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Sandra K. Hara
CPA, Master in Tax Course Studies
Owner: Hara CPA Professional Services, Inc.

Sandra brings the highest level of experience and personal service to the organization and its clients. That experience includes more than fifteen years in public accounting and tax, and another fifteen years in the private sector working with a wide range of companies from start-ups to companies with revenues of $500 Million. She has held positions of Controller, CFO and COO, giving her the wide range of knowledge to understand every business’ needs.

Sandra’s 30-year career in accounting and finance includes expertise in creating accounting policies and procedures as well as providing direction in all phases of accounting department management and operations. In addition, she has worked closely with a variety of industries including retail, construction, high-tech, entertainment, legal, restaurant, telecommunications, manufacturing and non-profit.

Prior to starting Hara CPA Professional Services, Inc., Sandra was CFO/COO with Toyotalift, Inc. in San Diego, CA. She was responsible for overseeing both the financial and operations of five locations including two sites in Mexico. Sandra also held the position of Domestic Tax Manager for World Exchange, Inc. a Fortune 500 Company, headquartered in San Diego, CA., where she was responsible for all tax compliance for the US, Canada, and the UK. She got her start in the private sector as the Controller for Pure-Flo Water Companies of Santee, CA. Sandra received her audit experience from the International Public Accounting firm of Leventhol & Horwath, LLP. She also worked for various public accounting firms in San Diego including Lypsey, Millimaki & Company, LLP, which specialized in real estate and construction entities.

Born in Michigan, Sandra moved to San Diego where she received her Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Accounting as well as completing various Master’s level courses in tax from San Diego State University.

Sandra’s Philosophy: ” What I’ve learned with all my years of international/domestic tax and accounting experience is that, quality is a given, but it’s the people and the personal attention that matters.”


Ian Macdonald, CPA, Tax Supervisor

Ian started his career in New Jersey and because of the close proximity to New York, he quickly became an expert in tax for both states as well as several other surrounding states.  Ian has experience preparing tax returns for all types of entities, Corporations, S-Corps, LLCs, Partnerships and as well as individual returns.  Ian also has an expertise in working with individuals on tax strategies including simple trusts, complex trust, charitable remainder trusts and generational trusts.

Since he joined Hara CPA, Ian has worked with some of our 57 small businesses and their owners to help with forecasting, budgeting and developing key performance indicators.   Ian works with our business owners in many capacities.  He became part of the Hara CPA team to ensure a smooth start up and set up of the accounting needs and works closely with long running companies to help them grow in their industry by costing out various strategies and forecasting future models.

Ian received his Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in accounting from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA.


Alondra Hernandez, Accounting and HR Manager

Alondra is a seasoned accountant with over eight years of experience in large international manufacturing and multiple franchise services companies.  Her expertise is a wide range of accounting and tax areas including compliance with material liens.  She is adept at researching and interpreting various sales tax and accounting needs for our clients in the software and computer hardware industries, including government contracts.  Alondra is fluent in Spanish and has worked with many international businesses in many different countries including France, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.

Alondra completed the majority of her undergraduate work at San Diego State University; in acquiring a Bachelor of Sciences in Accounting.


Shama Madahar, Tax and Accounting Supervisor

Shama Madahar serves as a senior accountant in our firm and brings tremendous energy and accounting skill in the areas of franchise, construction, home care facilitators, high technology, and individual financial planning and taxation, as well as business consultation, financial statement preparation and QuickBooks training.  She handles the accounting and tax planning for several business’ in various industries, such as construction, entertainment, life sciences, and patent attorneys, as their outsourced controller.

Shama first graduated from UCLA in 2006.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minored in Accounting, and began her public accounting career prior to graduation as an intern at Hara CPA Professional Services.

On an ongoing basis, Shama consults business clients on achievable strategic objectives and implementations, which take into account operational efficiencies, profit maximization, and tax minimization.  With her science background, she specializes in life science business’ both established entities and start ups.  She also has expertise in franchise accounting with specific and complex reporting requirements to the franchisor.

Shama currently resides in Carlsbad, California


Ray Truman

Ray is an experienced controller level accountant.  He brings with him a great personality and makes the clients feel comfortable that he will take good care of them immediately.  Ray works with our clients in various industries, such as real estate brokerage firms, martial arts studio, graphic arts firms, e-services firms and companies in the alternative energy industry.  He works as their controller or in some cases he acts as the entire accounting and tax compliance department for our small businesses.

As a trusted advisor, Ray gives the client a confidence the accounting and tax compliance needs, such as payroll, annual filings, are handled so they can focus on running the business.  Ray also prepares tax returns for Corporations, S-Corps., LLCs, and Individuals.

Ray graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance Management and Accounting.


Connie Chavez
Senior Accountant

Connie Chavez has a wide-ranging skill set and experience that encompasses everything from tax return preparation and planning to AR and AP processing as well as payroll processing and month-end closes.  She is well-versed on accounting and tax software including QuickBooks, MAS 90, MAS 200, Lacerte, and payroll processing systems such as ADP, Paychex and Amcheck.

Connie is especially skilled at researching and data gathering, and has a strong attention to detail and organizational skills.  She is currently responsible for payroll for several of our clients including maintaining any requirements with various reporting organizations involving payroll.

Connie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, San Diego with a Minor in Communication.  She graduated with Academic Honors, AKD Sociology Honors and Provost’s Honors.

Connie works with accounting and tax software systems including MAS 90, MAS 200, QuickBooks, QuickBooks Online, FAS and Lacerte.


Minerva Asara
Executive Assistant