Our Team

Leadership

Jeff Brown

CPA

Jeff is the founding principal of Jeff Brown, P.C. a full service public accounting firm which specializes in tax compliance and planning for small businesses, including start-up ventures. He helps business owners plan for the future and grow their company with his expertise in business taxation. Jeff has more than 20 years of tax planning experience, including several years in a senior role at an international CPA and consulting firm. He has been featured in Business Week Magazine where he discussed how to prudently use retirement funds to start a business. He is a licensed CPA by the State of California. He has a BSBA from The Ohio State University School of Business and is currently on the Board of a non-profit organization that rescues dogs.

Masha Kalinowski

CPA, Member of Leadership Team

Masha has been with our firm since 2013, where she wears many hats as part of the leadership team in managing the firm as well as completing tax and financial advisory work for clients. She loves working with clients of all sizes on a range of financial work, from bookkeeping to tax advisory services to financial forecasting. Born and raised in Russia, she emigrated to the U.S. over 20 years ago and since then has made California her home. She received her B.S. degree in Finance from Cal State Northridge where during her studies she provided tax services to underserved communities. After completing her degree, she joined an accounting firm in Burbank to learn the ins and outs of tax accounting. She moved to the Bay Area in 2006, where she and her husband Jeff are busy raising their two sons. She is an active CPA in California.

Professional Staff

Keith Arnold

Payroll Specialist

Keith handles all things payroll so you don’t have to. Whether your small or medium business payroll is simple or complex, he’s got a handle on it. A native of the Bay Area, he enjoys the great outdoors, particularly hiking and exploring in his spare time.

Jason Berlin

Administrative Support

Jason works on all the complexities of preparing tax returns for clients, sorting through the details and the numbers, and also helps the team with client mailings and managing tax organizers. He enjoys living in San Francisco and loves to play ultimate frisbee on the weekend.

Ed Bradac

Senior Tax Manager

In his current role, Ed is responsible for complex tax strategies, compliance planning and transactional analysis. For example, he evaluates scenarios for tax structures, stock option plans, profit sharing plans, business acquisitions, dual-residency foreign tax issues and capital expenditures with our clients. He has been with the firm since 2009. Previously, he formed his own tax accounting firm, grew it and successfully sold it. He has worked in controller roles for mid size corporations and gained early training at Arthur Andersen & Company. He has a BA in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University, with additional graduate level studies from Bethany Theological Seminary.

Stephanie Gall

Payroll Specialist/ Staff Accountant

Stephanie Gall joined our team in August 2010. She is a part-time Staff Accountant with significant payroll experience, specializing in payroll tax issues, problem resolution, and correspondence with various agencies and taxing authorities. Stephanie came to the world of accounting with an established career in Civil/Structural Engineering and advanced degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Maryland. She is fluent in French and also speaks conversational Spanish.

Eve Murto

Head of Marketing

Eve handles all things marketing for us, including branding, PR, social media, web, events, and corporate communications. She’s a marketing consultant with expertise gleaned from working with finance and accounting firms (RoseRyan, APN Group) , and technology firms (Apple, Sun Microsystems, Mozilla and several Silicon Valley startups). She has a BA from Wellesley, an MBA in Finance from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania, and MA in International Studies from University of Pennsylvania. On weekends she enjoys the great outdoors, particularly hiking and skiing.

Tamara Rucker

Staff Accountant, CPA Candidate

Tamara has been with our team since October 2019 and loves working on tax preparation for clients, particularly the attention to detail involved, building relationships with clients and solving problems. She is a CPA candidate in California and loves numbers. Tamara also works as the bookkeeper for East Bay Natural Grocers Inc, where she has been employed for the past 11 years. She holds a Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) and has passed the CPA exams. Tamara loves hiking, trail-running, backpacking and camping. Her five-year plan includes hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Richard Thomson

Tax Accountant, CPA (Active)

Richard has been working with Jeff’s team since August 2019, and focuses on preparing tax returns for clients. He loves working with clients and is dedicated to solving their tax problems. He has an active CPA certification. Previously in his career, he served as VP Finance at Point Line Company in San Francisco, and prior to that was VP & Treasurer of Buttes Gas and Oil Company in Oakland. Earlier in his career, he was Corporate Controller of Santa Fe International Corporation. He earned his BA in Economics from Pomona College, and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the California Society of CPAs and the Financial Executives Institute. He’s a native of southern California, and in his spare time he enjoys fishing and do-it-yourself projects.

Admin Team

Brandi Coffman

Administrative Assistant

Brandi will likely be your first contact with us. She is smart and engaging – she will take good care of you!

You may have already received an e-mail from Brandi helping you schedule an appointment. Brandi will also help facilitate the process of transmitting your tax documents to us via e-mail, cloud storage, fax or snail mail. But she will also help you should you need a copy of a previously filed tax return that was prepared by our firm or any other tax document that you have previously provided to us.

Monroe LaPorte

Administrative Support

Monroe joined us in 2019, and in her administrative support role she keeps us organized and on track by reviewing incoming client requests, gathering incoming tax material, scheduling appointments and managing tax workflow. Previously she worked as a notary public. She currently studies at Foothill College. In here spare time you will find her volunteering with foster kids.

Gary Simons

Staff

Gary supports our tax work by managing the client mailings, handling the tax organizers, and prints and processing of tax returns for clients. He has extensive experience from previously managing several small businesses. He earned his BA in Business from Midwestern State University in Texas.