Board of Advisors

To ensure relevance, accuracy and continued best practices, the Controllers Council is guided by the talented and experienced professionals of our Board of Advisors below. The Controllers Council Board of Advisors supports program and resource planning, and strives to represent our community of Controllers, Accounting and Finance professionals. Do you have questions or suggestions for the Board? Please use the Controllers Council contact form.  

Board Chair

Lindy Antonelli is Board Chair of the Controllers Council, and a Partner at Armanino, LLC, a Top 20 Accounting Firm where she leads the cloud technology practice. With over 25 years of experience in technology consulting, she began her career with the audit practice at Deloitte. Lindy is a frequent speaker for industry events, podcasts and webinars including the AICPA, Financial Executives International (FEI), Proformative, multiple state CPA Societies, Moore Stephens, Illinois Technology Association (ITA), and the annual Sage Intacct Advantage conference.

Lindy is a graduate of the University of Missouri, a past member of the California CPA Society, and an AICPA Certified IT Professional. Lindy most recently served on the Armanino Women’s Advancement Network Board, the Naper Settlement/Naperville Historical Society Board of Directors, and founded the Cloud Accounting Institute. 

Director

Ted Weitzel is SVP, Finance & Operations, G2, and a Director of the Controllers Council Board of Advisors. G2 is the world’s largest tech marketplace where businesses can discover, review, and manage the technology they need to reach their potential. Prior to his current role, Ted was Controller at both G2 and sister company SteelBrick. Other experience includes Capital One and BigMachines software. Ted is a CPA, and earned a Bachelor of Science Business, Accounting from Miami University, Ohio.  Ted is an active member of the AICPA, and speaker at the Illinois Technology Association (ITA), Next Series Club, and  Financial Executive International (FEI).

Director

Jhemma Winkworth is a Director of the Controllers Council Board of Advisors, and Controller at Relativity, a leading e-discovery software company that aims to help people organize data, discover the truth, and act on it. Prior to joining Relativity, Jhemma served as Corporate Controller at Market Track. Jhemma started her career in public accounting at Plante & Moran. She also spent some time in Sydney, Australia working in HLB Mann Judd’s audit practice. Jhemma earned her Bachelors and Masters of Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jhemma is a member of the AICPA society and The CFO Leadership Council.

Director

Raykhan Bekimbetova is a Director on the Controllers Council Board of Advisors, and Controller at (ISC)², an international nonprofit association based in Clearwater, Florida with more than 144,000 members focused on cyber security, and best known for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification. Prior to her Controllership, Raykhan was Finance Manager, and Senior Accounting and Tax Analyst for (ISC)².  In addition, Raykhan held multiple finance roles in Tashkent, Uzbekistan where she grew up. 

Raykhan earned a Bachelor of Science, Accounting from Tashkent Finance Institute, and a MBA, International Business, from Schiller International University (Largo, FL). Raykhan is fluent in English, Russian, Uzbek, and Kara-Kalpak, and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Director

Roman Z. Matatov is a Director of the Controllers Council Board of Advisors, and Corporate Controller of Verana Health, a healthcare technology company assembling the largest clinical databases in medicine to empower physicians and accelerate research for patients. Prior to joining Verana Health, Roman was VP Finance and Corporate Controller of CipherHealth, a patient engagement company enabling superior communication and care coordination across the healthcare continuum.  Before corporate accounting, Roman specialized in forensic accounting and business valuation for 11 years, for a national CPA firm, and has authored forensic training materials for the AICPA. 

Roman currently chairs the audit committee of an established not-for-profit organization in Brooklyn, NY, and was an Adjunct Lecturer at Baruch College for a decade, where he also earned a MS Accountancy, and a BBA Finance & Investments. Roman has previously served as President of the Manhattan/Bronx chapter of NYSSCPA and as President of the New York City chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Director

Jim Treleaven is a Director on the Controllers Council Board of Advisors, and President/CEO of Via Strategy Group, LLC (VSG). VSG advises CEOs, Boards of Directors, and other C-level executives on growth and turnaround strategies, M&A transactions, and also serves interim C-level roles. Jim is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Department of Information and Decision Sciences where he teaches courses in strategy, information systems and analytics. His successful career includes CEO roles at both public and private technology companies ranging in size from $40 to $500 million. Most recently he was President and CEO of Catalyst International, a NASDAQ listed supply chain software company.  He also served as CEO of Global CommerceZone and Visual Intelligence Corp., and as President of the Enterprise Solutions Division of GEAC (D&B Software).  He served as Managing Partner at Battelle Venture Partners, the Venture Unit of the Battelle Memorial Institute. His storied career includes positions IBM and Chase Manhattan Bank. 

Jim received his BS Degree in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, an MBA from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in Management (Information and Decision Sciences) from Case. He has taught at Case, the University of Illinois and has lectured at several other leading universities.  Jim has published extensively in journals on such topics a data analytics, information systems, corporate strategy, marketing, finance and human-computer interaction. He is co-author of the book X-Formation, Transforming Business Through Interim Executive Leadership. He is a frequent speaker and has been featured on CNN and the Financial News Network.

Jim currently serves on the Board of the Illinois Technology Association (ITA), the Chicago Engineers Foundation (President), and has served as Chair of the National Computer Graphics Association (NCGA), and on the Board of TechAmerica. He serves on the Advisory Boards of three graduate Business Schools and on the Boards of several private companies. 

Director

Mike Whitmire is CEO and Co-Founder of FloQast, and Director of the Controllers Council Board of Advisors. FloQast is a provider of close management software that helps accounting teams close faster and more accurately.  Prior to founding FloQast, Mike managed the accounting team at Cornerstone OnDemand, a SaaS company in Los Angeles. He began his career at Ernst & Young in Los Angeles where he performed public company audits. Mike is the author of Controller’s Code: The Secret Formula to a Successful Career in Finance, an Amazon Best Seller providing career guidance for finance professionals. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science – Accounting from Syracuse University, and was a certified public accountant by the state of California (inactive).

Executive Director

Neil Brown is Executive Director of the Controllers Council, and a professional association manager. Neil is chief marketing officer (CMO) of Modern Marketing Partners, and Chairman of the Construction Marketing Association. Neil started his career as a Brand Manager, then promoted to CMO. Over his career, Brown has provided marketing services to Fortune 500 and start-ups alike, across multiple industry verticals, and has worked extensively with accounting and finance organizations. Neil is a frequent speaker, author and contributor to Advertising Age, Marketing News, Adweek magazine and many others. He is author of two books including “Breakthrough Branding: Brand Naming Tips & Trade Secrets”, and “Tools of the Trade: Modern Marketing for Construction Brands”. Brown earned an MBA from Northern Illinois University, and a BS-Marketing Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University.

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