Up for changing the world? We're here to help.

More than just accountants for life science startups, Browne Consulting provides the operational accounting and finance support that helps scientists bring biotechnical innovation to life.

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We become an extension of your team.

Our partnership allows you to focus on science and innovation while we handle our area of expertise: managing and scaling a business. 

Browne Consulting Group focuses exclusively on the life science industry. We have years of institutional knowledge from providing operational finance and accounting for more than 100 venture-backed biotech startups as their trusted ally.

From producing GAAP financial statements, board reporting, and budgeting, to payroll, benefits and tactical human resources, we have you covered.

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From Initial Funding through IPO

Continuity and consistency are two of our core values. Our accountants, controllers, and directors remain committed to a client for the duration of our engagement, ensuring a sustained high standard of support. As your company grows, we are able to dedicate additional resources to evolve our team alongside yours.

Once your company reaches the point of bringing on an internal accounting department, we work with you to facilitate a transition period, ensuring the highest quality of care from the earliest days of your startup through the IPO process.

Startup
Assistance

Browne Consulting Group implements scalable systems and sets up initial accounts on behalf of clients. We establish a foundation of right size processes and procedures.

Accounting & Finance

Our startup accountants and CPAs manage accounts payable, prepare financial statements, and lead the audit process. Additionally, we produce financial projections, model cap table scenarios, and provide 409A guidance.

Human Resources & Compliance

We provide tactical HR support of payroll, benefits, and 401(k) plans. We also manage corporate insurance, provide tax oversight, and manage state reporting requirements.

Creating meaningful relationships

Browne Consulting Group employees become integrated extensions of our clients’ teams through years of close collaboration. Our start-up experts have helped grow dozens of venture-backed, early-stage life science companies, and understand the nuances and specific needs of the industry. 

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Where Innovation Meets Institutional Knowledge

Browne Consulting Group was born out of a deep admiration for the biotech industry, the impact their new technologies have on the world at large, and the entrepreneurial spirit of scientists and innovators. Learn more about working with Browne today. 

Laura Langner, CPA, MSA

Controller

Laura Langner brings over 13 years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. She joined Browne Consulting Group as a Controller, and now leads a team of two. She has advised clients on a variety of accounting matters such as audit preparation and support, budgeting, and forecasting. She has also guided clients  through operational matters such as corporate and health insurance renewals, systems implementations, and developing processes and policies.

Prior to Browne Consulting Group, Laura worked at two different non-profit organizations leading their accounting department and began her career with Grant Thornton.

Q: What do you like about working for Browne?

A: Every day I feel like I make an impact, and our clients value our expertise and knowledge so they can focus on creating life-changing science. Changing industries from focusing on non-profits to life sciences was challenging, and while accounting is similar regardless, learning new terminology, the life cycle and various stages of life science companies has been exciting.

Q: What attribute would you rank as number one for professional success?

A: Working collaboratively as a team and leaning on each other’s strengths always leads to the best outcomes.

Q: What are you passionate about outside of work?

A: I love to bake, especially creating new allergen-friendly treats with my kids.

Education

University of Connecticut, Storrs
M.S. in Accounting
B.S. in Accounting

Years of Experience

13 Years

Notable Financial Milestones of Clients Supported by Laura:

  • Replicate Bioscience
    • Series A up to $40M
  • Aulos Bioscience
    • Series A up to $40M
  • Nereid Therapeutics
    • Series A up to $50M
  • Clade Therapeutics
    • Series A up to $87M

Josh Leibowitz, CPA, MBA

Controller

Josh Leibowitz brings over seven years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. As a Controller, Josh has advised clients on a variety of operational accounting matters such as tax analysis, revenue recognition, year-end financial reporting.

Prior to joining our team, Josh worked at EY in Financial Services Assurance where he worked on large mutual funds and smaller hedge/PE funds. He then moved on to Raptor Capital Management, where he worked on the founder’s personal finances, created monthly financial packages, and completed high net worth individual personal tax returns. He also worked on six Private Equity funds as a Senior Fund Accountant, led the Northeastern co-op program, created quarterly financial statements/cap statements for investors, worked on year-end tax reporting for partnerships, and helped with the K1 process.

Q: What do you like about working for Browne and/or your clients?

A: The collaboration – everyone at Browne is willing to hop on a quick call and help, no matter the question. If they have not gone through it with one of their clients, they want to help and learn themselves so they can utilize the knowledge if it ever pops up for them. We are all on the same team trying to bring the best support we can to our clients.

Q: What attribute would you rank as number one for professional success?

A: Determination – Being successful requires a lot of hard work and dedication to master your craft. The best of the best do not take the easy road or shortcuts.

Q: What are you passionate about outside of work?

A: The New England Patriots and my family. My dad has had season tickets since 1993, I started going to games with him at four years old. I plan to bring my son to games as soon as possible. Being a father has been a “Bucket List” dream, and it has been the most rewarding experience. I will always remember being at the “Tuck Rule” game with my dad back in 2002 in a blizzard which led to six super bowls and a 20-year dynasty!

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Education

Northeastern University
M.B.A. in Business Administration
M.S. in Accounting 

University of Tampa
B.S. in Sports Management with a minor in Accounting

Years of Experience

Seven Years

Mallory Latson, CPA, MSA

Senior Controller

Mallory Latson, Senior Controller, brings over 10 years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. Mallory has advised clients on a variety of operational accounting matters such as management of financial reporting, budgeting, and system implementation.

Prior to Browne Consulting Group, Mallory worked at PwC where she began in assurance, serving asset management clients for five years. She then transferred to Transaction Services, focusing on financial due diligence for five years as a Manager and Senior Manager, assisting both corporate and private equity clients with buy-and-sell-side deals.

Q: What attribute would you rank as number one for professional success?

A: Willingness to learn. This job brings many unique issues as our clients mature, and being able to ask for help, problem solve, and learn new things is essential. Working for Browne and with my clients allows me to do something different and interesting every day. I love that there is always a new challenge as my clients grow and we find ways to work through them together as a team.

Q: What are you passionate about outside of work?

A: I try to spend as much time with my family as possible. Having more time at home with my daughter is one of the best things about working for Browne. Virtual working has helped me gain back so much time. I love that I no longer commute or pack a bag and can spend that time doing other things that make me happy for a more balanced work and personal life.

Q: Have you ever completed anything on your “bucket list?” What was it?

A: I always wanted to run the Boston Marathon. In 2017 I finally did and raised over $10,000 to support Boston Medical Center in the process.

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Education

Boston College
M.S. in Accounting
B.B.A. in Accounting, minor in Mathematics

Years of Experience

10 Years

Notable Financial Milestones of Clients Supported by Mallory:

  • Deep Apple Therapeutics
    • Series A – $5M to date
  • Red Queen Therapeutics
    • Series A – $5M to date

Dan Goddard

Senior Controller, Operations & New Clients 

As Senior Controller of Operations and Client Onboarding, Dan leads our onboarding team and is a key first contact for our clients. He has partnered with clients on a variety of matters such as financial systems and operations, budgeting, employee compensation and benefits, IT, organizational design and strategic planning, corporate communications, investor relations, insurance, quality management, process improvement, grant administration, and entrepreneurship.

 Dan Goddard brings over 17 years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group, combining experience on the venture side as well as being an early member of portfolio companies in both the life science and technology spaces. Prior to Browne Consulting Dan worked as Manager of Financial Operations for Micro-Leads, Operations Manager at Akili Interactive Labs, Operations and Finance Manager of the Nortek Group, and Manager of Operations and Finance at PureTech Health.

Q: What are you passionate about outside of work?

A: Outside of work I am passionate about the outdoors, especially the ocean. Chances are if I am not at work, I am near the sea. This passion has shaped my dedication to marine conservation, exploration, and stewardship.

Q: What do you like about working for Browne and/or your clients?

A: Working on early-stage clients, I get to be involved in the magic of creation; seeing ideas become teams, companies, and therapies.

Q: Did you choose to work in the life science industry?

A: The life science industry has always been important to me. Having a chance to work on the cutting edge of science and knowing that science will have a direct impact on human health motivates me every day.

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Education

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

B.A. in English Language and Literature 

Years of Experience

17 Years

Notable Financial Milestones of Clients Supported by Dan

In his 17 years, Dan has been a part of establishing over 50 companies in conjunction with 10 venture creation firms. 

Neal LeBlanc, CPA

Controller

Neal LeBlanc brings over eight years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. Since joining Browne Consulting Group as a Controller, Neal has led a team of six during the IPO of Vigil Neuroscience. He has advised clients on a variety of operational accounting matters such as budget, audits, system implementations, chart of accounts, and tax & audit implications.

Prior to Browne Consulting Group, Neal spent six years at EY in Wealth and Asset Management Assurance. His engagements included financial statement audits for registering mutual funds, private equity funds, and valuation work for private investments.

Q: Why did you choose to work in the life science industry?

A: I always loved science and I wanted to discover new things to help people, so to be able to help build the businesses that enable scientists to create and develop these ideas is so great.

Q: Have you ever completed anything on your “bucket list”? What was it?

A: I never expected it to be on my bucket list, but I took up running during the pandemic and successfully completed two marathons.

Q: What has been the most rewarding experience professionally for you to date?

A: Spent two months in India coaching the team there on how to audit, and I lead in-depth trainings on accounting and audit. 

Q: Do you like to travel? What was your favorite trip? Or what is your favorite upcoming trip?

A: Yes, love it! My favorite trips have been various ski trips, road trips, and traveling around Europe. I will be traveling to Maine for a hiking trip in Acadia National Park and to see Portland, ME.

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Education

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
B.B.A. in Accounting, Minor: Chinese (Mandarin)

Years of Experience

Eight Years

Notable Financial Milestones of Clients Supported by Neal:

  • Vigil Neuroscience IPO
  • Septerna Inc
    • $100M Series A

Tom Linden, CPA

Controller, Project Manager

Tom Linden brings over seven years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. As a Controller and Project Manager, Tom has been leading several company-wide initiatives to maintain our rigorous quality controls. He has advised clients on a variety of operational accounting matters, such as ERP & procurement system implementations, operational accounting, initial budget setting, and strategic HR (e.g., guidance on initial benefits, payroll and first hires, local regulatory compliance).

Prior to joining Browne Consulting Group, Tom was a Manager at EY, leading consulting projects in the Financial Services industry (projects including systems strategy and implementation, data strategy and automation, accounting change and SOX compliance). Before that he “cut his teeth” in accounting, financial reporting, and internal controls at John Hancock Financial Services in Boston.

Q: Why did you choose to work in the life science industry?

A: I was always surrounded by family in the life science industry here in Boston (including my little sister – a PhD candidate and future neuroscientist), this naturally piqued my interest after hearing enough stories. Though most companies like to tout products and services that “change the world,” it was not until I got into this industry that I met clients that do life-changing work daily.

Q: What do you like about working for Browne and/or your clients?

A: After working for large firms and advising enough whale-sized clients, I have learned the ramifications of having a half-baked strategy (or a good strategy that is poorly executed). I relish the opportunity to advise clients before and as they reach these inflection points instead of years after the fact.

Q: What are you passionate about outside of work?

A: Dog training. I always thought I would be more of a “passive” dog owner, but I have really grown to love training my one-year-old bird dog. If you found me eight months ago and told me this would become a passion of mine, I would not have believed a word of it.

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Education

Stonehill College
B.B.A. in Accounting, Minors: Economics, Chinese (Mandarin)

Years of Experience

Seven Years

Jordan Bloom, CPA, MSA

Controller

Jordan Bloom brings over 10 years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. As a Controller for Browne Consulting Group, Jordan has advised clients on a variety of operational accounting matters, such as treasury management, project management, audit support and completion, financial reporting, and budgeting.

Prior to Browne Consulting Group, Jordan was a Senior Accounting Manager with Carr Properties, overseeing both corporate and property accounting teams to deliver timely accounting records on both US GAAP and IFRS accounting basis. This role built on her previous experience as Senior Assurance Associate with RSM serving manufacturing clients, and as the Senior Financial Reporting Accountant with Vox Media preparing financial statements, technical accounting memos and audit support.

Q: Why did you choose to work in the life science industry?

A: Like many people, my family has been impacted by diseases – specifically cancer and dementia – and I am drawn to supporting life science companies as they research treatments and cures for better outcomes.

Q: What is a quality that you admire in others?

A: Honesty and the ability to have difficult conversations for the betterment of all.

Q: What are you passionate about?

A: My children – I have twins, and they are the best thing I have ever done! Watching them grow and discover the world is incredible. Within work, managing my teams. As a people manager, it makes me incredibly happy to see my team learn, grow, and be confident in their abilities as professionals. The best feeling is when they succeed at something or become a manager themself and can continue sharing their knowledge with others.

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Education

Northeastern University
M.S. in Accounting

Saint Michael’s College
B.S. in Accounting with minors in Economics and Finance

Years of Experience

10 Years

Luke Stamatakis, CPA

Senior Controller

Luke Stamatakis brings over eight years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. Luke joined our team in 2020 as a Controller, and now leads a team of five. He has advised clients on a variety of matters, from operational accounting with budgeting, forecasting, and reporting, to Payroll/HR and getting clients “audit ready” for their various finance department growth lifecycles. He has also successfully implemented several accounting systems such as NetSuite, Prendio, and Expensify.

Prior to Browne Consulting Group, Luke worked in finance departments for publicly traded and private companies since graduation from University of Pittsburgh, taking on more senior roles with time. Most recently, Luke was an Assistant Controller at Onapsis, which raised their Series C funding and acquired their lead competitor while he was there.

Q: What has been the most exciting challenge of your professional career thus far?

A: Being the sole “Finance” head at many of our clients – many things come your way. You really do learn something new every day, and that is exciting and challenging.  The people– within Browne and at our clients – truly work hard and challenge each other to accomplish tasks successfully, whether it is within finance functions or the actual science, and most I have worked with have a great attitude about it. 

Q: What is your favorite quote or mantra and why?

A: “You’re never as good as you think you are, and you’re never as bad as you think you are.” 

It helps keep you grounded/real.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

A: When I worked at a bar in college, the owner had a piece of advice nailed to the wall “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” – I think it is extremely true. You earn most “luck” one way or another.

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Education

University of Pittsburgh
B.S. in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance, Economics Minor

Years of Experience

Eight Years

Notable Financial Milestones of Clients Supported by Luke

  • Korro Bio, Inc.
    • Series A – $92M
  • Dyno Therapeutics, Inc.
    • Series A – $100M
    • Partnerships with Roche and Sarepta with over $1.8B potential in clinical and sales milestones
  • Akero Therapeutics
    • Additional public offering with estimated ~$185M in proceeds
  • Upstream Bio
    • Series A – $200M
  • Auron Therapeutics
    • Series A – $48 Million 

Kelsey Kozachuk, CPA, MBA

Senior Controller

Kelsey Kozachuk brings over 10 years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. Kelsey joined as a Controller, and has worked her way up to Senior Controller, now leading a team of four. She has advised clients on a variety of operational accounting matters, audit preparation and support, accounting system implementation, management financial reporting, preparing budgets, complex equity transactions, stock-based compensation, and long-range forecasts.

Prior to Browne Consulting Group, Kelsey was an Audit Manager in the assurance practice of the MFA Companies where she served clients in industries ranging from SaaS to manufacturing and worked with start-ups and venture-backed companies.

Q: What do you like about working for Browne?

A:  1. Opportunity to continually learn and expand my skill set
    2. Provide continuous value to clients
    3. Work collaboratively with my team

Q: Do you like to travel? What was your favorite trip?

A: I love to travel, my favorite trip (thus far) has been a two-week trip through southern Italy.

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Education

Johnson & Wales University
M.B.A. 
B.S. in Accounting

Years of Experience

10 Years

Notable Financial Milestones of Clients Supported by Kelsey:

  • Affinia Therapeutics
    • Series A – $60M
    • Series B – $110M
  • Hot Spot Therapeutics
    • Series B – $65M
    • Series C – $100M
  • Jnana Therapeutics
    • Collaboration with Roche – $40M upfront with up to $1B
    • Series B – $50M
  • Remix Therapeutics
    • Series A – $110M
    • Collaboration with Janssen – $45M upfront with up to $1B

Eric Rubega, CPA, MS

Director

Eric Rubega brings over 14 years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. Eric has been promoted twice since joining us as a Controller. He is now a Director and leads a team of seven. He has advised clients on various operational, budgeting, and forecasting matters such as Budget to Actual with detailed explanations, IPO prep, Audit prep, Cap table modeling, NetSuite implementations and data migrations from QuickBooks, and procurement system implementations. Most of Eric’s clients are now in the clinical trial stage.

Prior to Browne Consulting Group, Eric was an Audit Manager with Blum Shapiro (now part of CLA). His client responsibilities ranged from real estate, investment funds, construction, architectural, staffing, and professional service firms. Prior to that, Eric worked as an auditor at Wolf & Company in Boston, where his clients were primarily in the life sciences industry. Eric audited clients anywhere from seed stage to publicly traded companies, all in the Cambridge, MA area. 

Q: What has been the most exciting challenge of your professional career thus far?

A: The most exciting challenge of my professional career so far has been the M&A transaction that one of my clients went through during the summer of 2020. Novartis acquired Vedere Bio and ‘spun out’ their employees and some secondary R&D programs to form Vedere Bio 2. The 4-5 month process leading up to the actual acquisition was quite challenging and stressful, but I learned a ton and I got to be a major player in the overall process. As the CBO at the time said to me “we could not have done this without you.” That felt so great to hear. It was a particularly challenging project to be a part of that felt so good to see it finally actually close.

Q: What are you passionate about outside of work?

A: I am most passionate about my family. My wife and I have three young children at home that keep us remarkably busy. There really is not anything I would rather be doing than spending time with them – going on walks, playing in the backyard, swimming in the pool, or going to Cape Cod with the whole family to stay at my parent’s house. The flexibility that Browne Consulting Group has offered me is incredible – especially at the young age of our children. I have been able to watch them grow up so much more than if I had been having to go into the office five days a week.

Q: Do you like to travel? What was your favorite trip? Or what is your favorite upcoming trip?

A: Yes, I do like to travel. My favorite trip was to Croatia. It was an amazing boat trip along the Adriatic Sea coastline of Croatia. There were many cities there where Game of Thrones was filmed. The people there were so nice and friendly. The food and weather were incredible. I recommend it to everyone not sure of where to visit.

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Education

University of Connecticut, Storrs
MSA in Accounting
BS in Accounting

Years of Experience

14 Years

Notable Financial Milestones of Clients Supported by Eric

  • Vedere Bio, Inc. acquired by Novartis Sept 25, 2020, for $280M
  • Elevation Oncology successful IPO in June 2021
  • Xilio Therapeutics successful IPO in October 2021
  • Theseus Pharmaceuticals successful IPO in October 2021
  • Acrivon Therapeutics
    • Series B – $100M
  • Third Harmonic Bio, Inc.
    • Series B – $105M
  • Vedere Bio II, Inc.
    • Series A – $77M

Marcello Castellano, CPA

Director

Marcello Castellano brings over 20 years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. Marcello joined us as a Director, and now leads a direct team of four. He is responsible for a total of 15 employees. He has worked with clients through many of their milestones, from early-stage discovery through Phase 1 clinical trials. Marcello advises clients on a variety of operational accounting and finance-related matters, such as the initial accounting function set-up and scaling, internal controls, processes and policies, budgeting/forecasting, and audit readiness and support

Prior to Browne Consulting Group, Marcello started his career working in public accounting at PWC where he worked in the audit, global capital markets and financial due diligence groups. After public he worked in outsourced accounting and finance roles for start-ups as well as finance effectiveness for PE-backed companies.

Q: Do you like to travel? What was your favorite trip?

A: Love it! Impossible to choose one trip since each place and culture has its own unique aspect, but Italy (where I lived for many years), Istanbul, Israel, and Morocco all stand out.

Q: What is a quality that you admire in others?

A: Sincerity and integrity.

Q: What are you passionate about outside of work?

A: Music (playing guitar), sports/fitness and spending time with family.

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Education

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
B.B.A. in Accounting

Years of Experience

20 Years

Notable Financial Milestones of Clients Supported by Marcello

  • Adagio Therapeutics IPO
  • Vigil Neurosciences IPO
  • Septerna, Inc.
    • Series A – $100M
  • Clade Therapeutics
    • Series A – $87M

Omolara Onaolapo, CPA, MS

Director

Omolara Onaolapo brings over 11 years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. As a Director for Browne Consulting Group, Omolara has advised clients on a variety of operational accounting matters such as audit preparation and support, cap table modeling, management financial reporting, preparing budgets and long-range forecasts. There is a plethora of clients at various stages of funding ranging from Seed to publicly traded with several acquired by Eli Lilly.

Prior to Browne Consulting Group, Omolara was an experienced Audit Senior at KPMG working with clients in financial services, healthcare, and non-profit industries.

Q: What do you like about working for Browne and/or your clients?

A: I enjoy working at Browne Consulting because we enable our clients to focus on the research/science by delivering the accounting functions for them. The team at Browne Consulting supports each other which makes working here enjoyable.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

A: Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Q: What was your least favorite food as a child? Do you still hate it or do you love it now?

A: Vegetables, especially brussel sprouts. I still hate them now.

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Education

University of Texas
M.S. in Accounting 
B.B.A. in Accounting

Years of Experience

11 Years

Notable Financial Milestones of Clients Supported by Omolara:

Various stages of funding ranging from Seed to publicly traded with several acquired by Eli Lilly.

Kim Devore, MBA, SHRM-SCP

Associate Director, HR

Kim Devore brings over 15 years of operational HR experience to Browne Consulting Group. As the Associate Director, HR Kim leads a small but mighty team and has been involved with all Browne Consulting Group initiatives. Working as an operational HR partner in the retail, food manufacturing, pharmacy, FinTech, and now startup industries, Kim is grateful for every past obstacle, challenge, and achievement in preparation for this role with Browne Consulting Group.

Q: What has been the most exciting challenge of your professional career thus far?

A: Joining a startup! When I accepted this opportunity to join as an HR team of one, it was terrifying! But this time has been the most rewarding part of my career to date. We are all pulling the rope in the same direction, everyone is thoughtful, and we’re all here to be a part of a thriving business that is helping life science startups.

Q: What's your favorite quote or mantra? And why?

A: My grandmother used to say, “It is what it is,” and I loved how simple, sweet, and true that was.  However, today, I say, “Life is what you make it.”

Q: What are you passionate about outside of work?

A: Feeding the pollinators and educating others about the importance of biodiversity.  It’s also a fancy way of saying – I love to garden and am fortunate to have a huge garden and an amazing group of neighbors that ask a ton of questions.

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Education

Fitchburg State University
M.B.A. in Human Resources

University of New Brunswick
B.B.A. in Human Resources

Years of Experience

15 Years

Iris Cheong, CPA, CIA

Director

Iris Cheong brings over 15 years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. Iris joined as a Director, and now leads three direct reports and is responsible for a team of six. She has advised clients on a variety of operational accounting matters, such as financial reporting, audit preparation and support, and preparing budgets.

Prior to Browne Consulting Group, Iris served as Director of Finance at Omega Therapeutics. In that role, she played a pivotal role with the S-1 process, as well as the subsequent financial reporting requirement and SOX compliance after Omega became a public company. Before that, she was at Amryt Pharma (formerly Aegerion), where she led the implementation of complex accounting pronouncements and process improvement initiatives. She was a key member with the sale of Aegerion to Amryt, supporting the company with its admission process into the London Stock Exchange and the U.S. Security & Exchange Commission. Prior to Amryt, she was with KPMG for 10 years, servicing both public and private companies in a variety of industries, including life sciences, technology, and consumer markets.

Q: What do you like about working for Browne and/or your clients?

A: Browne puts their words into actions – each week the leadership team dedicates time to review the team’s working hours to make sure the workload is balanced, to help the team members grow and deliver the highest standard of service and quality of deliverable, and we have devoted considerable time to develop trainings, best practices, and various checklists.

Q: What attribute would you rank as number one for professional success?

A: Dedication – to have a powerful sense of commitment to the role or the company and embrace constructive feedback to enhance the skills.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

A: Listen to your own heart, know your own worth and stand up for what you believe in. Trust yourself and believe in your own abilities. Close second is “never give up” as my five-year-old will say.

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Education

University of Washington

B.A. in Accounting and Finance

Years of Experience

15 Years

Warren Browne, CPA, MBA

Principal

Warren brings almost 20 years of Accounting, Finance, and HR experience to Browne Consulting Group.  Since founding the company in 2016, he has lead it’s growth to a 50 person firm, while supporting over 100 clients.  Warren has consulted on dozens of venture backed companies from incorporation, advised companies as they grew through Series A, and supported companies going public or being acquired.

Prior to Browne Consulting Group, Warren held CFO and Director of Finance positions at fast growing companies.  In these roles, he oversaw all accounting, finance, and HR activity for the US entities.  Previous to that, Warren worked in Controller and Manager roles in varying industries, serving in an operational accounting capacity.

Q: What's your favorite quote or mantra? And why?

A: As the Founder of Browne Consulting Group, my favorite quote is “when you want to succeed, as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” – Eric Thomas. This powerful analogy demonstrates the laser-like focus needed to achieve one’s goal. 

Q: What has been the most rewarding experience professionally for you to date?

A:  I have two that are equally special to me. The first is that as a life-long entrepreneur, I am now in a role where I can regularly work with great entrepreneurs, in an industry that is helping all of humankind. Secondly, we have created an environment at Browne Consulting Group where our team has opportunities to experience new challenges and expand their skill set. Seeing our team continue to grow professionally has been extremely rewarding. 

Q: What attribute would you rank as number one for professional success?

A: Perseverance. The ability to continue in the face of difficulty is critical for so many roles. When persistence and passion mix, then it will make you unstoppable.

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Education

Bentley Univeristy – M.B.A. in Accounting

Stonehill College – B.S. in Finance

Notable Financial Milestones of Clients Supported by Warren:

  • Magenta
    • Series A – $48M
  • Ensoma
    • Series A – $70M
  • Ikena
    • Collaboration – $80M
  • Akero
    • Series B – $70M
    • IPO $98M
  • Delinia
    • Acquired – $300M upfront
  • Rodin
    • Series B – $27M

Notable Milestones of Browne Consulting Group:

  • February 2016 – Founding of Browne Consulting Group
  • August 2018 – Company has grown to more than five employees
  • November 2020 – Company has grown to fifteen employees
  • At the end of 2021, we saw a 300% increase from the beginning of the year in headcount
  • January 2022 – 100th Client
  • February 2022 – More than fifty employees on staff

Shawn Christman, CPA, MSA

Controller

Shawn Christman brings over nine years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. He joined us as a Controller, and now leads a team of two. He has advised clients on a variety of operational accounting matters, such as budgeting, long-range forecasts, payroll implementation and best practices.

Prior to Browne Consulting Group, Shawn was a manager in the Outsourced Management Accounting department at LGA, LLP where he worked with the owner and managed closely held businesses. Before switching roles, he worked in both tax and audit departments in industries ranging from non-profits, construction, and biotech.

Q: What did you choose to work in the life science industry?

A: To provide accounting support for companies that develop life-saving and therapeutic drugs and to feel like a part of their journey. I enjoy the teamwork. Everyone at Browne is willing to lend a hand and collaborate.

Q: What is a quality that you admire in others?

A: Integrity – people who are reliable, dependable and take responsibility for their actions, good and bad.

Q: What is your favorite quote or mantra, and why?

A: “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it” – Andy Rooney  

This is a reminder to take a step back and enjoy the journey and to not rush toward the end.

shawn christman

Education

University of Massachusetts, Lowell
M.S. in Accounting 
B.S. in Accounting

Years of Experience

Nine Years

Notable Financial Milestones of Clients Supported by Shawn

  • K36 Therapeutics, Inc.
    • Series A – $30M
  • Ensoma, Inc.
    • Series A – $70M
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Mark Mele, CPA, MSA

Controller

Mark Mele brings over eight years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. Mark joined our team as a Controller, and now leads a team of one overseeing several newer clients who eagerly await their next significant R&D milestones. His areas of expertise are operational accounting, audit/tax preparation and support, accounting system implementation, management/investor financial reporting, budgets, and forecasts.

Prior to Browne Consulting Group, Mark worked at RSM in the Assurance practice serving clients in the renewable energy, manufacturing, and construction industries. After RSM, Mark worked at Cambridge Health Alliance as an Accounting Manager.

Q: What is your favorite quote or mantra, and why?

A: “Be a goldfish” – Ted Lasso

According to Ted Lasso, the happiest animal on Earth is a goldfish because it has a ten second memory. While one should learn from their mistakes, there is no need to dwell on them. Learn and move on.

Q: What are you passionate about outside of work?

A: I play in numerous recreational sports leagues.

mark mele

Education

Boston College
M.S. in Accounting 

Bentley University
B.S. in Corporate Finance and Accounting 

Years of Experience

Eight Years

Maria Varela Almeida, CPA, MST

Controller

Maria Varela Almeida brings over seven years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. As a Controller at Browne Consulting Group, Maria began her tenure with us working with Vigil Neuroscience. She has advised clients on a variety of operational accounting matters, such as quarterly financial statement reports and audits, various reports for board meetings, budgets, and assisting with system implementation.

Prior to Browne Consulting Group, Maria started her career in the EY tax department serving different clients. She then worked in their financial industry audit, where she served clients from the bank industry, private equity, and hedge funds. After EY, she worked in the insurance industry on the investment accounting team as the main lead for their equity investment accounting and other various accounting tasks.

Q: What do you like about working for Browne

A: I have worked in different industries, and I love it here. I feel challenged and am constantly learning, but most importantly, I get to help companies by bringing diverse experiences and unique thinking to my teams. And with Browne, I get to have more time with my kids and better balance my days.

Q: What attribute would you rank as number one for professional success?

A: Curiosity and eagerness to learn.

Q: Do you like to travel? What was your favorite trip? Or what is your favorite upcoming trip?

A: I love to travel, and I aim to travel at least once a year. My favorite trip was to Costa Rica. It is a beautiful place, and the culture and people there are unique. Their positive energy is contingent. I like their saying, “Pura Vida.” It is a “Pura Vida” there.

maria verela almeida

Education

Bentley University
M.S. in Taxation
B.S. in Corporate Accounting and Finance 

Years of Experience

Seven Years

Notable Financial Milestones of Clients Supported by Maria:

Vigil Neuroscience IPO

Danny Melo, CPA

Controller

Danny Melo brings over 10 years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. He has advised clients on a variety of operational accounting matters but is truly passionate about managing and supporting others in their own professional development. His sense of humor brings joy to all who work with him. 

Prior to Browne Consulting Group, Danny was an Assistant Controller and has worked in several different industries from leasing to tech and began his career with PwC.

Q: What attribute would you rank as number one for professional success?

A: I would say that the number one attribute to have for professional success is sincerity. Sincerity in anything you do will only foster sincere returns and those are the best type of professional successes.

Q: What are you passionate about outside of work?

A: Exercise. I was at a point in my life where I was 300 pounds. The moment my doctor told me I was pre-diabetic, I knew I needed to do something about it. I wasn’t going to take any pills to fix a situation that I had total control over. Since then, I hit the gym at least five times a week and make sure I eat healthy.

Q: Do you like to travel? What was your favorite trip? Or what is your favorite upcoming trip?

A: I love to travel. I was lucky enough in one of my prior employments to travel extensively to places like Singapore, Korea, Japan, China, Denmark, & Costa Rica. My all-time favorite trip was to Japan. It was just a completely different culture that was just fascinating. At the end of it though, we are alike and just humans of this earth.

daniel melo

Education

Boston University
B.S. in Accounting

Years of Experience

10 Years

Robbie Torlone, CPA

Controller

Robbie Torlone brings over six years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. As a Controller with us, Robbie leads a team of one and is part of the New Client Onboarding team. They advise clients on payroll and benefits setup, budgeting and forecasting, vesting schedule creation and cap table management.

Prior to Browne Consulting Group, Robbie started their career at PwC auditing private equity and venture capital funds and then went to work as an accountant for a publicly traded senior living network and a publicly traded multi-state cannabis company, where they managed the accounting functions for the state of Massachusetts including manufacturing costing, wholesale and retail sales, payroll, sales tax, and financial statement preparation.

Q: What's a quality that you admire in others?

A: I admire someone who acts with integrity, because being honest and sticking to your moral principles are hard but important things to do. And clear communication is crucial for professional success as it helps everyone work smarter and produce a better result.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

A: My mentor told me that managing a team is hard because you have multiple responsibilities and competing priorities, but it is a lot easier if you can be authentic.

Q: What's your favorite quote or mantra? And why?

A: I’m not sure it’s a mantra, but I really believe in Kaizen – it is a strategy to achieving sustained continual improvement. I love this idea because it encourages creativity and prevents stagnation and complacency and perfectionist thinking.

robbie torlone

Education

Boston College
M.S. in Accounting

College of the Holy Cross
B.A. in Accounting and Economics

Notable Financial Milestones of Clients Supported by Robbie:

Robbie has been crucial to help onboarding each new client at Browne Consulting Group and ensure a smooth transition of each client to our permanent ‘pods.’

Frank Vila, CPA

Controller

Frank Vila brings over seven years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. As a Controller with us, Frank leads a team of four and is part of the Recruiting Committee. He has advised clients on a variety of topics such as financial reporting, operations, HR, and operational accounting.

Prior to Browne Consulting Group, Frank was an External Audit Manager at EY with audit clients in the financial services. After EY, Frank became an internal auditor where he had the opportunity to travel abroad and work with people from all over the world.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A: The best advice I have received is that in our careers and personal lives, we will always keep learning something new, that we are like a sponge that absorbs information/data, but learning is unlimited since things keep changing and that every day is different. As a controller, I noted that I need come up with solutions and if I don’t know something to seek outside advise to provide the best solution.

Q: What are you passionate about outside of work?

A: Outside of work, I am passionate about hiking, biking, or gardening. I like to go to the Middlesex Fells Reservation for hiking and biking.  I also like to grow my own vegetables (e.g. tomatoes, lettuce, basil and other green vegetables).

Q: Do you like to travel? What was your favorite trip?

A: I love to travel. It is one of my favorite hobbies.  My favorite trip was to Argentina in 2019.  I rented a car and drove from the east to the west. I visited Rosario the place birth of one of my favorite soccer stars, Lionel Messi and really because it is where I got engaged to my current wife!

frank vila

Education

University of Massachusetts, Lowell
M.S.A. in Accounting
BSBA in Accounting & Finance with a minor in Economics

Notable Financial Milestones of Clients Supported by Frank:

Frank’s clients are in different funding stages – three (3) are in Series A funding, two (2) in seed funding, one (1) was acquired by Eli Lilly and another has filed for IND.

Carolynn Taddei, CPA

Controller

Carolynn Taddei brings over 10 years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. Carolynn joined our team as a Controller, and now leads a team of three. She has advised clients on a variety of operational accounting matters such as audit preparation and support, US GAAP and IFRS accounting, accounting system implementation, management financial reporting, budget, and long-range forecast preparation.

Prior to Browne Consulting Group, Carolynn gained external audit experience at Deloitte & Touche LLP. She then moved on to internal audit experience at a public alternative asset management company, and then into compliance, including establishing an internal audit function within the corporate compliance program at a public senior living company.

Q: Why did you choose to work in the life science industry?

A: I wanted to be part of these companies that are on the forefront of fighting diseases. I know that I have friends and family that will benefit from the meaningful work they do and I value being a part of it.

Q: What do you like about working for Browne and/or your clients?

A: No day or client is the same. Each client has their own needs and challenges. I enjoy helping find solutions unique to their business and needs.

Q: What are you passionate about outside of work?

A: I am passionate about helping others. I currently volunteer weekly at a local animal shelter and love helping to make a difference in the lives of the animals we work with and the families they join.

carolynn taddei

Education

College of the Holy Cross
B.A. in Economics-Accounting and Spanish 

Years of Experience

10 Years

Notable Financial Milestones of Clients Supported by Carolynn:

  • Rectify Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    • Series A – $100M
  • Renalytix AI
    • Commercial testing milestone and $30M in financing
  • Nine Square Therapeutics
    • Series A – $50M

Janet Pohli, SHRM-CP

People Operations Manager

Janet Pohli brings over seven years of accounting and finance experience to Browne Consulting Group. As the People Operations Manager, Janet has been involved with various people initiatives within our company. As someone who enjoys building, she has thoroughly enjoyed delivering on system implementation, increasing efficiencies, and ensuring high employee engagement.

Q: Why did you choose to work in the life science industry?

A: We have all felt the impact of breakthroughs in the life science/ biotech sector, and we have all wished for more breakthroughs for our loved ones; I wanted to do my part.

Q: What is a quality that you admire in others?

A: Honesty, humility, and transparency. I asked questions during my interview to assess our leadership’s ability to be vulnerable and how they have managed disappointments and mistakes.

Q: What are you passionate about outside of work?

A: I am a former opera singer and love the arts, especially the performing arts. But recently, I have developed a passion for gardening too.

janet pohli

Education

University of Connecticut, Storrs
M.M. and B.M.

Years of Experience

Seven Years