Deanna is a Tax Professional and Principal Manager for Avior Tax & Accounting.
She currently calls Minneapolis, Minnesota home, though her roots trace back to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, where she spent her formative years with her father. Deanna moved to Minnesota at eighteen to pursue a BA in Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Unfortunately, her academic pursuits faced a setback when a car accident forced her to interrupt her studies in her final year. Undeterred, she resumed her education at Metropolitan State University in 2019, completing her BS and MBA through the accelerated Business Administration program.
Stepping away from academia, Deanna dedicated several years to managing the appeals department at United Health Care. In 2008, amidst a recession and a job layoff, she pivoted to tax and accounting, joining Jackson Hewitt. Over fifteen years, she managed multiple successful offices, contributing significantly to her district’s consistent presence in the company’s top ten for eight consecutive years. Deanna expanded her impact by becoming a tax school instructor and one of Jackson Hewitt’s premier national trainers.
Beyond her professional achievements, Deanna is a dedicated community advocate. She has leveraged her skills in grant writing for various non-profits and serves on several executive boards. Passionate about education, she has lectured in entrepreneur classes on accounting and taxation, guiding numerous community businesses towards financial success. In the aftermath of the 2020 Minneapolis riots, Deanna assisted many businesses in recovering from the devastation, even in the face of personal loss as her own office succumbed to fire. She remains committed to lecturing, educating, and advising businesses and non-profits.
Deanna’s commitment extends to her family life, as she and her husband have two children and cherish the joys of being grandparents to a granddaughter. Their Minnetonka residence is a hub of active involvement in both their local church and the communities they’ve called home over the years.