- Deepa Bhat, CPAPrincipal
Deepa is the in-charge Principal of the ASL Assurance Group and serves privately held clients in the technology, international and construction industries. Her technology experience includes software, hardware, semiconductor and medical devices companies. She helps clients navigate complex and unique accounting issues encountered in their domestic as well as international operations. Deepa has conducted several group audits for her clients with a strong focus on accounting and tax rules in India. She has extensive experience advising a host of construction companies including painting, commercial, residential, and paving contractors. Deepa also heads the employee benefit plan practice and the Construction Group at ASL and is a member of the Technology Group.
Deepa worked in public accounting in India and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. She represented clients in the income tax courts, prepared the income tax returns of corporate and non-corporate clients, and guided clients on legal matters related to double taxation and foreign exchange remittances.
Deepa has a Master of Commerce in Accounting and a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Tax from the University of Mumbai, India, and holds a Master of Arts in Economics from Rutgers University. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Construction Industry Technician (CIT). Deepa speaks English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, and Gujarati.
Outside the office, Deepa enjoys the outdoors; hiking, road trips and camping. While at home, she loves to cook spicy vegetarian food or unwind with a movie or two with her husband who shares her passion for cinema.
- Frank Boitano, CPAPrincipal
Frank Boitano, CPA, is a Tax Principal with over 45 years of experience. He merged his prior firm, Boitano, Sargent & Lilly, LLP, with Abbott, Stringham & Lynch in November of 2017.
Frank’s expertise is in all areas of tax. He works with individuals, partnerships, corporations, trusts and foundations. The preservation of wealth by the individual or entity drives Frank to work hard for his clients. Great personal service is a primary objective. Professionals need to be available and responsive to their clients. The Golden Rule is both a way to live your life as well as a way to respond to clients.
Frank was born and raised in Santa Clara County. He is a proud graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory and Santa Clara University. At Santa Clara, Frank received both an undergraduate degree and an MBA.
- Franceen Borrillo, CPAPrincipal
Franceen Borrillo, CPA, leads the ASL Real Estate Group and specializes in partnership taxation. She has extensive experience dealing with complex partnership issues including: entity formations and structuring; acquisitions and sale transactions; special allocations; ownership changes; and basis and at-risk computations. Her experience in real estate embodies a strong emphasis in tax accounting and planning for both commercial and residential real estate for joint ventures, syndications, development, construction, and property management.
Franceen is regularly involved in strategic planning and consulting on business and personal tax planning for her clients. She develops both practical and tax-saving strategies for owners of partnerships, limited liability companies, and closely held corporations. Franceen works with numerous closely held businesses to assist them with meeting business and family goals.
Franceen’s background includes over 20 years of public accounting as well as working in industry for real estate, venture capital, and technology companies.
Franceen holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Political Science, from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Science degree, Business Administration (Accounting concentration), from San Jose State University.
- Steve Carter, CPAPrincipal
Steve Carter, CPA, is a Principal in ASL’s Renewable Energy, Nonprofit, and Construction Groups. With nearly 45 years of experience, working with national, regional, and local CPA firms, Steve is well versed in providing audit, tax, and consulting services to a wide variety of closely-held businesses, including energy and environmental enterprises, technology, construction, and manufacturing. He also has extensive experience with many types of nonprofit organizations and employee benefit plan audits.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from Santa Clara University.
- Jyothi Chillara, CPAPrincipal
Jyothi Chillara, CPA, MST has 20+ years of experience providing tax planning, compliance, and consulting services to inbound and outbound business entities and high net worth individuals. Her area of emphasis is federal, state and international taxation of business entities (corporations and pass-through entities) and their owners. Working in private industry has given her insight into clients’ needs, and has enabled her to combine her corporate experience and technical expertise to focus on client service in public accounting. Over the years she has developed expertise serving the following industries:
– Technology sector
– Manufacturing sector
– Services sector
She has completed the IBFD NA Advanced Professional Certificate in International Taxation and earned a certificate from UCLA in International Taxation. She is one of ASL’s tech blog writers.
Jyothi has a Bachelor’s degree, Commerce in Accounting, from Osmania University, India. She also holds a Master’s degree, Taxation, from San Jose State University.
- Joshua Cross, CPAPrincipal
Josh Cross, CPA, is a Principal in ASL’s Construction Group and co-chairs the ASL Nonprofit Group. Josh has over thirteen years of public accounting and audit experience serving privately held companies and nonprofit organizations, including those subject to audit requirements in accordance with OMB’s Uniform Guidance. Privately held companies consist of engineering consulting firms, construction contractors, and manufacturing and distribution companies.
Josh also works on review and compilation engagements and assists with business consulting for closely-held businesses.
Josh holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Accountancy, from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s degree, Information Systems, from Northern Illinois University. He is a licensed CPA in both California and Illinois.
In his free time, Josh enjoys playing golf, basketball and spending time with his family.
- Sheba Dalaney, CPAPrincipal
Sheba Dalaney is a Principal and member of ASL’s Technology, International, and Nonprofit Groups. She has over 30 years of experience in both the tax and accounting areas. Sheba advises small and mid-size businesses and their owners regarding accounting practices and taxes.
Sheba is known as a problem solver, she has extensive experience in accounting software packages, payroll tax, sales tax and tax-exempt organizations. She works with clients in varying industries such as high tech, real estate, manufacturing trades, biotech, service businesses, international companies, and nonprofits. In addition, Sheba serves the needs of high-income/high-net-worth individuals, estate executors and trustees, and closely-held businesses. She has practical experience with estate and trust administration.
Sheba holds a Master of Science in Taxation from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Cal State Hayward.
Outside the office, Sheba enjoys attending concerts, gardening, and volunteering in the community.
- Rachel Gillespie, CPAPrincipal
Rachel Gillespie, CPA, is a Principal and member of the ASL Real Estate Group. She has over 20 years of experience providing tax planning and compliance services. Specializing in taxation, Rachel’s industry focus is primarily commercial and residential real estate. She has significant experience in analysis of partnership agreements for tax compliance and legal issues. She specializes in assisting both entrepreneurs and real estate professionals with complex real estate transactions. She is also knowledgeable about tax-deferred exchanges. Rachel has worked closely with many of the top real estate developers in the Silicon Valley.
Rachel’s experience and expertise extends well beyond her primary industry focus, and encompasses partnership, individual, corporate, and trust income tax consulting and compliance in many different industries. This diversity gives her an insightful perspective from which to advise clients in the areas of taxation and long-range business planning.
In addition to her technical expertise and outstanding client service, Rachel enjoys the challenge of tax planning and likes to research complex tax problems. She also enjoys the continual educational challenges of the ever-changing tax and accounting profession.
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Business Administration, from the California State University Chico. She has also completed coursework in the Master’s in Taxation program at Golden Gate University.
- Michael McAndrews, CPAPrincipal
Michael McAndrews, CPA, is the in-charge Principal of the ASL Tax and Technology Groups. He has over 40 years of experience providing tax planning and consulting services to multinational public companies, private companies and their owners and emerging businesses in a variety of industries including high-technology, manufacturing, food processing, and wholesale/retail distribution. Mike’s substantial experience includes assisting clients with tax issues and planning associated with domestic and international expansion, mergers and acquisitions, financial accounting for taxes, California and multistate taxation, and equity compensation arrangements. As a Technology Principal, Mike focuses primarily on expanding ASL’s practice serving the needs of high-technology companies while continuing to work with non-technology focused private companies and their owners.
Prior to joining ASL, Mike worked with two Big Four accounting firms, from which he retired in June 2013. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce (Accounting concentration), from Santa Clara University.
- Bill Melton, CPAPrincipal
Bill Melton, CPA, is a member of the Tax Group and works extensively with high-net worth individuals in the areas of income, estate and gift tax planning, and compliance. He is a trusted advisor to individuals, families, trustees, and executors, frequently addressing client needs in connection with individual and fiduciary income taxation, split-interest trust planning, private foundations, succession planning, retirement planning, real estate, and planned giving.
Bill understands the nuances of taxation. Scrutinizing his client’s current tax needs, he presents each strategy clearly, thoroughly explaining each option and its ramifications so that his client can make the most appropriate decisions.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, Psychology, from San Jose State University and a Master of Science degree, Accountancy, from San Jose State University.
- Ray Scheaffer, CPAPrincipal
With over 30 years of public accounting experience, Ray is a Tax Principal and serves as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Previously, Ray served for 15 years as the Managing Principal. Ray’s leadership, vision, and passion for the profession have helped ASL become one of the top firms in the country.
Some of the skills that Ray brings to both clients and the firm include:
– Coaching and developing future leaders
– Creating and spreading a positive and diverse culture
– Facilitating strategic planning
– Developing a win-win approach to issues
Ray’s focus is on partnering with leading Bay Area closely held companies and their owners to help them achieve their business and personal goals. His areas of expertise include corporate and partnership tax, real estate and construction, estate and gift, and litigation support. His team is dedicated to supporting and adding value to clients throughout their various stages of development. Prior to joining ASL, Ray worked with another local accounting firm and the Internal Revenue Service.
Ray earned his Bachelor of Science degree, Accounting, from San Jose State University.
- Rob Trammell, CPAPrincipal
Rob Trammell, CPA, is a Principal and member of our Construction and International groups. He has over 20 years of experience helping companies, as well as their owners and executives, meet business and financial goals. He provides counsel on enhancing business practices and tax positions throughout the company’s various stages. His practice features work with a variety of middle-market companies. He has also developed significant experience in international, technology, construction, manufacturing, and distribution.
Rob’s clients appreciate his personal approach, and his ability to explain complex and highly technical tax and accounting information in plain English.
Prior to joining ASL, Rob worked with Bay Area accounting firms focused on serving the needs of privately held enterprises.
Rob has a Bachelor of Arts degree, Business Economics, from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Master of Science degree, Taxation, from Golden Gate University.
In his free time, Rob enjoys triathlons, reading, and spending time with his family.
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- Carol Wagner, CPAManaging Principal
Carol Wagner, CPA, is ASL’s Managing Principal. She has over 20 years of audit and accounting experience, and has held financial positions in various industries, including technology, real estate, and nonprofits. Carol serves a diverse group of clients ranging from venture-backed technology companies to construction and manufacturing companies.
In the ASL Assurance & Accounting Group, Carol functions as an engagement partner or a technical review partner. The clients she services include privately held companies in various industries including software, manufacturing, and construction companies with domestic and international operations. The financial reporting needs of her clients are complex and unique, requiring extensive knowledge of both individual industry practices as well as complex and ever-changing accounting pronouncements.
Her background also includes work with the Big Four and other accounting firms focused on closely held businesses.
Carol earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Accounting, from Lubbock Christian University.
Outside of the office, Carol enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family.
- Helena Bouron, CPASenior Audit Manager
Helena Bouron, CPA, is a Senior Audit Manager and co-chairs the ASL Nonprofit Group. She serves privately held businesses and organizations throughout the Bay Area. Her practice encompasses work with nonprofit organizations including compliance audits in accordance with OMB Uniform Grant Guidance. In addition, Helena focuses on technology and manufacturing and distribution clients. Her diverse expertise also incorporates the employee benefit plans including audits for complex 403b Plans and ESOPs. Helena’s experience also includes consulting services to privately held clients and nonprofit organizations on accounting policies, internal controls, revenue recognition, mergers and acquisitions, and share-based compensation. Her background includes over 15 years in public accounting and work with businesses and organizations domestically and internationally. Helena speaks English, French, and Czech.
Helena co-chairs the CalCPA San Jose Chapter Nonprofit Committee and holds the AICPA Not-for-Profit Certification II. Helena is a licensed CPA and holds a Master’s degree in Accountancy from Golden Gate University.
In her spare time, Helena likes to travel, explore new places and cultures and enjoy fine culinary experiences.
- Julianne Chen, CPATax Manager
Julianne Chen, CPA, is a Tax Manager and a member of the International and Technology Groups at ASL. She has experience in multi-state income tax preparation and review. Her focus is on international tax. She assists clients with U.S. tax reporting requirements for international entities and tax structuring, as well as planning for shareholders.
Julianne holds an MBA degree and a BA degree in Accounting from Marshall University in West Virginia. She received a Master’s degree in taxation from San Jose State University in 2018, and she is currently pursuing an International Tax Certificate from San Jose State University.
- Jacen Dickman, CPATax Director
Jacen Dickman, CPA, is a Tax Director, assisting his clients with their individual and business taxation services. He has over 22 years of public accounting and over 6 years of industry accounting experience. Jacen specializes in working with high-net-worth individuals and closely-held businesses. In addition to individual and business tax services, Jacen assists his clients with IRS audit representation, monthly accounting and a variety of tax and accounting consulting services.
Jacen’s accounting career started at a small public accounting firm in San Jose before moving into the private sector at a structural engineering firm where among his many accounting duties, he implemented a new accounting system and developed an in-house job costing system from a programmable database program. After several years, Jacen moved back into public accounting specializing in tax for businesses and high-net-worth individuals.
A graduate of University of California at Berkeley, Jacen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.
While not working, you can find Jacen taking pictures of nature, fly fishing in Montana, oil painting, building speakers or out on the golf course.
- Kevin Epes, CPATax Manager
Kevin Epes, CPA, is a Tax Manager and a member of the ASL Real Estate Group. He has over 20 years of experience, which includes public accounting and private industry. Kevin has a commitment to client service with expertise and knowledge of high-net-worth individuals, LLC’s, and partnerships. He provides tax advice and strategic planning to meet client goals and objectives.
Kevin has previous Big Four, public and private company experience, and most recently, prior to their merger with ASL, Kevin worked at Boitano, Sargent & Lilly, LLP.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce, with a major in Accounting, from Santa Clara University.
In his free time, Kevin enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and spending time with his wife.
- Jeff Faust, CVADirector of Valuation Services
Jeff Faust, CVA, is the Director of Valuation Services at ASL and is part of the Emerging Business Group and Technology Group. He has over 20 years of experience in the valuation of privately held companies for various purposes: stock options grants (IRC § 409A), Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), estate/gift, fundraising, mergers/acquisitions, and more. He has provided valuation expertise to owners/shareholders, trustees, management teams, investors and start-ups of all sizes and stages of development and in a wide variety of industries including high-tech (Software, Hardware, SaaS, Mobile, Telecom, Social Media, Cloud, AI, Big Data, etc.), manufacturing, construction, engineering, retail, bio-tech, pharma, agriculture and many more. Clients range from long-established companies and highly entrepreneurial ventures to families and individuals. He has also has lectured around the world on business valuation theory and was one of the instructors for the Venture Capital Academy. He has qualified as an Expert Witness in Valuation in most of the counties in the Bay Area.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, Economics, from the University of California Los Angeles.
Outside the office, Jeff is a musician and plays the bass, enjoys fly fishing, hiking and the outdoors.
- Steve Gabbard, CPATax Manager
Steve Gabbard, CPA, is a Tax Manager in the ASL Real Estate Group. He has experience in managing and reviewing business tax compliance obligations including corporations, s-corporations, partnerships and LLCs. In addition, he has experience managing tax compliance and tax planning engagements for high-net-worth individuals and individuals with equity compensation.
Steve received his Bachelor of Science degree, Managerial Economics, from the University of California, Davis. Steve holds a Master’s degree in Taxation from San Jose State University.
- Anu Joshi, CPASenior Tax Manager
Anu Joshi, CPA, is a Senior Tax Manager and a member of the Family Wealth & Individual Tax Planning Group at ASL. She has over 12 years of public accounting experience and provides tax compliance and tax planning services for a wide variety of clients. Strong attention to detail coupled with technical knowledge and the skill to identify and resolve tax issues help Anu with her practice focus, which includes high-net-worth individuals and estates and trusts. In addition, Anu Chairs the Estates and Trusts Committee of the Silicon Valley San Jose Chapter of the CalCPA.
Prior to joining ASL, Anu worked in a variety of industries including manufacturing, financial services, and public accounting in India where she provided extensive tax, accounting, and assurance services.
Anu holds a Master of Science in Taxation from San Jose State University. Additionally, she has a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Mumbai, India, and was formerly a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
In her free time, Anu enjoys spending time with her children, hiking the beautiful Bay Area trails, and origami.
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- Anthie Karvounis, CPATax Manager
Anthie Karvounis, CPA, is a Tax Manager and has over 19 years of experience in tax preparation, accounting services, payroll services, budgeting and small business administration. Her honesty, integrity and professionalism are qualities that clients appreciate.
Anthie has a passion to serve other people and to increase her professional credentials. Anthie’s college education started at Deree, the American College in Greece, she then transferred to San Jose State University, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Taxation and will continue to expand her technical skills in order to better serve her clients and the needs of ASL. Anthie is also fluent in Greek.
Prior to their merger with ASL, Anthie worked at Boitano, Sargent & Lilly, LLP.
In her spare time, Anthie enjoys traveling to Greece, reading, working out and any outdoor activity with her family. Anthie has also been heavily involved in volunteer activities in the local community.
- Christy Kempski, CPAAccounting Manager
Christy Kempski, CPA, is the Accounting Manager at ASL. She has over 20 years of audit and accounting experience, and has held various financial positions in the technology industry as well as positions in public accounting firms.
Christy has served a diverse group of clients including emerging businesses, software professional services, real estate, and construction. In the ASL Assurance & Accounting Group, Christy functioned as a staff and reviewer. Her duties included bookkeeping, Prepared Financial Statements, Compilations, audit preparation support for clients, accounting support for entity tax returns, and compliance filings such as Payroll and Personal Property Tax.
Christy is a member of ASL’s Emerging Business Group and has spoken at their seminars and presented a webinar dedicated to year-end accounting and compliance readiness.
Her background also includes audit experience with the Big Four and other accounting firms focused on closely held business.
Christy earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA
- Abe Livchitz, CPASenior Tax Manager
Abraham Livchitz, CPA, is a Senior Tax Manager in the ASL Construction, Emerging Business, and Real Estate Groups. Abe has over 30 years of public accounting and tax service experience working with privately held companies and their owners. Abe has served clients operating in the agricultural, construction, medical, and technology sectors.
During his career, Abe has provided tax compliance and planning services for business entities and their owners. He has also assisted clients with the installation and use of QuickBooks accounting software. He is one of the tech blog writers for ASL.
Abe received his Bachelor of Science degree, Business Administration (Accounting concentration), from San Jose State University and a Master’s degree, Business Administration, from Santa Clara University.
While not thinking of tax saving ideas for his clients, Abe enjoys relaxing in his garden.
- Chris Madrid, CPATax Director
Chris Madrid, CPA, is a Tax Director in ASL’s Family Wealth & Individual Tax Planning Group. She has over 20 years of experience, which includes both public accounting and private industry.
In addition to serving the needs of high-income/high-net worth individuals, by providing tax planning and income tax preparation, Chris has developed significant expertise in estate, gift and trust taxation. She is an expert in the preparation of estate tax returns, and enjoys working with executors and trustees in the area of trust and estate taxation, planning, and estate administration. Her time as the controller of a family owned business has given her insight into the needs of the owners and their closely held businesses, particularly as it applies to estate and gift planning.
Prior to their merger with ASL, Chris worked as a manager at Boitano, Sargent & Lilly, LLP.
Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree, Commerce (Accounting concentration), from Santa Clara University.
- Laura MaysDirector of HR & Employee Development
Laura Mays is the Director of Employee Development. Working closely with the ASL’s Partners, Laura’s focus is driving and implementing employee development and engagement programs. Laura has over 20 years of global management experience in Human Resources, Sales Operations, and Marketing. Throughout her career, Laura’s passion has been all about people and creating a culture that provides a positive work environment, a supportive management team and employee growth opportunities.
Prior to joining ASL, Laura worked mainly in the high technology industry. Most recently at Silicon Image and Lattice Semiconductor as Director of Sales Operations. Laura earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education at Eastern Illinois University. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, Next Concept HR Association and the Association for Talent Development.
In her spare time, Laura enjoys the occasional round of golf, hosting parties, scrapbooking and spending time with her family and friends.
- Colleen McInerney, CPASenior Tax Manager
Colleen McInerney, CPA, is a Senior Tax Manager who has over 14 years of experience providing tax compliance, planning and consulting services to high-net worth individuals, and working with closely held businesses and their owners in various industries such as manufacturing, real estate, professional services, and investment partnerships. She is also knowledgeable in estate and trusts.
Prior to joining ASL, Colleen worked for local CPA firms in San Francisco and on the Peninsula.
Colleen holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Business Administration (Economics/Finance concentration) from Notre Dame de Namur University (formerly College of Notre Dame) in Belmont, California.
- Mike Morales, CPASenior Tax Manager
Mike Morales, CPA, MST, is a Senior Tax Manager with over 14 years of public accounting experience working with C and S corporations, partnerships, trusts, and high-net-worth individuals. He delivers efficient strategies to his clients to minimize their tax burden so they can concentrate on other aspects of their business. Mike has experience managing jobs, preparing tax returns, providing income tax planning and tax correspondence.
Mike holds a Master of Science in Taxation and Bachelor of Science degree, Accounting, from San Jose State University.
Outside the office, Mike enjoys traveling, working out, and family events with his wife and two boys.
- Angel Nevis, CPASenior Tax Manager
Angel Nevis, CPA, MST, is a Senior Tax Manager in the Family Wealth & Individual Tax Planning Group at ASL. She has over 15 years of public accounting experience, focused in tax preparation and planning.
Angel has extensive knowledge of estate, trust and gift taxation. She enjoys working with executors, trustees, and their attorneys to navigate complex tax scenarios and meet their compliance needs. She takes pride helping clients achieve their wealth transfer goals, and in presenting ideas clearly and concisely. Angel has also developed significant expertise in split-interest trusts and charitable giving.
Angel began her career in the high-net-worth individuals group at a Big 4 accounting firm. Prior to joining ASL, she worked at a small accounting firm in Palo Alto.
Angel holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, in Economics (Finance and Accounting concentrations), from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Master’s degree in Taxation from San Jose State University. She was recognized as the Most Outstanding Graduating MST student in 2012.
Outside the office, Angel loves to read, travel and spend time with her husband and daughter.
- Patrick Ngai, CPAAudit Manager
Patrick Ngai, CPA, is an Audit Manager with over ten years of public accounting and audit experience serving nonprofit organizations and privately held companies. He has extensive expertise working with a wide variety of retirement plans and nonprofit clients including organizations specializing in community services and education. He also has assurance and advisory experience in various industries including manufacturing companies with international transactions, investor-backed private technology startups and renewable energy.
Patrick has a Master of Science degree, Taxation, from Golden State University and a Bachelor of Science degree, Math & Applied Science (Management and Accounting concentration) from the University of California, Los Angeles.
- Irina Plevako, CFA, CVAManager of Valuation Services
Irina Plevako, CFA, CVA, is the Manager of Valuation Services at ASL. She oversees valuation
assignments of privately held businesses for financial reporting, gift and estate, tax planning, ESOPs, business planning and corporate reorganizations. She brings to ASL a diverse industry background and strong experience in financial analysis and project execution.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Plevako performed hundreds of equity and asset valuations for private and public equity positions of domestic and foreign companies. She has expertise in valuing stock of early stage technology start-ups as well as pre-IPO and acquisition-ready entities. Her specialty includes allocation of equity value to securities in complex capital structures and valuation of securities issued for employee compensation for 409A purposes.
Ms. Plevako holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and the Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designations. She earned her Master’s degree, International Affairs (Economics and Finance concentration), from Yale University and Bachelor’s degree, International Economics, from Vladivostok University of Economics in Russia.
Outside the office, Irina loves spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling and
exploring Bay Area hiking trails.
- Samantha Ramirez, CPATax Manager
Samantha Ramirez, CPA, is a Tax Manager in ASL’s Family Wealth & Individual Tax Planning Group, Real Estate Group, and Nonprofit Group. Sam has over nine years of public accounting experience serving the tax compliance needs of individuals, real estate partnerships, trusts, estates, and nonprofits.
With a commitment to client service, Sam prides herself on making clients’ needs her priority and finding ways to optimize their business goals, while navigating the complex tax laws. She has the ability to relay complicated tax jargon in an easily understood manner, which is appreciated by her clients. And due to Sam’s many years of experience with nonprofits, she enjoys acting as a resource for tax-exempt organizations, big and small.
Sam holds a Master of Science Taxation from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree, Business Economics (Accounting concentration) from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
- Karen Ritchie, CPADirector of Tax Operations
Karen Ritchie, CPA, MST, has been in the public accounting industry over 15 years and assists with the management of our tax department. Karen’s focus is on serving our clients better by ensuring our team of tax professionals have the tools, training, and resources necessary to provide the highest quality service. She has developed in-house software, designed new processes, and updated firm procedures to promote efficiency and improve our employee’s work-life balance. She works closely with our vendors, administrative staff, and IT personnel. Her passion is to help ensure everyone at the firm has the best experience possible working at ASL.
Karen holds a Master of Science, Taxation from San Jose State University. Additionally, she has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Accounting from San Jose State University.
Karen lives in Scotts Valley and spends her free time with her husband and daughter. On the weekends you can find them at the Farmer’s Market, Girl Scout events, renovating some portion of the house, or taking a family bike ride.
- Nick Sabbatini, CPAAudit Manager
Nick Sabbatini, CPA, is an Audit Manager in the ASL Audit & Accounting Group with over 7 years of experience, including banking experience. He works with a variety of privately-held and nonprofit entities in the Bay Area, encompassing start-up technologies, established international businesses, local educational institutions, and organizations providing financial and humanitarian services to domestic and foreign individuals. This experience has provided Nick with an expertise in some unique accounting areas involving internally developed technologies and application solutions, as well as revenue recognition for transactions that involve multiple performance obligations. In addition to annual assurance services, and as someone who truly believes in client service, Nick provides recommendations and acts as an advisor on accounting policies and internal controls, new accounting issues and their potential impact to operations.
Prior to joining ASL, Nick worked with a Big Four accounting firm in the Bay Area. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Business Administration (Accounting), from San Jose State University, where he graduated with honors.
- Becky Watson, CPAAudit Manager
Becky Watson, CPA, is one of Abbott, Stringham & Lynch’s most versatile employees, with over twenty years of expertise serving privately held companies and organizations including high-tech, construction, manufacturing, and non-profit organizations. She has twelve years of experience in accounting and has been a licensed CPA for seven years. As an audit manager, Becky fulfills assignments on audits, reviews, and other attestations of client financial statements. Becky also provides assistance with various software applications including accounting systems and internal engagement workflow systems.
As a member of the Construction Group, Becky is dedicated to achieving expertise in construction industry accounting systems. Becky has the honor of being a certified Construction Industry Technician and is a member of the local NAWIC Chapter #99 Santa Clara.
Her diverse educational background gives her a unique perspective into the interactions between accounting and computer systems. Becky has completed accounting courses at San José City College and Evergreen Valley College and has earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Utah Valley University.
Outside the office, Becky is an accomplished pianist, is making progress on the pedals of the organ, and enjoys laughing and singing with her husband.