Board of Directors
J.D. Peralta, President
J.D. Peralta is the Manager of the International Collections and Contracts Department at Lakeshore Entertainment Group, LLC. Prior to joining Lakeshore, J.D. was a Staff Accountant in the Business Solutions Group at SingerLewak, LLP. He was part of a team that provided accounting services that ranged from back-office accounting to participation and royalty audits to various clients in the following industries: Media & Entertainment, Technology, Retail, and Non-Profit. Before joining the SingerLewak team J.D. had various internships, most notably was a summer internship with Deloitte & Touche, LLP in their Advisory group.
J.D. began his active involvement in ALPFA back in 2009 when he co-founded and became the first President of the ALPFA Student Chapter at California State University, Northridge. In 2010 he joined the ALPFA Los Angeles board as a member of the Student Affairs Committee and a member of the Corporate Relations Committee. In 2011 he became the Associate Director of the Student Affairs Committee. By 2012 he took over the Student Affairs Committee as its new Director. Then in 2014 he became the Vice President for ALPFA Los Angeles. J.D. began his tenure as President of the Los Angeles Chapter in May of 2015.
Stephen Encinas, Vice President
Stephen is a Senior Manager in the Tangible Asset Valuation practice of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP. He specializes in Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (“MACRS”) studies, valuation cost approach studies, and construction project accounting for federal income tax and financial reporting purposes.
Stephen joined Deloitte & Touche LLP in 1999. He has over 13 years of experience providing MACRS (IRC §167, §168, §1245 and §1250) and allocation of purchase price studies (§1060) for clients in the vast West Region. Industry segments served include hospitality, gaming, sports, entertainment, recreation, retail, restaurant, manufacturing, high-tech, life sciences, commercial and residential rental real estate, telecommunications, and finance and banking. He has also performed MACRS studies using a statistical sampling approach for restaurant and retail industries, and has performed historic rehabilitation tax credit studies (IRC §47) within the hospitality industry.
Working closely with professionals of Deloitte Tax LLP, Stephen has developed MACRS studies in support of expense and repair studies, catch-up depreciation and change in accounting method filings (IRC §481), tax-deferred like kind exchange transactions (IRC §1031), qualified lessee construction allowance studies (IRC §110) and capitalized interest analyses (IRC §263(A)). Stephen has defended MACRS studies before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He has also successfully worked with the IRS on Pre-Filing Agreements to expedite mutually acceptable resolutions resulting in significant tax benefits for property owners.
Stephen is a member of the American Society of Cost Segregation Professionals, and a member of the American Society of Appraisers.
Stephen earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering and Management from California State University, Long Beach, and holds a General Contractors License in the State of California.
Stephen currently serves as a Vice President in ALPFA’s Los Angeles chapter, and prior to this position, he served as the Director of Student Affairs. Stephen also serves as the lead for Deloitte’s Hispanic/Latino Business Resource Groups in Los Angeles and Costa Mesa.
Laura Rodriguez, Treasurer
Laura is a Manager in PwC's Risk Assurance practice in the Los Angeles office where she leads and manages resources on multiple projects while serving as the primary liaison between project managers and client stakeholders, including Finance, IT, Internal Audit and Corporate Management. She has served major clients in the Consumer Industrial Products and Services sector, with a focus on the Utilities industry and SAP ERP. Laura has experience in all phases of SOX 404 audits and project assurance engagements, including planning, risk assessments, walkthroughs, execution, and issue evaluation for IT and business process controls.
Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics/Applied Sciences, Management and Accounting Plan from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
Martha Ariza, Secretary
Martha Ariza is the owner of Adelante Tax Services. She began her professional experience as a Financial Administrator for the Law Office of Glauber Berenson, located in Pasadena, CA. She has also served as an Operational Regional Team Member for Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, CA.
Martha became involved with ALPFA during her first semester at California State University Los Angeles.
Currently, Martha serves as the ALPFA Los Angeles Secretary. She has previously served as Director of Membership and Associate Director of Events. She is committed to adding value and creating opportunities for ALPFA members and the community.
Teresa Carranza, Director of Events
Teresa is currently a Senior Financial Analyst at Mattel in the Controller’s Office. Her role includes supporting the Legal Department in forecasting and managing expenses and helping to manage the company-wide cost saving program. Prior to Mattel, Teresa worked in the KPMG Los Angeles Assurance practice for 4 years, with her focus primarily on the Retail and Manufacturing industry.
At both Mattel and KPMG, Teresa remains involved with the Hispanic and Latino diversity networks. Teresa is also serving a 3-year term on the board of her alma mater’s Alumni Association. Teresa has been involved with ALPFA since 2012 and has acted as a board member of the Los Angeles chapter since 2014.
Teresa obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Business Economics with an Emphasis in Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a minor in Sports Management. She is an active licensed Certified Public Accountant with the state of California.
Adilene Lopez, Director of Corporate Development
Jessica Lopez, Director of Communications
Jessica Lopez is a Senior Account Manager with Matching Principles, an executive search firm specializing in the areas of Accounting, Finance, Tax, Audit and Information Systems for fortune 1000 companies. She serves a range of companies from early stage growth to public firms looking to enhance or provide a substitute for their accounting and financial reporting departments.
Jessica began her involvement with ALPFA during her junior year in college, joining the board in 2015. She obtained her Bachelors of Science with a double major in Business Law and Business Management from California State University Northridge.
She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for PUC Schools, a non-profit charter school organization consisting of a total of 12 schools authorized by Los Angeles Unified School District, currently serving the NE San Fernando Valley and NE Los Angeles.
Vanessa Maksymenko, Director of Marketing
Jesse Portugal, Director of Membership
Jesse Portugal is a Revenue Agent with the Small Business/Self-Employed Division of the Internal Revenue Service. His duties include conducting income tax examinations and filing compliance verifications of businesses filing corporate, partnership, and individual business income tax returns. He joined the Internal Revenue Service in 2009 and has experience working in public accounting and corporate accounting. He joined ALPFA Los Angeles Chapter as Director of Membership where he will develop and implement strategies to increase professional and student membership.
Jesse is a returning Board member of the ALPFA Los Angeles Chapter. In 2008, he served as a member of the Student Outreach Committee. Jesse is the founder and was the inaugural President of the ALPFA Cal State LA Student Chapter. Jesse previously served as Vice President of Membership of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Hispanic Internal Revenue Employees “HIRE”, an IRS employee organization committed to developing members. In this role, he was responsible developing and implementing strategies to increase membership.
Jesse is actively involved with the California State University, Los Angeles Volunteer Income Tax Assistance “VITA” program and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Jesse is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an option in Accounting in 2009 from the California State University, Los Angeles and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Taxation at the University of Southern California.
Jonathan Cheung, Director of Student Affairs
Jonathan Cheung is an Assurance Associate at McGladrey, a leading provider of assurance, tax, and consulting services focused on the middle market. His primary focus is the financial services industry including broker-dealers, private equity funds, and hedge funds. Also, he is active in the Latino employee network group within McGladrey.
Jonathan received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Option in Accounting from California State University, Los Angeles in December 2012 where he was actively involved in student organizations. He served as the Meet the Firms Co-Chair during 2011 and began his involvement in ALPFA as the Treasurer. After serving as the Treasurer, he became the President during the 2011-2012 school year. With the help of his team, he increased awareness on campus among students and faculty, established and developed relationships with ALPFA LA and National, and the chapter was awarded the Student Chapter of the Year Award for the West Region for the first time in its history.
Bryan Curiel, Director of Philanthropy
Bryan Curiel is currently the Director of Philanthropy for the Los Angeles Chapter of ALPFA. Bryan graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he majored in Film and Media Studies and minored in German Studies.
He is currently the Business Operations Manager for Fostering Media Connections, a media organization focused on solution-based journalism. Previously he worked in development and external relations for USC Price School of Public Policy and in administration for USC Credit Union.
Bryan has combined his passions for film, art and culture by founding Lavida Pictures, a nonfiction videography and photography production company. Bryan puts his creative energy into telling people’s stories while addressing important social issues with Lavida Pictures. He is eager to reach and connect with other organizations that create positive impact as well spread awareness about the numerous issues that vulnerable people face.
Elena Einstein, Women of ALPFA Chair
Sal Martinez, Director of Fundraising
With 15+ years of experience in the private sector of accounting, Sal has elevated to a business strategies consultant in the action sports and manufacturing industries. Sal’s involvement with ALPFA started 2 years ago when he started attending professional networking events with colleagues that shared the same business passion.
Now, in his new endeavor as Director of Fundraising with the ALPFA LA professional chapter, his main focus will be to raise funds and facilitate students attending events and conventions with the help of financial assistance.
Antonio Toscano, Director of Information Technology
Antonio is a student from Cal State University of Los Angeles, majoring in CIS Computer Information Systems. During his freshmen year he interned with Wilshire Financial Network a Real Estate company assisting the IT department.
Over the summer, Antonio worked as an IT Network Manager with the Sails Group, a non-profit organization that helps and supports individuals with disabilities. Throughout his time with Sails Group, he served the Los Angeles territory by helping administrators with technical issues. He helped the organization save money by assisting with the installation of solar panels. In additions, he created a management printer software that tracked all the organizations printers across the greater Los Angeles area.
Antonio is also the Data Center technician with Cyberverse. His primarily role is to review work orders to move, change, and assist with the layout installation of data communication equipment.