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About ALSB

About ALSB

The primary objective of our firm has been to help our clients attain their financial goals by providing them with the best professional services available. Our firm started out as a bookkeeping service in Fortuna in 1945. Since those early days, we have expanded and merged our practice several times. While technically classified as a small accounting firm, we stand out as one of Humboldt County’s leading CPA offices.

Our Mission

Our Mission

To provide quality accounting, consulting and tax services to clients who value our professional work. To humanize what is essentially a commodity by creating a team-oriented working environment that makes clients want to do business with us because they know we enjoy what we are doing.

Our Talented & Dedicated Partners & Staff

Our Team

David A. Somerville, II CPA, Partner

David is a partner of the firm and maintains the esprit de corps for all the ALSB team. He is a specialist in small business development and has additional expertise in individual, corporate, partnership and estate taxation.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting from Humboldt State University in 1974. David worked as a senior auditor with the US Government for 5 years. He has been practicing public accounting since 1979, becoming a partner with ALSB’s successor firm in 1982.

David and his wife, Gaby, enjoy traveling and spending time on their Golden Pond in Florence, Oregon. He donates his time to the Redwood Memorial and St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.

Keith D. Borges CPA, Partner

Barbara J. Guest, CPA, MAcc

Barbara joined the ALSB team in October 2012 when she relocated to Humboldt after living on Maui for 32 years. Barbara obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a Masters degree in Accounting from the University of Hawaii. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of California and Hawaii. She is experienced in accounting and tax and most recently held the position of Audit Manager where she planned and performed multiple audits and attestation engagements of various organizations in a wide range of industries. She assists in training staff members on new auditing and accounting standards. Barbara is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

When not at ALSB, Barbara is helping her husband clear the blackberries and finish the construction of their home. During the summer, she looks forward to traveling and visiting long lost relatives.

Rita Chism, Staff Accountant

Dana Hunt, Office Manager

Vanessa Anderson, EA 707-725-4442 Enrolled Agent

Vanessa joined the ALSB team in January 2011 when she relocated from San Jose to Fortuna to be closer to family. She is an Enrolled Agent licensed by the Department of the Treasury and has earned the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and various State Agencies. She brings with her over twenty-five years of experience in both the tax and accounting field as well as past experience in banking, computer programming, software support, and data processing.

Vanessa is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents and the California Society of Enrolled Agents.

When not at ALSB, Vanessa enjoys fishing and long drives in the country exploring new places. Vanessa also enjoys Facetime with her grandchildren who reside in Indianapolis.

Daniel Cole, CPA 707-725-4442

Mary Hinrichs, Administrative Assistant


Eugene B. Lucas CPA, Deceased Partner
James M. Anderson CPA, Retired Partner