About Community CPA
Community CPA & Associates, Inc. is not your average accounting firm. We offer expertise with empathy, knowledge with understanding, and powerful technology with a human touch.
CEO and Certified Public Accountant, Ying Sa...
Meet Ying Sa
Ying Sa is the founder and Principal Certified Public Accountant at Community CPA & Associates, Inc. The firm provides tax, audit, accounting, business re-structuring and business IT solutions to businesses and individuals...
Our team is bright, hardworking, talented and professional. We truly bring a world of diversity, experience, and quality service to our clients.
A peer review is a periodic outside review of a firms accounting and auditing practice aimed at helping the firm maintain and improve the quality of its services. We are pleased to announce the successful completion of an independent peer...
About Community CPA (The Firm)
Community CPA & Associates, Inc. is not your average accounting firm. We offer expertise with empathy, knowledge with understanding, and powerful technology with a human touch.
CEO and Certified Public Accountant, Ying Sa, and the rest of the team have a world of experience in domestic and international tax audit and dispute, tax planning, tax filing, accounting, payroll, and audit of non-profit and for-profit companies. No matter how simple or complex the situation you are in, Community CPA offers strategies and solutions that is easy to understand and quick to implement. At Community CPA, our team members are more than accountants to our clients. Each team member is considered a mentor, cheerleader, adviser, and partner in our client's successful business venture.
Community CPA & Associates Inc. is truly a global accounting firm. Our multi-lingual staff and unparalleled technology allow the firm to effectively and efficiently serve clients in every corner of the world. The firm works with everyone from startup immigrant entrepreneurs who need help navigating the complexities of doing business in America, to large multinational American-run corporations. Every one of our clients is treated with the same degree of importance and respect.
Community CPA & Associates, Inc. is the place where you will feel at home and appreciated. We are here to share our experience and knowledge in business and to help you succeed because your success is our success.
Meet Ying Sa
Ying Sa is the founder and Principal Certified Public Accountant at Community CPA & Associates, Inc. The firm provides tax, audit, accounting, business re-structuring and business IT solutions to businesses and individuals across the United States, Canada, and around the world. A native of China and former resident of Canada, Ying served five years as Vice President of Controllers for Wells Fargo Financial Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa, and six years as the Chief Financial Officer for the Iowa Manufacturing Extension Partnership at Iowa State University.
Ying has been featured in the Des Moines Register and the Des Moines Business Record on numerous occasions as recognition for her tireless and selfless work on behalf of the community, as well as the success of Community CPA & Associates, Inc.
Ying was honored with many awards for her volunteerism, entrepreneurial, and community spirit. These include the Community Business of the Year Award from the Chinese Association of Iowa in 2006, the Jim Goodman Entrepreneurial Spirit Award from the East Des Moines Chamber of Commerce in 2008, and the Passport to Prosperity Award from the Iowa Council for International Understanding in 2009. On February 23, 2010, in a ceremony at the Iowa Capitol, the Governor and First Lady of Iowa presented Ying with the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame, the highest award given for volunteerism in the State of Iowa.
Ying has successfully helped numerous large corporations, nonprofits, small businesses and individuals with a broad range of complicated tax and accounting issues. She enjoys interacting with people of all backgrounds and cultures, and she is passionate and generous about sharing her expertise with her clients. As a successful immigrant woman with broad corporate and business experience, Ying masterfully blends her unique life experiences and perspectives into her own professional work and her service to clients. In May of 2013, the Governor appointed Ying to serve on the Board of Iowa Accountancy; she served until May of 2019.
Upon meeting Ying, her devotion and passion to the industry and the community become immediately apparent. Her expertise, experience, compassion, and professionalism provide an unparalleled level of service that builds long lasting trust and relationships.
Our team is bright, hardworking, talented and professional. They truly bring a world of diversity, experience, and service to our clients. Meet our team:
Bo Dong is the Tax Manager of the Firm. He is from China and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He received his Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Financial Resources from Drake University. He completed his MAcc at Drake University Bo is sought after to handle client's most pressing accounting and tax issues. When you first meet Bo, he might appear a bit rigid but that discipline serves the clients well. His high standards for accuracy and his care and commitment to the well-being of our clients are second to none.
Dan Yul Kim is the Branch Manager of the Bloomington branch. Dan is also in charge of the Firm's business development and marketing efforts. As part of the Firm's sponsorship and dedication to its community, Dan undertook the role of Program Manager in 2013 at Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Ying founded in 2008. He is a graduate of AIB College of Business in Business Administration with background in Accounting. Dan is sought after to handle client’s business consultation needs. He is a Korean native speaker and is the cheerleader at the Firm. His jovial and optimistic demeanor is contagious so he is the person you will want to talk to when you need your spirits lifted.
Don Nguyen is the Firm's legal counsel. Don is a member of the Iowa Bar and Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa since 2007. Don has obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Southern California Institute of Law and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University. Don provides legal counsel and guidance to the Public and Private Corporations and Nonprofits and also advises finance and corporate development regarding mergers and acquisitions and other transactional matters. He is a dog lover and an avid fisherman.
Monica Parra assists clients with any accounting and taxation needs at the Des Moines office. She especially works closely with the Spanish speaking clients. She received her degree in Accounting and Finance from Marco Fidel Suarez University (Medellin- Colombia). She is from Colombia and is fluent in Spanish. Her smile and sweet nature is contagious and her work ethic will reassure you are in good hands.
Milagro Nava makes sure everything is running smoothly with the Firm's account receivables and ensures there are no surprise with your account payables. Milagro also works closely with our legal counsel to assist clients with any legal and immigration needs. She is from El Salvador and speaks Spanish beautifully. Her caring and infectious personality makes her one of the most popular person to talk to among all the staffs.
Eileen Lee Eileen Lee is the Audit Manager of the Firm and assists clients with business projection, business valuation, accounting and audit needs at the Des Moines office using statistical modeling and statistical analysis techniques. She received her degree in Mathematics from the University of Iowa. She is from Korea and is fluent in a Korean (and Chinese). Eileen enjoys the outdoor activities and is the social butterfly at the Firm. She is detail oriented, very efficient with tasks at hand, and a great communicator putting any anxious client at ease.
Hang Vu Hang Vu assists clients with any accounting and taxation needs at the Des Moines office. She graduated with honors from Simpson College with a double major in Accounting and Business Management. Hang is from Vietnam and is fluent in Vietnamese. She enjoys listening to classical music and is known for her willingness to help whether that is a colleague or a distressed client.
Luis Ordeñana-Choez assists clients with any accounting and taxation needs at the Coralville office. He specializes in working with our Spanish speaking clients. He received his degree in Business Administration and Management at Kirkwood Community College. He accumulatively worked in the field of insurance and tax for the next 8 years before joining the team. Luis is from Ecuador and is fluent in Spanish. At home, he works on cars and enjoys learning new languages with his wife, Carmen, and son, Tito.
Tiffany Wang assists clients with any accounting and taxation needs at the Coralville office. She especially works closely with Chinese speaking clients. Tiffany received her bachelor and master degree in Accounting from Truman State University. She is from Shenzhen, China and is fluent in Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese). Tiffany is a history buff and enjoys reading classic novels. She is very persistent and focused which translates to her success in working through client’s tough situations.
Maribel Medina assists clients with any accounting and taxation needs at the Des Moines office. She especially works closely with the Spanish speaking clients. Maribel received her degree in Accounting from Guadalajara University (Guadalajara, Mexico). She is from Mexico and enjoys reading mystery novels when she is not spending time with her two sons, Carlos and Alan. Her calm nature, great sense of humor, and sweet demeanor makes her very popular to work with among clients.
Amanda Khoo assists clients with their accounting and taxation needs. She received her degree in Finance and International Business from Drake University. Amanda is from Penang, Malaysia and speaks Chinese, Malay/Indonesian, and Hokkien. She is very active in the community and enjoys volunteering at community events such as IES annual summits and SCORE.
Jolene Wang manages the Coralville office clients with any accounting and taxation needs. She received her Master of Accountancy from Western Illinois University. Jolene has a work ethic like no other and able to undertake any tough situations with grace and professionalism. She is from China and speaks Mandarin Chinese. In her spare time, she watches literary films.
Moni Figueroa assists clients with accounting and taxation needs at the Des Moines office. She received Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from AIB College of Business. Moni is the most outgoing and energetic person you have met and her spirit naturally brings joy to clients and to the rest of the team. She is a California native and is fluent in Spanish. If she is not in the office or out with her friends, then she will be at home drawing and painting.
Jay You assists clients with any business projection, business valuation, accounting and taxation needs at the Des Moines office using statistics or data analytics as well accounting tools. He received his degree in Accounting and Business Analysis & Information System from the University of Iowa. He is from Korea and is fluent in Korean. He is very efficient and one of few men who excels in multi-tasking. He enjoys watching NBA games in his spare time.
Karina Reyes-Zuniga is the first person to greet you when you visit the Des Moines office. She assists clients with any accounting needs and also ensures clients are taken care of with appointments, make payments, and answers client concerns via phone, email, or in person. Karina is working towards B.S. in Biochemistry and B.A. in Biology. She is from Mexico and is fluent in Spanish.
Fabiola Rivera-Blanco assists clients with any accounting needs at the Des Moines office. She specially works closely with the Spanish speaking clients. Fabiola received her degree in accounting from Iowa State University and working towards her MBA from Mount Mercy University. She is from Puerto Rico and is fluent in Spanish.
Erica Lee assists clients with any accounting and taxation needs at the Des Moines office. She is from Korea and fluent in Korean. She works with clients from diverse backgrounds. Erica received her degree in Quantitative Economics from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. When it comes to her job, she prioritizes her responsibility as being about the clients' need. She is also a keen and meticulous person who enjoys trying exotic foods.
Gary Lin assists clients with any accounting and auditing needs at the Des Moines office. He received Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Iowa and Master of Professional Accountancy degree from the University of Wisconsin. Gary is from Taiwan and is fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese, and Cantonese.
Nickie Nguyen assists clients with any accounting and taxation needs at the Coralville office. She especially works closely with the Vietnamese speaking clients. Nickie received her Bachelor of Science degree in International Studies and Religious studies and Master’s in Anthropology from the University of Iowa. She is from Des Moines and is fluent in Vietnamese. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her pets and trying new cooking recipes.
Blanca Castillo Blanca Castillo assists clients with any accounting and taxation needs at the Bloomington office. She especially works closely with the Spanish speaking clients. Blanca received her degree in Public Accounting from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. She also worked in audit at the KPMG branch in Monterrey - Mexico for 5 years and later obtained a degree in Business Administration from North Hennepin Community College upon arriving in Minnesota. Blanca enjoys traveling the outdoors and playing soccer as part of a local league.
A peer review is a periodic outside review of a firms accounting and auditing practice aimed at helping the firm maintain and improve the quality of its services. We are pleased to announce the successful completion of an independent peer review of our firms accounting and auditing practice in May of 2014.
The Iowa Accountancy Examining Board, the state regulating agency for Certified Public Accountants in the state of Iowa, requires as a condition of renewal for a CPA firm license, that a firm that issues engagements subject to peer review must complete a peer review once every three years. Our participation demonstrates our desire to meet the profession's high standards of professionalism and our commitment to maintaining and improving the quality of our practice.
Our peer review was conducted by qualified reviewer, James N. Kennedy, CPA, of Kennedy & Kennedy CPA, Victorville, California. The reviewers first determined that we have an adequate quality control system, and then verified that professional standards were followed in a representative sample of our accounting and auditing engagements.
After thorough study of our policies and procedures, the reviewer(s) concluded our firm's system of quality control for the accounting and auditing practices in effect for the respective years has been suitably designed and complied with to provide reasonable assurance of performing and reporting with applicable professional standards in all material respects. Our firm is committed to periodic peer reviews to foster quality performance. If requested, the firm will provide a copy of the report on the results of the review to all interested parties, although it is not required to do so.
Bankers, bonding agents, investors, suppliers, legal advisors and others use the financial statements our firm audits, reviews, or compiles. We think those people, our clients, and our own staff deserve independent quality assurance that our firm provides quality service. We are proud of our peer review results and would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
To view our most recent peer review report, please click here.
Code of Conduct/Quality Control System – a road map to excellence
The Community CPA & Associates, Inc. Code of Conduct defines underlining values and the standards with which we conduct our business. It is designed to provide everyone, including our clients, with a clear understanding of how we should perform on a daily basis. It is a road map to guide the actions and behaviors at Community CPA & Associates, Inc. Our Code of Conduct outlines the resources available to help each of us fulfill our responsibility to both understand and comply with the professional standards.
Every year, we review and affirm the agreement to comply with the Quality Control System and the Code of Conduct. All employees complete mandatory training that reinforces the principles of the Code of Conduct, and the use of the System further builds understanding of the firm’s expectations. Through these self-governed measures and the vigilance of all of our employees, we work hard to maintain a culture that values integrity in all areas of our company.
Online Payment Policies
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We respect and are committed to protecting your privacy. All personally identifiable information collected is strictly for payment processing and payment recording purposes only, and we will not sell your personally identifiable information to anyone.
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On behalf of all the women in the Dream Builder class at the Iowa Center, I thank you for your insightful presentation. The way you explained “Assumptions, Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet, Cash Flow Statement, Break Even Analysis and Worst Case Scenario,” was extremely helpful and straightforward. We appreciate you taking the time to share your story and your expertise. We all benefited from the exceptional way you presented the material! You taught us that the numbers don’t have to be overwhelming and gave us invaluable information on how to run our businesses.
We hope to stay in touch and look forward to following your success.
The Iowa Center Team
You are amazing! Thank you for sharing your knowledge in such a “real” way. Best of luck to your son in Iowa City.
Thank you for coming to speak to our Dream Builder class – especially for travelling to do so! Our students loved your presentation, and so did we. We hope you’ll return to teach again in the future!
All the best,
Michelle & Jess
Thank you for being our guest speaker at the Honors Dinner and for the unexpected gift of $250. It was unexpected. Your message was wonderful and we look forward to a continuing relationship. Quick side note, I have found a church on the Illinois side who is interested in hosting IES. I am excited about this.
Thank you again for your talk and donation.
Grant Curtis, President
Quad Cities Alliance for Immigrants & Refugees
After 12 years and 3 CPA's later Ying and her staff at Community CPA resolved a 12 year old tax matter with the highest level of professionism that every business should follow. Every call was answered or returned within that day no matter how busy she was. Ying gave me advice on starting the process myself to save me money on the firms services. Ying and her staff impress me with all the knowledge they have with the tax system. I would like to thank Community CPA again for there professional and honest services they provided me and I highly recommend them. I am so grateful I found this firm!
- a small business owner