M.B.A. Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois B.A. Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois
Heather Longfellow rejoined the Bradley faculty in 2018 after having taught full-time at the university in 2013 and 2014. Heather is a licensed Certified Public Accountant who worked in public accounting for twenty years in the areas of audit, tax, and advisory services.
Heather is a Central Illinois native. After college, she moved south and started her professional career at Arthur Andersen in St. Louis. That work experience taught her much about teamwork, auditing, and professionalism. When she moved back to the Peoria area, she began working for a local accounting firm in Pekin, Illinois, Wolf/Tesar & Company. There she was able to work with many regional businesses and develop relationships with their owners and financial professionals. Her work was extensive. She prepared tax returns, performed bookkeeping services, performed payroll services, conducted audits, and performed consulting. Over time, she became a partner in the firm and worked in that capacity for nine years. She served as the audit engagement partner for the firm, specializing in small business, non-profit, and local governmental audits.
Outside of teaching and consulting, her hobbies include horseback riding, downhill skiing, and traveling. Heather is married and has two children.
Heather’s teaching interests are in the areas of audit and financial accounting. She teaches ATG 157 Accounting Principles - Financial, ATG 158 Accounting Principles – Cost Management, and ATG 457 Auditing. As a proud Bradley graduate, Heather is passionate about the institution and the quality of graduates it produces. Accounting is both a science and an art. Teaching the necessary technical proficiency of accounting and also the soft skills required to problem solve, communicate well, and adapt to change are her goals.
Heather serves Bradley University by serving on several departmental committees and advising students. She is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Heather serves her community as the appointed lay leader Crossroads UM church in Washington. She is a member of Peoria-North Rotary and volunteers her time at Washington Community High School and various local non-profit organizations.