Our Team

Everett Meisser, Jr., CPA Owner

Professional Focus

Everett has a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Business Administration from San Jose State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in California. After college he landed a job as Senior Accountant at Price Waterhouse 1970-1973. He moved on in1974 to VP of Finance Royal American Foods then to VP of Finance at Gavilan Packaging. Everett’s vision came when he started his own firm January 1976 and it has been successful ever since! In 2006 opened up his practice to a Partnership with Meisser Seales Riccabona, LLP, which later became Meisser & Riccabona, LLP. He has now settled into his sole practice, with the support of his team of tax professionals.

Everett has extended experience in individual, partnership, corporation, estate and trust accounting. He likes joining his experience in law and real estate into his accounting practice. Everett has clients going back 40+ years! Everett’s passion remains strong for his work. He always enjoys supporting clients with good, analytical decision-making.

Volunteer Commitments

Everett currently serves as treasurer on the board of Scotts Valley Little League. Everett also serves as treasurer for the Happy Valley Elementary School Parent’s Club. Everett served many years at the Holiday Fest for Grey Bears. He continues to help assist Scotts Valley Little League for his boys and is always cooking and painting his daughter’s nails when needed.

Other Interests

When not working you can find Everett spending time with his family. He has 4 boys and 1 girl. He is an avid SF Giant Fan. He enjoys reading, racecars, Porsche’s, art, traveling, collecting fountain pens, and has become a master at making desserts, breads and pizza! He enjoys challenging himself with new recipes and sharing all he makes. He continues to study and stay true to his Sicilian nationality!

Email: everett@elmcpateam.com

Phone: (831) 999-1700

Barbara Keeley, CPA

Professional Focus

Barbara Herrlich-Keeley has been licensed and practicing accountancy for nearly four decades in California A 1978 graduate of San Jose State University’s school of business. Barbara has worked with Everett Meisser since 1993 and has extended experience in the area of individual, partnership, corporation, and estate and trust taxation. She focuses much of her practice in the fields of estates and trusts. Barbara especially enjoys working with clients who may not have had significant experience with trusts and other elements of estate work, many of whom are women.

Other Interests

While raising her daughter, Barbara was an officer at Georgiana Bruce Kirby School parent association Using her skills to work with other parents to enrich the school’s well-regarded academic and related offerings. An active member of the Santa Cruz community, Barbara regularly attends events of various kinds in support of the many, many good works being undertaken by the extensive non-profit community.

Barbara is an avid reader, quilter, and gardener Barbara is married to former Assembly member Fred Keeley, and they enjoy bicycling, hiking, and the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Email: barbara@elmcpateam.com

Phone: (831) 999-1700

Christina (Tina) Hancock, CPA

Professional Focus

Tina has worked with Everett Meisser since 2014. Tina has experience in tax compliance and accounting, and works with individuals, businesses, trusts and exempt organizations. She provides services to clients across a wide range of industries, and also assists our fiduciary clients with trust accounting preparation.

Prior to entering the accounting field, Tina graduated from California State University, Chico, in 1999 with a B.S. Microbiology. After seven years in the biotech and life science industries, she began study at the Lucas Graduate School of Business at San Jose State University. Tina graduated in 2007 with an M.S. in Accountancy. Tina is a CPA, and a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is a prior volunteer with Tax-Aid.

Other Interests

When she is not in the office, Tina enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two children. Her newest endeavor is to finally learn to speak Spanish!

Email: tina@elmcpateam.com

Phone: (831) 999-1700

Haleh M. Keeth, Staff Tax Accountant

Professional Focus

Haleh has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Oglethorpe University and a Master of Taxation from Georgia State University, J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Haleh is a CPA Exam candidate and currently studying to become licensed in California. While she was obtaining her undergraduate degree at Oglethorpe University, Haleh was also a tax intern at CohnReznick in Atlanta, Georgia, which is ranked by Accounting Today as the 12th largest public accounting firm. During her master’s program, Haleh was awarded PwC’s Excellence Award in Tax Research. After completing her Master of Taxation, Haleh moved to Augusta, Georgia, where she worked for Cherry Bekaert and primarily focused on partnership taxation for commercial real estate developments. Haleh joined Meisser & Associates shortly after she moved to California in 2019. Haleh also has experience preparing individual, S-corporation, C-corporation, and fiduciary tax returns.

Other Interests

Outside of the office, Haleh enjoys hiking along the coast with her husband and her Bluetick Coonhound, Daisy. On sunny days, Haleh loves riding her motorcycle and spending time at the beach.

Email: haleh@elmcpateam.com

Phone: (831) 999-1700

Esmeralda Castillo-MedinaOffice Manager/Registered Tax Preparer

Professional Focus

Esmeralda is a certified paralegal. She studied general legal courses at UCSC and advanced legal courses at CSUMB. Esmeralda has worked for the biggest law firms in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, where she obtained vast legal experience in Malpractice law, Land Use, Real Estate, Estates and Trusts and Civil Litigation. Esmeralda oversees and coordinates all the offices’ administrative activities; processes payroll; executes various accounting duties, including accounts payable, processing invoices and deposits; renews licenses; maintains the business’ financial records and reports; ensures that operations run smoothly and efficiently and ensures our clients’ requests are met.

Other Interests

In her free time, you will find Esmeralda making jewelry, costumes, cooking and spending quality time with her husband, kids and two Jack Russel Terriers. Esmeralda also enjoys watching investigative television and documentaries.

Email: esme@elmcpateam.com

Phone: (831) 999-1700

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Meisser & Associates

8030 Soquel Ave, Suite 100,
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
T: (831) 999-1700
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