Victor Sy, CPA. PASCPA – President
Vic Sy and Elmer Simbol are the original founders of PICPA-LA and were later joined by Frenz Rivera, Ben Alas and other leaders. PICPA eventually joined FAA and FASC with Cecy Groom, Cornelio Afan, Becky Lingad, Jun Pinlac, Art Tang, Tony de Guzman, and Jimmy Punzalan to form PASCPA.
Vic graduated Cum Laude from the University of the East with a BBA and Indiana State University with an MBA. He worked with SGV, Andersen Consulting, and Ernst & Young before establishing Sy Accountancy Corporation. He specializes in tax controversy defending clients audited by the IRS, FTB, EDD, BOE and other agencies.
Commissions: Vic was a state and city commissioner with the Legal Service Council of the State of California, Code Enforcement Commission of the City of Pasadena, Cultural Heritage Commission of The City of Los Angeles, and Arcadia Beautiful Commission of The City of Arcadia.
Awards: Vic received several awards from the UE, PICPA, and PASCPA. He’s a recipient of certificates of commendation from Mayor Tom Bradley and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. He also received a Businessman of the Year Award by the National Republican Business Advisory Council.
Author: Vic recently published a book on How To Avoid IRS Audits. He has been writing tax tips articles for Asian Journal, California Examiner, and other newspapers and magazines for 40 years. He was also a frequent guest on Radio Manila Live.
He retired in 2015 and now spends his time babysitting his grandchildren Tyler and Emily and volunteering for the CHP (California Highway Patrol) participating in Special Olympics, Toys for Kids, and DUI checkpoints.
Violeta (VEE) Dela Cruz Cristobal, CPA, CGMA migrated to California more than 30 years ago with her whole family, Cesar, her husband and two children, Glenn and Samantha. She graduated at PUP/PCC with a degree in Business Education in undergraduate and graduate studies. Prior to forming her own CPA firm, Cristobal & Company, CPAs, of Brentwood, California in 2001, Vee had been in public practice for over 30 years & has accounting experience in various field of industry. Vee was past president of Philippine American Society of CPAs (PASCPA) and past president of Los Angeles Chapter of the California Society of CPAs (CALCPA). She is currently the Chairperson of the Los Angeles Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards and Council of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) since 2010. She has received several awards for her exemplary dedication to her profession and the community. Her goal is to build a library in PUP in the near future and continue to teach financial literacy in the community.
Fernando Austria earned his bachelors degree from the Royal Pontifical Catholic University of Santo Tomas. After passing the CPA exams in the Philippines, he moved to Los Angeles, California to take and eventually pass the Uniform CPA exams in the USA. He is now working for a local CPA firm doing both Audits and Taxation.
April Misa – VP of Youth Membership, 2016 – Current
April Misa is a Senior Associate at PriceWaterhouseCooper, LLC (PWC). She has served a variety of clients and industries during her current tenure with PWC. April did her undergraduate studies at UCLA with a major in Business Economics and a minor in Accounting. She has completed her CPA examinations and is currently progressing her career in her current role.
Val Creus is currently the Tax Director in charge of tax planning and compliance at Turner, Warren, Hwang, and Conrad (TWHC). Val also spent 16 years at Deloitte serving high profile clients in several industries prior to joining TWHC. Val has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from De La Salle University. He also has a Master’s Degree in Business Taxation and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Val is very active in numerous professional and community service activities.
Rusten O’Neil, VP-Community Service
Rusten O’Neil did his undergraduate studies at UCLA in political science, and then went on to obtain his master’s degree in Accounting from USC Leventhal School of Accounting. He has worked in the Consulting capacity at Deloitte, Financial Analyst at Toyota Motor Sales, and is now currently a Senior Accountant at Kaiser Permanente Health Plan. He has passed all his CPA examinations and is currently awaiting certification from the board.
Sheila Falcon is an alumni of California State University of Long Beach. She is the past President of Pacific Rim Association while attending CSULB. After graduation, she worked for private, public and non-profit organizations. She is currently employed with a CPA firm involving audit and tax. A current member of PASCPA and on her second-term as the organization’s Secretary.
John Domingo, a CPA in Philippines and California, has served clients in various industries. He has a general accounting experience focusing on tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll. In his spare time he also serves in a Christian community.
Jason Malabute has 2 years of Accounting Experience and had served clients in various industries. He graduated with an MBA and became a CPA in September of 2015. Jason was able to accomplish all this despite having a disability of cerebral palsy.
She graduated from Luzonian University in Lucena City, has acquired a Taxation Certificate from UCLA, and is a Certified Public Accountant in both the Philippines and United States. She has been a bank controller for 3rd Rizal Development Bank and was an Internal Auditor for Far East Bank in Makati, Philippines before immigrating to the United States of America. She has had her own C.P.A. practice since 1983 and has worked a total of 38 years with The Los Angeles County; first as an accountant in the Sheriff Department for 3 yrs., then as a contract auditor for Health & Mental Health for 10 yrs., and finally as an appraiser/auditor for Business Property Tax for 25 years. She has been president of the Lucena Association for Southern California’s non-profit organization where 300 members have sponsored college scholarships for the needy in Lucena City, Philippines.
|OFFICERS/BOD & ADVISORS|
|JULY 1, 2015 TO JUNE 30, 2016|
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|REYES||KATHLEEN||VP YOUTH MEMBERSHIP|
|RIVERA||MONETTE||VP COMMUNITY SERVICE|
|PAST PRESIDENTS (ADVISORS)|
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