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Team Members

PARTNERS

Paul Oroian, CPA

Paul founded our firm in 1983 and is the President of Oroian, Guest & Little, P.C. Paul’s primary practice areas include general tax matters, estate planning, and helping companies increase the value of their business. He is a member of the AICPA, TSCPA, and of the San Antonio CPA Society. His personal joy comes from his wife of over 50 years and having raised twin sons and a lovely daughter into successful adults. Watching his 5 grandchildren grow and become adults takes much of his time.

Primary Practice Areas:

  • General Tax
  • Estate Planning
  • Business Advisory Services

Gail Oroian Guest, CPA

Gail Oroian Guest, a Certified Public Accountant, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Finance. Gail serves our clients from our offices in San Antonio and New Braunfels. She has been with Oroian, Guest & Little since 1996 and became a partner in 2004. She is a member of the AICPA, TSCPA and the San Antonio CPA Society. Gail is a past Vice President of the San Antonio CPA Society and was the recipient of the “Young CPA of the Year” given by the Society for the 2001-2002 year. She formerly served on the Board of Governors of the San Antonio Estate Planners Council and is a current member. She is also a past Treasurer of the New Braunfels Public Library Foundation and a past Treasurer of the Sophienburg Museum and Archives in New Braunfels. She and her husband enjoy their son Reagan, many animals, working their 10 acres in the country and fishing. Gail is a whiz at crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

Primary Practice Areas:

  • General Tax
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Oil & Gas

Melanie A. Ytuarte, CPA

Melanie graduated from St. Mary’s University with a Masters in Accounting. She has been practicing since 2000 and became a partner with Oroian, Guest & Little in January 2017. She has extensive experience in accounting and taxation for individuals, businesses and estates; and formerly served on the Board of Governors of the San Antonio Estate Planners Council. She and her husband have been together for over 20 years and enjoy spending time with Kara (daughter), Matthew (son), and their chocolate lab, Duncan. Melanie currently volunteers as the money manager for her daughter’s girl scout troop. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and entertaining family and friends—especially during the Spurs basketball season.

Primary Practice Areas:

  • General Tax Compliance

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Fisher H. Little, Jr., CPA

Fisher received a B.B.A. in accounting from St. Mary’s University. Fisher has worked in public accounting since 1967, joining our firm in 1990. He is a life member of the AICPA, TSCPA, and of the San Antonio CPA Society. His primary practice areas include tax compliance and audit work with non-profit organizations. He was previously a partner at Oroian, Guest & Little for 26 years. Spending time with his wife of over 51 years, and any or all of their 3 children is Fisher’s #1 pastime. As a grandfather, he also delights in his 6 grandchildren. Traveling together with his family to see various parts of the country is a favorite activity. Other favorite activities include gardening, walking, and serving his church.

Primary Practice Areas:

  • Not-for-profits

Paul D. Sparks, CPA

Paul is a native of San Antonio and graduated from Texas A&M; University in 1983. He received his CPA certificate in 1985. He is a member of the TSCPA, the AICPA, and the San Antonio CPA Society. Paul has extensive experience in accounting and taxation for individuals and businesses, particularly in the construction, real estate, and related industries. He has been in the practice of public accounting since 1984. In addition to being a Principal of our firm, he is the Chief Financial Officer of a local construction company. He comes from a family of animal lovers, has a large family of dogs and cats at home, and is also a horse lover. His other passions in life include cars, swimming, and hiking.

Primary Practice Areas:

  • Construction

Reed Smiley, CPA

Reed merged his successful accounting firm with Oroian, Guest & Little in 2020 after being in practice for 25 years in San Antonio. Before opening his own office, he worked for 20 years for a family business with oil and gas, ranching and real estate development interests. He is a member of the AICPA, TSCPA and the San Antonio CPA Society. He and his wife have been married for 52 years and have been blessed by having a close-knit family with 3 wonderful children and 5 incredible grandchildren. He enjoys spending time in Port Aransas on the beach and gulf coast fishing.

Primary Practice Areas:

  • General Tax
  • Family Estates and Trusts
  • Oil and Gas

David Oroian, CPA - Audit Manager

David has been in public accounting since 1998, beginning his career with a national firm and joining our firm in 2001. His primary practice area includes financial reporting for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. David received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from UTSA followed by a Masters in Professional Accountancy Degree from UT - Austin. In addition to attest work, he also performs our annual internal firm peer review and handles our IT environment. Personally, David enjoys watching his children work out at his old Taekwondo school, visiting New York City, attending the San Diego Comic-Con and enjoying rock concerts (121 and counting).

Primary Practice Areas:

  • Audits and Reviews
  • Financial Statement Compilations

Karen Zhu, CPA – Tax Manager

Karen has been in public accounting since 2008 and has broad experience in accounting and taxation for individuals, business entities, trusts and estates. She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Master of Accountancy focusing on taxation. Karen has excellent skills in accounting and tax research to help clients solve complex issues and is in charge of our in-house technical training for CPAs and paraprofessionals. Karen is a TSCPA member and is actively involved in the San Antonio CPA Society. She was the recipient of 2017 “Rising Star” award given by the TSCPA. Karen is currently serving as Board of Governors of the San Antonio Estate Planners Council. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in the national parks, volunteering at various organizations, and watching Spurs games.

Primary Practice Areas:

  • General Tax Compliance
  • Tax Planning and Consulting
  • Analysis of Complex Tax Transactions

Rick Hassett, CPA – Tax Manager

Rick is a licensed CPA of over 30 years, serving the financial needs of owner-operators drawing on his previous ownership experiences of his accounting practice and banquet hall both of which were sold in 2017. He has also held officer roles in industry and public accounting. Rick graduated from Illinois State University with B.A. majoring in Accounting in 1992 with Honors. He is a member of AICPA and TXCPA. In 2013, Rick distinguished himself with The Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation given his advanced proficiency in finance, operations, strategy and management better positioning himself to analyze information, advise strategy and drive business success. While he is not serving the needs of clients, Rick enjoys serving at Church, spending time with his family and keeping his mind and body active.

Primary Practice Areas:

  • General Tax
  • Business Advisory Services

Teresa A. Balcarcel, EA – Accounting Manager

Teresa joined our firm in November of 2014 and has been in public accounting since 2003. She has extensive experience with bookkeeping and tax for individuals and businesses. She is an Enrolled Agent, licensed to represent taxpayers before the IRS. Additionally, Teresa is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, helping clients with QuickBooks set-up, clean-up and training. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Whittier College in California and Master’s in Accounting from University of Phoenix.

Areas of Service:

  • General Tax Compliance
  • Business Consultation
  • Bookkeeping
  • QuickBooks Support

Diana Gari Diaz, CPA

Diana is a graduate of University of Texas at San Antonio, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Accountancy. Diana joined our firm in 2019. She is from Cuba and loves cooking Cuban food. Diana enjoys traveling around the world with her husband and spending time with her family and nephews. She also likes hiking and swimming.

Areas of Service:

  • Tax Compliance
  • Tax Planning and Consulting

Danielle Wales

Danielle graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Master of Accountancy degree. Danielle joined our firm after working in the Alternative Asset Management practice at PwC. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her two Labrador Retrievers and traveling.

Areas of Service:

  • General Tax

Heather Childers, CPA

Heather Childers, CPA graduated from Rice University with a BA in Business & Managerial Studies. She continued her studies in Accounting at University of Houston. Her experience includes accounting, taxation and business services. She is a member of the TSCPA. Heather enjoys exploring new restaurants, photography, hiking and spending time outdoors with her Husband and grown children.

Areas of Service:

  • Tax Compliance
  • Tax Planning and Consulting

Dianne Lindsey

Dianne has over 25 years experience in bookkeeping and reporting. She is a tax preparer and assists our clients with their business financial needs. Dianne joined our firm in 2000. She enjoys reading, music, movies, travel, gardening, and spending time with her 2 grandsons. She is the proud mother of 3 sons; she and her husband have spent most of their time over the past years supporting them in their activities and education.

Areas of Service:

  • Bookkeeping
  • General Tax Compliance

Wendy Fies

Originally from Connecticut, Wendy and her husband Mike moved to Texas to be closer to family and enjoy not having cold winters. She has over 40 years of bookkeeping experience and is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. In her spare time, she and her husband love spending time with grandchildren, exploring the hill country on their Harley and cooking.

Areas of Service:

  • Bookkeeping
  • QuickBooks Support

Rebecca Tanner

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Areas of Service:

  • Coming Soon

Kara Gelfond

Kara joined our firm in June of 2020 and has 5 years of bookkeeping experience for individuals and businesses. She and her husband Ben enjoy being parents of their energetic 5-year-old little boy, who always knows how to make them laugh. She also enjoys spending time at the beach, entertaining friends and family as well as decorating her fixer-upper home.

Areas of Service:

  • Bookkeeping
  • General Tax Compliance

Amy Salinas

Amy graduated from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. She has over 12 years’ experience in bookkeeping and reporting. Amy joined our firm in 2021 and is a tax preparer and assists our clients with their business financial needs. During her spare time, Amy loves to read fiction (favorite is Harry Potter), spend time with family, go to the movies and theaters, study German, and care for her two sulcata tortoises named Debit and Credit.

Areas of Service:

  • Bookkeeping
  • General Tax Compliance

Sara Cook

Sara joined our firm in August of 2022 with 12 years of general accounting experience. As a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, she helps clients with QuickBooks set-up, clean-up and training. Her professional history has been one of leading small business teams to overcome financial and logistical challenges, reorganization, and restructuring to new levels of efficiency and solvency. Sara loves to spend her free time making art with her young son, investing time with her home-church, as well as volunteering with organizations for at-risk youth and women recovering from domestic abuses.

Areas of Service:

  • Bookkeeping
  • QuickBooks Support
  • Business Consultation

Natalie Saavedra

Natalie joined our firm in December of 2008. She was born and raised in San Antonio. She worked in her family’s business for 22 years prior to joining us. She and her husband have been married over 30 years and have a son they are very proud of. She and her family love to travel, especially on cruises and to the beach. She likes to spend time entertaining family and friends.

Renee McGonigle

Renee joined our firm in July 2013. She is a communications major from Hunter College in New York City. After several years as a news reporter, Renee and her husband decided they wanted to make a “quality of life” change and moved back to San Antonio to be near her family. She and her husband love spending time with their two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Harlow and Luke. Renee is passionate about food and wine and enjoys cooking for family and friends. She also is an avid reader, especially of mystery books.

Samantha Canales

Samantha joined our firm in November of 2021. She was born and raised in San Antonio. She worked previous as a Medical Assistant with an ENT Clinic and as a Paralegal with a Bankruptcy firm prior to joining us. She and her family enjoy being outdoors, swimming, camping and love traveling together. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and most important thing to her is being able to spend time with family and friends.

Nichole Miller

Nichole came from Virginia Beach, Virginia where she worked in a long-term care facility as the assistant manager in the Maintenance Department and the Emergency Coordinator for the facility. Nichole enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and family. She enjoys movies, music and yard work. The most important thing to her is being able to spend time with family.

Ashlei Klein-Flynn

Ashlei came from Reno, Nevada where she worked in the legal field, providing client support for various entity forms working with paralegals. Ashlei enjoys spending time with her fiancé as well as their three dogs. She enjoys being outdoors, swimming, camping, hiking, and bike-riding. The most important thing to her is being able to spend time with family and friends.

How can we help?

210-641-5600

San Antonio Office
Business Hours:
Mon-Thu: 8 a.m.–5p.m., Fri: 8 a.m. – Noon
Extended Tax Season Hours:
February 1 – April 15
Mon – Fri: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat: 8 a.m. – Noon

New Braunfels Office
Business Hours:

Mon-Fri: 8 a.m.-5p.m.

Address:
11955 Network Blvd,
San Antonio, TX 78249

417 W San Antonio St #200
New Braunfels, TX 78130