About Us

Our Mission

Dillwood Burkel & Millar, LLP is committed to the understanding that quality is irreplaceable, and that client service is the measure of success.

We utilize our variety of experiences within the firm to provide comprehensive accounting, tax, valuation and business advisory services to the full range of industries throughout the United States.

We believe in the value of relationships. We view every client relationship like a partnership, and truly believe that our success is a result of your success. We are committed to providing close, personal attention to our clients. We take pride in giving you the assurance that the personal assistance you receive comes from years of advanced training, technical experience and financial acumen. Our continual investment of time and resources in professional continuing education, state-of-the-art computer technology and extensive business relationships is indicative of our commitment to excellence.

Privacy Policy
We are committed to maintaining the highest standard of privacy surrounding your information. The attached document discusses our Privacy Policy.


Our Partners

David P. Dillwood, CPA, Partner

Experience and Expertise:
I have been in public accounting since 1983, specializing in taxation. I started my career in San Jose, California during the technology boom of the early 1980’s before moving to Santa Rosa. I am a frequent speaker at professional and industry events in the areas of tax planning and accounting. I have written articles for the Journal of Taxation and The Tax Advisor, and am an expert witness in accounting and taxation matters in Napa, Alameda and Mendocino Counties. I have been chairperson of the California Society of CPA’s Wine Industry Conference Planning Committee eight times and have been a member of the Central Coast Wine Industry Conference every year since its inception.

Education and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts, Religious Studies, University of the Pacific
Bachelor of Arts, Accounting, Eberhardt School of Business, University of the Pacific
Certified Public Accountant, California

Community Involvement:
Advisory Board, Salvation Army, Santa Rosa Corps
Director, California Junior Miss Scholarship Foundation Board (past president)
Past President, Past Active Member, Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa, #50
Past President, California Junior Miss Scholarship Foundation
Treasurer, Valley of the Moon Children’s Home Foundation
Treasurer, Windsor Youth Soccer League
Coach, Windsor Youth Soccer League
Coach Windsor Little League
Coach Windsor Girls Softball League

Hobbies/Interests:
I coach my kids’ soccer teams, as well as actively support little league baseball. I enjoy cooking and fine wine; music, gardening and restoring classic cars.


Penny L. Millar, CPA, Partner

Experience and Expertise:
I began my own CPA firm in 1985 after working for Ernst & Young in Houston and San Francisco. In 2004 I merged my firm with DBM, adding accounting services to the practice. My specialty is providing accounting, tax and consulting services to small businesses and income tax preparation for individuals. I work with a wide variety of businesses and owners, including rental real estate, non-profit, professional services, retail, construction and trade associations. I provide training and support for QuickBooks users, such as setting up the database, invoicing, payables, journal entries and financials. My goal is to make sure there is an adequate system of internal controls, efficient accounting systems and good management reports.

Education and Certifications:
Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas in Austin
Certified Public Accountant, California

Community Involvement:
Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Sunrise, Treasurer, President 2006-2007
Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Finance Committee, past board member
Institute of Management Accountants, past board member

Hobbies/Interests:
I love to travel and meet people from all over the world.  I have participated in many community service projects both domestically and internationally and have hosted exchange students from all over. I enjoy the fresh air of the high Sierras, camping under the majesty of the Redwoods, and hiking on innumerable trails here in Sonoma County. My husband and I are wine-making hobbyists and enjoy sharing a nice meal and a bottle of wine with friends.


Christina Z. Hollingsworth, CPA, CVA, Partner

Experience and Expertise:
I started my public accounting career in 2000 in the Bay Area with Arthur Andersen, and later with Deloitte & Touche.  I have been providing auditing, accounting and consulting services for small to medium size businesses in the North Bay Area since 2005.  Prior to joining DBM, I was an assurance service manager at Pisenti & Brinker LLP, a member of the McGladrey Alliance.  I work closely with my clients in a variety of industries such as manufacturing, technology, real estate, vineyards and wineries, and nonprofits. I find it most rewarding to offer my clients with up-to-date industry specific accounting guidance, to assist them with analyzing their business through accurate accounting records, and becoming part of their success stories.

Education and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
Certified Public Accountant, California
Certified Valuation Analyst

Community Involvement:
Community Foundation Sonoma County, Treasurer
Haas Alumni Network, North Bay Chapter, Founder and Co-President
Petaluma Health Center, Audit Committee Member, Past Board Treasurer
Leadership Petaluma Graduate

Hobbies/Interests:
In my spare time, I enjoy reading classical and contemporary literature, both in English and Chinese.  I also enjoy exploring California attractions and parks with my husband and our daughter.


Our Managers

Karen E. Carlozzi, CPA, Tax Manager

Experience and Expertise:
I began my public accounting career at KPMG in Oakland, California. I also had experience working in the private sector at Chevron, USA and the mortgage spectrum. Since my passion has always been public accounting, I returned to the industry several years ago, which eventually led me to joining DBM in 2012. I specialize in tax services and my focus is helping clients through all the challenging aspects of the tax world.

Education and Certifications:
Masters in Taxation (In progress)
Golden Gate University, San Francisco CA

Bachelor of Science in Business
St. Mary’s College of California

Certified Public Accountant, California


Jennifer M. Scherrman, CPA, Assurance Manager

Experience and Expertise:
After six years working as an internal auditor for a Fortune 500 public company, I transitioned to public accounting in 2007, with a focus on assurance services. Prior to joining Dillwood Burkel & Millar, LLP in 2010, I was a staff auditor with KMH LLP, a McGladrey Alliance firm in Hawaii. At DBM, I have enjoyed assisting clients across many different industries with a wide variety of services, including consulting, financial statement attestation and the preparation of complex tax returns. I also work closely with our winery and vineyard clients with inventory costing and financial reporting issues. I enjoy developing close relationships with our clients and providing them with the knowledge and tools to help their businesses become the best they can be.

Education and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
University of Hawaii in Hilo
Certified Public Accountant, California

Community Involvement:
United Way of the Wine Country, Past Finance Committee Member

Hobbies/Interests:
In my spare time I enjoy a variety of watersports and exploring the assortment of activities and attractions the Bay Area has to offer.


Jennifer K. Pickle, CPA, Manager

Experience and Expertise:
I began my career in public accounting in 2006 at Pisenti & Brinker, LLP a member of RSM US Alliance.  I focused on real estate and not-for-profit organizations.  I worked closely with the real estate developers’ accounting teams, assisting them with all aspects of their business from the day-to-day operations and purchase price allocations to the complications of 1031 exchanges and everything in-between.  After eight years with Pisenti & Brinker, LLP, I moved to private accounting and was the Controller for a real estate investment group based in Santa Rosa.  Over the three years I was with them they grew from a handful of entities owning mainly single family homes throughout California to 20 companies with predominantly multi-family properties in California, Oklahoma and Arkansas.  At the end of 2016 I came back to public accounting to continue helping clients with their accounting, tax and reporting needs.

Education and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting
Sonoma State University
Certified Public Accountant, California

Hobbies/Interests:
I love to spend time with my husband and our two young girls.  When I can spare time I also enjoy scrapbooking & other paper crafting, reading and trying new wines.


Tina Neustel, PAFM, Office Manager

Experience:
After working 15 years in the legal field as a Legal Secretary and Paralegal, I joined Dillwood Burkel & Millar as the Firm’s Office Manager, overseeing the day to day office functions and the administrative team. I am an active member of the national CPA Firm Management Association, and attend the annual conference to stay current in firm practice management.

Education and Certifications:
Paralegal Certificate – Sonoma State University, Santa Rosa
Legal Secretary Certificate – Empire College, Santa Rosa
Accredited Public Accounting Firm Manager – CPA Firm Management Association

Community Involvement:
Treasurer, CPA Firm Management Association, Northern California Chapter
Sponsor Chair, Executive Women’s Golf Association, Sonoma Marin Napa Chapter
Past Child Advocate, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Sonoma County

Hobbies/Interests:
I love to play a relaxing game of golf with friends; and also play competitively and match play. I also enjoy cooking and trying new recipes.