Clients and Partners.

BFS is your strategic partner.Our goal is to help our clients achieve theirs.

Good relationships are what make great  business. BFS is proud to serve government organizations. We create custom solutions utilizing proven methods to meet the needs of every one of our clients. Choosing BFS as your strategic partner will in a result in a positive impact. We are focused on “closing the loop” – leaving clients with the knowledge and tools needed to be successful after our engagement. At BFS, we are “Doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do!”

History

Leadership

Mara Ash,CIA, CGAP, CGFM,CMRA,CICA
CEO

Mara Ash is the CEO of BFS – Strategic Partners, a client-focused management and consulting firm. She has over 25 years of financial management, compliance, audit, and consulting experience serving all levels of government and nonprofit organizations. Mara has a passion to support public sector professionals. She has served in leadership positions with Association of Government Accountants (AGA) as well as the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). She currently serves as the Chairman of the Institute of Internal Auditor’s (IIA) Public Sector Audit Center and is active in Association Government Accountants local chapter. Mara believe in success built on efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency. Her goal is to help organizations improve service delivery, ensure compliance, enhance transparency, and reduce costs.

TIMOTHY FLYNN, J.D.
Legal Counsel

Timothy Flynn, JD serves as Legal Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors of Business & Financial Management Solutions, LLC. His career spans corporate, civil and criminal law in Texas, New Mexico and Nevada. Mr. Flynn, a retired Deputy District Attorney, has turned his passion for helping people into a second career as a Consultant. Having run his own practice, and federal, state and locally funded programs, he understands how to integrate federal and state requirements into operations. His legal, operational and grants expertise improve service delivery while maximizing funding streams.

CINDY WATSON
Director of LEA Services

Cindy Watson is a compliance auditor with over 20 years of financial management, compliance and legal experience in the government sector. While she specializes in education grants compliance, her career includes extensive experience with federal and state grants. Her in-depth experience spans auditing and managing grant programs such as Title programs, ESSA, IDEA-B, major testing, indirect cost rates, maintenance of effort, cost matching, and other grant specific requirements. Ms. Watson has created numerous automated subrecipient monitoring systems to randomly sample grantee submissions up-to 100%. In order to improve efficiencies and ensure adequate grant monitoring, she created a system to assign, manage and supervise audit staff. She also has experience negotiating cognizant agency’s Indirect Cost Rate Approval Delegation Agreements.

EMIL BO SORENSEN
Director of Grant Support services

Emil Bo Sorensen serves as Operations Manager for BFS. His is a graduate of Roskilde University, where he earned both a Bachelor of Science and Masters degree in Public Administration with a focus in European Studies. Emil has nearly 10 years of managerial experience working with teams to create successful workplace environments. He is multilingual and through extensive travel, has developed a passion for international relations and business.

DAVID BRYMER
Director of Learning

David Brymer is both the IT Project Manager and Instructional Designer for BFS. He leads the charge for the construction of unique software tools for PTE’s, manages the IT infrastructure, and develops instructional material for various modes of training. He has a hybrid educational background, blending Anthropology, Instructional Design, and Development. He loves to see what happens when connecting things together in new and experimental ways.

Use our diversity to provide efficient, effective solutions.

“Talk it up, People!” because information goes both ways. Free flowing communications help us identify issues early and determine the best solutions.

Our Core Values

Do the Right Thing because it’s the right thing to do.

Provide services that have a positive impact on clients.

“Close the loop” leaving clients with the knowledge and tools needed to be successful after our engagement.

WE only work with the best

We are always looking for exceptional people to do exceptional work for exceptional client. Whether you are at the top of your game or looking for your first internship, or something in-between, BFS has full-time, part-time, and intermittent/project position. Fill out the form with your contact information and resume and if you are a fit, you will be hearing back from us!