Our People

Each person on our team brings unique talents and experience to the mix. Our culture encourages us to freely share ideas and opinions, allowing us to innovate and develop better ways to serve you.

Ask any team member and they’ll tell you that our mission statement is to become your most trusted advisor. We believe in what we do and we stand behind it all the way.

Jan Vanderbilt, CPA

The Queen Bee

Jan is a woman of vision. She has been a trusted advisor on the Monterey Peninsula for nearly 30 years. Her public accounting experience includes tax planning and consultation for individuals, businesses and trusts, and the preparation of individual, business, nonprofit, and pension/profit sharing tax returns.

Jan earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in finance with an emphasis in financial planning from Golden Gate University.

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Jan’s Passions

Jan’s passions extend beyond the office and into every facet of her life. Outside our four walls, you’ll find Jan an adventurer and a dog lover. Her outdoor passions include kayaking, hiking, whitewater rafting, and skiing. She loves wine tasting with family and friends, especially when the wine is crafted by one of our clients!

Jan is the Treasurer of the Monterey Peninsula College Foundation Board where she works to transform numbers into a story of how the College is impacting students and the community as a whole. She also sits on the Board of the CPE Forum of the Central Coast, an organization dedicated to furthering the continuing education of attorneys and accountants in the community.

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Tom Atherton, CPA

Jack of All, Master of Some

Tom has been involved in public accounting for over 25 years. He has worked with a variety of large and small clients, providing tax planning as well as preparation of individual, business, and trust returns. He holds a wealth of knowledge about tax matters, and has published tax articles in local publications.

He earned a B.S. degree in business with an emphasis in accounting from San Jose State University.

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Tom’s Passions

Tom enjoys participating in a many activities, including motorcycle riding, scuba diving, hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, light mechanics, listening to live music, and growing the grapes which are featured in his homemade wines.

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Piper Magallanes

Chief Morale Officer

Piper has been working with Jan since she began her accounting career in 2004. Piper provides full charge bookkeeping services, financial analysis, budget preparation, bill pay services, and assists our non-profit clients with audit preparation.

Piper earned a bachelor’s degree in economics with an emphasis in accounting from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Piper’s Passions

Anyone who meets Piper can’t help but fall in love with her comforting personality and genuine character. Piper’s passions include running, camping, hiking, and spending time with her horse in Carmel Valley. Piper is also Treasurer on the board of the Ventana Wildlife Society.

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Carmine Lepiane, CPA

Shark Bait

Carmine has been working with Vanderbilt CPAs for three years and in that time he has obtained valuable experience in the preparation of individual, trust and business tax returns along with becoming proficient with accounting and general ledger skills. He graduated cum laude with distinction from California State University, Monterey Bay in the fall of 2013. Carmine also serves on the Ambassador Committee for the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

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Carmine’s Passions

Carmine loves to explore and travel. He enjoys surfing and kayaking on the Monterey Peninsula. When he finally gets out of the water (after his hands become blue) he loves to share good food, great wine, and even greater stories with friends and family.

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Angie Negrete

Office Sensei

We did a little dance when we found out that Angie would be coming to work with us. It doesn’t take long to realize that she is quick-witted and loves to laugh. She has 13 years of administrative experience and is well versed in the world of tax and accounting. Angie hasn’t missed a beat since joining our team. Her fun personality has already brought lots of smiles not only to us, but our clients as well.

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Angie's Passions

Angie is the Board Secretary and Meeting Coordinator for the CPE Forum of the Central Coast. She loves sports of all kinds – perhaps there is a VCPA relay team in our future? Stand Up Paddleboarding (aka SUP) is a newfound addiction, which makes sense as she grew up on Maui. Angie is also passionate about music, playing guitar and singing, food and wine, and her adorable son.

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Kyle Shatraw

Organizer Extraordinaire

Kyle earned the title of Organizer Extraordinaire by bravely joining our team during the hurricane, otherwise known as: The Final Week of Tax Season. Her current focus is bill pay, and assisting with implementation of a paperless accounting department. Much to Piper’s delight, Kyle has made our files “a thing of beauty.” Kyle is currently attending Monterey Peninsula College.

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Kyle’s Passions

If you spend a little bit of time with Kyle, you will soon discover that she is passionate about quilting, gardening and fiber art. She also loves to cook and promises to bring in a fabulous example of her culinary skills. She is a life-long resident of the Peninsula, and is what we call a “water dog”; if it flows, she goes! You can find Kyle and her two beautiful girls down at the river on a sunny weekend day.

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