Our Story

Essam Abdullah

Chief Executive Officer

Essam Abdullah is the founder and CEO of TaxRise Inc., the country’s fastest-growing tax resolution company.

In 2017, Essam launched TaxRise and quickly grew the company to over 100 employees with a growth rate of almost 400%. His passion for finance and technology supplemented the need for investors and funding, allowing TaxRise to rise above antiquated industry giants and revolutionize the space. Essam later founded Mia Development Group, colloquially known as MIADVG, to further develop cutting-edge fintech and other ventures.

Essam forwent a formal education to build his business and strongly believes in a hands-on experience for young entrepreneurs. In 2021, Essam co-founded the non-profit The Paul & Mia Foundation to provide high-schoolers and young adults with the skills, opportunities, and mentorship to launch their own companies with his guidance and leadership.

Executive Team

Introducing the executive team: leading your way toward being tax debt free.  

Emily Nguyen

Chief Financial Officer

Emily Nguyen is the Chief Financial Officer for TaxRise Inc and MIADVG. Emily joined the TaxRise team in 2018 as a Lead Accountant and quickly became an integral part of the growing company.

Emily’s strengths come from her international finance experience. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting and auditing from the prestigious Banking University of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where she was hand-selected to join the Deloitte Touche International as a Senior Auditor. Later, she joined the Association of Chartered Certificated Accountants from Chartered Certified Accountants UK in London and joined the e-commerce team ePelcian as an Accounting Manager.

As CFO for TaxRise, Emily has single-handedly managed the company’s 400% growth and built a top-tier accounting department. 

John Oh

Vice President

John Oh is the Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of MIADVG. John started his career in 2008 as an independent consultant specializing in paid advertising and lead generation.

In 2014, John met Essam Abdullah, founder of TaxRise Inc, and quickly became his mentor and business partner. John joined Essam at TaxRise in 2018 as Chief Marketing Officer and later assisted in the launch of Mia Development Group, a software development company.

In 2021, John co-founded the non-profit The Paul & Mia Foundation to mentor young entrepreneurs. John graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a degree in Biology and Creative Writing.

Jamal Abunadi

Chief Revenue Officer

Jamal Abunadi is the Chief Revenue Officer of TaxRise Inc.

With a background in company development and structuring, Jamal helped grow TaxRise’s revenue by over 130% during his first year as CRO.

Previously, Jamal worked with TaxRise in sales and was promoted to Director of Sales in 2018. Jamal forwent a formal education when he found success in his sales career.

Tax Experts

The expertise you need to secure your resolution.

Satyam Mehta

Tax Attorney

Thinh Nguyen

Tax Attorney

Carl Carlson

Tax Professional

Shahem Alzaeim

Tax Preparer

Ireman Recinto

Tax Preparer

Letrice Pettway

Tax Preparer

Briana Wilson

Tax Preparer

Yelena Morales

Enrolled Agent

Sergio Morales

Financial Analyst

LeAnne Ibrahim

Financial Analyst

Kevin Ellison

Financial Analyst

Alexander Gishwiller

Financial Analyst

Processing Team

Your Case Managers and Case Workers work together to build your case and act as a liaison between you and your tax attorney.

Stephanie Barrera

Processing Manager

Areana Calcote

Case Manager

Daisy Martinez

Case Manager

Deyvi Vargas Flores

Case Manager

Estefania Cruz

Case Manager

Frank Pham

Case Manager

Hector Cash

Case Manager

Lillian Vargas

Case Manager

Nadia Lavarreda

Case Manager

Nicole Taylor

Case Manager

Sean Savage

Case Manager

Tammy Saatchi

Case Manager

Vaughn Martin

Case Manager

Yesenia Tenorio

Case Manager

Zoe Papadopolus

Case Manager 

Violet Rivera

Senior State Resolution Officer

Karen Gama

Tax Investigation Specialist

Shannon Montoya

Tax Investigation Specialist

Itzel Zamora

Tax Investigation Specialist

Cynthia Ponce

Tax Investigation Specialist

Kristen Borgia

Document Specialist

Christina Covarrubias

Document Specialist

Maria Espino

Document Specialist

Kimberly Morrow

Document Specialist

Citlalli Gonzalez

Senior Mail Clerk

Richard Esqueda

Mail Clerk

Eunice Chang

Mail Clerk

Alexa Medina

Administrative Assistant

Finance Team

Ryan Llamas

Loan Application Specialist

Celeste Gonzalez

Loan Application Specialist

Daisy Tellez

Loan Application Specialist

Jennie Phillips

Billing Manager

Daisy Rodriguez

Collections Specialists

Fabian Fernandez

Collections Specialists

Resolution Team

TaxRise’s Resolution Team is your first step to qualifying for an IRS resolution

Lauren Stinson

Director of Sales

Adam Smith

Success  Manager

Noel Sandoval

Lead Resolution Officer

Joshua Rodrigo

Lead Resolution Officer

Keelin Degroote

Lead Resolution Officer

Victor Esquivel

Tax Resolution Officer

Alex Garcia

Tax Resolution Officer

Alfredo Gonzalez

Tax Resolution Officer

Andreu Lazur

Tax Resolution Officer

Analy Solorzano

Tax Resolution Officer

Bryan Black

Tax Resolution Officer

Broxton Hendrix

Tax Resolution Officer

Bret Robertson

Tax Resolution Officer

Daniel Kerr

Tax Resolution Officer

David Flores

Tax Resolution Officer

Inez Figueroa

Tax Resolution Officer

Johnathon Schiefebein

Tax Resolution Officer

Kathleen Kellum

Tax Resolution Officer

Matt Hay

Tax Resolution Officer

Marcos E. Ducret

Tax Resolution Officer

Matthew Lee

Tax Resolution Officer

Michael Morales

Tax Resolution Officer

Roger Lundy

Tax Resolution Officer

Rachel Isenhour

Tax Resolution Officer

Raymond Vivola

Tax Resolution Officer

Steven Matthews

Tax Resolution Officer

Stacey Barry

Tax Resolution Officer

Tarek Alhawash

Tax Resolution Officer

Gary Allen

Tax Resolution Officer

Anthony Verruto

Tax Resolution Officer

Client Support

Our Client Support team is always available to answer your questions or concerns.

Sandra Garcia Acosta

Quality Assurance Manager

Amy Gonzalez

Internal Compliance Officer

Angel Pelaez

Internal Compliance Officer

Leanne Allen

Internal Compliance Officer

Vince Washington

External Compliance Officer

Kyan Nabard

External Compliance Officer

Elsie Catzin

Customer Service Representative

Emma Hernandez

Customer Service Representative 

Neelofar Faqeerzada

Customer Service Representative

Brieanna Christian

Client Support

Jamie Mojica

Client Support

Nika Vahdat

Client Support

Janae Tate

Client Support

Victor Teran

Customer Service Representative

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