Our People

Linda Dawson CPA Partner

Linda has over thirty-five years of experience in public accounting, including eight years with Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Services. She has extensive experience with a variety of privately held and start-up companies, including private equity, technology, real estate, manufacturing, research and service businesses.

Linda received her MBA (Accounting/Finance) and BA (Economics) from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and California Society of CPAs.


Contact Linda at
linda.dawson@dawsoncpa.com

Janie Chen CPA Tax Consultant

Janie has over twenty-five years of experience in public and private accounting, including seven years with Ernst & Young Tax Compliance Services. She has extensive experience working with businesses in a variety of industries, including multi-state and multi-national companies, and preparation of U.S. tax returns as well as compliance of other U.S. tax reporting.

Janie received her MAS degree (Accounting/Taxations) from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign and her BA (Business Administration/Finance) from National Taiwan University.


Contact Janie at
janie.chen@dawsoncpa.com

Amy Chen CPA Account  Manager

Amy has over nineteen years of experience in public and private accounting. Amy is experienced in payroll tax, sales tax, property tax, local business tax, individual income tax and corporate income tax. Amy has extensive experience working with complex multi-state and international companies. Amy is also experienced in corporate accounting and financial reporting.

Amy received her Certificate of Award in Accounting at University of California Los Angeles and her BA in Business Administration from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. She is a member of the American institute of CPAs and the California Society of CPAs.


Contact Amy at
amy.chen@dawsoncpa.com

Gustavo Cortazar Staff Accountant

Gustavo recently joined the team at Dawson & Associates providing corporate accounting and tax services. Gustavo also has six years of experience in private accounting, primarily in the service and commercial real estate industries.

Gustavo has passed all four sections of the CPA exam and is currently completing the work experience requirement for CPA licensure in California.

Gustavo graduated from California Lutheran University where he obtained a BS degree in Business Management. Gustavo has also completed an accounting program at University of California Los Angeles where he received a Certificate of Award in Accounting.



Contact Gustavo at
gustavo.cortazar@dawsoncpa.com

Richard Dawson Staff Accountant

Richard has over two years of experience in public accounting with a focus on tax services. He is also an active music teacher, composer and musician.

Richard holds a MFA in Multi-Focus Guitar Performance and a BFA in Musical Arts Performance from the California Institute of the Arts. He is currently pursuing additional education in the accounting field.



Contact Richard at
richard.dawson@dawsoncpa.com

Marlena Hovakimyan Bookkeeper

Marlena has over fifteen years of experience in financial management and bookkeeping for non-profit organizations. She has over three years of experience in public accounting and currently provides corporate accounting services at Dawson & Associates.

Marlena received her BS in Computer Science from National Polytechnic University of Armenia, an AA in Accounting and an AA in Economics from Los Angeles Valley College.


Gretchen Vaughan Bookkeeper

Gretchen has been a bookkeeper and accounting analyst for over eighteen years. Her experience includes working in the entertainment industry, Fortune 100 corporations and privately held businesses.

Gretchen attended The University of Texas in Austin. She is a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers and is a Certified ProAdvisor for QuickBooks Online.



Contact Gretchen at
gretchen.vaughan@dawsoncpa.com

Jon Lager Bookkeeper

Jon has over four years of accounting experience and provides corporate accounting services for our clients. He is a Certified ProAdvisor for QuickBooks Desktop and has an AA in Banking & Finance as well as an Accounting Certificate from Los Angeles Valley College.



Contact Jon at
jon.lager@dawsoncpa.com

Lisa McClintock Administrator

Lisa has over fourteen years of experience working for Dawson & Associates in public accounting.
Lisa received her BS (Business Administration/Finance) from California State University, Northridge.