Laura Ashton

Operations Director | Systems and Compliance

Laura Ashton has over 18 years of accounting and business leadership experience. She joined Han Santos in 2014 as an accountant and worked diligently to expand her role to both project and program manager for the finance and operations team. Laura also founded and runs her own accounting business, Ashton Accounting, which has been operating for eleven years.

Laura’s earlier experience includes being a controller for a Portland manufacturing firm. She also performed administrative and leadership roles for the Archdiocese of Seattle. There she was the “go-to” troubleshooter, filling in many urgent needs with Seattle parishes.

Through her business, Laura brings organization, fiscal clarity, and predictability to both growing firms, as well as established organizations. She chooses her clients carefully, making sure her personal goals and aspirations are a match for the firms she chooses to ally with.

Laura brings that same passion to her internal and external clients within the firm. She chose to work formally with Han Santos because she believes in the firm’s vision, creativity, and passion for being a trusted partner.

“[The Secret to Success] comes from repeat customers. Customers that boast about your project or service, and that bring friends with them.” ― W. Edwards Deming

Core Competencies:

  • Accounting
  • Cashflow management
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Procedure/Policy Management
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Reporting
  • QuickBooks management (Desktop and Online versions)
  • Payroll and Payroll Tax reporting and returns
  • Problem solving


  • B.S., Sociology, Oregon State University


  • English