Krista A. McLaren graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in May 2004 and a Master of Accounting Science in May 2005. While at the U of I, she was a Resident Advisor of the Armory House, Reporter/Secretary of the Agriculture & Consumer Economics Club, President/Treasurer/Social Chairman of the Collegiate 4-H, and received an Assurance Services Internship from Ernst & Young, LLP.
After graduation, Krista finished the CPA exam in July 2005 and began her career at Ernst & Young in Assurance Services as a staff in Indianapolis in August of 2005. She worked her way up to Assurance Services Manager by October of 2010. In this role, she was involved in and managed all aspects of audit services and assisted in the hiring process by conducting interviews and providing career development and counseling to new employees. Krista also assisted with the instruction of staff training, organization of EY Alumni events, and presented accounting related matters to business leaders in the Indianapolis area. Krista joined Kemper in October of 2012 and relocated to Sullivan, Indiana where her husband was employed.
Krista was raised in Olney, Illinois and that is where most of her family still resides. Desiring to relocate closer to home, her husband accepted coaching positions in Olney and her family relocated to Olney in the fall of 2017. Krista was going to officially transfer to the Olney office in May of 2018 to focus on being a regional audit partner primarily for the Robinson, Olney, and Vincennes offices. As the situation has changed in Olney, Krista has agreed to take on the responsibility of managing the Olney office and to serve as the primary transition plan for that office.
Within the firm, Krista has had a focus on audits of local governmental entities including single audits, non-profits, construction contractors, and a utility company. She has also managed the review engagements for a nationwide trucking company and an industrial construction contractor. Since being with Kemper, Krista has developed broad experience in taxation with all types of entities at various levels of complexity; an area of focus in tax includes a knowledge of oil and gas production in the Illinois Basin.
- Member of the AICPA
- EY Alumni Network
- Olney & Richland County Chamber of Commerce