Stories are part of our lives, and Novena enjoys learning about the stories of her clients’ lives, and how those stories influence their estate and wealth preservation goals. She began her own new “New Story” in July 2016 by moving to Portland, Oregon to be closer to her son and his family; she understands the importance of integrating family relationships and connections in guiding clients to meet their goals. To continue her new story , Novena chose McDonald Jacobs for their dedication in providing high-caliber and comprehensive services to their clients, active community involvement, commitment to technological sharpness, and attentiveness to their staff’s healthy balance between their working and personal lives. The perfect plots for their clients, their community, and their staff’s future Storytelling!

Over thirty years of experience in pubic-accounting, twenty-four of those years focusing in the estate and trust planning, taxation, and fiduciary administration; review and preparation of personal income taxation, estate and trust income taxation, and estate and gift taxation, estate and trust accounting (court and non-court supervised); advise and assist private and independent executors, administrators, personal representatives, and trustees. Novena has served as trustee and personal representative for trusts and estates giving her first-hand knowledge of the responsibilities and demands made by these roles.

Spending time with her son and his family; taking watercolor/art classes at the Oregon Society of Artists; Novena enjoys traveling and learning about the many destinations Portland and Oregon have to offer; reading autobiographies and historical fictional novels beside a nice fire or outside under the beautiful Oregon skies; to keep-up (or, attempt to keep-up) with her grandson, she walks, stretches with yoga, and bicycles around town.

Community Involvement: 

OHSU Foundation – Gift Planning Council member; Sustaining Member of All Classical; Sustaining Member of Oregon Public Broadcasting; Former Board of Director member: Bakersfield Museum of Art



Graduate, Robert O. Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico, Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accountancy, 1985
Certified Public Accountant Certificate, Oregon State Board of Accountancy; Passed Entire CPA Uniform Examination First Sitting
Graduate, Masters-of-Taxation at Golden Gate University, Los Angeles, December 1998
California State University, Fullerton, Certificate in Professional Fiduciary Management, December, 2005
Continuing education courses relating to professional areas of concentration