Meet the Teams


Janathan L. Allen

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
Director of Consulting, Emeritus

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.

Mr. Barron is available for consulting engagements.

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.


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.


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.

In her spare time she enjoys cooking, good wine, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.


Aaron Behar
Legal Intern

Aaron Behar is a legal intern at Janathan L. Allen, APC.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Behar worked as a summer law clerk at Rimon Law, where he worked on corporate and real estate matters including: lease agreements, land purchase agreements, cross border transactions and entity formation. Mr. Behar was a law clerk in the Tax Section of the United States Attorneys Office (N.D. Cal.) where he worked on complex tax litigation matters, and an international tax law intern at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves and Savitch LLP. Mr. Behar holds a B.A. in economics and a minor in philosophy from Loyola Marymount University and a J.D. from University of California Hastings College of the Law, where he was a member of the Honor Society and graduated cum laude.  On his spare time, Aaron enjoys playing tennis and being outdoors.


Stefani Decoeur
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