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 over 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 to travel, the farther afield the better, and particularly enjoys learning some of the local language in advance of a trip.

Jan is dedicated to our community, and honored to serve on the Boards of the Monterey Peninsula College Foundation, the Community Foundation for Monterey County, and the CPE Forum of the Central Coast.

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Tom Atherton, CPA

Mr. Pure Logic

Tom has been involved in public accounting for over 30 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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Carmine Lepiane, CPA

Shark Bait

Carmine has been working with Vanderbilt CPAs for five 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 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree from Golden Gate University in the field of taxation. Carmine also served on the Ambassador Committee for the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and is currently on the board for the Carmel Public Library Foundation.

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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 18 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 loves spending time with family and friends around good food and wine, music and performing arts, and helping in her son’s classroom.

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Monica Bailey, CPA

The Tax Whisperer

Monica has spent her career dedicated to the accounting profession. Her early years were spent in the corporate world. While working with the outside auditors and tax accountants, she realized her real desire to become a CPA. For more than 30 years, she has been working in public accounting, providing tax planning, preparation and representation, accounting, auditing, and consulting services to individuals, not-for-profit organizations, businesses, trusts and estates. Monica earned a B.A. degree in Management (Accounting) from Sonoma State University.

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Monica’s Passions

When Monica’s not working, you can be sure to find her enjoying family, a round of golf, playing with her dogs at the beach, swimming, or traveling to parts unknown. She always is exploring new foods, wines, cultures, and customs.

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Mr. Stiggs, Stiggy-pants, the Stig-meister

Stiggy has been with us since 2017 and has since grown into a multi-functional member of this team. From shredding papers to greeting clients and keeping stress levels down during the busy season Stiggy has proven that even the smallest, furriest team members can make a great impact on the team. Stiggy has been featured in Carmel Magazine’s Working Dogs section and continues to work on his modeling career in his free time.

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Stiggy’s Passions

Stiggy enjoys snuggling with his family on the couch after a romp on Asilomar beach or walk around town. He also enjoys getting together with his furry friends and causing mischief around Pacific Grove and Carmel. When he is not with family and friends you can catch him relaxing under Angie’s desk taking a break from the stress of the day.

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