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About Us


Since 1980, Hopkins & Associates, CPAs has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Hopkins & Associates, CPAs' expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. Hopkins & Associates, CPAs is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of the area's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the area. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Hopkins & Associates, CPAs receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

Joel Hopkins, CPA 815-339-6630

Joel took over as the President of the firm in 2012 and has been with the firm since June of 2007. Prior to this, Joel was employed at BDO Seidman, LLP in Chicago for 4 years. He focused on corporate auditing at BDO. BDO is the nation’s 6th largest accounting firm.

Joel earned a BS in Business Administration from Wake Forest University in 1999. After two years of working as an IT consultant in Atlanta, GA, he attended Northern Illinois University and earned his Masters of Accounting Science in 2003. In 2004, he passed the CPA exam, and is a fully licensed CPA.

Arch Hopkins, CPA 815.339.6630

Arch is the founder and owner of the firm. Since 1982, the firm has provided auditing, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and consulting services to individuals, businesses, local governments, and not for profit organizations in the Illinois Valley area. He is a member of the AICPA and Illinois CPA Society. Currently he serves as a member of the Illinois CPA Society Government Executive Committee and, in the past, has served on the Peer Review acceptance Committee.

Arch received his BA from Carleton College and his MS and PhD from the University of Michigan in the biological sciences. Subsequently, he received his Masters of Professional Accounting from the University of Texas in Arlington.

Kimberly Bird, CPA

Kim has been with the firm since July of 2009. Prior to this, Kim was employed at McGladery & Pullen, LLP in Schaumburg for two years. She focused on corporate auditing in her prior position. Kim also spent a year as an intern for Sulaski & Webb, CPAs in Bloomington, Illinois while in school. She focused on not-for-profit auditing and preparation of tax returns during her internship.

Kim earned her BS in Accounting and her Masters degree in accounting from Illinois State University in 2007. In 2007, she passed the CPA exam, and is a fully licensed CPA.

Samantha Casey

Samantha has been with the firm since June of 2013. Prior to this she worked for another employer specializing in tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services.

Samantha earned a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Taxation from Northern Illinois University in 2012.

Hazel Lawrence

Hazel has been with the firm since October 2005. Prior to this, she was employed at Malooley Appraisal Service as an accountant and real estate appraiser. She has been preparing individual and corporate income taxes for 24 years and has also served as a Village Treasurer and Township Clerk, during that time.

Hazel earned a BS in Business Administration from Lewis University in 1979, and has completed the appropriate coursework and training to sit for the CPA exam.

Brandon McNeill

Brandon has been with the firm since September 2005. He has significant experience in tax preparation, bookkeeping, payroll services, and governmental and non-profit auditing. Brandon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Culver-Stockton College in the spring of 2005.

Margy Mattern

Margy has been with the firm since August 2016. Prior to this, she owned and operated her own accounting firm for 20 years specializing in bookkeeping, payroll processing, and individual income tax preparation. During that time, she also assisted another accounting firm in Peoria with bookkeeping services and income tax preparation. Prior to that, she was the Controller for ReMax in Peoria.

Margy earned a BS in Business Administration from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1984, and she passed the CPA exam in 1989. She is a Registered CPA with the State of Illinois.

Jodie Carlson

Jodie is the Office Manager, and has been with the firm since December of 2011. In addition to her duties as the Office Manager, Jodie also specializes in Bookkeeping and Payroll Services.

Jodie earned a Bachelor's in Marketing from Illinois State University in 2003.

Stacey King

Stacey is also an Office Manger, and has been with the firm since August of 2016. In addition to her duties as an Office Manager, Stacey also specializes in bookkeeping and payroll services.

Stacey earned her Bachelor's in Mass Communications from Illinois State University in 2005.