Our History

Our History – Judd, Holdaway and Associates with its staff has been providing professional accounting services for over 40 years to the Uintah Basin. Steven J. Judd Sr., CPA along with Jim Drollinger, CPA founded the firm under the name, "Drollinger and Judd" in 1979 and operated for over 30 years until Jim Drollinger retired. In 2016, Steven J. Judd Sr. along with his partners Isaac R. Holdaway and Steven J. Judd Jr. founded Judd, Holdaway and Associates to continue the same great service. Please see below for additional information on our staff.

Meet Our Work Team

Robert W. Nielson, CPA


B.S., Accounting, University of Utah

M.S., Accounting with emphasis in Taxation, Utah State University

Professional and Life Experience

Robert has over 33 years of experience in accounting, tax and consulting services with a wide range of individual, business, trust and estate clients.

Isaac R. Holdaway, CPA


Certified Public Accountant

B.S., Accounting from University of Utah

MAcc, Accounting from University of Utah

Professional and Life Experience

Isaac began his career in accounting in 2007 and learned to love helping clients with their tax and accounting needs. Over the years he has become specialized in individual, Corporate, Partnership and Trust Taxation. He is a member of the American institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants (UACPA) and has served as President of the local UACPA Uintah Basin Chapter.

Melinda King


B.S., Accounting and Finance with a minor in Economics from Utah State University.

Professional and Life Experience

I have worked in Public Accounting for 32 years. I specialize in Compilations and review of business Financial Statements.

Steven J. Judd Sr., CPA


B.S., Accounting from the University of Utah

Passed the CPA exam in 1979

Professional and Life Experience

Graduated from the University of Utah in 1977. After graduation he moved to Vernal, Utah to begin working for Jim Drollinger. He has been helping the residents of the Basin keep track of their money for over 42 years and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and also the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants (UACPA).

He Loves spending time with his family - especially his grandchildren who affectionately call him "Papa".

JanaDene Putnam


Accounting and Business Administrative Assistant Certificates from UBTech in Vernal

Associates Degree in Medical Billing and Coding

Professional and Life Experience

I grew up in Wyoming and have lived in Vernal since 2010. I've been the receptionist in our office since 2012.

DeLyle A Ogden, CPA


B.S., Accounting, Southern Utah State College

B.S., Business Administration, Southern Utah State College

Licensed Certified Public Accountant, State of Utah

Professional and Life Experience

Mr. Ogden has over 39 years experience in public accounting, servicing a wide range of clients in a number of areas including accounting, taxation and consulting, for both business and individuals.

Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (UICPA)

Member, Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants (UACPA)

Former Officer of the Uintah Basin Chapter of CPA'S

Colleen Horrocks


Uintah High School - Accounting and Secretarial emphasis

Ricks College for 2 years, Secretarial and Family Living (also Accounting classes)

Professional and Life Experience

Steven J. Judd Jr., CPA


B.S., Accounting - Weber State University

M.A., Accounting - University of Central Missouri

Professional and Life Experience

Steven has provided public accounting services to small businesses since 2010. He is a valued resource to his clients, with experience in Federal and State tax, including tax credits. Steven applies his tax expertise to create various tax savings opportunities for this clients.

Nicole Jones


A.G.S, in General Studies

B.S., Accounting,

MAcc, Accountancy

Professional and Life Experience

Nicole Jones was born and raised in Vernal, Utah. After graduating high school, she lived in Cedar City, Utah for four years while obtaining her Associates in General Studies and a bachelor's degree in accounting. While attending Southern Utah University, she played on the women's golf team. She has since moved back to the Uintah Basin and has been able to obtain her master's degree of Accountancy degree from Southern Utah. She enjoys hikes with her husband, Kyler and her bulldog, Daisy. Nicole is a staff accountant at Judd, Holdaway & Associates.

Dakota J. King


B.A., Accounting - Utah State University

MAcc, Accounting - Utah State University, Tax emphasis

Bilingual in English and Spanish

Professional and Life Experience

Dakota King was born and raised in Vernal, Utah. After serving an LDS mission, he and his wife moved to Logan to go to school at Utah State University where he obtained a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Accounting within three years. Dakota was anxious to move back to Vernal where he started his career in Public Accounting at Judd, Holdaway & Associates in 2019. Dakota has accounting experience in various fields including: manufacturing, Taxation of Business and Individuals, Payroll Taxes, Financial Statement Compilations, and QuickBooks. He is an aspiring Certified Public Accountant. Hobbies include: Golfing, Fishing, Softball, Snowboarding, Boating and most importantly - spending time with his Wife and kids.

Shian Holdaway


B.S., Communication - University of Utah

Professional and Life Experience

Shian Holdaway graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. She is a QuickBooks consultant and is certified in QuickBooks Online and all versions of QuickBooks desktop. Shian has over five years of QuickBooks experience and is excited to help clients with their QuickBooks needs.

Holli H. Judd


Professional and Life Experience

Accounting Technician

Holli has been employed for several years by businesses in our community, helping with their accounting/office functions. Recently the CPA firm hired Holli to utilize the skills she has acquired over these years of service. Holli's skill set includes QuickBooks consulting, Data Entry, Payroll services, Payroll tax deposit services and support for the firms tax & accounting services.