Meet Our Team

Natalie Rava, CPA, MAc

Director

Natalie Rava began her professional services career in the accounting departments of private industry agriculture corporations. After 20 years of this rich experience, she began working with Hayashi Wayland in 2005.

Natalie specializes in:
Audits, consulting, interim controller/CFO work and the agriculture industry.

She is known for:
Having a solid understanding of the client’s perspective from her years in private industry ag corporations.

She works with:
Agriculture and non-profit organizations.

Her best capabilities are:
Understanding how her clients operate. Having been in their shoes, she knows the challenges and aspirations of these organizations. Her insights can prove invaluable, particularly during an audit. She’s been on receiving end of audits in her previous jobs, so she knows what clients are experiencing.

What Natalie likes most about her job:
“I like helping clients solve problems and helping them compile accurate financial data that they can use to run their business.” Natalie also enjoys working with and teaching the younger staff members of Hayashi Wayland.

She’s a published author
In 2009, Natalie wrote an article for Coastal Grower magazine called, “Tips to Improve the Cash Flow of your Business”.

Community-minded:
Natalie works tirelessly to serve multiple communities. She currently serves as Treasurer for Ag Against Hunger, as Finance Chair for the National Steinbeck Center and on the Finance Committee for the Hartnell College Foundation. She is also a member of the California Women for Ag, the Salinas Valley Fair Heritage Foundation, the Watts Scholarship Foundation, and the Mid-State Fair Heritage in Paso Robles. Additionally, Natalie volunteers for the local 4-H Club, Relay For Life and the Mission San Antonio.

Professional Affiliations and Credentials

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA)

Education 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, San Jose State University
  • Master’s in Accounting from Golden Gate University

What you may not know about Natalie…
Natalie has a varied collection of little-known fun facts.

  1. She has never had a cup of coffee in her entire life.
  2. She always has a candy dish in her office.
  3. She became a talented ballerina and performed in many local dance productions.
  4. She has three children, including a set of twins (and she doesn’t require coffee to keep up with them!).
  5. She loves to travel and experience other cultures. In fact, she met her goal of visiting all seven continents before she turned 30 years old. “Maybe because I sit at my desk all day, my travels tend to be on the adventurous side.”

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