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 Our New York City office is now open! Located in Midtown- 1740 Broadway 15th Floor, New York, NY 10019


Our Managing Director

Rachel Wright, MST, CPA

Rachel Wright, Founder and Managing Partner of AB FinWright, LLP, a California-based CPA firm, is widely recognized as a financial leader and tax expert in the national and international cannabis industry. With over a decade of experience, Rachel’s proactive leadership and problem-solving skills underscore her commitment to financial stewardship and client success. Operating from offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Nice, France, AB FinWright serves clients across diverse geographies.

With a CPA designation, a Master’s Degree in Taxation, and a Graduate Degree in International Taxation, Rachel provides essential guidance on tax planning, entity formation, and regulatory compliance. Her mastery of intricate tax codes, such as 280E and 471(c), makes her an invaluable resource for cannabis businesses navigating complex tax environments.

Rachel’s expertise is evident at prestigious events like Benzinga in the USA and international gatherings, where she speaks and shares insights as a respected authority. In addition to her professional roles, Rachel contributes articles to publications like Bloomberg Tax and the LA Daily Journal. She also holds board positions in organizations like the International Cannabis Bar Association and the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce, and is a regular speaker for the Cannabis Chamber of Commerce events & webinars.

Through her dedication and contributions, Rachel Wright serves as a pillar in advancing the global cannabis industry while ensuring the prosperity of her clients.

Our Trusted Advisors

Simon Menkes, CPA

Simon Menkes, CPA, is a Trusted Advisor at AB FinWright LLP whose expertise spans many industries, but with a specialty in technology, finance, construction, retail, real estate, and cannabis. A seasoned veteran with two decades of accounting experience, he provides clients wise counsel and trustworthy guidance to grow their businesses and achieve their goals.

Previously Simon was a controller and senior accountant for various businesses in a range of industries, including real estate, property management, technology and financial services. Responsibilities included management of all daily accounting and financial operations, cash flow analyses and projects, month-end close, payroll, audit compliance, and much more.

Simon earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Princeton University and is a licensed CPA in the state of California and a mediator certified by the National Conflict Resolution Center. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA).

Simon spends his free time practicing karate, surfing waves, or dancing. He has also written two novels and is currently working on his third.


Andrew Gradman headshotSasha Mamula-Elkins, MBA, MSP, SHRM-CP

With over 13 years in business consulting and seven years directly in HR outsourcing in California, Sasha understands the unique challenges of small and medium-sized businesses. Currently, Sasha is President of an HR outsourcing firm focused on small businesses and, as an employer, has experienced the same issues with hiring, retaining, engaging, and managing a workforce her business clients face. She does not just consult on theory, she consults on law knowledge, knowledge of psychology, and from experience. She also serves as Membership Director on the BOD for her local SHRM chapter.

While working full time, she earned her MBA in 2010 and her Master of Science in Psychology in 2013, both which further strengthen her skill set as she approaches HR from both a business and psychological perspective. In addition, she is certified in Human Capital Management through ADP, certified as an HR Professional through SHRM, certified in California HR, certified in OSHA for HR, and IIPP writing.

Our Tax and Compliance Team

Rhonda Roni Ryckman

Rhonda (Roni) Ryckman, CPA

Roni Ryckman began in her career in the “Big 4” working at KMPG Peat Marwick.  She worked her way through college as a bookkeeper while also learning Tax Preparation. After a couple years, Roni transitioned into private practice as it became more fulfilling. Working with small/medium size businesses became Roni’s passion as she became skilled at best practices, workflow and set-up and training bookkeeping staff. Roni graduated from San Diego State University and enjoyed the community so much she decided to establish San Diego as her home base with her family.  She has specialized in the construction industry for most of her 2 decades of practice but has branched out into other areas as well following the demands of other industries.  She loves a challenge and has never met a set of books she could not “fix”. Roni loves to travel with her children, most often abroad including Italy where her family originated.  She was a musician long before an accountant  and loves to write and perform music whenever time allows.


Melissa Walters headshotMelissa Walters

Melissa Walters joined AB FinWright LLP in 2018. A client-oriented and results-driven individual, Melissa loves seeing jobs from start to finish and feels especially rewarded by clients’ happiness when they admire the finished product and end results. She is responsible for responding to client inquiries, handling tax notices, creating and closing out entities, SALT filings, coordinating and reporting on tax projects, and daily project management. She truly enjoys gaining more experience and knowledge each day she spends helping her clients and working with other members of the AB FinWright team.

Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and an associate’s degree in office administration from El Camino College. She is also a certified bookkeeper and office clerk.

When she’s not busy with work, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and loves the great outdoors. She often finds herself hiking, exploring new places, relaxing on the beach, and traveling to various destinations. She’s also a huge fan of music, dancing, and horror movies.

Our Client Accounting Service (CAS) Team

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Monica Villanueva

Monica earned her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy degree from Mapua University in Makati, Philippines. She became a Certified Financial Market Professional (CFMP) in 2017 to become knowledgeable and gain understanding of securities in the Capital Market.

Monica’s previous experience includes working with other international businesses providing accounting, payroll, audit, and tax compliance services. With her extensive experience in full cycle accounting, she has recently joined the CAS team to provide a high quality level of service to our clients.

Outside of work, Monica loves to watch movies and various television series. She also likes to travel and try adventurous activities like skydiving and bungee jumping.

Mary Ann Gazzingan 

Mary Ann has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy degree from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila) in Manila, Philippines.

She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the Philippines with almost 10 years of experience in end-to-end process of accounting, dealing with clients from Australia, US, and Philippines.

She has recently joined the team and with her skills and long-list of working experience, she is adding to the high quality of service we give our clients.

Apart from work, she loves music and often records song covers during her free time. She is also into playing mobile games and watching series and documentaries.

Our Human Resource and Administrative Team

Stephanie Cuffy-Jeffries

Stephanie joined our team in 2023 and as the Business Development Administrator. Coming into AB FinWright, she leverages 4 years of experience and expertise in supporting CEOs and Executives. She has earned the reputation as a resourceful problem-solver, multi-tasking across a broad spectrum of responsibilities to ensure the partners can optimize their time and energy in the most positive way possible.

With her previous experiences, she gained invaluable insights and experiences, including but not limited to cultivating business partnerships and sponsorships, curating events for donors, overseeing the development and completion of projects, and securing funding through partnered events and workshops.

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys playing video games, watching anime, and working on independent film projects.

Jonathan Tull

Jonathan has been working as a controller and CFO for eighteen years. With a degree in mathematics and career start in private equity, Jonathan moved on to corporate accounting and has found tremendous success. From establishing and cleaning up mid-market firm accounting back ends to performing ERP migrations, managing finance and accounting departments, implementing data analytics programs, establishing and tracking data-driven strategic initiatives, setting up board-level reporting systems, and creating accountability through KPIs, Jonathan is a proven leader in the field of corporate finance and accounting management.

In his free time Jonathan records and performs classical piano at a concert level – his first passion was music (and his first degree, from the Royal Conservatory).

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Tina Suarez

Tina Suarez is a Human Resource Manager with over 20 years of experience in all areas of human resource management for California based and multistate businesses. Skilled in strategic planning and analysis, implementing HRIS technology solutions, employee and contractor relations, payroll and timekeeping processing, performance management, recruiting and retention practices as well as regulatory compliance. She is also strongly experienced in developing and implementing company policies, conducting workplace investigations, payroll and benefits administrator, and workers compensation, creating job descriptions and developing complex compensation programs. On her free time Tina enjoys spending time with friends and family in camping on the central coast of California and taking her quad out for riding at the Dumont Dunes.