D. Craig Godfrey, CPA, Firm Managing Partner of Godfrey Wise Berg, CPAs & Advisors, LLC (GWB), has over 25 years of experience in taxation. Mr. Godfrey received his Bachelor of Science degree, with high honors, in Accounting from Northern Michigan University and received his CPA license in 1986.
Craig co-founded Godfrey Financial Partners after spending six years as a Tax Partner with a large, mid-west based CPA Firm. As of July 1, 2008, the successful firms of Godfrey Financial Partners, LLC and Wise and Associates, CPAs, PLC merged creating the current firm, Godfrey Wise Berg, CPAs & Advisors, LLC.
Mr. Godfrey has a diverse client base and provides a wide range of services specializing in the areas of individual, trust/estate, and not-for-profit organizations. Additionally, his expertise is in business taxation, including professional corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, family limited liability companies, business entity structuring, succession planning, buying and selling businesses, and elder care services. Craig is frequently a keynote speaker on a variety of business and taxation topics, including Sparrow Clinton Memorial Hospital Foundation’s estate/retirement planning presentations. For three years, he served as the "CPA Expert" on Citadel's Michigan Talk Network.
Mr. Godfrey is also active in the Lansing community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lansing’s Child and Family Charities and Case Credit Union. Previously Craig served as Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Lansing, the Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation, Lansing’s Woldumar Nature Center, and Child and Family Charities.
Craig is an active member of the Initia succession planning group. Mr. Godfrey is a member in good standing with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA), the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE), the Lansing Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Lansing Estate Planning Counsel (GLEPC).
Connie Berg, CHRS, co-founded the firm in 2005 after 26 years of diverse experience as an office professional in certified public accounting firms in Idaho and Michigan. Additionally, she was the office manager for a local cancer research center for three years, spent five years in sales as an interior designer, which included the honor of showcasing her work in Parade of Homes events, and five years as a Sr. Administrative Assistant for the Dean of Academic Affairs and the Dean of General Education at Delta College.
As the Firm Administrator, she is responsible for the day-to-day, hands-on involvement in all aspects of managing the accounting practice, including, but not limited to, the firm’s cash and finances; time and billing; collections; employee payroll, benefits and policies, recruiting, onboarding, retention, and training; professional insurances; equipment purchases; office relocation and design; and marketing. She is often referred to as the firm’s cheerleader.
Ms. Berg graduated from Central Michigan University with an Associate’s Degree in Business and also graduated from Delta College with Honors with an Associate’s Degree in Business Studies—Interior Design. She spent 12 years traveling the United States as an Air Force wife. In 2005, Connie received certification as a Certified Human Resource Specialist (CHRS) through the School of Labor and Industrial Relations at Michigan State University.
Connie is an active member of the CPA Firm Management Association (formerly known as Association for Accounting Administration, Michigan Chapter). Previously, she served as the Corporate Secretary for the Eight Point Lake Homeowners’ Association and as a member of the Clinton Memorial Hospital Foundation committee. Connie has a strong compassion and respect for our men and women in the armed forces, the MS Society, and Habitat for Humanity.
When she is not working, she is playing with her beloved cat or sleeping. Color is her world! She has a passion for decorating and designing, cooking, entertaining, and playing Monopoly! She is most proud of her two, successful daughters and three, darling grandchildren who reside in Washington State.
Victoria Leighton joined the Firm in May 2015 as a Sr. Staff Accountant managing the Client Accounting Department. Vicki specializes in assisting clients with bookkeeping and payroll issues, helping them organize their record-keeping, sorting through complex problems, and establishing best practices in accounting procedures.
Ms. Leighton brings over 30 years of combined knowledge and experience in accounting, banking, and business administration, including supervisory roles. Ms. Leighton has a bachelor's degree in Accounting with honors from Northwood University. Since graduation, she has held accounting and payroll positions in both profit and not-for-profit entities. Recent exposure to business and individual income tax return preparation rounds out the skill set Vicki brings to her role at GWB.
Vicki and her husband are long-time residents of Lansing. Always active in her church, she currently serves as Treasurer; enjoys reading; fiber arts; and spending time with her precious grandson, Winston.