Leadership

 

 

Reza Mahbod
CPA, CISA, CGFM, CICA, CGMA, CDFM, CFE, CDPSE
President

Mr. Mahbod is the President of RMA. Prior to founding RMA, he worked at the Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General and at Global Audit and Consulting Firms. Mr. Mahbod’s experience includes large federal audits and consulting engagements at all Cabinet-Level Departments, and smaller agencies, within the Federal Government. Additionally, Mr. Mahbod was on many of the initial boards, organizations, and committees involved with the implementation of the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990.

Mr. Mahbod serves as the Vice Chair of AGA’s Corporate Partner Advisory Group’s Small Business Committee. He also Chairs the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Peer Review Oversight Committee, which oversees peer reviews in Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Mahbod is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Information Systems Audit and Control Association, Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Association of Government Accountants, Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management, American Society of Military Comptrollers, and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

 

 

Jeff McGowan
Vice President

 

Mr. McGowan brings 35 years of government healthcare experience to his role at RMA. Throughout his career, he has provided services and consulting for numerous agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Administration for Children & Families (ACF), National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Department of Education (DoED). His business development leadership has resulted in milestone wins at NIH, SAMHSA, ACF, NSF, and more. Mr. McGowan’s expertise includes business development, capture management, contract governance, program management, and mergers and acquisitions. He has extensive experience developing and managing capture strategies, competitive research, partnership development, and aligning customer requirements with corporate capabilities to develop solutions. Mr. McGowan’s many accomplishments include winning the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievements in Business Development at Synectics and the Board of Directors Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business Growth at ACS.

Mr. McGowan has served on the President’s Council of Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), which is chaired by OMB Deputy Director for Management, and is an active member of both the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) and Contract Management Standard Publication (CMS) group for the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). Outside of his professional contributions, he believes in giving back to his community and has lent his advisory skills and knowledge as a member on the Board of Directors for the Elmseed Foundation, a not-for-profit life skill learning organization for youth at-risk.

Mr. McGowan holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Maryland.

 

 

Clif Williams
PMP, CPA, CGMA, CGFM
Chief Client Experience Officer

 

Mr. Williams has more than 30 years of experience helping clients solve problems and achieve goals by providing insights and solutions. A “Big Four” consulting firm graduate, he has held leadership positions in several industries, most recently with a focus on healthcare. Responsibility includes project delivery, healthcare account growth, and client relationship building. He has a thorough understanding of strategic planning, impact of new legislation, digital strategy, execution of consumer engagement, and IT services delivery. He’s led large and small project delivery as well as all aspects of the business development and sales cycle, including building strategic alliances throughout the supply chain.

Mr. Williams’ clients include all Civilian and DoD agencies. Prior to consulting, he worked for government as a program manager leading business process improvement efforts at the Internal Revenue Service. Mr. Williams is a recognized thought leader in performance, technology, and financial management. He directed the research of and published the results for an annual survey of government executives for nine years. He continually leverages thought leadership as medium to build client relationships and infiltrate new markets.

 

 

Debbi Thomas
CPA, CGFM
Principal

 

Ms. Thomas is a Principal at RMA, leading the Federal audit and assurance practice. She is a CPA and CGFM and with over 30 years of experience working at a variety of global audit and consulting firms. She has a broad range of financial management experience working at all Cabinet-Level Departments and smaller agencies with a focus on federal audits, audit readiness, consulting, and training services. She has exceptional knowledge of the Federal government’s fiscal policies, accounting and financial reporting requirements, internal controls, reported performance measures, and budget structure. Her role in the Federal government financial management community includes support on working group committees for FASAB, OMB, Treasury, Association of Government Accountants, American Society of Military Comptrollers, and Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency which have directly impacted many of the auditing, accounting and reporting requirements.

Ms. Thomas is an AICPA peer reviewer and leads RMA’s AICPA peer review program. She develops and leads National Association of State Boards of Accountancy compliant trainings and is the head of RMA’s Department of Professional Practice where she leads RMA methodology and technical audit and accounting interpretation, development, and implementation.

 

 

Marc Hebert
CISA, PMP, CFE, CDPSE

Principal

 

Mr. Hebert is a Principal at RMA. He has over 20 years of experience in IT assessments, program management, strategic planning, cost and performance management, organizational assessment, audits, internal controls, and business process reengineering for federal and state agencies. His client experience has included support to most Cabinet-Level agencies and includes leading both large long-term engagements and short-term efforts.

Mr. Hebert is an active member of the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management, Association of Government Accountants, Information Systems Audit and Control Association, American Society of Military Comptrollers, and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

 

 

George Fallon
CPA, CISA, CGFM, CDPSE, CISSP, CEH
Director

 

Mr. Fallon is an IT Director at RMA. He manages RMA’s IT assurance practice. He has over 30 years of experience in IT federal auditing. He has performed IT and Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) audits/assessments for major federal agencies using the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Federal Information System Controls Audit Manual (FISCAM), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Guidance.

Mr. Fallon has intensive experience performing Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 18 examinations. He has audited many of the CFO Act agencies, as well as quasi-government entities.

Mr. Fallon is an active member of the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management, Association of Government Accountants, and American Society of Military Comptrollers.

 

 

Scott McKay
PMP

Director

 

Mr. McKay is a Director at RMA and brings 29 years of experience focused on organizational strategy, large scale change management, audit readiness, Enterprise Resource Planning, and business development.

Mr. McKay has held key leadership positions with large companies where he led project delivery and assisted in business growth. His clients included the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN) Financial Management and Comptroller (FM&C), Office of Financial Operations (FMO), Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR), and the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP).

Mr. McKay is a member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers, Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association, Program Management Institute, and the National Industrial Contractor’s Association. He is a Program Management Professional (PMP) and holds a BS in Business from Frostburg State University and an MBA from Virginia Tech.

 

 

Dr. Reed Mick
DEL, LSSBB
Senior Manager

 

Dr. Mick guides RMA’s Senior Consultant and Senior Business Advisory Group for the National Guard Bureau’s Integrated Management System (IMS). He has 15 years of experience working with senior executive leaders in the government, private, and non-profit sectors in all facets of organizational improvement, including the facilitation of large-scale organizational effectiveness and efficiency initiatives. Dr. Mick’s primary consultation experience is working with senior leaders in the areas of executive leadership development and organizational change management services. His expertise includes a variety of strategic advisory services in the areas of strategy development and deployment, alignment of leadership and organizational systems, continuous process improvement using Lean and Six Sigma, strategic metrics and measurement systems, and organizational assessments using the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.

Dr. Mick is actively involved with several quality programs including serving as a Baldrige Judge with the Performance Excellence Network (PEN), a Baldrige Judge with the American Health Care Association (AHCA), and a senior advisor for the Army Communities of Excellence Program. Dr. Mick is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Facilitator. He is a member of The American Society for Quality, and the Organizational Development Network (ODN). Dr. Mick is retired from the U.S. Army with 22 years of military service.

 

 

Wayne Liu
CISA, CDPSE
Senior Manager

 

Mr. Liu has over 15 years of experience in IT audit, SOC assessment, security assessment and internal control evaluation. He supported many cabinet-level Departments and other Federal entities to evaluate the implementation of the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA 2014). Prior to joining RMA, Mr. Liu supervised many projects, including A-123 assessment for civilian agencies, audit readiness and remediation, and managed the IT Audit team at a global firm. Mr. Liu also supported many fortune 500 companies and managed IT audit Robotics Process Automation (RPA) innovation to achieve larger scale efficiencies and improve the consistency and accuracy of testing.

Mr. Liu is a member of the Association of Government Accountants and Information Systems Audit and Control Association. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Plattsburgh State University.

 

 

Neda Haghighat
CISA, CDPSE
Senior Manager

 

Ms. Neda Haghighat has over 15 years of experience in data analysis, IT audit, SOC assessment, security assessment, and internal control evaluation. She is part of a team that supports the Veterans Benefits Administration with actuarial and modeling services. She supported multiple Departments and Federal entities, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and the Federal Trade Commission. She also has experience in software and web development.

Ms. Haghighat is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), a Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE), and she is also a board member of the Association of Government Accountants, Northern Virginia Chapter and a member of Information Systems Audit and Control Association. She holds a degree in Computer Science.

 

 

Kris Gonzales
Senior Manager

 

Ms. Gonzales is a Senior Manager with RMA Associates, LLC. She brings over 6 years of auditing and accounting experience. Her Federal experience includes accounting support, fraud examination, and performance, information technology, and financial statement audits for various agencies.

Ms. Gonzales is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from American University.

 

 

Jackie Henderson
Manager

 

Ms. Henderson is a leader at RMA with over 25 years of experience within the Department of Defense. She has supervised and managed DoD efforts related to financial management, full life cycle acquire to retire, and other related support. She leads and manages programs to include financial activities, risk identification and mitigation, resource planning, and quality control.

A Veteran of the United States Army, Ms. Henderson has served as a subject matter expert in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army in Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Government Accountability Office, and Congress.

Ms. Henderson has a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Webster University, and is also a James Madison University Alumni. She is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III Certified for Program Management. She is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps, American Society of Military Comptrollers, and the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants.

 

 

Keith Lehman
Manager

 

Mr. Lehman is a Manager at RMA. He has 33 years of experience in military recruiting and incentive programs. His 33 years includes 22 years of military service in the Army with an additional 11 years in the private sector providing consulting and advising services to the National Guard Bureau.

In addition to being an effective leader and motivator, Mr. Lehman’s experience includes a full range of technical, program management, training development and instruction, audit, quality control management, continuous process improvement, and operational support. Mr. Lehman holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management.

 

 

Brian Platt
CFE
Manager

 

Mr. Platt has over 12 years of professional consulting experience ranging from project and client management, business development, account growth, leading and motivating client support teams while leveraging professional relationships, technical and data-driven solutions, as well as intelligent automation tools.

He leads RMA’s strategic Department of Navy and Department of Defense business development initiatives. Mr. Platt brings experience with The Assistant Secretary of the Navy Financial Management and Comptroller, Office of Financial Operations, Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, and Naval Information Warfare Systems Command performing financial and asset management support, internal control evaluations, business process improvements, and financial improvement and audit readiness services.