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 will lead BARR’s HITRUST practice by strengthening client relationships and developing new business opportunities. She will also be charged with planning and executing information technology audits, client risk assessments, and GRC Advisory engagements for our 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. She then moved over to the client side, working for Cardinal Health where she gained experience selecting security tools, planning security testing, and the overall auditing process. Swathi then went on to Schellman and Company, working on several HITRUST, SOC, and HIPAA certification projects, before joining the BARR team.

Whitney Perez, Senior Consultant

Whitney Perez

Manager, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Manager in BARR Advisory’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, 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).

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

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant 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.

Charlynn Yeung

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Charlynn Yeung 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. Charlynn is an audit professional who has extensive experience evaluating and analyzing start-up tech environments for security compliance and efficiency. Her work within control environments has helped companies across various industries achieve security and compliance goals.

Charlynn has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Law from the University of Southern California.

Cody Hewell

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, 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

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant 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.

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.

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory, Julie Mungai

Julie Mungai

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant 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.

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.

Jake Smith, Associate Consultant

Jake Smith

Associate Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As an Associate 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

Associate Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As an Associate 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.

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.

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.

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.

Associate Consultant, Vince Maduri

Vince Maduri

Account Executive, Business Development

As an Account Executive, 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.

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.

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).