In 1988, John Short opened a CPA office in Adel, Iowa. In 2016, Stuart Oxer purchased the practice from John and changed the name from JM Short, CPA to Blue Oak CPA. In June of 2017, we opened a new office in Urbandale. We have 3 CPAs and additional support staff who are ready to provide individualized service for your payroll, tax preparation, consulting, and accounting. We are excited for the opportunity to earn your business.


Stuart Oxer has over 25 years of experience working in accounting, finance, and tax preparation.  Mr. Oxer has served as the CFO and Controller for manufacturing, distribution, retail, and non-profit organizations.   Stuart earned his B.A. in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his MBA, with a concentration in Accounting, from the University of Arizona.  Stuart and his family have lived in the Des Moines area since 1999.  Mr. Oxer is the principal of the firm.


John Short started the firm in 1988, and has more than 30 years of accounting, tax preparation, and consulting experience.  He is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines.  John is a QuickBooks pro-advisor and has experience working with a variety of industries including agriculture, manufacturing, construction, and retail businesses.


Denise Walter is a CPA with over 20 years of experience. She has been with the firm since 2006. Denise is a graduate of Simpson College and has extensive experience working with governments and non-profits, as well as, many years of experience preparing taxes.  Prior to joining the firm, Denise was an auditor for the State of Iowa.


Kathy Sinn is the Office/Payroll Manager and has been with the firm since 2004.  She assists our clients with many aspects of their businesses including accounts payable/receivable, billing, and payroll.    Kathy is the friendly voice that our customers have grown so accustomed to when they call or stop by our Adel office.   She takes great pride in providing top-notch customer service for our clients.


Chris Oberreuter received his degree in accounting from Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He began his career in Des Moines with Ernst & Young (a big 4 CPA firm). He has 10 years of experience working in the accounting department of private businesses and over 20 years of experience working in CPA firms helping individuals and businesses with their accounting and tax needs in a wide range of industries. Chris and his wife Angela have lived in Adel since 1995 and have 3 grown children and 4 grandkids.


Taylor Young is an accountant for the firm and a recent graduate from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. She has a BA in Business Management along with two minors; Accounting and Leadership. Taylor plans to earn another BA in Accounting while also preparing to become a CPA.

We’ll be by your side, every step of the way.