They are highly skilled at their crafts and have decades of real world Business Financial Management experiences.
Please read on as we introduce the individuals and specific skill sets of this robust group. Our team is able to provide you with accurate, timely, and detailed bookkeeping.
Patricia Rumschlag – President
Patricia grew up on her parent’s farm in Adams County just outside of Decatur, Indiana. Studying accounting at Bellmont High School she continued her higher education at the International Business College and went on to earn her Bachelors in Accounting at Fort Wayne’s University of Saint Francis.
Initially she worked for and was mentored by Fort Wayne CPA Rex Harris of Harris and Associates Inc. Fifteen years of multifaceted bookkeeping for both Public and Private clients gave her the exposure, experience, and self-confidence to make a life changing career move.
During 2001 Patricia launched In Balance Books. She immediately called upon and applied her prior training and perfectionist nature to her client’s specific financial needs. To date her efforts have been rewarded with a loyal client base throughout the Decatur, Indiana and the Greater Fort Wayne, Indiana area. As clients have relocated her scope of services now includes most of the continental United States and Hawaii.
Along the way she became a tax specialist and an Enrolled Agent, a person who has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. While applying QuickBooks to her client’s situations Patricia became a QuickBooks Specialist in 2000 and has been a ProAdvisor since 2002. Additionally, her continuing education regiment includes annual QuickBooks Recertification, pre-tax season seminars conducted by various authorities, professional sessions, seminars, and meetings. She is constantly studying the ever changing State and Federal tax instructions, guidelines, regulations and laws.
She has been joined by the In Balance Books Professionals; a group of highly trained professionals that are skilled at their craft and with decades of bookkeeping and real world business experiences.
Patricia states one key to her success is, “When we are working for a client we are totally focused on that client’ needs and wellbeing, as if they were our only client.”
She belongs to and supports a number of Community and Professional groups and associations.
Still living in Decatur Patricia’s family includes her husband Rick, four children and four grandchildren. Church, Community Service, Flowers and Family provide the “Pressure Relief” for her demanding lifestyle.
LeAnn Thieme contributes over 25 years of front line bookkeeping experiences to our team of professionals. She brings an overall helpful attitude which has earned her the reputation of providing excellent customer service for the clients she works with. Her firsthand knowledge of general office management, bookkeeping, farm taxes, and depreciations allows LeAnn to use her real life experiences on and off the family farm to the benefit of our clients. In addition, LeAnn has decades of personal bookkeeping experiences with a variety of small businesses performing various record keeping and tax functions from payrolls to personal tax returns.
LeAnn is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and participates in various annual state and federal taxation updates. Her duties at In Balance Books include, but are not limited to preparing payrolls, filing of monthly payroll taxes and quarterly returns, monthly reconciliations. Her vast and varied experiences and expertise are particularly beneficial to the special needs of our clients.
LeAnn has been a resident of Adams County, Indiana her entire life. She has been married to her husband Rick for almost 35 years. They live on and maintain the family farm. Their marriage has been blessed with three daughters and two granddaughters to date.
Rick and LeAnn are members of Immanuel Lutheran Church where for many years LeAnn directed the Children’s Choir and currently sings in the adult choir. In addition to her vocal talents LeAnn spends her leisure time with family, reading, walking, and enjoying the outdoors.
Jeremy Gillingham brings 14 years of both the public and private sectors of book keeping experience to our team of professionals. He has spent the first 10 years of his career as a Staff account serving a variety of clients and providing them with tax preparation, tax planning, book keeping, cash flow analysis and other services that would give the tools for businesses to succeed. After that, Jeremy stepped into the private sector at the private level and did all the in house accounting duties that allow a company to do business. This blend of experience allows him to understand the workings of a business from both the outside and the inside. Jeremy earned his B.S. in Accounting with a minor in Accounting Fraud at Indiana State University.
Jeremy participates in various annual state and federal taxation updates. His duties at inBalance Books include, but are not limited to monthly reconciliations, filing of monthly payroll taxes and quarterly returns, preparing payrolls, tax planning, and business reviews.
Jeremy has been a resident of Allen Country his whole life, with the exception of his college years, and the majority of those years living in New Haven, IN. His family includes his wife Ashley and two daughters Scarlett and Violett. In his free time, Jeremy is a Professional Scottish Highland Games athlete who travels his kilt to throw heavy things at festivals all over the country. He also plays a lot of Daddy taxi because Scarlett is a very active little girl and Violett isn’t far behind.
Patti Scharpenberg comes to us with over 32 years of “Officer of First Impressions” experience. Patti enjoys helping our clients whether it is tax preparation, tax notices, bookkeeping or payroll. She will know how to get the best inBalance professional to help.
Patti’s real life experience was gained at the State of Indiana where she was employed for 32 years.
Patti is a resident of Allen County along with her husband of 40 years, Eugene. They have two adult children, two granddaughters, three grand dogs and two grand cats.
Patti enjoys being with her family, playing cards, games, celebrations, scrapbooking, and card making in her spare time.