On a mission to help create a more secure world. One enterprise at a time.

At BARR Advisory, P.A. (“BARR Advisory”), we exist to simplify the path to security and compliance for a more secure world. We empower innovative technology and cloud service providers to anticipate, navigate, and respond to issues related to risk, cybersecurity, and compliance. Businesses looking for the accessibility of a boutique firm with the tools and expertise of a global consulting firm will find a partner in us.

We believe complicated mandates shouldn’t be a barrier to your organization and the work you love to do. That’s why we take the complexity out of security and compliance, and work with you to create an infrastructure built on accountability and transparency. Because where there’s transparency, there’s trust. Let’s work together to give your organization’s stakeholders a reason to trust.

The BARR Difference

We do more than check the box; we add real value. Our focus is on building relationships and understanding our clients’ needs, so we can help strengthen security, ensure compliance and grow business.

Our Values

We’re relentless in our pursuit to add more value for our clients.

We build relationships based on respect, accountability and trust.

We value diversity of people and ideas.

Simple is powerful. We focus on what’s essential.

Our clients’ challenges are our challenges and, as thought leaders, we innovate to provide the best solutions.

Our Values

  • Unparalleled Support
  • Transparent
  • Inclusive
  • Simplicity
  • Future Ready

Our Team

BARR Advisory leaders are driven, innovative change-makers dedicated to delivering superior client service. Our passion for industry, years of experience and friendly demeanor, instill confidence in our clients. With our leadership, tools and expertise, we can help your organization achieve the security you need and the compliance to succeed.

Bradley Thies, founder and president

Brad Thies

Founder and President

As Founder and President of BARR Advisory, Brad Thies leads all aspects of the organization’s global client service delivery and security assessment services including SOC, ISO, PCI, NIST and HIPAA examinations, FedRAMP reviews and GRC consulting services. Under Brad’s leadership, BARR has become one of the most sought-after third-party assessors in the cloud computing space.

Brad is a recognized thought leader on security and compliance in the cloud computing space. He is a regular guest speaker at industry events, such as ISACA conferences and a member of the AICPA’s Trust Integrity Task Force. Brad’s professional advice has been featured in Entrepreneur, Cloud Computing Journal and Information Security Buzz. Prior to founding BARR, Brad managed KPMG's IT advisory services division. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Information System Auditor (CISA).

Mitch Evans, director risk

Mitch Evans

Director, CISO Advisory

As BARR Advisory’s Director of CISO Advisory, Mitch Evans leads BARR’s growing CISO advisory service offerings, specifically for small-to-medium sized companies in need of a virtual CISO. He is responsible for planning and executing various engagements including readiness assessments, policy and procedure documentation, vendor risk management, and external audit assistance. He specializes in performing assessments over the design and implementation of control requirements based on current industry standards, government regulations and customer requirements.

Mitch was previously a senior associate at KPMG, where he helped large clients meet multiple compliance needs within the healthcare, finance and retail industries. He is a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA).

Lauren Hannawald, director and brand operations

Lauren Hannawald

Chief Culture and Communications Officer

Lauren Hannawald brings over 15 years of industry experience to her role as Chief of Culture and Communications. As leader of both the Marketing and People Operations teams, she oversees the strategies behind every touch point across the BARR experience—creating a thriving culture for every associate, a trusted advisor to valued clients, and a true partner to industry and community organizations.

Day-to-day responsibilities include ensuring that all brand communications and events (internal and external) as well as associate engagement programs—such as onboarding, talent development, team-building, recognition, and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts—are aligned with BARR’s mission and short and long-term goals.

A marketing communications professional by background, Lauren began her career at Hallmark Cards and VMLY&R. She also served as the Director of Marketing at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree from New York University.

Kyle Helles

Director, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Director in BARR Advisory's Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Kyle leads the execution of engagement activities based on client needs. She specializes in performing assessments over the design and operating effectiveness of control environments based on industry trends, leading best practice, and regulatory requirements.

Prior to joining BARR Advisory, Kyle held audit roles in EY’s IT Risk and Assurance practice, Frontier Communications and Conduent Business Services. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and an ISO Lead Auditor.

Angela Carpenter

Angela Carpenter

Manager, Cyber Risk Advisory

Angela Carpenter is a Manager in BARR Advisory’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice. She is known for her exemplary client service as well as her technical expertise in assessing security and compliance against regulatory standards including SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC for Cybersecurity. Angela currently serves clients in a wide range of industries—from global technology services and media production to financial services.

Prior to joining BARR, Angela was a Senior Auditor for the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City and later a Financial Systems Analyst at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Kansas State University.

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory, Hannah Kenney

Hannah Kenney

Manager, Cyber Risk Advisory

Hannah Kenney is a Manager in BARR Advisory’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice. She serves on cyber risk engagements for computer software, human resources, and financial technology organizations, where she is responsible for planning, execution, and delivery of cyber assessments, and reporting process improvements.

Hannah’s background includes extensive project management experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Business Analytics from the University of Kansas.

Swathi West

Manager, HITRUST

As HITRUST manager, Swathi West leads BARR’s HITRUST practice. Her focus is on strengthening client relationships and developing new business opportunities. She also plans and executes information technology SOC audits, client risk assessments, and GRC Advisory engagements for BARR’s rapidly expanding client portfolio.

Swathi is originally from South India, and came to the U.S. to pursue her Master in Space Studies degree at the University of North Dakota. From there, she went on to work for UnitedHealth Group’s information security team, where she fell in love with the cybersecurity industry, auditing several healthcare clients against the HITRUST framework. With a passion for client experience, Swathi moved to the client side, working for Cardinal Health, where she gained experience selecting security tools, planning security testing, and the overall auditing process. Prior to BARR, Swathi was a Senior Consultant at Schellman & Company, working on several HITRUST, SOC, and HIPAA certification projects.

Whitney Perez, Senior Consultant

Whitney Perez

Director, Quality

As the Director of Quality, Whitney Perez brings a wealth of experience in internal audits, SOX, information security, and internal control development. She evaluates risk and controls for industries including energy, government, and financial services.

Prior to joining BARR, Whitney held IT auditor and advisory positions at KCP&L in Kansas City, Missouri and Grant Thornton in Dallas, Texas. Whitney has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Kansas and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Avi Benshoshan

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Avi Benshoshan is responsible for planning and executing all aspects of SOC attestation engagements, including testing controls and performing walkthroughs.

Prior to BARR, Avi was a senior associate in KPMG’s IT Audit and Assurance practice. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Temple University.

Barbara Donatien

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory Practice, Barbara Donatien is responsible for planning, executing, and delivering various audits and risk assessments for clients in highly regulated industries.

Prior to joining BARR, Barbara worked as a senior associate in KPMG’s Audit and Assurance Practice. She has a Bachelor of Science in accounting and information systems from Duquesne University.

Brett Davis

Brett Davis

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR Advisory’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Brett Davis evaluates the design and effectiveness of clients’ technology controls to prevent breaches and incidents and identify opportunities to operate more efficiently. Brett is recognized as a diligent, disciplined individual that goes above and beyond for his team and his clients.

Prior to BARR, Brett served in the United States Navy for six years, where he was a member of the elite Navy Special Warfare community that conducted special operations. After his service, Brett went on to mentor veteran students — providing support and positive influence to help them achieve academic, career and life goals.

Brett holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Cameron Kline

Manager, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Manager in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Cameron Kline serves as the engagement lead for SOC 2 reports. He specializes in technology clients, conducting technology risk assessments, SOC engagements, compliance audits, and IT operational engagements.

Cameron owns the project management aspect of client engagements, ensuring evidence is obtained and documented in a timely manner. He strives to engage and build relationships with all BARR clients and ensures top quality for all clients. Cameron earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Finance from the University of Maryland.

Cody Hewell

Manager, Quality

As Quality Manager, Cody Hewell has successfully worked within attestation doing audit engagements at BARR Advisory and other firms. Previously, he worked in GRC and risk teams at Fortune 500 companies. In addition, he has past U.S. Military experience, including active and reserve roles in the U.S. Army, working in technical operations.

Cody earned a Master of Science in Information Systems from Georgia State University, a Master of Science in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Georgia.

Dan Mathewson

Dan Mathewson

Manager, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Manager in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Dan Mathewson is responsible for planning and executing information technology readiness engagements and audits (SOC 1, SOC 2) for clients in various industries. Through his work he brings his diverse experience and skill sets to assist with bridging the gap between compliance reporting and businesses' understanding of risk and risk mitigating strategies.

Dan has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Daniel Flores Herrera

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory Practice, Daniel Flores Herrera plans and executes various information technology risk assessments and audits for clients with high-value data.

Daniel has extensive audit experience, and has previously worked as an information security consultant with BDO and a senior consultant with EY. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in business with a focus in MIS and supply chain management from the University of Houston. Daniel is multilingual, and can communicate in four languages.

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory, Ian McGee

Ian McGee

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Ian brings extensive experience in assessing effectiveness and design of control environments. Ian executes information technology audits for clients with high-value data in a range of industries.

Before joining BARR, Ian worked as a senior auditor for the City of Denver and the County of Denver, and for K Financial. Ian earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration/accounting from Eastern Michigan University.

Jeff Hoskins

Senior Consultant, CISO Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR Advisory’s CISO Advisory practice, Jeff Hoskins supports all CISO service offerings, supporting small-to-medium sized businesses with developing, managing, and maintaining a cybersecurity program. He also plans and executes various engagements, prepares vendor risk management assessments and policy documentation, and provides external audit assistance.

Jeff has extensive experience in information security, and prior to joining BARR, he was an information security manager with Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business from Winthrop University, and has earned his CISSP, CISM, and MBA from the University of South Carolina.

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory, Julie Mungai

Julie Mungai

Manager, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Manager in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Julie Mungai brings extensive experience in performing internal controls audits, including business process and technology audits, for domestic and international clients in manufacturing, technology and pharmaceutical industries as well as compliance activities including attestation of services (SOC 1, SOC 2).

Before joining BARR, Julie gained five years of experience in risk assurance at PwC. Julie has a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University, a master’s degree from New York University, and holds a CISA.

Larry Kinkaid

Senior Consultant, CISO Advisory

As a Senior Consultant at BARR Advisory, Larry supports the company’s growing CISO Advisory service offerings, specifically for small-to-medium sized companies in need of a virtual CISO (or CISO on retainer). He plans and executes various engagements including readiness assessments, policy and procedure documentation, vendor risk management assessments, and external audit assistance.

He is an experienced consulting professional with a history of working in IT governance, risk, and compliance for large companies. He maintains the CISA and CRISC certifications to fortify his reputation as an IT professional in audit and risk. Larry graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Information Systems Auditing and Control, and Management Information Systems.

Marc Gold

Marc Gold

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Marc Gold is responsible for planning and executing information technology audits (SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 3), client risk assessments and CISO Advisory engagements for clients in a wide range of industries. Marc brings extensive experience in assessing effectiveness and design of control environments.

Prior to BARR, Marc previously worked as a senior associate at KPMG and is a United States Army Veteran. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from Temple University.

Nicole Dillard

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Nicole Dillard is responsible for planning and executing information technology audits (SOC 1, SOC 2), client risk assessments and GRC Advisory engagements for clients in a wide range of industries. Skilled in project management, Nicole has several years of experience assessing the design and effectiveness of control environments and ensuring client engagements are carried out in the timelines established.

Prior to her work at BARR, Nicole worked at KPMG. Nicole has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Management Information Systems from Baylor University.

Niti Jadhav

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Niti Jadhav is responsible for planning and executing technology risk readiness assessments and audits for clients in various highly regulated industries.

Prior to joining BARR, Niti served as a senior consultant with EY’s risk advisory practice. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in business management from James Madison University.

Bronwyn Wilson

Associate Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As an Associate Consultant, Bronwyn Wilson helps clients navigate security and compliance issues and supports the planning and execution of information technology audits for SaaS clients.

Prior to joining BARR, Bronwyn worked with orca whales as a senior specialist at SeaWorld San Diego. She holds a certificate in cybersecurity from Evolve Security Academy, a Bachelor of Arts in communications, and a Bachelor of Science in biology, both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Emma Ostrowski

Associate Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As associate consultant, Emma leads SOC examinations and assists our valued clients in developing their cybersecurity strategy, navigating complex compliance issues, identifying risks, and finding security solutions that work best for them.

Prior to joining the BARR team, Emma earned her Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in engineering management and minoring in supply chain management, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She also completed a computer engineering co-op for Moen Incorporated, where she furthered the development of several smart home devices, tested development software releases for iOS and Android mobile applications, and more. Emma also studied abroad in Luxembourg, volunteering at a social service organization.

Kristin Strand

Apprentice Associate Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As an Apprentice Associate Consultant, Kristin Strand supports seniors and associates with all client engagements, including information technology audits and assessments. As an apprentice, Kristin continues to grow and learn as a cybersecurity and auditing professional with her role at BARR.

Kristin has six years experience in teaching and has served in the United States Army for 12 years. She has three CompTIA certifications and holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Virginia State University.

Jake Smith, Associate Consultant

Jake Smith

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR Advisory’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Jake Smith helps clients navigate complex security and compliance issues — identifying and evaluating business and technology risks and remediation methods to mitigate those risks.

Jake has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Mount Union and is pursuing his MBA from Cleveland State University.

Katie Bialy

Associate Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As an Associate Consultant in BARR Advisory’s Cyber Risk Advisory, Katie is responsible for performing SOC 2 audit engagements. Katie’s main focus is on testing/documentation of controls, performing walkthroughs with SOC 2 clients and preparing SOC reports for her clients. Her previous experience includes performing SOC 1 and SOC 2 audits, project management work at a large public accounting firm and starting her own small business.

Katie has a Bachelor of Science in Finance with a Minor in International Development and Conflict Management from the University of Maryland.

Matt Schuster

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant, Matt leads SOC examinations and works with clients on cybersecurity strategy, helping them navigate complex security and compliance issues, identify risks, and develop remediation methods.

Prior to joining BARR, Matt earned his bachelor’s degrees in supply chain management and accounting, followed by his Master of Accounting degree from the University of Kansas. He spent the summer of 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel, completing two internships—one as a financial analyst intern conducting market research on commercial real estate in the UK, and the other as an accounting intern evaluating billing information for a number of international clients. Matt is bilingual, fluent in both Russian and English.

Megan Sajewski

Associate Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As an Associate Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Megan Sajewski supports SOC examinations and helps clients navigate complex security and compliance issues. This involves identifying and evaluating risks and providing solutions to mitigate those risks.

Prior to joining BARR, Megan worked as a Technical Writer at Altair. She holds a Master of Arts in art history from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Michigan.

Allison Neptune

Coordinator, People Operations

As a Coordinator within BARR’s People Operations team, Al Neptune manages the day-to-day hiring process for North American teams, including finding talent, conducting interviews, and recommending candidates for roles. Al additionally provides support to all People Operations needs.

Prior to joining BARR, Al worked as a healthcare recruiter for Maxim Healthcare Services. She has a master's degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Adler University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from North Carolina Central University.

Christine Falk

Christine Falk

Marketing Content Manager

As Marketing Content Manager, Christine Falk supports BARR’s marketing and communications strategy. She focuses on creating content ranging from social media to webpages to promotional materials. She also assists with marketing efforts to extend BARR’s reach in the cybersecurity and compliance B2B markets.

Christine has more than 10 years of experience in marketing, communications, and content development. She holds a Master of Science in Journalism in Integrated Marketing Communications and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism in Strategic Communication from the University of Kansas.

Claire McKenna

Associate Content Writer and Editor

As Associate Content Writer and Editor, Claire McKenna contributes to content on a wide variety of IT and cybersecurity-related topics for multiple channels, including website, emails, blogs, articles, and social media. She conducts research on markets and industry trends to create original content reflecting BARR’s position as a thought leader, and assists with all other marketing efforts.

Prior to joining BARR, Claire was a paralegal for a small litigation firm in New Orleans. During college, Claire completed multiple internships in the fields of politics, publishing, and cybersecurity. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Loyola University New Orleans.

Emman Catimbang

Production Assistant

As the Production Assistant, Emman plays a vital role in the success of BARR’s day-to-day operations. Emman is responsible for providing administrative support to sales, marketing, operations and client services teams.

Emman is based in Manila, Philippines. He studied at Airlink International Aviation College, where he got his Bachelor of Science degree in Aircraft Maintenance Technology. He is a licensed Aircraft Mechanic and he currently has more than five years of experience in the BPO industry. He worked as a customer service representative and as administrative support. He also has a certificate in Master Personal Trainer under International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA).

Marketing Manager, Jen Knobel

Jen Knobel

Marketing Manager

As Marketing Manager, Jen supports BARR Advisory’s marketing and communications strategy. In this role, she is responsible for developing high-impact materials and marketing campaigns to extend BARR’s reach in the cybersecurity and compliance B2B markets. She assists with the planning and execution of all digital marketing, including SEO/SEM, email, blog and social media efforts.

Jen has more than 10 years of experience in content creation, advertising, social media strategy, campaign development, branding and management. Prior to BARR, she was director of marketing for a private university and ran her own freelance copywriting and marketing business. Jen holds both a Bachelor of Science in public relations and marketing and a Bachelor of Arts in modern languages from Kansas State University.

Jonnae Hill

Manager, Culture and Community Engagement

As Culture and Community Engagement Manager, Jonnae Hill connects our associates to meaningful opportunities as a way to further our organizational mission and enhance their engagement. Through key initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, she ensures that BARR’s values are at the forefront of each associate’s experience. With nearly a decade of experience in higher education, Jonnae brings outstanding leadership and development expertise to BARR.

Prior to joining BARR, Jonnae served in several leadership positions at universities in Missouri. She holds a Master of Arts in educational administration from University of Missouri Kansas City and Bachelor of Arts in communication from University of Missouri Columbia.

Kari Cohen

Kari Cohen

Practice Director, People and Culture Services

As Practice Director of BARR’s People and Culture Services, Kari Cohen leads BARR’s people operations service line, providing guidance to small- to medium-sized companies in growing their business and creating a positive remote work culture.

Kari has over 15 years of experience building and managing HR programs across multiple industries. Prior to joining BARR, she was the Director of People Engagement at the Illig Family Enterprise Company. She holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Kansas.

Melody Marra

Client Services Operations Manager

As Manager of Client Services Operations, Melody leads internal initiatives that create, improve, and educate the team on client service processes, tools, and methodologies. Melody provides unparalleled support by way of client project management activities, reporting management, tools/new process engagement and education, and training system management.

Before joining BARR, Melody worked in marketing positions of increasing responsibility at Hallmark Cards and Cox Media. Melody has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Director of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships, Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith

Director, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships

Michelle leads BARR Advisory’s marketing and communications strategy, global brand management, creative services, and strategic partnerships. In her role, Michelle is responsible for developing integrated marketing initiatives designed to showcase BARR’s expanding advisory and compliance services as well as develop key partnerships as a pathway to new business. With nearly a decade of marketing, communications, and branding experience in a wide range of industries, Michelle brings her passion for creativity and innovation to BARR’s dynamic culture.

Prior to BARR, Michelle served as Assistant Director of Marketing for a private university in Kansas City, along with holding various marketing roles of increasing responsibility in the technology, performing arts, and athletics industries. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Kansas State University and a master’s degree from Rockhurst University.

BARR Advisory's People Operations Manager, Whitney Lindsey

Whitney Lindsey

Director, People Operations

As BARR’s People Operations Director, Whitney is responsible for recruiting new talent, onboarding, supporting each phase of the associate life cycle, and enhancing our values-driven work environment. She also supports wellness activities, benefits, and compensation administration.

Before joining BARR, Whitney acquired 13 years of experience in talent recruitment and management at leading companies like Google, Amazon, and Oracle. Whitney has a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and a master’s degree from the University of Denver.

Associate Consultant, Vince Maduri

Vince Maduri

Manager, Business Development

As the Business Development Manager, Vince forecasts client needs based on industry trends to generate new business opportunities. Vince is known for his diligence, professionalism, and commitment to supporting the needs of BARR clients and future clients.

Prior to joining BARR, Vince ran his own communications company alongside his father and siblings. There, he developed a new digital media product and ran day-to-day operations. He also worked for Wells Fargo in positions of increasing responsibility until joining the BARR team. Vince graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, then went on to earn a Global MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.