Rachelle Barnier | CPA

RBARNIER@NHHCO.COM | (805) 966-1521


About: Rachelle graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics with an Emphasis in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant whose practice focuses on working with clients and their professional advisors on tax planning for individuals and closely held businesses as well as tax planning associated with marriage dissolution. 

Specialties: Rachelle’s practice includes tax planning and consulting for individuals and closely held businesses as well as tax planning associated with marriage dissolution matters which includes property division (i.e. stock options, real estate, deferred compensation, and business entities) and obligations outlined in the divorce decree (i.e. alimony, life insurance policies, and retirement plans).

Quote: "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Connect: Contact Rachelle at or at (805) 966-1521, or visit her website below!

member since November 2017

Carola Nicholson | CPA & Partner


About: Carola Nicholson is a Certified Public Accountant who moved to Santa Barbara in 1980. For 10 years, she worked in San Francisco at one of the largest accounting firms in the nation – Ernst & Young – in areas of international tax, biotech, high tech, and real estate.

Since 2000, Ms. Nicholson has built a private practice in Santa Barbara and founded Nicholson & Schwartz in 2004. She specializes in tax consulting and preparation for individuals, non-profits and corporations, with an emphasis on small business financial management.

Carola is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and believes strongly in giving back to her community. She currently serves on the boards for the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, the Multimedia Arts and design Academy at Santa Barbara High and Earl Warren Showgrounds. Carola is also a past member of the Santa Barbara County Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Problems, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV), Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, the Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Santa Barbara Symphony League and Children's Project.

Specialties: Carola specializes in small business consulting and tax planning and preparation, as well as individuals, corporations, and non-profits. Her areas of expertise are restaurants, real estate, small businesses, and professionals.

Quote: "Experience is something you can't buy but sometimes you pay a high price for. We are here to help you navigate the bumps."

Carola says that her favorite quote is from Albert Einstein: "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

Connect: Contact Carola at or at (805) 969-9662, or visit her website below!

member since october 2017

Jessica Sierra | President


About: As a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and a native of the California Central Valley; Jessica began her professional career in the finance and management department of a boutique home health agency. After several years in Home Health Management and Ownership, she saw a need in the Small Business community for Back Office Accounting support. Shortly after having her first child, she started her own company, providing bookkeeping  support to small businesses and individuals. Today, the company has grown beyond traditional bookkeeping support, and provides personalized consulting on various levels; a testament to the personal approach she takes with each client. Jessica is a proud wife a mom of two young boys.

Specialties: Jessica's clients are typically closely or privately held companies who are in need of Accounting and Back Office support. She works with clients to determine the appropriate level of service. Some companies need to hand off Accounting functions all together, while others are looking for specific or interim bookkeeping support. With her customized, boutique approach, clients are able to improve business efficiencies by turning over as little or as much to her team.

Quote: “I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” - Pablo Picasso

Connect: Contact Jessica at or at (805) 676-0806, or visit her website below!

member since november 2017