Michelle Swanson, President

Ms. Swanson is a certified public accountant who brings extensive accounting and tax experience to the group. Prior to founding Reliance Associates, Ms. Swanson held the controller position at The Marcil Group. Prior to The Marcil Group, she worked over 12 years in public accounting assisting clients from a variety of industries in developing financial and internal controls and preparing and presenting financial statements and tax returns; including extensive accounting, tax, and consulting services experience in physician practices and clinics.

Ms. Swanson holds Bachelor’s of Science Degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from North Dakota State University.


Amy Menholt, Manager

amy.menholtMs. Menholt graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Dakota in May of 2008 with a Bachelor of Accounting degree. She is looking forward to obtaining her CPA designation later this year. Ms. Menholt joined Reliance Associates PLLC as a staff accountant in August, 2008.

Ms. Menholt specializes in small business accounting. She also has experience in payroll preparation.


Trina Smaaladen, Manager

Trina SmaaladeMs. Smaaladen graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Dakota in 2011 with a Bachelor of Accountancy.  She then attained her CPA designation in September, 2012.  Ms. Smaaladen joined Reliance Associates PLLC in October, 2012 and specializes in small business accounting.

Ms. Smaaladen is married and lives in West Fargo with her husband Chris and their two dogs Theia and Zoe.  In her free time, Ms. Smaaladen enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, quilting and being at the family lake cabin.