Meet Our Dynamic and Diverse Team
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Jake Maas, CPA
Jake Maas, CPA, Managing Member
Jake Maas is an experienced CPA who also holds his MBA from Quincy University. He has spent most of his career in the corporate environment while working for 3 publicly traded companies, including one fortune 100 company. Jake has also served as CFO for a large privately held company. Jake brings a depth of experience to the clients of B2. Jake has extensive experience in financial statement analysis, cash flow forecasting, budgeting and overall financial and business operation management.
When Jake is not leading the team at B2, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He is an avid St. Louis Cardinal Baseball fan and Chicago Bears football fan.
Karen Abbitt, Billing Specialist
Off the computer, she can be found with her husband, Jim, and their dog, Merry, boating on the Chesapeake Bay or working in their yard.
Brenda A. Barnes, CPA
Brenda A. Barnes, CPA, Founder, Consultant
Brenda has over 30 years of law firm management experience handling the day-to-day operations of very small, to the oversight of the administration of very large law firms. She has a unique perspective on running a legal practice – she understands how to run your company like a business.
Brenda earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of Texas and has her Certified Public Accountant designation. She also has her Masters of Business Administration with emphasis in Management. Prior to opening up B2 Legal Management in 2008, Brenda was the firm administrator for Hilgers & Watkins, P.C.
Brenda is the past President of Austin-Central Texas Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) and past chairman of the Education Committee.
Brenda focuses on implementation of new office set-ups and oversees a staff of accountants who handle the day-to-day accounting & billing functions for numerous B2 clients. Brenda also assists clients with developing business plans as well as financial & profitability analysis.
Client Engagement Manager
Cori Beckman, Client Engagement Manager
Cori lives on the shores of the Great Lake Michigan in Sheboygan, WI with her husband and four-year-old son. During her spare time, Cori enjoys spending time with her family.
Tammy Bligen, Accountant
Tammy has over 30 years of law firm experience from being a litigation secretary for a 2 partner firm in NYC to handling the day-to-day operations and assisting the managing partner of a small law firm in Philadelphia. While running the office in Philadelphia Tammy handled the entire back-office functions.
When Tammy is not working she’s spending time with her granddaughter who keeps her on her toes as well as going to festivals, brunch and jazz shows where she lives in Las Vegas.
Mia Browning, Accountant
During her spare time, Mia enjoys traveling, taking cruises, and spending time with her family. Mia has three young grandsons and enjoys them and their events.
Teri Burgess, Accountant
Teri enjoys living the Texas Hill Country life on the weekends with her husband, after having recently moved from her only other Texas home in Houston.
Melanie Carlin, Accountant
Melanie joined the B2 team in 2022 after a long career in higher education where she led all aspects of a university business office. Those years of experience will be beneficial as she brings some of those best practices to new B2 clients. Her drive for excellence is based on extracting details to get to the bottom of a puzzle, but also on incorporating simplicity where possible.
Outside of work, Melanie enjoys spending quality time with her granddaughters, or traveling with her wide circle of friends. She likes to stay busy, so always has a “project” of some sort in the works!
Donna Cooke, Accountant
Donna lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. An ex-skier, ex-scuba diver and ex-weight lifter, Donna now spends her leisure time researching natural medicine, healing technologies and anything that helps her understand what makes people tick
Ingrid Coronel, Billing Specialist
Joining B2 in 2023 Ingrid brings her knowledge and experience of over 10 years working as a Legal Assistant in the legal field. Ingrid also worked for 4 years as a Billing Specialist for a large corporate law firm located in Dadeland FL. During this time, she learned to perform at the highest quality levels with large workloads and under pressure. She is someone who is always seeking to learn and develop new skills. Ingrid is someone who always embraces change with a positive attitude. Outside of work, Ingrid enjoys spending much of her free time alongside her family. She loves traveling and being adventurous. Some of her favorite places to go is Disney World or Universal Orlando. On a typical summer weekend, you can find her at the beach with her family and their dogs. She enjoys hosting BBQs for her family and friends.
Nikkea B Devida, MBA
Client Operations Manager
Nikkea B Devida, MBA, Client Operations Manager
Nikkea B. Devida is an experienced COO, former business owner and business consultant who joined the B2 team in 2022. She brings a depth of experience to the clients of B2 with over 20 years of business experience across many industries in both the corporate and small business environments, including 1 ½ years in law firm operations.
Nikkea earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the United States Air Force Academy, and her Masters degree from the University of Southern California’s (USC) Marshall School of Business in the elite Masters of Business for Veteran’s (MBV) program.
Nikkea lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where she enjoys live performing arts in all forms for fun and is a singer/songwriter/recording artist as a hobby.
You’ll find her volunteering for many military veteran organizations in the Honor Guard and as the National Anthem singer, including Sisters Who Serve, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Women Veterans of Nevada, and Women Veteran’s Alliance.
Dorothy Davenport, Billing Specialist
Dorothy joined the B2 team in 2022 as a Billing Specialist. She came from a large
corporate law firm and has over 7 years of experience with Legal Billing, with a
strength in handling IP billing. Dorothy also has 7 ½ years accounting experience
and 9 ½ years’ experience in the banking industry. Dorothy prides herself on her
attention to detail and ability to learn quickly and enjoys researching, resolving
issues, and training/mentoring.
Outside of work, Dorothy spends most of her time with her husband, children, and
animals including chickens. She also enjoys bowling and swimming. She aspires to
move to Texas from Ohio for family and warmer weather. Dorothy is a “mother-hen”
and her mom skills kick in no matter your age. She says: “Be sure to take your
Melissa Dick, Billing Specialist
In her free time, Melissa loves to be outdoors with her family and friends, camping, attending sporting events, concerts, and playing yard games. Melissa also loves to travel with her spouse and their children as often as possible to new and exciting places. Making memories and learning new things with them is her ultimate goal.
Human Resources Consultant
Julie Ellison, Human Resources Consultant
Julie is a member of the Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA). She was an Education major at the University of Texas at Austin and has attended numerous HR and administrative related courses over the past 25 years and even developed content for those courses.
A passionate volunteer for Heart of Texas Lab Rescue and Mobile Loaves & Fishes in her free time, Julie also enjoys traveling and just hanging out with her two Labs and French Bulldog.
Sarah Ford, Billing Specialist
Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors with her daughter and two dogs. In her spare time, she likes to browse antique stores to find unique items and furniture to repurpose. Sarah also enjoys crafting, especially around the holidays and likes to learning about interior design.
Susan Helgerman, Accountant
A New York transplant living outside of Nashville, Sue can be found golfing, at sporting events, or listening to live music.
Trisha Hellen, Team Leader/Accountant
Trisha is also a voracious reader, an amateur baker, and an avid Peloton rider – all of which help her keep up with her two energetic sons.
Melissa Hilgenberg, Billing Specialist
Melissa joined B2 in 2021 as a Billing Specialist. Melissa has extensive knowledge of legal billing practices with over 15 years of experience working in the legal industry. She has a precise and analytical approach to meeting her clients’ needs. Melissa has a commitment to meeting the goal of achieving success for her clients with the maximum efficiency.
Outside of work, Melissa enjoys spending time with her children seeking out new adventures. Her passions include traveling, hiking, photography, gardening, and spending time on the waters of Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Ryan Howell, Billing Specialist
Outside of work, Ryan enjoys playing and watching sports, particularly basketball and football. He enjoys music and going to concerts, hiking with 3-year old Lab Brutus, anything outside that wears out his 1 year old son Carter. Ryan is a huge fan of the Cincinnati Bengals, Ohio State Football.
Megan Jaynes, CPA
Megan Jaynes, CPA Accountant
Megan Jaynes is an experienced CPA that guides B2 clients in a thorough understanding of their financial position and addresses complex accounting issues. Megan practiced public accounting for eight years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a manager in the Audit division and worked with a diverse range of clients, including both public and non-public companies. She has extensive experience in financial statement preparation and analysis as well as application of accounting principles. Megan’s knowledge and analytical skills are used to help clients in forecasting, budgeting and maximizing financial efficiencies to help grow their business.
Megan earned her Bachelor degree in Business Administration with Honors and her Master’s degree in Finance from Texas A&M University. She is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas.
Megan is active in the community and has served on various executive committees at her children’s schools and her church. In her free time, Megan enjoys traveling with her husband, watching their kids play sports, spending time at the lake and attending Aggie athletic events.
Kim Jamison, Legal Accountant
Kim joined the B2 family in 2022 as a Legal Accountant. She has extensive bookkeeping experience in a variety of fields, including legal, and has a passion for helping smaller businesses understand and gain confidence in their books. She also has many years of management and human resource experience. Making order out of chaos, creating procedural efficiencies, and implementing new software workflows are what make her tick.
When Kim is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young-adult children. She also enjoys reading, cross-stitching, hiking and kayaking. And as much as possible, she enjoys exploring and soaking in the beauty of the mountains of New Hampshire and the mid-coast of Maine.
Team Leader/Billing Specialist
LaTonya Lee, Billing Specialist
LaTonya is an experienced legal biller who supports B2 clients with complex electronic billing programs and third-party client requirements. LaTonya has extensive experience operating legal billing platforms in a variety of practice areas. In addition to legal experience, Lee has years of experience in technical support which amplifies her ability to operate software, provide thorough research and mitigate technical issues.
LaTonya enjoys family, conversation, traveling and a great cup of coffee. In her leisure, she enjoys candle making, taking care of her indoor and outdoor plants and bonding with her two dogs.
Terry Imai, Accountant
Her law firm experience developed in Hawaii where she married a local Hawaii resident, raised two boys and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Hawaii Pacific University. In 2008, she left her two grown children and grandson to move to Florida and now lives on an acre of property in the country outside of West Palm Beach with her 3 rescue dogs.
Terry’s interests revolve around the ocean – swimming, boogie boarding, scuba diving and sailing. She also enjoys dog training, lap swimming and weekly dinner parties with her friends cooking gourmet or comfort food meals. She also enjoys tending to her landscaping of exotic plants and hedges as well as a large variety of fruit and palm trees.
Shelby R. Maas
Director of Administration
Shelby R. Maas, Director of Administration
Shelby joined the B2 team in January 2022. She has a background in counseling and advising as well as small business accounting. She brings a well-rounded sense of leadership and organization to the team.
Shelby enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She also enjoys reading, visiting different coffee shops, and getting to know new people. She loves to travel to new places where there is plenty of sunshine with her family.
Lacy Morales, Accountant
Lacy joins the B2 team with over 40 years of full charge bookkeeping, payroll, billing, etc. in a number of various industries. She has 30 years of experience dedicated to law firms where she assisted in several areas to include accounting, paralegal and human resource management. She understands the ins and outs of a law firm and understands the importance of deadlines. She studied accounting and computer science at Louisiana State University at Alexandria.
When away from work, Lacy enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, painting, and laying on a warm beach as much as possible.
Nicole Morgan, Accountant
Nicole joined the B2 team in August 2019. She has over a decade of experience as a non-profit accountant. Her specialty is working to understand a client’s intricacies to create more efficient and consistent procedures. She also has experience working as the lead on annual audits, engaging with executive committees and board of directors, writing technical accounting procedure documentation, and training staff. Nicole has a Bachelors in Accounting from the University of Minnesota.
In her free time, Nicole loves to sew and knit her own clothes, bake, and cook.
Natae Nevils, Billing Specialist
Natae previously worked in the tech field as a computer operator for a tech firm contracted by the county government and for a newspaper company. She later was employed in the accounting area for the government sector as an accounts payable specialist and a finance clerk and then transitioned to working in the legal industry as a petty cash clerk, accounts payable specialist, accounting clerk, accounting specialist, and billing coordinator. She has a combined total of 20+ years of experience in general accounting.
Natae loves to walk around beautiful local parks, being out at the beach, watching action or comedy movies or shows, and reading.
Rachel Norwood, Accountant
Rachel joined B2 in 2022. She has twenty plus years of bookkeeping and accounting experience in law firm, long-term care, and IT managed services industries. Her background includes multi-office, multi-state management. Rachel spent over a decade traveling across the United States conducting field audits for a law firm auditing company. She enjoys working with start-up companies to organize and implement procedures. She thrives on documenting chaos.
Rachel’s passion is cemetery preservation and genealogy. She enjoys kayaking in the Natural State of Arkansas where she resides. She is also a beginning silversmith in her spare time.
Kathy Smith, Accountant
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time her family and her two fur babies. She likes her get-aways to Panama City Beach, Florida and weekend trips to the Lake of the Ozarks.
Crystal Walz, Accountant
Crystal joined the B2 team as an Accountant in 2022. She has an Associate of Applied Science degree with an emphasis in business. She brings over 25 years of full charge bookkeeping experience with almost 20 years in legal practices. She has experience with multiple legal practice platforms and accounting software. She strives to provide excellent service to her clients. An effective problem solver, she brings her knowledge and experience to find efficiencies and streamline processes.
Crystal lives in her hometown of Omaha, NE with her husband, youngest son and two dogs. She enjoys time with her family and friends, Jeep outings, and cheers on the Huskers.
Marilynn Walker, Accountant
Marilynn has over 30 years of law firm experience from being a Controller and Office Manager for law firms in the NYC/NJ area. Marilynn’s bookkeeping experience has allowed her to support the daily operational processes and organize the financial needs for prior companies.
During Marilynn’s personal time, she enjoys spending time with her 2 grandKings, cooking and spending time with her family. Marilynn enjoys photography and all things art related.
Team Leader/Billing Specialist
Kasey Ward, Team Leader/Billing Specialist
Kasey joined the B2 team in 2021 as a Billing Specialist. She came from a large corporate law firm and has over 6 years of experience with Legal Billing, Ebilling, and Appeals. Kasey’s main goal at B2 is to share her knowledge of Legal Billing with her clients to ensure billing is completed efficiently and accurately. Kasey’s driven by being exceptionally helpful, which makes her always willing to learn new things.
Outside of work, Kasey loves spending time with her dogs, significant other, and family. She also enjoys baking/decorating cakes and cookies, and when she can she mostly enjoys travelling and see new things.
Sherry Yingst, Billing Specialist
Outside of work, Sherry enjoys traveling and experiencing different types of roller coasters at amusement parks while making memories with her family. She also loves spending time at her lake house on Grande Lake boating, swimming, and taking the kids tubing out on the boat.
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