About Us  





Jenson & Co. will guide you expertly through the ever-changing tangle of tax laws in order to minimize your tax liability. We will evaluate your information and help you make smart decisions throughout the year that will increase your bottom line. We will assist you with setting both long and short-term goals that help you achieve your individual needs and desires.


From traditional tax preparation to complex accounting solutions to planning for your future, our focus is on finding new opportunities and creating solutions that will help you succeed.




Tom Jenson


Tom is the founder, President, and CEO of Jenson & Co. CPA Advisors and has been a CPA for more than 35 years. He started his career as a Revenue Agent with the Internal Revenue Service where he learned the ins-and-outs of tax compliance with that bureaucracy. Tom honed his tax skills in the tax department of a major national real estate development company and continued to develop valuable skills in public accounting prior to starting his own firm in September 1989.

Lifelong learning is important to Tom and he has an earned MBA degree. In addition, he also has achieved the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification. Tom conducts seminars on tax strategies and tax planning and is recognized as a leading expert in the tax aspects of using Self-directed IRAs for nonstandard investments such as real estate.

He is active in civic and community organizations such as Rotary International, Maple Grove Arts Center, and Arbor Lakes Business Association and along with his wife, Laurel, is involved in their local church. Tom is a long-time resident of Maple Grove, where he and Laurel raised three sons. The family has expanded by three daughters-in-law, ten grandchildren, and a dog.


Gary LaPalme

Gary has been a CPA for over 30 years working in large and small CPA firms and eventually owning his own accounting practice in Maple Grove. He has experience in tax work and tax planning for Individuals, Corporation, S Corporations, Partnerships, LLC’s, Trusts and Not-For-Profit Entities as well as financial audits for companies.During his career he has obtained other professional licenses and has taught accounting at North Hennepin Community College.


Gary is a charter member of the Brooklyn Park Rotary Club and active in various civic and community organizations. For many years he coached youth basketball for both boys and girls teams. He and his wife, Bonnie, have raised three children and now have six grandchildren. Gary spends his time in several activities including coaching, golf and fishing.


Robert Van Winkle


Robert joined Jenson & Co. in October 2016 with experience in audit and tax services. As a CPA, Robert enjoys working directly with business owners and individuals on tax compliance and strategic planning, in addition to supporting the local communities as an active member of the Wayzata Lions.

Originally from Aberdeen, South Dakota, Robert currently resides in New Hope with his wife Brenda and their Goldendoodle Denny. Besides being an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, he also enjoys golf, hunting, traveling and spending time with friends and family.


Laurel Jenson


Laurel is the Administrative Assistant at Jenson & Co. and she is responsible for the busy day-to-day operations of the company. With many years of professional experience, Laurel enjoys the client relations aspect of her job most of all.


She was born in Minneapolis, grew up in Brooklyn Park and currently resides in Maple Grove, where she and her husband, Tom, raised their three sons. All three sons have brought three daughter-in-laws into the family as well as 10 precious grandchildren. Spending time with family is one of her greatest joys. Laurel serves in leadership at Brooklyn Park Free Church as well as in her roles of Wife, Mother, Grandma, Daughter, Sister, Aunt and Friend. She would rather sit down with a bowl of popcorn than go out for a lobster dinner.


Theresa Schwinghamer



Theresa joined Jenson & Co. in December 2014. Her previous work experience in public accounting ranges from auditing to bookkeeping for small business. Theresa is a graduate from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in accounting. She enjoys the interaction with clients and the challenges of working with small businesses.


Theresa and her husband Dave live north of Elk River and have two children. She is an officer in the local pony club, a Cub Scout den leader, and instructor in children’s faith formation. When Theresa is not spending time outdoors with her family, she enjoys riding her horse in dressage competitions, trial riding, running, cross country skiing, and teaching horseback riding lessons.



Bill Cooley


Bill started with Jenson & Co. in March 2013 with over 10 years experience in tax and audit work. He is a CPA and began his career with a regional accounting firm. During that time Bill earned his Master's degree in Business Taxation and worked closely with businesses and their owners. He is a member of the Minnesota Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.


Bill is committed to lifelong learning and brings a broad base of knowledge in taxation and accounting systems to the firm. He lives in Waconia and enjoys cooking and spending time with his family. Bill also likes to fish, golf, bowl and play softball and is a fan of the Minnesota Gophers.


Kathy Wedgewood


Kathy joined Jenson & Co in December of 2015 as part of the combination with Gary A. LaPalme, CPA firm. She has worked in the accounting field for nearly 30 years and has especially enjoyed the last 15 years working with Gary and his clients. Joining Jenson & Co. is an exciting new chapter she is looking forward to.


Kathy grew up in North Minneapolis and currently resides in Brooklyn Park. She is married to her husband of 30 years and has raised three beautiful girls. Kathy enjoys gardening, reading and going to the lake with her family. She usually hibernates in the winter.


Nicole Weestrand


Nicole joined Jenson & Co. in January of 2015 to provide bookkeeping, payroll and administrative assistance. Nicole is a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor and will help clients by providing customized training when using QuickBooks software. She has completed her AS ining Accounting and her AAS in Accounting Technology and is excited to gain more knowledge in the field of accounting and continue to connect with the clients.


Nicole grew up in Maple Grove and currently resides in Osseo with her husband and high school sweetheart, Dan. When not at work or in school, Nicole enjoys spending time with family and friends. She likes to spend time outside, either at home or up north and participate in several activities including hiking, biking, disc golfing and ice skating.


Mark Cheely


Mark joins Jenson & Co. in 2014 to assist us in providing financial advisory services. He has 16 years of experience as a Private Wealth Advisor and has received the following acknowledgements: Ameriprise Circle of Success 2005-2013, NABCAP Premier Advisor Award 2010-2012, and FIVE STAR Wealth Manager 2008-2013.


He has an MBA, with undergrad emphasis in Finance and Economics and has earned designations including: RFC® Registered Financial Consultant CRPC®, Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM CFS®, and Certified Fund Specialist.


As part of our commitment to your overall financial health, he specializes in financial planning, investments, insurance, education planning and small business plans. You can contact Mark at Jenson & Co. as well as 952-449-6693 or mark.d.cheeley@ampf.com. He will maintain an additional office in Wayzata. To learn more about his practice, go to his website at www.markcheeley.com.


Dwight Stephens


              Dwight joined Jenson & Co. in August of 2018 to provide bookkeeping, payroll and tax preparation services. Dwight is a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor for Desktop and Online. Dwight began his career with a CPA firm in Southern California where he worked directly with clients on their QuickBooks files and tax returns. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Accounting with plans to become a CPA in the future. Dwight is excited to begin his new chapter in life with Jenson & Co as well as moving to Minnesota.

              Dwight originally grew up near Dallas, TX and moved to San Diego, CA in 2009 when he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He is married with two children and has two dogs, two cats, and a pot belly pig. He enjoys playing softball, umpiring baseball, fishing, hiking, and most importantly making BBQ.


Jane Ducklow


Jane joined Jenson & Co in July of 2018 to provide bookkeeping and payroll assistance. She is a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor with QuickBooks Desktop and Online. Jane has been an independent bookkeeper for several privately owned businesses and enjoys working with clients to get them set-up and trained on using QuickBooks software.

Jane grew up in western Wisconsin where she met her husband, Jeff. She and her husband have lived in Maple Grove for many years and have raised two sons who are now married. They are looking forward to their new roles as grandparents. Outside of work, Jane enjoys sewing for several different charity organizations.