Our Team

About Our Team

John Russon, CPA, started his career at Arthur Andersen after finishing his accounting degree at California State University, Northridge. As a young professional with a growing family, John moved to a local firm where he began developing specialized expertise in auditing retirement plans. John started his own practice in 2005 and building on a handful of clients merged his practice with a local CPA firm in 2006. Starting Pension Assurance LLP in 2014, John has positioned himself over the years as a leader in the employee benefit plan audit industry.

John is a visionary who is always looking around the next corner. He is constantly working to realize those visions, striving to develop the team in order to provide the highest level of service and expertise to clients. At work, he derives the greatest satisfaction from the relationships he has with his colleagues, both as a partner and advisor to clients and a mentor to team members. He lives in Agoura Hills with his wife and four children. He loves the ocean and can often be found on early mornings or late nights surfing or diving for lobsters.

 

Nathan Johnston, CPA, entered the accounting world in unconventional fashion. After attending film school at the University of Southern California, Nathan began working in accounting and going back to school for a second education in accounting. He started in public accounting as a staff auditor at a local firm where he performed audits of small to mid-sized corporations, non-profits, and employee benefit plans. In 2007, he joined John Russon’s employee benefit plan audit practice. In 2012, he was named the Practice Leader of the employee benefit plan audit practice. In 2014, Nathan became a partner at Pension Assurance LLP.

Nathan has a penchant for all things technical and intellectual. He loves the logical process of simplifying complex problems and creating novel solutions for both clients and team members. He is a glutton for knowledge, constantly attending conferences and reading independently to stay up-to-date, but he also loves sharing it. He heads up the firm’s training and education programs and takes great joy in educating clients or team members on challenging or unique retirement plan issues during his interactions with them. Nathan lives in San Gabriel with his wife and three boys, who he named after some of his favorite filmmakers.

 

Eric Kuo, CPA, was named Partner at Pension Assurance LLP in 2018. Eric has over a decade of public accounting experience. Joining the team in 2010, Eric has become a respected leader within the team as well as a worthy representative of the firm to both clients and industry partners. Eric is a pillar of the practice, bringing considerable expertise in difficult areas like multiple employer plans (MEPs) and overseeing several of the firm’s largest, most complex, and challenging retirement plan audits.

Eric is one of the hardest workers around, diligently and tenaciously seeing projects through to completion. Eric takes the greatest pride in being able to provide valued services to our clients. Eric received his undergraduate degree in Business Economics (Accounting Emphasis) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Eric lives in Los Angeles with his wife and his current foster dogs. His pastimes include playing golf and watching sports.

Philip Bae, CPA, senior manager at Pension Assurance LLP, has a singular focus on retirement plan audits, managing dozens of retirement plan audit engagements for the firm. Philip has a great working relationship with his team and his clients are his top priority. He is known for his integrity and reliability and is an essential component of the Pension Assurance team. Philip graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a bachelor’s degree in business economics. He began his career at a local public accounting firm in Los Angeles and joined the team in 2012. Philip enjoys working closely with clients in order to understand their needs and to strive for the best solutions for them. He lives in Encino with his wife and two children and enjoys cooking, spending time with his family, and the movies.

 

Aracely H. Garcia, CPA, senior manager at Pension Assurance LLP and has over eight years of public accounting experience. In 2016, she joined Pension Assurance where she has focused on developing expertise in auditing retirement plans. Aracely diligently and tenaciously sees projects through to completion. She enjoys being able to provide valued services to our clients. Aracely brings a broad background to her work at the firm, with experience performing assurance services for retirement plans, technology, real estate, manufacturing, distribution, and investment companies (both public and private). Aracely received her undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance from California State University, Northridge.

 

William M. Monti, Firm Operations Manager at Pension Assurance LLP, joined the team in 2008 and is passionate about an organization’s ongoing operations and procedures. William’s background includes Information Technology, Accounting, and Human Resources. William’s career began as System Administrator before taking a greater interest in the systems that facilitate running a busy and growing organization. William graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a bachelor’s degree and lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife, son, and daughter. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, and listening to music.

 

Ala Ablozhey, CPA, is manager at Pension Assurance LLP and has over five years of public accounting experience. Ala graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and finance and a minor in Spanish. She began her career at Deloitte and worked on a variety of public and private engagements. Ala joined Pension Assurance in 2014 and, in addition to managing dozens of audits she is heavily involved with the firm’s recruiting activities. She currently lives in Encino with her husband. In her spare time Ala enjoys learning foreign languages.

 

Nancy Harada, manager at Pension Assurance LLP has over four years of experience auditing retirement plans. Nancy joined the team as an intern in 2011 while she was attending California State University-Northridge (CSUN). She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and began her professional career at Deloitte & Touche. In 2015, with the desire to focus more on retirement plan audits, she joined Pension Assurance. Nancy lives in Simi Valley with her husband and daughter. She enjoys spending time with her family and watching her baby grow.