Elizabeth (Liz) Gonzalez is Chief Operating Officer and Principal at DHJJ. With 17 years of experience, she served on the firm’s accounting team for several years before assuming her current role. As COO, Liz is responsible for all firm operations, including human resources, new-hire orientation, onboarding and training, writing procedures and policies, benefits and insurance. She is also involved in tax season processes and administrative staff management.
Among her many functions Liz particularly enjoys helping employees select the appropriate benefit options and – in an unusual twist – she looks forward to tax season, when she electronic files all types of tax returns for DHJJ’s clients. Additionally, Liz is somewhat of a “jack of all trades” who sits on multiple committees and is involved in many different aspects of the firm and the greater business community.
A graduate of North Central College with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance, Liz holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HCRI). She is a member of the Association for Accounting Administration and the Society for Human Resource Management.
It’s only natural that Liz loves the Penguins, considering her Pittsburgh roots, but since making Aurora, Illinois her home she has adopted the Blackhawks as her favorite team. Liz and her husband of 18 years have a son and a daughter. She enjoys running, swimming and cooking to unwind.
- Liz is unusually fond of spinach and is a master of disguise, blending it into “Shrek” Smoothies that her unsuspecting children enjoy.
- Her favorite superhero is Wonder Woman.
- Liz was a well-rounded teen who played the piano as well as being a swimmer and varsity cheerleader in high school. She still swims, participating in sprint triathlons when the mood strikes her.