With MORE than five decades of helping guide clients through exhaustive changes in tax and financial regulations, Stanislawski & Company has history, expertise, and results on its side. That means, you do too.

 
 

Principals

 
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Chuck Stanislawski
Founder/CEO

Chuck has been changing clients' lives before Ronald Reagan and Nintendo were trying to do so.  He knows how to navigate a broad range of business categories and specializes in real estate, manufacturing and retail.  Chuck also knows every in and every out of how to maximize the value of high-net-worth individuals and their estates and trusts. Not to mention, his financial acumen has fueled consistent growth of private foundations and non-profit organizations that proudly power our communities far and wide.

In 1979, Chuck was honored to launch his career at Deloitte, Haskins, and Sells (now Deloitte), one of the worldwide "Big Four" accounting firms. He specialized in financial audits, accounting, and tax services for medium to large size businesses across a broad swath of industries.  His calling came six years later when an opportunity arose to purchase the very CPA firm that his father proudly founded two and a half decades earlier.

Chuck is a founding member of the International Society of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the American Institute of CPA’s.  He holds both a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in Business Taxation from the University of Southern California.

Chuck serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including the University of Southern California School of Accounting, Pasadena Museum of History (Vice President), CPA Law Forum, Pasadena Civic Auditorium (Emmy Awards), Pasadena Chamber Political Action Committee (Treasurer), Pediatric Orthopedic Institute (Chairman), Los Angeles Estate and Trust Committee (Chairman), and member of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Estate & Trust Committee appointed by His Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahony.  He was also appointed by the mayor as a City of Pasadena Commissioner.

As a popular public speaker, Chuck enjoys addressing numerous professional groups and community organizations. His articles have appeared in various entertainment, business, and real estate publications. Incidentally, he is also an avid polo player who competes nationally and internationally.  And, yes, Chuck foreswore sleep a long, long time ago.

 
 
 
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Shunji Ozaki
Director of Tax Development

Over the past 30 years, Shunji has proven to be a man of many talents, not the least of which is his ability to transform complex tax challenges into financial windfalls for countless clients. Shunji's career began as a successful manager for a number of regional restaurants before owning and managing his own establishment. He also served as Assistant Director of Daycare at the renowned Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School in Pasadena, California. His journey in taxation and finance launched with Stanislawski & Company, Inc. in 1990 where he has never looked back.

Current responsibilities include supervising the tax department and tax returns for individuals, corporations (including corporations with multi-state interests), estates and trusts, partnerships and non-profit (tax exempt) organizations. His tax expertise and superior attention to detail continue to save clients sizable sums of tax dollars annually. Shunji also has extensive experience in the preparation of monthly and annual financial statements for individuals, businesses, non-profits, estates, and trusts.

Mr. Ozaki is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents, and the California Society of Enrolled Agents. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA and his Masters of Science degree (M.S.T.) in Taxation from Golden Gate University, Los Angeles. Shunji is the proud father of two grown children. He and his family enjoy many outdoor activities including whitewater rafting, hiking, fishing, camping, and snowboarding. "Downtime" includes cooking, gardening, and reading. Shunji remains devoted to educating children about the joys of the outdoors and the importance of preserving our natural assets. 

 
 
 
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Karen Smith
Tax Expert

For over three decades, Karen has helped Stanislawski & Company navigate its way through nearly 10,000 elaborate state and federal tax returns for a wide variety of individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, and trusts. She also works with families to create sophisticated plans that foster and sustain wealth, including succession planning that ensures the transfer of such wealth through generations.

Karen prepares feasibility studies, projections, and reorganizations and also manages a full spectrum of accounting duties for real estate developers. And if that weren't enough, she masterfully executes the recommendation and installation of automated bookkeeping systems and affiliated training for small businesses. Prior to joining Stanislawski & Company, Karen served as CFO of a closely held trust/management company where she managed accounting for over $100 million in assets.

Karen has served on the Board of Directors of private and public corporations as well as nonprofit foundations. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and her state Society of Certified Public Accountants. She graduated magna cum laude from California State University with a Bachelor's in Accounting.  Not surprisingly, Karen passed her CPA exam on her very first attempt.

 

Additional Team Members

 
 
 

William Christensen
CPA - Manager

Bill provides expertise in tax, accounting, and business consulting for individual and corporate clients.  Prior to joining Stanislawski & Company, Inc., he managed several small businesses after which he successfully operated his own venture for more than 11 years.  It was deep into his professional career that Bill decided to go to college and obtain a degree in accountancy, at which time he also launched his accounting  career at Stanislawski & Company in 1998.  He eventually moved to a mid-sized accounting firm in Orange County where his 6-year tenure included engagements with a wide range of business clients whose annual sales ranged from $1 million to $500 million.  Bill rejoined the Stanislawski and Company, Inc. team as a manager in January 2012. 

He graduated from California State University, Northridge with a B.S. in Accountancy and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants

Bill enjoys anything outdoors, traveling and living a healthy lifestyle.  His newest passion is his grandson and you will find him frequently at LAX catching a flight to Florida where his daughter, husband and grandson reside.


 
 
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Susan Johnson
Dir. Professional Development

Susan Johnson launched her business career in 1994 after she graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a B.S. in Business Administration which included a double major in Operations Management and Marketing.  She began her career as a Project Management Consultant for a Wastewater Treatment Plant for the City of Los Angeles then transitioned to a Project Consultant for the Architecture & Engineering Department at Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks.  Since joining Stanislawski & Company, Inc. in 1998, Susan has served in various positions including Front Office Manager, Tax Associate, Staff Accountant, Property Manager, and Office Manager.  Her current role includes outreach marketing and prospective client engagement.

Susan has served on the board of the Los Angeles Chapter of Executive Women International and on the Advisory Board for the Technology and Operations Management Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  She currently serves on the council of her church in La Crescenta.

Susan is a California native who enjoys the outdoors, learning about local history, attending art exhibits, plays, operas, and musical performances, and spending quality time with family and friends,.


 
 
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Karol Franks
Tax Dept. Administrator

Karol is a multi-talented logistics and creative professional. For over 20 years, she served as chair on committees for the Pasadena Showcase for the Arts where her responsibilities included everything from talent and hospitality coordination to public relations and photography.  This all-volunteer nonprofit provides funding for children's music programs and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.  Their annual fundraiser, the Pasadena Showcase of Design -- one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the nation -- has raised millions of dollars.

By way of an innovative successful social media campaign, Karol's daughter received a kidney from an altruistic donor, and as a result she became an advocate for patients and living donors.  She serves as an administrator for livingdonorsonline.org -- an online community for living organ donors, potential donors, their families, and medical professionals.  She also served for 6 years as administrator for ihatedialysis.com, an online patient support forum for patients and their families as they cope with living with kidney disease. 

Specialties: Karol is a Getty Images Artist (photography) with a vast portfolio.  She also excels at fundraising, public relations, project management, coordinating volunteers, social media, patient and donor advocacy.


 
 
 

Dorette Creighton
Office Manager

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Anie Restrepo
Tax Dept. Administration

Anie earned her B.A. in Communication from Cal State University, Los Angeles.  She is a Project Manager for the tax department in charge of client communication through email and social media and also prepares executives for client meetings and speaking events. 

When not on the job she loves working her way through her Goodreads list, obsessing over the next Netflix series, and satisfying a need for seeing new places.

 

 
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Diana Betancourt
Clerk

A Los Angeles native who graduated from Pasadena City College, Diana has extensive customer service experience.

 
 
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