20 Questions with Courtney

Courtney Rierson has been with SJHL since 2008. She is a CPA and CGMA in our McPherson office.


Grady (6), Rheamy (8), Calix (4), Ruthie (1), Courtney and Rory Rierson


What three words would you use to describe yourself?

Positive, caring and organized.

What is one thing you could not live without?

My family.

What is one thing you cannot resist?

Sweets! Any kind from candy to cake to ice-cream.

What would the title of your autobiography be?

Organized Chaos: The Struggle to Keep Things Tidy.

What is your favorite place you have visited and why?

Sanibel Island, Florida because it is such a slow-paced, relaxing island with lots of shells on the beach, and they have the best ice cream (wedding bells flavor) at Pinnochio's.

What would you do for a career if you did not work at SJHL?

I've always thought bagging groceries at a grocery store and taking to the customer's car would be a fun job. I might have to do that in retirement! I also think being a teacher and having summers off would be a sweet gig too.

Which would you want most- flying cars, robot housekeepers or vacations to the moon?

Robot housekeepers, hands down. And they would be working 24/7 in our house with kids!

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I would (and need to) learn how to sew. My mom has always sewn her whole life and I've never taken the time to learn it from her. She always hems things for me or makes pillows as a gift for newborn babies and I need to learn this skill so I can do it myself.

What three words would you use to describe SJHL?

Helpful, dedicated and friendly.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

Donate to several organizations that are in need.

If you had 30 minutes of free time, how would you use it?

Doing something with my kids.

What is the best gift you have ever received?

My husband surprised me with a trip to Sanibel Island. It was for our second tirp back there and he made a card with clip art of our favorite things to do there and it was really sweet!

What is your favorite food?

Mexican, especially authentic Mexican from Taco Tico.

What is your least favorite food?

I really enjoy about everything, but I am not a fan of seafood - crab, lobster, shrimp. My kids eat mustard sardines and that just grosses me out.

What kind of music is on your phone?

Brothers Osborne, Imagine Dragons, Gin Blossoms, Collective Soul and whatever plays on Today's Hits on Pandora.

What chore do you absolutely despise doing?

Laundry - it never stops!

What is your favorite part of your job?

The people that I work with are truly good friends that I look forward to seeing every day and the satisfaction that comes from helping a client with whatever problem or issue they may have is very rewarding.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

My Grandma Retha passed away when I was too young to remember her and I would love to meet her. Based on all of the stories I hear of her, she was an amazing woman.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

Pam Beesly from The Office so I could work with someone like Michael Scott, that would make for an interesting work day, every day!

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I played college softball as a catcher and last fall I was inducted into the McPherson College Hall of Fame.

Miracle Whip or Mayo?

Each has its purpose - Miracle Whip in tuna casserole and mayo for sandwiches.