Gilbert R. Vasquez

Managing Partner

Gil has served as managing partner of Vasquez & Company since its founding in 1981 and oversees the firm's direction, strategic planning, administration, marketing and major account management. He has led successful practices in public accounting, auditing, taxation and financial consulting for nearly five decades.  Gil guided the firm's growth from a one-person consultancy into the largest Latino-owned CPA firm in California. In 2017, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) ranked Vasquez & Company among the top 1 percent of the 400 largest firms in the country.

A widely respected Certified Public Accountant, he was the first minority board member of the California Board of Accountancy, which is responsible for regulating more than 100,000 CPAs, and later served as president. He also is a former Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for the Central District of California.  Gil was founder and president of ALPFA, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, which now has 90,000 members and 200 chapters across the country, and a founding advisory board member of the International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting. He also chaired AICPA's minority recruitment and equal opportunity committee.

He serves on the board of directors of Entravision Communications Corporation, Manufacturers Bank and Vanir Construction Management. He is chairman and founding board member of the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of the LA84 Foundation, which manages surplus funds generated by the 1984 Olympic Games.

A Legacy of Community Service

Gil has served on more than 40 boards of directors, including those of the California Endowment Fund, Citizens for Belvedere Park Community Planning and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. He is chairman emeritus of UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza) and earlier served on the boards of the California Jaycees, Cal State LA Foundation, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Green Dot Public Schools, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, United Way of Greater Los Angeles and YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. He was a founding board member of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation.

He also served on the executive board of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee and was the only Latino founding board member of the LA84 Foundation.

In recognition of his extensive community service, Gil received the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund's Achievement Award, Coca-Cola Company's Golden Hammer Award and YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles' Golden Book of Distinguished Service Award. ​

He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from California State University, Los Angeles. At its 40th anniversary in 1984, the university recognized him as one of 40 distinguished alumni and in 2015 named him Alumnus of the Year.

Roger Martinez, CPA

Audit Practice Partner-in-Charge & Quality Control Leader

Roger Martinez is audit practice partner in charge of Vasquez & Company's audit practice and the firm's quality control program. He joined the company in 2012.  His expertise includes financial and compliance audits, including internal control reviews, single audits performed in accordance with the Uniform Guidance, program-specific audits, and financial statement reviews, as well as forecasts and projections for some of California's largest and most complex governmental or regulated entities.

Roger's clients have included the California State University System, Citizen Watch Company, City of Long Beach, Imperial Irrigation District, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Los Angeles Unified School District, Maersk Line, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Pacific Gas and Electric.

​A former partner at KPMG where he managed public-sector accounts, he has taught accounting and auditing and on reporting issues as part of that firm's professional practice development and through the Utilities Institute.

Roger serves on the boards of directors of LINC Housing Corporation and International Trade Education Programs, Inc., as well as on the advisory boards of the Los Angeles County Medical Association and The Salvation Army. He is a member of ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting), Catholic Association of Latino Leaders, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club.  Roger earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a California Certified Public Accountant.

Linda Narciso, CPA, CGMA

Nonprofit Practice Partner

Linda Narciso oversees all aspects of Vasquez & Company's assurance, accounting and consulting services for nonprofit clients.  Her expertise includes financial and compliance audits; single audits (Uniform Guidance), including those involving U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development compliance; internal control and financial statement reviews; and compilations, forecasts and projections.

Her clients include AIDS Healthcare Foundation, A Community of Friends, I Have a Dream Foundation, Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, MUFG Union Bank Foundation and the St. Joseph Center.

Before joining Vasquez & Company in 2001, Linda was an audit manager at PwC where she oversaw audits for clients in the service, publishing, pharmaceutical and financing industries.  She earned a bachelor of science degree in accountancy from De La Salle University in Manila, the Philippines. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Linda is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the International Society of Filipinos in Finance and Accounting. She also serves on the editorial board of the newsletter, "Profitable Solutions for Nonprofits."

Cristy Canieda, CPA, CGMA

Government Audit and ​Business Process Outsourcing Practice Leader

Cristy Canieda helps manage Vasquez & Company's local government and Yellow Book audit practice. She also oversees its offshore operations providing accounting outsourcing, internal audit, and audit and administrative support services. She joined the firm in 2007.

Cristy specializes in audit and consulting for local government agencies, including cities, water districts, housing and public financing authorities, transportation agencies and other special districts. Her more than 20 years of public accounting and consulting experience encompasses all aspects of financial and compliance audits, including internal control reviews and Uniform Guidance and program-specific audits, as well as comprehensive annual financial report preparation and compliance reviews.

​Formerly an audit manager in PwC's Manila office, she played a key role developing that firm's infrastructure management and outsourced applications, and supporting clients' operational efficiency initiatives.

Cristy earned an associate degree in government auditing and a bachelor of science degree in accountancy from Enverga University, as well as a master's degree in business administration from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business in the Philippines. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant in California.

Elisa Stilwell, CPA

Consulting Practice Partner

Elisa’s areas of expertise include overseeing all aspects of financial and compliance audits including internal control reviews and Single Audits performed in accordance with Office of Management and Budget Federal regulations entitled “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards at 2 CFR 200” (the Uniform Guidance), program specific audits, financial statement reviews and forecasts and projections to government agencies.

Elisa holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in business economics and sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She remains current on accounting matters by attending conferences and continuing education courses which are heavily focused on subjects applicable to governmental accounting and financial reporting, as well as federal and state regulatory matters and auditing requirements. She maintains compliance with the continuing education requirements of the AICPA and the California Board of Accountancy.

​Tonette Santillan, CPA, CGMA

Private | Public Company Practice Partner

Tonette Santillan oversees Vasquez & Company’s audit, assurance and consulting services to private and publicly traded companies, and regulated entities.  Tonette has over 20 years of cumulative experience in public accounting and in private industry practice.  Previously, Tonette was an assurance director at RSM US LLP (RSM) Financial Institutions Practice Group.  Prior to joining RSM, she was the manager for the Securities and Exchange Commission financial reporting at IndyMac Bank.  She was also with the Financial Services audit practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) in Los Angeles and was also the Assistant Vice President for financial accounting, management accounting and treasury at Colonial Mutual Group of Australia.  She also worked as an audit manager for PwC in Manila, Philippines.

Tonette holds a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce, Major in Accounting, and has a Master’s Degree from De La Salle University.

She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant in California.

Regina L. Prince, CPA

Tax Partner

Regina Prince is the partner-in-charge of Vasquez & Company’s tax consulting and compliance practice and and oversees all its operation. She has 30 years of experience in the taxation of C-corporations,S-corporations, Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Trusts, Individuals, and Nonprofit entities. Her expertise includes providing comprehensive tax and business advice to business owners, entrepreneurs, executives, and high net worth individuals and has in-depth experience in providing tax consulting services on complex tax issues.  Her clients include manufacturers, real estate enterprises, professional service practices, healthcare entities, and franchise owners.

Regina is also an expert in the taxation of IRC section501(c) organizations and is considered a subject matter expert in analyzing complex non-profit transactions.  She is skilled in the nuances of tax law pertaining to the organizational and operational requirements of private and public foundations, healthcare, higher education, business leagues and social welfare organizations.  

Before joining Vasquez & Company in 2021, Regina was the Partner-in-Charge of the Western Region Tax Practice of KPMG LLP wherein she managed KPMG’s tax practice and team of tax professionals located in the WestRegion, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and Honolulu.

Regina is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the California Society ofCPAs, and various other state societies. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.