About Carol CPA

Carol Stachwick


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Carol Stachwick, CPA

Since 1992, Carol has worked as a CPA in the nonprofit industry, providing audits, reviews, tax returns, and consulting to San Diego nonprofit organizations.  As audit manager and audit partner with three local CPA firms, Carol worked with hundreds of nonprofits of various sizes and at various stages, gaining first hand experiences of the needs and challenges of nonprofits as they strive to meet their mission and their budgets.

In 2016, Carol launched her own CPA firm to provide custom accounting services and finance consulting to nonprofits and small businesses.  She enjoys working directly with CEOs and business owners to make sense of financial data, make complicated decisions, mentor leaders, and celebrate their successes.

Carol served as a Board member for Nonprofit Management Solutions, San Diego Blood Bank, National Foundation for Autism Research, Partnerships with Industry, and on the Planned Giving Committee of the Girl Scouts San Diego/Imperial Council.  In 2007, Carol helped incorporate SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes and served as the founding Treasurer and later as Board President.  Carol currently serves as Treasurer for Community Campership Council and on the Board of Employment & Community Options.

Carol served as Adjunct Professor of Nonprofit Finance at the University of San Diego MA in Nonprofit Leadership Management ​ Program for seven years and spoke frequently at the USD Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium.  In 2005 and 2010, she was invited to join an American Institute of CPAsexpert panel to write the “AICPA Audit Committee Toolkit for Not-for-profit Organizations” a comprehensive manual in matters of audits, governance, independence, and Board management.

Carol attended Cal Poly Pomona and received a Bachelor of Science in Management and Human Resources before joining the accounting and audit field, passing the CPA exam, and receiving her California CPA license.

When not working, Carol can be found hosting big family gatherings at home, mingling at nonprofit fundraisers, hiking or snowboarding in Utah, or riding her horse in the hills of Poway.

Sara Gongora

Senior Nonprofit Advisor
Carol Stachwick CPA, Naturally, accounting, bookkeeping and tax are the main services we offer. More importantly, we seek ways to make your accounting better and your life easier. We guide nonprofits through accounting decisions regarding systems, processes, controls, and reporting. For some, it’s an annoying task that wastes time and keeps you from what you want to do or should be doing to grow your program or business. For others, accounting is intimidating, “Did I do this right?” or “What questions will my Board members or Auditor or Tax Accountant have?

Sara Góngora worked for a statewide non-profit organization for over 17 years. As CFO, she oversaw the financial operations of ten regional offices and programs, including managing the development and administration of million-dollar budgets for both agency-funded and grant-funded programs and activities.  She has proven expertise in driving efficiency and productivity through monitoring and evaluation of financial management systems, implementation of process improvements, contract negotiation, fund development, and information technology. She also brings valuable experience of over ten years in private sector accounting and as a small business owner.  Sara provides financial and accounting services, internal control reviews as well as management reporting and financial statement analysis.

Sara recently completed the Master of Arts degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at the University of San Diego.  She also has earned an Associate Degree in Computer Operations, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, and a Graduate Certificate in Accountancy from San Diego State University.

Committed to giving back to the community, Sara has worked tirelessly alongside Hugo Sánchez, Mexico’s best-ever soccer player, to bring free soccer programs to underserved communities in San Diego.  She is collaborating in the efforts to build a 100-acre soccer complex to provide a wholesome environment that offers safe playing fields and promotes healthy living.

When not working or studying, Sara can be found spending time with her family, cheering her favorite soccer team, or traveling around the world.

James Parthemer


James Parthemer has worked as an accountant in the non-profit sector for over four years.  His past and current clients include small and medium non-profits in the areas of performing arts, visual arts, foster children services, and membership organizations. He has experience with grant tracking, implementing technology, integrating new systems, chart of accounts review and cleanup, and audit preparation. James enjoys helping organizations optimize accounting processes to allow them to focus on their mission.

James received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from San Diego State University and is our in-house expert and chief problem solver on integration with various accounting applications such as PayPal, Gusto, and other “compatible” applications.

When not working, James can be found at the beach, fishing with his brother or at a Padres game.

Teresa Mendoza


Teresa Mendoza has over 13 years of nonprofit accounting experience, with extensive experience in accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll management.  Her prior work was with a large state-wide educational organization which included working with various school districts and preparation for the annual audit.  Teresa brings excellent hands-on experience in the daily workings of a nonprofit accounting office and is valuable in trouble shooting for our nonprofit clients.

Teresa is bi-lingual in Spanish and English and received her bookkeeping certificate from Wrights Bi-lingual Commercial College.  She has worked with the payroll and benefits services offered by ADP, Paychex and QB payroll.  In addition to years of experience with various QuickBooks Desktop applications, she is a QuickBooks Online Certified ProAdvisor.

When not working, Teresa can be found organizing family events, enjoying road trips with her loved ones, or wine tasting at the Valle de Guadalupe.