Meet the Teams


Janathan L. Allen

Esq., Partner in Allen Barron, Inc. and Senior Partner at Janathan L. Allen, APC

A Montana native, Ms. Allen brings international tax, accounting and finance knowledge to Allen Barron, Inc., and law expertise to Janathan L. Allen, APC. Allen has worked with a diverse group of businesses, advising clients in legal, financial and tax arenas.

Beginning her career in the public accounting arena, she moved into the private sector as tax director for a biotech firm, Hybritech, Inc. She progressed to controller and CFO/Legal Counsel positions for a number of San Diego companies before becoming a partner in Allen Barron, Inc., and founding Janathan L. Allen, APC.

She has led seminars throughout California on tax-advantaged corporate structures and tax minimization, and appeared as a panelist for Tech Coast Venture Network in a roundtable discussion for venture capital and angel financing.


B.S. Accounting, University of Montana
MBA International Finance, University of San Diego
J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles
LLM Masters of Law in Taxation, USD School of Law


Richard C. Barron


Richard Barron, whose roots are in nuclear science, is dedicated to assisting companies achieve new directions of growth and profitability.

Barron’s career began in his native England as a junior scientist for a U.K. government research department, studying the technical functionality of nuclear particle accelerators. After immigrating to Canada, he became a member of the Bell Northern Research team that developed and implemented advanced digital telephone switching systems.

In 1979, he began his climb to the top of executive management starting as Director of Manufacturing Operations for Northern Telecom. His corporate career reached its apex during tenure as President/CEO of numerous technology companies including General DataComm; Telenex Corporation, Inc.; Bourns Electronics; and Valor Electronics (a publicly held company with over $120 million in revenues) before becoming a partner in Allen Barron, Inc.


San Diego Accounting Tax Expert

Ping Butz

Tax Manager

Ping Butz is a Certified Public Accountant and Enrolled Agent. She is also a QuickBooks ProAdvisor. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, while she was in China. After moving to the United States, Ping studied and secured a Master of Science in accountancy from San Diego State University in 2010.

Her professional career spans and grows over two decades. She lunched her career at a Fortune 500 insurance company, where she successfully managed risk assessment and solutions for a diverse of clientele in the Manufacturing, Distribution, Finance and Mortgage industries. After graduating from San Diego State University, she worked as a Controller at an international manufacturer based on San Diego. She helped transition the operations and accounting to the new & advanced level of excellence. Most recently, Ping worked at local CPA firms interfacing with client regarding their tax planning and compliance.  She gained extensive experience on high net worth individuals and closely held businesses.







Wendy Wheatcroft

Senior Accountant

Wendy was born and raised in China. Before came to the US, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy in China. Upon her arrival in the US she studied at the San Diego State University (SDSU) graduate program and received her Master of Science in Accountancy.  Wendy received her CPA license in 2009 and has extensive experience in international and domestic tax issues. Prior in joining Allen Barron, Inc. she gained experience working with high net value individuals, LLC, S-Corporation and C-Corporation accounting and tax returns.

In her spare time, Wendy enjoys spending time with her husband and children.


Barbara Ireland

Senior Accountant

Barbara Ireland is born and raised in Long Island New York. In 1987, she moved to Colorado where she lives with her husband, daughter and elderly Mother. She brings 39 years of accounting experience with her.

She got her Business degree from Suffolk College in New York; Barbara has worked for a variety of different companies in her career from the healthcare industry to engineering field. Since coming to Colorado, she has mostly worked for non-profits, schools and churches.

She enjoys spending time with her husband and children. She can also be found out in the barn with her horses, dog and cats.


Maria Herrera

Director of Operations

Maria Herrera joins our firm as a Consultant with over 20 years of progressive growth as a results-oriented business manager and accounting professional in various diverse industries. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and brings additional variety to our well-rounded team.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix and continued her studies in Global Management and Strategic Intervention. Since graduating from college, Maria has worked in a variety of industries, including SONY Electronics and House of Blues Concerts, Inc., where she was selected to develop its Business Management training program. Working as a Controller with Crockett & Co., Inc. provided her with invaluable experience in the Food & Beverage industry. With her diverse experience, Maria brings an ideal management and full-cycle accounting background to service our Clients’ needs, increase their productivity and cash flow and produce favorable results.

In her down time, Maria enjoys spending time with her family and friends and enjoying San Diego’s great beaches and weather.


Leslea Pedersen
Office Manager

Leslea Pedersen was born in Texas, but grew up in southern California. After raising four children, Leslea went back to school to earn her degree. She recently graduated from California State University San Marcos with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. After graduating she was offered and accepted an internship with Allen Barron. Since being with the firm, she has participated in a case involving forensic accounting with complex tax issues, as well as the formation of an accounting system for businesses that are just getting started. She is familiar with Quickbooks, ADP Payroll and Aloha Point-of-Sale programs. She currently manages the business aspects of the firm as well as the administrative staff.

Leslea plans to sit for the CPA exam within the next year. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, good wine, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.


Stefani Decoeur
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Stefani Decoeur is the smiling face you see greeting and seating you at our front desk. As our Receptionist/Administrative Assistant, she assists in the day to day administrative functions at Allen Barron, Inc. She is a California native and is also a Notary Public. Stefani is fully dedicated to assisting our clients with their individual needs and helping our team succeed and our organization grow. She holds an Associate of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies and a Paralegal Certificate from San Diego Miramar College. In her spare time, Stefani enjoys watching movies, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.

Other partners that we call upon for special services are:

Genworth Financial Services

Handles our investment and financial planning activities. Formally GE Financial, they are a leading firm in this specialized area.

Stephen Cross, ChFC.


Synchronous Management International

Handles our activities in materials management and supply chain optimization. This worldwide firm has extensive experience in supplier consolidation and cost reductions from supply chain improvement.

Dr. Victor G. Lippa, CFPIM