Mitch is the founding Partner of Cordia Partners, a Northern VA based professional services firm that provides outsourced accounting, consulting and staffing services to Washington, DC metropolitan area organizations. Cordia serves not-for-profits, government contractors, and other businesses. Mitch has been instrumental in assisting our clients with management, staffing and operations of their accounting departments.
Mitch has over twenty five years of professional experience in accounting department development for new organizations, process and organizational reorganization, re-engineering and management of existing departments. Mitch also has extensive experience in audit, tax, and consulting services. His consulting expertise is focused in the areas of technology, business advisory services, strategic planning, re-engineering, government compliance, budgeting, and forecasting, cost allocating, cost containment, alternate revenue and reserve analysis.
Prior to founding Cordia Partners, Mitch was the Partner-in-Charge of Beers & Cutler’s (now Baker Tilly) outsourced accounting group. He is Past Chair of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (formerly the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce). He also serves as Secretary of the Washington DC Economic Partnership, Treasurer of Potomac Community Resources, Interfaith Works and on the board of the Men of St. John’s College High School. Mitch resides in Montgomery County, MD with his wife and two children.
Mark Melton is a founding partner of Cordia Partners. Mark has a specific focus on helping clients identify and manage accounting and reporting processes on an outsourced basis.
Mark has over 22 years of professional experience in the areas of accounting and financial services while serving government contractors, professional service firms and other commercial enterprises. He assists Cordia’s clients in developing financial reporting and control procedures that address the most important business and control issues, while ensuring that information is delivered efficiently and effectively.
Mark has extensive experience in the organization of the financial accounting function where he has an excellent understanding of the integration of business process, information technology and personnel management. Mark has worked on numerous complex projects involving the reorganization and/or establishment of effective accounting procedures in order to generate consistent and meaningful results.
Prior to founding Cordia Partners, Mark was a partner of a large regional accounting and consulting firm in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In addition, Mark has served as a Senior Financial Executive in the private industry, within the government contracts, manufacturing, technology, and professional services industries. Mark also has public accounting experience at both international and regional CPA firms.
Mark is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Management Accountants.
Traci Rowland Shepps is a Partner at Cordia Partners providing consulting and advisory services to government contractors and various other professional services organizations.
Traci has over twenty-five years of professional experience in all facets of accounting operations, compliance, system design and implementation, and system and process optimization. Combining a strong accounting and consulting background with business systems experience, Traci specializes in providing accounting support, system design, and business process implementation and optimization. Her diverse professional and industry experience has provided her with an extensive knowledge base of business scenarios and industry best practices.
Traci’s experience supporting government contractors with accounting department management, financial reporting, complex indirect rate and revenue computations, GAAP and FAR compliance, and cost allowability provides them the expertise and best practices to be successful.
Prior to joining Cordia Partners, Traci was Director in the Business Information Systems practice of a national accounting and advisory firm. In addition, Traci’s background includes corporate finance operations experience and leading an independent outsourced accounting practice.
Traci is a CPA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. She holds a B.S. in Accounting and Information Systems from George Mason University.
Lori Stanley is a Partner at Cordia Partners, a professional services firm that provides outsourced accounting and consulting services to Washington DC metropolitan area businesses.
Lori has approximately 25 years of professional experience in corporate and outsourced accounting services spanning a wide variety of financial accounting functions. She has provided services to commercial and not for profit organizations. Lori also serves as the internal Controller and Human Resources Manager for both Cordia Partners and Cordia Search.
Lori received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.
Joseph (Joe) Greeves was one of the three original co-founders of Cordia Partners, a leading provider of business advisory, finance and accounting, and recruiting and staffing services in the Washington DC metropolitan region. Joe joined Cordia Partners, on a full-time basis, in April 2013 to lead the Cordia Search operations and to provide CFO consulting and advisory services to Cordia’s clients primarily in the technology and professional services industries.
Prior to joining Cordia Partners, Joe was the EVP & CFO of GeoEye, Inc. an industry leading, publicly traded satellite imaging business, which he successfully sold for over $1 billion in 2013. Prior to GeoEye he was the CFO of several publicly traded and venture-backed businesses including Managed Objects, OPNET Technologies, Fusion Systems, and ERC Environmental and a CFO mentor and consultant for Lazard technology Partner’s venture fund. His accomplishments include being named the NVTC public company CFO of the year for 2010 where he was invited to be a judge of the awards for 2011, 2012, and 2013. He began his career as an audit supervisor with Touche Ross & co. (now Deloitte).
Brigitta Scott is a Partner at Cordia Partners providing accounting outsourcing, consulting, and advisory services to government contractors and various professional service organizations.
Brigitta has thirty years of professional experience in all facets of accounting operations, compliance, internal audit, and internal controls. Brigitta has extensive expertise in GAAP, FAR, and CAS, and specializes in providing accounting consulting and outsourced services to government contractors, not for profit organizations, and other professional services companies.
Brigitta’s experience with accounting department management, internal audit and internal control support, revenue recognition, cost allowability, forward pricing, disclosure statement, and risk management provides our clients with the industry leading expertise and compliance best practices needed for their successful growth.
Prior to joining Cordia Partners, Brigitta was Director in the Advisory practice of Baker Tilly, a national accounting and advisory firm. In addition, Brigitta’s background includes corporate finance operations experience in an organization that grew aggressively from a startup to a public company, and providing assurance and tax services in a public accounting firm.
Brigitta is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Janette D. Schwartz is a Partner at Cordia Partners, a professional services firm that provides outsourced accounting services to Washington D.C. metropolitan area businesses.
Janette has twenty-six years of professional experience in all facets of serving the audit, compliance, tax, and consulting needs of the not-for-profit industry with a focus on organizations that include charitable, membership and trade associations, Political Action Committees, and those with significant international operations and/or federal funding. Janette has extensive expertise in GAAP, GAAS, and OMB and has worked with clients on indirect rate structures and agreements, joint and other expense allocations, multi-entity and for-profit subsidiaries, and internal control assessments and guidance.
Janette works with accounting departments, senior management, and boards of directors on education in many areas including governance, fiduciary responsibility, risk management, revenue recognition, grants and contracts, understanding financial statements and reports, and implementation of new accounting standards.
For twenty-one years, prior to joining Cordia Partners, Janette was a Partner in the Not-for-Profit practice at RSM US, LLP, a national accounting and advisory firm.
Janette is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Greater Washington Society of CPA, serves on the Advisory Board and Audit committee for Make-A-Wish Foundation Mid-Atlantic, and is the Treasurer of the National Academy of State Health Policy.
Don has over 30 years of professional experience, including nearly 20 years as a leading hotel and real estate industry financial executive. He served as CFO and Corporate Controller of two of the nation’s largest publicly-owned hotel Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). His experience has included numerous capital market transactions, and several major corporate restructurings in addition to establishing and building several highly successful accounting and finance organizations. He has deep knowledge regarding capital raising (including IPO’s), financial reporting, effective organization structures, budgeting and forecasting, strategic planning and governance. He has industry experience with companies in the hospitality, real estate, government contracting, telecommunications, and technology industries, among others.
Mike Cippel is a Principal at Cordia Partners, providing accounting services to Washington, DC metropolitan area businesses. Mike focuses on providing business operations support and operations management to government contractors.
Mike has over 20 years of professional experience managing finance and accounting operations including analysis and reporting, indirect rate development, DCAA submissions, revenue recognition, and strategic planning. Mike assists clients in the development and implementation of accounting policies and procedures, FAR/CAS compliance, technical GAAP issues, cost and pricing support, and DCAA audit support.
Prior to joining Cordia Partners, Mike was the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis and Pricing for a mid-sized government contractor. In addition, Mike’s background includes corporate finance operations experience in both the Government Contracting and Commercial arenas.
Mike is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and has an MBA from Virginia Tech.
Abe Gogel is a Principal at Cordia Partners, providing consulting services to Washington, DC metropolitan area businesses. Abe primarily focuses on providing accounting systems and systems process support to not-for-profit organizations, government contractors, and various other professional service organizations.
Abe has over ten years of professional experience in all facets of accounting operations and financial system design and implementation. Abe provides systems design and implementation, process evaluation and design, and accounting transition support to government contractors, not-for-profit organizations, and various other professional service organizations. Abe’s hands-on experience in managing accounting operations, combined with his extensive knowledge of accounting systems technology makes him uniquely qualified to support our clients with the technological and process challenges they face in today’s competitive environment.
Veronica Vannoy is Principal at Cordia and head of Marketing and Communications for Cordia’s family of companies. She is responsible for external and internal marketing communications including market strategy, brand awareness, event management, and digital marketing automation. Veronica promotes Cordia’s outsourced accounting, consulting, technical accounting, and recruiting & staffing services to government contractors, non-profit organizations and commercial clients. She is also focused on strengthening relationships with partners, clients, and vendors.
With over 25 years of experience in marketing strategy, content development, digital marketing, and creative services, Veronica brings expertise in branding, advertising, web development, social media execution, and content writing to help strengthen Cordia’s market position in the Washington, DC area. Prior to joining Cordia, Veronica was the Marketing Director for BLR Holdings, Inc. (now rebranded as Cella, LLC) and it’s three companies, The BOSS Group, Cella, and Proposal Development Consultants. Together they provide staffing, consulting, and managed service solutions in the creative, marketing, digital, and proposal space.
In a former role, Veronica was the Founder and President of VC Graphics, Inc., a bilingual marketing communications and web development firm serving nonprofit organizations, commercial clients, and federal government agencies. As a marketing leader and entrepreneur for 15 years, Veronica was instrumental in launching more than 50 brands and in driving profitability for many companies through targeted marketing initiatives and technology platforms. She holds a B.S. in Advertising, Marketing and Graphic Design from the University of Miami, FL, is proficient in web development language, holds certifications in digital marketing, and is fluent in Spanish.
Dana Fisher has been with Cordia since its inception and drives business development strategy and execution for all three companies: Cordia Resources, Cordia Partners, and Cordia Technical Accounting. She has over 25 years of business development, sales, and marketing experience in the accounting and legal industries. She is responsible for strategic partner referral management, business development, sales networking, coaching, pipeline management, event management, and strategic market planning and development. Dana provides superior business development and sales process acumen to ensure the continued successful growth of the firm.
Prior to joining Cordia Partners, Dana was the Mid-Atlantic Regional Marketing Manager for McGuire Woods LLP, a national law firm headquartered in Virginia. While at McGuire Woods, Dana provided marketing strategy and direction for the Mid-Atlantic practice area. Before McGuire Woods, Dana was Director of Sales and Client Development for the Technology, Communications, and Entertainment (TCE) Practice Area at Ernst & Young LLP in the Mid-Atlantic region. Through her leadership the TCE practice of Ernst & Young LLP became a market leader during the internet boom.
Dana holds a Bachelors Degree of Arts in Public Administration and is very active in a number of business and community organizations including the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, The Women’s Center, Association for Corporate Growth, Small and Emerging Contractors Forum (SECAF), where she holds a position as Membership Co-Chair, and the founder of the Executive Women’s Networking Forum (EWN) that meets bi-annually to connect women personally and professionally.
Dana lives in Reston, VA with her husband, Mike, and son Jack.
Mike Drennan joined Cordia Partners after serving more than five years in a consulting role as interim CFO – Controller for several of the firm’s not-for-profit and for-profit clients. Mike has a specific focus on helping clients resolve operational challenges in their accounting and finance departments that allow stakeholders the opportunity to receive timely and accurate financial data for management purposes.
Mike has over 20 years experience in financial and accounting leadership positions in the areas of not-for-profit, manufacturing, small business, and international operations. He assists our clients in accounting department turnaround, developing policies & procedures, providing outsourcing and interim CFO solutions, and overall business operations input.
Mike has extensive experience in the organization of the financial accounting function where he has an excellent understanding of how to integrate these functions into all areas of the organization for optimal success. Not adverse to rolling-up his sleeves and jumping in, Mike is equally capable of leading a team of Cordia professionals to accomplish the engagement at hand.
Prior to joining Cordia Partners, Mike held Senior Financial Executive positions within the not-for-profit, manufacturing, international, and professional services industries. Mike spent more than two years with the Arthur Andersen outsourcing practice in Washington, DC.
Jeremy Taro is a Business Development Director for Cordia’s Outsourced Accounting & Business Advisory, Recruiting & Staffing, and Technical Accounting practice areas. He is responsible for customer acquisition and growth strategy focused largely within the Nonprofit/International NGO, Government Contractor and Professional Service industries.
Prior to joining Cordia Partners, Jeremy was the Business Development Director for a national accounting and advisory firm leading their Enterprise Resource Planning and Digital Transformation practice. He has an extensive background working with the world’s leading software and technology partners building first-class solutions for some of the most complex organizations in the Nonprofit, Government Contracting, and Professional Services industries.
Jeremy received his B.A. in Economics and American Studies from Brandeis University where he also played baseball and competed in the Division III college world series his freshman year. He is an active member of the Mid-Atlantic business community and has been a Make-A-Wish volunteer and ambassador for over 11 years. Jeremy lives in Ashburn, VA with his wife Melissa and two daughters, Peyton and Olivia.
Robyn Zampella is a Senior Director at Cordia providing consulting and advisory services to government contractors and various other professional services organizations.
Robyn has over 20 years of experience in accounting operations, system design and implementation, project management, corporate training, and instructional design in the government contracting, financial services, software development, and telecom industries.
Robyn’s technology, problem-solving, and project management expertise bring significant value to our clients. Robyn leads the Unanet consulting team, providing advisory and implementation services to help our clients achieve sustainable business results.
Before joining Cordia Partners, Robyn spent nearly six years at Unanet, where she developed advanced proficiency in the software. In addition, Robyn’s background includes large scale project management, ERP software implementations, general accounting, planning and financial analysis, and instructional design.
Robyn is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), and the PMI Suncoast Chapter.
Deborah (Debbie) Schleicher is a Director who brings over 25 years of leadership experience in finance, accounting, and taxation disciplines. Her responsibilities at Cordia include delivery of fractional CFO services, finance and accounting operations expertise, and outsourced accounting services to growth companies in the commercial sector.
Most recently, Debbie has held positions as a strategic and operational CFO for both private and public companies, supporting multiple high growth organizations from the start-up phase through successful capital raises and exit transactions. She has extensive M&A experience including target identification and evaluation, diligence, deal negotiation and structuring, and post-closing integration. Debbie was the CFO for a large, successful sell-side exit of a growth stage venture-backed organization, has led IPO readiness efforts, and handled investor relations in both private and public arenas.
As a strategic financial leader, Debbie has led accounting, tax, FP&A, human resources, investor relations, and operations for many companies. She has been instrumental in assisting companies through the many stages of growth, spanning from incubation, start-up phase to a high-growth, expansion operation. Debbie has scaled operations by building high-performing finance teams to achieve increasing levels of profitable growth. Her vast industry experience includes SaaS, fintech, e-commerce, marketplace, subscription models, professional services, hospitality, broadcasting, and manufacturing.
In prior roles, Debbie was a Partner in public accounting firms, including Arthur Andersen and Grant Thornton, where she served clients that were publicly traded, venture-backed and privately held. During that time, Debbie gained invaluable operations experience starting and operating multiple firm-wide practices and service lines. Additional roles have included being CFO of various growth companies and as a consulting/fractional CFO. Her accomplishments include a dual-track IPO and $758M acquisition to a public company, a $54M Series B equity raise with a convertible note bridge, and raising debt financing of over $75M for business expansion.
Debbie prides herself on being collaborative, customer-centric, and team-oriented. She lives in Rockville, Maryland with her husband Scott (Debbie married into Clemson football). She has two adult children who live in Atlanta and Baltimore. Lately, you can find Debbie riding the Peloton or walking her dog Layla (a boxer).