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Financial Advisory Services Team

Greg Van De Vere


“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
– Saint Augustine

With over 30 years of experience, Greg has developed an extensive background with companies ranging from early stage to mid-market in the technology and services sectors. Serving as the lead finance team member in organizations over the last 20+ years, Greg has become a trusted advisor to business leaders and managers. Greg has also served as an independent fractional CFO/V.P. Finance for a variety of clients. He has delivered services including day-to-day financial operations, financial reporting, budgeting & forecasting, fund-raising and M&A.

Shelly Kilpatrick, CPA


It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
– Mary Anne Evans

Shelly has over 20 years of operational and corporate accounting management-level experience in various industries such as consumer products, retail, food service, manufacturing, healthcare, and consumer financial services. She has spent the majority of her career advising CEOs, board members, and PE firms of public, pre-IPO, private and non-profit companies at the mid-market level. There she has helped companies to streamline and shorten the accounting close cycle, lead process improvement across the organization, tighten internal controls, compliance and expense management, improve audit readiness, implement organizational policies and systems, grow through acquisitions, and raise funding.   

Neil Linko


“Take nothing for granted. Enjoy every second of it. Own the moment. Be ready for anything.”

Neil has 20 years of experience in corporate tax planning, compliance, audit mitigation and provision of international, federal, state income/franchise, sales/use, and property tax for mid-market to Fortune 500 companies.  He has led and built multiple tax departments for multinational corporations driving operational efficiencies and enhancements, including expanding department focus to include transfer pricing and cash repatriation strategies.  Through his career, up to and including Global V.P. Tax, Neil has been a business partner leading and collaborating on cross-functional global teams including Operations, Sales, Logistics, Customs, Legal, Finance, and IT to address company expansion, joint venture agreements, equity level of subsidiaries, planning metrics, organization structures, and intellectual property transfers.

Ellen Wavro, CPA

Sr. Manager

“Actions speak louder than words.”

Ellen Wavro is an out-of-the-box controller who enjoys tackling new problems with different solutions. With more than a dozen years of experience – much of it in management, and most of it in audits and taxes with Big Four firms – Ellen has expertise with a broad spectrum of clients, from pre-revenue startups to multi-million-dollar companies, from non-profit to high-tech.

Dave English

Sr. Manager

“You can observe a lot by just watching.”
– Yogi Berra

David works with his clients to assist and monitor the financial and reporting processes, and establish internal controls and policies and procedures in a systematic and rational manner. Additionally, David supports CEOs and CFOs with financial and operational analysis, executive decision-making, investor relations, fund-raising and overall process improvements and implementation. David has over 20 years of experience in audit, finance and accounting for a variety of companies, from well established companies, companies owned by private equity and companies in start-up.

Christine Ramello

Sr. Manager

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”
– Albert Einstein

Christine Ramello currently serves as a manager in the Financial Advisory Services practice for 9Gauge Partners in Austin, Texas. In her role, Christine works with her clients to integrate effective and efficient financial management, internal controls, and processes; adding value in a palpable way. She utilizes her big four experience to manage external audits and tax compliance, proactively pinpointing process issues to streamline financial practices and audit efficiency.

Shauna Mattis, CPA


“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve”
– Napoleon Hill

Shauna brings over a decade of experience in financial operations and reporting from within a variety of industries. She has worked with a range of companies from a pre-revenue start up company to a multi-billion dollar revenue corporation. In her role she focuses on providing clients accurate and efficient financial reporting as well as process improvements and internal controls. She draws from her experience of creating new financial procedures and implementing systems transitions to assist companies as they grow. Shauna earned her accounting degree from Portland State University and is a CPA licensed in both Oregon and Texas. She also holds a B.A. in Communication and English from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Ali Khan, MBA


“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Ali is a self-driven and result-oriented accounting professional who has over ten years of work experience in various accounting and finance roles from accounting manager to director of finance in multiple industries. Ali holds a B.A. in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Texas State University.

Amanda Black, CPA


Amanda brings over seven years of experience auditing public and private companies at a Big Four firm. She has served audit clients in various industries and stages, in addition to providing services for a successful SaaS IPO and secondary offering. In her role at 9Gauge, she utilizes her previous experience to manage financial operations for her clients, working to create efficiencies in financial reporting and internal processes.

Jordan Yu


“Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
– Albert Camus

Jordan has 17+ years of operational experience in finance and accounting within a wide range of company sizes and industries. This experience has enabled her to establish efficient daily and month end close processes, ensure accurate and timely financial reporting, and establish internal controls. She has implemented a wide variety of accounting systems and improved order to cash processes as well as created new corporate policies and procedures for both growing companies and companies in transition.

Julie Sadler

Sr. Consultant

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used to create them.”
– Albert Einstein

Julie Sadler has over 20 years of experience in the finance and accounting world. Her experiences include business and financial analysis; financial, internal process and security audits; consolidations; domestic and international accounting; as well as government accounting. Julie received a bachelor of science degree from University of Maryland, College Park.

Jennifer Thomas, CPA

Sr. Consultant

“Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jennifer Thomas currently serves as Associate, Financial Advisory Services, for 9Gauge Partners in Austin, Texas. She has years of experience performing financial management for small businesses, and understands the value that small businesses create and the struggles they face. Jennifer also audited public and private companies at a Big Four firm. She has a master’s degree in technical communication from Texas State University and a master’s degree in accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.

Casey Currie, CPA

Sr. Consultant

“Quality is never an accident.  It is always the result of intelligent effort.”
– John Ruskin

Casey has extensive experience in accounting for financial services firms, including multiple-entity and venture-backed startups. She is well-versed in process improvement for monthly close, development and presentation of financial reporting packages, and audit preparation and support for financial, regulatory, and compliance engagements.  Casey earned a B.B.A. in finance and accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a licensed Texas CPA.

Tanya Rodriguez, CPA

Sr. Consultant

“Think and wonder, wonder and think.”
– Dr. Seuss

Tanya has ten years of accounting and auditing experience with a passion for process evolution. She’s owned GL accounting in multiple industries, including corporate training & development, retail and health insurance. Tanya has also performed financial statement auditing with Ernst & Young and internal auditing with the City of San Antonio. Tanya prefers operational accounting, where she can effectuate change within business processes. Tanya has an MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northeastern University, and is a licensed CPA in Texas.

Amanda Cobb

Sr. Consultant

“A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Amanda has a combination of practical experience, business process knowledge, and an educational background to support her efforts for improvement and efficiency. She is experienced in a variety of areas including accounts payable, accounts receivable, and general ledgers. Throughout her career, she has helped to create and implement processes that have resulted in more accurate financial planning as well as improved efficiency. She earned her accounting agree from California State University Fullerton. Amanda has the tools to tackle any challenge head on.

Alexis Tancredo

Sr. Consultant

Bloom where you are planted.”

Alexis currently serves as a Senior Associate for the Financial Advisory Services practice. She is experienced in a variety of areas including financial statement preparation and variance analysis, month end close procedures, and internal control improvement. She has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Arizona and has served in accounting roles for both retail and manufacturing companies.

Yvonne Floyd


“Use every experience in life as an opportunity to understand, grow and expand.”

Yvonne has over six years of financial management and banking experience. She is a results-driven professional who is highly motivated and experienced in recognizing and creating innovative process improvements and developing policies and processes to increase efficiency and controls. Throughout her career she has been in charge of performing both internal and external audits while ensuring that internal controls are effectively in place. She received her accounting degree from Texas State University.

Collette DeVries, MSA


“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
– Henry Ford

Collette is experienced in a variety of areas of financial management for small businesses including accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, write-up and financial statement preparation. She has an extensive background in small business entity formation and has helped establish many new companies. Collette is also well-versed in tax preparation for all entity types of small businesses. She has a master’s degree in accountancy as well as a background in lending and sales.

Jordan Cole


It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.”
– Jim Rohn

Cole has experience from a short time in public accounting, but the majority of his learning thus far comes from his time at a medium sized media/e-commerce company which experienced a great deal of growth during his tenure. He was able to take ownership and/or have a hand in many aspects of the financial statements at that company and obtained a great deal of experience creating and implementing processes that would scale with growing companies. Cole has a real ‘can do’ attitude when faced with an issue and is excited about the opportunity to learn and grow professionally with each challenge the day brings. He received a double major in Finance and Accounting from Texas State University and is soon to be CPA certified.