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Firm Member Biographies

Louis Tommasino, CEO

Louis Tommasino has extensive experience in tax services, auditing and financial consulting, including business planning and management services. Since 1996, he has grown his practice to nine employees with over 500 clients providing results-oriented tax, business management and accounting services for small businesses, non-profit organizations, trusts, estates and individuals.

His accounting experiences encompass a broad range of industries including: the biotech industry, entertainment, restaurants, real estate, medical offices, contractors, retailers, medical supplies, and non-profit organizations.

Mr. Tommasino has worked with several start-up companies in Arizona and California. He has used his expertise to consult development-stage companies in the following industries: historic renovation, action clothes, kiosk technology, and the biotech industry.

While helping clients add value to their businesses is Mr. Tommasino prime objective, he has a special place in his heart for those of Italian heritage. He helps Italian-speaking clients negotiate contracts and learn about U.S. business practices using his working knowledge of the language.

Mr. Tommasino graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Arizona State University, which is consistently rated in the top 20 U.S. schools of Accountancy. After several years working in the court system as a probation officer, in government as a controller, and in a large accounting firm as an auditing manager. In 1996 he brought his family to San Diego to start his practice offering personalized service to businesses and individuals.

He and his company have donated time and resources to local schools and non-profit organizations in Arizona and California.

His interests include coaching and playing soccer. He’s involved in many community and professional events and is an active member of several civic and church organizations.

 

Adrianne Harding, Business Management/ Bookkeeping Services

Adrianne Harding’s unique skill in Business Management Services goes back to 2007 when she was first tasked in growing this division while handling the day to day affairs of the firm's entertainment clients. A self-titled "digger", she enjoys ironing out tough reconciliation problems, auditing, researching and correcting accounting errors. Renowned for her "template and tools", a budget forecast for business owners, she assist clients in planning for future expenses and revenue.

Her responsibilities currently include entertainment business management, bookkeeping services, QuickBooks and financial statement preparation for restaurants, construction, real estate developers, and professional services for legal, medical and dental.

A San Diego native she graduated high school at the age of sixteen and obtained her accounting certification before the age of eighteen. A fan of surfing and snowboarding, Adrianne is also an artist in graphic design and illustration. She likes literature and traveling when not relaxing at home in Ocean Beach.

 

Ben Watson, IT Manager

Ben Watson joined the firm in early 2012 and implements numerous technology standards that are required with a growing organization. He assist staff in the preparation of our professional services and monitors the progress of numerous software programs, work stations and the enormous amount of data that is produced by the organization.

He graduated from the University of California San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science, and has many years volunteer experience in computer maintenance and administration.

A native of the community of Clairemont in San Diego, Mr. Watson spends his free time practicing with various hand bell choirs bringing great joy to audiences.

 

Brian Earley, Business Development and Account Manager

After enhancing the marketing presence for Louis Tommasino CPA as a marketing consultant Brian Earley now leads new corporate and client development of this growing organization. Mr. Earley develops new business opportunities and capitalizes on the organizations strengths to help provide value to the hundreds of new and existing clients. He has assisted in the company’s 24% increase in gross revenue in the last three years through careful management of client relations.

Mr. Earley heads up the communications initiatives of the organization and its electronic footprint by managing numerous social media platforms, as well a directing company messaging and positioning.

Mr. Earley has worked on behalf of numerous CEO's and Executive Directors carrying out sales, communications and community programs with their clients. Past organizations include The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, The San Diego Film Festival, National University, and The Classical Academy Charter School in Escondido, CA. He is the founder of the Cynthia Earley Educational Foundation and serves on the board of directors for the La Jolla Shores Association. A native of Annapolis, MD. Mr. Earley graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

 

Cynthia M. Brizard, CPA

A native of California, Cynthia graduated magna cum laude from Cal State University, Sacramento, with a MBA. She brings over 20 years experience in finance, accounting and investments.

Ms. Brizard’s areas of expertise are individual, partnership, corporate, non-profit, fiduciary, payroll, sales, property and use tax returns. She also works with clients to research and resolve both federal and state individual and corporate tax issues pertaining to tax payments, positions, entity classifications, dissolutions, suspensions and reinstatements and tax returns. Ms. Brizard is also involved in tax asset management, and retirement planning.

She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and California CPAs (CALCPA) and a registered tax preparer with both the Internal Revenue Service and State of California. In her free time, she likes to ride her motorcycle.

 

Debi Maher, Billing Administrator/ Customer Service

Debi Maher joined the firm in late 2011 and is the point person for all internal and external billing. Handling some 500 client account receivables her responsibilities include administrative duties such as file management, invoicing, collections, and maintains the scheduling of appointments. Ms. Maher is the pleasant and welcoming voice to our clients.

Her most recent work experience includes working as an Office Specialist for the Parks & Recreation Department of the City of Murrieta, CA.

Ms. Maher is originally from Northern California and moved to San Diego in late 2004. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and grandson in her spare time.

 

Huong Chau, Senior Staff Accountant

Huong Chau has worked as a Senior Accountant with Louis Tommasino, CPA APC for nine years. She is in charge of accounting and support services. Her areas of expertise include manufacturing, construction, real estate, medical offices, dentist offices, consulting offices, and the entertainment industry.

Ms. Chau handles tax preparation relating to Individuals, Partnerships, Corporations and S-Corporations. She also has experience in Business Management.

Her prior accounting experience includes billing, inventory, general ledger account reconciliation, advertising purchase orders, advertising month-end and advertising account reconciliation for Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. She also has previous financial experience from Peninsula Bank of San Diego and Bank of America as a proof operator.

Ms. Chau graduated in May of 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from San Diego State University. To increase her knowledge further, she has also taken the Tax Boot Camp course from University of San Diego, School of Business Administration.

Currently working on her CPA designation, Ms. Chau lives in Linda Vista and enjoys the weekends with her family.

 

Moana Bishop, Para Professional

As our newest member of our team, Moana Bishop’s role as a Para Professional is to assist our clients and employees by providing support duties within our company. She comes to our team with over 30 years of administrative and accounting related experience specifically in the tax industry.

Ms. Bishop and her family lived in Japan for over 12 years where she enjoyed travel and learning the unique cultures of the Japanese people. She attended University of Maryland University College (UMUC) on the military base in Yokosuka Japan, studying humanities and the Japanese Language. She worked with the family service center volunteering her time helping newcomers acclimate to living abroad.

Ms. Bishop is a veteran of the US Navy and served in Desert Storm as an aircraft survival equipment specialist. She has been married for 25 years, has two adult children and hopes to be a grandmother someday. Her hobbies include volunteering in the community and crafts.

 

Sandra J. Brooks, EA

A native San Diegan, Sandra spent her early and teen years either on the beach or in a swimming pool. Daughter of a Swimming Pool Contractor in San Diego, she grew up in the Construction industry and has deep knowledge of it. She spent 30+ years working in CPA firms, where advanced level training in both accounting and tax preparation was received. Sandra now has a total of 39 years in experience and knowledge to offer in this field.

Working further into the field, she took and passed the Federal SEE Exam to become an Enrolled Agent in 1991, thereby licensing her under Circular 230 and enabling her to practice before the Internal Revenue Service and other Taxing Agencies.

Sandra was coaxed out of private practice to join our Team as an Associate, and brings the following industry experience into our firm: Construction, Restaurant/Catering Services, Performing Arts, Rental Real Estate, Travel Agencies, Fire and Law Enforcement, Shared Economy, Personal Service, Professional Athletes, Section 280E businesses; specializing in Small Business and High Net Worth Individuals. She also has vast experience in Tax Resolution that goes back decades, including Audit and Appeals representation.

In her free time, Sandra trains her Registered Service Dog for volunteer Therapy Work, actively participates in local volunteer groups such as Mid-City PD Problem Solving Team; Azalea Park Neighborhood Association, San Diego Canyonlands. Sandra also serves as Treasurer to the Southern California Tax Professionals Inc, which provides accredited education to Tax Professionals.

 

Timothy A. Coons, CPA, Ph.D.

Timothy A. Coons has over 24 years of experience in public accounting dealing with a wide variety of industries, closely held corporations, small to medium sized businesses, and has been preparing Tax Returns for partnerships, corporations (both S and C), individuals, trusts and estates since 1987.

Mr. Coons has extensive experience in representation of clients before the IRS, Franchise Tax Board, State Board of Equalization, and Employment Development Department. He has prepared numerous multi state returns for corporations and individuals

Mr. Coons specializes in small to medium-size companies, and is versed in many Tax Planning strategies to help people save their hard earned money. Tim has a wide variety of experience over many different industries including entertainment, manufacturing, construction, real estate, professionals such as attorneys, doctors, dentists, and has consulted for other CPA firms who value his knowledge and expertise.

Mr. Coons has helped many people over the years with back tax issues including IRS resolutions and State resolutions helping clients get back on their feet.