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.

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

Lillian Vargas

Case Manager

Areana Calcote

Case Manager

Nadia Lavarreda

Case Manager

Vaughn Martin

Case Manager

Jessica Ramirez

Case Manager

Estefania Cruz

Case Manager

Hector Cash

Case Manager

Tammy Saatchi

Case Manager

Yesenia Tenorio

Case Manager

Sierra Pope

Case Manager 

Daisy Martinez

Case Manager

Nicolle Lopez

Case Manager

Deyvi Vargas Flores

Case Manager

Christina Covarrubias

Document Specialist

Cynthia Ponce

TI Specialist

Karen Gama

TI Specialist

Kristen Borgia

Document Specialist

Stormy Mackenzie

Mail Clerk

Alexa Medina

Administrative Assistant

Citlalli Gonzalez

Mail Clerk

Eunice Chang

Mail Clerk

Tax Experts

The expertise you need to secure your resolution.

Shahem Alzaeim

Tax Preparer

Carl Carlson

Enrolled Agent

Satyam Mehta

Tax Attorney

Yelena Morales

Enrolled Agent

Sergio Morales

Financial Analyst

Ireman Recinto

Tax Preparer

Violet Rivera

Investigation Specialist Lead

Shannon Montoya

Tax Investigation Specialist 

Thinh Nguyen

Tax Attorney

Quality Assurance

Sandra Garcia Acosta

Quality Assurance Manager

Amy Gonzalez

Internal Compliance Officer

Angel Pelaez

Internal Compliance Officer

Leanne Allen

Internal Compliance Officer

Rose Hollander

External Compliance Officer

Resolution Team

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

Lauren Stinson

Director of Sales

Adam Smith

Sales Manager

Matthew Salanga

Tax Resolution Officer

Randy Reese

Tax Resolution Officer

Roger Lundy

Tax Resolution Officer

Bryan Black

Tax Resolution Officer

Broxton Hendrix

Tax Resolution Officer

Alex Garcia

Tax Resolution Officer

Keelin Degroote

Tax Resolution Officer

David Flores

Tax Resolution Officer

Rachel Isenhour

Tax Resolution Officer

Marcos E. Ducret

Tax Resolution Officer

Joshua Rodrigo

Tax Resolution Officer

Noel Sandoval

Tax Resolution Officer

Matthew Freedlund

Tax Resolution Officer

Victor Esquivel

Tax Resolution Officer

Frank Gonzalez

Tax Resolution Officer

Inez Figueroa

Tax Resolution Officer

Joseph Duitsman

Tax Resolution Officer

Analy Solorzano

Tax Resolution Officer

Steve Ramos

Tax Resolution Officer

Raymond Vivola

Tax Resolution Officer

Michael Morales

Tax Resolution Officer

Harrison Kim

Tax Resolution Officer

Alfredo Gonzalez

Tax Resolution Officer

Steven Matthews

Tax Resolution Officer

Tarek Alhawash

Tax Resolution Officer

Matt Hay

Tax Resolution Officer

Stacey Barry

Tax Resolution Officer

Client Support

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

Jamie Mojica

Client Support

Nika Vahdat

Client Support

Frank Pham

Customer Service Representative 

Itzel Zamora

Customer Service Representative

Elsie Catzin

Customer Service Representative

Ryan Llamas

Loan Application Specialist

Celeste Gonzalez

Loan Application Specialist

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