• Franceen Borrillo, CPAPrincipal

    biography

    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.

    Her 20-year background includes public accounting as well as working in 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

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    Steve Carter, CPA, is Principal in charge of the Construction Group. With over 38 years of experience, working with both national and regional CPA firms, Steve is well versed in providing audit, tax, and business 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.

    Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Commerce, from Santa Clara University.

  • Sheba Dalaney, CPAPrincipal

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    With 30 years of experience, Sheba Dalaney is only one of two ASL partners who has a double specialty in tax and audit. With cutting edge knowledge in both areas, she advises small and mid-size businesses regarding accounting practices and reporting decisions.

    Known as a problem solver, Sheba is ASL’s technical in-house expert in: accounting software packages, payroll tax, sales tax and tax exempt organizations. She works with clients in highly fluctuating industries such as: high tech, real estate, manufacturing and trades and with more stable industries including: biotech, service businesses, international companies and nonprofits.

    Sheba holds an Master of Science in Taxation from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Cal State Hayward.

  • Kay Filler, CPAPrincipal

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    Kay Filler has been an Audit & Accounting Principal for over 20 years and is one of our tech blog writers. Before returning to the practice of public accounting, Kay served for three years as CFO of one of the largest privately held companies in Silicon Valley. Earlier public accounting positions included serving as a senior audit manager in the San Jose office of Deloitte & Touche for eight years, where she was involved in auditing and consulting with private companies and SEC registrants as well as public stock offerings, and mergers and acquisitions; and for five years she was an auditor in the San Francisco office of BDO.

    Kay graduated from the University of the Pacific’s Eberhardt School of Business as valedictorian, with a Bachelor of Science degree, Business Administration (Accounting concentration).

  • Pamela Hedblad, CPAPrincipal

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    Pam Hedblad, CPA, provides management and accounting guidance to closely held businesses. She has over 25 years of experience working with companies and high-net worth individuals to enhance business operations, address tax positions, and strategically plan for growth. While she works with a wide variety of businesses, she frequently works with women-owned businesses.

    Pam’s client base comprises multiple industries including construction, manufacturing, distribution, and service firms. She strives to help clients preserve wealth through tax planning and investment advising, and spends time working with clients to address their concerns and to plan for retirement, sales of their businesses, and saving for children’s college expenses. She also works with local attorneys to assist in the estate planning process and post-mortem planning and reporting.

    Pam earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Accounting, from San Jose State University.

  • Julie Malekhedayat, CPAPrincipal

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    Julie Malekhedayat is the Principal in charge of ASL’s Family Wealth & Individual Tax Planning Group. She has over 20 years of experience serving the needs of high-income/high-net worth individuals, estate executors and trustees, and closely held businesses. In the course of her tax practice experience and involvement in professional organizations, Julie has developed significant expertise in estate, gift, and trust taxation and planning, as well as estate administration, that dovetails well with her income tax work with high-net worth individuals and family-owned and closely held businesses. Based on her experience in this comprehensive advisory role, Julie has also developed an expertise in the effective transfer of business entities from one generation to the next.

    Throughout her career Julie has volunteered considerable time serving on nonprofit boards and organizing technical committees, interest groups, and geographically based discussion efforts.

    Julie graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Business Administration (Accounting concentration).

  • Michael McAndrews, CPAPrincipal

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    Michael McAndrews, CPA, is Principal in charge of our Technology Group. He has over 38 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 multi-state 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, Commerce (Accounting concentration), from Santa Clara University.

  • Bill Melton, CPAPrincipal

    biography

    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.

  • Luis Ramirez, CPAPrincipal

    biography

    Luis Ramirez is Principal in charge of ASL’s International Group. He has been a Corporate and International Tax Principal for over 15 years. Luis specializes in serving the tax and business planning needs of closely held companies, partnerships, and their shareholder/partners. Luis has multi-industry experience in manufacturing, service, real estate, technology, wholesale and retail.

    Luis was a manager for Deloitte & Touche where he specialized in providing tax services to many of their largest and most prestigious closely held companies and to premier Silicon Valley high-technology clients in merger and acquisition consulting, initial public stock offerings, stock-based compensation and international tax planning.

    Luis graduated with honors from Chapman College in Orange, California.

  • Mark Sheffield, CPAPrincipal

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    Mark Sheffield, CPA, is the in-charge Principal of the ASL Emerging Business Group. He works with closely held companies ranging from start-ups and growth companies to large mid-market firms. For over 20 years, Mark has been working with management teams to address profit enhancement, business and tax planning, internal controls, and other key aspects of management and personal finance. He has helped many companies become candidates for purchase or going public with value-added internal controls and systems.

    Mark serves technology firms, software companies, entertainment groups, manufacturers, distributors, nonprofit organizations, and mortgage banks. As a Principal in the Emerging Business Group, he is constantly involved in areas of accounting, audit, and best practices solutions for emerging businesses.

    Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Accounting (with honors) and a Master’s degree, Accountancy, from Brigham Young University.

  • Rob Trammell, CPAPrincipal

    biography

    Rob Trammell, CPA, is the in-charge Principal of the ASL Tax Group. 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.

  • Carol Wagner, CPAPrincipal

    biography

    Carol Wagner, CPA, is the in-charge Principal of the ASL Assurance & Accounting Group. 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. She is one of our tech blog writers as well.

    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.

  • Ray Scheaffer, CPAManaging Principal

    biography

    Ray Scheaffer, CPA, is the Managing Principal, and has been with ASL for almost 20 years. Prior to his current role, Ray served for 10 years as the in-charge of the ASL Tax Group. Because Ray enjoys working with clients, he has continued to be very involved in servicing ASL clients along with his many other responsibilities as Managing Principal. His practice focuses on partnering with leading Bay Area closely held companies and their owners to help them achieve their business and personal goals.

    Ray also makes the time to work alongside ASL’s principals, managers, and staff accountants so that he can understand their personal and professional goals and how best to help them achieve those goals.

    His practice areas 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.

  • Carmen Barrett, CPASenior Tax Manager

    biography

    Carmen Barrett, CPA, MST, is a Senior Tax Manager in the ASL Tax Group. She has over 15 years of public accounting experience with a practice focus on high-net worth individuals (owners and executives) providing tax-planning solutions and compliance services. Additionally, she is knowledgeable in trust, estate, and gift planning. Her primary industry is real estate but she is also experienced in manufacturing, start-up, and professional services. She has experience in technology as well.

    Carmen advises clients on a wide range of issues (simple to complex) on various consulting and special projects for individual and business entities.

    Carmen has a Bachelor of Arts degree, Accounting, from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She also holds a Master’s degree, Taxation, from San Jose State University.

  • Deepa Bhat, CPASenior Audit Manager

    biography

    Deepa 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 specializes in the audits of employee benefit
    plans.

    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. Deepa is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified
    Construction Industry Technician (CIT). She holds the ICAEW certification for IFRS for Small and
    Medium-sized Entities. Deepa speaks English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, and Gujarati.

  • Helena Bouron, CPASenior Audit Manager

    biography

    Helena Bouron, CPA, is a Senior Audit Manager. 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 Circular A-133. In addition, Helena focuses on technology clients 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 and internal controls. Helena’s background includes over 10 years in public accounting and work with businesses and organizations domestically and internationally. Helena speaks English, French, and Czech.

    Helena holds a Master’s degree, Accountancy, from Golden Gate University.

  • Jyothi Chillara, CPASenior Tax Manager

    biography

    Jyothi Chillara, CPA, MST, is a Senior Tax Manager in the Technology and International Groups and has 20 years of experience, which includes both public accounting and private industry. She provides tax planning, compliance, and consulting services to multi-state corporations with international presence in the technology, manufacturing, and services sector. She also works with closely held businesses 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.

    She is working on IBFD NA Advanced Professional 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, CPASenior Audit Manager

    biography

    Josh Cross, CPA, is a Senior Audit Manager in the ASL Audit and Accounting Group. Josh has over ten years of public accounting and audit experience serving privately held companies, nonprofit organizations, and governmental agencies funded by State and Federal governments, audits in accordance with OMB’s Uniform Grant Guidance (formerly OMB Circular A-133) and the procedures described in its Compliance Supplement. Privately held companies consist of engineering consulting firms, construction contractors, and manufacturers.

    Josh has also worked on review and compilation engagements and assisted 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.

  • Jeff Faust, CVADirector of Valuation Services

    biography

    Jeff Faust, CVA, is the Director of Valuation Services at ASL and is part of the Emerging Business Group and Technology Group. He has 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, Data, etc.), bio-tech, agricultural bio-tech, pharmaceuticals, manu-facturing and many more. Clients range from long-established companies to highly entrepreneurial ventures to families and individuals. He has also has lectured around the world on business valuation theory and is 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.

  • Rachel Gillespie, CPASenior Tax Manager

    biography

    Rachel Gillespie, CPA, is a Senior Tax Manager and member of the ASL Real Estate Group. She has over 19 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.

  • Alex Ho, CPATax Manager

    biography

    Alex Ho, CPA, is a Tax Manager in the ASL Tax Group. He has over 10 years of experience in public accounting focusing on tax planning and compliance for closely held businesses and their owners. He works closely with clients in various industries such as real estate, entertainment and technology start-ups. In addition, Alex also works with large family groups to help manage each individual’s needs as it pertains to the family business as well as individual personal needs.

    Prior to joining ASL, Alex worked for several local CPA firms in the Bay Area from the
    South Bay and up the Peninsula.

    Alex holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Business Economics (Accounting concentration) from the University of California Santa Barbara. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Taxation from San Jose State University to be completed by the end of 2016.

  • Anu Joshi, CPATax Manager

    biography

    Anu Joshi, CPA, is a Tax Manager and a member of the Family Wealth & Individual Tax Planning Group at ASL. She has over 9 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, business entities, estates and trusts.

    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.

  • Abe Livchitz, CPASenior Tax Manager

    biography

    Abraham Livchitz, CPA, is a Senior Tax Manager in the ASL Tax, Construction, and Emerging Business Groups. Abe has over 20 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, retail, and technology sectors.

    Previously, he was a tax senior with SingerLewak, LLP, in San Jose. 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.

  • Colleen McInerney, CPATax Manager

    biography

    Colleen McInerney, CPA, is a 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.

  • Patrick Ngai, CPAAudit Manager

    biography

    Patrick Ngai, CPA, is an Audit Manager in the ASL Nonprofit and Technology Groups. Patrick has over nine years of public accounting and audit experience serving nonprofit organizations and privately held companies. He has extensive expertise working with a wide variety of nonprofit clients including organizations specializing in community services and education, as well as experience with OMB Uniform Grant Guidance Audit (formerly OMB Circular A-133). He also has assurance and advisory experience in various industries including manufacturing companies with international transactions and investor-backed private technology startups.

    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.

  • Jacqueline Phan, CPATax Manager

    biography

    Jacqueline Phan, CPA, is a Tax Manager and is a member of the Family Wealth and Individual Tax Planning Group at ASL. She has over 10 years of experience, with extensive knowledge of estates and trusts, closely held companies, and high-net-worth individuals. She provides compliance and planning to meet client wealth transfer goals and objectives. Jackie also provides tax compliance and planning to technology, manufacturing and service sector companies. Many of these companies have multi-state and international operations or subsidiaries.

    Prior to joining ASL, Jackie worked both in industry and in public accounting. Her prior years’ experience in industry gives her a unique insight into the client’s perspective.

    Jackie has a Bachelor of Science degree, Accounting, and a Master of Science, Taxation, from San Jose State University.

  • Irina Plevako, CFA, CVAManager of Valuation Services

    biography

    Irina Plevako, CFA, CVA, is Manager of Valuation Services at ASL. She has over seven years of experience in analyzing private and public businesses. At ASL Ms. Plevako 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.

  • Jerry Quintos, CPADirector of Marketing and Business Development

    biography

    Jerry Quintos, CPA, is the Director of Marketing and Business Development, and has been with ASL for about 12 years. He is a member of the ASL Technology, Construction, and Emerging Business Groups. He has public accounting experience in accounting, auditing, and consulting, and industry experience as a Controller.

    Prior to joining ASL, Jerry worked with a Big Four accounting firm and an electronics distribution and manufacturing company.

    Jerry earned his BSBA degree, Accounting and Finance (with honors) from the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley. He has also taken graduate coursework at San Jose State University.

  • Karen Ritchie, CPATax Operations Manager

    biography

    Karen Ritchie, CPA, MST, is the firm’s Tax Operations Manager. She has over 12 years of experience in the public accounting field. In addition to working with high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, and start-ups, Karen manages recruiting, staffing, and scheduling for the tax department. She also provides IT backup support and facilitates training and education for the tax staff.

    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.

  • Naila Sharifova, CPASenior Tax Manager

    biography

    Naila Sharifova, CPA, is a Senior Tax Manager with over 10 years of experience in public accounting. She works closely with business teams of small- and medium-sized companies in service, manufacturing, and high-tech sectors and provides consulting on both business and tax matters.

    Her primary focus includes tax planning and compliance for businesses with multi-state and international presence (both inbound and outbound). Naila enjoys being able to assist clients in bringing their reporting into compliance and developing tax strategies that minimize tax consequences of their daily operations and increase cash flows. Naila is one of ASL’s tech blog writers.

    Her expertise also includes working with U.S. individuals with financial assets/presence overseas and assisting them with bringing their U.S. tax reporting into compliance with the U.S. regulations.

    Naila holds a Master of Science degree, Taxation, from San Jose State University. Additionally, she has a Master of Science degree, Economics, and a Bachelor of Science degree, Economics, from Baku State University in Azerbaijan.