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Background

Since 1982, Wayland & Vukadinovich LLP has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Wayland & Vukadinovich LLP’s expertise ranges from tax compliance and planning and accounting services to more in-depth services such as transactional tax planning and related consulting services, and financial statements.

Gary Wayland

Gary Carlton Wayland received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Southern California in 1974. He obtained a Masters degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University in 1988, and he was certified by the California State Board of Accountancy in December 1976.

Prior to establishing his practice in Hermosa Beach in December 1979, Gary was with the national public accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche for almost six years.

Gary was the recipient of the National Association of Accountants Scholarship Award in 1973. He was also the recipient of an American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Honorable Mention certificate for the May 1974 CPA exam by receiving scores in the top fifty nationwide. Gary received the Volunteer Achievement Award from Accountants for the Public Interest in 1990 for his work on behalf of the Clearinghouse for Volunteer Accounting Services. He received the Outstanding Board Member Award from the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce in 1992, 1993, and 1994, and was the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year in 1995.

Gary’s professional activities include membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. He sits on the Board of Directors of Diabetic Youth Services (where he currently serves as Treasurer), and the Manhattan Beach Athletic Foundation which operates summer and after school programs for the Manhattan Beach Unified School District.

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Michael Vukadinovich

Michael Vukadinovich received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Loyola University of Los Angeles in 1974 and his Masters degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University. He was certified by the California State Board of Accountancy in April 1977.

Michael started his career in the Los Angeles office of the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche. For a period of eight years he served as a manager in the Emerging Business Department serving clients in diverse fields of manufacturing, insurance, leasing and services.

Michael is currently responsible for income tax compliance and planning for individuals, corporations, partnerships, estates and trusts.

Michael’s professional activities include membership in the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and tax division member. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles for ten years having served as its Chief Financial Officer and as President of the Board of Directors.

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Susan Patterson

Susan Patterson received her CGA Accounting Degree in 1980 from the University of British Columbia. In 1987, Susan graduated from the J L Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a Masters in Management. In 2006, she graduated with honors from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California with a Masters of Science in Taxation.

Susan worked for Price Waterhouse for seven years in Vancouver, British Columbia before taking on the Vice President, Finance and Treasurer position with a client, North Pacific Shipping. She moved to Chicago and then England before settling in Hermosa Beach. Among other volunteer activities including the Junior League, Beach Cities Health District and various PTAs, Susan worked as the Executive Director of the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation for seven years. She came to Wayland & Vukadinovich in February, 2003.

Susan is now a Tax Manager with responsibility for tax preparation of Individuals, Corporations, Partnerships, Estates, Trusts, and Exempt Organizations.

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Gina Stevens

Gina Stevens is at the front desk and is usually the first face you see when you visit our office. As office manager, she supervises the scheduling of tax season appointments and the general operations of the office.

Gina joined Wayland & Vukadinovich in 1997 and previously worked in a similar position with a West Los Angeles labor law firm.

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Sonia Tramel

Sonia Tramel received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from California State University, Long Beach in 2006. She is currently enrolled in the Masters in Taxation program with Golden Gate University. She received her Enrolled Agent certification in 2010.

Prior to joining Wayland & Vukadinovich Sonia was an accountant for many businesses including engineering and book publishing firms. She joined Wayland & Vukadinovich in 2007.

Sonia is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and owned her own company for five years as she helped numerous small businesses improve their financial records. She held QuickBooks training sessions and trained many bookkeepers one-on-one.

Her professional involvement includes The Sleeter Group and she sits on the Board of Directors for the International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation.

Her past volunteer involvement includes PTAs and youth sports, often in the role of treasurer. Currently at church she volunteers with the youth ministry.

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