About BARR Advisory

Your partner on the path to security and compliance

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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

Why BARR?

BARR has a global network of partners, the perspective, and deep expertise every thriving SaaS provider to world-class enterprise needs to stay secure and compliant at every stage.

But don’t take our word for it—the numbers speak for themselves.

Nearly
100%
Client Retention Rate
DOZENS
Of Trusted Partners
HUNDREDS
Of Clients Proudly Served
96%
Associate Retention Rate
50+
Our associates have over 50 industry certifications
1 OF 9
One of only nine firms in the U.S. eligible to perform both ISO/IEC 27001 and SOC 2 audits
BARR serves clients in 20+ countries spanning
6 CONTINENTS
9.51
Clients give BARR a world-class net promoter score (NPS)
100%
Approval of CEO on Glassdoor.com
Client Satisfaction Guaranteed

100% Client Satisfaction Guaranteed

If you’re not satisfied with the quality of our work, you don’t pay us. Yes, you read that right. We have 100% confidence in our people, processes, and expertise that your satisfaction is a guarantee.

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’s Director of CISO Advisory, Mitch Evans leads a growing CISO Advisory practice providing vCISO services to organizations of various sizes and across a wide range of industries. He oversees and supports a team of CISO Advisory consultants who provide services ranging from cybersecurity gap assessments, to policy and procedures documentation, due diligence questionnaires, penetration testing, and much more. He provides guidance and support to the CISO Advisory consultants, as well as direct guidance to clients.

Mitch has over 10 years of experience in security and compliance and maintains a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification.

Lauren Hannawald, director and brand operations

Lauren Hannawald

Head of Brand Strategy, Communications & Creative Services

Lauren Hannawald brings over 15 years of industry experience to her role as Head of Brand Strategy, Communications & Creative Services. 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.

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Kyle Helles

Head of Attest Services

As a Head of BARR Advisory’s Attest Services, Kyle leads all efforts related to Attest 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).

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Angela Redmond

Director, Cyber Risk Advisory

Angela Redmond is Director of 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.

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).

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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.

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.

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.

Marc Gold

Marc Gold

Manager, Attest Services

As Manager of Attest Services, Marc Gold serves as the lead 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.

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.

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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.

AJ Lenkaitis

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

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

AJ is a graduate of the Fox School of Business at Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Management Information Systems. AJ was named on the Dean's List, the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Temple University's Golden Key Chapter as top 10% of his class. He also played football at Temple during his first two years of college.

Amanda Parnigoni

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Amanda Parnigoni is responsible for leading and executing technology risk readiness assessments and audits, including SOC 1, 2, and 3. She is experienced in evaluating risk and IT controls for clients in various highly regulated industries.

Prior to joining BARR, Amanda was a Senior Associate at Marcum LLP, where she also served as a member of the diversity, equity, and inclusion task force. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts.

Angie Korol

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As Associate Consultant in BARR Advisory’s HITRUST practice, Angie Korol is responsible for assisting senior HITRUST consultants in planning and executing information technology audits and risk assessments for clients in the healthcare industry.

Angie graduated from the University of Georgia, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems. She has assisted organizations in performing comprehensive assessments of their operations to help identify ways to address existing risks and implement a control environment. Her areas of focus include IT Assurance, System and Organization Controls (SOC), Enterprise Risk Management, and HITRUST.

Ashlyn Jones

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Ashlyn Jones is responsible for planning and executing technology risk readiness assessments and audits for clients in various highly regulated industries. Ashlyn brings over three years of experience in public accounting and a strong background in information technology, finance, and data analysis.

Ashlyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance with a CPA Concentration from College of Saint Benedict and a Master of Business Administration with a Data Analytics Concentration from University of Northwest, St. Paul. She most recently worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, assisting in audit planning and testing SOC 1 and 2 reports, evaluating business process controls, and testing IT general controls for several Fortune 500 companies.

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, CISO Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR Advisory’s CISO 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.

Brianna Plush

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR Advisory’s HITRUST practice, Brianna Plush is responsible for planning and executing information technology audits and risk assessments for clients in the healthcare industry.

Brianna graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance, Cum Laude. She has worked at EY and Villanova University as a research and teaching assistant. In college, Brianna was a member of the Beta Alpha Psi (Honors Business Fraternity), Accounting Society, Corporate Finance Society, Women in Business Society, and Business Leadership Society.

Bryan Hahn

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Bryan Hahn is responsible for planning and executing information technology audits, client risk assessments and CISO Advisory engagements for clients in a wide range of industries. Bryan has extensive experience in SOC auditing and services.

Bryan attended William Jewell College and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Critical Thought. He also minored in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biology. While attending Jewell, Bryan created numerous, data-driven projects in the sciences as well as business profiles. He was a collegiate athlete on the men’s swim team and has recently coached club swimming.

Carrie Wendelken

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

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

Carrie holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems from San Diego State University and a certification in Data Analytics for Business Professionals. Prior to joining BARR, Carrie worked as an advisory associate for technology assurance at KPMG. During college, Carrie studied abroad in Prague and has traveled to 17 different countries in her lifetime.

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 obtains his certification in CISA and has previously worked as an information security consultant with BDO and a senior consultant with EY. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in MIS and Supply Chain Management from the University of Houston. Daniel is multilingual, and can communicate in four languages.

Dariek Howard

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR Advisory’s Cyber Risk practice, Dariek specializes in planning and executing attestation engagements, primarily SOC 2 and SOC 3. Dariek brings extensive experience to clientele operating in cloud environments.

Prior to joining BARR, Dariek was a senior Consultant in Wolf & Company’s IT Assurance practice where he performed work in numerous industries including technology, healthcare, and financial services. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity from Utica College.

Emma Ostrowski

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior 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.

Gustavo Almanza

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant for BARR Advisory’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Gustavo specializes in the delivery of cyber risk advisory services relating to SOC 2 attestation and reporting over control environments. His past experience includes Financial Statement Integrated Audit, Internal Audit Co-source and Outsource, SOX Controls testing, and SOC attestation and reporting with professional experience at Binder Dijker Otte and Ernst & Young.

Gustavo has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems and an International Business Certificate from Texas A&M University. During college, Gustavo served as an ambassador for the Center for International Business Studies, and through the Mays Business School, he was able to study abroad at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as well as travel to countries such as Panama, Dubai, and South Africa.

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 consulting service offerings. Jeff leads small-to-medium sized businesses with developing, maintaining, and growing cybersecurity programs. He also plans and executes various engagements, vendor risk management assessments, policy documentation, and audit assistance.

Jeff has extensive experience leading information security programs. Prior to joining BARR, he was an information security manager with a large enterprise level health technology company. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Winthrop University and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. Jeff has also earned and maintains certifications including PMP, CISM, and CISSP.

Katie Bialy

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior 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.

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.

Laura Moran

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Laura Moran is responsible for planning and executing information technology readiness engagements and audits for clients in various highly regulated industries. She has extensive experience performing SOC engagements and helping clients navigate complex security and compliance issues.

Prior to joining BARR, Laura worked as a Senior SOC Consultant at A-LIGN. She has a bachelor’s degree in business and economics and a master’s degree in business administration and information systems from the University of New Hampshire.

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

Senior Consultant, Attest Services

As Senior Consultant in BARR’s Attest Services, 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.

Nick Schratz

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

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

Nick attended Temple University and received his bachelor’s degree in management information systems at the Fox School of Business. In college, he was a member of the Golden Key Honors Society, Business Honors Student Association, and Association for Information Systems. Prior to joining BARR, Nick participated in the EY Mentorship Program and was quickly promoted within the company to risk advisory intern and eventually, senior business consultant.

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.

Sarah Varnell

Senior Consultant, HITRUST

As a Senior Consultant in BARR Advisory’s HITRUST practice, Sarah Varnell is responsible for planning and executing information technology audits and risk assessments for clients in the healthcare industry. She is certified in CISA and HITRUST-CCSFP.

Sarah is an experienced consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. She is skilled in data privacy, compliance, risk analysis, and critical thinking. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Psychology from Kennesaw State University.

Steve Ryan

Senior Consultant, HITRUST

As a Senior Consultant in BARR Advisory’s HITRUST practice, Steve Ryan is responsible for planning and executing information technology audits and risk assessments for clients in the healthcare industry. He is experienced in both HITRUST and HIPAA assessments.

Prior to joining BARR, Steve was a Senior Consultant in Wolf & Company’s IT Assurance practice. He holds a Bachelor of Science in information systems from Bentley University.

Sydney Buchel

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Sydney Buchel is responsible for planning and executing all aspects of SOC attestation engagements, including testing controls and performing walkthroughs. Her past experience includes developing GRC technologies and issuing SOC 1 and SOC 2 reports.

Sydney received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from Baker University and Master of Accounting from the University of Kansas. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and prior to BARR, Sydney worked for EY as a Senior Business Consultant. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys running and coaching fifth grade girl’s basketball.

Teddy Vangalen

Senior Consultant, CISO Advisory

As a Senior Consultant at BARR Advisory, Teddy 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 financial institutions and small-to-medium sized companies. He maintains the CISA and HITRUST CCSFP certifications to fortify his reputation as an IT professional in audit and risk.Teddy graduated from Utica University with a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, and prior to BARR, he worked at Wolf & Company, P.C.

Zack Wash

Senior Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As a Senior Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Zack Wash is responsible for planning and executing information technology audits and client risk assessments for clients in various highly regulated industries with specialized experience in manufacturing.

Prior to joining BARR, Zack was a Senior Risk Advisory Consultant with Focal Point Data Risk. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Auburn 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.

Connor McGee

Associate Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As an Associate Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Connor McGee is responsible for supporting senior consultants with the completion of SOC 2 audits for SaaS clients.

Connor holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business. He has recent experience as an accounting intern where he gained experience in client relationships, data analysis, and reporting. He currently lives in South Lyon, Michigan and enjoys running and meditating.

Disha Shah

Associate Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As an Associate Consultant, Disha Shah supports the planning and execution of cyber risk engagements, including information technology audits and risk assessments for clients in various highly regulated industries.

Prior to joining BARR, Disha served as an associate in KPMG’s risk advisory practice. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and management information systems from Northern Illinois University. Disha is quadrilingual, and can communicate in English, Hindi, Gujarati, and Sanskrit.

Eduardo Madero

Associate Consultant, Cyber Risk Advisory

As an Associate Consultant in BARR’s Cyber Risk Advisory practice, Eduardo Madero is responsible for supporting senior consultants with the completion of SOC 2 audits for SaaS clients.

Eduardo graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Computer Information Systems. Eduardo is proficient in Microsoft Office and data management. He excels when working in a team and has extensive experience in public speaking. Eduardo is fluent in both English and Spanish and can read and write in Hebrew.

Kristin Strand

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.

Zerrick Staples

Apprentice Associate Consultant

As an Apprentice Associate Consultant, Zerrick supports seniors and associates with all client engagements, including information technology audits and assessments. Zerrick has over six years of experience in the IT industry and has most recently worked at Duke Energy Corporation and Synechron.

Zerrick is a Coding Boot Camp graduate with hands-on software engineering experience leveraging C#, ASP.NET MVC, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, SQL, Bootstrap, Visual Studio, jQuery, Object-Oriented Programming, Agile Methodologies, Entity, and Responsive Design. He attended Ohio State University and holds a certificate in Network and Systems Administration from Per Scholars.

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.

Candice Smith

Events Marketing Manager

As Events Manager, Candice Smith coordinates and promotes BARR’s in-person and virtual events. She creates impactful presentations and promotional content for BARR’s events, manages sponsorship opportunities, and assists the Marketing team with all growth strategies.

Candice has over 12 years of experience in both virtual and in-person events. Prior to BARR, she worked as a sales and events manager for Sullivan’s Steakhouse, and has held a number of events marketing roles in the technology industry. Candice has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Phoenix.

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

Senior Writer & Researcher

As Senior Writer and Researcher, 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

Technical Editor

As Technical Editor, Jen supports BARR Advisory’s client service operations team. In this role, she reviews, edits, and assures consistency across a variety of highly technical, time-sensitive reports. Jen ensures information in all BARR reports is complete, accurate, and representative of the BARR brand. She also contributes to BARR’s marketing and communications strategy by creating content for the blog.

Jen joined the BARR team in 2019 and has nearly 15 years of experience in copyediting, content creation, social media, branding, and marketing. Prior to BARR, she was director of marketing for a private university and ran her own freelance 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.

Jessica Bridge

Reports Specialist, Client Service Operations

As a Reports Specialist for BARR’s Client Service Operations, Jessica Bridge is responsible for developing and maintaining report processes that support the Client Services team and enhance the audit experience. She also provides additional support to the Operations team in various capacities.

Prior to BARR, Jessica worked in various roles of increasing responsibility at Hudson Technologies for 15 years.

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.

Kyle Cohlmia

Associate Content Writer

As Associate Content Writer for BARR, Kyle contributes to content for case studies, fact sheets, blog posts, email campaigns, and website updates. Kyle has established a writing portfolio, where she has led marketing efforts and written for various publications in the creative and academic fields.

In graduate school, Kyle honed in on her research of virtual spaces and transitioned to the cybersecurity industry where she can utilize her storytelling abilities to assist BARR’s marketing team. Kyle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Kansas, a Masters of Arts in English Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and most recently, a Masters of Arts in Critical Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon.

Krystal Wilson

Executive Administrative Assistant

As Executive Administrative Assistant, Krystal Wilson provides general administrative support for BARR’s President as well as supports the Leadership team and overall success of the organization.

Krystal brings 10 years of experience to her role. She previously worked with BDO US, where she was responsible for supporting the BDO Detroit office as well as the Tax Regional Managing Partner. Krystal is accomplished in customer service, training, collections, and administrative work. She has been awarded for strong customer service skills and leadership with the ability to execute deliverables with excellence.

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.

Michelle Rawlings

Media Coordinator

As Media Coordinator, Michelle Rawlings supports BARR Advisory’s Brand and Marketing team, focusing on enhancing BARR’s brand reach in the cybersecurity and compliance B2B markets through media opportunities. Michelle is a journalist and PR writer with more than 200 bylines in print and online.

Prior to joining BARR, Michelle worked as a public relations specialist at Virtual Vocations. She has extensive experience in developing research-based strategies for social media growth and writing content for senior managers and C-suite executives. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in mass communication from Shenandoah University.

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.

Nick Vetere

Recruiting Manager, People Operations

As Recruiting Manager, Nick Vetere is responsible for recruiting and retaining top tier-talent for BARR. In addition to developing and implementing innovative recruiting strategies, Nick also provides support to various People Operations efforts, including diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Nick has extensive experience in recruiting talent for top public accounting firms, having worked as a recruiting manager for both BDO and KPMG prior to joining BARR. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational behavior studies from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in accounting from Wayne State University.

BARR Advisory's People Operations Manager, Whitney Lindsey

Whitney Lindsey

Head of People & Culture

As BARR’s Head of People & Culture, 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.

Jim Dever

Account Executive, Business Development

As Account Executive, Jim Dever cultivates and maintains client relationships and researches industry trends to identify the needs of BARR’s clients and partners. He also supports growth strategies and efforts across multiple departments.

Prior to joining BARR, Jim worked for JP Morgan Chase & Co. in various client facing and operational capacities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Delaware.

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.