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Abbey Davis
Staff Accountant
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Abbey Davis, a Staff Accountant at VBO, has 4 years of private equity accounting experience. Her experience includes account reconciliation, payroll, financial reporting, operations, 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. Her professional organizations include the AICPA.

Outside of work, Abbey enjoys spending time with her husband, Seth, and dog, Gatsby. She also loves being outdoors, kayaking, and traveling to new places.

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Andrea Glenn Orndorff
Senior Accountant
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Andrea Glenn Orndorff, a Senior Accountant at VBO, has over 5 years of corporate accounting and payroll experience in the healthcare and insurance industries as well as over 4 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!

Andrea enjoys spending time with family and friends. 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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Andrèa Hofmann
Operations Accountant
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Andrèa Hofmann, an Operations Accountant at VBO, has 10 years of accounting experience in bookkeeping and payroll for non-profit, corporations, & small business. She also has experience in audit & financial reporting as well as a variety of HR & Staff Development functions.

Andrèa is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology.

In her spare time, she likes to travel the world and spend quality time with her husband and daughter. She also enjoys cooking for friends, especially Cajun meals from her native Louisiana!

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Andy Huynh
Staff Accountant
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Andy Huynh, Staff Accountant at VBO, has over 3 years of experience in payroll, payroll tax, operations, and customer service in various industries. He has a year of private equity and fund accounting experience at Venture Back Office specializing in treasury, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and reconciliation.

Andy holds Bachelors in Economics at East Carolina University and Accounting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His professional organizations include the AICPA.

Outside of work, Andy enjoys attending live music, hiking, playing basketball, traveling, and spending quality time with friends and family.

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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 two years of financial and regulatory reporting experience with the investment bank, Credit Suisse and two years of private equity accounting experience at Venture Back Office.

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 through aerobic dancing and yoga and spending time with her twins and her husband. She enjoys cooking and baking and is always on a quest to find healthy wholesome recipes to try out.

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Brent Blake
Senior Valuation Manager
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Brent Blake, a Senior Valuation Manager at VBO, has 10+ years of professional experience in various industries, including military service, IT consulting, and venture capital/private equity. He has extensive experience in complex financial modeling and analysis, including 6+ 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 5+ 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 CFA Institute, CFA Society NC, AICPA, NACVA, and ncaCPA. He is an active CFA charterholder and holds an ABV and a CVA certification.

Brent enjoys spending his free time with his wife, son, 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 and learning new skills.

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Brooke Rigsbee, a Manager 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.  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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Bryce Kennedy
Senior Accountant
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Bryce Kennedy, a Senior Accountant at VBO, has over two years of financial statement auditing experience with Deloitte dealing with public companies in the financial services, manufacturing, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Bryce received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting from North Carolina State University.

In his free time, Bryce enjoys outdoor activities with his fiancée such as camping, fishing and riding ATVs. He also enjoys attending NC State football games, as he used to be part of their football program.

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Camie Le
Operations Accountant
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Camie Nguyen Le, an Operations Accountant at VBO, has 4 years of accounting experience in corporate accounting, bookkeeping, accounts payable and receivable, operations and customer service in a variety of industries.

She is a graduate of UNC at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s Degree in French and also has her Associate Degree in Accounting from Wake Technical Community College. Her professional organizations include the AICPA.

Camie enjoys spending her time traveling and spending time with her husband and daughter.

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Christopher Smith
Director
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Christopher Smith, Director at VBO, has over 14 years experience with more than 8 years of private equity, venture capital, and fund of fund 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 experience servicing financial service, biotech, pharmaceutical, life science, and software organizations, and a proven track record of auditing initial public offerings.

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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David McNamara
Senior Accountant
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David McNamara, a Senior Accountant at VBO, has financial statement auditing experience as an Assurance Associate with PwC. He also has four years of experience as the Finance Manager for a large nonprofit organization in Cary, NC.

David received his MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Colorado at Denver and his Master’s in Accounting from Purdue University Global. He currently holds memberships with the AICPA and NCACPA.

Outside of the office, David enjoys hiking, spending time with friends and family, grilling, and traveling. Having grown up around Denver, he is also a huge fan of Colorado sports.

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Doug Schaffer
Senior Accountant
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Doug Schaffer, a Senior Accountant at VBO, has over 6 years of accounting experience with a variety of private equity and hedge fund clients in various industries.

Doug holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration in Finance from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. His professional memberships include the AICPA and the FICPA.

Outside of work, Doug enjoys watching college football/basketball (GO KNIGHTS!!), and spending time with his wife and pets (2 cats and 1 dog).

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Eileen Rose
Staff Accountant
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Eileen Rose, a Staff Accountant at VBO, has 4 years of private equity and fund 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 fiancé, Jay, and dog, Stella. She also enjoys staying active through yoga and hiking, patronizing local restaurants, and attending outdoor concerts.

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Ella Howell, Manager at VBO, has over 5 years of public accounting experience with Johnson Lambert LLP performing audits for private companies in a variety of industries, including insurance, employee benefit plans, and not for profits.

Ella holds a Bachelors degree in accounting from the College of Charleston and a Masters degree in accounting from North Carolina State University. Ella is currently a member of the North Carolina Association of CPAs (NCACPA) as well as the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).

Ella enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends and family, exploring Raleigh and watching sports.

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Ellen Minnick, manager at VBO, has more than seven years of accounting experience, including four years of financial statement auditing experience with Ernst & Young. She has worked with a variety of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, and life sciences.

Ellen received her Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M.B.A. and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She is an active member of the AICPA.

Outside of work, Ellen enjoys spending time with her husband and young son. They love to visit family and friends and spend time with their two basset hounds. Ellen is proud to call Raleigh home.

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Felicia Rickaby
Operations Accountant
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Felicia Rickaby, an Operations 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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Hling Rcom
Staff Accountant
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Hling Rcom, a Staff Accountant at VBO, has experience in public accounting, accounts payable, financial reporting, and account reconciliation.

Hling received his Bachelors of Science in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Outside of work, Hling enjoys going to concerts, traveling, catching up with his favorite shows, and spending time with friends and family. He also enjoys doing anything active including working out, hiking, and playing sports.

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Holly Lupo
Operations Accountant
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Holly Lupo, an Operations Accountant at VBO, has over 15 years of accounting experience in corporate accounting, bookkeeping, operations and payroll in the healthcare and information technology industries.

Holly holds an Associates Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Florida State College Jacksonville.

Holly is new to the Raleigh area and is enjoying exploring it with her family. She also enjoys the outdoors and trips back home to the beach in Florida.

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Jay Mulholand
Staff Accountant
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Jay Mulholand, a Staff Accountant at VBO, has 3 years of experience in taxation from the North Carolina Department of Revenue and public accounting.

Jay holds a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from University of North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina.

In his free time he enjoys golf, woodworking, play time with his dog and various adventures with his fiancée.

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Jenna Moehring, a Manager at VBO, has over 3 years of financial statement auditing experience with Ernst & Young, LLP both in Richmond, VA and San Jose, CA. She has experience in private and public companies in a variety of industries including real estate, manufacturing, and technology.

Jenna received her B.S. B.A. in Accounting from the University of Richmond. Her professional organizations include the AICPA and NCACPA.

Outside of the office, Jenna enjoys being outdoors, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

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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, a dog 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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John Pellegrino
Senior Manager
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John Pellegrino, Senior Manager at VBO has more than 18 years of accounting, finance and operational experience primarily in the financial services sector in Canada and the U.S. Prior to joining VBO, John was head of finance and operations for a global long/short equity, multi-manager hedge fund.

John began his career as an auditor at Ernst & Young, LLP and earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree and Graduate Diploma in Accountancy from Concordia University. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, a CFA charterholder, and earned the CFA Institute’s Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement designation.

In his free time, John enjoys travelling and spending time with his wife and two children. He is also active in coaching youth sports as well as playing hockey.

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Prior to becoming a Manager at VBO, Joslin Owens spent four years at Cherry Bekaert LLP gaining financial statement auditing experience across various industries including manufacturing and distribution, higher education, and employee benefit plans. In addition, she has two years of financial reporting experience in the commercial real estate industry at Lincoln Harris in Charlotte, NC.

Joslin received her B.S. and Masters degrees in Accounting from North Carolina State University and is an active member of the NCACPA.

Outside of work, Joslin enjoys spending time with her dog and family, going to the lake, and cheering for the Cardiac Pack and Carolina Panthers. She also enjoys listening to podcasts, attending local plays/musicals, and cultivating her houseplant collection.

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Kate Sims, a Manager at VBO, has two years of financial statement auditing experience with PwC for both public and private companies in the financial services industry.

Kate received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Entrepreneurship from Elon University. Her professional organizations include the AICPA and NCACPA.

Kate spends as much time as she can outdoors, from hiking and camping to playing tennis and relaxing at the beach. She also enjoys traveling and experimenting with new recipes.

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Kathy Mahan
Operations Accountant
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Kathy Mahan, an Operations 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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Kristy Adams
Treasury Manager
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Kristy Adams, the Treasury Manager at VBO, has over 14 years of financial experience. Her background includes payroll, treasury management, bookkeeping, accounts payable and receivable, real estate and banking for a variety of industries.

In her free time, Kristy enjoys cooking, reading, relaxing on the beach and going on adventures with her family. She lives in the country with her husband Jeremy, daughter Kamdyn, four cats and two Boston Terriers.

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Lauren Stevens
Operations Accountant
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Lauren Stevens, an Operations Accountant at VBO, has over 10 years of accounting experience in bookkeeping, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, and operations for a variety of businesses.

In her free time, Lauren loves to spend time with her fiancé and her 3 dogs, Michi, Tyson, and Sagan. She also loves hiking, camping, cooking, and golf. Lauren is a native Californian and is enjoying discovering all that Raleigh has to offer.

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Lawrence Repko
Valuation Analyst
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Lawrence Repko, a Valuation Analyst at VBO, has over 3 years of finance and accounting related experience in various industries, including insurance & private equity. He has 1 year of business valuation experience, primarily focused on early-stage VC/PE backed companies across the life science and technology industries.

Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting & Finance from Kent State University where he graduated Cum Laude.

Outside of the office, Lawrence enjoys traveling with his wife and dog, exercising, and working on house projects. A northeast Ohio native, Lawrence is a big fan of Cleveland sports.

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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 7 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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Matthew Yap, a Manager at VBO, has almost three years of financial statement auditing experience with Deloitte & Touche, LLP on both private and public company engagements in various industries including financial services, technology, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals. He also has over four years of financial and regulatory reporting experience with the global investment bank, Credit Suisse.

Matt received his Bachelors degree in Statistics and Information Systems with a minor in Business as well as his Masters degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently holds memberships with the AICPA and NCACPA. He is also an Eagle Scout.

Matt loves spending his free time with his wife and daughter. He enjoys competing in marathons and Spartan races, cycling, and playing tennis. He likes watching sports and always roots for the Tar Heels.

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Maurice Walsh
Senior Manager
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Maurice Walsh, a Senior 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
Senior Manager
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Megan Bailey, a Senior Manager at VBO, has more than 5 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
Senior Operations Accountant

Megan Van Orden, a Senior Operations 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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Melanie LaFlame
Opeartions Accountant
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Melanie LaFlame, an Operations Accountant at VBO, comes to us from Ohio and has held a previous internship with Venture Back Office in Valuations and Accounting.

Melanie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Miami University of Ohio and plans to return to school to acquire her MBA with a concentration in accounting and finance.

In her free time, Melanie enjoys working out, traveling and watching basketball (GO CAVS)!  She also enjoys spending quality time with friends and family. As a native Ohioan she is enjoying making Raleigh her new home.

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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
Senior Manager
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Michelle Wence, a Senior Manager at VBO, has over 3 years of private equity accounting experience and over 4 years of public accounting experience with Cherry Bekaert LLP.

Michelle received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting from North Carolina State University. She currently holds memberships with the AICPA and NCACPA.

In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and young son. She enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling, and attending football games (Go Wolfpack!)

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Morgan Garriss
Staff Accountant
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Morgan Garriss, a Staff Accountant at VBO, has over 1 year of private equity accounting experience. Her experience includes bookkeeping, financial reporting, and operations.

Morgan received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with a concentration in Financial Analysis from North Carolina State University.

Outside of work, Morgan enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

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Noelle Forness
Senior Manager
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Noelle Forness, a Senior 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 6 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 over 3 years of corporate/portfolio company accounting experience and 2 years of private equity 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 dog. Philip also enjoys playing guitar, grilling and watching sports (especially NC State sports).

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Rachael Butz, a Manager at VBO, spent three years at Ernst & Young LLP working on a variety of clients in the technology, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical industries. In addition, she has over two years of financial reporting, corporate accounting, and financial planning & analysis experience while working at a local SaaS Company.

Rachael has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a Masters degree in Accounting from North Carolina State University. Rachael is currently a member of the North Carolina Association of CPAs (NCACPA).

Outside of work, Rachael enjoys traveling, photography, hanging out with friends and family, and relaxing on the beach. She lives in Cary, NC with her husband and Golden Retriever.

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Rob Hamilton, Manager at VBO, has over 6 years of public accounting experience with Johnson Lambert LLP performing audits for private companies in a variety of industries, including insurance, employee benefit plans, and not for profits.

Rob holds a Bachelors degree in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech and a Masters degree in Accounting from North Carolina State University. Rob is currently a member of the North Carolina Association of CPAs (NCACPA) as well as the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).

Rob enjoys spending time with his wife and their pets (2 dogs and 1 cat). When not in Raleigh, Rob is usually at the lake, on the ski slopes, or riding motorcycles.

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Thomas Kahila
Staff Accountant
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Thomas Kahila, a Staff Accountant at VBO, has over 2 years of private equity valuation and accounting experience at Venture Back Office. He has experience in financial reporting, account reconciliation, variance analysis, intercompany, and accounts payable and receivable. He also 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 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 family and traveling. He is also a huge sports fan and plays hockey and golf in his free time.

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Tracy Doan
Staff Accountant
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Tracy Doan, a Staff Accountant at VBO, has experience in corporate accounting, bookkeeping, tax, and administration with the CPA firm LBA Haynes Strand, PLLC and her internship with International Textile Group.

Tracy received her Bachelors of Science in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Outside of work, Tracy enjoys spending quality time with her husband, family, and friends. She also loves travelling, hiking, cooking, and studying Japanese.

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Tremauri Ebron
Senior Manager
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Tremauri Ebron, a Senior Manager at VBO, has more than 10 years of accounting experience. His experience includes 3.5 years of financial statement auditing experience with Deloitte, more than 5 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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Whitney DeVoe, Manager at VBO, has 5 years of public accounting experience with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP for primarily private companies in a variety of industries, including real estate, employee benefit plans, and manufacturing.

Whitney holds Bachelors degree in Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Tech. Her professional organizations include the VSCPA and ACFE.

Outside of the office, Whitney enjoys reading, trying out new restaurants, attending country concerts and spending time with her fiancé and family.

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Zach Williams
Investor Relations / Staff Accountant
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Zachary Williams, a Investor Relations / Staff Accountant at VBO, has 4 years of accounting experience in corporate accounting, bookkeeping and receivables for a variety of industries.

Zach holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Economics with a concentration in Qualitative Economics from East Carolina University.

Outside of work he enjoy spending time with his family and friends. Zach is active in his community by coaching youth soccer in his free time, as well as playing soccer.

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Amy Medrano
Intern

Amy Medrano, an intern at VBO, is studying Pre-Med and is finishing her associates at Wake Technical Community college before transferring to ECU.

Amy plans on graduating from ECU in 2020 and then entering the medical school program at UNC. After medical school, Amy hopes to become a pediatrician.

In her free time, Amy enjoys hanging out with family and friends, and shopping.

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Barbara Cherry
Administrative Assistant
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Barbara Cherry, an Administrative Assistant, has over 10 years of customer service, administrative and operations experience.  She has worked in the mortgage and title insurance industries as a loan processor, administrator, loan originator, and underwriter.

Barbara is a graduate of Meredith College with a Bachelor’s in Art with a concentration in Studio Art. Her work is still active and occasionally exhibited around Raleigh and surrounding cities.

Outside of work, she still loves to work in oil paint or other 2-dimensional mediums.  She also enjoys quality time with her family and traveling with her husband.

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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 Bachelor’s Degree in IT and Finance from SUNY Polytechnic Institute 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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Derrick Davis
Intern

Derrick Davis, an Intern at VBO, is an MBA candidate at NC State University concentrating in Financial Management. In addition, He has a year of experience in portfolio management with Sterling Capital Management in Charlotte, NC.

Derrick recently graduated from Western Carolina University where he received Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting and Finance. After graduate school, he hopes to finish his CFA license and start a career in Investment Banking.

In his free time, Derrick enjoys CrossFit, golf, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.

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Ken Wolf
I.T. Manager
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Ken Wolf, the I.T. Manager at VBO, has over twenty-five years’ experience in business technology solutions including training the high-speed support department at a tier one Internet service provider, ensuring Sarbanes-Oxley compliance for a publicly traded display manufacturer, and both on-premises and cloud-based answers for numerous small and mid-sized businesses.

Ken has a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster, Ohio and holds A+ and Networks+ certification from CompTIA.

Ken spends his free time in the Alleghany mountains not far from the Blue Ridge Parkway walking his dogs in the pasture or reading popular physics books.

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Laura Powell
Intern

Laura Powell, an Accounting Intern at VBO, is currently attending NC State University studying Accounting and Economics.

She plans to graduate in 2020 and then to pursue a Masters in Accounting. After graduate school, she hopes to work towards gaining her CPA license.

In her limited amount of free time, Laura enjoys reading, watching Netflix, spending time with friends and family, taking random road trips, and trying to play sports.

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Mai Truong
Intern

Mai Truong, an intern at VBO, is an undergraduate student at NS State University studying Accounting with Financial Analysis concentration.

She will graduate in 2019 and then plan to pursue MAC program. During graduate school, she plans to prepare for acquiring CPA license.

In her free time, Mai enjoys baking breads and spending time with her family.

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Megan Ponte
Investor Relations Specialist
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Megan Ponte, an Investor Relations Specialist at VBO, has over 5 years of customer service, operations, and accounts receivable experience. She has worked in a variety of industries from Parks and Recreation, to electronics and the print industry.

Megan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Appalachian State University.

In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time remodeling her home with her husband & watching HGTV. She also loves playing soccer and getting to the lake and beach as much as possible.

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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 over 5 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 Systems Manager
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Nicole House, the Operations Systems Manager at VBO, has over 5 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 traveling, exploring new places and trying different cuisines. She likes to be active, often out biking or rollerblading Raleigh’s greenway trails and is a member of the North Carolina Trailblazers Women’s Ice Hockey Association.

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Shelby Vicari-Gonzalez
Investor Relations Specialist
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Shelby Vicari-Gonzalez, an Investor Relations Specialist at VBO, has extensive administrative and operations experience with a broad comprehension of customer relations, 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 loves to spend her free time exploring with her husband Cody, playing with her three dogs, and being a first time Mom to her beautiful daughter, Piper. Shelby loves traveling to new areas, reading, and writing in her spare time.

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