Our People

Partners
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Thomas G. Bode, CPA, Partner Joined: 1979

At Alten Sakai: Tom provides individual and business accounting and income tax services for closely held business owners, investment partnerships and LLCs. He also has specialized expertise in providing tax advice to tax-exempt organizations, trusts, charitable remainder trusts and private foundations. He enjoys taking on and resolving interesting accounting and tax challenges.

Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA)

Degrees/Certifications: B.A. in Finance, Michigan State University

Email: tbode@altensakai.com

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E. Barry O'Connor, CPA, Partner Joined: 1979

At Alten Sakai: Barry provides individual and business accounting, income tax and financial statement services for closely held business owners in a variety of industries, including medicine, construction, and horticulture. He also consults on succession and estate tax planning, and trust taxation. He enjoys building long-term relationships, helping his clients make sound business decisions based on the latest tax laws and reporting best practices.

Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), AICPA Tax Practice Section Member, Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA)

Degrees/Certifications: B.S. in Business Administration, Southern Oregon University

Email: boconnor@altensakai.com

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David S. Kawasaki, CPA, Partner Joined: 1986

At Alten Sakai: Dave provides individual and business income tax services for clients. He also consults on retirement plans, real estate activities, accounting and network administration. His favorite days are when he can provide “Ah ha!” moments for those who are facing difficult tax or accounting challenges.

Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA), Japan American Society of Oregon (JASO)

Degrees/Certifications: B.S. in Accounting, University of Oregon

Email: dkawasaki@altensakai.com

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Tylor J. Leinweber, CPA, Partner Joined: 2006

At Alten Sakai: Tylor provides individual, corporate and multistate accounting and income tax services for closely held business owners, primarily in construction and small service operations. He also consults on Quickbooks. Tylor enjoys working in the firm's relaxed, collegial atmosphere where he has the opportunity to help small and family-owned businesses thrive.

Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA)

Degrees/Certifications: B.A. in Business Administration / Accounting, Oregon State University

Email: tleinweber@altensakai.com

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Eileen Nguyen, CPA, Partner Joined: 2006

At Alten Sakai: Eileen provides individual and business income tax services for clients, and specializes in compiling accounting and financial statements for closely held businesses. Embracing innovation, she enjoys the fact that there is always something new to learn as an accounting professional.

Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA)

Degrees/Certifications: B.B.A. in Accounting and B.S. in Biochemistry, University of Portland

Email: enguyen@altensakai.com

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Matthew D. Pearson, CPA, Partner Joined: 1992

At Alten Sakai: Matt provides individual and business accounting and income tax services, with a focus on restaurateurs, wholesalers, physicians and dentists. He also consults on foreign individual and business financial concerns, as well as CPA ElderCare. He enjoys being his clients' "first response" CPA when they are wrestling with personal or professional issues that call for making good financial decisions.

Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA), church financial council

Degrees/Certifications: B.S. in Business Administration, University of Portland

Email: mpearson@altensakai.com

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Karilinn S. Reynolds, CPA, Partner Joined: 1988

At Alten Sakai: Kari is our go-to partner for estate (Form 706) and trust (Form 1041) tax return preparation, helping clients complete their loved ones' final tax filings. She enjoys assisting families during their most challenging times, as part of a firm she feels is her own extended family.

Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA)

Degrees/Certifications: B.S. in Business Administration, Oregon State University

Email: kreynolds@altensakai.com

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Nelson E. Rutherford, CPA/PFS, CFP, Partner Joined: 1970 Retired: 2017

At Alten Sakai: Nelson is the founder and president of our affiliated Registered Investment Advisor firm, Evergreen Financial Advisors. Having retired from the partnership and day-to-day operations of Alten Sakai, Nelson focuses mainly on his passion for personal financial planning and investment management, but is readily available to assist the professional staff in providing continued quality, forward-thinking tax and accounting services to his former clients.

Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA), Financial Planning Association (FPA)

Degrees/Certifications: B.S. in Business Administration, Southern Oregon University

Email: nrutherford@altensakai.com

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Ken Sakai, CPA, Partner Joined: 1977 Retired: 2016

At Alten Sakai: Ken has retired as of December 31, 2016, but continues his presence in the office on occasion.

Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA)

Degrees/Certifications: B.S. in Accounting, University of Oregon

Email: kens@altensakai.com

Managers/Supervisors
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Karen J. Amato, CPA, Manager Joined: 1993

At Alten Sakai: Karen provides individual and business income tax services for clients, and consults on accounting and QuickBooks software related issues. She enjoys building lasting relationships with clients while helping them to resolve their most pressing challenges and achieve their long-term goals.

Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA)

Degrees/Certifications: B.S. in Accounting, University of Oregon

Email: kamato@altensakai.com

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Tul Dim C. Annand, CPA, Manager Joined: 2012

At Alten Sakai: Tul Dim provides individual and business income tax services for closely held business owners, with additional experience in accounting and tax-related services for tax-exempt organizations. She enjoys the variety of projects in her busy work day.

Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA), Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS)

Degrees/Certifications: B.S. in Finance and Post-baccalaureate in Accounting, Portland State University

Email: tannand@altensakai.com

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Thi H. Embury, CPA, Supervisor Joined: 2012

At Alten Sakai: Thi provides individual and business accounting and income tax services to our clients. She enjoys the family-friendly work environment and training opportunities available at Alten Sakai.

Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) and Beta Gamma Sigma

Degrees/Certifications: B.A. in Economics, Foreign Trade University (Vietnam); Post-baccalaureate in Accounting, Portland State University

Email: tembury@altensakai.com

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Amy L. Moran, CPA, Manager Joined: 2008

At Alten Sakai: Amy provides income tax services for individuals, businesses, non-profits and private foundations. She also consults on real estate and partnership transactions. She enjoys simplifying complexities for her clients, bolstering their financial confidence, and putting smiles on their (and her co-workers') faces.

Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA),

Degrees/Certifications: B.A. in English, Harding University; Post-baccalaureate in Accounting, Portland State University

Email: amoran@altensakai.com

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Karen D. O'Connor, CPA, Manager Joined: 1987

At Alten Sakai: Karen specializes in individual and business income tax services for clients, including income tax planning and complex tax reporting issues. She enjoys learning and making the most of each year's new tax laws and their related challenges and opportunities.

Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA)

Degrees/Certifications: B.S. in Accounting, Portland State University

Email: koconnor@altensakai.com

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Rachelle L. Peterson, Office Manager/Tax Preparer Joined: 1991

At Alten Sakai: As our office manager, Rachelle's touch is found in nearly all aspects of Alten Sakai's operations, including the firm's technology infrastructure, client retirement plan reporting system, and overall office environment. Rachelle also is training to be a tax preparer. She enjoys the ongoing opportunities to learn, grow and fulfill a variety of essential needs in our ever-active firm.

Memberships: Walk for Diabetes, Oregon Humane Society and ASPCA supporter

Email: rpeterson@altensakai.com

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Lisa Tsuei, CPA, Manager Joined: 2015

At Alten Sakai: Lisa provides tax compliance and planning services for individuals, closely-held businesses and trusts. She especially enjoys dealing with reporting issues for clients' complex tax transactions and assisting with various administrative functions that keep the firm's tax practice running smoothly.

Memberships: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA)

Degrees/Certifications: B.S. in Accounting

Email: ltsuei@altensakai.com

Staff
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Cathy L. Bail
Accounts Receivable
Joined: 1980

Email: cbail@altensakai.com

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Matthew F. Hecker
Staff Accountant
Joined: 2017

mhecker@altensakai.com

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Nancy A. LaBauve
Receptionist
Joined: 2006

nlabauve@altensakai.com

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Ellen McCowan, CPA
Staff Accountant / Payroll Specialist
Joined: 2009

emccowan@altensakai.com

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Marchelle Peck
Staff Accountant
Joined: 2018

mpeck@altensakai.com

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Jonathan P. Randolph, CPA
Staff Accountant
Joined: 2015

jrandolph@altensakai.com

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Caryn Rutherford, LTP
Tax Preparer/Payroll
Joined: 2000

crutherford@altensakai.com

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Sandy Walker
Executive Assistant
Joined: 1998

swalker@altensakai.com

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Holley Zeigler
Staff Accountant
Joined: 2017

hzeigler@altensakai.com

Seasonal Staff

Sharon Bishop, Tax Preparer
sbishop@altensakai.com

 

Daniela M. Greenberg, Tax Preparer
dgreenberg@altensakai.com

 

Haitham Abdel-Hadi, Tax Preparer
habdel-hadi@altensakai.com