CFO Services Group Team
President & CEO
An entrepreneur with diverse accounting experience and a love for sharing knowledge, Manuel “Manny” Cosme is driven to help other small businesses. Working in large and small companies – and for himself – Manny witnessed that ongoing struggles with financial responsibilities often hold businesses back from their goals. He saw a solution and made it happen with the creation of CFO Services Group.
With more than 15 years of focus on managing finances and administration, Manny has the high-level experience and training that his clients need and want. He worked as a financial statement auditor in a national public accounting firm and left to join a small accounting firm focusing on bookkeeping, payroll, and tax preparation for small businesses. He jumped at the opportunity to purchase the payroll processing portion of the business and incorporated it under the name of PBSG, Inc. After three years, he successfully positioned the company and sold it to a major competitor, Fortune 500 payroll company ADP.
Having realized how much he loved running a business, Manny began looking for an opportunity to create one from the ground up as he gained more management experience. He became the accounting manager for the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and then moved across the country to accept the position of Chief Financial Officer for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C.
After three years as CFO, Cosme felt the time was right to launch his new business. He created CFO Services Group in 2012 and looks forward to building a national clientele. “I believe in the entrepreneurial spirit and I believe in helping others.”
Manny credits his training as a relationship coach and his spiritual studies for his approach to understanding and advising his clients.
“Listening, educating, being proactive. Those are the ways I can make a difference,” he said. “Owners seem comfortable talking to me and that helps head off problems.”
In addition to leading the team at CFO Services Group, Cosme serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for both the Equality Chamber of Commerce DC Metro Area and the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is Finance Chair for Entrepreneur Organization DC Accelerator program.
Manny graduated summa cum laude from the School of Economics and Business Administration at Saint Mary’s College in California, with a dual major in Accounting and Economics and a minor in Mathematics.
Accounting Services Manager
Our Accounting Team Manager Lin Walker brings her extensive business background and broad perspective to help our clients and staff with their day-to-day details and big-picture decision making. Previously a Senior Lead Accountant here at CFO Services Group, Lin has been with our firm since June 2017 and has experience in the nonprofit accounting sector, hands-on operations management at small businesses, and HR expertise.
As manager, Lin actively works with our team to make sure we deliver our clients the best service possible. She onboards new clients, conducts quality control reviews of client files, and provides training both through our external education programs as well as internally to strengthen our skills. Lin is devoted to developing a strong team, and her mission is to build on that teamwork with consistency, new skills, and open communication.
Lin earned her degree from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona. When her career took her to China, she volunteered at an orphanage for children awaiting surgery and adoption. Previously serving as a Senior Accountant for a nonprofit foundation in Northern Virginia, she supervised and ran disbursements of millions of dollars in donations. Her previous work experience includes working as the Operations Manager for a law firm and the HR and Accounting Manager at a healthcare company. Her previous positions provided her with a solid foundation of accounting and bookkeeping skills, while her cultural experiences created a strong appreciation for diversity.
Outside of the office, Lin loves traveling anywhere with water and currently resides in Virginia with her husband and two young sons. She has a love of spicy food and loves trying out new restaurants and recipes. She has worked and travelled all over the world, finding enjoyment in meeting new people and learning about different cultures
Senior Lead Accountant
CFO Services Group’s Senior Lead Accountant Georgia Crutchfield brings 15 years of Accounting Management & Controller experience to our team. With over 10 years of specialized experience in nonprofit accounting and auditing, her broad range of skills cover management accounting for small businesses, government & compliance, bookkeeping, tax, nonprofit organizations, and auditing.
She is a passionate and dedicated individual who is at her happiest in viewing her love for accounting through the window of seeing her clients grow and thrive. She takes great pride in implementing accounting processes and procedures for organizations to help them set a powerful foundation for development.
Originally from Alabama, she received her formal education in accounting from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and now resides in Tennessee with her husband and children. Georgia enjoys utilizing her attention to detail to all facets of her life, including but not limited to rebuilding and preserving her collection of classic American cars.
Senior Lead Accountant
Angela Conway is a Lead Accountant with over 20 years of accounting experience, including many years at the Controller position. She has primarily worked with small businesses and has extensive experience in a multitude of accounting and human resources roles. Angela also has experience leading accounting teams and advising managers in budgeting, forecasting, cash flow, financial statements, and other management issues. She has worked extensively with QuickBooks and has taught the software program to newer accounting professionals.
Angela is originally from upstate New York and moved to South Carolina in 1995 after obtaining her Accounting Degree at SUNY Oneonta. She has taught Business Mathematics at the college level and obtained a Master of Management degree in South Carolina. She’s currently working on her Master of Business Administration.
Angela is a dedicated individual with a passion for helping small to mid-size businesses and their owners. She is resourceful and efficient and is an effective communicator with attention to detail. Angela is diligent and focused on her work.
In her free time, she enjoys her three sons and her pets. She also enjoys traveling with her husband, loves sightseeing and trying out local restaurants.
Melissa Johnson (MJ)
About Melissa (MJ)
Melissa (MJ) Johnson is a skilled Controller with SaaS and independent bookkeeping experience in hospitality, non-profit, tax preparation, and a variety of small business industries. Her expertise encompasses all aspects of accrual accounting, including but not limited to oversight of A/R, A/P, payroll, taxes, invoicing, reporting, audits, procurement, inventory, sales tax, human resources, and more.
She is meticulous and prompt, and thoroughly enjoys helping small business owners organize their accounts. As an advocate of accuracy and ethics, she focuses on efficiency and precision while building a stable rapport with clients.
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, MJ now enjoys the beauty of the countryside in the small, industrial town of Waynesboro, Virginia. She delights in spending time with friends at local establishments, loving on her daughter and two dogs, and fixing up her house in an eclectic and modern style.
Our Lead Accountant Anna Wesley brings an aptitude for detail and many talents with her diverse accounting background and process development. Anna earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Business from Berry College, a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from St. Leo University, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from SUNY Empire State College, and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and Physics from University of Washington. Her education, endless drive to learn as much as she can, and her practical knowledge in a variety of industries make her an asset to our team.
Anna is native to and currently resides in beautiful northwest Georgia with her two daughters. She is actively involved with animal rescue and wildlife rehabilitation. Among her many talents, she also plays the oboe, flute, and sings with both local community and semi-professional groups. In her free time, she enjoys reading, backpacking, knitting, and running.
Our Lead Accountant Arthur Daniels brings his penchant for accountability, integrity, and respect to our team along with his aptitude for detail and accuracy. Some of his more notable projects include reporting and training for newly created accounting operating procedures. He thoroughly enjoys providing his insight into developing processes for new systems integrations and efficiency improvements and has direct experience in providing those enhancements to FAR and DFAR compliance contract management and non-profit data management. His areas of recent interest include government contracting, construction, non-profit, hospitality, property management, payroll, and tax compliance.
Arthur is driven to always provide the most humble and accurate service to achieve the best results. He is heavily rooted in education through his intuitive understanding of how to best adapt his communication approach to the needs of the team’s objective and himself. Arthur is also passionate about his innovative accounting analysis skills that are derived from real world challenges. His expertise in accounting principles and standard ASC guidance allows him consistent success in helping the businesses and non-profit organizations, partnerships grow and exceed their goals.
Arthur enjoys spending his free time with his family, cooking, traveling, and the art of learning from living. He is an avid chess player and fan of Arsenal Football Club, and his other interests include music and home renovations.
Full Charge Accountant
Kristi Bottoms began working at CFO Services Group as an Associate Accountant, promoting into the Full Charge Accountant position in 2022. She brings her in-depth customer service experience as well as a passion for working with small businesses from her time in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia where she worked for several years at one of the local boutique retail stores learning the ins and outs of a small business. Kristi then shifted further into accounting by working with smaller independent businesses in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area, building further on her foundational knowledge of accounting principles and practices.
Kristi graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Originally from Tennessee and a prior resident of Washington, DC, she currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband. She finds gratification and fulfillment in sharing and expanding her knowledge of accounting practices and growing her career in the field with the guidance of our supportive team and educational standards. At the top of her career goals, Kristi’s focus is primarily on formal certifications and looks to broaden her skills with a variety of accounting software and technology.
In her spare time, Kristi enjoys spending her time reading and traveling, already experiencing the cultures of over 20 different countries.
Full Charge Accountant
Lauren Gilson is a Baltimore, Maryland native and brings a myriad of professional experience to our team. Initially joining CFO Services Group as an Associate Accountant, Lauren was promoted to a Full Charge Accountant and is an asset to our clients and team.
Lauren earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Alfred University NYSCC, returning to Baltimore after participating in a variety of international gallery shows and professional artistic initiatives. She continued her creative work specializing in murals and design while simultaneously gaining experience in various industries including manufacturing, retail, and restaurant service. Through these positions, she gained intimate knowledge managing inventories, internal reporting, payroll, and costing strategies. After over five years building relationships with creative and small business owners, she saw an opportunity to blend her creativity, social skills and lifelong love of mathematics by returning to school to pursue her CPA certification.
Lauren’s commitment to her community is reflected in her work ethic. Her experience with small businesses has strengthened her creative problem-solving skills and compassionate understanding of the value of teamwork. These relationships reinforced her philosophy of the importance of respect, joy, and harmony in a successful work environment. She believes that a sensitivity to details, optimism, and positive outlook make any task an exciting challenge, and any communication an opportunity to connect. Through numerous years in customer service and an internship with a tax firm, Lauren finds great satisfaction in guiding others and interpreting nuanced information to increase communication and efficiency.
In her down time, Lauren likes spending time with her network of family and friends, maintaining her personal art practices, and giving as much attention as possible to her cat Jasper.
Full Charge Accountant
Amber brings eight years of accounting experience in various industries to the table, along with a strong background in customer service, social services, and law enforcement. She began her accounting career with a small local CPA firm, specializing in accounting for small businesses and individual income tax preparation. She has worked for a global publicly traded manufacturing company as a Staff Accountant, and a small, locally owned retail pharmacy chain as the Assistant Controller. Through those experiences, she learned that what she loves most about accounting is helping small business owners and nonprofits realize their dreams.
Amber discovered her passion for accounting after taking a personal financial planning course. She returned to school and completed her education, graduating first with two Associates degrees from her local community college. She then graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Accounting from Western Carolina University (Go Cats!). She is currently a CPA candidate, studying to sit for the exam.
Amber is originally from Canton, NC, but now resides in Johnson City, TN with her wife and adult child. Her passion for accounting is only rivaled by her passion for dogs. She currently has three rescue dogs named Obi, Kenzi, and Beckett. When she isn’t working diligently to assist small business and nonprofits with their accounting needs, she is advocating for animal rescue groups, spay/neuter programs, and fighting against breed-specific legislation.
Deven Trammell is an Associate Accountant here at CFO Services Group. Deven began his career in facility Management after graduating from Pensacola Christian College and remained with the organization for 3 years serving as their Residence Manager. His adept skills and experience in customer service, financials, and management are an asset to our team.
He graduated from Pensacola Christian College in Florida with his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a minor in Management. While working as a Residence Manager, he coordinated maintenance and environmental services projects to ensure that both buildings he managed were well-maintained and functional. He utilized his natural problem-solving personality to facilitate interpersonal mediation whenever he was needed.
After Florida, Deven moved to Arizona and accepted a position as a Loan Specialist for a mortgage company. His attention to detail ensured that homeowner’s loans were processed accurately and timely. With more direct experience in financials, he soon learned that he had a distinct drive to improve his skills as an accountant and began working on his Masters degree in Accounting through Liberty University.
In his free time, Deven enjoys exercising, reading, and spending time playing with his dog named Tank.
Melissa is an experienced Associate Accountant currently pursuing her degree in Business Analytics and Information Systems with a minor in Accounting from the University of South Florida. She has an educational background in anthropology and over 10 years’ experience working with smaller businesses in office management and administration. Working closely with a small public accounting firm for several years, Melissa has a multifaceted view of bookkeeping and accounting that helped her realize her interest in these fields.
Melissa has worked with smaller companies that have both small business and larger firm clientele and ensures that every client she works with feels they have a concierge experience. She provides her full attention while treating each client with compassion and understanding. Melissa also thrives in learning new software, platforms, systems, and processes.
Melissa happily resides in sunny Florida, and loves walking in local parks in her free time. She also enjoys attending art and cultural festivals and spending time genuinely connecting with and learning from others.
Our Associate Accountant Nikki Beane brings our team over ten years of experience in bookkeeping and accounting. Her energetic and optimistic outlook on life shine brightly along with her excellent customer service skills and sharp attention to detail. Nikki discovered her love for accounting when she was managing the bookkeeping and office operations for Beane Construction & Property Maintenance, a company she helped establish with her husband.
Nikki obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Southern Maine. She is looking forward to building on her already strong foundation of accounting knowledge with the CFO Services Group team.
Nikki was born and raised in Portland, Maine and still resides in the southern Maine area with her husband, two children, and three huskies. In her spare time, Nikki loves traveling, camping in the summer, and snowmobiling with her family in the winter.
Fractional CFO Team
Kristoffer Burnett (Kris)
Financial Planning & Analysis Lead
About Kristoffer (Kris)
Kris Burnett joins our team as a Financial Planning & Analysis Lead with over 15 years of management accounting and financial planning experience. He is thrilled to utilize his background to help our clients understand the “story” of their business from a financial perspective, and will support our clients with Planning, Cash Flow, Sales & Revenue, and Operations projects to build the foundation on which they can grow.
Kris’s experience includes but is not limited to financial services, manufacturing, and retail. He previously volunteered with SCORE, a small business mentoring nonprofit organization, helping aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners launch and grow their businesses. He especially enjoys developing efficient ways for small business owners to understand the more complicated aspects of their finances.
Kris received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Wichita State University, subsequently earning his MBA from Emporia State University. He held his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification for 10 years, substantiating his vast knowledge in the areas of financial management, financial planning, analysis, control, decision support, and professional ethics.
Kris was born, raised, and currently resides in the Wichita, Kansas area, but frequently spends his time in Dallas, Texas where his two grown daughters live. He is always interested in exploring new hobbies, but he currently enjoys watching football and basketball, hiking, building websites, learning, and exercising.
Chance Browning joins our team at CFO Services Group as our Growth Manager, bringing over 15 years of experience in marketing, advertising, and community engagement to help grow our company to its full potential.
Chance previously served as the Head of Strategic Engagement at Caregiver Action Network and consulted for both Reingold and ScoutComms, where they collectively served a variety of nonprofit clients in the active-duty military and veteran community. His work with the organization focused on strategic planning, storytelling, media relations, nonprofit programming, and public and community relations. Prior to that time, he served as the Director of Communications and Marketing for Student Veterans of America. His career history also includes working as a political organizer at the state, local, and presidential level.
Chance holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Midwestern State University and a Master of the Arts degree in Political Communications from American University, which included completing courses at both the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute and the Campaign Management Institute. His primary passion throughout his career has been providing a voice to underrepresented populations, which has included advocating on behalf of veterans and military families, education policy, and advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community and those living with HIV/AIDS.
Angela Miller joins us from the Eastern Shore of Maryland with a passion for helping others succeed and over 10 years of experience as a Sales and Finance Professional. She operates as a true advocate for her clients, listening closely to their specific wants & needs to connect them with the best solutions and help them thrive. Education is one of her favorite parts of any job she has held, and she is eager to help our clients flourish with her empathy and understanding of how challenging it can be to launch and run a small business effectively. Angela loves researching and learning new skills, making her desire to know as much as she can about the details of her working environment an asset to our team. She absorbs information easily, enjoys a challenge, and garners the most joy from watching those she has helped succeed. She studied Business Management at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC and has obtained several bookkeeping certifications to further her education and provide insightful support to the CFO Services Group team and clients.
Angela has lived in Maryland for most of her life, loves to sing, and takes every opportunity to get creative with anything she can get her hands on. Her hobbies also include spending time with her husband in the garage wrenching on cars, sharing her baking talents with others, and traveling as often as possible.
Community Engagement Lead
Paola Zambrana was born in Bolivia and raised in Fairfax, Virginia, and adores Northern Virginia for all the natural beauty it has. She particularly treasures the connections she makes with both the people, energy, and environment of the local area. She earned her Bachelor of the Arts in International Studies from George Mason University, and her lifetime dream of serving her community via non-profit work and volunteering in the community is actualized with her work at CFO Services Group. She is incredibly involved in her local community, volunteering her time packing meals for the less fortunate, serving food in shelters, handing out care packages to the homeless in winter, and many more activities. She also volunteers with the Childhood Cancer community, a cause very dear to her heart.
With her fluent Spanish bilingual skills and over 20 years of experience in business development, sales, marketing, event management, and running her own business, she brings a wide range of expertise to CFO Services Group. She has worked for many prestigious organizations in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, as well as some of the largest nonprofit organizations. With this experience, she branched off to run her own business coordinating, planning, and running major festivals and events in the City of Alexandria, Virginia. While operating her own business and juggling everything, she learned from firsthand experience the struggles that many small business owners face with the journey in achieving their goals. This experience is a vital aspect of her professional growth, and she is thankful to utilize it by serving other businesses in building her relationships and serving the needs of her clients with her skills as both a great team player and a leader.
When she is not working, she loves spending time with her big loud family. She is kept busy raising her two beautiful daughters with her oldest daughter attending college in New York and her youngest daughter coding her way through life. She is at her happiest when playing with her two Chihuahua/Jack Russel puppies while watching her favorite television show, The Office. Paola genuinely believes she has found her forever family here with CFO Services Group.
Our Sales Administrative Assistant Rosie Sarmiento joins us from El Paso, Texas with over 6 years of customer service experience in the freight, dining, and security service industries. Rosie’s unique adaptability and experience allows her to utilize her natural intuition to assist in finding our potential clients the perfect service solution to meet their needs. Having previously lived in Panama and California, she also brings her Spanish bilingual skills to the team, making her well-equipped to assist CFO Services Group in our mission to expand our accounting educational programs to a wider audience of business owners and nonprofit organizations.
In Rosie’s spare time, she loves taking opportunities to expand her palate by trying new coffee and cuisines in her local area. She also enjoys spending time with her blended family of 5 children, 2 dogs named Sammie and Frankie, and her wonderful parents.
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