Our team concentrates on the unique nuances of each client.

Our Team

Our trained professionals ensure we hit the ground running in handling our clients’ needs. We concentrate on their unique situations to tailor appropriate, efficient and effective solutions.

Our professionals are talented, personable and easy to work with. We use the latest hardware and software applications to perform our services with maximum efficiency, allowing for time to concentrate on client needs.

At Ryan & McDonald, we encourage our staff to be involved in the community. Through sponsorships and volunteering, we are active with many local nonprofit groups and events including the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, United Way of Monterey County, Monterey County Agricultural Education’s “Farm Day Salinas” program, The Food Bank for Monterey County and many others.

Team Leaders

Jonathan D. Ryan, CPA Partner

Jonathan D. Ryan, CPA

Partner

“I feel fortunate to work in a career that challenges my mind, in a firm that allows me to work with a group of motivated and highly intelligent professionals and with clients that appreciate the quality of the services we provide!”

Education
B.S. Accounting
Santa Clara University

Experience
Ryan & McDonald 2001-Current
Deloitte 1977-2001

Professional Affiliations
AICPA
California State Society of CPA’s

Community Involvement
Has served as board member, committee member and volunteer for:

United Way of Monterey Peninsula
California Rodeo Association Banking Committee
Boy Scout Troop 90
American Cancer Society Relay For Life
Big Sur International Marathon
Monterey Peninsula Country Club


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Robert W. McDonald, CPA Partner

Robert W. McDonald, CPA

Partner

“Working closely with such an intelligent and talented team of professionals, in a great collaborative environment, on challenging engagements that present opportunities to learn each day, is what makes my career enjoyable and rewarding.“

Education
B.S. in Business Administration, Accounting
University of South Dakota

Masters in Business Administration
University of South Dakota

Experience
Ryan & McDonald 2001-Current
Deloitte 1982-2001

Professional Affiliations
AICPA
California State Society of CPA’s

Personal Interests & Hobbies
Family
Golf
Following SF Giants baseball


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Robin Pearce Administrative Manager

Robin Pearce

Administrative Manager

“How lucky am I to spend each day doing what I enjoy most — ensuring the staff have the best tools and solutions available to meet their client, career and personal needs?”

Education
B.S. Social Work
California State University, Sacramento

Experience
Ryan & McDonald 2001-Current
Deloitte 1985-2001
Post graduate years – Clinic coordinator for a women’s health clinic.

Community Service
Relay For Life of Salinas – Team Captain, Team Development Chair, Event Chair
American Cancer Society – Regional committee workshop facilitator
United Way of Monterey County – Team captain, community volunteer
Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run/Walk – Team volunteer
Salinas Reads – Classroom volunteer

Personal Interests & Hobbies
Supporting family/youth activities
Home and garden improvement projects
Gardening
Organizing/hosting family and friend gatherings


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Nadia Vargas, CPA Senior Tax Manager

Nadia Vargas, CPA

Senior Tax Manager

“My priority in serving clients is to provide them with an understanding of their current tax situation and finding opportunities to reduce their overall tax liability.”

Education
B.S. Accounting (Minor Business Administration)
Saint Mary’s College of California

Masters in Taxation
San Jose State University

Experience
Ryan & McDonald 2008-Current
PWC 2005-2008 (from intern to Senior Associate)

Professional Affiliations
AICPA
California State Society of CPA’s

Community Service Activities
Relay For Life of Salinas, team member
United Way of Monterey County, team member

Personal Interests & Hobbies
Running, going to the beach with my family


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Margaret A. Treanor, CPA Senior Tax Manager

Margaret A. Treanor, CPA

Senior Tax Manager

“The part of my job that I enjoy most is meeting with and advising my clients. I work hard to get to know them and each of their individual and business needs so that I can provide them with exceptional, personalized service.”

Education
B.A. Business Economics
University of California at Santa Barbara

Experience
Ryan & McDonald 2001-Current
Deloitte 1990-2001
Corbin & Wertz 1985-1989

Professional Affiliations
AICPA
California State Society of CPA’s

Personal Interests & Hobbies
Being involved in my kids High School and College activities and sporting events
Travel, my dogs, reading, spending time with family & friends


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Diane Bassetti-Schmidt, CPA Senior Tax Manager

Diane Bassetti-Schmidt, CPA

Senior Tax Manager

“I was born and raised on a farm in South County and understand the business of agriculture. I have been with Ryan & McDonald for over 26 years and was fortunate to be part of the Firm when we were a Big 4 under Deloitte.”

Education
B.S. Accounting
St. Mary’s College of Moraga

Experience
Ryan & McDonald 2001-Current
Deloitte 1988-2001
26+ years, primarily in taxation with experience individuals, corporations, partnerships, trusts and estates

Professional Affiliations
AICPA
California State Society of CPA’s

Community Service
Relay For Life of Salinas – 16+ years
Executive Committee Luminaries Chair for 3 years

Personal Interests & Hobbies
Being outdoors, gardening, cooking, reading
Grew up in South Monterey County


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Charlene Coffey, CPA Senior Audit Manager

Charlene Coffey, CPA

Senior Audit Manager

“Working at Ryan & McDonald is great; I look forward each day to see what new challenges lie ahead. I believe I am fortunate to have found a career working with such amazing and intelligent people.”

Education
B.S. in Accounting, Cum Laude
Golden Gate University

Experience
Ryan & McDonald 2007-Current

Professional Affiliations
AICPA
California State Society of CPA’s

Community Service
Relay For Life
United Way of Monterey County

Personal Interest & Hobbies
Traveling and snowboarding
Spending time with her husband, son and friends


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Karen Waterhouse Tax Manager

Karen Waterhouse

Tax Manager

“It is a pleasure working with such friendly, supportive and talented professionals to provide the best possible service for our clients.”

Education
B.S. Accounting
Golden Gate University

Experience
Ryan & McDonald 2007-current
12+ years experience in accounting, taxation and auditing

Professional Affiliations
California Society of CPAs
AICPA

Community Involvement
Relay For Life – team member
United Way of Monterey County

Personal Interests & Hobbies
Catching live music shows
Spending time with family and friends


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Joseph Chavez, CPA Audit Manager

Joseph Chavez, CPA

Audit Manager

“I really enjoy working with clients from various backgrounds and industries. It keeps me feeling challenged and provides me with an opportunity to learn every day.”

Education
Bachelor of science in business administration/finance from San Jose State University.
Masters in accountancy from Golden Gate University

Experience
Ryan & McDonald 2011-Current
6 years of experience local government accounting

Professional Affiliations
AICPA
California State Society of CPA’s

Community Service Activities
Relay For Life of Salinas, team member

Personal Interests & Hobbies
Family outings
Sports
Exercise (weight training)


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