JHS CPAs, LLP is a team of courteous professionals dedicated to providing quality accounting and auditing services, tax advice and planning, and management advisory services.
Congratulations to our new partner!
Laura is a tax manager in the Danville office who currently manages tax compliance, planning and research for individuals, corporations, partnerships, trusts and estates and limited liability companies. She specializes in the taxation of closely held companies, estates and trusts and assists corporations with multi-state filings. Laura also represents clients involved with Internal Revenue Service and Franchise Tax Board examinations.
Her prior experience includes managing tax work for several large publicly held clients while working in a Southern California office of Deloitte & Touche. She began her career in the Northwest with a local CPA firm where she gained a wide range of experience in income tax preparation, research, business valuations and tax planning.
Laura graduated with honors from Central Washington University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Accounting.
Laura is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society Certified Public Accountants. She is active with various professional organizations and community activities.
Thomas Henle, CPA
Tom is a partner in the firm’s Anaheim office and also maintains an office in Danville to continue serving his long-time Northern California clients. In addition to income taxes, accounting and consulting, Tom has valuable experience in the areas of budgeting, financing, cash flow, general business management, business valuation, business succession planning and estate planning. He has been active with the Associated General Contractors of America on the Tax & Fiscal Affairs Committee, a national organization, and serves as a director of the Orange County District of the Associated General Contractors of California.
Tom graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and then obtained a Masters of Business Administration in Finance. He began working with a manufacturing company in the San Francisco Bay Area and then entered the US Army achieving the rank of lieutenant. Upon discharge from the military, Tom began his career as a CPA with Arthur Anderson and Company. He gained valuable business management experience as the controller and general manager of a local transportation company prior to joining JHS.
Tom is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is an active member in the Building Industry Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated General Contractors of California, Construction Financial Management Association, Engineering Contractors’ Association and Southern California Contractors Association.
Jayanthi Bhandarkar, CPA
As an audit and accounting manager in Danville, Jayanthi manages many of the firm’s audit engagements in both Northern and Southern California. She is a key member of the JHS accounting and audit committee and has developed extensive experience with audits and reviews of construction, nonprofit organizations, employee training & benefits funds and 401k pension funds. She also manages and oversees agreed upon procedures engagements for the payroll reviews of non-profit training trust and benefit trust funds.
Her prior experience was in the banking industry as a branch operations manager. In that capacity, she supervised and trained tellers and new accounts representatives and was responsible for all branch operations including human resource matters and marketing.
Jayanthi obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Accounting from California State University, Hayward and graduated with honors – magna cum laude. Her prior education included a Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and History from the University of Mysore in India.
Jayanthi is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and California Society of Certified Public Accountants (Cal CPA). In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading and traveling.
Denise Capie, CPA
Denise is one of JHS's new partners in the Danville office. She specializes in the taxation of individuals, partnerships, estates and trusts. Denise graduated with honors from Golden Gate University earning a Master of Science degree in Taxation and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Accounting option from California State University, Hayward.
Denise has over 20 years of professional experience in accounting and taxation services. She has worked in public accounting and governmental sectors. Denise is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Denise grew up and currently resides in Danville. She is active with various professional organizations and community activities including serving on the board of a local nonprofit.
Deanna Ferguson, CPA
As an accounting and auditing manager in the Danville office, Deanna oversees financial statement reviews and tax preparation for many of the firm’s construction and service industry clients. She also enjoys assisting clients with income tax planning matters.
Her prior experience was with a CPA firm in Fremont where she developed her financial statement and taxation skills. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University.
Deanna is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Janet A. Hoffman, CPA
Janet is a tax manager in the Danville office who possesses a broad range of taxation experience and favors working with partnerships, S corporations and the related individuals. Her many contributions to the firm include her ability to work on a family of related clients, such as real estate entities, family businesses, trusts, and family tax planning.
Her prior experience includes tax planning research, consulting and tax compliance with small businesses and partnerships while working in the Oakland and San Francisco offices of Price Waterhouse. She also spent two years in the firm’s London office gaining international experience while planning and preparing income tax returns for expatriate clients.
Janet graduated from the University of California at Davis with a degree in Mathematical Economics and went on to obtain her Masters of Business Administration with an Accounting specialization from the University of California at Berkeley.
Helen Huntoon, CPA
Helen is a tax manager in the Danville office who specializes in the taxation of estates and trusts and real estate transactions. Her experience is rich with construction and real estate industry accounting gained in the San Francisco office of Kenneth Leventhal, with a local firm in San Luis Obispo, and while working for construction companies in accounting and project management.
She graduated from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Administration.
Helen is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and currently serves on the board of HomeAid of Northern California. She has also served on the boards of several non-profit organizations as well as the Central Coast Chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accounts.
Robert Schlarb, CPA
Bob is a tax manager in the Danville office who provides valuable experience and skills to his clients in many areas involving tax and accounting. His current work includes taxation of privately held entities, succession planning, operations consulting and purchase and sale transactions. He is also highly experienced with audits, tax research and commercial real estate transactions.
Prior to joining JHS, he worked with Price Waterhouse and spent some time as a senior tax manager in the firm’s San Jose office servicing several high technology clients. He was also a senior staff in their Tokyo office where, in addition to expatriate income taxes, he also gained experience with tax planning and compliance of domestic entities.
Bob is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. He graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.
Karl Schunck, CPA
Karl practices from the Danville office. His past experience as an audit manager with Ernst & Ernst and managing its Rio de Janeiro office provided him with the valuable management skill currently appreciated by the JHS managers and staff that assist him.
Karl’s prior international firm experience in banking, manufacturing and service-oriented industries as well as temporary controllership for a residential contractor client has provided him with a broad array of audit and business management skills which benefit his JHS clients. Although primarily serving construction contractors, Karl also provides accounting and tax services to manufacturing and auto dealership clients as well as high net worth individuals and estates and trusts.
Karl has been retained and testified as an expert witness with respect to accounting matters and economic damages and has frequently consulted with contractors’ owners and sureties on construction claims.
He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and active with Northern California construction industry trade associations including CFMA, UCON and AGC. He is also past president of the Surety Association of Northern California. Karl has been a frequent lecturer on construction accounting topics and has presented a series of seminars to surety broker organizations and companies.
Karl served in the US Army prior to starting his career as a CPA. He graduated in the top 5% of his class when he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University.
Daniel Sawyer, CPA
Daniel is one of JHS's new partners in the Danville office. His expertise is in audit and accounting, and he oversees financial statement. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an option in accounting from California State University, Chico.
Daniel is a member of the America Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. In his free time, Daniel enjoys exercising, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Elizabeth Hawkins, CPA
Elizabeth Hawkins is an audit and accounting manager in Danville who manages some of the firm’s attest engagements in both Northern and Southern California. She specializes on audit and attest services but also assists with individual and corporate income tax preparation. Her experience includes working with both large and small organizations in a variety of industries including construction, real estate, nonprofit, employment benefit accounts, winery, franchise entities and other business service entities.
Elizabeth grew up in the Napa Valley and has over 17 years of professional experience in financial services. She joined JHS CPAs, LLP in 2018 after working in both public accounting and governmental sectors performing attest services and other financial management services.
Elizabeth graduated from Sonoma State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a Concentration in Accounting.
Elizabeth is an active member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and California Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is also active in community activities and serves on local nonprofit boards.
Michael Huhn, CPA, CFF
Mike is a partner in the firm’s Danville office and is involved in all aspects of construction accounting throughout California and other western states. In addition to providing accounting, tax and consulting services for contractors, Mike is often engaged by owners, subcontractors and sureties and their legal counsel to assist with contract dispute resolution matters. He frequently consults with surety and fidelity companies on bond claims, assisting in the evaluation of potential losses and possible means of recovery, and has performed contract cost audits, home office overhead evaluations, lost profits analysis and delay damage calculations.
In 2008 the AICPA accredited him as Certified in Financial Forensics, a designation that further complements his experience with construction litigation and as an economic damages expert witness.
He became a Certified Fraud Specialist in 2004 and has participated in the California Department of Insurance fraud detection efforts by providing Special Investigative Unit anti-fraud training.
He has participated in the American Bar Association’s Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Education Program, lectured in many construction accounting training programs sponsored by the University of California Construction Engineering Program and has addressed the Surety Association of Northern California and the Surety Claims Association of California.
Additional auditing and accounting experience includes work with home builders, title insurance, restaurant and equipment financing companies.
His early audit experiences with Touche Ross and Company and as a regional controller for a Westinghouse subsidiary have also contributed to his impressive résumé.
Mike graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting – Magna Cum Laude.
James Kepke, CPA
Jim serves as the managing partner of the firm and works out of the Danville office. In addition to his administrative duties he is actively involved with construction contractor clients in accounting, auditing and tax consulting. He frequently consults and assists in developing solutions to a variety of business management and succession matters.
He has served on the board of directors for the Associated Builders and Contractors and the Construction Craft Training Center. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and active with construction industry trade associations including Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), Surety Association of Northern California (SANC), United Contractors (UCON), Associated General Contractors of California (AGC), Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC), and The Beavers.
Jim graduated from California State University, Hayward, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting.