DAKIN VENTURES

CONSULTING GROUP

ABOUT US

The DVCG team includes a unique combination of experienced consultants, leaders and technical experts, pairing deep subject-matter knowledge with advanced, multi-industry professional services expertise.

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MICHAEL J. BADALOV, MBA

CONSULTANT & FOUNDER

With over 18 years of progressive financial management & consulting experience at public/private companies, startups, non-profits and private equity-backed firms, Michael brings at broad skill-set to his role at DVCG.

His career reflects a commitment to high quality results, coupled with a strong sense of responsibility for performance, at the highest ethical levels. He enjoys making an impact, working with like-minded & highly driven individuals and always striving to make tangible contributions.

As a trusted strategic thought partner and consultant, Michael has worked with numerous clients and provided services in the areas of Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources and Operations.

If you are a potential Client looking for support or an Independent Contractor looking for project work, please reach out!

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ADVISORS

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TRISHA STILES, SHRM

HR Executive, Coach, Founder

Ms. Stiles brings 20+ years of Senior-level Human Resources experience to her advisor role with DVCG.

 

She has worked in Entertainment, Sports, News, Digital Medial, Technology, Gaming, Banking & Finance, Pharmaceuticals, Real Estate Investment and Education. She was most recently the SVP of HR for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco and has held other strategic roles at NBC Universal and General Electric. Trisha is a graduate of the prestigious GE HR Leadership Program and has a Blackbelt in Six Sigma. 

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JOE MORROW

Product Manager,
Entrepreneur Mach 49

Mr. Morrow is a seasoned Product Manager & Strategist with a technical background, a user-centered focus and 18 years of startup, consulting and team leadership experience.

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ALEXANDRA VOLPE, LCSW

Executive Director,
Program Manager
Catalyst Center

Ms. Volpe is a seasoned Non-Profit Executive, with over 15 years of hands-on leadership and Board of Directors management experience. A results-driven non-profit leader with a passion for serving vulnerable children, youth and families, Alex is deeply committed to the principles of trauma-informed care and client-centered, strengths-based work. She has a long track-record of motivating staff, building strong teams and forming effective partnerships with those around her.

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CARL OLSON, MBA

Head of FP&A, One Concern

Mr. Olson is a proven, data-driven Finance leader who uses analytics and relationships to drive project development from vision to implementation, for start-ups and billion dollar companies. 

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CONSULTANTS

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EOS DE FEMINIS

Director of Finance 

Senior Finance, HR and Ops consultant with deep experience in non-profit management, budgeting/forecasting, system building, facilitation and organizational planning.

 

Eos loves all things tech and has familiarity with a wide-range of accounting and HR systems and is flexible & innovative. 

 

She's planned for, implemented and optimized various finance and accounting systems.

 

Her core interests are the environment, social justice issues, including DEI in the work place and life in general.  She brings with her a background of growing up in Switzerland.

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AMANDA SERENYI, CPA

Senior Accounting Manager

As a CPA and former auditor, Amanda has deep expertise with audit and tax preparation and accounting oversight. She's an experienced cost accountant and AP/AR manager.  

 

Amanda has served as lead for all cash flow, payroll, compliance reporting and internal control processes, while responsible for the annual budgeting process, including intra-departmental and organization-wide roll ups.  Amanda has planned and performed non-profit and private company audit and review procedures, including single audits and benefit plan audits, for more than 25 clients in a wide range of industries

 

Amanda enjoys writing and is an avid distance runner.

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SHIANTE ALCORN

​Administration & HR Generalist

A jack of all trades, Shiante is an HR Generalist, Executive Assistant and an Administrative Rockstar!  She works hard and always has a smile on her face.

 

She specializes in managing complex/frequently changing schedules/calendars and works well with Senior Leadership, to coordinate administrative tasks across departments.  She's collaboratively developed processes to train staff on newly installed EHR systems, while also providing one-on-one training to end-users.  

 

Staying fit and active is very important to Shiante and she oftentimes finds herself at the gym, with her coach.

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TINA MCDANIEL

Controller

Experienced Controller and Accounting & Finance Consultant, with in-depth knowledge around all aspects of accounting, in both the non-profit and the for profit environments. 

 

Typically oversees and is responsible for month-end-close, including bank reconciliations, journal entries, expense & cash flow management, overseeing the annual audit process, financial statement preparation and sales tax returns.

 

Has implemented process improvements in A/P, A/R, month-end close and financial reporting. Assisted with systems evaluations and subsequent implementations for Payroll (moved from Paylocity to the ADP platform) and finance/accounting (moved from QuickBooks to Bill.com and Intacct).

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JESSICA ADAMS, SHRM-CP

HR, Coaching, Learning & Development

Jessica is a Gallup-certified strengths coach who delivers in-depth coaching on the results of strengths and engagement assessments for individuals and teams.

As a Talent Development & Learning professional, Jessica also works to assess the state of clients’ employee engagement, organizational culture, leadership disposition and objective for change programs.

She has experience in creating learning programs and development initiatives for employees at all levels, and is passionate about creating customized programs that drive productivity and engagement for organizations.

 

Her CliftonStrengths Top 5:

Input | Connectedness | Positivity | Intellection | Futuristic

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ROWENA LI

CPA/Controller

Experienced Audit professional with a background in private industry accounting, start-up company systems/operations & finance, as well as management of client and vendor relationships.

 

Rowena is a native of San Francisco and a graduate of UC Berkeley. She has experience is an accountant in the for-profit and non-profit spaces, as well as having served as an Auditor at Hood & Strong LLP, a mid-size regional Public Accounting firm based in San Francisco.

 

Rowena thrives in dynamic, fast-paced collaborative work environments for personal and professional growth.  She seeks to work with companies and organizations that have infectious energy and strive to build an awesome work culture.  She prides herself in upholding a high level of service, professionalism and integrity.

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KEVIN BROWER

Senior Accounting & Finance Manager​

Accomplished Finance & Accounting Director with experience in non-profit accounting.  Kevin is detail-oriented, trustworthy and able to manage up and down the reporting structure.  

Kevin has a very keen ability to connect strategic goals with tactical requirements and the unique ability to convert numbers to talking points. 

 

He's a respected strategic partner with various Leadership Teams and his analyses and methods are highly regarded by Senior Leadership.

Kevin loves the Detroit Tigers and enjoys listening to music by The National.

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KERSTI  VALERIAN

HR Specialist​

As an HR Specialist, Kersti has a keen understanding of how overall business strategy is linked to all areas of human resources.  

 

She has experience creating and implementing HR project plans to launch new systems, programs and organizational designs, while being adaptable and agile during times of major change.  

 

Kersti has deep experience with cross functional partnerships, building & developing teams, optimizing relationships with external vendors and managing various ATS & HRIS systems.  

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KAT LUSHER

Graphic Designer + Creative

Kat is a passionate, hands-on designer + creative force with vast experience in the entertainment, consumer products, fashion and music industries.

 

She's versatile, innovative and can adapt to any project, always looking for fresh ways to expand her skills as a visual communicator. 

 

Kat has an eye toward design - both website and logo related. She brings to the table many years of experience and is a strategic and thoughtful partner in all things design-related.

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DEBORAH LEWIS, PHR, SHRM

HR Specialist

Deborah is a seasoned and well-versed Senior HR Leader, with a dynamic background in employee relations, leadership development, talent acquisition, management coaching, policy development & DEI.  

She's a flexible and open-minded leader and strategic business partner that also enjoys writing fiction in her spare time.

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THERESA NEWELL HOWARD

Finance & HR Specialist​

Experienced consultant and motivated professional, who is an adept Project Manager, specializing in all aspects of Finance, Accounting, HR and Operations.  

 

Theresa has worked with numerous non-profits and for-profits in the Bay Area, ranging from start-ups, to small- and medium-sized enterprises.

 

Recently, Theresa has earned her Health Coach Certification and is looking forward to using it to benefit and strengthen her HR experience.

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MICHELLE SHANKS

Accounting & Finance​

High-level Consultant specializing in small business, independent school and non-profit clients in all aspects of Finance, Accounting, Operations and Financial Management.

 

Consulting engagements have included Interim CFO/Controller, business office Policies & Procedures advising, annual audit management, budget process support and Blackbaud Financial Edge / Raiser’s Edge NXT systems implementation and optimization.

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KATELYN VICKLAND

CPA

An experienced CPA/Controller , Katelyn specializes in all areas of Accounting, Finance & Audit.
 
Katelyn brings knowledge and working experience from Non-profits, service, construction and architecture firms, as well as being a personal accountant.

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JENNIFER JUAN-QUINN

CFO

Jen is a non-profit leader and strategic innovator for NGO's, start-ups and banks. She has a progressive background in business, financial management, human relations and information technology systems. A take charge, action-oriented team leader strong in community relations, inspiring others to see her point of view. A financial and investment manager specializing in organizational performance for over 25 years. 

During the last several years, she has implemented various systems to streamline financial reporting to comply with regulator's directives and has served in various Finance and Accounting-related roles.

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MILA GONZALZLES

Staff Accountant

Mila has deep experience with a multitude of skills in Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable, Payroll Administration, Bank Reconciliations, Journal Entries and audit prep. She's very flexible and is able to expand into Office Management and basic IT support. An organized and efficient consultant, Mila brings a client-first attitude to the table, is able to multitask efficiently and is always eager and willing to expand her knowledge base.

She's detail oriented and highly-accurate with numbers, guaranteeing consistency in reporting.

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