Leaf & Cole, LLP
Leaf & Cole, LLP
Certified Public Accountants
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Team

The Leaf & Cole Family

 
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Partner

Michael J. Zizzi, CPA

Mike joined Leaf & Cole, LLP in 1989 and became a partner in 1998. Mike oversees the day-to-day operations of the firm while specializing in the audit of water districts, nonprofit organizations, the affordable housing industry and small businesses. In addition, he prepares individual, corporate and partnership income tax returns.

Education

California Polytechnic University,
San Luis Obispo
BSBA, 1986

Professional Designation

Certified Public Accountant in California

Areas of Professional Expertise

  • Accounting and Auditing

  • OMB Uniform Guidance

  • Nonprofit Organizations

  • California Special Districts

  • Affordable Housing Industry

  • Implementation of Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statements

  • Individual and Small Business Taxation

Professional and Civic Involvement:

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • Member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants

  • Designated Audit Quality Partner - AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center

  • Instructor - Special District Board Management Institute

  • Treasurer Parkview Little League

  • President San Diego County Club

 
 

 
 
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Partner

Nicholas M. Gines, CPA

Nicholas joined Leaf & Cole, LLP in 1997 and became a partner in 2005. Nicholas specializes in real estate taxation, including construction, development and syndicated partnerships. Based on his knowledge and experience, Nicholas has provided valuable advice to high-net-worth commercial and residential property owners.

He also lends his expertise in consulting and individual and corporate tax preparation (partnerships, S and C corporations, limited liability companies) to all-size businesses, ranging from professional services, technology and retail to manufacturing, healthcare and hospitality.

Education

University of Arizona
Bachelor's of Science in Accounting and Finance, 1995

Professional Designation

Certified Public Accountant in California

Areas of Professional Expertise

  • Real Estate Taxation

  • Partnership Planning and Compliance

  • C Corporation Planning and Compliance

  • S Corporation Planning and Compliance

  • Limited Liability Company Planning and Compliance

  • QuickBooks

Professional and Civic Involvement:

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • Member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants

 
 

 
 
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Partner

Jennifer S. Kinnard, CPA

Jennifer joined Leaf & Cole, LLP in 2002 and became a partner in 2015. Jennifer’s areas of expertise include tax planning and compliance with a focus on individual, and business tax services. She also offers experience in nonprofit organizations and affordable housing tax services. Jennifer serves a variety of individuals and entities across many industries.

Education

National University
Master of Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting, 1998

University of California, San Diego
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 1994

Professional Designation

Certified Public Accountant in California

Areas of Professional Expertise

  • Business and Individual Tax Planning and Consulting

  • S Corporation Planning and Compliance

  • C Corporation Planning and Compliance

  • Limited Liability Company Planning and Compliance

  • Partnership Planning and Compliance

  • Closely-Held Companies Planning and Compliance

  • Nonprofit Organizations Planning and Compliance

  • Affordable Housing Industry

Professional and Civic Involvement:

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • Member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants

  • Angels Foster Family Network - Board of Directors

 
 

 
 
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Partner

Craig R. Slabaugh, CPA

Craig brought to Leaf & Cole over 30 years of experience upon joining the firm in 2013. In addition to having extensive experience in tax compliance and small business planning across all entity types, and involving many diverse industries and non-profit organizations, he also specializes in assisting new business enterprises and representing clients undergoing tax agency audits.

Education

San Diego State University
Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 1980

Professional Designation

Certified Public Accountant in California

Areas of Professional Expertise

  • Small business start-ups, structuring, and strategic planning

  • Professional practices and service industries

  • S Corporation Planning and Compliance

  • C Corporation Planning and Compliance

  • Limited Liability Company Planning and Compliance

  • Estates and Trusts Planning and Compliance

  • Represent clients in tax examinations by IRS and State agencies

Professional and Civic Involvement:

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • Member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants

  • Nonprofit organization board member and volunteer

 
 

 
 
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Partner

Julie A. Firl, CPA

Julie joined Leaf & Cole, LLP in 1993 and became a partner in 1998. Julie manages the firm’s auditing practice and specializes in nonprofit organizations including audits conducted in accordance with OMB’s Uniform Guidance, the affordable housing industry and employee benefit plan audits. In addition, she prepares nonprofit information returns, corporate and partnership income tax returns.

Education

University of Denver
BSBA, Accounting, 1983

AICPA
Certificate of Education Achievement Government Accounting and Auditing

Professional Designation

Certified Public Accountant in California

Areas of Professional Expertise

  • Accounting and Auditing

  • OMB Uniform Guidance

  • Nonprofit Organizations

  • Affordable Housing Industry

  • Employee Benefit Plan Audits

Professional and Civic Involvement:

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • Member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants

Professional Certifications and Affiliations:

  • San Diego Zoo - Audit Committee Member

  • San Diego City Employees Retirement System- Audit Committee Member

 
 

 
 
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Partner

Carole A. Schmerbauch, CPA

Carole was recruited by Leaf & Cole, LLP in 2004 and accepted a partner position in 2017. Carole’s areas of expertise are in tax planning and compliance.  Carole specializes in estate, trust and business tax services. Carole is also experienced in individual and multistate tax services.

Education

National University
Master of Science emphasis in Taxation, 2008

San Diego State University
Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 1997

Professional Designation

Certified Public Accountant in California

Areas of Professional Expertise

  • Estates and Trusts Planning and Compliance

  • Business and Individual Tax Planning and Consulting

  • Partnership Planning and Compliance

  • S Corporation Planning and Compliance

  • C Corporation Planning and Compliance

  • Limited Liability Company Planning and Compliance

  • Real Estate Taxation

  • Multistate Taxation/Business Entities and Individuals

Professional and Civic Involvement:

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • Member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants

  • Nonprofit and for profit organization board member and volunteer

 
 

 
 
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Partner

Steven W. Northcote, CPA

Steve joined Leaf & Cole, LLP in 1977 and became a partner in 1983. Steve specializes in water districts, nonprofit entities and the affordable housing industry. In addition, he prepares individual, corporate and partnership income tax returns.

Areas of Professional Expertise

• Accounting and Auditing
• California Special Districts
• Nonprofit Organizations
• Affordable Housing

Professional and Civic Involvement:

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • Member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants

  • United Way of San Diego, Past Vice-Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Finance Committee

  • Scripps Ranch Old Pros, Past President and Chairman of the Board

  • American Lung Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, Past Officer and Board Member

  • Special District Board Management Institute, Instructor and Seminar Speaker

Education

San Diego State University
B.S. in Accounting, 1975

AICPA
Certificate of Education Achievement in Governmental Accounting and Auditing

AICPA
Certificate of Education Achievement in Nonprofit Accounting and Auditing

Professional Designation

Certified Public Accountant in California

 
 

 
 
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Partner

Michael S. Schreibman, CPA

Michael joined Leaf & Cole in 1983 and became partner in 1989. Michael specializes in real estate and small business taxation. In addition, he prepares individual, corporate and partnership income tax returns.

Education

University of Cincinnati
Master of Science in Taxation, 1981

The Ohio State University
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, 1979

Professional Designation

Certified Public Accountant in California

Areas of Professional Expertise

  • Real Estate Taxation

  • Estate and Financial Planning

  • Partnership Planning and Compliance

  • S Corporation Planning and Compliance

  • C Corporation Planning and Compliance

  • Limited Liability Company Planning and Compliance

  • Estates and Trusts Planning and Compliance
    High Technology

  • Distributors including Domestic and Foreign, Entities

  • QuickBooks Professional Advisor

Professional and Civic Involvement:

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • Member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants

 
 

 
 
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Partner

LaTonya M. Knox, CPA


LaTonya joined Leaf & Cole, LLP in 2008 and became a partner in 2019. LaTonya serves the firm in the accounting and auditing practice and specializes in nonprofit organizations including audits conducted in accordance with OMB’s Uniform Guidance and the affordable housing industry. In addition, she prepares nonprofit information returns and partnership income tax returns.

Education:

University of San Diego
Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 2003

Professional Designation

Certified Public Accountant in California

Areas of Professional Expertise:

  • Accounting and Auditing

  • OMB Uniform Guidance

  • Nonprofit Organizations

  • Affordable Housing Industry

Professional and Civic Involvement:

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • Member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants

 

 
 

PARTNER

Jenny Kikuno, CPA

Jenny joined Leaf & Cole, LLP in 1997 and was admitted as partner in 2019. Jenny serves the firm in the accounting and auditing practice and specializes in nonprofit entities and the affordable housing industry. In addition, she prepares partnership and nonprofit information returns.

Education:

San Diego State University
Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 1995

Professional Designation

Certified Public Accountant in California

Areas of Professional Expertise:

  • Accounting and Auditing

  • Single Audit

  • Nonprofit Organizations

  • Affordable Housing Industry

Professional and Civic Involvement:

  • Member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • Member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants

  • Combined Health Agencies, Former Treasurer and Director

  • Burn Institute, Audit Committee

 
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