tax returns. He is an Advanced QuickBooks Pro-Advisor, consulting with clients on setting up QuickBooks and improving client efficiency with QuickBooks.

Ilene Helfrich, MBA, CPA

Audit Manager –

Ilene Helfrich received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from State University of New York at Buffalo and has over seventeen years of experience in public accounting with audit, tax, and accounting issues. She performs tax preparation and financial and single audits, including planning, supervision, fieldwork, and reports. Ilene is a QuickBooks Certified Pro-Advisor.


Colain White

Office Manager/Payroll Specialist –

Colain White received her Associate of Science Degree in Business Management from Utah Valley Community College. She has over twenty-five years of experience running her own business, during which time she has simultaneously gained valuable experience in multiple other fields of business such as real-estate and consulting while homeschooling and raising her family of four. Colain has now rounded out her business career by joining the Anderson Petersen & Company team as their payroll and office manager.