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COMPANY OVERVIEW


Located in the San Gabriel Valley for over forty years, Christiansen Russell Christiansen, Inc., Certified Public Accountants specializes in providing practical solutions to reduce tax for individuals, families and businesses by offering services such as income tax preparation, tax planning, business entity planning, estate planning, tax representation, tax collection negotiation, bookkeeping, and payroll and sales tax compliance. In 2010, Christiansen & Christiansen was named in Forbes magazine as one of the most outstanding accounting firms in the United States. Most recently, Christiansen & Christiansen acquired the Pasadena-based tax practice of newly named partner W. Brian Russell, CPA, and the firm became Christiansen Russell Christiansen.

OUR TEAM


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David Christiansen
Certified Public Accountant

David Christiansen has been practicing accounting for 31 years and is experienced in income tax preparation, consultation, and representation. David graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona and is a Certified Public Accountant and a professional trustee. He founded Christiansen & Christiansen (now Christiansen Russell Christiansen) in 1991 with his father, who started the practice in 1973. David is an active, professional musician who has played with numerous world-class musicians.

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W. Brian Russell
Certified Public Accountant

Brian has been practicing accounting for 47 years. He started working full time in his father’s public accounting office in 1970, and began his own practice in 1982. He is an active member and former State President of the Society of California Accountants (SCA), including serving as President of the Foothill Chapter, and as a member of SCA’s Board of Directors. A Pasadena native, Brian is a graduate of John Muir High School and holds a degree from California State University Long Beach. His experience includes serving as CFO for various not-for-profit organizations, as well as trustee and assistant treasurer at his church. Brian has mentored several young accountants over the years, including Dave Christiansen before Dave founded Christiansen & Christiansen with his father, John L. Christiansen, in 1991. Brian feels blessed to join forces with Dave and Christiansen Russell Christiansen. Brian enjoys fishing, time with his three daughters and five grandchildren, as well as travel and adventures with his lovely wife, Laurel.

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Ruby Kwan
Certified Public Accountant

Ruby Kwan has been practicing accounting for 30 years and is experienced in income tax preparation and consultation. She is a Certified Public Accountant who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and MBA from California State University, Los Angeles. After working for Pannell, Kerr, Forster, 20th Century Fox and Dick Clark Productions, Ruby joined the Christiansen Russell Christiansen team in 2002. Her greatest joy is spending time with her family.

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John Hitchcock

John Hitchcock is considered the ‘MacGyver’ in the office. John completes the payroll, sales, and property tax forms for our clients. He also maintains the hardware and software that makes all of the operations run efficiently. John is a graduate from the University of Southern California and is a Notary Public. He is a die-hard USC and LA Kings fan and has been a member of Christiansen Russell Christiansen since 1999.

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Stacey Spickard

Stacey Spickard became a member of the Christiansen Russell Christiansen team in 2009 and is an integral part of our client accounting and bookkeeping services. Stacey holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Sciences from University of California at San Diego. She also obtained her CTEC tax preparation credential in 2012. Stacey loves traveling with her husband and experiencing different cultures. Recently, Stacey and her husband became new parents and have discovered the joy of spending time with their precious daughter.

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Laurel Russell

Laurel Russell joined the Christiansen Russell Christiansen team in 2016 and handles a variety of administrative tasks, including accounts receivable. She brings 33 years of tax and accounting office experience to Christiansen Russell Christiansen, previously working as office manager at her husband Brian’s practice since 1983. Laurel was raised in Altadena, graduated from John Muir High School and the University of Redlands as an art major. She studied abroad from 1969-1971 and returned to marry Brian in 1971. She loves decorating and gardening, but her biggest joy and accomplishment has been raising three beautiful, creative and successful daughters. Laurel and Brian enjoy traveling, good food and wine pairing, friends and family gatherings, and their church.

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Sylvia Montelongo

Sylvia Montelongo joined the Christiansen & Christiansen team in 2003 when we acquired another tax practice. She has over 30 years of Income Tax office experience. She expertly handles many of our administrative responsibilities, and is usually the first person to greet our clients with a warm welcome when they visit our office. In her spare time, Sylvia enjoys helping others and volunteers with several non-profit organizations. She also loves spending quality time with her family.

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Jenifer Gerrick

Jenifer Gerrick joined the Christiansen Russell Christiansen team in 2017. She completes bookkeeping tasks and is currently enrolled at University of La Verne. She has a passion for people and enjoys volunteering in her community.

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David Christiansen
Certified Public Accountant

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W. Brian Russell
Certified Public Accountant

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Ruby Kwan
Certified Public Accountant

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John Hitchcock

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Stacey Spickard

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Laurel Russell

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Sylvia Montelongo

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Jenifer Gerrick

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Testimonials

“I have finally found a tax guy I can trust - who is honest, smart, ethical and charges very reasonable rates for first class service.”
- Anthony B.

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How We Can Help

We provide practical solutions for families and business by offering services such as income tax preparation, tax compliance, business entity planning, estate planning and more.

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