About Us

For over 20 years, Lavoignet, CPA & Associates has provided tax management and financial services to adiverse and successful client base. As an innovative and highly professional certified public accountant and consultant, Lavoignet, CPA & Associates serves as a valued advisor to many clients. Lavoignet, CPA & Associates work experience includes both private industry and public accounting. Lavoignet, CPA &Associates private experience has been in two very large corporations that have each reached over the one billion dollar mark in receipts in the past few years. Lavoignet, CPA & Associates has also worked in a large multinational full service accounting firm for three years working on several large engagements in the healthcare, service, entertainment, food ” beverage, online, automotive, manufacturing, and real estate industries.Lavoignet, CPA & Associates has extensive experience with individuals working in the public accounting firm as well as on Lavoignet, CPA & Associates own client base.

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Adam Lavoignet, CPA

President
Adam@lavoignetcpa.com
@adamlavo

With a Bachelors of Science Accounting degree from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. Adam Lavoignet began his Public Accounting career in 2006 at one of Top 5 accounting firms- BDO Siedman LLP in Los Angeles, CA. Adam possesses a strong acumen in business accounting and taxation which allows him to strategically build wealth and lower taxes for business owners and individuals alike. In 2010 Adam created Lavoignet CPA & Associates in Orange County, CA with the goal to focus on small to medium sized business and create a comprehensive solution for accounting, tax and payroll. What sets Adam apart from the stereotypical accountant is his outgoing personality. While he enjoys golfing, traveling and being a foodie- what he loves most is spending time with his wife Nicole and two kids- Gianna and Adam Jr.

Edwin Christopher

Payroll Partner edwin@yourchecks.com
Edwin began his career at an early age while being raised by a single mom. At 13 Edwin ran for associated student body president and successfully won. In high school Edwin was selected to participate in an internship program at McKesson corporation in San Francisco, CA. When asked- most of the interns selected to focus on medical, law, or accounting fields. Edwin’s focus was on being the person at the top. But as history would have it, he was assigned to the mail room. Edwin’s first big break was when he dropped out of college at 18 and became the highest earning and youngest sales agent. In 2014, with Edwin’s help, iZZi Gadgets won best of show at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show. Edwin also spent a few years at Paramount Studios in Venice, CA working on the Manny Pacquiao documentary, he toured with Lance Armstrong’s Nissan USA cycling team and managed the rollout of Verizon wireless’ 5G nationwide tour.

Currently, Edwin is the Co-founder of Milo- a patent pending AI one-click smart virtual interview recruitment system. He’s a Partner at the Lavoignet, Mellotti, & Rasmussen and the CFO of Yourchecks Inc. overseeing 30 Million annually with more than 2000 employees.

While his accomplishments speak volume what means most to him is spending time with his family and friends, especially his beautiful wife, and his chiweenie louie.

Sabar Purba EA, MBA

Tax Manager SabarSabar@lavoignetcpa.com
Sabar Purba received a Bachelor’s Degree in Tax and Accounting from the University of Indonesia and an MBA from National University. Sabar Purba began his Public Accounting career with Deloitte and Touche. He would then work at other public accounting firms as a Tax manager. With the extensive experience he has had throughout his career it has given him a solid foundation in tax, accounting and business management. What he loves most is spending time with his wife, daughter and son.

Christina Quezada

Accountant
Christina@lavoignetcpa.com
@cquezada

Christina Quezada earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton in May 2017. She began her accounting career in 2016 as a part-time bookkeeper for Lavoignet, CPA & Associates and has since then gained vast knowledge and experience in the accounting field. She is a certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor and is working towards becoming a Certified Public Accountant. Christina is a first-generation college graduate and strives to be a valuable asset to the team . She is Orange County born and raised and when she’s not crunching numbers, you can find her at Disneyland, spending time with her family, friends, or her adorable Yorkie Teddy.

John Mellotti

John is a 37 year resident of Laguna Niguel who became a CPA in 1988. With over 30 years of experience in public accounting, John began his accounting career working in the Los Angeles office of Pricewaterhouse, a multi-national CPA firm, performing audits of large closely-held companies associated with the real estate industry. 

John spent a few years working for a local manufacturer before transitioning into the field of public accounting. In 1992 he and his wife, Judy, started and built a successful accounting and tax practice located in Laguna Niguel. 

As someone who is interested in the professional development of CPAs, John became involved with the Orange County Chapter of the California Society of CPA’s, and for three years served as co-chairperson of the Cal Society’s Sole Practitioner Committee. 

John’s has a very diverse client base and has substantial experience in real estate, manufacturing and professional service industries. His experience with real estate transactions has led to an expertise in assisting clients with Section 1031 exchanges. 

John truly enjoys working with clients and spends a great deal of time consulting with individuals and corporate owners in the areas of estate and tax planning. Additionally, John represents clients before the IRS, FTB and other taxing authorities. John believes in the value of building strong client relationships and takes the time necessary to assess how best to reach the goals and objectives of each client. 

Gail Williams, CPA

Gail brings over thirty years of experience as a CPA specializing in tax and accounting.  She is a former tax manager with Price Waterhouse-Coopers, established a tax department for the Electronic Components Business Sector of Toshiba America.  After taking a few years off to start a family, she returned as a key member of a local CPA firm, going on to become a partner.  Gail graduated from Cal State, Long Beach with a B.S. in Accounting. 

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, all outdoor activities and sports, volunteer work with animal welfare organizations and her husband’s cooking.

Marilyn J. Crary, CPA

Senior Tax Accountant
Marilyn@lagunaniguelcpa.com

Marilyn has over twenty-two years of experience in public accounting. She has extensive experience in the area of estates and trusts and coordinates with attorneys in providing fiduciary accounting for her clients. She also prepares estate and fiduciary income tax returns and provides assistance to clients in identifying and carrying out the terms of trusts as set forth in the underlying trust documents. Additionally, her expertise includes planning and performing attestation engagements and has considerable experience with performing reviews and compilations of closely-held companies.

Although Marilyn was born and raised in the Midwest, she is a long-time resident of South Orange County. In her spare time, she enjoys her participation in the Rotary Club of Laguna Niguel, a community service organization.

Christine Zettler

Christine is a seasoned Accounting and Tax Professional. With over 20 years of experience, Christine supports individual and business clients with accounting, payroll and tax preparation. In addition, Christine is recognized for her in-depth knowledge of QuickBooks. As a highly proficient user, she tutors and supports client’s bookkeeping, report writing and technical issues throughout the year. Christine currently resides in Mission Viejo. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton.

Judi Coffin

Judi has over 25 Years of experience in Office Management and Client Services. She has worked in many different sectors during her career. She has worked as a teacher, paralegal, realtor and exectuive assistant She and her husband reside in Laguna Woods and in her free time she enjoys golfing and pottery.

Bob Rasmusson, CPA

Bob is currently a partner with Mellotti and Rasmusson. Bob teamed up with John Mellotti in 2003 to create a CPA firm that could assist local businesses that were looking for growth and success.

Over the 30 years that he has been in public accounting he has advised 100s of business in starting, growing, maintaining and transitioning themselves into successful operations. He has held the role of CFO, Controller and Board Member of multiple national companies for his clients.

Bob Rasmusson was Co-Founder and CFO of Total Dental Administrators, Inc. headquartered in Utah, Total Dental Administrator Health Plan of Arizona and Dental Management Administrators. He is recognized for the successful start-up, development and growth of multiple companies in multiple states. Total Dental Administrators, Inc. and its affiliates were sold to Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina after successful negotiations that created a win-win situation for all parties involved.
In his current role with Mellotti and Rasmusson, Bob has concentrated much of his efforts assisting individuals with their personal tax matters.

This has included considerable work with trusts, estates and probate accounting.

Mira Ibrahim, CPA

Mira Ibrahim has graduated from the University of California, Riverside with her Bachelor’s degree in Finance in April of 2015. Mira has an entrepreneurial background, enabling her to relate closely with our business clients on both the business and accounting end of things. She has prior experience as an accounting manager, while also running her own Embroidery company by the name of, Zellya.  Growing up in Orange County, California, Mira loves nature hikes on a sunny day, being creative and spending time with her loved ones, which of course includes her baby parrot.

Peter Salman, CPA

Peter Salman graduated from the University of California, Fullerton, with his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in May of 2015. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Accounting and Financial Management in 2019 from DeVry University while pursuing his CPA. Throughout his career Peter has taken a passion for helping clients with their tax strategies. His experience has enabled him to provide relevant and timely advice for clients. While growing up, soccer is his favorite sport; and Barcelona is his favorite city

Andrea De Ramos

Andrea De Ramos graduated from California State University of San Bernardino with her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in June 2017 and recently earned her Master’s Degree in Accounting and Financial Management in June 2020 from Keller Graduate School of Management. Andrea has fully devoted her career as being an accountant for the past three years, and is currently on track to become a CPA. Andrea comes from a huge Filipino family and her mom has always been her biggest role model. Aside from her professional career, Andrea genuinely values her time spent with her family and friends and most definitely enjoys being a mom to her fur babies.