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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.


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.


Merlisa Aquino, Para Professional Assistant  

Born and raised in San Diego, Merlisa Aquino comes to us as the Para Professional Assistant servicing our clients in the business management and bookkeeping areas.  Merlisa has an Associates Arts degree from Miramar College and enjoyed a brief career in child development and nursing. A drill team commander in Army Junior ROTC, Merilsa brings her love structure and organizing to the benefit of both our company and our clients.  

Merilsa enjoys spending time with her four dogs and one cat, going to the beach and can often be seen going hiking on the trails of San Diego County. Her goal is to travel to Spain and see sights and sounds of the people and its culture.   


Moana Bishop, Office Manager, Para Professional

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.


Sandy Smith, Enrolled Agent, Tax Accountant

Sandy Smith has worked as a Tax Preparer for 5 years. Ms. Smith handles tax preparation relating to Individuals, Partnerships, Corporations, and S-Corporations. She also has experience with bookkeeping.

Ms. Smith graduated in May 2015 with a Master’s of Science degree in Accounting from University of Phoenix. Her outstanding GPA got her noticed by Delta Mu Delta an International Honors Society. She spent a year as Vice President for the University of Phoenix Delta Mu Delta Honors Society Chapter where she helped fundraise to give back to the community.

In her free time, Sandy enjoys crafting, running, playing games, and baking.


Sue Ann Sholler, Enrolled Agent, Tax Accountant

Sue Ann has been in public accounting for over 12 years and received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from University of Phoenix. She started her career in accounting in 1985 for escrow and trust services and working her way over to the corporate office in accounts Payable and Payroll. She was a full charge bookkeeper for 10 years in the restaurant and print industries.

She was born in Pomona, California and resides in Menifee and is the oldest of four daughters, she has been married since 1985 and has one son.

Sue Ann is an Enrolled Agent which is the highest designation of tax professional next to CPA. She is looking forward to working with many of our physician and dentist professionals in simplifying their annual tax and accounting services. She enjoys baking and reading her favorite subject of fiction novels.


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.