Meet Our Team

Over the years, our firm has earned the loyalty of clients across Henry, Knox, and Mercer Counties in Illinois. We attribute our success to our dedication to attending to our clients’ individual needs, the quality of our services, and the approachable, friendly nature of our team. When you work with Compton Accounting you benefit from the personal service that only a small firm can offer and the expertise of our team, which rivals that of larger entities.

Altona Office

D. Mark Compton, EA, ATA, ATP, ABA, ARA

On November 1, 1987, Mark purchased an existing tax and accounting practice from Terry Welch, and then moved the firm from Nekoma, Illinois to its present location in Altona, Illinois. Mark was raised on a grain and livestock farm in Northern Illinois, and was the owner/manager of a 500 sow to feeder pig operation in Amboy, Illinois before he became the owner of Compton Accounting. With his past experience and work in the agriculture field, Mark specializes in tax and accounting work for farmers. In addition to the day-to-day work of running the firm, Mark stays current with all of the required course work to ensure he stays up to date with tax and accounting laws. Mark is an Enrolled Agent (EA), Accredited Tax Advisor (ATA), Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP), Accredited Business Advisor (ABA), and Accredited Retirement Advisor (ARA), and he is a member of the Independent Accountants Association of Illinois (IAAI), the National Society of Accountants (NSA), the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP), and the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA). When away from the office, Mark enjoys spending time with his family; managing family farms, senior living duplexes, a car wash and mini storage units; and mowing.


Kelly A. Cheline, EA, ABA, ATP

Kelly has been an Accountant with the Compton Accounting team since 2009. She handles payroll, accounting and tax preparation for the firm, and she offers tax and accounting expertise specifically to the farming and agriculture market. Kelly graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting & Business Administration from Monmouth College, where she also served for three years with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. She is an Enrolled Agent and a member of the Independent Accountants Association of Illinois (IAAI). When away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.


Tammy Sterling

Tammy has been part of the Compton Accounting team since May 2007. She is an Accounting Specialist and is responsible for accounting, payroll, sales tax, accounts receivable, accounts payable and financial statement preparation for a variety of the firm’s clients. She also spends a few days each week working offsite doing remote accounting work from clients’ offices. When away from the office, Tammy enjoys spending time with family, gardening, being outdoors, crocheting, and reading.


Kim Roberts

Kim has been part of the Compton Accounting team since January 2002. As an Accounting Specialist, she is responsible for accounting, payroll, sales tax, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and financial statement preparation for clients. She also handles e-filing for the Altona office. In addition to accounting and payroll experience, Kim also has prior experience with tax return preparation and client audit report preparation. Kim earned a Certificate in Accounting from Carl Sandburg College. When away from the office, Kim enjoys spending time with her family.


Melissa Hazen

Melissa joined Compton Accounting in 2010. As an Accounting Specialist, she is responsible for bookkeeping, payroll processing, and financial statement preparation. Melissa spent 15 years in the banking industry before joining the firm. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.


Cari Main, CPA, ATP

Cari joined the Compton Accounting team in May 2015. As an Accountant, she handles accounting, payroll, sales tax and financial statement preparation. Before joining the firm, Cari spent seven years in the retail industry with responsibilities in payroll and financial reporting. She also has experience preparing tax returns and handling audits and providing bookkeeping services for clients. Cari earned a Master of Accounting from St. Ambrose University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Monmouth College. She is a member of the Independent Accountants Association of Illinois. In her free time, Cari enjoys spending time with family, reading and baking.


Laura Morris

Laura joined the Compton Accounting team in September 2012 as an Administrative Assistant. She is responsible for scheduling, vehicle licensing and water billing, among other administrative duties. Before joining the firm, Laura ran a group home for the developmentally disabled. She earned an Associate of Science degree from Black Hawk East College, and a Bachelor in Physical Education from Monmouth College. When away from the office, Laura spends her time volunteering as a high school dance coach. She also enjoys spending time at home with her husband and two little boys.


Shannon Watkins

Shannon joined the Compton Accounting team in October, 2017. As an Accounting Specialist, she is responsible for accounting, payroll, sales tax, monthly reconciliations, and financial reports for clients.  In addition to accounting and payroll experience, Shannon also has prior experience with acounts receivable, tax return preparation, and non for profit accounting. She earned an Associates in Applied Science at Black Hawk College and an Accounting Bachelor of Arts from Ashford University.  Outside the office Shannon is active in the Henry/Stark Relay for Life.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and attending her son’s sporting events.

New Windsor Office

Jean Barrington, EA, ATP, ATA

Jean has been with Compton Accounting since August 1989. As an Accountant and Tax Preparer, she is responsible for accounting work, tax preparation as well as office management. Jean graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agri-Business. She is an Enrolled Agent, Accredited Tax Advisor, and Accredited Tax Preparer. She is also a member of the Independent Accountants Association of Illinois (IAAI). Jean and her husband Kent live in rural Alexis with their children, Alison and Tyler. Outside of work, Jean is busy with her children’s activities, gardening, and teaching Sunday School.


Molly Cheline, ATP

Molly joined Compton Accounting in December 2013 as an Accountant. She handles data entry tasks and excels at client communications. Molly earned an Associate in Science degree from Carl Sandburg College as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting with a minor in Business Administration from Monmouth College. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, and crocheting.

Kewanee Office

Kim Wexell, ATP

Kim has been with Compton Accounting since 2004. As the firm’s Office Manager and an Accounting & Tax Specialist, she handles accounting work and tax preparation. Kim earned an Associates degree from Black Hawk College and is a member of the Independent Accountants Association of Illinois (IAAI). When away from the office, Kim enjoys spending time with her family.


Stacy Rodriguez

Stacy joined the Compton Accounting team in January 2017 as payroll specialist/bookkeeper and a Quickbooks ProAdvisor.  Stacy has worked in the accounting field since 1999.  She has studied accounting and business at Carl Sandburg College. Stacy works with our monthly accounting clients and payroll clients in our Kewanee office.  She is member of Corpus Christi Church in Galesburg and enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and home improvement projects.  Stacy currently resides in Altona.