Meet our Staff

Patrick Paulus, CPA - Owner

Pat is a founding partner with Capitol Tax & Accounting Group, LLC. He was with a large regional accounting firm prior to founding Capitol Tax and Accounting Group. He has provided assurance, accounting, consulting, and tax services for retail, construction, service, and real estate industries. Pat also works with individuals on tax issues specific to their needs, including pass-through business income, tax planning, compliance, consulting, and tax return preparation. Pat is a certified public accountant and holds Bachelor of Science Degrees in Accounting and finance from Valparaiso University. He and his wife Dana live in Monona, WI with their children Kennedy and Eddie.


Prior to joining Capitol Tax and Accounting Group in 2014, Sara worked for a local public accounting firm where she specialized in assurance, accounting services, and tax compliance for service industries and non-profit organizations.  Her focus is working with closely held and family businesses on tax and compliance issues as well as individual tax issues.  She is a certified public accountant and holds A Bachelor of Science Degrees in Accounting and Finance from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.  Sara and her husband Peter live in Lake Mills, Wisconsin with their two daughters Morgan and Molly and their dog Maeve.

Randy Diehl, CPA

Randy Diehl is a certified public accountant and holds Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. With over forty-five years experience, he offers accounting, consulting and tax services for individuals and real estate, construction, service, and retail businesses. He and his wife Shari have five adult children and one grandchild and live in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. In his spare time, Randy enjoys land stewardship activities on his farm near Richland Center.

Karen Ganser - Accountant

Karen Ganser has over thirty years accounting experience with her focus on customer support. Karen is a Quickbooks Pro Advisor and is knowledgeable in bookkeeping, payroll, tax and other various small business needs. Karen holds an Associate Degree in Accounting from Chippewa Valley Technical College. Karen and her husband Marty have two adult daughters and live outside Sauk City, Wisconsin with their dog, Cosmo. In her spare time, Karen enjoys reading, hiking and home renovations.

Amy Busch – Office MANAGER

 Amy Busch has over five years in customer service and administrative roles. Amy has grown up in the greater Madison, WI area and holds an Associates Degree in Business and Meeting and Event Management. She enjoys hiking, fishing and repurposing things.

Janel Sofka- Bookkeeper

Janel has over eight years of experience in Bookkeeping and using both QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online. Janel grew up and spent most of her youth in Southern California and has been traveling the country for the last ten years; living in Boston, Ma; Burlington, VT; Gainesville, FL; and now calls Madison, WI home. Janel holds an Associate’s Degree in Business and Accounting. She loves outdoor activities in the summer like, walking her dog, kayaking, and paddle boarding.

Amanda Babic- Staff Accountant

Amanda has over five years of accounting experience and specializes in small business bookkeeping. She also has a unique array of varying industry knowledge which includes over ten years in the automotive industry as well as three years in the manufacturing industry. She has her associate degree in accounting and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree through UW Green Bay. Amanda hails from Kenosha with her two children. She also has a dog named Rascal and a cat named Mazikeen. Amanda is a born and raised Wisconsinite who lives for bowling, fishing, and spending any free time on the water.

Allan Schmid, CPA

Allan Schmid is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UW Whitewater. He has been in public accounting for about twenty eight years offering accounting, consulting and tax services for individuals, businesses, trusts, estates, and non-profits.  Allan also has vast experience with QB Desktop and QuickBooks Online. Allan and his two children have lived in Waunakee, WI for eight years. Allan spends his free time, if any, fishing, camping and watching his son’s football games, and both children’s hockey games.