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Eric Haukkala grew up in Ironwood, Michigan, graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting (1990) and from the University of St. Thomas with an MBA in finance (2003). Before Haukkala & Co., P.C., he worked in CPA firms and corporate finance since graduating from MSU, most recently as a partner in a Twin Cities CPA firm (11 years). He is married to Melissa and has a daughter, Rachel and a son, Nick. After living in Minneapolis for 26 years and with the kids all grown up, he and Melissa decided to leave the rat race and move back to the UP (just as cold as Minneapolis, but less traffic). In his free time, Eric enjoys time with family, swimming, hockey, bowling, fishing and anything else outdoors.
Melissa Wallace was born and raised in Minneapolis. She has spent as much time as possible enjoying the Upper Peninsula in the last 16 years, and is excited to finally become a full time Yooper! She has a son, Nick, a stepdaughter Rachel and is married to Eric Haukkala. Melissa has a 20+ years of career experience working at companies big and small, corporate and public in various roles including management, consulting, information technology and accounting. When not working, Melissa enjoys spending time with family and friends, learning something new every day, following football and baseball, boating, fishing, swimming and exploring all the U.P. has to offer.
Jackie Safford was born and raised in Iron River, MI. She is the daughter of Dale Safford and the late Klint Safford. She has a daughter named Jayda. Jackie has two bachelor’s degrees: one in Business Administration and one in Mathematics. She graduated from Michigan Technological University in 2008. She is now Quickbooks Online Certified! Outside of work and time with family, Jackie enjoys U.P. summers & falls, animals, singing & playing piano, campfires, swimming, waterfalls and hats.
Cheyenne Hanson grew up in Rockford, Minnesota and now resides in Burnsville, Minnesota. Cheyenne has 8+ years of career experience working at various companies in which she has had many roles including management, consulting, customer service, and administration. Cheyenne plans to attend school for American Indian studies in the spring. In her free time, Cheyenne enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, and music festivals. When she’s not out exploring she can often be found at home with her significant other Nick and their mischievous fur baby, Salem.