The Certified Public Accounting firm of Brungardt Hower Ward Elliott & Pfeifer, L.C. has announced the promotions of Jamie Dreher and Whitney Brown to Partner.

Both CPA’s practice in the firm’s Hays office and also are credentialed in business valuation as Certified Valuation Analysts. Both are members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. Each of them has extensive experience in tax planning and compliance for individuals, businesses, and trusts. Their areas of industry practice include oil and gas, agribusiness, not-for-profit organizations, medical practices and estate and gift taxation.

Dreher is a 2003 graduate of Fort Hays State University and a native of Baileyville. Jamie’s community involvement includes coaching various youth sports and teaching faith formation classes in her parish, St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church. She served 11 years as an Ambassador for the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband, Dustin, have four children.

Brown is a 2003 graduate of Fort Hays State University and is originally from Hoxie. Brown is a member of the Hays First United Methodist Church and the Hays Sunrise Rotary Club. He currently serves as an Ambassador for the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce and is a past member of the Hays Area Young Professionals group. He also coaches youth sports for the Hays Recreation Commission. He and his wife, Meghan, have three children.

Brungardt Hower, with offices in Hays, Garden City, and Johnson, serves clients throughout Central and Western Kansas. The firm offers tax planning, tax preparation, audit and attest services, bookkeeping, payroll filings, sales tax filings, financial statement preparation, new business and management consulting, estate and gift tax consulting and preparation, and business valuation services. Brungardt Hower’s client base includes financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations, agriculture, oil and gas, real estate, construction, restaurants, retail, medical practices, professional service practices, and employee benefit plans. Brungardt Hower has served the area for over 60 years. Additional firm information is available at