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Frank R. Acuña is a California State Bar certified specialist in estate planning, trust, and probate law. His practice includes estate planning, business and real estate succession planning, special needs trusts, inheritance litigation, and general business and real estate advice. He is also a nationally recognized expert in real estate wealth transfers and in succession planning for farms, ranches, and vineyards. With more than 27 years of front-line legal experience in the business, insurance, and banking worlds, professionals and businesses rely on Mr. Acuña as their outside general counsel. He listens with the ear of a business owner, diagnoses business, and legal issues that arise, and creates teams of professionals to guide and protect his business clients. When otherwise unavoidable, Frank is a well-qualified trial attorney. Where other attorneys push paper through years of litigation, Frank is focused on trial tactics and formulates a strategy to produce the best outcome at settlement or trial. It is the difference between an experienced trial attorney and an ordinary “litigator.” As a professional advisor, Frank has taught tax seminars for the National Tax Practice Institute, the California Society of Enrolled Agents, the California Society of Tax Professionals, and a number of national, state and local chapters of the National Association of Enrolled Agents and the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts. He is a featured speaker for the Professional Fiduciary Association of California and the California Association of Public Administrators, Public Conservators, and Public Guardians. He advises tax, fiduciary, and real estate professionals throughout California and was honored by the California Society of Enrolled Agents as its 2010 Booster of the Year.
Karen Brosi, EA, CFP® has been practicing in Palo Alto, California for over twenty-five years. She is a Certified Financial Planner professional and Enrolled to Practice before the Internal Revenue Service.
A native Californian, Karen completed her undergraduate education at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a major in Mathematics. In the community, Karen is active in her local church. She is a past-president of Golden Gate Chapter and past officer of the California Society of Enrolled Agents.
Karen advises clients in individual tax and family wealth planning, specializing in complex tax strategies, securities and real estate transactions. A frequent lecturer, Karen speaks for various state and local tax professional organizations and nationally for AICPA, NAEA and Western CPE. She was named Outstanding Conference Instructor for 2011-12 and Outstanding Webcast Instructor for 2012-13 by California CPA Education Foundation. Karen has written articles on a variety of tax and financial planning topics, and has been widely quoted in the print media. She and her teaching partner, Sharon Kreider, CPA, present a renowned two-day comprehensive federal and California tax update.
As a former senior manager, with a "big six" public accounting firm, Darryl has a vast array of experience in the area of federal taxation of individuals, small businesses including partnerships and S corporations as well as large public companies (C corporations). As a former college professor, he also has an extensive background teaching, writing, and researching issues pertaining to the same areas of federal tax law including financial reporting and accounting for income taxes. He is presently in the process of obtaining his EA and CPA credentials and launching his own tax and advisory firm.
Joyce E. Cheng became an Enrolled Agent in 1999 but has a career in tax that spans more than 30 years. Her career includes work in the public and private sectors handling federal and state tax controversies/representation. Ms. Cheng is also a Certified Paralegal and much of her work has been dual in nature having worked as a Paralegal Specialist at the IRS District Counsel office in Laguna Niguel, CA and as a Paralegal/Enrolled Agent in a private tax law firm in Santa Ana, CA. Ms. Cheng has represented individual and business taxpayers before the FTB, EDD, and CDTFA including, but not limited to, audits, collection cases, offers in compromise, lien issues, and bankruptcy tax discharge issues.? Ms. Cheng enjoys sharing her experience through webinars and in-person teaching. Ms. Cheng is an avid supporter of CSEA and is passionate about legislative matters related to state tax issues. Ms. Cheng is the current CSEA Advocacy & Governance Manager.
Derek Ganter is currently the Director of the Stakeholder Liaison organization within in the Internal Revenue Service. In this capacity, Derek oversees non-case related engagement with the local, state and regional payroll, tax practitioner and non-tax/industry stakeholders. The scope of his purview includes outreach and education of IRS policies, practices and procedures to ensure compliance with the tax laws, both by voluntary means and through enforcement programs.
Prior to his current assignment Derek held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility and scope primarily in the IRS Compliance Business Units. Recent assignments include serving as Bank Secrecy Act/Title 31 Specialist in the designated High Intensity Financial Crimes Area of Miami, Florida; holding various management and non-management compliance positions in the IRS’s Examination function in the Small Business/Self-Employed and Large & Mid-Size Business Divisions; assignments to the IRS Communications, Problem Resolution and Disaster Assistance programs; as well as leading several task forces, special projects and teams.
Derek has been recognized and received commendations by former IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti, the American Institute of CPA’s, members of the U.S. Congress and other noteworthy institutions for his tax law knowledge, communication skills and ability to find resolution to difficult and sensitive matters.
A native Californian, Derek attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where he was recruited by and began his IRS career in 1989.
In his private life he serves on the leadership team of several non-profit organizations and enjoys mentoring student athletes, fishing and playing board games.
Thomas A. Gorczynski, EA, USTCP is a nationally recognized speaker and educator on federal tax law matters. He is editor-in-chief of EA Journal, author of the Tom Talks Taxes online newsletter, the co-author of the PassKey Learning Systems EA Review Series, and co-owner of Compass Tax Educators. He is an Enrolled Agent, a Certified Tax Planner, a National Tax Practice InstituteTM Fellow, a Certified Tax Resolution Specialist, and admitted to the bar of the United States Tax Court as a non-attorney. Tom earned a Master of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a Certificate in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He received the 2019 Excellence in Education Award from the National Association of Enrolled Agents and the 2018 Member of the Year Award from the American Institute of Certified Tax Planners. Tom’s tax practice in Phoenix, Arizona focuses on implementing advanced tax reduction strategies and representing taxpayers with complex tax problems before the IRS and in the United States Tax Court.
Claudia Hill, EA, is a nationally recognized tax professional and frequent lecturer on taxation of individuals and representation before the IRS. She is the editor-in-chief of the Wolters Kluwer, (formerly CCH) Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure, co-author of CCH Expert Treatise Tax Practice & Procedure, and a frequent presenter for both audio and in-person CPE seminars nationwide. Claudia coordinates a “dream team of tax controversy advisors” for the IRS Watch blog on Forbes.com. Claudia was named as a Top Ten Nominee by Tax Analysts as 2011 Person of the Year.? She is a National Tax Practice Institute™ (NTPI®) instructor, NTPI Fellow®, and former Dean of the National Tax Practice Institute.?She is owner and principal of Tax Mam, Inc. and TMI Tax Services Group, Inc. in Cupertino, California.
Alice Orzechowski, CPA, CMA, EA, was born and raised in Washington, DC. She holds BS degrees in Economics and Accounting from the University of Maryland, and an MS in Administration and Management from Hood College. She is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Enrolled Agent. Alice has provided advice on tax-related matters in The Washington Post, The Frederick News Post, in various AARP publications, and on Wall Street Journal Radio, CNN, and Today’s Woman Television and is a national speaker on tax topics. Alice earned the CPA accreditation in 1976, and over the course of her 40-year career has developed a wealth of tax-related knowledge. She is published on the topic of tax planning for college expenses, and is a recognized expert on intergenerational wealth transfer. She is also the author of numerous articles and textbooks for tax professionals including “101 Tips for Maximizing College Financial Aid” and “Success Strategies for Understanding and Avoiding AMT.” Alice is the owner of her own CPA practice, Alice Orzechowski CPA, LLC. She is also well-versed in federal and local corporate tax laws, and advises hundreds of clients on corporate tax strategy. In addition, Alice specializes in taxes for individuals, small businesses, and estates and trusts. Alice and her husband Scott live in the mountains on Caprikorn Farm, where they raise award-winning Saanen dairy goats and make cheese that is distributed to various high-end food stores such as Whole Foods. They currently have over 100 goats, each of which they have named!
Preparing tax returns since 1989, Mr. Pinck passed the Department of Treasury’s Special Enrollment Exam in 1992 and became an Enrolled Agent in 1993. His areas of expertise lie in audit representation before federal and state taxing authorities, personal and business income tax returns, and small business tax and consulting. Operating in California’s Silicon Valley has given Mr. Pinck a unique experience in a variety of industries including high tech, construction, and hospitality to name a few. Volunteering as a speaker for Silicon Valley S.C.O.R.E. since 1990, Alan has been working with some of these companies from an early stage in their business. Alan is a nationally recognized presenter on various tax topics ranging from preparation to representation, and besides being a regular speaker at Super Seminar he has also spoken for Spidell Publishing and NTPI. He also is the moderator for Tax Talk Today, an online series of programs designed to educate all tax practitioners.
Jane Ryder, EA, CPA has been providing tax preparation, accounting services, and tax collection resolution services since 1980. She runs her San Diego CPA firm, Brass Tax Ryder Professional Group, Inc., and writes and speaks on many income tax, business compliance and accounting topics. She received a BS in Business Administration (Accounting) from SDSU and is currently licensed with the California State Board of Accountancy and with the Internal Revenue Service as an Enrolled Agent.
Mark F. Seid is an enrolled agent, certified public accountant and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court. He was an Internal Revenue Agent with the IRS in San Jose and San Luis Obispo, California. Mark is an NTPI graduate. He has served as a state director for the California Society of Enrolled Agents (CSEA) and chaired the CSEA Finance and Budget committee. Mark has an active tax practice in Paso Robles, California specializing in small businesses and tax controversy. He regularly presents courses to tax professionals on issues impacting small businesses. For the last several years Mark has been presenting federal and state tax update courses throughout the United States and internationally.
Laura Strombom, EA, MBA, NTPI Fellow, has been preparing taxes since 1995. After completing her MBA degree she began teaching Business and Accounting courses at the collegiate level, undergrad and grad. As her practice grew, she had to give up teaching. She continued to present tax topics to local groups. In 2014 she began teaching CPE nationally. This enabled her to accomplish a life goal: to see all 50 States! Laura loves learning, thinking and strategizing through complex situations. She is the President/CEO of Adding Sense to Your Dollars, Inc. dba All About Numbers with two locations: Stockton and Valley Springs. When not working, Laura's favorite pastime is riding her horses.