Julie Wondra

Principal, Manufacturing Industry Leader
McPherson, KS

How I help . . .

I have always loved numbers and accounting, even from a very young age. As a little girl, I would beg my mom to let me help her with her “bookwork.” In high school I took an accounting class where my teacher inspired me to go into the profession.

As the manufacturing industry leader at Adams Brown, I face new and exciting challenges every day. For example, we acquired a new manufacturing client that had previously been served by a much larger CPA firm. They had a new CFO who had inherited “a mess” when it came to accurate financials. We helped the client work through the obstacles to achieve accurate financials as well as go back and capture well over $1 million in R&D tax credits that had not been taken advantage of.

“I am a very dedicated, loyal, reliable and caring person who measures success by helping others achieve their goals. Coming from a very small community and growing up on a family farm, I cherish the hard work ethic that was instilled in me.”

Q&A with Julie

What does above + beyond mean to you?
It means being proactive, progressive and going the extra mile for the client. Being a strategic ally means being a trusted advisor, team member and Principal who will help you achieve your strategic goals and has your best interests at heart.
What are some of your favorite things?
I like attending K-State sporting events, country concerts and traveling. My favorite word is “exciting” because I just love the feeling of excitement.
What are you most proud of and why?
I am most proud of becoming a Principal and leading the manufacturing industry team for the firm. The hard work values that were instilled in me at a young age have allowed me to succeed, but more importantly, have allowed me to help others achieve their goals as well.
What is/was your biggest life challenge?
My biggest life challenge has been losing both of my parents 8 weeks apart in 2019. Along those lines, navigating through the tough waters of caring for a parent who had advanced Parkinson's disease and dementia was also very tough given the nature of the disease. Thankfully, my faith, family, friends and co-workers helped me through that time with amazing support.
What is your family like and what are some things you like to do together?
I am the youngest of five (three older brothers and one sister, and all of us are K-State graduates). My siblings and I all go back home and help with the wheat harvest each summer on our family farm. A couple of my cousins usually help, and one of my uncles makes a daily appearance as well. This is one of my favorite activities because we are lucky enough to farm the land that has been in the family for generations for both sides of my family. My extended family is huge, and I know this means a lot to them as well.

Life Outside the Office

Hobbies & Interests

  • Exercising
  • Watching and playing sports
  • Working on the family farm
  • Decorating
  • Traveling
  • Attending concerts
  • Spending time with family and friends

Frequented Websites

  • LinkedIn
  • NAM (National Association of Manufacturers)
  • Black Owl Report by Armada
  • Amazon
  • Local Newspapers

Little Known Facts

  • I’m afraid of heights.
  • I’ve never had a cavity.

My Professional History



  • Kansas State University
    • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration
    • Master of Science, Accountancy and Leadership Studies

Work Highlights

  • Job prior to working at Adams Brown: tax staff at Deloitte
  • Year joined Adams Brown: 2008
  • Year entered accounting: 2006


  • CPA

Honors & Awards

  • AICPA Women to Watch Emerging Leader Award (2013)
  • KSCPA 20 up to 40
  • Leadership McPherson graduate