MEET OUR DIVERSE & DYNAMIC TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS

Jake Maas

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.

E-mail: jmaas@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-563-3183

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Brenda A. Barnes, CPA, Director of Business Development

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.

E-mail: bbarnes@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-563-3183

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Karen Abbitt, Billing Specialist

Karen comes to B2 after spending almost seven years with McGuireWoods. Previously, she was a project biller for multiple engineering firms.

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.

Email: kabbitt@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

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Teresa Adderly, Billing Specialist

Teresa joined the B2 team in 2021 with over 20 years of Billing, Collections, and Appeals. She received her Associates Degree and is currently in her last semester seeking her Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Business Administration at Strayer University. Teresa initially gained her billing, collections, and appeals experience within the medical field and decided to change her career to the legal field. Coming from a large legal firm, Teresa is excited to use her working experience of legal billing, appeals, and e-billing vendors to help provide quality service to her clients.

Outside of work, Teresa enjoys spending time with her two daughters. She also loves to try new restaurants, reading, fashion and interior design, festivals, jazz music, shopping, live comedy shows, and fashion events.

Email: tadderly@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

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Bryn Asbury, Accountant

Bryn joined the B2 family in 2021 as an Accountant. She has extensive bookkeeping and accounting experience in the legal and medical fields. In addition, she has 16 years of managerial experience in multiple industries. Her main focus is to provide accuracy and excellence to her clients. Bryn earned her Bachelor degree in Accounting, having graduated Cum Laude, from Upper Iowa University.

During her spare time, Bryn enjoys camping and float trips on the river. Bryn is an avid Star Wars fan and is continually sewing costumes for her daughters who join her and her husband at conventions in the U.S. and Europe. She also volunteers to assist people who are searching for biological family.

E-mail: bshbury@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

Cori Beckman

Cori Beckman, Team Leader/Accountant

Cori joined the B2 family in 2021 as an Accountant. She has decades of experience in bookkeeping and accounting with 10 years of law firm specific accounting experience. She has also spent over 20 years in a management role, including 10 years as a multi-office law firm manager. She enjoys helping a variety of clients and is knowledgeable in several practice management and accounting platforms.

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.

E-mail: cbeckman@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

Tammy Bligen

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.

E-mail: tbligen@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

Mia Browning

Mia Browning, Accountant

Mia joined the B2 family in 2022 as an Accountant. She has extensive bookkeeping and accounting experience in the legal, medical, and automotive fields. In addition, she has 10 plus years management experience. Her specialty is cleaning up and reconciliation of accounts.

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.

E-mail: mbrowning@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

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Teri Burgess, Accountant

With over 30 years of bookkeeping and accounting experience, Teri has always sought growth and new challenges in her career, starting with striking out to Texas shortly after receiving her Bachelor’s in Finance from the University of Illinois. Since then, she has gained extensive bookkeeping and accounting experience in the legal, corporate, and oil and gas industries. She brings a strong attention to detail, excellent organization and management skills, and a “can do” Texas work ethic to each of her clients, adding value to their firms. She has extensive experience with accounting software specialized for each of her client’s specific requirements.

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.

E-mail: tburgess@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

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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!

E-mail: mcarlin@b2-mgmt.com
Phone 512-381-1500

Donna Cooke

Donna Cooke, Accountant

What do you do when you have over 35 years of accounting and administration management experience in the legal services industry and are not ready to retire? Donna faced this question, researched available options, and was drawn to the business model offered at B2 Legal Management. With broad based experience in all aspects of bookkeeping, office management and software systems, Donna enjoys learning what each of her clients require and becoming a dependable and seamless part of their business.

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

Email: dcooke@b2-mgmt.com
Phone:  512-381-1500

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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.

Email: ndevida@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

Melissa Dick

Melissa Dick, Billing Specialist

Melissa joined B2 in 2021 as a Billing Specialist. Melissa came to B2 from the law firm of Dinsmore and Shohl in Cincinnati, Ohio. Melissa has significant billing experience in a variety of legal practices, also working with various billing platforms and e-billing vendors. She comes to us with an Associate Degree in Accounting and over 10 years of accounting experience. Melissa is excited about the opportunity to work with different law firms across the nation and assist them with their billing. Prior to entering the legal profession, Melissa was an Accounting Specialist in Commercial Real Estate.

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.

Email: mdick@b2-mgmt.com
Phone:  512-381-1500

Julie Ellison B2 Human Resources Consultant

Julie Ellison, Human Resources Consultant

With over 25 years in Human Resources and firm management, Julie Ellison is the consummate professional when overseeing HR needs of our clients. Her extensive experience allows her to provide effective assistance to start-ups as well as large established companies. A Firm Administrator for a large Austin law firm, an HR Director for a startup company and the Manager of Human Resources for Sysco Food Services (200+ employees), Julie has a diverse understanding of every work environment large or small and the fundamental groundwork that must be in place for any business entity to have a healthy framework for their employees. Accordingly, she understands the direct correlation between a thriving staff and a thriving company. From day to day operations and regulatory compliance to benefits enrollment and staff training, Julie has the solution to our clients’ needs.

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.

Email: jellison@b2-mgmt.com
Phone:  512-381-1500

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Sarah Ford, Billing Specialist

Sarah recently came to B2 from a large law firm based in Cincinnati, OH where she worked in business intake and also as an electronic billing resolution clerk. Her experience includes 4 years of business intake, including conflict of interest searches and 6 years’ experience in electronic billing mainly focusing on resolving invoice rejections, budget and timekeeper submissions.

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.

Email: sford@b2-mgmt.com
Phone:  512-381-1500

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Susan Helgerman, Accountant

Sue comes to B2 with over 25 years of accounting experience in the legal, construction, retail, and finance sectors. She also spent 5 years teaching QuickBooks at an Adult Ed program. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Mount Saint Mary College. Sue is excited to help her clients in a professional manner utilizing her knowledge and skills.

A New York transplant living outside of Nashville, Sue can be found golfing, at sporting events, or listening to live music.

E-mail: shelgerman@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

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Trisha Hellen, Team Leader/Accountant

Trisha comes to B2 with over 15 years of experience in law firm management. She prides herself on precision bookkeeping, simplifying financial reporting, and analyzing firm metrics. She is excited to use this extensive background to help a multitude of clients. Trisha received her BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and spent a large amount of time in musical theatre where she met her husband.

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.

E-mail: thellen@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

Melissa Hilgenberg

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.

E-mail: mhilgenberg@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

Jessica Howard

Jessica Howard, Team Leader, Accountant

For over 20 years, Jessica has built solid experience in working with a wide variety of clients. Working within many different industries has provided her with a valuable skill set that has allowed her to manage any client’s back-office operations effectively and efficiently. Putting the clients’ needs first has always been her approach. With a professional and friendly attitude, Jessica makes the bookkeeping process understandable to clients and has proven to be instrumental in helping them grow their business. She has extensive experience with a variety of accounting and client management software and is a certified QuickBooks Online advisor.

Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 sons and working on crafting projects.

E-mail: jhoward@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

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Ryan Howell, Billing Specialist

Ryan joined B2 in 2021 as a Billing Specialist. Ryan came to B2 from the law firm of Dinsmore and Shohl in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ryan has significant billing experience in a variety of legal practices. Ryan is excited about the opportunity to work with different law firms and assist them with billing. Prior to entering the legal profession, Ryan coached college football for 12 years after completing his undergrad degree.

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.

E-mail: rhowell@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

Megan Jaynes, CPA

Megan Jaynes, CPA

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.

Email: mjaynes@b2-mgmt.com
Phone:  512-381-1500

Nadra Kassim

Nadra Kassim, Team Leader/Accountant

Nadra is a CPA candidate who provides exceptional client services, working with attorneys to manage their accounting and reporting needs. She is well versed in financial reporting and analysis that is useful to her clients to drive strategic decision making. She is happy to help set up accounting and billing systems for new clients that would enable them to increase their efficiency.

Nadra graduated from St. Edward’s University and enjoys exploring new hiking spots and good conversation.

E-mail: nkassim@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

LaTonya Lee

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.

E-mail: llee@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

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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.

E-mail: smass@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

Lacy Morales

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.

E-mail: lmorales@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

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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.

E-mail: nmorgan@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

Kathy Smith

Kathy Smith, Accountant

Kathy comes to B2 after working 10 years with the Law Firm of Ferree, Bunn & Ridgway, Chartered in Overland Park, Kansas. She handled all the accounting and bookkeeping, along with the billing and the day-to-day operations for the firm. She brings with her many years of experience in bookkeeping and accounting services. She is very knowledgeable with various accounting software’s. She is very excited to be able to work with B2 and their clients.

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.

E-mail: ksmith@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

Krystal Soza

Krystal Soza, Billing Specialist

Krystal has over 15 years of experience in Legal and Accounting environments. She started out working as a Billing Specialist for mid-size law firms in Phoenix. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Arizona State University, she went to work in a Corporate legal department for a Fortune 500 company where she worked closely with the General Counsels assisting in Legal Operations. Most recently, Krystal has served on two Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committees where she has found her new passion. She is excited to bring all her knowledge and experience to B2 and looks forward to working with various clients.

Outside of work, Krystal volunteers with a handful of organizations. She can be found attending sporting events, spending time with her family and 11-month year old daughter who she enjoys keeping up with most of all.

E-mail: ksoza@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

Kasey Ward

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.

E-mail: kward@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500

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Sherry Yingst, Billing Specialist

Sherry is a highly resourceful and determined Billing Specialist with extensive experience in liaising with clients, attorneys, and staff members to generate, distribute, finalize, and submit electronic invoices using a wide variety of third-party billing systems. Sherry is an expert in resolving billing-related issues from internal and external clients. She enjoys being challenged individually or working together as a team to accomplish all goals.

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.

E-mail: syingst@b2-mgmt.com
Phone: 512-381-1500