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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.


Carly Thompson, Staff Accountant, Bookkeeping Services

Carly Thompson is the firm’s full time bookkeeper and staff accountant and recently worked at San Diego’s Officialize as the Finance and Operations Manager and prior to that served as the Senior Staff Accountant for Victor Okoye, CPA in Bloomington, MN.  She attended University of Phoenix San Diego studying Accounting. With 18 years’ experience in accounting and bookkeeping she will be playing a major role in this valuable service to our clients.

Carly lives with her husband of 20 years and has 2 girls ages 13 and 11.  In her free time she can be found at Disneyland and as a native San Diegan, loves baseball and Padre games. She recently attended the Baseball Hall of Fame ceremonies for Padres pitcher Trevor Hoffman.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Sandy Smith, Staff 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.


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.