Team

Our talented team of professionals are committed to exceeding expectations, meeting deadlines, and offering you personalized service. By taking a proactive approach, we strive to offer cost effective, valuable input in a way that is customized for your needs. Our knowledgeable staff has extensive years of experience covering anything from accounting, bookkeeping, financial reporting, payroll and administrative duties, and much more. We look forward to working with you and providing you with superior customer service.

Financial
Abbey Menz
Staff Accountant
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Abbey Menz, a Staff Accountant at VBO, has 2 years of accounting experience. Her experience includes account reconciliation, financial reporting, accounts payable, inter-company, private equity accounting, and financial modeling.

She is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with a concentration in Managerial Accounting. She is currently working towards earning her CPA license. Her professional organizations include the AICPA.

Outside of work, Abbey enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Seth, and dog, Gatsby. She also loves being outdoors, kayaking, and going to the beach.

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Andrea Glenn
Staff Accountant
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Andrea Glenn, a Staff Accountant at VBO, has over 5 years of corporate accounting and payroll experience in healthcare and insurance industries as well as over 2 years private equity accounting experience. She brings extensive experience in processing payroll, financial analysis, financial reporting, and various other accounting and administrative functions.

Andrea holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a double concentration in Accounting and Finance from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Go Seahawks!

Outside of the office, Andrea enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her precious niece Cora. She enjoys staying active, cheering on Carolina (Let’s go HEELS!) and spending time down at the beach in Oak Island.

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Aparna Padala, Manager at VBO, has over three years of auditing experience with McGladrey LLP and Ernst & Young, with experience in both public and private audits in a variety of industries. She also has over 2 years of financial and regulatory reporting experience with the investment bank, Credit Suisse.

Aparna received her Master’s in Accounting from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and is currently a member of American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).

Outside of work, Aparna loves traveling, staying active and spending time with her twinados Alena and Sohum and her husband Sridher. She enjoys cooking and baking and is always on a quest to find healthy wholesome recipes to try out. She also loves her yoga & meditation sessions.

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Brent Blake
Valuation Manager
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Brent Blake, a Valuation Manager at VBO, has over 8 years of well-rounded professional experience in various industries, including military service, IT consulting, and private equity. He has extensive experience in complex financial modeling and analysis, including over 4 years’ experience in business valuation, primarily focused on early-stage VC/PE backed companies with additional experience in later-stage and public companies across the life science, technology, and healthcare industries. He also has over 3 years of investment company financial reporting, tax, and general fund administration experience.

Brent holds a master of accounting in enterprise risk management from North Carolina State University and a bachelor of business administration in finance from Kent State University where he graduated summa cum laude. His professional affiliations include the AICPA, NACVA, and ncaCPA. He has earned his CVA designation and is a June 2018 CFA Level III candidate.

Brent enjoys spending his free time with his wife, new baby boy, and his two dogs. Growing up in Ohio, he also loves anything involving sports, particularly THE Ohio State Buckeyes, Browns, Cavaliers, Blue Jackets, and Indians. If he is not spending time with his family or watching sports, he enjoys being outside, learning new skills, and exercising.

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Brooke Rigsbee
Senior Accountant
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Brooke Rigsbee, a Senior Accountant at VBO, has over 9 years of public accounting experience in financial reporting, tax, and auditing of private companies, non-profit organizations, and local governments.

Brooke holds a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.  She is currently working towards earning her CPA license.  Her professional organizations include the AICPA.

Brooke loves spending time with her husband and three children.  She also enjoys watching sports, reading and going to the beach whenever possible.

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Christine Johnson
Staff Accountant
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Christine Johnson, a Staff Accountant at VBO, has over 20 years of progressive accounting and operations experience in various industries, including biotechnology, video game development, fiber-optic infrastructure, and commercial real estate services. She has experience in financial reporting, budgeting, variance analysis, account reconciliation, intercompany, A/P, A/R, and payroll. In addition, she shares her well-rounded perspective and adaptability to a variety of business settings.

Christine’s educational background includes an Accounting Major/Business Minor at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California.

Christine enjoys the outdoors, yoga, running, and spending time with her husband and two children at the park, beach, and mountains or, just hanging out at home.

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Christopher Smith
Director
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Christopher Smith, Director at VBO, has over 6 years of private equity accounting experience at Venture Back Office and brings to the firm more than 6 years of public accounting experience from his time with Ernst & Young, LLP in both the Boston and Raleigh offices. Chris has extensive financial service organization, life sciences, and software accounting experience, and a proven track record of auditing initial public offerings in all three industries.

Prior to joining Ernst & Young, LLP, Chris spent a short time with Red Hat, Inc. He collaborated on a project to research and retrieve historic pricing data related to software revenue recognition for executive management, the board of directors and the external auditors. As a result of the findings, the stock price saw a large positive increase from the news.

Chris has a bachelor of science in accounting from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also holds a masters of business administration from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, Massachusetts. He currently is a member the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (ncaCPA). He holds a designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), as well.

Outside the office, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys. He is active in coaching youth sports and enjoys playing basketball and golf.

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Eileen Rose
Staff Accountant
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Eileen Rose, a Staff Accountant at VBO, has 2 years of private equity accounting experience at Venture Back Office. She has experience in financial reporting, account reconciliation, variance analysis, intercompany, accounts payable and receivable and validating corporate tax returns.

Eileen holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Cayuga Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with a concentration in Financial Analysis from North Carolina State University. Her professional organizations include the AICPA.

Outside of the office, Eileen loves spending time with her boyfriend, Jay, and dog, Stella. She also enjoys staying active through yoga and hiking, patronizing local restaurants, and attending outdoor concerts with friends.

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Elise Galford
Banking Specialist
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Elise Galford, a Banking Specialist at VBO, has more than 8 years of operations and administration experience in various industries, including residential and commercial mortgages, real estate and law. Elise is adept at maintaining long term client relationships and consistent client contact. Her current responsibilities include billing, reports, accounts payable and receivable and processing payroll.

Elise holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Paralegal Certificate, Academy of Court Reporting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Elise enjoys attending cultural events and supporting the local arts scene, as well as patronizing the up and coming independently owned restaurants in the Triangle Area.

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Felicia Rickaby
Staff Accountant
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Felicia Rickaby, a Staff Accountant at VBO, has over 3 years of public accounting experience in bookkeeping, financial reporting, payroll tax, audit, and income tax for individuals, partnerships, corporations, and non-profits. She also has over 2 years of private accounting experience in the IT industry.

Felicia holds a Bachelors of Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Wichita State University.

Outside the office, Felicia stays active as a dance performer and yoga student. She also enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring the Raleigh area with her daughter, Jasmine.

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Jennifer Lin, a Manager at VBO, has nearly nine years of public accounting experience with McGladrey LLP (now RSM US LLP), auditing financial statements of private companies, including real estate investment and mortgage banking firms. She also has nearly two years of experience in corporate accounting.

Jennifer received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently a member of the AICPA and Illinois CPA Society.

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 kids, and a cat. As a family, they like to spend time outdoors, discover local restaurants and trying new recipes at home.

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Kathy Mahan
Senior Staff Accountant
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Kathy Mahan, a Staff Accountant at VBO, has over 15 years of corporate accounting experience in the pharmaceutical and CRO industries. She has experience in budget planning, financial reporting, variance analysis, account reconciliation, inter-company, accounts payable, accounts receivable and data migration.

Kathy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina.

Outside of the office, Kathy enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering at the Autism Society of Carolina and Camp Royal, as well as rescuing English Springer Spaniels.

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Liz Whitt
Senior Manager
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Liz Whitt, a Senior Manager at VBO, has over 10 years of private equity accounting experience and over 10 years of tax experience in public accounting with Ernst & Young. She also has extensive fund-of-fund financial reporting experience and corporate tax return preparation experience.

Liz holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Accounting from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

Outside the office, Liz loves to spend time with her husband and two boys. She is very active in their church and loves swimming, reading and spending time at the beach.

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Matt Crotty
Senior Manager
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Matt Crotty, a Senior Manager at VBO, has over 5 years of private equity accounting experience at Venture Back Office and nearly 3 years of public accounting experience with Ernst & Young LLP. This included 2 years of private equity firm audit experience and SEC Registered Investment Company filings.

Matt received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently has memberships with AICPA and NCACPA.

Matt enjoys anything sports-related and is a big fan of the Tar Heels, Panthers, Hurricanes, and Cubs. He also enjoys spending time with his friends and family in the area, especially his wife and two young sons.

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Maurice Walsh, a Manager at VBO has over 9 years of public accounting experience with PwC in Ireland, Hong Kong and the United States. His experience with PwC was in the Investment Management division where he provided assurance and consulting services to Private Equity, Hedge and Mutual Fund clients.

Maurice received his Bachelors in Accounting from University College Cork in Ireland and is a Chartered Accountant.

In his free time Maurice enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter. He also enjoys swimming, golf, soccer and studying mandarin Chinese.

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Megan Bailey, a Manager at VBO, has more than 3 years of private equity accounting experience and 4.5 years of financial statement auditing with RSM US, LLP (formerly McGladrey, LLP) with experience in a variety of industries for private companies in manufacturing/distribution, insurance, nonprofit, and finance.

Megan received her Masters and Bachelors of Science in Accounting from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Her professional organizations include the AICPA.

In her free time, Megan enjoys embarking on fun adventures – such as trying a new restaurant, taking a trip to a new city, or going to a concert.

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Megan Van Orden
Staff Accountant
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Megan Van Orden, a Staff Accountant at VBO, has 8 years of public accounting experience in bookkeeping, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, payroll tax, and financial reporting for a variety of businesses.

Outside of work, Megan loves quality time with her husband and two children. She enjoys working out, camping, and relaxing on the beach.

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Michael Gorman
Managing Director/Founder
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Wm. Michael Gorman, the Managing Director/Founder of VBO, brings over 12 years of private equity experience, including 5 years as the Chief Financial Officer of The Aurora Funds, Inc. He also has over 6 years in public accounting with Ernst & Young, including 2+ years of venture firm audit experience. Mike has obtained extensive experience in various financial and operational executive roles in both public and private companies and has more than 5 years’ experience in running an international shared service center.

Mike holds a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. His professional organizations include PECFOA, VCBC, NVCA, AICPA, NCACPA, IMA.

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Michelle Wence
Manager
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Michelle Wence, Manager at VBO, has 2 years of private equity accounting experience and 4 years of financial statement auditing experience with Cherry Bekaert LLP, including experience in a variety of industries for private and public companies in manufacturing/distribution, technology, government, non-profit and financial institutions.

Michelle received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting from North Carolina State University. She currently holds memberships with the AICPA and NCACPA and is also a member of the NC State MAC Alumni Board.

In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her friends and family, including her husband, Bryan, and dog, Tucker. She enjoys going to concerts and football games (especially to cheer on the Wolfpack and Panthers)!

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Noelle Forness, a Manager with VBO, has six years of financial statement auditing experience with KPMG LLP and Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, including experience in a variety of industries such as public and private companies in manufacturing/distribution/retail, medical device, and non-profit.

Noelle holds a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Oswego in Oswego, New York. Her professional organizations include AICPA and NCACPA.

Outside the office, Noelle enjoys playing with her son and dog and going to the beach.

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Philip Clark, Manager at VBO, has over 5 years of accounting experience. His experience includes over 3 years of financial statement auditing with Grant Thornton LLP, including experience in a variety of industries such as financial services, technology, life sciences, manufacturing, and retail. He also has 1 year of corporate accounting and 1 year of portfolio company accounting experience.

Philip received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting from North Carolina State University. He currently holds memberships with the AICPA and NCACPA. Philip is also an Eagle Scout.

Philip enjoys spending his time traveling and being outdoors with his wife and dogs. Philip also enjoys playing guitar, grilling and watching sports (especially NC State sports).

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Rachelle Bradshaw
Staff Accountant
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Rachelle Bradshaw, a Staff Accountant at VBO, has over 8 years of accounting experience in various industries including a security guard, investigation, manufacturing, and healthcare. She has extensive experience in processing payroll, A/R, A/P, financial analysis, and financial reporting. In addition, she also has experience in acquisitions from inception to closing, reporting to private equity groups and handling fund transfers.

Rachelle holds two Associate’s Degrees, one in Business Administration and one in General Occupation Technologies. She is currently attending East Carolina University to finish her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a focus in Finance and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

In her free time, Rachelle enjoys spending time with her wife, 2 children, and family pets. She also loves to travel, attend sporting events, cooking and doing a variety of different arts and crafts at home.

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Thomas Kahila
Valuation Analyst
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Thomas Kahila, a Valuation Analyst at VBO has over 10 years of operations and customer service experience in varied retail fields. He brings a range of strong problem solving, leadership and analysis skills.

Tom recently graduated from North Carolina State University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with a concentration in Financial Analysis.

Tom enjoys spending time with his wife and exploring the Raleigh area. He is also a huge sports fan and plays hockey and golf in his free time.

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Tremauri Ebron
Senior Manager
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Tremauri Ebron, a Senior Manager at VBO, has more than 8 years of accounting experience. His experience includes 3.5 years of financial statement auditing experience with Deloitte, 4 years of private equity accounting experience, and experience in completing fund performance reporting for a fund of funds manager.

Tremauri received his Bachelors of Science in Accounting from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina and his Masters of Science in Accounting from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington in Wilmington, North Carolina. His professional organizations include the AICPA.

In his free time, Tremauri enjoys cooking on the grill, following sports (Go Panthers!!!), and spending time with friends and family.

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Operations
Colleen Suite
Managing Director/Founder
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Colleen Suite, the Managing Director/Founder at VBO, brings over 30 years of extensive progressive experience in accounting, operations and human resources in various industries including, venture, construction, manufacturing, banking, professional services and retail.

Colleen holds an Associate’s Degree with a double concentration in Accounting and IT and  Bachelor’s Degree with a double concentration in Finance and Management from the State University of New York Institute of Technology in Utica, NY.  Professional organizations, SHRM and TSHRM.

Colleen spends her free time with her family and her Boxers, Ziggy & Bo. She enjoys staying active, being outdoors, playing tennis, biking and learning.

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Melissa Pearl
Operations Manager
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Melissa Pearl, an Operations Manager at VBO, has over 16 years administrative and operational support for CPA and CFP firms. She is proficient in core office administrative functions and at resolving a range of administrative issues and inquiries. She has experience in accounts payable and receivables using multiple accounting applications and maintaining high-quality standards.

Melissa uses strong interpersonal and organizational skills with a keen ability to multitask a variety of challenges and responsibilities, and in addition, she is skilled in developing and expanding client relationships.

Melissa is married and has two beautiful daughters and a yellow Labrador retriever. She enjoys swimming, biking, painting, golfing and going to the beach.

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Melissa Pirro
Human Resources and Marketing Manager
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Melissa Pirro, Human Resources and Marketing Manager at VBO, has 3 years of Marketing and Human Resources experience as well as a background in advertising, graphic design, social media and web technologies. In addition to that, she has over 5 years administrative and operational experience from previous years working in the optical frame and insurance industries.

Melissa attended Wake Tech Community College for Advertising and Graphic Design studies.  She is continuing her studies with a focus in Human Resources.  Professional organizations, SHRM and TSHRM.

In her free time, Melissa enjoys being with her two amazing children and chauffeuring them to various after-school activities.  She also enjoys baking whenever she can and reading a good book.

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Nicole House
Operations Specialist
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Nicole House, an Operations Specialist at VBO, has over 4 years of progressive administrative and operational support experience, with a focus in the areas of accounts receivable, accounts payable and time management. Nicole brings to VBO her notable organizational skills, ability to plan, implement new process’ and creative thinking.

Nicole holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She has continued education in Human Resource Management and in the area of Securities & Investments.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys cooking, gardening, and biking Raleigh’s Greenway. She is a member of the NC Trailblazers Women’s Hockey Association and likes to get out on the ice when she can. She loves to spend time with her husband, working on house projects or exploring new places together.

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Paolo Cima Politi, an intern at VBO, is studying Business Administration, with a Finance concentration, and a minor in Accounting at NC State. He is a member of the Accounting Society, and the Finance club, as well as Tau Sigma, a National Honor Society for transfer students.

Paolo is enrolled in the International Business Dual Degree program, that allows him to pursue two degrees in Business Administration, and International Management, respectively from North Carolina State University, and Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Italy; and a Master of Science.
Currently, he is also a Business Analyst for Consult Your Community, a student-run nonprofit that provides pro bono consulting services to low-income and minority-owned small businesses in Raleigh.

In his free time, Paolo loves riding dirt bikes and travelling. He enjoys anything sports-related, especially outdoor sports like mountain biking and climbing, and discovering new breweries in North Carolina.

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Shelby Vicari-Gonzalez
Investor Relations Specialist
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Shelby Vicari-Gonzalez, the Investor Relations Specialist at VBO, brings over 5 years of administrative and operations experience with a broad comprehension of payroll, billing, accounts payable and accounts receivable.

Shelby holds an Associates in Business Administration and is attending North Carolina State University to complete her Bachelor’s degree.

She is new to the Raleigh area and likes to spend her free time exploring with her husband Cody, playing with her three dogs, reading and visiting her family. Shelby loves traveling to new areas and volunteering at the Humane Society whenever she gets a chance.

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