Meet Our Team

Decker & Cook CPA's PC is a full-service Certified Public Accounting firm licensed in CO.

Meet Our Staff:

Ron A. Decker, CPA


Ron A. Decker, CPA was raised in southern Colorado. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1979 (major in accounting) from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and his Masters degree (accounting with an emphasis in taxation) from Colorado State University in 1980. He entered public accounting in 1980, working for Dalby, Wendland & Company, PC in Montrose, CO, was a partner in McGuire & Decker, PC, and then had his own firm before forming Decker & Cook, CPAs PC. Mr. Decker has experience in business taxation, including partnerships, LLC’s, corporations, S-corporations and trusts as well as individual income taxation and estate and gift taxation. He also is experienced in Review and Compilation accounting service. He is a certified public accountant in Colorado. Professional associations include: Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Christine E. Neiderhiser, CPA


Christine E. Neiderhiser, CPA was raised in southwestern Pennsylvania. She moved to Montrose, Colorado in 2015 to enjoy the sunshine, beautiful mountains and friendly community.  She graduated with a degree in business finance from Saint Vincent College, Latrobe PA, in 1997 and acquired her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Frostburg State University, Frostburg Maryland in 2012. She started her career working in business and industry, and then later pursued her CPA license while she was working in a CPA firm in Somerset, PA.  In addition to her expertise in individual and business taxation, Christine also holds the Chartered Global Management Accounting (CGMA) designation. Christine is known and appreciated for her friendly, outgoing manner and her empathy with and commitment to her clients' success. She is married, has two adult daughters and enjoys hiking, biking, gardening and cross-country skiing in her free time.  Professional associations include: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).


E. Ray Cook, III, CPA


E. Ray Cook, III, CPA was raised in southeastern Utah. He graduated from Grand County High School in Moab, Utah in 1963. He graduated from the University of Utah, Salt lake City, with a Bachelor’s degree in 1967 (major in accounting and minor in economics). After a tour of duty in the US Army, he entered public accounting in 1973, working for a local firm in Ft. Meyers, Florida. He moved to Montrose, CO, in 1977 and worked for Dalby, Wendland & Company, PC. Mr. Cook has experience in business taxation, including partnerships, LLC’s, corporations, S-corporations and trusts as well as individual income taxation and estate and gift taxation. He also is experienced in Review and Compilation accounting service. He is a certified public accountant in Colorado. Professional associations include: Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Jeanne G. Bridges, CPA, Tax Manager


Jeanne G. Bridges, CPA is a Colorado native, born and raised in Montrose. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business with an emphasis in Public Accounting from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado in 1998. She went to work for Jim Primm and Associates after graduation where she worked until joining the firm of Decker & Cook, CPAs PC in 2001. Jeanne has experience in business taxation, including partnerships, LLC’s, corporations and S-corporations as well as individual income taxation. She also is experienced in Review and Compilation accounting services. She is a Certified Public Accountant in Colorado. Professional associations include. Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Public Accountants Society of Colorado.


Paul Metcalfe, Senior Accountant


Paul Metcalfe was born and raised in Madison, WI. After graduating from Madison East High School in 2006, he then attended the Concordia University Wisconsin. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, and Management and a minor in Spanish. While getting his degrees, he also played football and track and field.


Paula Townsend, Senior Accountant


Paula Sue Townsend was born in Phoenix, but has lived most of her life in Somerset, PA.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis in Accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has 29 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Paula began working for Decker & Cook in the summer of 2017. Paula enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, creating crafts and playing the piano.


Melissa Post, Senior Accountant, MBA


Melissa is a Colorado native, born and raised in the Grand Valley. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business with emphasis in Accounting from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. She attained her Master of Business Administration with an advanced accounting emphasis in December of 2019. Melissa plans to further her education in Accounting, and QuickBooks. Melissa is married has two children, and  enjoys hiking, camping, and skiing. 


Wendy Payes, Staff Accountant

Wendy Payes, was born and raised in Southern California. She studied at Los Angeles Valley College gaining an Associates Certificate in Accounting before furthering her education at California State University Northridge where she achieved a Bachelor in Business Management with a Minor in Sustainability. Wendy has over 13 years of experience working in both public and private sector finance departments along with 5 years small business management. Wendy is working on becoming an Enrolled Tax Agent and becoming QuickBooks Online certified. In her free time, she enjoys Colorado's beautiful landscapes through outdoor activities such as hiking and camping with her fiancée and two year old son. 


Charity Womack, Head of Bookkeeping and Human Resources


Charity Womack, Bookkeeper was raised in the Olathe, Montrose Colorado area, graduating from Olathe High School. Starting in 2000, Charity worked four years with Business Options where she did bookkeeping services including payroll and sales tax for multiple clients. She began her employment with Decker & Cook CPAs PC in 2006. Charity is a full charge bookkeeper with extensive experience in QuickBooks, payroll and sales tax services.

Molly Hovde, Staff Accountant

Molly is a Colorado native born in Montrose.  She moved to Maine with her parents in 1997 where she finished High School and attended Thomas College in Waterville Maine receiving a BS in Finance and Economics in 2000.  Molly returned to Montrose in 2001 working in banking and bookkeeping when she decided to return to school obtaining a second degree in Accounting from Mesa State College in 2009.  While attending school she began working for a local CPA, Thomas J Drake and then Abel & Eggleston CPAs LLC where she stayed until the owner retired.  Molly began her employment with the Decker & Cook CPA PC firm at the beginning of 2020.  She has been working in the accounting and taxation field with over 14 years of experience. Molly currently resides in Olathe, with her husband and two girls.


Zachary Decker, CPA, Staff Accountant

Zachary Decker, CPA is a Montrose native, born and raised. After graduating from Montrose High School in 2011, he attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he received a Bachelor’s (major in accounting) and a Master of Accountancy (emphasis in taxation) in 2018. After graduation, Zach moved to Denver where he worked for Ernst and Young, LLP as a tax accountant (where he received his CPA license in Colorado) before returning home to Montrose to work for Decker & Cook in late 2020. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and camping in the mountains. Professional associations include: Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


COURTNEY PROCTOR, PAYROLL BOOKKEEPER

Courtney was born in Houston, TX but raised in Delta, CO. After graduating from Delta High School in 2013 she enlisted in the Navy where she was injured in bootcamp and was medically discharged. Since then she has gone on to start working on a degree in Computer Information Security from Southern New Hampshire University online. She started working for Decker & Cook in early 2020 as the receptionist, but since has moved up to be a payroll bookkeeper-in-training under Charity and providing any in-house tech support she can along the way.