The People

A team of Big 4 Alumni and industry executives at your fingertips.

Management Team

Emeritus

"I’ve enjoyed the people, the clients, and the process, and seeing Connor Group’s growth over the years." -Connie Dias

Our Professionals

Abigail Bravi
Alejandra Preciado
Alicia Luboch
Amanda Foo
Amit Patel
Andrew Cheng
Anh Le
Anna Ovchinnikova
Anne Zimmer
Anthony Lemon
April Demaine
Ashley MacLachlan
Austin Bird
Austin McNeil
Athena Dunbar
Ben Tingey
Boyd McGowan
Brad Javidirad
Bryan Carton
Carl Ditzel
Carlos Henriquez
Caroline Yan
Chris Ewbank
Chris Strunk
Cindy Gust
Connor Foran
Dana Dietzek
Daniel Corona
Danielle Estrada
David Bortz
David Chang
David Pace
Dennis Duong
Diana Jew
Dmitry Petrichenko
Eelane Aw
Elena Akins
Emily Russell
Eric Johnson
Eric Needell
Evy Lin
Flynn Eisenman
Funmi Awopetu
Gary Brady
Hannah Ashenfelter
Hanson Hermsmeier
Jace Thomas
Jaden Xu
Jason Dong
Jennie Jiang
Jess Ferrucci
John Lee
Jordan Teitelbaum
Justina Corbett
Karan Bakhshi
Karen Fu
Kevin Hope
Kevin Lum
Kimbery Halamicek
Krystle Baraceros
Kyle Kubal
Lauren Johnston
Lee Berliner
Liz Batres
Maggie Zhai
Maria Bayer
Masako Chiao
Matt Guilmette
Matt MacLachlan
Meklite Argaw
Melody Everson
Melody Vergara
Michael Roderick
Natalie Erdman
Nhi Tran
Nidhi Agrawal
Patrick McAvoy
Phuong Lam
Pixie Yao
Qi Liu
Rani Vaishnavi
Raj Malhotra
Russell-Winfield
Ryan Bettar
Sam Picarro
Samantha Ramseur
Sapana Pandey
Sarah Park
Scott Dayhuff
Scott Twidle
Shruti Shivahare
Sonia Daryani
Tatiana Dolgina
Tony Mitchell
Tracy Cheung
Tyler Richtsmeier
Valerie Ho
Vani Bhargava
Veronica Barnola
Yuchen Qin

Jeff Pickett

Jeff is CEO of Connor Group and the founder of the firm. Under Jeff's leadership and vision, Connor Group has grown into a premier global provider of high-quality technical accounting, financial operations and IPO services with clients in North America, Europe, Asia and South America.

Jeff has served as a lead or senior advisory partner for many of our clients, including public and private companies and private equity firms. In these roles, he has managed initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, IPO filings, and complex revenue recognition. He serves as an expert advisor to company executives and Board members on accounting and business operational matters.

Jeff is an industry leader and a subject matter expert in revenue recognition. He is a frequent presenter at nationwide seminars and expert panels, a contributor to published accounting articles and a guest lecturer at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

Jeff started his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst & Young in Palo Alto after graduating in Accounting from Brigham Young University Magna Cum Laude.

Aleks Zabreyko

Aleks is Partner and Strategic Markets Leader in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice. In addition to client service, Aleks focuses on the firm’s market activity in several geographies, including Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Seattle. He is also responsible for interactions with regulatory organizations and several of our business alliances.

Aleks has hands-on US GAAP and IFRS experience advising clients and other Connor Group professionals in areas such as revenue recognition, complex financial instruments, leases, consolidation, business acquisitions and dispositions, stock compensation, capital markets, SEC reporting, and complex or unique transactions. He has in-depth familiarity with issues affecting emerging growth companies, both private and public, in the technology, software, cloud, clean energy, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Prior to his current role, Aleks founded and led our Professional Practice organization. He also directed the development of the firm’s guidance and client services in relation to the new revenue recognition rules of ASC 606.

He is a member of the Financial Reporting Executive Committee (FinREC) of the AICPA, Financial Reporting Committee of the IMA, and Auditing Practice and Accounting Standards committee of California Society of CPAs. Additionally, Aleks is part of the AICPA Digital Assets Task Force, which develops nonauthoritative accounting and auditing guidance for cryptocurrencies, tokens, and other assets. He has presented on a variety of accounting topics at conferences and webinars.

Prior to joining Connor Group in 2009, Aleks spent 17 years with the Ernst & Young audit practice. He is a Certified Public Accountant (California) and Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (the United Kingdom).

Blake Collins

Blake is a Director in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice, providing assistance to clients with technical accounting issues and helping clients achieve IPO readiness. He has extensive experience with revenue recognition, lease accounting, business combinations, goodwill and intangibles, public equity offerings, and stock-based compensation.

Prior to joining Connor Group, he worked as an audit professional at Deloitte in Orange County, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah, for more than 8 years, most recently as a senior manager serving both public and private multi-national and small companies in a variety of industries. His international audit experiences include mergers and acquisitions, SEC reporting and compliance, as well as resolution of technical accounting issues.

Blake graduated from Brigham Young University holding both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in Utah.

Brad Burch

Brad is a Partner in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice.

Brad has significant experience working with complex revenue recognition issues, share-based compensation, business combinations, variable interest entities, unconsolidated entities, complex debt and equity arrangements, derivatives, goodwill and intangible assets, financial statement preparation, and SEC reporting. Brad also has experience working with leases, fair value measurements, foreign currency translations, inventory and related reserves, and investments.

Prior to working at Connor Group, Brad was a senior manager at Ernst & Young in San Francisco. Brad is a Certified Public Accountant (California and Texas) and graduated from the University of North Texas in Accounting.

Carolyn Garner

Carolyn is Director of Recruiting at Connor Group. As the head of Global Recruiting, Carolyn and her team recruit outstanding talent for Connor Group, managing and owning the full life cycle recruiting process. She has more than 12 years of experience in the recruiting industry and an additional 4 years of experience in finance. Her extensive recruiting background includes matching exceptional finance and accounting professionals with the perfect job opportunities.

Previously, Carolyn was Division Director – Accounting & Finance at a boutique recruiting firm in NYC, where she provided solutions to elite clients across various industries, adding experienced and specialized accounting professionals to their organizations. She was also Vice President – Credit Risk Finance at JP Morgan Private Bank from 2002 to 2006.

Carolyn is a graduate of Lehigh University with a dual degree in Finance and Marketing.

Catherine Gilliam

Catherine is a Director in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice providing her clients with assistance on complex technical accounting issues and helping them through the S-1 filing process. Catherine has extensive experience with revenue recognition, stock-based compensation, complex debt and equity arrangements, public and private financial statements and SEC filings.

Prior to working at Connor Group, Catherine was in the audit practice at PwC spending time in their Toronto, Canada and London, England offices. Catherine graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada and is a Chartered Accountant.

Chris LeFever

Chris is a Director in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice. Chris provides guidance and analysis on a variety of technical accounting issues, helps clients evaluate industry best practices, and assists in the implementation of process improvements. He has extensive experience with revenue recognition (including ASC 606/IFRS 15) and application of accounting guidance to both public and private companies in the technology and services industries.

Prior to joining Connor Group, Chris spent nine years working in senior finance roles at several technology companies. While in industry, Chris worked closely with senior executives and audit committee members on a variety technical accounting issues and business-related topics. Chris helped these companies ensure that the accounting was in compliance with US GAAP and SEC regulations, while at the same time achieving efficient and scalable policies that aligned with corporate objectives. Before his time in industry, Chris started his career in the Assurance Practice at Ernst & Young’s San Jose office.

Chris is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California. He graduated valedictorian from San Joaquin College of Law with a JD and with honors from the California State University Fresno with a BS in Business Administration.

Christine Gustafson

Cole Baty

Cole is a Director in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice. Cole provides assistance to clients with technical accounting issues, audit preparation and helps clients achieve IPO readiness. Cole has extensive experience with respect to different technical issues such as revenue recognition, business combinations, carve-outs, debt and equity transactions, and public and private financial statements and SEC filings.

Prior to working at Connor Group, Cole spent 6+ years serving as an audit professional at KPMG in Salt Lake City. He served both public and private companies in a variety of industries. Cole is a licensed CPA in Utah.

Deepika Sandhu

Deepika is a Partner in Connor Group's Financial Operations (FinOps) practice. Deepika has more than 18 years of direct industry, management consulting and Big-4 experience business process improvement, financial operations and organizational effectiveness. Deepika has led numerous projects for high growth companies in the areas of close process optimization, public company readiness, internal controls and system implementations and optimizations, including implementations of close optimization software – Blackline.

Deepika also has significant experience in risk consulting, helping clients to quantify and pro-actively mitigate risks and assessing companies overall internal control effectiveness. Previously Deepika was a Senior Manager in the advisory practice of Grant Thornton LLP and the head of Business Process Improvement and Internal Controls at bebe Stores, Inc. Deepika was also a Senior Management Consultant with Deloitte & Touche.

Deepika completed a MSc in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and a Dual BA in Economics and International Relations from Scripps College.

Dominick Kerr

Dom is a Partner in Connor Group’s Global Accounting Standards & Professional Practice resident in the New York office. In this role, he provides guidance and leads client service engagements on a variety of technical accounting issues including leasing, debt and equity financing transactions, revenue recognition, business combinations, embedded derivatives, foreign currency, stock and employee compensation, and new accounting standard implementation. He is the leader of Connor Group's thought leadership and client service roll out around the new leasing standard (ASC 842). Dom is also a member of the FASB Small Business Advisory Committee and is a developer and presenter of training classes for external and internal audiences and a presenter at accounting conferences.

Prior to joining Connor Group, Dom spent ten years at PwC, including two years as a technical accounting consultant in the Accounting Services Group of PwC’s National Office. While in the National Office, Dom consulted on a variety of technical accounting issues including leasing, debt and equity financing transactions, embedded derivatives, the statement of cash flows, foreign currency, and private company accounting alternatives. Before his time in the National Office, Dom was a member of PwC’s Private Company Services assurance practice serving private equity backed enterprises, pre-IPO companies, and large closely held businesses in a variety of industries. He managed all aspects of audit and attest engagements including technical accounting research, financial statement preparation, internal controls assessments, and process improvement analysis.

Dom is a Certified Public Accountant (New York & New Jersey). He graduated with distinction from Hofstra University with an MBA in Accounting and graduated with distinction from the State University of New York College at Geneseo with a BS in Business Administration.

Iris Chan

Iris is a Partner in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice providing assistance on complex technical accounting issues, audit and IPO readiness and S-1 filing process. Iris has extensive experience in both US GAAP and IFRS with respect to different technical issues such as revenue recognition, business combinations, carve-outs, public and private financial statements and SEC filings.

Iris has over 16 years of experience in public practice, including ten years at PwC New York’s Entertainment, Media and Communication group. She worked with both private and public companies managing audits over financial statements and internal controls in numerous industries including publishing, media, technology and manufacturing. Iris has been instrumental in building Connor Group's New York practice since she joined the firm in 2013. She has also managed engagements for many of New York's most high-profile growth companies. As a partner, Iris' leadership roles will accelerate in continuing Connor Group's success as New York's premier technical accounting and IPO services firm.

Iris is a Certified Public Accountant (New York) and a Chartered Accountant from Canada. Iris graduated with honors from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Commerce (Accounting).

Jagdish Sohal

Jagdish is a Director in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice, providing assistance to clients with technical accounting issues and helping clients achieve IPO readiness. She has experience with revenue recognition, including ASC 606 adoption, lease accounting adoption under ASC 842, stock-based compensation, business combinations and worked on a number on biotech IPOs including financial statement preparation and S-1 filings.

Prior to joining Connor Group, Jagdish worked as an audit professional at EY Redwood Shores, California, for 6 years as a senior manager serving both public and private companies with a focus in the biotech industry and started her career with EY Reading, UK.

Jagdish is a is a Certified Public Accountant (California – Active) and a Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales). She graduated from the University of Southampton, UK with a Bachelor of Science, Joint Honors in Accounting & Law.

Jared Walker

Jared is a Partner in our Recruiting and Interim Staffing practice and manages all of Connor Group’s client relationships. Jared has successfully built the recruiting and staffing group into being a significant contributor to Connor Group and its many clients. Jared’s attention and dedication to his client’s needs coupled with his concern and interest for his network of candidates have allowed him to establish key long-term working relationships. His expertise is in all areas and positions of Finance and Accounting.

Prior to leading the Recruiting and Interim Staffing practice Jared managed many of Connor Group’s marquee clients including AMD, ArcSight, Codexis, Big Band Networks and BlueArc. He served as a project leader and technical advisor to the Controllers and VPs of Finance. On the majority of his projects he focused on financial statement and footnote drafting, stock-based compensation, audit preparation and establishing accounting policies.

Jared is a Certified Public Accountant and started his career with Ernst & Young in San Jose after graduating with a Masters in Accounting from Brigham Young University.

Jasmine Cheng

Jasmine is a Director at Connor Group serving in the Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice, providing assistance to clients with technical accounting issues and helping clients achieve IPO readiness. Jasmine has experience in working with financial instruments, equity, stock-based compensation, business combinations, revenue and financial statement preparation for private and public companies including S-1 filings.>/p>

Jasmine has over 11 years of accounting experience. Prior to working at Connor Group, Jasmine worked at Ernst & Young for eight years. She served both public and private multinational and small companies with a focus in the energy sector while also working on clients in various other industries. Jasmine began her career at Ernst & Young as an audit professional and transitioned into a role in Financial Advisory Accounting Services where she assisted clients with converting US GAAP financial statements to IFRS, policy preparation and providing consultations on business combinations and compensation arrangements including share-based payments.

Jasmine is a Chartered Professional Accountant of Alberta, Canada. Jasmine graduated at the top of her class with a Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary.

Jason Pikoos

Jason is a Partner at Connor Group and leads the Financial Operations (FinOps) practice. Jason is an expert in helping clients drive business transformation and improve processes, systems, controls and organizational changes. Jason works across all finance functions helping clients define their business strategy and goals, setting up and deploying broad based process improvement initiatives for critical business process, assessing and advising on organizational structure, developing process dashboards including key operational and financial metrics, assessing working capital and cash flow management processes and reporting, and serving as the lead project manager for a variety of large global projects.

Jason was formerly a Director in the Project Management Office at McAfee and a Director at KPMG in its advisory practice. Jason also served as an auditor with Andersen, KPMG and PwC. During his career Jason has served clients such as Google, Polycom, VMware, Sony Picture Entertainment, Sun Microsystems, Hyperion and Johnson & Johnson.

Jason graduated from the University of Cape Town with Honors in Finance and Accounting.

Jenna Stevens

Jenna is a Director in Connor Group’s Financial Operations practice. She has significant experience in system implementations, internal controls, process improvement and project management. She is certified in NetSuite SuiteFoundation and is a certified BlackLine Implementation Partner. She has worked with companies ranging from large multi-national corporations to high growth start-ups.

Prior to joining Connor Group, Jenna was an Accounting Manager at Cantor Fitzgerald and started her career at PwC. She is a Certified Public Accountant (NY - Active) and graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Jesse Fillerup

Jesse is a Director in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice providing technical accounting guidance in all areas related to revenue recognition. Jesse assists clients in their efforts to construct and implement sound revenue recognition policies and practices. His areas of expertise include evaluation and adoption of ASC 606, creating revenue recognition policies, evaluating multiple-element arrangements, reviewing transactions, creating and analyzing VSOE & BESP studies, and providing training.

Prior to joining Connor Group, Jesse spent 14+ years working in public accounting and in industry at Sun Microsystems and Oracle. He spent the majority of his career in the revenue recognition groups at those companies managing teams, building relationships with auditors, and creating functional, auditable processes.

Jesse graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University holding both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in Colorado.

Jim Neesen

Jim is a Managing Partner at Connor Group. Jim is a business leader and entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in biotechnology and technology companies. He was on the management team at Fluidigm for seven years as a Director of Finance and Corporate Controller managing the Accounting and Finance groups and the S-1 filing in 2008. He was also the Finance Manager at Affymetrix for six years where he led the financial planning function during revenue growth from $10M to $200M and the 1996 IPO.

Jim has founded two companies, established complex international operations and closed over $150M in equity and venture debt financings. Jim is a former audit professional from Ernst & Young, where he worked on multiple IPO's and secondary offerings. He is a guest lecturer at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business on topics including revenue recognition and IPO readiness.

Jim graduated with a Master's degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business as a Sloan Fellow and graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A in Economics.

Joanna Lynch

Jo is a Partner in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice assisting clients with resolution of complex technical accounting issues, audit and IPO readiness and S-1 filing process. Prior to joining Connor Group, Jo spent over six years as a senior manager in the Central European Area Capital Markets Group of Ernst & Young. She was a technical advisor and reviewer for companies going through the S-1 or F-1 filing process with the SEC as well as companies already listed on US exchanges. She also provided business, accounting, and reporting expertise to multi-national companies reporting under US and international accounting standards.

In addition, Jo is a former manager in the assurance and management advisory service practices of KPMG Silicon Valley. She worked with private and public companies in technology and other industries and managed audits over financial statements and internal controls.

Jo is a Certified Public Accountant (California) and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Jonathan Kearl

Jonathan is a Partner in Connor Group’s Financial Operations practice. He has significant experience in finance transformation, business process improvement/ optimization, finance training and management reporting.

Before joining Connor Group, Jonathan was a Manager at KPMG in its advisory practice. During his career, Jonathan has gained strong project management experience leading global teams. He has a very diverse finance background including Finance/Management Consulting, Internal Audit and Tax.

Jonathan is a Certified Public Accountant (California) and graduated with his Master of Accountancy from Brigham Young University.

Keyur Shah

Keyur is a Director in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services group providing assistance to clients with technical accounting issues and helping clients achieve IPO readiness. Keyur has extensive experience in working with stock-based compensation arrangements (including employee stock purchase plans), analyzing complex equity structures and financing arrangements, business combinations, financial statements preparation, and foreign currency issues.

Prior to working at Connor Group, Keyur spent a number of years working within the Transaction Services group at both KPMG and PwC working with Companies in the consumer products, technology, financial services, and life sciences sectors.

Keyur is a Certified Public Accountant (NY - Active) and graduated with his Bachelors in Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University.

Lauren Bowe

Lauren is a Partner in Connor Group's Financial Operations practice. She has a combination of industry and professional services experience in financial operations, controllership, business process improvement, accounting systems and internal controls.

Lauren partners with clients’ senior finance executives in fast paced, high growth environments to provide strategic solutions to a variety of operational accounting challenges pertaining to people, processes and systems. Lauren has extensive experience introducing and improving business processes to prepare the finance organization for the public company environment. She works with clients designing and implementing practical recommendations that optimize the use of systems and improve the controls around a variety of key business areas including financial close and reporting, procure to pay, order to cash, intercompany and foreign currency transactions. Lauren has worked with both public and private companies in multiple industries with a focus in the technology space.

Prior to joining Connor Group, Lauren was a Manager of Accounting Operations and Compliance for Loews Corporation and started her career at Deloitte. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Providence College and is a licensed CPA in New York.

Laurie Marchand

Laurie is a Partner in Connor Group's Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice managing client engagements such as the implementation of the new revenue recognition guidance, strategic corporate transactions, IPO readiness and the S-1 filing process. Laurie typically serves as both a technical accounting advisor and project leader. She is an industry expert in revenue recognition, complex equity accounting and derivative and hedging accounting.

Laurie has served numerous clients including Intel, Apple, Infinera, Infoblox, Mirion Technologies, Business Objects, Cisco, Portal Software and Veritas. Laurie is a former audit senior manager at Ernst & Young where she spent 14 years leading IPO engagements, advising on revenue recognition and hedge accounting, completing carve-outs and performing audits over financial statements and internal controls.

Laurie is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from University of Santa Barbara with a degree in Business and Accounting.

Maisha Wilson

Maisha is a Partner in Connor Group's Financial Operations (FinOps) practice.  Maisha brings over 20 years of experience in finance & accounting operations, finance strategy, business process improvement and organizational effectiveness. Maisha has led numerous high profile engagements related to finance function improvement, system implementations including NetSuite and Blackline, controls improvement and SOX, IPO readiness and organizational design.

Prior to joining Connor Group, Maisha worked for PricewaterhouseCoppers in the Banking, Real Estate and Leasing audit practice for 5 years. Maisha has held many senior finance/accounting roles responsible for key aspects of the global finance function. She has worked with both private and public companies in numerous industries including clean tech, software/SAAS and life sciences.

Maisha is a Certified Public Accountant (California-inactive) and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BS degree in Business Administration.

Markham Bennett

Markham is Managing Director at Connor Group and one of the original Founders of the firm. He is a serial entrepreneur helping create, organize and manage companies from the ground up. He has passion and proven expertise in establishing the foundation and motivation for any company to build upon. Markham continues to thrive in all aspects of Connor Group specifically focused on business development, recruiting, people operations, and marketing.

Prior to Connor Group, Markham has helped start and build multiple software professional services firms, developing multiple multi-million dollar SAP, Oracle & PeopleSoft implementations across various industries. Markham has helped start or re-create four SaaS internet startups in both B2B and B2C spaces. He has the ability to persuade as well as see the good in people. This combination has been key to building a business critical partnership, landing a large sale or helping internal divisions see eye to eye, he can find common interests to meet all needs.

Markham graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations.

Melissa Nietzel

Melissa is a Partner in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice managing client engagements such as IPO readiness, the S-1 filing process, preparation of Regulation S-X compliant financial statements and providing assistance on a variety of technical accounting issues. Melissa has experience in multiple industries, including life sciences, technology, advertising and media technology, consumer products and manufacturing. Melissa has been at Connor Group for a decade and previously served as the office partner of the Connor Group New York office. She also serves as the technical accounting learning & education partner. During 2017-2018, Melissa managed nearly a dozen clients that were undergoing the IPO process.

Prior to Connor Group, Melissa worked at Pricewaterhouse Coopers for over a decade in the Transaction Services division (formerly the Global Capital Markets Group) in San Francisco and Sydney, Australia and in the audit practice in Sacramento, California. During her tenure in Transaction Services, Melissa provided technical accounting advice with regards to domestic and cross-border M&A transactions IPO filings, S-4 and Rule 144a filings and IFRS or local GAAP to US GAAP conversions.

Melissa is actively involved in the accounting profession by being a member of the AICPA’s Uniform Accountancy Act Committee. She is also a member of the California and Arizona Society of CPAs. Melissa is a Certified Public Accountant (California, Arizona and Massachusetts) and also holds the AICPA’s Chartered Global Management Accountant designation. Melissa graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Accounting degree from Valparaiso University and has a MBA from Pepperdine University.

Mike Brandstetter

Mike is a Director in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice, providing assistance to clients with technical accounting issues and helping clients achieve IPO readiness. Mike has extensive experience with revenue recognition, business combinations, consolidation and variable interest entities, complex debt and equity arrangements, derivatives, goodwill and intangibles, inventory and related reserves, stock-based compensation, financial statement preparation and SEC Reporting.

Prior to working at Connor Group, Mike worked as an audit professional at PwC in San Jose, California and Singapore, for more than 11 years, most recently as a senior manager serving both public and private multi-national and small companies in technology industries.

Mike graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in California.

Nancy Dobbs

Nancy Dobbs is the People Operations Director for Connor Group. She brings with her more than 15 years of experience in managing Human Capital and Operations/Resource Management in Big 4 public accounting, as well as prior experience in the insurance industry.

Prior to joining Connor Group Nancy worked for PwC as the Human Capital Manager of the Silicon Valley Pharma/Life Sciences external audit team. She also has had deep experience in domestic and international recruiting. This experience included working directly with local and multinational Partners, external hire Recruiting Managers as well as leading internal mobility efforts to identify qualified domestic and international candidates for the practice. In addition, Nancy has lead performance management processes, as well as developing and teaching a number of soft skills programs.

Oleg Predoliak

Oleg is a Director in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice, providing assistance on complex technical accounting issues, audit and IPO readiness and S-1 filing process. Oleg has experience in multiple industries, including life sciences, technology, healthcare and manufacturing. His experience covers technical areas such as complex revenue recognition issues, business combinations, complex debt and equity arrangements, leases, share-based compensation, financial statement preparation, S-1 filings and SEC reporting.

Prior to joining Connor Group, Oleg spent 13+ years working in various finance roles at companies in a variety of industries. In addition to his experience in the industry, Oleg also worked in the Assurance Practice at Ernst & Young’s San Jose and Sacramento offices, servicing both multi-national and small companies.

Oleg is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of California and a member of the AICPA.

Randa Ghantous

Randa is a Partner in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice.

Randa has vast experience with multinational companies reporting under US GAAP and IFRS. She also has expertise in SEC reporting, preparation of financial statements, carve-outs, and the resolution of complex technical accounting transactions including revenue recognition, business combinations, debt and equity financings, provisions, assets held for sale, impairment, and fixed assets. Randa has been involved in multiple IPO and other complex transaction engagements. Her clients included companies such as Ultragenyx, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Aduro Biotech Inc., Invuity Inc., CytomX Therapeutics, Harris and others.

Prior to joining Connor Group, Randa spent nine years in the Accounting Policy group of Rio Tinto Alcan and her experience included the preparation of SEC filings, statutory and carve-out financial statements, and the resolution of technical accounting issues. In addition, Randa was an Audit Senior Manager at Ernst & Young in California and Greece where her primary responsibilities were the preparation of financial statements under US GAAP and IFRS as well as technical review of IFRS financial statements for Ernst & Young’s Southeast Europe offices.

Randa is a Certified Public Accountant (California) and graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Accounting.

Ravi Kumar

Ravi is a Partner in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice providing technical accounting assistance on complex, structured transactions and helping clients achieve IPO readiness. Ravi has extensive experience in working with complex debt and equity transactions, consolidations, business combinations, leasing, revenue recognition (including ASC 606/IFRS 15), and public private partnerships (PPPs) under both US GAAP and IFRS.

Prior to joining Connor Group, Ravi was a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young’s Financial Accounting Advisory Services practice. Ravi’s career background includes cross-functional and multi-national Big-4 experience consisting of on-call technical accounting advice, new accounting standards implementation assistance, preparation of gap assessments between financial statements prepared under US GAAP and IFRS, financial due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, IPO readiness and financial statement and integrated audits for private and publicly-traded companies.

Ravi is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of California, a member of the AICPA, and has passed Level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam.

Roxanne Brady

Roxanne is a Partner in Connor Group's Financial Operations (FinOps) practice and leads the Systems Services, with an emphasis on NetSuite, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics, and Workday. Roxanne brings over 20 years’ experience in the Silicon Valley working with technology companies. Roxanne has led finance organizations in multiple industries including internet, software, biotechnology, and manufacturing. She has strong controllership and executive finance experience in fast paced, high growth environments.

 

As the leader of our Systems Services, Roxanne manages client engagements helping companies get the most out of all their finance systems including ERP, CRM, planning, and other financial tools. Roxanne also assist clients through introducing and improving business processes and preparing the finance organization for the public company environment, including the financial planning functions.

 

Prior to joining Connor Group, Roxanne was Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer for Glam Media, Inc. (now Mode), where she managed a global finance team and had particular success in global finance systems implementations. Prior to joining Glam Media, Roxanne was Chief Financial Officer of Business Engine, Inc. a global software company. Roxanne’s experience also includes over six years in the biotechnology industry and completion of an IPO. Roxanne started her career at Coopers & Lybrand in San Jose (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and is a licensed CPA in California (inactive). She holds a B.S. in Accounting from Santa Clara University.

Sarah Jaochico

Sarah is a Director in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice primarily engaged in assisting clients resolve complex accounting issues, audit preparation and IPO readiness, including S-1 filing process. She has extensive experience with financial reporting process for public and non-public companies.

Prior to joining Connor Group, she worked as an audit professional at Ernst & Young for more than 10 years. Her international audit experiences include statutory and special audits, merger and spin-off audits, SEC reporting and compliance as well as resolution of technical accounting issues.

Sarah graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines with a B.S. in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in California.

Sebastien Cuvelier

Sebastien is a Partner at Connor Group and leads the Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) practice. He has extensive experience in buy and sell-side cross-functional due diligence, merger integration, carve-outs and divestitures, purchase and transition services agreement negotiations, post-close dispute resolution, financial analysis and modeling, process improvement, and cash planning and management. Sebastien has advised several of the Fortune 1000 and leading global private equity firms both domestically and internationally. He has broad M&A experience in a variety of industries including technology, software, telecommunications, consumer and industrial products.

Prior to joining Connor Group, Sebastien was a director in both PwC and EY’s deals practices in Boston. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Accountant in France.

Ursula Schorn

Ursula is a Partner in Connor Group's Financial Operations (FinOps) practice. Ursula has over 20 years of consulting, direct industry and Big-4 experience in finance & accounting, strategy, business process improvement, financial operations and organizational effectiveness. Ursula has led projects related to process optimization, finance transformation and performance management in an effort to improve performance, reduce inefficiencies, improve controls and enhance the overall operations of finance organizations.

Before joining Connor Group, Ursula was a consulting CFO with Ravix Group, working with early stage companies to guide all aspects of their finance function, including establishing accounting systems and processes to ensure the effectiveness of their organization’s controls, creating relevant metrics and associated analyses to provide more strategically valuable information to management. Prior to Ravix, Ursula worked for Sun Microsystems in a variety of management roles, including leading the global Program and Practice Management organization for the Finance function, responsible for assessing priorities, defining and implementing strategy and architecting solutions for key challenges facing the organization.

Ursula is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and began her career with Ernst & Young, providing auditing and consulting services to primarily high technology companies, including early stage start-ups and multi-billion dollar publicly held corporations. Ursula graduated with high honors from Texas A&M University with a degree in Accounting.

Connie Dias

Connie is a retired Partner in Connor Group’s Technical Accounting and IPO Services practice managing client engagements such as IPO readiness, the S-1 filing process, and assistance with clients’ financial statement audits, including providing assistance with technical accounting issues. She brought experience from multiple industries, including biotech, technology and manufacturing.

Connie was an audit partner at Ernst & Young where she spent 20+ years leading IPO engagements, private and public company audits over financial statements and internal controls, and advising clients on various technical matters including revenue recognition.

Connie is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from the University of Pacific with a degree in Business Administration, emphasis in Accounting.