When you are looking for help with your tax and financial affairs, you are looking for someone you trust, someone you respect and someone with whom you enjoy working. You want quality service and personal attention.

Since the early 1970’s Orlene Chartain has been providing just that for clients in the San Francisco Bay area. She has always maintained her public accounting practice, even while pursuing experience in private industry, non-profit organizations and start up companies. These experiences have helped to round out her knowledge to better serve, advise and represent her clients.

After graduating from the University of Colorado in 1970 with a BS degree in Accounting, she started her public accounting career working for a San Francisco, three- partner CPA firm. She felt this choice would give her the experience she would need to eventually open her own CPA firm and provide tax and accounting services to individuals and smaller business clients. In the 1970’s and 1980’s she was very active in the American Society of Women Accountants, the American Society of Women CPA’s and the National Association of Accountants, serving in various officer positions.

To round out her experience, she became Heublein's west coast internal auditor. From there she moved to Silicon Valley and became controller for American Microsystems, Inc., one of the earliest semi conductor companies.  At the same time she taught Accounting at Golden Gate and Stanford Universities.

In 1975, she “hung up her shingle” and began a full time tax and accounting business in Palo Alto. A few years later, Orlene merged her practice with two other CPA’s in San Mateo. 

In 1986, the IRS opened their Electronic Filing program.   Orlene's company, ELF, Inc., became the first successful electronic filing company in the country, creating interfaces for the large tax preparation software companies  and molding and shaping the future of electronic filing.

Along the way she learned an important lesson—“less is more”. She concluded, to have a large CPA firm with lots of employees meant she would inevitably not be able to give her clients the personal service she was dedicated to give.  That, combined with wanting to spend more time being a mom, she reduced her practice to a more manageable size.  She has created an ideal environment to provide the best quality service for her clients. They work directly with her and benefit from her knowledge and experience. .

Orlene is active in the community. She has taught music to elementary students through the Music for Minors program for nine years and has directed an after school children’s chorus for six years. Orlene balances her analytical accounting side by teaching yoga. She currently sings and plays bass guitar for her band “Pointless”.

Orlene is someone you trust and respect. She provides prompt, quality service and personal attention to her clients and all their financial needs.