President & CEO
Michael Lisenby, CDPSE, CRISC
Michael Lisenby is one of the founders of Rausch Advisory Services. He founded Rausch in 2013. He is responsible for the firm-wide operations, with the executive team reporting to him. Michael has over 20 years of experience helping businesses manage their accounting, finance, technology resources, and consulting needs effectively. His experience includes consulting and co-sourcing, IT audits, SOX compliance, technology security assessments, risk identification, assessment and evaluation, risk response, risk monitoring, IS control design and implementation, and IS control monitoring and maintenance. Prior to joining Rausch Advisory Services, Michael held leadership roles with Arthur Andersen and several other National Consulting Firms and has prior internal audit experience with Fortune Brands and Philip Morris. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Internal Auditors Atlanta Chapter and formally served on the Board of Directors for Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA/Atlanta & Milwaukee). Michael holds a CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) Certification and a CDPSE (Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer). Michael continues to speak nationally at events and has been published on information security topics including IT Audit & Governance, Malware, Ransomware, and Spear Phishing. He was awarded the William Mulcahy Excellence through leadership Award by the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Principal, Business Advisory Services
Dennis Green, CPA
Dennis Green is a Principal for Rausch Advisory responsible for Business Advisory Services. His role includes project execution, service delivery, quality control, and client satisfaction. Dennis has a substantial amount of experience assisting clients with the implementation, management, and execution of Accounting, Audit, and IT functions, project management, SOX compliance, and process improvement. His experience includes managing and consulting on projects, process and procedure design and evaluation, internal control evaluation, IT control evaluation, IT system analysis, software selection, and evaluation, and continuous process and controls monitoring.
Prior to Rausch Advisory Services, Dennis has consulted on and managed engagements for KPMG LLP and Solomon Edwards Group LLC in the areas of project management, process improvement, internal audit, and IT audit. He has also served as an Accounting Manager and Regional Controller for NYSE publicly traded companies Genuine Parts Company (GPC) and Gypsum Management & Supply (GMS) with responsibilities ranging from Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, Internal Control design, and evaluation, to Month-End close management and production and analysis of the Financial Statements. Dennis received BBAs in both Accounting and Finance from Valdosta State University, as well as an MBA from Troy University. He is currently a licensed CPA in the state of Georgia and is a member of The Georgia Society of CPAs.
Principal, Accounting & Finance
Wylie Roberts, CPA
Wylie Roberts is one of the founders of Rausch Advisory Services. Wylie leads the Rausch Business Performance Improvement, Systems, and Governance Practice. Wylie has over 20 years of expertise in Finance, strategic use of Information Technology, and Process Improvement for multinational corporations gained in senior positions with KPMG Consulting, other national consulting firms, and private industry.
Wylie has extensive experience in serving clients across multiple industries, including providing professional services in the area of SDLC Project Management, Governance, Internal Audit, Systems Implementations, Conversions, Business Intelligence, Process Improvement and serving as interim CFO and Controller. He has BBA in Finance from Georgia State University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Georgia.
Client Services Manager
Jesse Feller, CPA
Jesse brings a wealth of experience to the Rausch team. In his role he is responsible for communicating our value proposition to new prospective clients as well as continuing to support our existing clients. He has over 11 years of accounting and auditing experience, including internal and external audit. He began his career working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in their core assurance group working with clients in the manufacturing, distribution, financial services, broadcasting, and staffing industries including publicly traded companies, privately-held firms and US subsidiaries of foreign companies that ranged in size from $10 million to $5 billion. He has extensive internal audit experience in the financial services, hospitality and cannabis industries with managing and consulting on projects, process and procedure design and evaluation, internal control evaluation, risk assessments and continuous process and controls monitoring.
Jesse is an accounting and auditing expert who has been relied on by C-suite executives to determine appropriate accounting treatments for complex transactions and design effective internal controls over financial reporting. He has led teams of external auditors to complete integrated audits of financial statements and internal controls as well as teams of internal auditors in the execution of operational audits and SOX audits. Jesse has also served as primary liaison between Management and external auditors to coordinate efforts and assist in the timely completion of annual financial audits and quarterly reviews in accordance with SEC reporting requirements. Prior to his role as a Client Relationship Manager, he was a consultant where he designed a SOX audit program, performed enterprise-wide risk assessments, and assisted in the development of processes and procedures for a privately-held company in preparation for their IPO. In previous roles, Jesse advised on the operational effectiveness of key cross-functional processes and controls (outside of accounting) and provided risk mitigation solutions for functional areas such as human resources, marketing, development, and information technology.
Jesse received his BBA and Master’s in Accountancy from Georgia Southern University. He is currently a licensed CPA in the state of Georgia and is a member of The Georgia Society of CPAs.
As a CPA and someone who has been on the delivery side, he is well positioned to support our clients needs as a Client relationship Manager.
Client Services Manager
Slade is a Client Services Manager with Rausch’s California office. As one of the Client Services Managers, Slade is responsible for running a full desk encompassing: new client development, maintaining and growing existing client relations, and recruiting consultants for Rausch, as well as permanent placement for clients.
Slade started his career with Rausch Advisory in 2016 as a Junior Business Consultant and eventually progressed to a Senior in 2018. This was Slade’s first professional experience in business advisory sales and recruiting after college. In 2020, Slade joined Docebo in Athens, GA as a Sales Development Representative. During this time, Slade was able to polish the cold calling and client relations skills he learned at Rausch with new software tools like Outreach and ZoomInfo.
In 2021, Slade joined an Atlanta-based company, MobileMind, as a fully remote SDR. Within 6 months, Slade was able to lead his team in demos held and pipeline generated. As a result, Slade was promoted to Account Executive. During this time, Slade managed the entire sales process from the initial cold call to the close of the sale. As an Account Executive, Slade became heavily invested in his two major territories, which were Texas and California.
Fast forward to March of 2022. With the increasing expansion into California, Rausch began looking for a Client Services Manager to help grow the market, and Slade rejoined Rausch Advisory as a result. With experience in a variety of industries and previous knowledge of Rausch’s processes and methodologies, Slade is well-positioned to support our clients’ needs as a Client Services Manager.
Slade’s education is a B.B.A. in Business Management from the Terry Business School at the University of Georgia. Slade received his degree in 2016, along with a minor in horticulture. In his free time, Slade enjoys playing with his two large dogs, as well as spending time gardening and home renovating with his wife.
Client Relationship Manager
Deborah Nail joins Rausch with a background in business development, marketing, and sales operations. Her strength in building relationships in the business sector makes her a valuable asset to our Client Relationship team. Deb’s proven track record of success and dedication as a business leader is instrumental in onboarding new clients and maintaining strong client relationships founded on business value. Her innate ability to motivate others attracts top-notch candidates for our client fulfillment needs.
Deb works directly with the Rausch leadership team to develop new business, executive marketing plans, and manage projects with existing customers. She thinks big and outside the box, having operated and managed successful businesses in the wholesale, retail, and design industries, bringing her entrepreneurial spirit to the Rausch culture. She has won awards for her business achievements, design, creativity, and marketing strategies and has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and various other publications. She is also an award-winning sculpture artist. Her education is in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati.
Client Relationship Manager
Ansley joins Rausch with a well-established background in sales, marketing, and communications. She brings a lot of enthusiasm and inspiration to the team as she works with Rausch Leadership to build relationships with new clients and manage existing accounts. Ansley is passionate about providing clients with top services and works diligently to clearly understand their needs. Ansley studied Public Relations at Kennesaw State University and served on the leadership team within her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. She has a track record of success in her in sales and marketing. She is also passionate about volunteering and serves as a social media liaison for the Institute of Internal Audit in Atlanta.
Advisory Board Member, Former Fortune 500 CFO, CAO, Controller
Stephen Meadows, CPA
Stephen Meadows brings a wealth of information to the Rausch Advisory Board. Stephen retired as the Chief Accounting Officer of Westrock Company. He joined WestRock formally RockTenn in 2006 as the Chief Accounting Officer and served in this capacity until retiring in 2019. Since retiring, he leverages his extensive knowledge as a contract CFO, CAO, Controller, or senior FP&A role for companies that require changes in either their accounting and/or consolidation processes and systems, their financial reporting systems, their financial reporting processes, and systems or their budgeting and forecasting systems.
Stephen lends his significant financial and business expertise to the Rausch Advisory Board. His informed guidance serves as a tremendous ally in the quest for superior corporate governance. Stephen previously served as Chief Accounting Officer at Drummond Company, Inc., and Vice President, Finance and Risk Management at Progress Ventures. Stephen received his bachelor’s degree in social and political sciences from Cambridge University, England. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Advisory Board Member, Fortune 500 VP of Internal Audit & CAE
Lori Kaczynski, CPA, CIA, CGMA, CRMA
Lori is the VP of Internal Audit & CAE at Graphic Packaging and as a globally recognized Executive leader and expert with broad experience in audit, accounting, compliance, finance, financial controls, financial reporting, governance, leadership, and risk management, Lori brings a wealth of knowledge to the Rausch Advisory Board. Lori is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Charter Global Management Accounting (CGMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Certified Risk Manager (CRMA). Accomplished, versatile, and credentialed executive leader with 20+ years of demonstrated history leading dynamic change enabling the achievement of large and small companies’ strategic objectives through the management of the enterprise, business, and compliance risks, improved governance, processes, and controls, change management and driving optimal performance.
Lori has a large span of influence with many years of experience in a variety of industries and roles including the areas of external auditing, internal auditing, leadership, controlling, transaction and technical accounting, financial reporting, analysis, compliance and ethics, enterprise risk management, investigations, shared services, and cash management. She is an expert at building teams, cross-functional partnerships, audit methodologies, and tools and processes to support company strategies. Accomplished, versatile, and credentialed executive with over 25 years of demonstrated history leading dynamic change enabling the achievement of large companies’ strategic objectives through management of enterprise, business, and compliance risks, improved governance, processes, and controls, change management, and driving optimal performance.
Accomplished Chief Audit Executive with demonstrated experience leading the audit function of four dynamic multi-billion-dollar organizations along with other key departments. Proven executive leader and expert in Audit, Accounting, Finance, Governance, Risk Management, Regulatory Compliance, and Manufacturing.
Lori believes in the power of education and has dedicated her time to not profit organizations focused on education. She is a board member and also serves on the Finance Committee for Sheltering Arms, Georgia’s largest nonprofit early education and child care organization focused on high-quality early education, child care, and comprehensive family support services to more than 3,600 children and their families annually at 16 metropolitan Atlanta locations. She currently serves as Chair of the KSU Accounting Department Academic Advisory Council, as a member of the Internal Audit Center Advisory Board, and on the Board of the KSU Athletics Association Board. She serves the community as Treasurer and board member for additional professional organizations and other not for profit
Advisory Board Member, Energy Executive, Fortune 200 CIO, 2X Winner CIO of the Year
“In companies today, nothing is more important than information security and the protection of data. Rausch Advisory Services is committed to providing information security services that help their clients manage risk and implement best practices. As a former CIO, I understand and have managed cybersecurity challenges extensively. I am pleased to be a member of the Advisory Board to share my knowledge and expertise to support the growth of the company and strengthen their strategic position in information security services.” Marie Mouchet.
Marie Mouchet brings more than 30 years of experience in the energy business and provides technology, business, and commercial leadership acumen to our Advisory Board. Marie is the former Sr VP & Chief Information Officer at Colonial Pipeline Company where she led the development and implementation of IT and OT strategy across the enterprise which includes 5500 miles of pipeline that is identified as critical infrastructure by the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining Colonial Pipeline, Marie served as VP & CIO of Southern Company Operations & Southern Nuclear. Preceding her CIO role, Marie held progressive leadership roles in commercial sales and services, national accounts, financial & contract services, regulatory affairs, public relations, and electric transportation at Southern Company Services and Georgia Power – both subsidiaries of Southern Company, a Fortune 200 company; also identified as critical infrastructure.
Marie is a former Chairman and Vice Chairman of Georgia’s CIO Leadership Association and has served on numerous boards. She is the only female CIO to be selected twice as CIO of the year in Georgia.
Advisory Board Member, Strategy and M&A Executive
Larry Maher, CPA
As the VP of Strategy and Business Development, Colonial Group, Inc. Larry Maher lends his experience in growth strategy and sales & marketing expertise from having worked with over 30+ management teams to the Rausch Advisory Board.
Larry joined Colonial Group, Inc. (a diversified, 100-year-old, family-owned oil & gas distribution, chemicals distribution, and terminal storage holding company) in 2021 and is responsible for investment portfolio optimization, M&A target identification, due diligence, and evaluating organic investment opportunities.
Prior to this role, Maher led Strategy, M&A, and the Corporate Venture Fund for Aaron’s, Inc. which is a publicly-traded lease-to-own retailer. Maher’s prior roles also included strategy and corporate innovation at Kimberly-Clark, corporate strategy for Target, management consulting at McKinsey, and financial and IT audit at Arthur Andersen. Maher received his bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MBA from Northwestern University. He was previously a CPA and CISA (inactive).
IT Audit Professional / Information Security Professional
Patricia Rowlett, CISA, CISSP
Patricia is an IT Audit / Information Security Professional within our Business Advisory Services. Patricia has over 25 years of experience conducting Information Technology audits and Information Security assessments. Patricia has served in Information Technology Audit and Information Technology management roles where she was responsible for information security, risk, compliance, governance, and IT audit functions and activities.
She has demonstrated proven audit and analytical skills in a variety of industries including government, healthcare, and utility. She has assisted companies with Sarbanes Oxley 404, SSAE 16 (SOC 2), HiTrust, Payment Card Industry (PCI), and SOC® assessment preparation by identifying and facilitating the implementation of technology and security controls. She has developed information security programs and policy content and guided efforts to remediate and improve security programs.
Patricia is a graduate of Seton Hill University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management. She has maintained the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) since 2000, and the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation since 2011. Patricia is a veteran of the United States Air Force where she specialized in technology and communication systems.
Information Security Consultant
Joshua C. Sorenson, CISA
Joshua is a Security Consultant for Rausch Advisory Services with a specialty in organizational transformation focused on People, Process, & Technology. Joshua is responsible for conducting both Physical and Cyber Security Assessments. These engagements include vulnerability scanning, physical security reviews, wireless security tests, data center security reviews, and disaster recovery assessments.
Joshua also performs IT Audits and IT Security consulting with a focus on security strategy, security program design and development, security infrastructure evaluation and deployment, security metrics & reporting, continuous controls monitoring, SOX and PCI compliance, and governance processes implementation & improvement. Across all these disciplines, Joshua leverages data analytics to drive efficiency and accuracy.
Prior to joining Rausch Advisory Services, Joshua spent over 15 years working in the Fortune 500 in roles ranging from software developer (Tech Lead) and database administrator (DBA) to IT Security Auditor and Senior Director, Global Security. Joshua spent more than two years performing security assessments abroad and has visited 41 countries across 6 continents.
Joshua holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Finance and Management Information Systems from the University of Iowa. He holds a CyberSecurity professional certificate from Georgia Tech.
Don Penovi, CPA, MBA
Don Penovi is a results-driven, customer-focused risk and control management professional with extensive experience in planning, performing, and completing SOX requirements. He has demonstrated the ability to address clients’ needs in an efficient, timely manner. In addition to exceptional written and verbal communication skills, Don is known for meeting deadlines on a consistent basis while interacting positively with client personnel on an ongoing basis
Following public accounting audit experience, Don worked in internal audit, operations, and SOX at Coca-Cola Enterprises and The Coca-Cola Company. Now with Rausch, Don has a major emphasis on internal audit and SOX.
Don received his BBS degree in Communications from the University of Florida. Don received his MBA with a track in accounting from Florida Atlantic University. Don is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and the certification is active. Don has earned his Advanced Communicator Silver in Toastmasters. Don volunteers for the City of Atlanta as a member of their audit committee.
IT Audit Professional
Kusela is a Senior Auditor within our Business Advisory Services practice. Kusela has over nine years of experience working with large to midsize banks, public accounting firms, Federal, State, and Local Governments, and publicly traded IT companies providing services within industries ranging from financial services to technology.
He has assisted with Audits performing Risk Assessments, Testing and Monitoring, and Reporting, allowing companies to assess risk to the organization that had the most significant potential for legal, financial, operational, and reputational harm, and worked with leadership to effectively mitigate the risk. These audits allowed the companies to optimize resources and define risk management and compliance programs that are efficiently aligned to their business operations.
Kusela has also assisted Internal Audit organizations by providing internal control assessments, operational control testing, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance testing for financial, IT, and business processes, internal audit outsourcing and co-sourcing, SOC 1 and SOC 2 examination procedures, and process improvement assessments.
Audit, Regulatory, Operational and Risk Management
Vicki Maxwell-Bustillos, CIA, CISA, CDPSE
Vicki Maxwell-Bustillos is a results-driven, customer-focused risk and control management professional with extensive experience in planning, performing, and completing SOX requirements. She has demonstrated the ability to address clients’ needs in an efficient, timely manner.
Vicki has designed and led Internal Audits, Regulatory and Compliance Audits, Enterprise, and Information Technology Risk Assessments, and Reporting. She has led Internal Audit organizations providing internal control assessments, IT security and baseline audits, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance testing for financial, IT, and business processes, internal audit outsourcing and co-sourcing, SOC 1 and SOC 2 readiness audits, and process improvement assessments. She has also performed IT Audits and special investigations with a focus on SOX and PCI compliance, and governance processes implementation and improvement.
Internal Auditor III
Ashlee Dorning is an Internal Auditor for Rausch Advisory responsible for Business Advisory Services. Her role includes project execution, service delivery, quality control, and client satisfaction. Ashlee has a substantial amount of experience assisting clients with the implementation, management, and execution of BSA/AML programs and compliance audits. Her experience includes managing and consulting on projects, process and procedure design and evaluation, and continuous process and controls monitoring.
Prior to joining Rausch Advisory Services, Ashlee was in the banking industry for 11 years. Her prior experience includes BSA/AML at both a community bank of $2 billion asset size as well as a regional bank with $14 billion in assets. Ashlee has also worked in the fintech realm and assisted a startup in the design and implementation of their BSA/AML program. In addition, she spent three years as an internal auditor of bank compliance areas including both open and closed-end credit, real estate lending, deposits, financial recordkeeping, and marketing and advertising.
Ashlee received B.A. degrees in both Economics and Business Administration and an A.A. in Spanish from Thomas More University, from where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is currently pursuing both an MBA and an M.S. in Customer Analytics at Xavier University. She is also pursuing ACAMS certification.
Melissa is responsible for Human Resources and office management at Rausch. She brings over 20 years of experience in accounting, finance, office management and Human Resources. Prior to joining Rausch Advisory Services, Melissa held leadership roles with both large and small companies in a variety of industries.